In 1999 David Cronenberg made the movie Existenz. In simplest terms, it was the story of getting lost in a virtual reality video game and never being sure of where the fiction ended and the reality resumed. There have been many books and movies that play with this theme of not knowing reality from fantasy. In 1988 Masato Takeno wrote a piece of short fiction titled The Yamada Diary. Predating Existenz, Takeno develops the story of a young student who loses himself in the fiction of a video game called The Yamada Diary.Continue reading “Monkey Brain Sushi”
It’s a cliché but you still hear people admit they are such avid readers that no breakfast cereal box goes unread around their house. We might say that such a person really likes to read. But if we stop to consider this reading, are we not focusing on the physical act of reading without regard for content or efficacy. As such, the process of scanning over written words with the eyes to, presumably, gain pleasure and pass some time with some sort of structure, seems to suggest a benign form of autism. Consider when an insistence on reading soup can labels is indistinguishable from ADHD.
But when we speak of someone being “well-read” we are not counting the boxes of cereal or the cans of soup, are we? Reading is not just a physical process to be enjoyed: it must be considered in relation to the content of the text being read.Continue reading “Reading Is Still Fundamental … But”
The Snopes site which responds to rumors in an attempt to kill them before they go totally viral and infect the thinking of half the population just responded to this question:
Please check out this article about the discovery of tablets on Mars proving the existence of God. The same story is already on many other sites also being repeated as if it were true.
The response from Snopes was a clear FALSE but in today’s political climate you can expect the story to be further embellished and in six months it will be treated as the truth by a significant portion of the population, at least by those that desperately want to believe in the Judeo-Christian-Moslem god (there is only one god, remember). Furthermore, don’t be surprised when that protector of the American Way, Daryll Issa, opens an investigation demanding to know what information NASA is hiding from Congress and insisting that all intelligence, real or imagined, connected with this issue be turned over to his committee without further delay.