Saturday, April 30, 2005

Selected Truth from the Intarweb

Pedophiles are evil
topix-worthy! Dennis from the collaborative blog techdirt knows to report: "Pedophiles are evil people whether online or offline. Let's not blame blogging for that."
And recent research shows, that indeed - he is absolutely right:
"Tough times for developmental psychologists! Scientists have discovered the gene responsible for both inherit mischief and pedophilia. The scientific essay not only shows that over 80 percent of 'suspicious looking townfolk' had the genetic pattern, but also uncovers striking similarities between the DNA samples recovered from Adolf Hitler's favorite tooth brush and the 'gooey' remains of islamist suicide bombers."

relativistic Dark Age ahead
Many a feed has reflected some of the unfailable words of God's new best-housed servant, Pope Benedict the Current.
"We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires."
Experts attest "outerworldly" brilliance, and already speak about the possible social and scientific impact of the so-called Quid-quo-pro methology. Talking with the theologist responsible for aligning the Pope's holy slippers, he explains the reasoning behind the theory: "Well, when it comes to Dark Ages, it's just kinda their turn!"

Technology working towards curing communication
"Basically, we all agree."
These are the words of Sally Brown, the author of a blog covering politics and social issues. She explains the benefit of recent anti-spam technology for blogs: "Back when blogging started off, you could already limit yourself to the blogs of reasonable people, but there'd still be some people writing responses from an opposing point of view. By the time you came around to delete them, there would already be a discussion going on." Andrew Haralds from BloggingDemocracy.com shares his perspective on the issue: "We noticed, that our customers didn't really enjoy divergent opinions." Sally is emphatic about the future of journalism: "In the MSM you have the choice between FOX and CBS, but there's still a lot of actual controversy. With the rise of democratic media, with everybody being cool and civilized, news is almost more fun than actual video gaming."

out: Postmodernism | in: Network Society
As Samuel R. Smith knows to report, Postmodernism - a branch of thought so utterly awesome you cannot really say what it's about - is over and done with. After the intellectuals deconstructed things like the worker's identification with his company, more than globalization and mass unemployment ever could, the public is paved for the emergence of a new era: the Network Society. Basically, people are more connected now... First empiric research amongst female social-sciences-freshmen has shown, that "it's pretty damn attractive".

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Neon Genesis Evangelion is utter shite - and here's the proof

Today in 4chan a little quarrel errupted on the intellectual quality of Neon Genesis Evangelion [link] (ironically in response to a capture of one of the borderline-underage-pr0n sex scenes in the movie "Ken Park"). This inspired me to let off some long due steam in this blog entry.

Every once in a while, there's the guy who comes up and argues, that in fact anime and japanese films in general are not just "sometimes artsy" and mostly crap, but that in fact it's you, the dulled down western consumer whore, who fails to see their depth and subtext. In fact, some will go as far as presenting their favorite animes as a counterpoint to the shallow american Hollywood movie industry and it's ugly metastasis all over the globe.

When such claims are made, what might pop up are movies like

  • "Ghost in the Shell" (which is an alright science fiction flick, but just like in any other science fiction movie ever made, reason has to make room for effect)

  • "Serial Experiments Lain" (whose ideas are kind of interesting, but there's just not enough happening to make watching the series a pleasant experience)

  • and when it comes to the worst: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Let me introduce you to the story line of NGE real quick, you can read more about it on wikipedia. It's a 26-episode mech-series, where teens with emotional problems steer the mechs to fight massive Aliens, called "Angels". The whole series is stuffed with random religous references. That's it. As somebody in the 4chan thread put it quite eloquently:

"Anyone who thinks NGE is intellectual needs to get a clue real bad."

The most horrible thing about this myth of NGE's subtext is, that if you only watch some of this utterly mundane drivel, and not the full >20 fucking hours, you'll be told that you need to watch them all for the enlightenment to strike you. Effectively wasting the time of countless gullible/curious truth seekers like myself.

If anything can, this post should nail the coffin of this rotting red hering:

It's in the FAQ on www.evaotaku.com.

Quoting an NGE staff member who was asked on the meanings behind the tons of religious/mystical (mostly Christian) references in NGE:

"There are a lot of giant robot shows in Japan, and we did want our story to have a religious theme to help distinguish us.
Because Christianity is an uncommon religion in Japan we thought it would be mysterious. None of the staff who worked on Eva are Christians.
There is no actual Christian meaning to the show, we just thought the visual symbols of Christianity look cool."

So yeah. You can make whatever you want out of the "zomg i'm so alone lol rofl i wan 2 die" emo crap, but anyone who thinks NGE has some kind of super-deep mystical meaning is totally full of it.

NOW LET IT END!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Lord, I have sinned ...

... and here are the pictures:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Blind Spot & Downfall - The story of Hitler's secretary

Two recent german movies capture the story of Hitler's secretary, who was inside the Fuehrer-bunker with Adolf Hitler in the last days of him and the Third Reich. The first one is a documentary, cut together from interviews with Traudl Jung ("Blind Spot - Hitler's secretary", 2003), the second one is a drama based on above mentioned interviews ("Downfall", 2004).
As a German I have seen a lot about the Third Reich. The best of those exhibits do not teach us only about history itself, but beyond that allow us to get a glimpse of war, politics, propaganda and human nature. In my opinion, these are the lessons that are the most important to learn. Both these movies have this capacity. If you plan on watching both of them, I'd recommend Downfall, then Blind Spot. I think otherwise, I would have percieved it anticlimatic.

Both movies are currently in the bittorrent network:
Blind Spot (torrentspy)
Downfall (torrentspy)

Monday, April 25, 2005

Candiru - the fish that will jump/swim into your peehole and suck your blood - seriously!

The more you know! God sure has proven a unique sense of humour creating this little fellow. The story is wikipedia- and straightdope-verified and comes with pictures of the removal operation. In case reason alone just isn't enough to convince your kids not to piss into the goddamn pool:

"The candirú or canero (Vandellia cirrhosa) is a freshwater fish in the group commonly called the catfishes. It is found in the Amazon River and has a reputation among the natives as the most feared fish in its waters, even over the piranha. [..]
It is feared by the natives because it is attracted to urine or blood, and if the bather is nude it will swim into an orifice (the anus, vagina or even—in the case of the smaller specimens—the penis and deeper through the urethra). It then erects its spine and begins to feed on the blood and body tissue just as it would from the gills of a fish. The candiru is then almost impossible to remove except through an operation, usually involving the amputation of the area.

wikipedia

"On 28 October 1997, one of us (Samad) attended a 23-year-old man from the town of Itacoatiara on the Amazon River who sought medical attention with obstruction of the urethra, having been attacked by a candirú. [..] The fish penetrated the victim's urethra while he was standing in the river urinating, actually emerging from the water and entering his penis, filling the entire anterior urethra. He reported trying to grab hold of the fish, but it was very slippery, and it forced its way inside with alarming speed. The candirú's forward progress was blocked by the sphincter separating the penile urethra from the bulbar urethra. With the passage blocked, the fish had made a lateral turn and bitten through the tissue into the corpus spongiosum, creating an opening into the scrotum."
straightdope

pictures of the removal surgery


source: bog

"Real time" is a pretty good show

This probably is old news for experienced american tv viewers, but "Real time" with Bill Maher is a weekly HBO show comparable to, for example, the "Daily Show" with Jon Steward from Comedy Central. Included are, in approximately even parts, nightshow-typical comedy and conversations about politics and current issues. Each show I watched had five guests, 3 of them in a panel that allowed more of a debate, and two interviewed via satellite.

While I don't agree with quite some jokes and comments of the moderator in both cases, what's refreshing for an old european like myself, is that Bill Maher doesn't assume that he is indeed all knowing. Instead of inviting guests to make the own liberal camp look cooler, the questions are sharp but fair, and one has the feeling that indeed the parties both have had the chance to present their side of the story. Oftentimes - at least from my perspective - Maher stands corrected, and is not afraid not to have the last word. In the five episodes I saw (from the 9th, currently running series) the guests were interesting and smart with almost no exception. The discussions circle around the key disagreements, rather than an exchange of known smooth-washed non-communication. To make my point: my impression is that the show is unusally well suited for people who try to make up their own mind (especially for an american show :p).

The recent episodes are also on the bittorrent network: torrentspy.com

Sunday, April 24, 2005

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