Quite Impressive For An 83 Year Old

Don’t blame me if your girlfriend leaves you, you lose your job, fail the next assignment in your Open University Course and burn that piece of toast you just put on but Desktop Tower Defence is the most addictive thing I have come across since Betamaxnomates gave me Arrested Development on DVD.

Via Teragram, I found this depressing video on Rueters. It briefly enough fills you in on just how surveillance heavy British society has become. If you knew me seven years ago and then met me today you’d be amazed at the quite remarkable turn in my attitudes towards Britain. I used to be positive towards our fair foreign neighbour. Now I have quite a chip on my shoulder. This has coincided with me having to visit so-called Britain often for the last seven years and concluding that well, in fairness, at the end of the day, when all is said and done, we’re better. Ireland 1 – Rest of the World 0, as an incomprehensible sticker reads that my dad has on a cabinet in his garage. Just modify that strange sentiment to Ireland 1 – United Kingdom with Northern Ireland tugging along truculently a few steps behind 0. Why isn’t this a major political issue? Why isn’t the first-past-the-post electoral system a major issue? Why do their chippers always serve sucky chips? Why do they not have the Euro? Why is Britain so weird? WHY!

Speaking of evil things and places, isn’t it weird how we have come to disbelieve in Satan when he is the best possible explanation for the last 100 years? (I can’t find which aphorist I am ripping off there but its not original.) I finished a deadly novel this morning called The Testament of Gideon Mack. Neuro’s colleague got it for her because its about a Presbyterian minister who doesn’t believe in God. She rightly thought it would be appropriate reading for her. Gideon Mack falls into a raging river, disappears for three days and comes back telling stories of meeting with the devil. That really is all you need to know. You are hooked now or you never will be.

I obviously need to get Jaybercrow to read it and tell me what he thought because I am not yet sure what to make of it. Was the portrayal of Satan just what anyone would come up with given a blank page? Or was it a real (metaphorical) insight into the (real) reality? Or was it just a good story that kept my interest? I’d ask wife-unit but she’s not talking to me since I bought her The Flood as a gift. She read three pages before giving up at its stupidity. She compared it to the Red Tent. She may make her money by extracting teeth from disabled children and selling them on the black market but how can you not love a woman with such a sharp critical mind.

After linking you to an article that reveals the (I never thought I’d write this with sincerity) Orwellian situation our societies have gotten themselves into and reviewed a novel with Auld Nick as a major character, it seems appropriate that I would link you to this article by Agnieszka Tennant about a date in the future when geneticists have managed to rule out of biological bounds any behaviour society deems sinful. As fanciful as this sounds, there is no way that you can call it fantasy when a “free democracy” like Britain chooses to spy on itself to eliminate inconvenient behaviours like littering and smoking in public while simultaneously permitting abortion without any ongoing discussion or debate as to the ethical risks involved in either.

Maybe I am in a dark mood because I am just back from watching Zodiac. I love David Fincher movies and I love most of the actors featured in this film so you can confidently predict that Zoomtard gives this a thumbs up. But it raises those troubling questions again. “This great evil, where does it come from, how did it steal into the world?” One of the characters in Gideon Mack reminded me that life lived without thought of death is a famished life. But equally, a happy life can surely not be found without wrestling with the question of this dark evil that prowls our world.

Now I have a coeliac friend coming around so I have to litter all my delf with wheat as a fun trick. I know some Christians who struggle with the idea of all life revolving around the concept of Grace and yet we have to face a final judgement. I have had discussions with Christian friends where this is debated and disputed. As is so often the case, Peter Leithart basically says what I would like to say if I was as smart as Peter Leithart.

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2 Responses to “Quite Impressive For An 83 Year Old”

  1. Peebles says:

    So glad (a) you saw Zodiac and (b) you enjoyed it!

    You can judge a film by the opening credits. It serves as a haiku for the entire movie. A director who doesn’t squeeze every ounce of insight into these moments lacks any serious personal investment in the project. Fincher makes a Warren Buffett-sized investment in this film, and is repaid in proverbial spades. From the moments the fireworks break across the Californian night sky you know this will be much more than a document of a murder mystery.

    Some have said it’s Fincher’s least stylised film, but that’s nuts! Every shot and cut is executed in such a way to evoke the atmosphere of splendid grown up films of the 1970s, such as All The President’s Men.

    This was a great era, when Hollywood storytelling combined with an almost journalistic sense of commitment to an unfolding narrative. Fincher’s not too shy to give us bravura shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, but he also calculates the audience will happily get lost for a while in the myriad details of a plot. This is a film where there is a surplus of things to think about, which is a rare treat.

    He also gives a mighty nod to Hitchcock at times, squeezing nervous laughs into moments of horror.

    As a meditation on the nature of evil it is haunting. It got me thinking about Ireland. (Oh no…) But in Zodiac there are – if I remember correctly – three deaths and the consequences seize countless lives. What was the effect of 1m dying of fever and starvation in the Famine as recently as one and a half centuries ago? I mean, when the Second World was closing, the Irish were presumably preparing to mark the first centenary of the Famine. This is relatively recent history!

    But even closer to home, 3,500 people were killed in categorically horrible ways over 30 years in the Troubles. And what’s happened to the perpetrators is either an abandonment of core principles justice or an act of uniquely restorative grace.

    You would expect Ireland to have developed the most profound theology of forgiveness, justice and healing in the world, but we seem to remain confused and shellshocked… but perhaps it’s easy to see why.

    Anyway, Commander Zoom, thanks for another great post! Events have conspired to make my excursions into the blogosphere rarer than in the past, but each visit to this site is like a digital recreation of the climax of Ice Cold In Alex.

  2. jimlad says:

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