Archive for September 2010

Ichinose Kotomi: Violin rehearsal

September 27, 2010

This is the piece she was practicing for. It wasn’t until I realized that the clacker and the bell were coming from the instruments shown in the rehearsal that I realized… this song was it.

And I spent several periods of time near the ending of the visual novel wishing I could have heard her after she had improved. It felt like one of those plot twists at the FIN, like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Sixth Sense, or Matrix 1. In this case, Kotomi from Clannad, had a special surprise, on top of all the other surprises, in reserve. It was seeing the triangular device. Suddenly, I remembered that the song itself had this dinging sound that was not from a violin. That was the connection. Given Kotomi’s arc focusing so strongly on music, it was an interesting easter egg to find.

If I recall correctly, the “violin of death” on the school grounds was organized (and paid for) by Kyou as a sort of practice session before her real recital. Which was never presented in the VN.

Power of Culture

September 27, 2010

I was rather surprised to hear a song sung in English that used a Japanese word as the center keystone. So I went and looked up the authors of the song, TATU, who I found to be two individuals of Russian origin.

Two female Russian singers using a Japanese word as the keystone of their song, and then making a music video using Japanese animation styles in the bargain?

That’s the power of culture there. Not your own culture, but any culture that can be accessed on the internet or in other low barrier esque fashions. The problem with America culture is that most of the exportable kind is nihilistic and profit driven, rather than driven by an ideology of capitalism or liberty or family values or patriotism. It doesn’t matter what idea drives a cultural value, so long as it is a strong idea. One that people will go to extremes for. Japan is a nation of those who pursued their ideals with extreme devotion. And that shows, even in these matters.

High Crimes and Disdemeanors

September 25, 2010

The Fix was in, as a lot of us said. Democrats, who control the fix, talk about fixing the fix. Like that was a good idea. They hypocritically say that they should be trusted with power, because the “system” rules. But the Dems rule the system, not the other way around.

Pandora Music Now

September 22, 2010

I recently finished watching Sukiyaki Western Dango

It’s very strange from a cultural perspective.

Now to the main feature. This is a great song. Whenever I want to heard good music that I have never heard before, I go to http://www.pandora.com

Their music dna database works with a high degree of accuracy. Something you can’t say for the US government or other big orgs.

The Magic Gaze of Man and the Domestication of Dogs

September 21, 2010

Two pieces, domestication of dogs and the magic gaze of man, put together a complex and thorough history of human-animal relationships.

For cave paintings, form followed from function. The function of how animals behaved were put to artistic work by paint and hand. It served the purpose of educating new hunters and perhaps served as a great backdrop for stories and imagination. To imagine how to hunt well while in winter and then applying the new thoughts in the spring. Such did humans ascend the ladder of creation.

Getting Fired for Criticizing Obama

September 21, 2010

When blacks said the “Man” had you down and was keeping you down, they weren’t kidding.

Oh wait, blacks are for Obama? He must be the Man then.

A Virtuous Population under Good Government

September 20, 2010

There’s nothing in the Declaration that requires us to choose another Republic, or another Democracy. We do have Aristotle’s options, and his warnings, before us. We talked about that recently; and it’s a problem still. You have three good modes:

Royalty (government by one virtuous man or woman)
Aristocracy (government by a few of the virtuous)
Constitutional Government (government by many of the virtuous)

Each of them is subject to corruption, though. And it is the particular corruption our author identifies: the seeking of self-advantage (he calls this servility, not doing the right thing unless there is an advantage). These three corruptions are:

Tyranny (a corrupt government by one)
Oligarchy (a corrupt government by a few)
Democracy (a corrupt government by many).

Now, Aristotle suggests Constitutionalism because he feels that the corruptions are less perverse as power becomes more diluted. That seems reasonable.

Our author here suggests, however, that democracy may have a particularly threatening character to the moral life. If that’s true, it upsets the Aristotelean model. Instead of Constitutional government being the most attractive (because its corruption is the least perverse), we have to have a special fear of Democracy. It doesn’t just pervert government, but it destroys the moral life that is at the root of all human happiness.

That seems like a new problem, and one that might alter our calculations substantially. The old models assume Aristotle was, essentially, right about the levels of perversion.

-Grim

I would introduce additional layers of complexity to counter the fact that in a democracy of vote franchises, the people tend to slack off and due to moral hazard let others conduct proxy decisions for them.

In any complex or large society, there are always several layers or sub-sections. For the US, it is the military, the social elites, the rich, the poor, the educated, the uneducated, and so forth. A united society based upon trust and social cooperation, tends to be self-reinforcing in that the people in their particular social circles work well with those from others. Or perhaps they even belong to multiple branches and circles.

The Left seeks power through division and conquest by divide and rule. Because America was partially based upon countering power and argument, the Left rode this popular sentiment as a wolf uses sheep’s wool as cover.

To promote and maintain virtue, whether amongst the followrs or leaders, one must necessarily create an additional organization or circle of membership for that purpose. It is not enough to attempt to use the status quo organizations and social connections. Even the Left had to create new organizations in order to divide the people who once were closer in thinking and philosophy, though they belonged to disparate tribes and social circles. To make the function of society smoother, additional organization and organizations are required.

It just goes to show that in a closed system where the status quo does not change, entropy takes hold and everything goes to the slums. To shake things up, certain organizations and connections must be broken and replaced by new ones. Instead of reducing complexity, increase it and thus disrupt the plans of the status quo retainers.

People naturally become subservient when the organization they are part of stops growing or changing. It doesn’t need any new leaders or visionaries. Thus there is no social reward nor personal reward for taking risks and experimenting. If you disrupt their daily lives, however, then there’s a chance that people will experiment and try new things. And in doing so, they will grow or fall by their own efforts. While war is the most extreme rendition of this sort, it is not the only process by which growth can be accelerated.

For virtue to be maintained or grown, the entire landscape from the bottom up first, must be dynamic and challenging. If too much top down umbrage exists, there will be no light, no growth, and no opportunity. If the “Leader” says that Plan A is the only option, the followers can only follow Plan A even if they fail a thousand times. If the followers are disconnected from their usual sources of authority, then they will start to think for themselves, because it will be required of them. This generates argument, chaos, and doubt. But only in this fashion can virtue be attained. Americans have “just followed orders” for awhile now, trusting in the promise that they will be “taken care of”.

And it has led to a reversal of the pendulum.


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