Free of Illusions

To properly view these works, Invisible Man & The Invisibles, the first entry in this BookTalk asked an essential question:

The narrator concludes that “Even an invisible man has a socially responsible role to play.” This is an important tenet of Ellison’s philosophy, for he believed that art should serve democracy. In what way is Invisible Man a novel that deals specifically with the problems and challenges of democracy?

Part of the answer, after viewing and re-viewing these works, is the philosophy of empiricism and a self-doubt that propels inquiry; it is hard enough to know one’s self, let alone know or direct the collective identity of groups of people en mass — that is to say that our social identity is amplified and even more precarious, fungible, convoluted, and bewildering or ever-progressing (much like a story unfolding, still yet untold). Potential is in the smell of springtime.

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“The Police Special spoke its lines and the rhyme was completed. Just look around you. Look at what he made, look inside you and feel his awful power. It was perfectly natural. The blood ran like blood in a comic-book killing, on a comic-book street in a comic-book town on a comic-book day in a comic-book world.” (Page 458)

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The Invisible Kingdom is free of illusions.

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Black Friday in the Dark with Sambo

Throughout this past year, I have read Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles comics series, contained in the +1,500 page Vertigo omnibus; and the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.  Putting aside the vain attempt to understand either one of these narratives, a reader can discover something new and meaningful by considering the mix of time, visuals, and audio connecting all of these profound ideas.  A book from 1952 has much to say about today; and as a literary accomplishment it rivals the best of magical realism.

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To the Class of 2017

Class of 2017
Carpe Diem
Seize the day
I prefer to tell my students
PETS
Please Enjoy This Setting
Whatever the situation or scenario
Just enjoy this moment, for what it is
When it’s hard to imagine something pleasant
Remember your favorite PETS
Those friends you loved and loved you back unconditionally

This is a special event
10 years of ceremonies like this, in this auditorium
A chapter comes to a close, with new hopes for the next
I started my teaching career at MTI, back in 2005
Teaching English Language Arts and Social Sciences
The best writing advice I received from a mentor author
was deliver your story as if you are in an overcrowded bar.
For many years I took this to mean
Be Loud & Simple
I now realize he meant for me to Get to the Point
Be Sincere & Interesting

This school has accomplished great things
Many individuals are worth more credit.
One stands out among the pack
His name is on the street signs outside
Specialist Markie Tyrell Sims
On this boulevard of dreams
He was my student
He only lived for 20 years
He was KI@ in Afghanistan

Students
One last set of directions
Thank your family for all the love filled in you
Make every moment count
Make a difference

Three Wishes

1)  F-Zero / Wizorb cross over video game
F-Zorb would be a racing game like F-Zero with a built in puzzle-battle mode.  When vehicles approach they can toggle a lock-on function that activates a dual screen top-down effect.  The vehicles are automatically rendered as retro 2-D block collections that then battle in Wizorb fashion.  Picture a block breaker, pong style back and forth between opponents, while battle racing to the finish.

2)  Narcos Netflix series, seasons 4-6, to focus on the rise of El Chapo
Finish the Colombian Cali Cartel storyline in season 3 and start the transition to Mexican Narcos, using Roberto Bolaño’s source material.

3)  A New Judge Dredd movie on “The Robot Wars
Call-Me-Kenneth is the perfect villain for a proper Judge Dredd reboot.  This time around the tone needs to be more like a Robert Rodriguez “grindhouse” film with emphasis on cyborgs and the rise of the Neon Knights.

#301984

Find a new tweet each day in the month of April @BeardofSteel on Twitter.  30 quotes from the first chapter of 1984 rationed for victory and assembled by the hashtag 301984.  30 years after 1984, in the year 2014, I also pieced together a literary analysis of 1Q84, V for Vendetta and 1984, that explores their lasting appeal.  #301984 attempts to clarify all of the sudden resurgence in popularity of a novel published 70 years ago.  Enjoy!

Third List of June 2016

“If I can’t store my memories of something in a computer, I’m probably not going to keep them around.”

  1. Red-billed oxpeckers worn like earrings on Tame Impala.
  2. A New Web and open annotation.
  3. The whimsy of Spike Jonze and the Adaptation of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief.
  4. Shotspotters and the automatic blocking of banned content.
  5. A Millenarian theodicy and a story by a Millennial.
  6. My summer home and Embrace of the Serpent.

Second List of June 2016

Around that time, Wikipedians achieved their most impressive feat of leaderless collective organization—one, it turns out, that set in motion the decline in participation that troubles their project today. At some time in 2006, the established editors began to feel control of the site slipping from their grasp.wiki1553

Because the encyclopedia has little competition, Web developers will continue to build services that treat its content as fact, and ordinary people will rely on Wikipedia for information.

    1. Millipedeans are Millennials (ages 18-36) that primarily verify most information via Wikipedia.
    2. Spelunking for stalagmites and crystals, Neanderthal epistles, quicksand and books of sand.
    3. Karma and the hidden cruelty of Hong Kong’s mercy release industry.
    4. Auteurs like Nolan try to capture cinematic realism.
    5. Robobees and RoACHes.
    6. Mellow Gold lyrics:

      You can’t write if you can’t relate / Trade the cash for the beef for the body for the hate / And my time is a piece of wax fallin’ on a termite