This Bob Dylan video is one of the most amazing interactive videos that I’ve ever seen. It is just a piece of awesome. When you listen to it, whatever you do, don’t forget to change the channels, because that’s when the magic happens. To change the channels you can either use the “channel selector” that is a part of the control panel that frames the video or your keyboard “up and down keys.” Either way, change those channels! My favorite “channel” is the one that features the “History Channel.” It’s nice to see a young Bob Dylan singing this great song of his and “The Price is Right” is pretty awesome too. I have this video posted on “An Eclectic Entertainment Page” in my blog. but, I’m still trying to learn the “fine art” of reaching an audience and/or helping them find me. The thing is, I still want to share this video very badly. So, here it is. Check it out. I think you’ll be amazed. I know that I, along with, anyone else I know who has seen it have been. Really, it’s that good.
If I were given a superpower that I could use to change one rule of nature, I know exactly which one I would choose.
In the science fiction novel, Childhood’s End, written by Arthur C. Clarke, aliens arrive and take over the earth in an indirect and peaceful manner. One of the alien demands, as rulers of our planet, is that human beings treat all living creatures with compassion and respect. The alien solution to humankind’s willingness to inflict violence and pain upon the creatures with which he shares the planet is a simple and straightforward one. Whenever pain would be inflicted upon another living creature, it is the person that would cause the pain and those who would idly witness it that actually experience that pain. That notion was illustrated in the novel by way of a bullfight. When the picador inserts his lance into the bull, the picador, as well as the entire audience, feels the pain. There are no more bullfights, or any other deliberate acts of animal violence, in the world of Childhood’s End. This was my favorite aspect of the novel.
If I ruled the world, and could be granted a superpower, I would steal that idea of Clarke’s which is I suppose, the literal and instant sense of empathy, and utilize it to make this a world where it is impossible to inflict brutality upon others because those who would do so would be the ones to feel the effects of their actions. Brutality, abuse and neglect would stop in a heartbeat.
I read Childhood’s End many years ago, and fully understand the moral of the story. The moral of the story is actually the question: ” What are we, really, if we are good to ourselves and each other by force and not by choice?
I can understand the philosophical debate about the question posed by the novel. I agree with the moral dilemma that it presents.
However, in the world today, there are so many instances of man’s disregard for and exploitation of the creatures that share our planet with us. These bad acts sometimes seem to outnumber our demonstrations of respect and compassion toward those creatures. In keeping with that notion, I am not against using my “superpower” to ensure a whole lot of kindness, even if it is a little bit “forced.”
In “Full Fathom Five” 1947 by Jackson Pollack, we find a non-representational painting with many elements of form and content that help us to interpret the work. First of all, the painting is asymmetrical and a-focal. The only balance to be found is in the repeated use of colors from a cool color palette. These cool colors give the painting a sense of strength. The manner in which these cool colors are administered in the painting evoke a sense of controlled chaos. This “controlled chaos” is a testament to Pollack’s “action painting” technique.
There are no lines in “Full Fathom Five.” The most apparent formal element in “Full Fathom Five” is the texture. Just looking at it, one can sense the layers of one oil splash over another. There are no softening brush strokes to even the texture and by looking one can sense that to touch the painting would be to feel ridges. Pollock also added nails, cigarette butts, tacks and coins to this work. These added elements make it very clear that it is texture that Pollock wants the viewer to focus on. There is no focal point in the painting. We are taken in by the painting as a whole and what engages us are the cool colors and, again, the texture.
“Full Fathom Five” is a painting to be sensed. When we look at the painting we find no actual subject, no lines, and no focal point. The painting is asymmetrical. Nonetheless, “Full Fathom Five” is a powerful painting. The “invitation” to touch found in the texture of the painting is contrasted with the coolness in the color palette which suggests, “Leave me alone.”