The Cube becomes KUBUS

Back in 2006 I wrote a post about discovering the source of one of my childhood nightmares: a remarkable teleplay by Jim Henson called The Cube. If you’re up for having your mind warped, you can watch it here:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2112529755533998573

Now a German production company is bringing The Cube to the theatre stage as KUBUS. Sorry, no English translation yet, but it looks quite well done.

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What Would Jesus Buy? The Documentary

Last year I did a post on the subject of What Would Jesus Buy? Who could have predicted that the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping would choose that very title for their new documentary? Surely this choice is too much to be a coincidence! No, this confluence of events is a sure sign of the necessary attitude towards the coming holidays!

Can I get an Amen!

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Your Face

I finally bought the DVD of the documentary Fuck, (previously mentioned here) which I thoroughly enjoyed and which I think any serious advocate of free speech should see.

Incidentally, Bill Plympton provides interstitial animation throughout the film and contributes an interview to the DVD’s supplemental features. Seeing his work again brought back fond memories of seeing his break-out work Your Face at an animation festival 20 years ago, and embedded below for your amusement.

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Carrots, yeah right.

Even though the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debate has cooled off a little since the Kitzmiller decision, there are more people than ever who now rally around the Intelligent Design banner. So I’m glad the more rationally-minded among us are still at it with pieces like the 2006 documentary Flock of Dodos, which contains the following clip. If rabbits are intelligently-designed, then I guess we should give thanks that God decided not to make us share in their benevolent method of digestion.

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What amazes me is that creationists attempt to turn this example of suboptimal “design” into a pro-creation argument by claiming that since God wanted bunnies to eat a highly-fiberous diet and live underground, he gave them digestive systems optimized for that sort of lifestyle.

Evolutionist: But God could have done better, couldn’t he?

Creationist: We never claim that God couldn’t have done better, the fact is he chose not to.

Evolutionist: Why not?

Creationist: Who can know God’s ways? Perhaps it happened in the Fall of Man. See “Addendum”.

Evolutionist: Then you’re either giving credit for the rabbit’s great digestion as we see it now to God, or blaming it’s evil design as we see it now on Satan— which is it?

Creationist:

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Sign Posts of Dr. Roy Walford

Dr. Roy Walford has been a distant hero of mine since I first read his book, The 120 Year Diet quite a few years ago. Walford pioneered research into Caloric Restriction with Optimum Nutrition (CR-ON) as a means of extending the life-span of any species, including humans. A respected researcher, he was also his own most prominent subject; his gaunt, yet springy appearance the emblem of his intention to live to age 110, or beyond.

Walford died in 1994 at the age of 79, of complications related to Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Whether he added many years to his life as the result of his life style is really unimportant to me— we are all individual statistical samples, and the factors controlling our individual life-spans are many. What is quite obvious is that his years were full of life.

A feature-length biographical documentary about Walford will be coming out this year. Below are a couple teasers.

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Dr. Roy Walford

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Sign Posts of Dr. Roy Walford

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Religious Politics in Texas

What in hell is going on in Texas?

Although in 2003 the Supreme Court (Lawrence v. Texas) finally struck down the criminal prohibition of homosexual sodomy nationwide, Texas is still the laughingstock of the nation when it comes to meddling in the private affairs of others. Still on the books is the Texas obscenity statute, which proclaims that a “personal massager” shall not look like a penis (no anatomical details allowed) and that an “educational model” (that can look as penis-like as you care to make it) shall not vibrate. Furthermore, if you own five dildos, that’s OK because you’re a hobbyist, but if you have six, you’re a criminal with “intent to distribute.”

This clip from the 2002 documentary Dildo Diaries covers this funny-if-it-weren’t-true shaggy dog story.

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Most recently, Warren Chisum (R, Texas) the aforementioned “Bible-thumping dwarf” (in the words of Molly Ivins) circulated a memo attacking evolution and referring to a geocentrist web site FixedEarth.com. Although he has since apologized for not noticing that the web site also espouses racial hatred, I doubt he’s done much to enlighten himself in other areas.

Texas, is this really business-as-usual?

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Deliver Us from Evil

There have been over 100,000 victims of clergy sexual abuse in the United States alone.

The Catholic church has spend over $1 billion in legal settlements.

Over 3,500 priests have been reported as pedophiles.

But no priest has ever admitted the truth.

Until now.

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Official site with high-quality trailer and theater listings.

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This Should Scare You

I’m anticipating the delivery of Richard Dawkins‘ new book, The God Delusion. In it and other appearances, Dawkins has recently proposed that indoctrinating children with religious ideas, or calling a child (for example) a “Catholic child” or a “Muslim child” should rightly be seen as a form of child abuse.

Sound a tad overboard?

Watch this

 

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