Encanto

Encanto

Over at arkhaven, it was mentioned how, badly Disney messed up by not promoting Encanto The good:I think it actually is a better film than Frozen - and I mean that no matter how high or low a bar you think that is. It’s certainly more coherent, as there are no scenes with the inherent disconnect of “Let it Go”. It focuses on the importance of family. It pays a lot of attention and respect to cultural motifs, architecture, flora, fauna, and details. There is no in-your-face surface woke. The melodic and instrumental music is mostly on spot,…

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For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

Over at IM-1776, there's a post on stepping back from more immediate media such as video, sound, and even photos, to provide some distance, to make it more difficult to be swayed by false rhetoric and propaganda. Not only has digital technology accelerated the dissemination of news events, it has allowed higher fidelity in their transmission, achieving a realism that was lacking in the twentieth century. For these reasons, modern news coverage has an unprecedented rhetorical power to shape the viewer’s world. But this power is now routinely abused. Corporate media entities aren’t satisfied to simply bring the…

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Sabaton Christmas

Sabaton Christmas

I know I'm not the first in these circles to bring up this new song, but since I mentioned  it in my last post on so-called Christmas music, here is the latest from Sabaton's upcoming album. Yes, they are doing another album fully dedicated to the Great War / World War One to follow up "Great War.". If this song is any indication, it's going to knock my socks off. While I really liked the last album, and Bismark, and loved the show they put on pre-covid for the tour, it wasn't quite the high water mark for me that Heroes…

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Christmas "Music"

Christmas "Music"

As the commercialization of Christmas encroaches upon more and more of the year, one of the most obnoxious things to me is the insistence that most places have on playing "Christmas Music." Of course, the issue here is that so much of the so-called Christmas Music simply isn't. I used to consider it more an irritation at violation of seasonal boundaries - let's actually celebrate Thanksgiving first - but now I'm sure it's more of the content. I have no problem with playing or listening to "We Three Kings", "Greensleeves/What Child is This", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", or…

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"Truth" - False Narratives, Self Defense, Wisdom, and Kyle

"Truth" - False Narratives, Self Defense, Wisdom, and Kyle

The Rittenhouse trial is over, as is the McMichaels trial, and we are now looking at the trial for the Daunte Wright shooting. While he'll never live a normal life, or likely work a normal job again, I'm glad Kyle was acquitted. I'm disappointed, but understand to a degree why, that he's giving interviews instead of taking time to get himself together. I also don't blame him in saying something along the lines that we can all agree on Black Lives Matter.  He's young, and as I've pointed out before, the lie is effective and pervasive.   The thing is, and…

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Musical Interlude of Doom

Musical Interlude of Doom

I've never really been a doom metal fan. Sure, I'm familiar with a few Sabbath tracks, but that band, nor the genre in general, never stuck with me. Then a friend of mine linked me to "Tears Like Diamonds" In case the vid doesn't show properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jv0qyEnrX8 OK - fantasy metal, and it had me hooked. So I listened to the rest of the album, and got hooked on that too, particularly Dreamthieves. So I dug around some more, and found a video for "Used Future", with a very SNES era Final Fantasy vibe.…

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Chili

Chili

Before we get started. One - yeah, I know, "a proper chili doesn't have beans". Or tomatoes. My memories of Texas being from before Kindergarten, and decades ago, I'll stick with what I learned. Also - as food gets more expensive, having some beans/etc. to stretch the dish helps a lot. Second, as you likely noticed before, I don't do the long story of how much whichever recipe means to me, etc. - I hate looking up recipes on pages like that. Third - I like to give a baseline for you to do your own thing, not a…

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Models and Truth

Models and Truth

I learned an importan lesson long ago in physics class. On the blackboard, the teacher drew a picture of an atom similar to the one below: He then asked if that was the correct model of the atom. We, being know-it-all college students, said no. So he drew up an orbital model we'd seen in discussing chemical reactions. Again- correct? Again - no. And so on. After a few different versions, he stopped, and said we were all wrong. He then explained why. None of the models on the board were truly atoms. They were maps, symbols, models. They were…

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