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Here’s your five sentence introduction to psychoanalysis in the age of atheism: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Funny how it’s the… Read the rest
I only get 5 sentences, so better make them count: according to this show, post apocalypse, when things devolve into a hunter/gatherer society, the men naturally become hunters and the women… at some point wish they were dead. I guess gathering must really suck, or else the women don’t have much faith in their hunters. This is… Read the rest
A lot of the criticism of movie trailers (“why do they put the whole plot in it?” “The actual movie was totally different!” etc) comes from a misunderstanding of the purpose of trailers.
The trailer is designed to do exactly what a political ad does.
No spoilers: the plot of Looper is really about a boy, and the relationship… Read the rest
There are no bad guys and good guys in “intelligent” TV dramas like Homeland, or so they say. But.
Midway in the show, the 16 yo daughter, Dana, and her classmates are attending a Quaker meeting at her prep school: a person stands, says whatever he wants about anything, and everyone else sits silently and… Read the rest
What do we have here, a serial killer trying to pass himself off as normal?
A hallucination of your father admonishing you for your mistakes is a pretty standard literary metaphor for the superego, and if that’s true you should probably sit down: this superego, like your superego, doesn’t criticize him for doing something wrong, like killing, … Read the rest
This is a simple ad, which is also why it is being displayed in…. newspapers. It plays off Apple’s Genius theme, but it is, literally, a straightforward comparison between two objects (obviously skewed towards the Galaxy S III.)
This is the kind of ad that you would never see for a political candidate except in… Read the rest
Whenever something tragic like the violence in Aurora happens, I always think of this scene from “Almost Famous”. Note that I believe this clip is a different take from the one actually used in the movie. What you can’t see is that the t-shirt shows the band, but only Russell (the guitarist) is in focus.
When… Read the rest
There are two conversations to be had on the recent tosh topic. One is whether a rape joke is ok or not and the other is whether it is ok to heckle or not. Obviously one is making more noise than the other.
A rape joke is debatable though and it has the opportunity of making the comedian looking… Read the rest
Life too busy? Let this guy offer a solution.
All I can think is how it must be nice to have the luxury of having to barely work for a living–apparently without the distractions of raising kids. But this article is useful, I’ll take it into account the next time I’m haggling with an employer about not being… Read the rest
This is a newly composed classical cello and piano sonata. I’m not sure how you want the link- I’m horrible with computers. I hope you like the piece. thanks ! Sarah DuBois composer
No need to recount this story: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57476379/questions-remain-over-mass-shooting-at-batman-screening-in-colo/
Most of us know the details. We were shocked/horrified/deeply saddened/outraged and upset.
Our initial reactions to each other aside, how many of us replayed the incident in our heads, casting ourselves as a major player in our own home movie? Did we play a heroic moviegoer who set aside all fears and… Read the rest
Austin Comedian Curtis Luciani writes about Daniel Tosh’s rape joke incident at the Laugh Factory.
My concise interpretation of his points:
1) Rape is far more prevalent than men think it is: imagine having your dick cut off and being emasculated by a comedian.
2) There is a difference between doing comedy and bringing… Read the rest
Porn as fantasy, works in the way that you know it’s not true, the act is not really happening right in front of you, but you believe it as if it is real, so that you can act on that fantasy for your own pleasure. For any fantasy to be real enough to stimulate, you must be able to… Read the rest
So here comes the latest pop psychology, the extraordinary, ultimate authority “science” says not to date muscular men, but their alternative, scrawny men. Why? Because a correlation between muscularity and sexism, from an uncited study, claims so. First off, the strength of the correlation is not shared. This could be a very weak correlation, meaning that plenty of… Read the rest
Returning from a month’s trip to India, it’s clear to see that rubbish disposal is a huge problem. Talking to the locals, the main consensus is due to corruption of government, therefore lack of bins, cleaners and care for the land. I will not disagree that this is a huge point, but all the same I would like to… Read the rest
A woman gets into a bad accident, suffers trauma-induced depression et. al., and copes with it by playing a game she created.
I’ve been curious about how to use the ego against itself. It hates (e.g.) the success of others, so how do you structure an environment to take advantage of that. Can you?
One thing my… Read the rest
Across Canada, tuition protests, starting in Quebec, have spread across the nation in a demand for lower tuition. But why?
According to this article, a minority of York students (300 of an institution of at least 50,000) believe that; Because education is a basic right, it should be free. Of course, nothing is free, especially when it comes to… Read the rest
I’m going to try something within the spirit of PO but slightly different.
This is one of my favorite commercials of all time. There’s the cool music, the bright lights and the ambient atmosphere. With the exception of Matt Dillon’s introduction of the lineup at the end, there’s no other narration and no people in the commercial. Everything is… Read the rest
‘A Britishness test?! but what IS Britishness?’
The Life in the United Kingdom test is a computer-based test for individuals seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen. The test is a requirement under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.
It’s existed for a while, but every time this test… Read the rest
An American Eagle flight was grounded on the runway in NYC (during a heat wave) for five hours. People started to complain. Jose Serrano, flight attendant for American Eagle, yells back at the passengers.
“If you have the balls to try [and get off the plane], now’s your chance.” Etc.
(No one tried.)
The facts of the case are… Read the rest