The Mirror That Reflects Nothing

March 22, 2007

Ugly defendants ‘more likely to be found guilty than attractive ones’

Dr Taylor said Ted Bundy, who murdered more than 30 young women in the U.S. in the 1970s, was a good example of a criminal who tried to use his looks to his advantage.

“He was quite an attractive person physically and he had the gift of the gab and that is how he lured his victims into his car and killed them in the end,” she said.

“He wanted to represent himself in court and I think a few people might have been duped by his character and how he came across.

“The hard-core forensic evidence was against him, but if that forensic evidence hadn’t been there, he might well have got off, because he was quite charming and knew how to work people.”

And I just said…

Our brains float in the fake imagery of a billion TV shows, movies, books, music videos, advertisements, et al.

Read it again.


Could Anyone Say This About You?

March 22, 2007

Link [he doesn’t title entries in this blog. grrrr….]

He does, but it wasn’t obvious to me. It’s titled Hmm.

[…] after meeting Whitman, Stoker described him as “all that I had ever dreamed of, or wished for” […]

Our brains float in the fake imagery of a billion TV shows, movies, books, music videos, advertisements, et al.

We are too self-absorbed for introspection (as contradictory as that is, it is), so we don’t wonder what a human being is or should be and if we do or ever can approach that.

The imagery, it’s fake. All of it. Real human beings do not act like that. Those humanoids are the creations of writers. I know this. I am a writer. We do it to capture your attention — something that is slipping away and also shortening every day. We want to excite you. Very few of us have the goal of providing guides to a better life or ways to act that will improve your life. Give us the money, here’s your excitement, now go away.

With our damage in your head.

Which you then think is a reflection of reality.

In your self-absorption, you never stop to think if anything you’ve seen or heard is true or real or even good. Your brain has atrophied as your glands have expanded. Silence is now your enemy, because all that’s left in your head is the sad echo of emptiness. The glands need stimulation, so you must have noise. Noise now defines you. Only noise makes you feel alive. But it’s a fake sense of living. You’ve become a puppet, to be driven by any random noise that can engage your glands.

You’ve been taken in hand and have been carved out. There is no longer a You. There is only a collection of shit you have allowed other people to put in you. You have become a patchwork of primitive glandular stimulus-response. The only emotion left to you is fear and its thin and obvious masquerade: rage.

You’ve been cheated and robbed and don’t realize you’ve been an unwitting accomplice to those who have stolen You.

And as you walk around as the new monstrosity you have become, a species of monstrosity that grows in population every year, its the people who crave silence, who need solitude, those who are without the quick, glib, glandular-stimulating response, who are redefined by you as weird, as stupid, as losers.

When I read of Stoker’s reaction to Whitman, I have to wonder: What have we lost? What have we thrown away?

I don’t have the quote handy, but someone else had a similar reaction upon meeting Lafcadio Hearn.

What kind of people were these?

What kind of people are we now?


God Almighty, Are Your Followers All Fucking Insane?!!?

March 22, 2007

Fearing and Loathing the Future in La Plata and Resistencia.

Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare is a relatively recent phenomenon, the phrase itself having been invented in the early 1990s. The basic concept is that (quoting Peter Wagner, at a symposium on power evangelicism),

Satan delegates high-ranking members of the hierarchy of evil spirits to control nations, regions, cities, tribes, people groups, neighborhoods and other significant social networks of human beings throughout the world. Their major assignment is to prevent God from being glorified in their territory, which they do through directing the activity of lower-ranking demons.

And they are fucking serious! They mean this!


Well, Duh! Yeah. Like, Aren’t We All?

March 22, 2007

Dumbest fucking headline from a story that has nothing to do with religion:

Are You Destined To Die?

The story is serious, but that headline just got up my ass today.


Note To Self: Upcoming Book To Read

March 22, 2007

invincible

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

— linkswipe via VanderWorld


You’ve Never Seen A Homepage Like This

March 22, 2007

Nerd out on this!

jwz

The entire site is highly recommended too:

“I have yet to come across so much self-righteous bullshit as when I gaze upon the massive heap of crap that is the jwz web experience.”
— an anonymous poster to slashdot.org


Reference: SF/Sci-Fi TV, Movies

March 22, 2007

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television

Welcome to the largest and fastest growing online resource for all things science fiction, horror, fantasy and animation in film and television! There are many ways to explore EOFFTV – use the search box on every page or from the menu to the left choose the browser to call up lists of all of the titles currently online. You can also explore a range of features looking at different aspects of the genre and browse our list of reviews.


Something You’ve Never Seen Before.

March 22, 2007

Wheeler Winston Dixon – Serial Metaphysics

Dixon conjures fever dream magic from commercial banality.
Check in particular the end sequence of clip one:
David Lynch eat your heart out.

QuickTime video.

Go. See. Now.

(No, you coward. It’s not something disgusting. Safe for work, Christians and other children.)


You’d Cry Like A Fucking Baby If You Lost It!

March 22, 2007

Amerikuh!

Snarky video (QuickTime) filled with images I love.

Immediately related in this blog:
The Lexicon Of The Dickless
There Is A Righteous Rage (Global Edition)


Reference: Free Video For iPods And PSPs

March 22, 2007

Flixpo
The largest collection of free iPod and PSP downloads.

In honor of Ed Wood, Jr, I recommend this video.