Saturday, April 11, 2009

Recombinant potato DNA

The new single by DEVO has hit the cyber web tubes.

"DON'T SHOOT" - DEVO from DEVO Channel on Vimeo.

It has very similar vibes to earlier songs and earlier videos, but unfortunately the video itself looks like it was made on a Mac. You'd think a band that's been around since the early 70s could afford something a little more spectacular. Maybe it's just de-evolution in practice.

Here's vintage DEVO, for the kiddies:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Celebrating the death of God

Today is Good Friday, when Christians the world over celebrate the death of God. It makes a little more sense than Passover, when Jews are thankful that God skipped them when his angel of death killed innocent children in Egypt, but it doesn't make that much more sense. I don't understand why God would need to engage in symbolism. Could not God absolve mankind for its sins without requiring Jesus to die?

Furthermore, why would God intervene by sending his son to earth, but fail to step in for the next 2,000 years? Or if God does intervene, why does he help Timmy score the game winning goal instead of stopping the bloodshed in the middle east or the HIV epidemic in Africa?

XTC - Dear God

I reflect on Epicurus' reductio ad absurdum:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
If we are willing to believe we were created by God, then we must also be willing to believe that we were left behind a long time ago, or that God cannot help us, or that God does not care. This seems worse than simply not believing in God.

Happy Easter.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Frog and Toad in Hell

With the upcoming big screen release of Where the Wild Things Are by director Spike Jonze, I was trying to think of what other 50 page children's book could be mutated into a 2 hour flick. One of my favorite series of books was Arnold Lobel's Frog & Toad series, so I was considering that it would make a fantastic trilogy.

Harold "Frog" Kowalski and John "Toad" Kempler are private detectives in the early 1970s in Brooklyn, New York. These hard-boiled dicks are hired by a Russian immigrant to find out who kidnapped his daughter. With Frog sporting twin Webley & Scott revolvers and Toad carrying his Ithica 37 shotgun, they ask the hard questions - and deliver cold lead! But as the partners delve deeper into the mystery and the bodies pile higher around them, the answers may bring them face to face with the KGB - and change their friendship forever!

Starring Colin Farrell as Frog and DMX as Toad, and also featuring Shia Labeouf as Johnny Badger, Rachel McAdams as Judy Owl and Jessica Biel as Sally the Street Walking Squirrel, this action packed thrill ride is directed by acclaimed visionary Michael Bay.