Monday, September 22, 2014

VALIS and MATRIX? I dunno...

To Illustrate my point, I will start here.

"In VALIS, Philip K. Dick uses the parameters of the science fiction genre to ponder the meanings behind divine revelations. He does this through the character of Phil/Horselover Fat, a schizophrenic who is tormented by the loss of loved ones and a vision which he believes to be divine in origin. It is the redemption of this character, and how this human character reflects the divine, that becomes the central focus of the novel. The unique idea that Dick is developing is that of the divine being represented by a schizophrenic mind in a contemporary world that is slightly different than our own. Dick is asking the reader to share in his fascination with the divine by introducing a new way of thinking about it through the narrative world he creates in the novel." That's ONE perspective. It may be another 'through the looking glass (mirror) Or NOT...

When it comes to "Science Fiction Studies," Philip K. Dick is a subject unto himself. That's a second perspective.

Between Faith and Melancholy: Irony and the Gnostic Meaning of Dick's "Divine Trilogy" That's a third perspective.

How about between LSD and a bottle of Thunderbird - the world of Philip K. Dick's journey through the Bay Area? That's a forth perspective.

"Wolfgang Hagen argues that media technologies are linked to schizophrenic hallucinations and trance states, as they illustrate “a linguistic structure articulated by the unconscious” (113; my translation). Dick’s late writings similarly represent the experience of the electric media environment as a process of pattern recognition or noise filtering, and they even outline a quasi-mystical theory of the collective unconscious as a product of information technologies. Consciousness becomes, in John Johnston’s words, “a secondary effect, the result of a mechanical interplay between a perceptual apparatus, a recording device, and a symbolic system” (215)" HERE That's a fifth perspective (other than Thunderbird).

So what?

As I have often said: "Perception is perfect in that it consistently FAILS to inform us of reality."

"And Philip K. Dick Wept" is another must read - I just refuse to rip it off. Go read it for yourself.

So, did Philip K. Dick write the Matrix or did the Matrix write Philip K. Dick? I don't see the difference.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Who reads this blog???

I understand Americans - including Alaskans - may not have more pressing issues (pun on 'reading).

The Ruskies have curiosity...

The French and Brits have time on their hands.

When I used the word "turkey," then Turkey looked in...

As for India, I think they are just indexing everything on the WEB and have bots hitting the URL.

Otherwise, I could trigger interest by using curry. To curry favor, curry flavor.

Wait, and see...

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Basic Difference...

The Basic Difference between this movie and a turd in a punch bowl is the punch bowl.

There are a LOT of movies - in fact most movies - that are not worth watching but this one gives "Plan 9 from Outer Space" a run for its lack of money. (Johnny "T" ponied up enough moolah to brown this half-baked turkey.)

Written by 10¢ author extrordinaire L. Ron What's his name, this is either: 1) a real turkey on the wing or 2) penned by someone who needed creative writing 101 or 3) inspired by too much Wild Turkey 101!

During composition (or decomposition).

I was able to buy a used copy of the DVD version of this "pile of trash" for 99¢. And for this number of pennies, the DVD was enormously overpriced! I bought the Book many years ago at Grey Wolf for a dollar (also grossly over-priced) and bet a friend of mine that I could not only read it (cover-to-cover) in a week but that I would highlight all the good parts for him. He never paid the bet because - owing to a complete lack of even a single "good part" - the highlighter went unused.

PLOT: "In the year 3000, humanity is no match for the Psychlos, a greedy, manipulative race on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the seductive and powerful Terl, the Psychlos are stripping Earth of its resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has reverted to a primitive state, believing the invaders to be demons and technology to be evil. After humanity has all but given up any hope of freeing themselves from alien oppression, a young man named Tyler decides to leave his desolate home high in the Rocky Mountains to discover the truth, whereupon he is captured and enslaved. It is then that he decides to fight back, leading his fellow man in one final struggle for freedom." Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

But, in all fairness, what does one reviewer have to say about it?

So, the book - and movie - lack consistency and look at complex issues through the eyes of simplicity.

Was L. Ron a mildly retarded man displaying the absence of developed frontal lobes? I don't know.

Perhaps it was he who coined the phrase: "I'ld rather have a bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy."

If he had been drinking up-scale whiskey would the outcome have improved? Again, I don't know. But it makes one wonder.

Perhaps, in his next life-cycle, things may improve. Wait, and see.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Best Fake Religion Ever...

There are hundreds of fake religions. I would estimate that 85% (if not more) of the world's religions are not only fake, they are outright SILLY. Some people are ignorant, others stupid, and yet others just gullible. A few are all three!

And I am not JUST talking about Free John, The Family, or People's Temple and similar one-man bands. I, as a matter of opinion, would include Swaggart, Fall-well, Bakker, and Alamo in this group. There is certainly no shortage of other zanie characters and artifacts on the ultra right.

Nor am I talking about Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons (LDS), the Seventh-day Adventists and the many other obvious likely suspects.

It's all about Discordianism!

"Over fifty years ago, a group of pranksters founded a satiric religion devoted to creating conspiracy theories so insane that nobody would ever believe uncritically in conspiracies again. They called themselves the Discordians. And their weird ideas are still influencing us today."

Read more about it HERE.


And check out the books:

The Prankster and the Conspiracy

Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald and the Garrison Investigation

Discordianism - The Illuminati Cyphers, Codes, and Calendars.

The history of the world is the history of the warfare between secret societies. -Ishmael Reed, Mumbo-Jumbo

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Is history full of sh*t?

I have known about this controversy for several years but chose not to comment - until now.

In high school (the 1960s), some of us read (what I now consider a sacred scripture) "The Birds."

The Birds (Greek: Ὄρνιθες Ornithes) is a comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes.

The play is posted HERE and includes a link to a free download. Read it, if you can read. Meditate upon it, if you can meditate.

Scarabs were popular amulets in ancient Egypt. They survive in large numbers and, through their inscriptions and typology, they are an important source of information for archeologists and historians of the Ancient world. They also represent a significant body of ancient art.

As emblem used as an insignia designating an “Operating Thetan” in Scientology, the Scarab also may be seen. The shape is reminiscent of an Egyptian scarab (perhaps intentionally), but is a combined “O” and “T.”

What if there was a discovery - say dating from 25,000 years ago, of a ceramic scarab buried under a pyramid in Bosnia?

Mentioned in the Smithsonian. (2009)

Well, no big deal, right?

If one old pyramid was made of concrete?

Other weirdness.

So, where is the dung (sh*t)? HERE

Elusive? Not at all.

Same old sh*t? No. This sh*t is OLDER.

At least it didn't arrive in a bag!