Tuesday, December 21, 2010

the films of paul thomas anderson

I have yet to see a film by Paul Thomas Anderson that hasn't moved me and had a profound effect on my life and my perspective on art and humanity.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Star Wars - Attack of the MODELS!

Is technology miraculous?

Arthur C. Clarke said that "Any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." For the last 180 years, people have made light of Joseph Smith's claims to have translated the Book of Mormon with the help of the Urim and Thummim--and/or a "seer stone"--sometimes described as spectacles through which he was able to read the ancient text as English. After seeing this video, this no longer seems so miraculous.

I do not believe in the supernatural, only in laws of nature that are not yet fully understood. What was miraculous for mankind from ancient times on up through the 19th century is easily achieved through technology in the 21st.

The Liahona, described as an instrument with spindles on which periodic written instructions would appear and point the way for Lehi and his family to follow toward the promised land, sounds an awful lot like a GPS navigation device today.

The miraculous translating powers of the Urim and Thummim and "seer stone" have now been replicated with software that can be downloaded onto a smartphone. Does this reduce the Urim and Thummim to some sort of celestial iPhone? I say, why not? :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Wounded Cub That Could

Altogether now: Awwww. :-(

Yogi Bear: "Booboo Kills Yogi" ending

I wonder if this is going to make it into the DVD/Blueray's extra features. In case any of you don't get the Reference


This is an hilarious film by my friend Mary Clay. :-)