Monday, November 29, 2010

A Real Life Hurt Locker

This is more than a little weird.

I appreciate what happened at Virginia Tech, but this simply doesn't pass muster. Whittington didn't make actionable threats. He wasn't even vaguely threatening. He just simply articulated his reactions to the very dark and crazed business of combat. And he did it quite well, it seems.

And really, what he was writing about is exactly what won The Hurt Locker all those Academy Awards.

I don't think he needs a psych eval. I think he needs to be encouraged to write more.

I think it's sad that we should glorify these wars in this country, but not allow our returning vets to speak honestly of them. We expect them to keep hushed about it because war doesn't affirm a positive, sunny outlook about the good intentions of mankind, I guess.

I feel sorry for this guy and I hope psychiatry doesn't damage him even more.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Can you say Party Town?

Something to pick him up. Something to chill him out. And for those extra-special times when he can't tell if his heart is still beating, he can have a hit of some prescription poppers. Good times.

from Pharmagossip

Saturday, November 6, 2010

This is very exciting.

There aren't many works by Giotto left in the world. Many of his works were whitewashed and repainted over by later Renaissance artists. He is given the title "First Painter of the Renaissance," although his rendering of the human form was not quite there, as it would be with the work of the later artists.

His Flight into Egypt is the one most often seen in the anthologies:

One of my all time favorite works is his Adoration of the Magi:

I like it because of the camels. Giotto had obviously never seen a camel before. Like most people of 14th century Europe, he was insulated from things and experiences outside of his small world. He could only paint the camels from other people's descriptions and how he imagined them to be. They are not accurate camels, but they are *honest* camels, painted as passionately and as honestly as he could humanly paint them.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winners and Losers

This dude just got elected for Florida governor. His resume sounds just as impressive as Meg Whitman's. CA had the good sense to reject nutMeg. However, endemic stupidity seems to have overcome all hurdles in FLA.