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Burn slowly, the candle of life

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I recently got a new tablet and haven’t really tried out the camera. Seems to be just adequate but it doesn’t really matter. Was having a serene moment last night with this candle. Now that the nights are getting longer and the days shorter, it’s time to reflect on the cycles of life. The past, the present and the future.

Btw, first few lyrics are cut off in this video… “Something you can’t hide…” There are other videos of this song but I really dig this 1970s Paris concert. Maybe I was “there” in spirit. Who knows. Would have been about 8 yrs at the time.

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Should I Feel Guilty? – Game of Thrones Finale

I guess I’m a little behind. I just finished watching Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Spolier alert! Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the final episode.

So after finishing up the series, I wondered:

Should I feel guilty for enjoying it when Cersei blew the High Sparrow sky high?

I don’t know.

Some Christian blogger argued that we have it all wrong. We like the bad guys in the show and don’t like the good guys.

I thought that was a silly take because, if anything, Game of Thrones is about the grey areas (Grey Worm?) and doesn’t deal in absolutes.

Only the most childish of cartoons and comics do that. Adult fiction is about portraying life as it is. And because nobody is perfect, this seems more genuine than many whitewashed, Christian-approved media productions.

True, Cersei is quite evil. But at least she knows it. The High Sparrow and his violent crew reminded me of those religious phonies – we’ve all met them – who prance around pretending to be holier-than-thou when really they are just total creeps.

For the record, I didn’t enjoy it when Cersei insinuated that she planned to torment, possibly torture, the High Sparrow’s angry stooge, Septa Unella. And I didn’t like seeing Queen Margaery get trapped, the only one recognizing the imminent danger.

As I say, Cersei is evil.

But I did enjoy seeing the High Sparrow get his due. For me, religious phonies are the most odious type of all.

The High Sparrow (right) and a fanatical convert (left)


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Is an iPod part of your mind?

If you had an iPod, would it be part of your mind? That’s one of the odder, but surprisingly most relevant, questions being discussed here in Seoul at the World Congress of Philosophy.

» http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/03/philosophy.ipod?gusrc=rss&feed=worldnews

That’s from an interesting article that I stumbled upon at another equally interesting blog » http://milindasquestions.com/


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Cylon’s despair

Cylon’s despair, originally uploaded by earthpages.

Sci-fi fans are all hip to the idea of human beings wondering if they’re cylons… but what about the other side..?

Original Creative Commons photo “Liverpool Street station crowd blur” by David Sim » www.flickr.com/photos/victoriapeckham/164175205/


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Toward a real solution

ani-coffee.gifani-coffee.gifYou know, I’m totally bored of some of these retro-environmentalists who long for a mythic past and prop themselves up as saviours for humanity when in all probability they’re just acting out some childhood psychological complex. Instead of being angry at their mother, father or perhaps that 3rd grade bully who teased them in the schoolyard, they seem to transfer their angst onto simplistic constructions like “America” or “The Corporation.”

The way I see it, harkening back to some mythical Golden Age is just silly. Why? Well, because there never was a Golden Age and probably never will be. If you don’t believe me, just think about the Industrial Revolution in Europe where coal pollution, health and working conditions were for the most part dismal and appalling. And if you want to go back even further to find a mythical Golden Age, just think of hideous diseases, the Black Death and other horrors that we’ve overcome as a species.

We have to keep moving forward, not backward to some fictional past that never was. And given human nature as it is, real solutions to current environmental problems will probably only arise within a profit-motive framework. So that means more corporate investment, science and technology, not less.

Maybe this isn’t a nice fairy tale. But fairy tales will only take us so far.