Join me for just a moment in imagining a society with the following conditions: 1) a government-aided, medical organization is keeping a dark secret from the public. 2) It is rumored that the organization is using human test subjects for inhumane experimentation, the harvesting of organs for scientific progress, and to boost the economy while lining their own pockets. 3) Occasionally, video footage of the horrific experimentation leaks, but the medical organization publicly denies the videos as fake and deceptively edited. 4) Though the organization strives to save face, Read More
I haven’t done a politically related post in a while, but I felt the urge to do so recently because a topic recently fell into my lap and just seemed too characteristic of our current state to let slide. So perfect in fact, I don’t really have to make much of an argument of my own, but merely give it a little push in a different direction.
I was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast recently, as I occasionally do, and it was an episode where Joe was talking with Philip DeFranco Read More
~*~MAJOR SPOILER ALERT~*~
And so it is revealed at the end of the series that the Holy Grail War is little more than a farce. This war in which countless have been killed for centuries, is a bait and switch. The Holy Grail is not a wish granting device that can produce miracles but a created tool with a mind of its own that wishes to acquire an accompanying body for that mind. The whole series was predicated on false advertising. So what’s the point and why would you want to view this series? Read More
One thing Fate/Zero is very good at doing is creating character foils, and doing so in a way that deepens the viewer’s understanding of both characters rather than propping up a shallow, stock character to play the straight-man for the character the series wants to shine. In fact, the series has layers of foilage (not to be confused with “foliage,” no matter how badly auto-correct wants to correct me) and interconnectedness in which characters play off of each other. The last post was a good example of that interplay and this post will try to touch again upon one of the series’ pet topics, madness and the way it can be reached. Major SPOILER WARNING here at the beginning. There is no way for me to make my point without getting detailed, so you’ll have to deal with spoilers galore. Read More
This post will be the first installment on the Fate series, specifically on the thirteenth and final episode of Fate/Zer0’s first season: “Forbidden Banquet” or “The Forbidden Feast of Madness.” We will be looking at the character relationships between Ryunosuke and his servant Caster and that between Waver and his servant Rider. Both relationships are developed subtly in way which may not at first be recognized as a juxtaposition of the two teams.
Ryunosuke and Caster are an apparently perfect match. They are both demented serial killers who share the same values, which are basically the reversal of all normal, moral values. They believe that the murder of innocents is an art-form and they take aesthetic pride in their work. In fact, they are still not engaging in the Holy Grail War, but Read More
Fate/Zero is the first installment to the Fate series. It was not the first part of the series to be animated, but it does precede all of the others chronologically with regard to the story being told (think of Fate / Zero as the Phantom Menace but better, obviously). The series itself began as a Not-So-Safe-For-Work visual novel which detours into erotica frequently while trying to tell a very long and convoluted story. I am told that the visual novel, besides these negatives, is a very good story but not one that I have personally read or plan to read. Instead, I will address the anime series that have been created from the original source material. Because the directing studio wanted to take the story seriously, the series had all of the erotica stuff cut out of it (save maybe some hints to it) and I think that its fair to say that the story did not suffer for the subtraction whatsoever. Read More
Somewhat Spoiler-free Introduction
Parasyte opens on a night in modern Japan. Orbs like phosphorescent pipe-cleaner balls are floating down from the sky onto the city. The orbs break open like seeds and release smaller bacteria-looking things. Given their limited lifespan once released from the orbs, the creatures immediately search their vicinity for a sentient host with the intention of taking over their brain so that they may manipulate and control the cell structure of the entire body. The result is pretty disturbing, Read More
I didn’t plan to do another political post for this election season, but the response I have been seeing on my timelines and news feeds from friends and news outlets alike has pushed me to do so. I hear many of your fears and concerns as women, LGBTQ, and other minority group members. I somehow doubt that if you are a member of those groups, voting and now fearing as a member of those groups, that you will have somehow found your way to this page. Despite my hatred for and general refusal to associate with identity politics, I can empathize with you to some degree as a white, male, Christian when I say that I have no idea what a Trump presidency could mean for America. I believe that Trump will not be as effectual as many of you believe he will be, but, again, I am as unsure as anyone else. Read More
I started this blog last summer as kind if a venting grounds during the release schedule of the atrocities brought to light by the Planned Parenthood sting-operation videos. Having started on that political and outrage-laden foot, the blog has been mostly political since then. And while much more could be said on those topics, and I have considered doing so several times, I have noticed that the Thought Disposal has been entirely homogeneous. I intended to have this be a blend of interests, truer to the blog name, bordering on spontaneous, randomized, and interrelated, wibbly-wobbly…shtuff. Also, at this point, as many of you no doubt are, I am tired of the of the election 2016 spectacle that Ben Shapiro aptly described with an expression of ingenious mollification as a “turd tornado.” So in an Read More
I need to preface this post by saying that if you are a person particularly wounded by blasphemy, you might want to avoid everything that follows. Also, if you dislike long winded analyses, you also might want to skip this post. Rest assured that I will not be the one blaspheming (though I will be the long-winded one), but know that my guest and subject of this post’s attentions is a prime producer in the blasphemy market and takes particular pride in his product (as I in my alliterations).
Amos Yee is what many in the new atheist community are considering a martyr for atheism and free speech. That is the main reason I wanted to compose this post analyzing one of his videos: to give you a sense of the ideas of the kind of person many new atheists are willing to applaud as a martyr. He was imprisoned by the Singapore government and still remains in judgement for making videos purposefully and wildly disrespectful to Christians and Muslims.
Now, I do not believe that such actions by the Singapore government were just. I do not believe that Amos should have been imprisoned for his taste for blasphemy. However, this is not necessarily to say that I support his personal philosophy of free speech, since he believes that the call for public violence is not punishable in the caller but only in the actors who follow the call. But, if he wants to make videos ripping, throwing, and performing lewd motions with the Bible or a cross while harping about God’s nonexistence and his cruelty simultaneously without regard for the laws of non-contradiction or a sense of irony, I’m fine with that. But, if it is his right to publicly distribute his blasphemies, he shouldn’t mind if I engage with them and analyze them for their merits. Read More