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Ex Machina on May 24 2015

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

When we touched the moon the universe paused. When we created a mind, God stirred. Ex-Machina shows how we might misstep playing with smart toys. A lesson in human-machine interaction that icily depicts, from infinite possibility, a most plausible outcome. A formidably smart tech boss, Nathan, ...

Unless I’m Dreaming Now on Apr 2 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

…all the lonely misguided people in this dark city ... experts at avoiding reality. And with good reason. I’m not sure any of us wants to know what goes on out there at 3 am in some stink-ridden alley. God knows who ...

Haiku to You Too on Oct 3 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Haiku in English is Rafferty’s Rules. Life pours as water coalescing out of drops - Momentary time. The joy of poetry escaped me for 60 years. One magical day Haiku appeared, which so piquantly paints ...

Why Did He Scream So? on Jun 24 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Painters, such a sad old bunch None it seems more so than Munch Upon that bridge with skies afire A meme took flight to never tire ...

Man on Fire on May 1 2004

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

The sun is harsh in Mexico City. Highlights burned, shade evil dark, and saturation in the eye of the beholder. As usual, our friends the film critics have been too long in the hot sun - and forgot to remove their shades come curtain-rise. Scott gets a right ...

Von Trier Higher Flier Than Critics Desire on Apr 2 2004

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Dogville Bites. Great Dane tale darkens ciné illuminati doorway. Dogville caught U.S. film reviewers like stunned dogs in headlight glare. Intangibles of a great film winked elusively through the directed downplay of Dogville's staid delivery. Patrons shifted uneasily, personal prejudices starkly mirrored (Dogville left no ...

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

"I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out.."
~ Joseph Addison