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1951  Science and Technology / Science and Religion / Re: Science and Religion on: October 17, 2007, 02:06:51 PM
Got ya.

Kant used the term in a particular way.  In a way, developments like quantum physics sort of threw a wrench in his whole system.  The thing-in-itself might be pure math, whatever that is.  The brain aches even to approach the essential stuff of quantum reality.  Waves of probability, backward causation, collapsing wavefunctions....no wonder Einstein complained, "Give me a universe made of marble!"

1952  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: October 17, 2007, 12:28:36 PM
Just figuring out how images work here....new at this....



1953  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: October 17, 2007, 12:25:02 PM
1954  Science and Technology / Science and Religion / Re: Science and Religion on: October 17, 2007, 11:59:53 AM
I'm not sure that Kant was trying to explain dualism with that one -- as I recall, he was trying to elucidate the epistemological divide between objects and our perceiving of them.  In a way, his approach was ahead of its time and therefore more "outer space" age than you might think.  In fact, when scientists started to talk about how solid matter was an illusion, that it was mostly empty space and twists of nothingness, it was sort of a reminder that Kant had already cut away some of the undergrowth in that neck of the woods.

1955  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: October 17, 2007, 11:54:33 AM
Maddie, it's called "stream of consciousness" -- word on the street is that you are familiar with the concept.

 Wink
1956  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: October 17, 2007, 11:44:07 AM
Desde -- I've put "Bug" in my queue, and will move it near the top so as to see it soon.

1957  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: October 17, 2007, 11:42:20 AM
Jbott -- you SHOULD see Discreet Charm, great film.   No kidding.

The Jacket (2005) -- starts like many a Jacob's Ladder knockoff, but then strikes off on its own, taking up a drug-induced time travel theme and playing with it in fairly interesting ways. There are riffs on "Cuckoo's Nest" in a mental hospital that many viewers will find a bit trying, in terms of cliche, but the driving force of the plot proves to be a love story that somehow carries you past the uneven spots in a satisfying way -- especially satisfying if you succumb to the feline charms of Keira Knightley, or the always compelling Adrian Brody. I did not recognize Daniel Craig in this film until the credits rolled -- not his best moments as an actor, trying to portray an inmate with an overabundance of mannerisms -- not unlike Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys.

The film was directed by John Maybury, the British guy who made that biopic about Francis Bacon, title escapes me at the moment....he seems to have a liking for rather old-style f/x, which worked pretty well in this film -- which demonstrated to me that low-tech can work for high-concept sci-fi.
 
1958  Science and Technology / Science and Religion / Re: Science and Religion on: October 16, 2007, 02:42:07 PM
Yep, that's a good one, a moving restatement of Hamlet's "there are more things in heaven and earth..." quote, with some Kantian overtones, in that we must humbly acknowledge the limiting structure of our perceptions and never know the "thing in itself."

1959  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: October 16, 2007, 02:37:00 PM
So Desde will need three hands, at least, Harrie will need a psychiatrist to figure out why she's rescuing bills (!??) from the flames, and Reader will be well down the road, quietly reflecting on the transitory nature of things and perhaps keeping an eye out for a Target, so he can stop and buy some pants and a toothbrush.

Me, I'm lugging a box of old photos, throw a few books on top, and maybe a pack of marshmallows (well, there is a fire going on). 
1960  Arts / Television / Re: Television on: October 16, 2007, 02:23:34 PM
Good guess, Trojan.  But it's not the attractiveness issue (though she isn't really my type) so much as my sense that if she weren't shapely and perky, people would notice that she wasn't all that great an actress.

1961  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: October 16, 2007, 02:17:10 PM
Woops, "The Jacket" is in the mailbox.  Completing my exhaustive survey of "Jacob's Ladder" knockoffs!  Hey, it's got Adrian Brody and Keira Knightley, which puts in the running for The Skinny, the nearly invisible statuette awarded to the film with the thinnest lead actors.  Another other Skinny nominees, people?

1962  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: October 16, 2007, 02:12:06 PM
I love quality horror -- consider "Bug" on my queue.

I think "The TV Set" is in my mailbox; I've heard from reliable sources it's a great comedy and you can't go too wrong with Sigourney Weaver and that guy who's married to Tea Leoni and looks disturbingly like me and once almost kissed Gillian Anderson.

1963  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: October 16, 2007, 11:53:02 AM
Yeah, Amarillo joins such cities as Tacoma WA and Greeley, CO as being pretty odoriferous when the wind blows the wrong way.  The "Tacoma Aroma" when I was there in the 80s was on its way towards being eliminated, but it still made my eyes water -- a sulfurous and biting effluvium from the pulp mills.  Springfield, Oregon was a close second, it being the home of Weyerhauser.  Greeley can smell vile, but it's like Amarillo in that there is often a lot of wind and sometimes it can work in your favor and carry the feedlot stench elsewhere.
1964  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: October 16, 2007, 11:47:17 AM
Did they get any kicks?

Sorry.

Not really.

Anyway....

Donot -- We are pretty much on the same page.  I had an expert look it over and then located contractors who specialized and got multiple bids.  A new block wall is expensive, but a poured wall is more reasonable and it's in the back and sort of obscured by growth and things so that it's appearance isn't as important as the other walls.  It's a house I'm ultimately selling anyway.  Frankly, I'd rather just sell it and show the buyer all my work, i.e. copies of the inspection, bids, etc. and hand him a check at closing for the whole cost of it.  Of course, banks don't go for that, and you know how tight banks are right now giving people mortgage money.

1965  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: October 16, 2007, 11:36:41 AM
I've never owned much stuff -- a pattern that began more from tight budgets and a half-assed fondness for buddhism than from any serious spiritual renunciation.  When I divorced, my load lightened even more as there was stuff that was just simpler to leave, or of special use for the kids who stayed in the original house, or that had become sort of communal and it wasn't worth trying to work out the provenance back to me.  Now that I'm getting to a place where I reflect on what's important, it does seem like simplicity is the way to go. 

Which leads to a fun (I hope) game -- try to figure out what you would carry out the door as your house burns down and limit to what you can carry in two hands.  Some people say photo albums.  Some have a particular stack of favorite recordings.  Or maybe a set of manuscripts.  For the purposes of the game, which is to figure out what is important "stuff," assume that pets are ambulatory and can flee on their own. 

(this is similar to the "desert island" thought experiment...)



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