> [redacted] have you seen the “"There's A Soldier In All Of Us" Call of Duty
> commercial? This thing is nuts. The little girl at 10 seconds is
> disturbing if not outright revolting.
> Take a gander:
Call of Duty: Black Ops TV Commercial: "There's A Soldier In All Of Us"
jah dood, i saw it, or the gander got my dander up, especially seeing us get goosed. i can't believe the kiddies they've got blasting away and selling the "soldier in all of us" crap, i should've flipped out on it this morning when i had no working computer or newspaper, but instead i just cathartically rambled over a jazz cd i scrambled to find, i think it went well enough. still, it's amazing how socially constipated we all are, especially me, but fortunately like a crazy old tenured professor that'd be too much trouble to fire, i can get away with sh-ttin' on everything on air. thanks for the russell too, i watched a bunch of his interviews and stuff and i'm looking forward to eating his curried leftovers by taking my stuff to a stage. i realize that as long as people have plausible deniability they can listen to my crap, or nobody can want to or say they want to, but if they happen to, then they don't mind. methinks some open mic'in is in the offing, there's no right way of doing this crap, so i can get away with doing anything or nothing. however, there is a "funny" way of doing stuff, so it'll be good to get a metric for it, plus more fun too. i swear, i was in a jam session the other day with two guitarists and a drummer, it went well for the first hour, but the second i got a little too loopy and started thinking too much, always a bad idea when you're trying to feel.
i was realizing how crazy "music" is when it comes right down to what it's for and what it accomplishes, at least based on where we are and what we're up to and how we got here, which caused me to pause on my handy audio hand-job and shrink to the background vocals a bit. i just didn't know what to "say" or "feel" to be "real" without going too far for the people i was with too, especially since i know as a band they like to keep things fun. random chickery floated through my mind for "love" and "fun" songs, but even so, freestyling it can feel kind of funny unless you're totally focused on not. i'm planning on recording heavy in a month or so, but it's not like the simplifications haven't been done better by bob and the other bob and others, so i can either update them or move on the complexities, or maybe both. can i get angry enough about "twitter" to sing, scream or rap it well? will that be seen as a gimmick? will "twits" just spit it back out since they (want to) like it? once the "toronto 2012" project plans are done, then it'll be back to the sales pitch, both selling what everyone can do (flyer like a lunatic) and what i can do (live like a lunatic) so one garners faith in the other (you decide), assuming it happens. i dunno, sometimes i feel like shillin' oat, but then i see how much tougher this is for sane people, which drives me crazy.
bah, the only thing i really need is the cash to continue, then i could not give a flying figaro about the other stuff.
the votes were one "number" metric, i'm looking for another, that should be enough of a freedomandate.
canadian counter-psyop's rejoice, it's now or never, polite and political, close enough.
of course, then there's ye olde responsibility, which i've never been good at.
but, maybe it's not too late to live and learn, at least as a hobby.
How to ask awkward questions and annoy people
In his endless, often exasperating pursuit of Truth, Socrates made many enemies. Yet his ideas and his questioning outlook remain invaluable to understanding the present.
Angus Kennedy | Spiked-Online.com | September 2010
Diogenes Laertius, in his Lives of the Philosophers, tells us that Socrates, unsatisfied with the natural philosophy of his day, ‘began to enter upon moral speculations, both in his workshop and in the marketplace’. He devoted his life to investigating what it was for a man to live well or badly.
Socrates’ relentless questioning of received moral wisdom and authority, his struggle to apprehend real existence in consciousness, would make him many enemies. Laertius goes on to tell us that ‘very often, while arguing and discussing points that arose, he was treated with great violence and beaten, and pulled about, and laughed at and ridiculed by the multitude’. The great Athenian comedian Aristophanes ridiculed Socrates in his Clouds as ‘an artful fellow, a blusterer, a villain, a knave with one hundred faces, cunning, intolerable, a gluttonous dog’. In Plato’s Meno, Socrates offends a man called Anytus by suggesting that even great men such as Themistocles and Thucydides were not capable of teaching their sons to be good. Anytus warns him to be careful, that he is ‘too ready to speak evil of men’. It was Anytus who brought the prosecution against Socrates in 399 BC, on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth, which led to Socrates’ execution.
Was Socrates really so intolerable? Intolerant of Athenian democracy’s belief that the many had the wisdom to judge, was he a threat to democracy itself? Was he guilty of asking too many questions? The debate about Socrates has raged continuously since his death. The birthplace of democracy, famed for introducing freedom of speech and equality before the law, had executed one of the first philosophers for the crime, essentially, of holding certain beliefs and for trying to educate his fellow citizens in morality. IF Stone argues in his 1989 classic, The Trial of Socrates, that he martyred himself to make his opposition to Athenian democracy immortal. But that implies that we should see Socrates as a hero of free speech at the expense of the ideal of democracy. So was Athens just a sham, a democracy in name only, a xenophobic and sexist system resting its leisured elbows on the broken backs of slave labourers, as many now claim?