December 01, 2016
Starship Troopers as The Art of War
"Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, published in 1959, is aging remarkably well. The tome chronicles the early military career of Johnnie Rico, who fights alien arachnids while clad in a heavily armed exoskeleton. The troopers drop from orbit one by one to wreak havoc on whatever target the Sky Marshal deems worthy of the attention. It's a cool adventure novel with a soldier's eye view that doubles a treatise on modern warrior culture, the limits of military technology, and the awful glories of fighting infantry. There's a reason military academies like West Point recommend cadets read the book.
"Like Sun Tzu's masterpiece, Heinlein's abounds with quotable axioms. You may not hear overly intense car salesman quoting from Starship Troopers anytime soon, but here are six reasons why the book is a practical guide to 21st century warfare."
Famous bar bets
"It is widely believed that the creation of Scientology was the result of a bar bet between L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein. The story says L. Ron Hubbard dared that he could create a religion all by himself. According to Scientology critic Lindsay this is 'definitely not true', no such bet was ever made, it would have been 'uncharacteristic of Heinlein' to make such a bet, and 'there's no supporting evidence'. However, several of Heinlein's autobiographical pieces, as well as biographical pieces written by his wife, claim repeatedly that the bet did indeed occur. Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land is sometimes claimed to be his attempt at winning the bet."
SCNTST - Thru Infinity
November 30, 2016
Andrew Breitbart - Media War (June 2011)
"A publisher, columnist, and blogger, Andrew Breitbart is the founder of the Breitbart network of investigative news websites including Breitbart.com, Breitbart.tv, Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism, and Big Peace. Breitbart's new book is Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me while I Save the World!"
Sabrina Claudio - Confidently Lost
November 29, 2016
Making a Masterpiece: The Royal Inca Tunic at Dumbarton Oaks (2016)
Y-3 Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Show / TAO Dance Theater Performance
November 28, 2016
Slavoj Žižek: ‘Castro should be forgotten as soon as possible’
"When a regime legitimizes itself by this reference to suffering, 'As you see, even our economic situation proves our greatness'.... In psychoanalysis, we call this reference to renunciation 'symbolic castration'."
Smerz - Because
November 27, 2016
Batman Unmasked The Psychology Of The Dark Knight (2008)
Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady (live Turn, 2005.06.09)
November 24, 2016
I've got a single line of badly formed HTML sitting somewhere in the last week of posts. I've had to unpublish things until I can find it and quite when I'll have a spare half-hour isn't clear. Will advise soonest!