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April 21, 2014

Alan Moore - Comics & The Occult (2007)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:23 AM

Cosmological Natural Selection

"It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:22 AM

London Grammar - Hey Now (Troxy, London - March 2014)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:21 AM

April 19, 2014

Johan Renck - Valentino Uomo, the new fragrance (2014)

Behind the scenes.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:28 AM

Les non-dupes errent

"What a cynic who 'believes only his eyes' misses is the efficiency of the symbolic fiction, the way this fiction structures our experience of reality."

The logic is here the same as that of Anne Frank who, in her diaries, expresses belief in the ultimate goodness of man in spite of the horrors accomplished by men against Jews in World War II: what renders such an assertion of belief (in the essential goodness of Man; in the truly human character of the Soviet regime) sublime, is the very gap between it and the overwhelming factual evidence against it, i.e. the active will to disavow the actual state of things. Perhaps therein resides the most elementary meta-physical gesture: in this refusal to accept the real in its idiocy, to disavow it and to search for Another World behind it. The big Other is thus the order of lie, of lying sincerely. And it is in this sense that "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity": even the best are no longer able to sustain their symbolic innocence, their full engagement in the symbolic ritual, while "the worst," the mob, engage in (racist, religious, sexist...) fanaticism? Is this opposition not a good description of today's split between tolerant but anemic liberals, and the fundamentalists full of "passionate intensity"?

From Slavoj Zizek's "With or without passion: what's wrong with fundamentalism? Part I"

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:27 AM

Rebels of sincerity

"David Foster Wallace called for art that redeems rather than simply ridicules."

Hat tip to Mr. Proctor.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:24 AM

School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:22 AM

April 18, 2014

Aparición | Juego de Tronos T4

"Soy el fuego que arde contra el frío, la luz que trae el amanecer, el cuerno que despierta a los durmientes, el escudo que protege los Reinos de los Hombres."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 05:04 PM

There's honey in the hollows

Secret Ostia is bigger than Pompeii.

Italian and British archaeologists discovered “towers, shops, boundary walls and road layouts” beneath the earth of two public parks at Italy's lesser-known site, La Repubblica reported, “revealing all the grandeur of a real city that nobody could have imagined existed until today.”

They said the discovery, which spreads across 70,000 square metres, indicates that Rome was "split in two by the Tiber River in the First Century BC.”
Posted by Ghost of a flea at 05:03 PM

Lacoste - The Big Leap

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 05:02 PM

Faithless - Insomnia (Forever Faithless)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 05:01 PM

April 16, 2014

FBI - Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story (2014)

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a 28-minute video using the conviction of a 29-year-old Michigan man to warn college students about the dangers of being recruited to spy by foreign intelligence services."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 08:28 AM

Duck and/or cover

"If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?"

Did you know, for example, that:

1. The WORST thing for someone to try to do, in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion that they survive, is to get in a car and drive away.

2. Unless you're within about a third to a half a mile radius of ground zero and the shelter options are poor, the BEST thing for someone to do is to find a stable location inside a well-built apartment or office building — the majority of which will remain standing outside that half mile radius — and stay there for 24 hours.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at 08:27 AM

Geneviève Pasquier - Warm Leatherette

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 08:24 AM

April 15, 2014

Helen Mirren - The sexist Parkinson's interview (1975)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 11:14 AM

Much Ado About a Bear

"Center Stage confronts Shakespeare's most troublesome stage direction: 'Exit, pursued by a bear.'"

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 11:13 AM

The Honey Cone - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 11:12 AM

April 14, 2014

Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry - Blasphemy (2006)

"Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry at the 2006 Guardian Hay Festival. The discussion covered issues of freedom of speech, religious tolerance, multiculturalism and orthodoxy."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 06:58 AM

Careful what you wish for

"The plots of Sherlock and Doctor Who are being shaped by their fans – but hit shows must appeal to the widest possible audience as well as a narrow band of obsessives."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 06:57 AM

Enrico Caruso - Una Furtiva Lagrima

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 06:54 AM