Sunday, July 16, 2017

Creator Update

You are absolutely correct, dear reader, it is not a coincidence at all that The Darkest Hour, Their Finest Hour and Dunkirk are all being released this year: the fine artists and film makers in the UK have realized their is a socialist invasion of their great motherland, and so they are summoning the forces that destroyed socialism the first time, in hopes they can destroy socialism again. It's not just a matter of "That so many gave so much," that we owe it to them not to go for socialism, or that "This was our defining moment"  when we beat back the inevitable invasion of Germany and when we turned our backs to socialism and tyranny and, determined, knew we would never succumb to such a form of slavery,.... sure, it is those things, but the subject matter and its mode of presentation suggests something more like this: socialism is a rotten and corrupt seed, from which nothing good can come, and the courage and sacrifice of the great people of this blessed homeland were born of freedom and the trials of life; we are human beings, bound with tremendous dignity, not animals, and not dependents. We stand on our own two feet,... we stand, and we fight.
Actually, "Creator Update" isn't about God, nor myself--as the "creator" of this blog; unfortunately, the imbeciles at Microsoft decided that it had been awhile since they caused personal computers to commit suicide en masse, like beached whales, so they have been forcing people to accept the Creator Update that does a ton of stuff you don't need; you can't opt out of it. Anyway, I had to take the update and then, like so many others around the world (that is, of those who have been forced to upgrade to the dreaded Windows 10) I, too, lost internet connectivity completely and had no other option other than to wipe everything (I did an incomplete wipe, but that wasn't enough to get it working again) and start over reloading it all.
I am so angry.
Yea, so, three days later, I think I have it 95% restored,... but now, it wants me to install it again. So, if you face a similar apocalypse in your life, I have learned that you can at least delay--but not opt out entirely--by changing your connection in Settings from WiFi to metered, the theory being that Microsoft is not going to make you take an upgrade if you are paying a lot for your connection (metered) but it might finally go ahead and do it anyway. So, plenty of people with far worse consequences to the update have more bitter stories to tell than do I, if you are stuck with updating, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING BACKED-UP, a last will and testament written, and some kind of stress medicine on hand,... like whiskey.
A new bottle of whiskey.
Okay, speaking of whiskey, let's talk about the incredible greatness of Sir Winston Churchill, with this first trailer for The Darkest Hour:
Why dwell on the vices of a character who is supposed to be the hero? Because he had vices, he had faults, he lost, he had made some terrible mistakes during his career, and it's precisely because he had faults and wasn't perfect, because he had made mistakes (from which he had learned painful and costly lessons) and because he himself had faced death and stood the test, that he was perfected to become the man who would stand between Hitler and the rest of the world. We will discuss this more later, but for now, let's take a look at two other anti-socialist films being served up to us. This next one comes from Tommy Wirkola who did Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and, at long last, Hansel and Gretel 2 has been announced and is in the works!), so just see how he's setting this up:
Each of the sisters has their own identity, no? Each day of the week, also, has its own identity, no? Even that dreaded of all days, Mondays, but without Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays probably wouldn't be so awesome, but isn't that what socialists claim they want to do, is to get rid of "Mondays?" get rid of the things about work that no one likes (they can't do that, but they are happy to tell anyone dumb enough to believe them they will do that)? I think that's going to be a good one. Next, remember that Julia Roberts and Keifer Sutherland drama? No, I don't mean that time-they-almost-got-married-drama, I mean that film, Flatliners? The sequel has finally come out, and looks pretty awesome:
"Sequel" meaning that it's Kieffer Sutherland who will be reprising his role as Nelson somewhere in Flatliners. So, what do we have? Well, kind of like someone taking Mondays away, someone's now taking death away, and taking the death of someone else. Do you remember me rambling on about death and how no one can die your death for you, it's something that belongs to you and to a particular moment in your life and it's yours,... you don't? Maybe I forgot to, well, there's the spiel I was going to give you, but this is a means of looking at socialism,.... take the things we hate the most, like Mondays and death, and demonstrate how there really is a natural order to existence, and following that natural order brings a good dose and share of happiness to all, not all of the time, but that's not really possible, or even desirable. Last, but not least, we have a film about the artist Alberto Giacometti, one of my personal favorites; I don't know how the film will be, but I do so love me some Giacometti!
So, the moral of the story is, that even though it totally sucks when your computer crashes, and you have to spend your weekend doing other than what you had hoped to do, it's still better to have a computer at all, and to have a weekend at all, and to be able to make plans at all, even if sometimes they don't work out the way you wanted, because all this means that there is still hope, and there is yet another tomorrow when things will work out.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner
On the left is an etching of Giacometti by Jan Hladik, and on the right is the most famous photograph of Giacometti, while he was installing his art for an exhibition, taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson.  Giacometti was known for sculptures (not painting or sketching), and he usually did figures like the two extremely tall and thin figures you see in the image above.