Television, like any phenotype of human culture, is constantly evolving. It is subject to the same Darwinian forces that mold everything from politics and predators to the eyeballs trained upon them. In the age of the truly world wide web it is the dominant genus in the world of entertainment. Like all genera, it contains species. These species arose in response to changes of an economic nature as well as those of viewers' tastes and interests. Here are the new and old species of programs entertaining consumers not only here in America, but across the globe.
This article is chock-full of spoilers.
Den bästa science fiction på TV is currently coming from Sweden.
Bo Byron is the singer and songwriting force behind the funk and soul band Slum Lord Byron. Joe Hubris is thrilled to publish this essay on his ideas about Christianity, faith and spirituality.
By Bo Byron
The Bible is a beautiful, poetic work of literature. Much inspiration, wisdom and truth can be found within it. However, if one's personal views are shaped by fear, from which all hostility, jealousy and prejudice arise, some passages can be interpreted to support those beliefs and agendas. If a man shoots at a wall every day for a month and then, afterward, draws a target around the bullet holes, he looks like a better marksman than he actually is.
The Japanese national broadcaster, NHK recently aired two programs on their English Language service on the Nuclear disaster in Fukushima, which occurred two years ago last month.
This article contains episode 1 spoilers
Thank you, Aq Baron, whoever you are, for posting scanned images of the Mercury News police blotter for Atherton, CA--the town that lard built. It is famous today, by virtue of being the second most expensive city in America.
Here is at least a sampling of what was recently reported to the police:
Coghlan Lane, 7:33 p.m. Friday: A woman told police someone was at her door and that when she asked who it was, no one answered. Police responded and determine the stranger outside had delivered package (sic).
Heritage Court, 12:44 a.m. Thursday: A woman whose finger got stuck in a drain was reported to be conscious and breathing.
Warning: THAR BE SOME MINOR SPOILERS!
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE UTOPIA IN ALL IT'S GLORY, WITH NO PRECONCEPTIONS. JUST GO WATCH IT.
A look back at 2012 and a look forward at 2013.
There are two Americas.
Click here to view the interview with Terry Martell about the Pixie Kitchen and how she came to posess some of the actual Pixies that used to live at the kitchen. Sadly, it is long gone, but the Pixies have been rescued.
Let's start with:
"SOME Pixilated FACTS ABOUT THE FAMOUS... PIXIE KITCHEN
Our First Year -- 7,000 people visited the Pixie. This year over 320,000 people will pass in Front of the Big Mirrors in the Hall. If we count entering and leaving, this figure will be 640,000.
The Mirrors were brought from Pittsburgh--and Freight and Crating cost almost as much as the Quoted price on the mirrors."
Very cute Latina all black nice ass sandals faux-alligator-skin purse. Hair in a high pony tail. Very thin.
Crazy. Yellow top, brown pants, hair shaved in a bizarre fashion. Short in back, sheared in the front. Kinda like a messed up Celtic tonsor. VPL, may be wearing diaper. Pointing and waving in random directions.
Nobody waves back.
White sweats, Nike tee underneath. Curly hair, Latina, pretty for her age. Black bag, medium build, short.
Lime green blouse, gray slacks, or rather, pants, white house slippers, 50's hair in a short, sensible style.
Morgan Page is a multi-disciplinary artist and social worker based in Toronto. She is the author of Brazen: the transwomen guide to safer sex. While it's primarily aimed at trans sex workers, it's full of useful information for anyone in the trans community or their partners.
Joe Hubris talked to her at the 2012 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.
Click here for the interview.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers.
Television is American. It is as American as Apple pie. It may have once been the bastard step-child of the dramatic arts, but god dammit, it was our bastard step-child.
So how did the Danes get so damned good at making it?
Some have labelled New Zealand's Lisa Black "The Steampunk Taxidermist". And in fairness, her biography does describes her as preoccupied with "an imminent future where technology and biology are intimately combined". She refers to herself only as a sculptor, jeweler and artist, and would ask others to do so, as well.
The BBC Program Panorama featured an amazing episode on Homs. Sadly, Americans cannot watch it. Those of you outside the US can do so here. Reporter Paul Wood traveled three times to the city without the permission of the Regime. At one point, he had to follow a two-mile-long tunnel with a clearance of less than five feet to cross the front line.
Philadelphia Trolley Works and 76 Carriage Company offers a variety of horse-drawn services to the public. Their primary business is carriage tours of Independence Mall. They also provide carriages for weddings and other special events, and an authentic, antique hearse for funeral processions.
This March 11 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and nuclear disasters. Japan continues to struggle with the after effects.
Does all evil begin with a lie?
That's the question that Joe Hubris will be posing to revellers May 21st, at this year's Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. The festival is the premiere cultural event in East Kensington and is famous for its Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby.
Come to Joe Hubris' table and discuss the above question, buy an Information vs. Injustice tee shirt and enjoy some street philosophy.
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Cherry blossom viewing is the singular cultural event in Japan. As if the Fourth of July were combined with Chinese new year and Mardi Gras and celebrated with a suspension of open-container laws in any convenient urban park.
Repression just got a little harder. Perhaps, it got a lot harder.
There are many well done shows on TV (Madmen comes to mind) which I do not watch. A show has to have something more to get me to tune in. For six season, Lost had that. I was completely blown away by the first 2 season.
This show introduced me to Jeremy Bentham, a philosopher who radically changed the world. I am embarrassed to say I was unfamiliar with him, until the makers of Lost decided to use Easter Eggs to get people to google Philosophers, great classic and contemporary literature, and other cultural wonders. This show had me online translating hieroglyphics. It had me reading about ancient myths. For those things, I give them my heartiest ovation.