During a Google search of “female lead bands”, I came across L.A. Weekly’s article of rising bands under a female frontman. Didn’t think much of this until I listened to their songs. Wow. If these bands don’t get the proper publicity they deserve, then… what is a music industry.
- Nietzsche- Walter Arnold Kaufmann
- Batman and Philosophy- Mark D. White, Robert Arp
- The Prince- Machiavelli
- How to be an Existentialist- Gary Cox
- The Anatomy of Violence- Adrian Raine
- Sexy Feminism: A Girl’s Guide to Love, Success, and Style- Armstrong, Rudolph
- Collected Fictions- Jorge Luis Borges
- Columbine- Dave Cullen
- Brave New World- Aldous Huxley
- We Need to Talk about Kevin
- Animal Farm
- Breaking Bad and Philosophy
In the past week, vast protests sparked by a bus-fare increase have rocked Brazil, taking its leaders – and the world – by surprise. TED Fellow and conservation biologist Juliana M Ferreira offers an insider’s perspective on what led to this transformational moment.
With all the eyes of the world on Brazil due to the upcoming World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016, the view of the last few days, especially on June 17th, was a little different from the world’s stereotypes of Brazil: happy and beautiful people partying and dancing semi-naked samba, and enjoying soccer matches while sipping caipirinhas.
What the world saw was the explosion from pressure that had been accumulating for a long time. News agencies claim that altogether, 250,000 people were protesting that day in many Brazilian capitals. However, photos show that this number was actually much higher. It started when local governments raised bus fares…
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Roy Amara’s classic quote goes: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”
[ted_talkteaser id=1762]In today’s talk from TED2013, Rodney Brooks invokes this law to talk about robots. While people panic about robots taking their jobs over the course of the next few years, the focus should be on guiding the development of the technology so that, in the upcoming decades, we’ll have robots that can work with an aging world population. As Brooks points out, we are amid a major demographic shift as the number of working-age adults in the United States, Europe and China drops and the number of people past retirement age swells.
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Never seen Elvis, but I’m gonna jump the gun anyway and say that they’re are all winners here. But let’s not kid ourselves, The Thing is in a league of its own. And how about that beard on Kurt! What a badass.
Needless to say, swell voting, folks. Someone needs to get these two back together already. Been too damn long.
– The Thing: 26 votes
– Big Trouble in Little China: 9 votes
– Escape from LA: 6 votes (not sure how this beat out NY, but hey, that basketball scene was pretty sweet)
– Escape from New York: 5 votes
– Elvis: 1 vote (nice to know someone out there saw it)
Fight Club. A classic David Fincher film based on Chuck Palahniuk’s same titled book. It’s a must watch. About a man who develops an alter persona and creating the life he wanted through fight club. Tyler Durden, the quintessential perfect man. In one scene, while both Tyler and the Narrator ride the bus, they see an ad of a male model. The Narrator exclaims that the ad portrays a false image of what a man should look like, but yet, Tyler is more than what that model could ever look like. Tyler looks like he wants to look, fucks like he wants to fuck, and acts like he wants to act. This perfectly developed concept becomes a reflection of ourselves and how we should recognize ourselves. But do we subconsciously consume what others think is natural? Yes. We see the ads, we see these unrealistic expectations, yet we subconsciously absorb it and attempt to translate it into our own mentalities. We are no longer aware of ourselves. We are no longer aware of what we see. Maybe it’s only the American way of life. Is it different in other countries? If it were, I don’t think such similar illnesses or diseases such as eating disorders would exist in other places. But maybe it can be translated into a cultural trend that’s moved its way across countries. The fault of Westernization? Perhaps. What do we do though? We cannot escape what we see. We are surrounding by what the social norms are.
How can we “find ourselves” when we simply do not and cannot exist?
Pros: women are not objects, they are not lower class citizens, they are not to be assaulted or abused.
Cons: women are women.