Ship Flips

Turns out that’s a research vessel that’s been designed to do that. Very cool.

The Art of Conformity

Here’s a thought.

If the general style became what was popular with a non-conformist, would the non-conformists change? What’s more important to them, the state of being a non-conformist and standing out or the style with which they’ve chosen as representative of themselves?

I think the answer would reveal a lot about the actual state of people who consider themselves non-conformists.

Most “non-conformists” are just goofy kids, even when they’re adults. Like how a goth has to wear black, I mean I get that’s part of the theme but at the same time their point is to be unlike everyone else and they are all still like each other.

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t care much what other people think, but that applies mostly to the way I speak and act, I still look pretty much typical in my appearance. But that’s also because I couldn’t be bothered to change the way I look just for the sake of appearing to be different. Does this make me a conformist or non? I’m inclined to think I’m a conformist still, though i’m no expert on the subject.

War

To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character.

- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34, January 4, 1788.

Happy Birthday Tom Jones

Happy 74th Birthday to Tom Jones.

Chernobyl: Ghost Town

People don’t often remember that there is a city abandoned to a nuclear emergency. Not even close to what would occur under a nuclear weapon and yet it’s entirely isolated and abandoned.

World War Two in HD

This is possibly one of my greatest possessions. I bought it 2 years ago, but haven’t watched it until recently. I was waiting for a moment when I had enough time as I knew it was something to be taken seriously and not just put on will I did other things.

Gary Sinise is the narrator for the general film and a number of other actors narrate the stories of the people who are highlighted in the film. The footage is all top class. Having seen a great many WWII documentaries I’ve seen countless hours of film over the years and yet much, if not all, of what is features here is new to me.

The film is an emotional roller coaster. You’ll feel pride in America, and the people who’s stories you hear, and you’ll feel sad and grossed-out at the scenes of death and wounding. There are a number of scenes that made me squirm just a bit. I dislike watching sports injuries because I can almost feel the pain(Joe Theismann), so seeing bandages removed and the burnt, mangled bodies beneath them is unpleasant, but something that should be seen. There is an interesting part in the film when Robert Sherrod, a reporter with the Marines at Tarawa, told FDR that a documentary on the events should be shown uncensored to show people the reality of the far off war. Roosevelt had to approve the documentary, which he did, because the material was to harsh for producers to release.

However don’t get the impression the film is all blood and guts. Most of the footage is nothing of the sort.

One of the more interesting things to see is the early training cuts. When draft reportees are being drilled and can barely march, let alone hold a rifle. They literally are a bunch of klutzes. Added to that many scenes with shirtless GI’s who cut an unimpressive figure and you wonder just how they managed to win on two fronts.  It says something about the world when millions and millions of uncoordinated and wimpy looking kids were each given a gun, tank, or airplane without any experience with such things and yet today kids who grow up with their hands on everything imaginable in the form of toys and videogames can’t be trusted with a slingshot. It’s not even just the kids, but all of society that apparently can’t be trusted. My how standards have fallen.

Truth

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors.

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, 1781.

Interpretive Dance

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