Visitors from beyond the exosphere!!!

This is flippin' awesome!!

(Don't mind the overstated title)


Factoids from the continuum.

Just some facts from around the web:

Did you know that the average bedroom carpet has 45,729,034 fibers??

Did you know the price of one McDonald's value meal would feed eight families in Tibet??

Did you know that nearly 80% of colorblind men are also ambidextrous?

Did you know that as a Rough Rider, Teddy Roosevelt once shot his horse for looking at him "quite oddly"??

Did you know that Mother Goose is actually based on the axe-wielding prohibitionist Carrie Nation?

Did you know that Roseanne Barr studied classical voice for three semesters at Berklee School of Music?

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults has both male and female reproductive organs and does not know it??

Did you know that I'm making all this stuff up???

Hee hee.



All I gotta say is, this was my favorite show as a kid.

And the guy who played Jeff the manequinn, also played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, in the Canadian traveling production.

*moment of silence*


Would that be the Pacific, or the Atlantic, or......?

Disclaimer: into a vast ocean, I merely dip a toe.

I find the trend in current music interesting, how popular the artists are who draw on old-school soul and rock. Generally, a mixing of musical styles is something that excites me so I have no qualms about it. My personal favorite example is Nicole Atkins, who exceptionally recreates a sixties pop haze while gently incorporating contemporary flavors. If you haven’t heard her album Neptune City, then you honestly don’t know what you’re missing.

The first quote of Baudrillard’s that I used on Nov. 7 was, I believe, a prediction, a foreshadowing of the pinnacle of a postmodern world. “A universe where…it has all been done.” Are we getting there? I think so.

Oftentimes I’m driven to think, what if the ‘best’ has already been done? (And yes, I understand what an incendiary word that is in these postmodern times) The middle of the last millennium saw such a perfecting of forms in art and music and literature (baroque and classical and romantic); what if, to continue creating new forms in art, we are forced to go further and further from that which human discernment finds acceptable? And in avoiding that, what if all that is left to be done is ‘playing with the pieces,’ as Baudrillard said?

That being said, I'm aware that no one truly knows what the future holds. There have been some sci-fi prophets but, it will always be difficult for the contemporary mind to comprehend a futuristic world. (Just look at the old show "Space: 1999")

I quoted the French philosopher’s ‘radical antagonism’ statement because, in short, I believe that chaos is a direct result of infinite diversity and the free will given us. There is to be no equilibrium found, though we may conceive of it and hope for it.

And the ‘immanent purpose of obscenity,’ I see it as I have always seen it: the human mind becomes bored. There is no recycling of interest. Whether individually or as a group, we must take something to its extreme as an alternative to abandoning it; you know the extreme has been reached when the only thing left to do is to reflexively go backward and reclaim some of the old order. And what are we left with?

Playing with the pieces.

The book is Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations.


See for yourself.

"Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in which the quantum states of two or more objects are linked together so that one object can no longer be adequately described without full mention of its counterpart — even though the individual objects may be spatially separated."

I wonder if this is what love is like.


Postmodernity as dystopia.

Courtesy of Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher and sometime-postmodern theorist:

"[The postmodern is] characteristic of a universe where there are no more definitions possible. It has all been done. The extreme limit of these possibilities has been reached. It has destroyed itself. It has deconstructed its entire universe. So all that are left are pieces. All that remains to be done is to play with the pieces. Playing with the pieces - that is postmodern."

"The universe is not dialectical. It moves toward the extremes, and not towards equilibrium; it is devoted to a radical antagonism, and not to reconciliation or to synthesis."

"Things have found a way to elude the dialectic of meaning, a dialectic which bored them: they did this by infinite proliferation...and by obscenity which henceforth has become their immanent purpose and insane justification."