“Anyone can talk about teaching Creationism as a scientific theory or advocate for it. The catch would be that, before they go into the debate, the city hall meeting, or the tv show, they would head to a computer, press a button, and one of the many creation stories would pop up on screen for them to use. So on any given day, or television set, you would see people advocate for teaching kids that the world was created by Odin and the human race emerged from between his toes, or that the Titans are trapped in Tartarus and the human race was created when Gaea the Earth banged Uranus the Sky, and so on. Not only would it add a great deal of variety and novelty to the debate, it would neatly separate out those who think Creationism has scientific merit and those who just want to teach their own religion.”—
“Art, along with mythic narrative, may thus be seen as a working out in formal terms of what a culture is unable to resolve concretely….”—Fredric Jameson- The Prison-House of Language (via tea-and-swashbuckling). I absolutely love this quote.
It’ll be interesting how this pans out, since she seems to probably be right. Copyright is designed (and Constitutionally defined) “to promote the progress of science and the useful arts” (Art. 1, Sec. 8, Clause 8). Hard Drive, the company making the copyright claim against her based on it’s claim that Ms. Wong or someone on her computer torrented a movie called “Amateur Allure Jen” freely admits that the work is “adult pornography”, which might sink their ship outright, since that’s not usually covered by “useful art”.
“When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant’s competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts. Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding a defendant’s competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong”—
“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.”—
Couldn’t have said it better myself. The ruling is super specific, so it’ll be interesting to see what effect it will have long-term and outside of California. But it’s good to have an appellate court putting this kind of thing in the official reporter of decisions.
I reviewed Skrillex’s show last night for Rolling Stone. It was pretty awesome! I mostly wrote about the bass drops, which are extremely impressive and exciting in the live context.
I am very interested in the theory behind bass drops. I am glad to see someone acknowledge their thrillingness in the live context, but I’d argue that they are just as impressive in the context of a pre-recorded track and in the context of how electronic and dance music worked up until the advent of the bass drop.