Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BBC Bullshit

I can't remember reading anything on the BBC website more annoying than this. Honestly, it genuinely made me rage and cringe at the same time. If you're too lazy to clink the link it's an article regarding a performance "artist" and her "art". Here are a few gems from the article;

The performance artist is spending 512 hours interacting with the public at the show, held in three completely empty rooms.Phones, cameras and even watches are banned, as Abramovic takes people by the hand and encourages them to spend time focusing on the bare white walls."Take in the silence," she whispered to one. "Just be present."


Participants closed their eyes and rocked on their heels, some assumed meditative positions, while others followed Abramovic around, hoping for a personal interaction."I really wanted to connect with her, so I said a little prayer," said Sophie, a student sculptor from London."Connecting with her presence was really special. She said, 'stay here as long as you like, take deep breaths, be present'."It was perfect, really." 


Geraldine, an art lecturer from Kensington, had arrived at 06:30 BST to be amongst the first to see the performance."It was like being at a very beautiful party where nobody talks," she told the BBC. "It may push me into doing some meditation, which is probably very good for me, so it changed my life in a very positive way." 

 Hulk smash!

It is her first performance work since The Artist is Present, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she sat motionless, six days a week, looking directly at whoever sat down in a chair placed opposite her.

Both shows lack the startling drama of her earlier performances, including one in which she systematically stabbed her hand with knives.In another, she whipped herself, before cutting a five-point star in her stomach with a razor blade and lying on a cross made of ice.
For fucks sake, this isn't art. This describes the ravings of a lunatic. An armed lunatic at that.

There's loads more of this kind of new-age, hippy type twaddle in the article, including references to religious experience's and the phrase "art of nothing" (not to be confused with the art of fighting without fighting). But my favourite quote comes from the "writer" of the "article" :

During the first hour of the first day of her performance, Abramovic seemed to be playing a giant game of cosmic yogic chess, with the public as her pieces
You may need to read that quote a few times and let it really sink in. I suggest reading it two or three times and then going to take a nice shower or bath, maybe enjoy a glass of decent red, or, if it's sufficiently late, a good single malt.

Then read it again. Out loud.

512 Hours runs at the Serpentine Gallery in London until 25 August.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

UK Porn Filtering

I'm calling right now, this will be a fucking disaster. Total, complete fucking shambles. An on-by-default system run by your ISP at the behest of a government nobody voted for; yeah, hard to see how that could cause problems.

All these hair brained schemes, dreamt up by people in power, simply serve to underscore what I've been saying for some time now; these people are hopelessly and completely out of touch will reality and in this demonstrate a total lack of understanding of the problem on a fundamental level. To put it more succinctly, we have politicians in place who are being asked to solve problems that they simply do not understand.

This is the equivalent of replacing CERN's Brian Cox with a chimp and expecting detailed analysis of the Higgs Boson, then showing surprise that the Hadron Collider is covered in banana peel and shit.

Remember when the Pirate Bay was blocked in the UK? The original work around using VPN's or proxies and magnet links took no more than 5 minutes to work out and about 2 minutes to use correctly and that was before the Pirate Bay setup the reverse proxies.

Our war against terror is a farce, our war against drugs is a total shambles and now they want to enter into a struggle against porn. On the internet. Jesus. Fucking. Christ. On a website.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mobile Blogging v 3

Last post failed to post so here we go again with pic of Bluetooth keyboard and glass of Zinfandel.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Year Of The Paedophile

I'm going to call it now, but I think 2013 will be the unofficial year of the paedophile, in the UK at least. With yet another TV celebrity caught in the net that is Operation Yewtree, it seems likely that the entire UK TV establishment has been shaken like a ripe fruit tree and the harvest has been bountiful. Sadly it's a harvest of sexual deviants.

But I can't help but think that if the powers that be had setup a similar operation looking into the Catholic church in the UK the harvest would have produced a bumper crop this year. I can understand looking into Jimmy Savile, although not really surprised they waited until he was dead, but that is one guy who was thought to be a suspicious character, heavily insinuated in rumour. But the Catholic church is bulging with child molesters and has official policy to, not only, cover this up but to assist in relocating these monsters around the UK thus enabling them to predate on children again.

In fact it would appear that the furore surrounding the, presumably still ongoing, disgusting revelations about the Catholic church's behaviour has completely vanished from the UK media and, by extension, the public consciousness.

Not that there was a great deal of coverage regarding the Catholic church's policy of dealing with criminals within it's own ranks.

To borrow a phrase from the late, great Christopher Hitchens "you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you’ll just get yourself called Reverend".

And he is still not wrong.

Friday, February 01, 2013

I'm speechless I say! Wait, What?

A 2011 Census shows that Maerdy, Rhondda is one of the least Religious places in England & Wales. I sympathise - if I lived there I'd struggle to reconcile it with an all knowing super being.

The same place held a sit in at the local church when it was threatened with closure. It then shut. One can only imagine what damage to your religious psyche your local church closing does, I can only imagine it from the point of view of an alcoholic if odd bins went to the wall.

Maybe if they'd have held a pray in rather than just a sit in then maybe God would have interevened.

The only reason I mention this at all is a great line, intentional or not I have no idea, in a BBC online article regarding the Census findings;

Peter Blake, who was a member of Friends of All Saints Church in Maerdy and a one-time church warden, said the figures left him "speechless".
It truly is a miracle.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rational Response

A US film has recently been released which shows Islam in a less than favourable light, I'm not sure there's too much choice in how it can be shown so lets take a look at how it adherents are aiming to dispel these untruths and slanderous lies.

UK, London - US & Israeli flags burnt outside US Embassy.
Netherlands, Amsterdam - US Consulate & two schools closed due to planned protests.
Libya, Tripoli - US Ambassador & 3 US citizens killed.
Tunisia - American school burnt.
Egypt, Cairo - Tear gas used on protesters attempting to storm US Embassy.
Lebanon, Tripoli - KFC restaurant burnt to ground.
Iraq, Baghdad - Protesters chanting "Death to America"
Yemen, Sanaa - Protesters US Embassy stormed by protesters & set alight.
Afghanistan, Jalalabad - Afghans gather to chant "Death to America"
Kashmir - Over fifteen thousand protesters gather in a dozen locations to call Obama a terrorist.

Well, you cant argue with logic like that.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hocus Pocus, Alakazam!


eBay has banned the sale of spells, potions, curses and Tarot card readings as conflicts between buyers and sellers of these services are proving tricky to resolve.

Fuck me, where to start with this. Spells ? Who the fuck is buying spells ? Spells people, spells! Like fucking Gandalf.

Potions, not just homepathic nonsense, but actual magic potions. Wait that is homepathic nonsense, isn't it?

Curses! Ha ha, curses, like fucking voodo I'd imagine. Who provides curses? Witches? Secret covens of witches, who's only remaining outlet for their evil is eBay. Wait, is Craigslist still up?

Tarot card readings, that's like pyschics without the need for any special powers, the cards do all the work right? Just buy the fucking cards then you idiots.

Its hard to recocile the fact than in the same year NASA puts a 4x4 on Mars, people in the developed world are still buying spells and potions. You gullible cunts.