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You Had to Ask #70
You Had to Ask #70
you had to ask # 70
Friday, February 7th, 2014 | 08:10 am
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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 | 03:04 am (UTC)
you had to ask # 70
corey donaldson the freethinker from lethbridge alberta,canada has some questions tom ask.first question: aside from walk the line have you seen any other films by director james mangold like copland,identity and the wolverine? second question: speaking of the roadhouse blues movie,what did you think of the cover song that was performed by the late jeff healy and his band? third question: have you ever read frank herbert's dune? fourth question:have you ever listened to any songs by the rockband the cult like go west,a flower in the desert,rider in the snow,she sells sanctuary,love,big neon glitter,wildflower,peace dog,love removal machine,sunking,american horse and edie (ciao baby)so if you enjoy great rock songs check them out on youtube.fifth and final question: have you ever watched the scifi series babylon 5 and what did you think about it? ps besides the door's roadhouse blues jeff healy and his band also do a great cover of the gerry rafferty and stealer's wheel song stuck in the middle with you.
Sunday, February 9th, 2014 | 02:37 pm (UTC)
Some great questions on this episode but, whats this?...
Oh dear goodness no!
Someone else asked a similar question as I might regarding Pinker's "Better Angels of our nature"...
NO! Don't fall for it, Steve!
Pg 127, Pinker admits he's not a futurist and that its more likely than not that violent episodes will recur in the near future... that, and the book is a pastiche anyways of the best papers...
Violence has been increasing relative to population (population is near-malthusian/exponential...): Pinker dodges what underpins society to be able to sustain such liberal conditions: cheap energy/innovation rates... consequently abundant food and space/actual ability for upward mobility.
Pinker tries to explain away the attrocities and apathy of the 20th century, and the Seneca cliff/darkages before that... Pinker's a Fukuyama thesis fan.
It's just nowadays we don't use primitive weapons as much (which, Pinker observes, were far more lethal than modern weapons).
I'd agree with Pinkers throwaway point that, if resources were really scarce, (as they are) then there might be a sudden regression...
By contrast, check out the Club of Rome, IEEE, UNSD, The Board of Atomic Physicists, OEIS, WSFS futures, the centre for innovation, IMF or GCR... all those institutions have a much less utopian and more pragmatic outlook of the near future than does Pinker --- and a more realist/constructivist approach to human identity too. The common thread seems to be about timing, micron and energy limits of mining, and innovation stagnation (not to mention the Hegelian interdynamics of civilisations, which Huntington spoke of at length).
Steve, changing topics to Batman Odyssey:
What don't you like about that work?!!?! There's camp, there's exagerrated persona... its a bit like the Joel Schumaker of the comic book universe (for the record, Schumaker did a great job at capturing the campiness of batman, as does The Brave and the Bold or ALL STAR BATMAN).
It's not the canonical definitive batman, nor the Hyperviolent/ultrarealistic Nolan-Batman, but its batman...
Comeon, a stylised dude with BATARANGS?!? I mean, where does he stick them?!?! and The Batcave: how BIG is it anyways? ALL STAR BATMAN even plays that joke with the foldout batcave...
Ostensibly, batman is at his finest in SUPERMAN/BATMAN or Quest for Kryptonite arcs... or any Justice League stuff. Batman keeps Superman on a leash...
Any chance of you reviewing Scott McClouds "Understanding Comics" steve?
Or how about Bongo Comic's: Futurama/Simpsons crossover...
Whatabout these constant new Green Lantern events since Blackest Night? (I've stopped collecting modern events issues, because theres so many I can't keep up! that, and the issues have different timing and danged ads in em...)
Or, the rare 2013 Lenticular Cover issues for the new origin stories of all the DC baddies... there's some twists in there for sure!
What do you think of the NEW 52 canon Steve?
My canon is closer to modernised silver age. But Byrne's stuff never happened: instead all the Waid lines and Loeb and Johns stuff is superman's backstory...
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