My guests on the new SPEAKEASY WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS are the amazing Key & Peele. I could have talked to these guys about comedy foreverrrrrrrrrrrr.
OH AND WOULD IT HAVE KILLED ANYONE TO TELL ME THAT MY COLLAR WAS STICKING OUTSIDE OF MY JACKET GOOD LOOKING OUT EVERYONE.
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This interview has tons of theoretical discussion about comedy writing. I want more of this.
I’m considering just all-out bursting into the Facebook scene. Just jump in with both feet. I also want to connect to Instagram, Foursquare, Spotify, etc. It’s so intimidating but it might be exactly what I need after four years of staying away from all social networking that’s tied to my (so-called) real name.
I’d still keep my FB page locked down, though. I don’t want others posting on my wall or tagging me in photos. I want full control of what appears on my page. A profile page should be a summary of exactly one person, like a digital monument built with data. But it should be frictionless. It shouldn’t be a list of “Like”s that I “Like”d just to make them appear on my page. Whatever appears on my page should be incidental to what I’m doing outside of social networking.
I like the idea of Facebook being used correctly. However, Facebook makes it really easy to use it wrong (i.e., in the most profitable way for Facebook Inc.), and that’s how most people seem to use it. So I’ll still continue to avoid browsing it / looking at other people’s content.
The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perceptions tends to be antisocial; rarely “well-adjusted,” he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among antisocial types in their power to see environments as they really are. This need to interface, to confront environments with a certain antisocial power, is manifest in the famous story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” “Well-adjusted” courtiers, having vested interests, saw the Emperor as beautifully appointed. The “antisocial” brat, unaccustomed to the old environment, clearly saw that the Emperor “ain’t got nothin’ on.” The new environment was clearly visible to him.
Marshall McLuhan “The Medium Is The Massage: An Inventory Of Effects”
This doesn’t necessarily mean one type of person is superior to another. Nobody here is a hero or a villain. But it seems to me that in a given group of people, at least one person acts as an antenna. This person’s calling is to conduct whatever energy they detect, and then spread it out among the rest of the group.
This is an interesting dynamic to have with society because it requires you to straddle the edge of knowledge. You essentially have to become the mask that society puts on the unknown. And this is an important role to play.
OK I’m going to be Tumblr-gauche and tack some meta on this image, because can we talk about this? On the one hand: yes, I find it an incredibly beautiful and moving image, particularly when laid over with the idea that the dawn pictured here is that dawn which illuminates the grave that the insurgents enter. There is something quite powerful about the fact that the figures here are facing not the audience but the dawn, as though they see something to which we can’t [yet] be witness.
On the other hand: “Every revolution begins at heart”???? (punctuation placement for emphasis) I want to be generous and think that this is meant to suggest the idea that revolution begins with something as simple as feeling for your fellow humans, or to suggest that there are situations in which this type of spiritual love can inspire revolutionary acts— messages that I think are entirely appropriate in the context of the source material. However, I’m not that generous. Instead, I read this slogan as exactly the kind of inspirational nonsense that is actively counter-revolutionary.
“ The offspring also had more M71 receptors in their brains than did mice born from parents who had not had the smell conditioning and were more sensitive to it. “There was more real estate devoted to this particular odorant receptor, suggesting that there’s something in the sperm that is informing or allowing that information to be inherited,” Dias says.
DNA sequencing of sperm from the grandfather mice and their sons also revealed epigenetic marks on the gene encoding M71 that weren’t seen in control mice.
Female mice conditioned to fear acetophenone also appeared to transmit this “memory” to the next generation, although epigenetic marks on their eggs have not yet been analysed.
Moshe Szyf at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, describes the results as unprecedented and startling. “It suggests that there is a very particular, specific and organised transgenerational transfer of information,” he says.
Marcus Pembrey at the University of Bristol, UK agrees. “It is high time public-health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously,” he says. “I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally, without taking a multigenerational approach.” “