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The End of An Emu

As you may have guessed from the silence around these parts – the emu-themed blog action has wound down to an end. I want to thank everyone who has followed the journey of this video-centric blog since its inception in January of 2009. The podcast won’t be affected by this change – it will still sling your usual doses of radio improvisational discussion-ness every now and again.

For those interested in video-related postings – you can follow me on Twitter, or check out my video favorites on Frequency.

Saving that, I give you Meppers the last video – as I toss this blog off the proverbial cliff. Enjoy, be well, and keep mepping.

Forget Yourself

By which, I mean, remember yourself. By which, I mean, remember that your sense of individuality is merely an illusion. You are a manifestation of everything, that is. Or, as a famous fictional Martian once said, “Thou Art God.”

Cultural Capitalism

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizzek argues here that acts of charity within corrupted capitalist societies do nothing but perpetuate harmful economic systems. Only the allowance of unabashed cruelty can accelerate the demise of such systems.

Everything

You should know by now that I always appreciate metaphysically reflective mashups. Bonus points to this piece for pulling material from They Live, Zeitgeist, and Bill Hicks.

What’s Due Process Again?

Leave it to Andy Griffith to remind us of the principle of due process of law – and the reason why the Patriot Act is an abominable document.

A Reassuring Fable

Part 3 of the Sagan series, a YouTube mashup string inspired by the works of astronomer and meta-human, Carl Sagan. Created by 25-year old Canadian philosophy student, Reid Gower.

The Despondancy of Synecdoche

I don’t know how I missed it in its original go-round, and am a little bit irritated at my digital arts media fare for not calling attention to it sooner, but Synecdoche, New York, may be the finest film I’ve ever seen. This piece is almost completely indescribable. It is an Escher-ian meta story that swallows its own tail. The glut of surrealism contained within can cause temporary psychosis, though – so fair warning. Anyway, have a monologue:

The Last Glimpse

Ever think to yourself, boy, I really hated the execution of Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void, but loved the concept. Could you maybe find a Native American version based on an ancient Sanskrit epic without the gratuitous sex and violence? Yes, says the internets, I believe we have that.

Existentialist Star Wars

Why must everything be guided by Force? Isn’t a lack of Force the seedling from which transcendence emerges?

A Divine Thought Experiment

Let’s make the assumption that you are God, for a moment. Discuss…