Daily Archives: August 28, 2012

The 5th September Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 5th of September in unit 6 at 20 Drury St. West End at 7 pm. The speaker will be Shakti and his topic will be:

“Has Politics (as we know it) Reached Its ‘Use-by’ Date?”

Here is a brief summary of the remarks that will introduce the discussion of this topic:

There are some powerful alternatives for social design starting to emerge, and it is time to start seriously considering alternatives to the present dysfunction of society. Amongst the challenges is a need to look at how we communicate, and consider what it means to be sane. Most of the world as we know it was built upon violence and exploitation. Is progress the result of the violence, or despite it? There are certainly many reality distortions. I wish to tease them out and find a language to encourage the transformation of the current dysfunction in politics into an emergent society using the current state of technology. A new word for this may be Cooperacy. I am finding it necessary to redefine most of what we take for granted, for our technical reality today is far more exciting than the way, in the past, we have imagined the future. The new revolution is not of guns, but ideas.

Here are some short biographical notes by the speaker:

I had decided to retire from what I thought was an abomination of a system in my early 20’s by choosing to live in a Yoga Ashram (upon invitation) in the 70’s (thus the shortened version of my name). This was an excellent escape because I learned how to be self sufficient, with a community of people who all had their own idea of something different. Here I learned how to be useful, solving problems and finding how things work so I could fix them. Most people there thought of it as a “spiritual” journey, but I just wanted something different from that in which I was being socially conditioned. Following my time there I was then sufficiently charged to allowed me to then follow my passion which was to play music, and I have done successfully for 30 years with tens of thousands of hours of performance. It is only 12 years ago that I started to use a computer and this certainly opened doors to learning I had never imagined. It has been a very interesting journey of discovery, uninfluenced by conventional indoctrination. Having been abused by the education system, the door to learning has opened at last. The most important part is that data is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom. Over the last 5 years I have discovered something very profound in society, which is not just me, but a large quantity of others coming to similar trains of thought. It is a meme that builds upon itself, each person building into it with their own experience. I am sure that it is not different from the great thinkers of the past, however each period has its unique opportunity to restate what it understands as reality.

Of course Leon is an old-school sort of guy. He apparently made some passing reference in a sniffy way to Engels’s Socialism: Utopian and Scientific and he’s very doubtful, according to our emissary, if he could take part in this sort of discussion without running his own line rather vehemently, so it depends on his dyspepsia, he says, whether he’ll turn up. But in case he doesn’t he’s sent this short summary of his life and work and doctrine and influence:

Please don’t send yours. Just come yourself.

Celia Shorojk film previews II

Film reviews
Film previews with Celia Shorojk 

Blow up stuff including the planet
Forget it
Total Recall
THE producers of Total Recall must have forgotten that not long ago (1990, not long ago for some) the original sci-fi shoot&blowemup starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone collected much of its handy profits through mystery and suspense.  
Maybe it is just me, but surprise is somewhat limp when you know what is coming.
Maybe the producers of the re-do were mesmerised by the numbers of the original. It cost $50M and brought in more than $250 mill. That’s good business, not likely to be replicated in relative terms by Total Recall 2012.
You can hardly blame the cast which includes top Brit thespos Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Bill Nighy.

Director Len Wiseman along with writers Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bombark muck about with some of the more memorable scenes of the original but that is more cute than clever.

At least they have ditched the ultra-violence of the firstie but they have also thrown out much of the wit and intelligence of the 1990 vehicle.

This one is bound to disappoint but I would suggest a strategy to save the film. See it in the cinema one night and watch the 1990 on vid the next. That should be fun.


Dick joke in the title; little other fun
The Dark Knight Rises
THEgeneral public who have posted reviews of this film have in general been enraptured with the latest in the Batman series.
Professional critics, in the main, have also been kind but some have suggested the movie is too long (2hr 45 m).
Others have said you cannot hear what the masked villain, Bane is saying. Maybe a sizeable chunk of the audience, teenage boys who communicate in grunts and monosyllables, don’t worry about that sort of thing. 
Most of your average punters are loving it unreservedly, but Huff Post reviewer   Scott Mendelson gave it a bit of a pasting. Perhaps Ms Huff&puff lost total recall of the protocols of industrial relations and forgot to pay critic Mendo.
Personally I prefer my Batman grey and coloured with streaks of  humour so director Christopher Nolan does not do it for me most of the time.
If you can take a lengthy nap in the boring middle of this epic, the whole experience should be rewarding.
Steve Carrell deserves better than this: 
the film not the boobs, I mean
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
DO not let the title fool you: this one is not a shoot&blowemup. Of course, there are modest 
explosions. It is the end of the world, after all. Due respects to Tissy Eliot, we are more likely to go out the way we came in, with a bang not a whimper. 
More’s the pity this alleged rom-com did not have a tonne of TNT under it to re-ignite the humour.
Poor Steve Steve Carell!.
He gets lumbered with a straight role in one rom-com, Hope Springs and in this one, the scriptwriters knife him in the back after a promising start.
Britchick Keira Knightley is the love interest but of little other interest.
Steve Carrell is one of the funniest actors on the planet. Come on Hollywood, give him something to work with.