Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Video Treasure Trove

I came across this extensive list of links to awesome Google videos that could occupy me for weeks on end.

There are documentaries & lectures by visionaries such as Terence McKenna, Alex Grey, Alan Watts, and many more. Videos about Mysteries, Consiousness, Alternative Science, & Conspiracies! There are also music videos from the Doors, Bob Marley, Tool, etc....

It pisses me off that I'll never be able to watch all these great videos in their entirety, but the fact that such an interesting collection can be electronically compiled and shared around the world is pretty astonishing.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Visual Variety

(seen on boingboing.net)
We are living in a golden age of communication. The experimentation of new media and messages is exciting to watch. Click to view a cool video transient moving images created with water:
I'm a visual person, so the more there is to look at, the better. However, the amount of visual information shoved in our faces is sometimes completely ridiculous, like in the crazy Times Square, NYC. This webpage tries to chronicle every ad in the commercial advertising supernova in the heart of Manhattan. It makes me wonder if we will ever hit a wall of novelty.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Hanuman Cries

It appears that a statue of the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman,
has been seen shedding tears in a temple in India.
(Doesn't he know that Monkey Buddha's aren't supposed to cry?)

The only explanation I can think of is that Lord Hanuman saw an advance copy of this year's State of the Union speech.

"Who's cryin' like a bitch now?!?"

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Mystery of Picasso

Pablo Picasso was undeniably one of the greatest artists in history because of his technical skill, his innovations in technique & media, and the synthesis of modern & ancient sensibilities. I can't say that I 'like' all of his work, but all of it fascinates me.

It's tempting to try to understand the specific idea of cubism in intellectual terms, as in a definition like "the representation of multiple physical & experiential dimensions in a 2D space." However, this is simply an act of assigning ape-grunts to a sensory experience, which can sometimes create a filter of pre-conceived notions.

Watching this time-lapse video of one of Picasso's paintings from 1955 has intrigued and mystified me even more. We can define techniques and styles all you want, but art at its core is the use of creative energy in any manifest way. This movie highlights the essence of art as a process of sublime creation. It's really cool to slide through video and watch the painting morph...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Top Villains of 2006

No connection to the previous post, of course...

(You have to be a real bastard to be
25 times more unpopular than the Devil.)
Finally, something Dubya can claim to be #1 at!

The Anti-Christ Archetype

• "Divides the world and creates war without end"

• "Refers to war as peace, death as a solution for justice,
and serving the wealthy as a means of helping the poor."

• "Attempts to win supporters, and will silence anyone or make enemies of any country who refuses to approve of him."

• "A leader who deceives many people."

• "They will follow in his battles that he will declare, boldly and without humility, are for a purpose which is untrue."

• "Many nations will recognize that he is evil, but his own people will be inclined to believe his deceptions.
This is because the people who follow him will lose the ability to discern between the truth and the lie."

• "A popular figure among those who are deceived by him"

• "Professes to be a man of God, who is himself a Christian."

• "He could be a high-ranking political leader, who will initially do very good, popular things, which will win him many followers.

• "In the end, however, he is supposed to get increasingly totalitarian and elicit more and more sacrifices from his followers until eventually his evil ways become known, and the era of 'trials and tribulations' begins."


"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." -George W. Bush
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider God-fearing and pious." -Aristotle
"I’m not scared of Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. They can never hurt America in any fundamental way. As Teddy Roosevelt said, American democracy will never be destroyed by outside enemies – but it can be destroyed by the malefactors of great wealth who subtly rob and undermine it from within. And I see that process happening today." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.
"God gave the savior to the German people. We have faith, deep and unshakeable faith, that he was sent to us by God to save Germany." - Hermann Goering, speaking of Adolf Hitler

"The majority of Americans didn't vote for him. Why is he there? I tell you this morning that he's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this." - Lt Gen William Boykin, speaking of G. W. Bush
"The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that, in the process, they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy - but the image of violence and militarism." - Vietnamese Buddhist leader
"An evil man sows strife." --Proverbs 16:28

"Ye shall know them by their fruits." -Matt 7:16

This website is pretty crazy, too:

(Mark Twain's bitterly *sarcastic* "War Prayer")
(War & Iraqi Children)
(Our tax dollars at work)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New Year "i-nspiration"

I haven't posted anything in about a month due to overall laziness, the holidays, and the various good & bad B.S. that life tends to produce.

However, today I have been inspired by the introduction of a creation that is one of those things (usually made by Apple) that is a perfect blend of simplicity, utility, and aesthetic beauty. One of my heroes Steve Jobs presented the iPhone today and this thing is... how do I put it eloquently,.... f*@&ing awesome.

Now all Apple has to do is release an iTablet and I will proclaim Apple the greatest company in the Universe.

I'm staring into the face of the future.