Monday but no movie


I really haven’t been in a movie watching mood lately.  This has been compounded by a lack of movies that I’ve wanted to watch.   I’m sure this will change soon.  But until then keep watching this space.  

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Frenetic Friday


Yes once again it is time for a Frenetic Friday!

So have you heard about the University of Connecticut sport team changing the look of their logo?

This is the old logo:

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This is a nice happy Husky isn’t it?

Well UConn wanted something a little fiercer so here is the new logo:

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This is without a doubt a little bolder and fiercer. A little too fierce according to a female student wrote an open letter to the President of UC saying that the new logo “will intimidate women and empower rape culture.”

Now in an unscientific poll I asked two adult women what the new logo symbolized to them? A husky was the reply. I then asked if they felt intimidated and felt in danger of sexual assault. After checking my forehead to see if I was running a fever they answered no not at all. I explained why I asked this and their disbelief was obvious.

In another reason to home-school your kids here is a news report from New York middle school where the girls were taught how to ask for a lesbian kiss and the boys were taught how to spot young sluts. Of course this was part of an anti-bullying presentation. They were also told that it was common for fourteen year old girls to have sex and parents couldn’t stop them.

Red Hook Central School District Superintendent Paul Finch said the class focused on “improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions.”

Finch said it is mandatory that the middle school teach those issues in accordance with the state’s Dignity for All Students Act.

And just in case you wondered here is the definition of dignity:

Dignity ~noun

  1. the quality or state of being , honored, or esteemed.
  2. high rank, office, or position
  3. legal title of nobility or honor
  4. formal reserve or seriousness of manner, appearance, or language

So yes that was definitely teaching the middle school children to be dignified.

And now from the sublime to the ridiculous from Uruguay scientists have modified sheep with a gene from a jellyfish to produce glowing in the dark sheep. This isn’t really that new, scientist have been messing around with jellyfish genes to make all sorts of glowing animals.

And you knew it had to happen sooner or later our Robot Over Lords are being used to steal, sodas?

That is it for this Frenetic Friday.

Ear Worm Wednesday Fal$e Teacher$


I am not a rap aficionado; I tend to more rock, pop, and some country western.   However, there has been times when a song has been brought to my attention that says something and makes me stretch my bounds a bit.  Shai Linne’s Fal$e Teacher$ is one such song.

Well Paula White’s son Bradley Knight, Paula White is one of the people named in the song, responded to Shai Linne in an Open Letter to Shai Linne.

Shai LInne responded to Bradley Knight here.

 

HT:  Here I Blog

Movie Review: Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai


 

Hara Kiri is an intense movie that reflects on the feudal society of Japan at the time of the samurai.  In it the concept of honor, humanity, tradition and mercy are played out. 

What is especially seen is that lack of mercy the feudal society has upon those that are not part of the group.  What happens to warriors whose means of existence have been taken away by ill fortune or the whims of fate.  They are left with few options especially when it comes to the care of their family. 

This film also shows how honor can be misplaced especially if that honor is upon something that is honor less.

Hara Kiri is not rated and is filled with graphic violence especially the scene of ritual suicide.  This is not a film for anyone other than adults. 

Four swords out of five.

Catechism


Q. 32. Wherein consists Christ’s exaltation?

A. Christ’s exaltation consists in His rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.

That he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:4

And said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19

Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. Acts 17:31

Movie Review: Robot and Frank


 

It is the near future and Frank is in trouble.  His children are worried about him and for good reason Frank appears to have the first stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  He leaves the stove on and forgets to eat or clean.  His house is a mess. 

Frank’s daughter contacts her brother and he reluctantly goes over to Frank’s house.   When he gets there he tells Frank that he has to have someone or something to take care of him.  In saying that he pulls what looks like a five foot spaceman out of his car.  It is a helping robot and it’s been programmed to take care of  Frank.  And Frank can’t shut it off.

Frank is of course reluctant he wants his freedom and this is an imposition.  The robot won’t let him eat sugary cereal for breakfast, no he has to eat something nutritious, the robot cleans, gardens and finally starts to win Frank over. 

But there is something else about Frank, Frank is a retired thief, well semi-retired he likes to keep his hand in by shoplifting curios from a local knick knack shop.  But he gets caught all the time.  And then Frank notices that the robot hasn’t any morals.  Well maybe it follows Asimov’s three laws but nothing else.  So Frank teaches it to steal.

This movie has it’s roots in what is currently happening in Japan.  The lack of children to take care of the older generation has forced them to develop robots to help the elderly cope.  Also it reflects the lack of desire for children to really have to deal with parents who have diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Instead looking to technology to solve their problems. 

It also seems to portray the idea that robotic artificial intelligence  will progress to a near human level to the point where in the film the robot seems to imitate human emotions. 

This film gave me conflicted emotions, the attitude of the children toward their father tended to anger me and of course that was contrived I was supposed to feel something for a five foot tall astronaut-like figure that speaks with a calming voice all the time. Even when it is trying to convince Frank that his recorded memory could be used to convict him or robbery.   

Also the futurist view that looks  to technology to fix societies problems has it’s own inherent flaws.  Technology has it’s limits and human interaction still needs a human to interact.  This was made obvious when Frank introduced his robot to another and wondered why they didn’t start interacting.  When he was told that they had nothing to say to each other he asked what would happen if all humans disappeared.  The answer was interesting and disturbing. 

Go rent Robot and Frank I give it five transistors out of five. 

Catechism


Q. 31. Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist?

A. Christ’s humiliation consisted in His being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross, in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law Galatians 4:4

He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8

For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:40

And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph.  And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mark 15:45,46