Tuesday, November 30, 2021

"Your Reality", a young woman gaslights her way maybe into poverty as she loses a grip on irrevocable reality


fruit flies die when pairing off

Tatjana Andrews presents a 21-minute short film by Top Tarasin, “Your Reality”.

A female marketing executive becomes tipsy on her memory of reality and starts gaslighting everyone and risks losing her job, and her boyfriend.

Tatjana plays the young woman.

Monday, November 29, 2021

“Tiny Black Holes May Have Produced Some of the Moon’s Craters”, by Petrov

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Tiny Black Holes May Have Produced Some of the Moon’s Craters", by Anton Petrov.

These would be tiny primordial black holes created when the Universe began.

Should they have evaporated by now?

Could their surfaces store information which could be retrieved by deliberately boiling them? A sci-fi idea thar occurs in my novel draft “Angel’s Brother”.

On the Moon, or Mercury or any airless rocky body the crater have an image om the opposite side, with no nipple in the center.

Wikipedia embed Higgs event, CCSA 3.0, click for attribution

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Is "Dune" a "white savior" story?


arid planet 

“Quinn’s Ideas” discusses whether “Dune” (movies and books) is a “white savior story”.

Villaneuve (director) put out a statement showing the story shows the flaw on a civilization’s depending on any one savior.

Jesus has usually been shown as a “white savior”.  Christopher Nolan, remember, cast his protagonist as a black man in Tenet.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

“Why It’s Harder to Earn More than Your Parents” from The Economist


Bethesda MD outdoor dining 


“Why It’s Harder to Earn More than Your Parents”, from the Economist.

The absolute income mobility index was positive after WWII (I was born in 1943) but began to drop with the stagflation of the 1970s;  we pulled out of it with extreme capitalism, which increased debt and tended to make people into winners and losers when left on their own.

It was different when we had a draft.

Friday, November 26, 2021

When the Universe Had all 11 Original Dimensions Before Becoming Strings

Uniform tiling 433-t0 (formatted)


“The Darkest Secret of the Universe” or “The Terrifying Mystery of The Fourth Dimension” from the “Three Body Problem Series” by Quinn’s Ideas.

That is based on  Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy.

A crew discovers a special void in the Universe where you can enter the 4th dimension and learn about the process of dimensional collapse (like vacuum decay) where all but three spatial dimensions collapse into strings. With all 11 dimensions at full, the speed of light is infinite.

Uniform tiling tesselation, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

"Why Gifted Kids Are Special Needs" from a Harvard gamer-shrink-prof

Harvard 2015-8

HealthyGamerGC (who is also an MD and psychiatrist and now faculty at Harvard) explains “Why Gifted Kids Are Special Needs”.

That’s not special ed.

It is, as my own father used to say, “formation of proper habits”.  That will be in my next screenplay.

“If you want to understand expectations you have to put yourself in a situation without expectations.” His restaurant exercise at minute 29 is interesting.

He says gifted kids are addicted to video games because games run at their pace. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

"Hollywood's (Gay) China Problem" with James Somerton



James Somerton produces, directs and narrates “Hollywood’s (Gay) China Problem”, Nov. 17, 2021, in four parts.

The furor over the gay kiss in “Eternals” had to do with the Chinese director;  but generally the problem has to do with statist capitalism.

Somerton starts by discussing the relationship between movie studios (and distributors?) and theater chains, which since the 1940s could not be owned by them – although Trump changed that. Chinese theaters take a much bigger cut of the take.

Then the film gets into the push by Jingping’s government for cultural unity among all his people. He talks about the series BL where the young men look "thmooth" and immature, and Jingping screams no mire effemimate men on media.

It makes a comparison to McCarthyism in the US in the1950s. Gay people,by avoding the trappings of creating families, produce a large dent in consumption patters that an authoritarian government wants to control.

Wikipedia embed of a Shanghai street, click for attribution. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

"The Three Best Explanations for the Havana Syndrome" (maybe)


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Sabine Hossenfelder looks at “The 3 Best Explanations for the Havana Syndrome” (Nov. 20, 2021).


These might be (1) Mass Hysteria (2) Microwaves (3) Ultrasound

Personally. I think #2 is the most likely.  Remember microwaves are electromagnetic radiation that could have local EMP effects.

Part 1 does go into brain changes and p values.

Monday, November 22, 2021

"Death", outside of Life, from Aperture


near Tahoe, 2018-9

Aperture has a 14-minute short film called simply “Death” three days ago.

One point is that as long as you are conscious of yourself life seems infinite and eternal even though we know from outside that it is not. 

People surviving near death experiences report vivid life-history memories going back to their first year of life (maybe the womb?)  Your brain may continue a life review for quite a while if intact. That’s one reason hospices now say loved ones should stay beside people even when unconscious, not possible with Covid.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

"Galois Theory Explained Simply" (and combination locks at your gym)


Strong Hall, KU, 2006


The Math Visualized Channel offers “Galois Theory Explained Simply

In graduate school in mathematics, you have analysis. Topology, and algebra, and combinations. Algebra breaks into groups, rings, and fields.  I never took the latter two for my master’s degree 1966-1968.

Galois theory deals with making fields of solutions of equations solvable by radicals (not guaranteed when degree >  4). 

They map back into how combination locks work!

Saturday, November 20, 2021

“The Big Misconception About Electricity”, as to how your power company really works


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Veritasium has an important video explaining how AC power from your utility really works, 14 min, Nov 19, 2021, “The Big Misconception About Electricity”.  Energy doesn't flow in wires; it is induced. 

A lot of the discussion concerns the 3-D mathematics of the Poynting Vector, the mathematics of which was developed in the 1880s.

He also offers a quiz question about how long it will take a light to work on the Moon.

There is some spirited QA underneath (started by me), about whether being near large power lines could be dangerous to you or to electrical equipment.  It deserves a video.  But I have never had a laptop or other equipment damaged by being stalled near a large power station or tower on a highway.

But theoretically induced currents sound like a risk.  

Friday, November 19, 2021

"The Problem of Woke Teachers" regardless of any formal implementation of Critical Race Theory in schools


Swanson Middle School, Arlington VA

Coleman Hughes presents Bonnie Snyder with “The Problem with Woke Teachers”, an interview.

It seems that some teachers are taking up woke pressure on students on their own as part of “diversity”: or inclusion, over the actual policies of school boards and any implementation of critical race theory. There are such things as “identity concession statements”, forced speech of a political nature.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

"Curve", one of the most contained short films ever made!


Ocean City MD

Short of the Week (June 2021) and Lodestone Films presents “Curve”, written and directed by Tim Egan (no dialogue).

Laura Jane Turner plays a young woman trapped sitting on a sloping concrete curve sloping toward the ocean and waves.

She tries to save herself by adding some friction to the palms of her hands.  That’s it.

There’s no way out.  This is a very contained, minimalist short thriller.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

"Is the Solar System Special?"


Baltimore Science Museum 2014-12

Is the Solar System Special?” That is, “Are We Special?”

Cool Worlds explains that planetary systems are common, and most have “super Earths” and “sub Neptunes”. We really don’t (maybe Planet 9).

Jupiter rules the brood, and a hot Jupiter would have ruined it all. 

But the principle of “Mediocrity” may not hold.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Rebel Wisdom's "A Glitch in the Matrix", 2018 documentary with Jordan Peterson on the culture wars


ceiling art in a lobby 

Rebel Wisdom, in Feb. 2018, presented “A Glitch in the Matrix: Jordan Peterson, the Intellectual Dark Web, and the Mainstream Media” (56 minutes), is a documentary showing how the mainstream media lost track of the culture wars as red (conscientious) and blue (open) character traits admixed in new ways in people.

David Fuller (saying he was a liberal but whom I thought was conservative and sometimes getting censored) hosts the presentation which includes transgender Cathy Newman who explains why real masculinity is being lost.

Fuller explains his work in a Medium article

Saturday, November 13, 2021

“How to Cool a Warming World?” from "The Economist"


The Economist looks at “How to Cool a Warming World?” Nov. 4, 2021. 

The film starts out by looking at air-conditioning and how much fossil fuel we use for it.

Before the 1950s, houses were designed to remain cooler with ventilation.

Another idea is white roofs.

Friday, November 12, 2021

"Service Boy": in India, a gay businessman takes advantage of a hotel employee's social subservience, to lift him up

Mumbai Skyline at Night


Service Boy”, by Shawn Gupta , from WAO films..

In India, a young gay businessman arrives (thmooth) at a hotel with the covert mission to setup Covid-driven layoffs.

He starts making demands if a young male servant, first to find him a massage. The servanr becomes the masseur.  He says he is good at math and physics.  Well, he gets hired as a personal attendant, permanently.  

Picture: South Mumbai, Wikipeida embed, click for attribution 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

“The World’s Longest Indoor Mountain Bike Trail”

Euclid Theater in Cleveland 


The World’s Longest Indoor Mountain Bike Trail”, is Ray’s Indoor MTB Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

It has a complicated geography and even a beginner’s section.

It’s like a model railroad, sort of.  I should visit it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

“Liberal Hypocrisy is Fueling American Inequality. Here’s How”, especially in California

Stanford campus, 2018-9

Liberal Hypocrisy is Fueling American Inequality. Here’s How”.  It's mostly about indirect redlining.


Johnny Harris offers a video op-ed for the New York Times.

The main issue is that rich blue-state voters behave with hypocrisy, not allowing multi-family dwellings in their neighborhoods.  Johnny makes an example of Palo Alto CA.

Would Johnny run for office himself? 

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

"Ferguson Rises": documentary reflection on the site of a major police shooting seven years ago while Obama was president

Michael Brown shooting scene


On Monday November 8, 2021 many PBS Independent Lens stations (like WETA) aired the documentary by Mobolaji Olambiwonnu, “Ferguson Rises” (Philmco), 82 min – an unusually (for PBS IL) intense film where the residents of Frtguson, MO, especially Michael Brown Sr., cope with the catastrophe on Aug. 9, 2014.

The main PBS link is this.

The details of the incident, as best reported, are troubling. Visitors can go to the Wikipedia article to get as objective an account of the facts as possible.  

Michael Brown was indeed unarmed.  But it appears that he engaged officer Darren Wilson in a bizarre encounter at Wilson’s vehicle.  That certainly contributes to the lack of indictment.

Many other cases of police misconduct since then (most of all George Floyd’s, but even Freddie Gray’s in Baltimore in 2015) seem to me, at least, to justify the outrage more.

The destructiveness of the rioting to local businesses was quite striking.

Officer Darren Wilson’s life seems to have been “canceled” despite the lack of formal charges.  The film makes a lot of the “rosy cheek” thing.

In retrospect, it seems remarkable that this incident happened (pre-Trump) while Obama was president (as did Baltimore and as had Treyvon Martin). Having a (wealthy) black president did not prevent this.  A president Oprah could not have prevented it.

The documentary makes the point that police harassment of minority residents for minor infractions had been a source of easy revenue for the town, and that the police force was mostly white.

Wikipedia embed picture of police durinf protests, CCSA 4,0, click for attribution.

Monday, November 08, 2021

"Beyond Expert" mountain bike ride


North Shore near Grand Marais MN 2019-10

Beyond Expert: The Trail Sign that Says Everything” from Dangerous Dave on a yellow mountain bike.

The video explains itself.

He doesn’t say where this is, but North Shore often refers to NE Minnesota along Lake Superior near Highway 61 and Eagle Mountain (2300 ft).  

Saturday, November 06, 2021

"They/Them": a non-binary teenager will address classmates


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Bp Beaufill presents a 19 min film in Jan 2020 “They/Them”, from South Seas School and Television School.

A teenager named Julia changes “their” name to Ash informally, endures biology class lecture on the immutability of chromosomal gender (evading the fact that intersex happens) and prepares Ash’s own presentation explaining that Ash does not feel clearly connected to either binary gender. My own personal experience is that non-binary persons are usually perceived as female. 

My own writing practice is not to use a plural pronoun in an incorrect manner, but often repeat the name of the person as a noun.

Friday, November 05, 2021

“Moving into My Dream NYC Apartment” , by Elliot Choy

Cast Iron Building 2004-11


Elliot Choy “Moving into My Dream NYC Apartment

He drives from Indiana to a 5000-sq-ft apartment in NYC.  He will live with numerous roommates.  They have no furniture at first, so Elliot rides a mattress on a skateboard through NYC streets,  the highlight of the video.   

Cash Jordan (a NYC realtor with a popular YT channel) should show this pad, which comprises a long tunnel leading to four bedrooms and a bisected common living area.

I thought I spotted John Fish make a cameo in the video.

In March 2020 Choy made a video about being quarantined in Spain with roommate Luke when they both had Covid, mild cases which they recovered from quickly.

I lived in the Cast Iron Building at 11th and Broadway 1974-1978. 

Thursday, November 04, 2021

"Buddies": gay short film and the loose ends after a relationship (and public health)

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Niels Bourgondje directs the short film “Buddies”, set in Amdsterdam.

Two gay men, who look similar, late 30s, meet for a doctor’s appointment a few months after they broke up. They want to make sure they don’t have HIV to be passed on to subsequent contacts.

On the KIS (Keep it Short channel).

Wikipedia embed of Amsterdam Stock Exchange. 

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

“Whiteness WTF? White Privilege and the Invisible Race”, by Tom Nicholas


Selma Al 2014-5

Whiteness WTF? White Privilege and the Invisible Race”, by Tom Nicolas (Uk), June 2020, 25 min.

Tom’s presentation develops surprising empathy for the idea, that White people belong to a protective club that they can’t see because of glare.  

Yet why don’t we hold people accountable for their own evasions or misuse of privilege , not “paying your dues”?   

Karlyn Borysenko has insisted that CRT is not about just whiteness.

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

“Chinese v. American Political Philosophy” by Ryan Chapman


9-11 memorial 

Ryan Chapman explains “Chinese v. American Political Philosophy” (24 min).

One of the most important differences is that in the American system, the rule of law is above all else (even on Jan. 6).  In China, the CCP is above all else. People may have relative personal freedom (subject to social credit), but no  self-expression or political freedom and their community lives are heavily organized top-down and socialized.

Monday, November 01, 2021

“Johnny Harris: A Story of YouTube Propaganda” and the WEF



Tom Nicholas offers us (March 2021) “Johnny Harris:  A Story of YouTube Propaganda”.

The polemic starts with Harris’s and  his previous analysis of the rise of China and leads to Harris’s support for “stakeholder capitalism” to replace “shareholder capitalism”, in conjunction with the aims of the companies composing the World Economic Forum.

He gets into the ethics of calling yourself a journalist --  an issue for me.

He also talks about sponsored posts, as integrated or advert.

Harris offers a long comment.