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Incomprehensible Evil

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Man in China kills 7 Children with a Meat Cleaver

One of my students asked me today, “What kind of person would do that?” It was a question that stopped me in my tracks.

We were talking about the killings that have been happening in Chinese elementary schools, and it was a seemingly innocent and understandable question, and maybe even one that seems a bit trivial or naive. But it bit deep into a real issue that I think really does bother most people when we read something like this.

So I thought for a moment, trying to answer this student, and was shocked at my own incomprehension. What would make a person do that to anyone, let alone 5 year old children who have never done anything to harm him? As I struggled, it dawned on me that the answer was that no human really would. It makes me think of Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune, and the test of the Gom Jabbar, where the point of the test is to make sure our young hero, Paul, is really human. Herbert suggests that some people are not really human, and the test is one of the greatest parts of that book, and it dives into a huge realm of psychology about the “nature” of human beings and how they react to fear.

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Well, for once I wish I lived on the West Coast! As a boy who fell in love with the magic of film and special effects at a young age, I vividly remember the 1981 Clash of the Titans. And make no mistake, it may not look as impressive as the newest version, with all of its computer technology, but it was as much – if not more – of a masterpiece in visual effects. And Harryhausen was the man who brought all of that to life. And unfortunately enough, I think his name may not be remembered by a majority of this current generation of movie-goers. True, we all know the likes of Lucas, Cameron, and maybe even John Gaeta, but I’m afraid that masters like Harryhausen may not be written down in history as they should. So, at my urging, go see this exhibition, or at least, do a google search on Ray Harryhausen, just to understand how magic used to be made.

USA Today

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Christopher Nolan is truly a master at his craft. I am wondering if this could possibly even eclipse “The Dark Knight.” Is it possible? Based upon how the premise of this movie is starting to take shape, I’m thinking that it could be a possibility.


Another 4G iPhone – in Vietnam?!

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How many of these things are floating around, and why is Apple paying people to lose them?

Here goes nothing…

Well, it’s started!

I never thought I would actually try to make a blog, but I think that maybe it’s about time. So as I continue updating this, I will be making personal comments on the arts, education, and life in general. Specifically I will probably focus on technology, film, photography, and the art of education itself. So, come back soon, and hopefully there will be a lot more to read!

David Weisbrod