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Ip Man

Who doesn’t appreciate a martial arts film once in a while. If you don’t, maybe you haven’t seen a good one yet, like Ip Man. “A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.”

The story is grand, music great, cinematography awesome, action entertaining, and the acting superb. Donnie Yen owned this character.

But, best of all there is a Ip Man 2!

Ip Man at IMDB
Ip Man at Rotten Tomatoes

Off topic … Ant
Enough of this, have to read up on Ant build scripts. Is AntCall really evil? But, there is no way to short-circuit declarative dependency handling, except by entangling conditionals all over the place. Or is there?

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SYTYCD — Episode 18, top 8 dancers.

One of my favorite programs on TV, “So You Think You Can Dance”, recently had another great show.

Two fabulous dancers Melani and Sasha put on a great performance, dancing to a Choreograph by Sonya Tayeh:

Melanie and Sasha Top 8 So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 July 27, 2011

Such power! I love at the beginning at 0:18 when Sasha reaches up and then falls back.

Here is another dance to the great Jeff Buckley’s “I Know It’s Over“:
So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Marko Top 8

The whole show is currently on HULU

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internet + demographics + culture = revolution

Look at what happened in Tunisia and is and may echo in Egypt. This is just the start.

An essay, “A Time for Choosing” by Daniel E. Geer Jr., has this as its first paragraph:

The Internet was built by academics, researchers, and hackers—meaning that it embodies the liberal cum libertarian cultural interpretation of “American values,” namely that it is open, nonhierarchial, self-organizing, and leaves essentially no opportunities for governance beyond protocol definition. Anywhere the Internet appears, it brings those values with it (treating censorship as a routing failure, say). Other cultures, other governments, know that these are America’s strengths and that we are dependent upon them, hence as they adopt the Internet they become dependent on those strengths and thus on our values. A greater challenge to sovereignty does not exist.

That last sentence is great: “A greater challenge to sovereignty does not exist.”

[What follows was not the point of the referenced essay above and is my own naivety.]

Now look at what happened in Tunisia and is and may echo in Egypt. This is just the start.

What will happen in America? I think the possibility of violent revolution is very remote. Then again, with the rich just getting richer across a very wide gap and jobs going overseas, we are creating new kinds of classes. Not very prudent.

In the middle east and other countries the demographics is of a very young population. In the USA we are old. If we simplistically assume that revolution is the dramatic change to an opposite, then a revolution in America due to its demographics would be opposite to that in other countries. We have freedom (compared to many countries), so a revolution would be to non-freedom. Is the rise of anti-science, extreme right wing politics, hate-radio, renewed gun fervor, all fueled by internet misinformation, fear-mongering, and irrational thinking the result? It seems that the Taliban is winning the war, we are becoming them.

I don’t have to belabor the point. Just look at non-fox news for evidence: politicians calling for stopping of support for public radio, Creationism and anti-science in schools, and so on, and so on, and so on.

Young people here would be wise to put away the game machines and yakking on Facebook and start seeing what is really happening. The future has swallowed empires of old. Its gaping maw is opening again.

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Why are people attracted to bad News?

There is News and there is News. One is informative. This is where we get some exact information such as weather predictions, traffic, some political info, and so forth. The other News is essentially negative. This news is sensationalistic, misinformation, trivia, gruesome, and reinforces what ever deep fears we have about our world. I contend that bad news, perhaps not that more frequent, is in our minds more prevalent and more effective. It certainly generates advertising revenues.

So if this bad news is really bad for a our psyche and doesn’t really help, why are people so drawn to it? Before it was via TV (is Jerry Springer still showing our underbelly?) but now it is with all the latest internet based resources. You don’t have to be told which celebrity exposed their crotch, the image is probably already on the web. Who shot, stole, raped, what company did what, what politician said this, blah blah.

It’s the waterhole. Media is our waterhole. Like any herd, we approach the waterhole and like any good waterhole are rapidly exposed to all the hidden dangers. The waterhole is our view into the forest, what are the dangers out there? And like all herds, we pay attention to the anomaly. We’re not enjoying the great colorful plumage on that little bird. we’re wary; ready for that unknown Thing that will eat us.

Unfortunately, the top level predator that will devour us, is us!

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