Sunday, December 2, 2018

Comment Cleanup

I've been spending some time lately cleaning up comments "I" have been making lately. Long and short of it, the computers in a shared space and I don't always log out like I should.

Elostirion wasn't hit so hard, there are a few places I've dropped some bombs that weren't me, many of them by disqus and undeletable. I've been to some place that hosts cartoons. I can't say I recommend Gary and His Demons; it could be good: a demon hunting organization with a reluctant middle-aged chosen one, but it opted instead to be uglySupermansion is also quite ugly, but it's at least got some redeeming qualities and jokes that mostly stick the landing. Skip the first few episodes, it's not interesting until Titanium Lex comes on the scene (halfway through season 1 -ish). Even that is offered with the weakest possible recommendation.

As far as comics go, Firefly is not looking so good but The Last Call was excellent.

I haven't a clue what deusmagicalgirl is, and I ain't a big fan of Scott Adams, why I have comments there I can't say. That about covers what I've had to look at for Elos. Most of it I just left, since it was harmless.

There were dozen or so goobldeygook urls, mostly on my other alias used for family/work. So I'll have to make up a new one. At least that gives me an excuse to get rid of Facebook (again).

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Music Monday: Procrastinator's Edition.


The following video is one I took a while back, my phones camera is broken in the rear, and I couldn't really get the singers because there were people in the way. 

This is an example of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic singing by four volunteers. There's a story about why I didn't buy a CD. I'm still salty about it. 

The song's lyrics are secular so don't pray or anything, but do enjoy.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Firefly Comic

I was out a browsin' and came across a Firefly comic. You know, that space western type show that was cancelled before it got terrible (and we know where it was gonna go with Whedon at the helm)?

I admit I've always thought Firefly, though good, overrated. Something I could smell under it all I guess. Well, this comic doesn't look promising. Starting off with some hokey 'religious criticism' with two groups: one a sanctimonious group of pilgrims, the other some bandits. Of course the pilgrims are pacifist who "just want blood" (but are unwilling to dirty their own hands) and the bandits are just as zealous, demanding the pilgrims surrender their "pagan chalices." The stories not finished, I admit, so I can't judge with any surety, but I can't say I'm surprised either. Written by Greg Pak, if that means anything to comic fans (I don't know jack, really).

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Absentee

I've found it hard to write lately, as the frequency of my posting no doubt attests. Why exactly this is, I don't know, it has just felt like a huge waste of time. One ting in particular has been racking my brain, perhaps I'll get to that, but later.

I've been trying to read more too. Just found a book called the Innamororti by Midori Snyder but it has been impossible for me to get into. I will get some flack for this, no doubt, but the first fifty pages or so feel like something that could only be written by a woman (I don't know how else to explain it, and it's not like I don't enjoy other things written by women). It's a shame really, since the premise seemed so promising. I have had to abandon, perhaps I will pick it up again, if anyone else can recommend it.

Then there is The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari a piece of historical fiction set around 14th ct B.C. I don't know how I found about it, but it has been, so far, enjoyable. It is centered around Sinuhe, a reed boat baby turned physician who becomes disillusioned with his life and wanders the ancient world. There's nothing much to spoil really, and it seems full of allusions. It's one of those books, I think, one must finish if he is to judge it though so I won't call it good or bad yet. I will say that Sinuhe repeats himself often, a trait I found especially tiresome being confined to an airplane.

I have also seen Solo, the Star Wars spin-off. It was okay, though it's not about Han Solo, since the Han here is a natural romantic eager to make connections. He is not a rogue, not a scoundrel, and he lacks the jaded outlook that's present in A New Hope. Still I thought it was better than Rogue One, though without the memorable visuals and sets.

Well, that oughtta keep me covered for November.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Civil War In Skyrim

The NPC meme has gotten popular as of late. So popular that Zaklog even has a video about it. There's a song too.

Unfortunately I can't get on the happy-times bandwagon here since this particular meme's irony is lost on it's most ardent proponents.

In short, the products of a mechanistic society mechanistically make fun of other mechanized men for behaving in a mechanized fashion. The "pre-programmed" part they make fun of is also what they're guilty of, generally but especially by using the social technology* of memes.

Storm cloaks (liberals) are rebelling against the imperials (other liberals). And around we go.

*Yes, the word technology is telling.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bad News on the Heels of the Good

It is easy sometimes to forget that there are real people behind the monikers we use as we would names. They go off and live their private lives coming and going on the blogs they frequent. But they eat and sleep and work just like we do, even if we forget that. They owe us nothing, and we cannot rightly say that we know them.

The night before last my sister gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The following morning I found out that Matt, better known as Zippy Catholic, was killed in a bicycling accident. It's surreal. I can't express to what degree his writing, and example, has effected me. Keep him and his family in your prayers tonight.

I am an uncle now, and will soon be a Godfather, for what little that means today. I hope that you keep that boy's wellbeing in mind when you pray tonight.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

You Complete Me

I would say that the recent dearth of activity on this blog has been the cause of grief and suffering, or at least boredom. Fortunately, I have it on good authority that no one reads it, and so no harm could possibly be done.

I have been noticing a trend lately (through it has been going on for awhile) in magazines, you know the types that women especially read, that sell singleness. There is a huge emphasis on not needing a man. You'll noticed that it's always just men who are unneeded for none but the niche articles entertain the notion that a woman might need another woman. I suppose that should give us some hope. There are articles aimed at men telling us how they do not need women, but these are rare, and such comments are likelier to be found left by MGTOW commenters.

We wouldn't need to be told that we don't need another half unless the notion of incompleteness were somehow connected to singleness. Which it is, since uncoupled folks tend to be the most sterile, at least in effect. That desire, to "not need no man," is the desire to be emancipated from the bodily restrictions that prevent us from being whole in and of ourselves. To become a complete and perfect "human" rather than a man or woman*. The aim of these sorts of articles is to make people comfortable with that impulse.



* Consider how the multiculturalist performs the same function as it relates to nation/ethnicity. First expressed in the enlightenment interpretation of the cosmopolitan (literally citizen of the cosmos and thereby tied to no particular commune). Cosmopolitans can only be united by some abstraction having been emancipated from the territorial and cultural bonds:

The constitution of 1795, like its predecessors, has been drawn up for Man.  Now, there is no such thing in the world as Man.  In the course of my life, I have seen Frenchmen, Italians, Russians, etc.; I am even aware, thanks to Montesquieu, that one can be a Persian.  But, as for Man, I declare that I have never met him in my life.  If he exists, I certainly have no knowledge of him.

....This constitution is capable of being applied to all human communities from China to Geneva.  But a constitution which is made for all nations is made for none: it is a pure abstraction, a school exercise whose purpose is to exercise the mind in accordance with a hypothetical ideal, and which ought to be addressed to Man, in the imaginary places which he inhabits.... (De Maistre)

The idea of the "complete human" is ancient in origin. In Plato's Symposium, Aristophanes delivers a speech attempting to explain why men and women are so drawn to one another. Here's a short video to explain it if you are totally unfamiliar: