V for Vendetta Study Questions & Thought Experiments

13 12 2011

Updated slightly in the era of Occupy

V for Vendetta Thought Experiments in handout/flier format

1. A sustainable society only has to be built once. What unsustainable methods would you support in such an endeavor?

2. How much of a fascist will you become in service to the revolution?

3. Name the 3 worst things our current administration has done. Imagine that somehow these were part of a long term, insanely subversive plot to do good… How good would the good have to be to justify the wrong?

4. What things distinguish the criminal from the civilian from the citizen?

5. Do Hollywood movies ever serve anything like a true revolution? Read the rest of this entry »





Holiday Season Study Questions and Thought Experiments

24 11 2010

Here’s a wide ranging exploration of the thoughts and feelings that lie behind these days of cheer and churning.  For those who prefer a more structured reflection/resolution process, you might avail yourself of the THE HOLIDAY ENDGAME WORKSHEET, based on a workshop I attended last year at Studio Naga in Oakland.

Either way, good days and good meals and good fellowship to you all!

  1. I dread the holiday season because:
  2. I can’t wait for the holiday season because:
  3. I get anxious around the holidays because:
  4. I get giddy around the holidays because:
  5. Of all the holidays, the one that means the most to me is: Read the rest of this entry »




9th Neuroesthetics Conference Study Questions and Thought Experiments

12 01 2010

1. What’s your favorite metaphor for time? A river flowing? A road being traveled?

2. Can time be experienced without resorting to units of measurement?

3. Time is often discussed using measurements of distance; long versus short.  What might “a wide time,” or “a narrow time” mean?

4. What are the physical properties of time?

5. What aspects of time are independent of the instrument of measurement?

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Where the Wild Things Are Study Questions and Thought Experiments

16 10 2009

1. Describe the parenting philosophy demonstrated in the story.
Where the Wild Things Ought To BeCongress is coming back soon

2. Is Sendak giving an accurate portrayal of the imaginary life of a child, or is he giving a lesson on how to handle tantrums?

3. Have you ever been taking care of a child, and suddenly felt as though you were in charge of a feral beast? What triggered that feeling? How did you deal with it?
4. Is Max’s voyage objectively real, or is it all in his imagination? Give evidence from the text and pictures.
5. What lesson does Max learn? Read the rest of this entry »




Watchmen Study Questions and Thought Experiments

6 03 2009

Watchmen Thought Experiments

(Drafted before seeing the film)

1. Do you believe the course of history is managed by secret cabals, shadow governments, or other conspiracies?

2. How are police officers distinct from government sanctioned costumed superheroes?

3. Of the liberties and freedoms you enjoy, which are preserved through your own vigilance?

4. Which are preserved and protected by forces outside yourself?

5. Does the human capacity for violence, hatred, and other horrors result because of childhood experiences?

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Here is a coil

5 12 2008

Because now is a question whose atom of an answer is continuously sheared across the diluted electronic landscape, when hundreds of people I know have their given names written in a magical box in my pocket, and somewhere in some other cloud of electrons is another list of chosen names revolving around the nearly 15,000 messages they and I have shared.  In this era of networked instantiation, my location is a long rope of places where I can be reached, all various distances from the swirl of electrical impulses that is my own very head. Read the rest of this entry »





Design notes for the “blogjam salon project”

17 07 2007

I may have written online about this somewhere else. Like so many ideas in my head, like the camera in the shape of a gun and the uber-realistic streetfighting video game that uses real people like the Pope and that vagrant on Lakeshore, I’d be just as happy to see some one else make this happen, just to see it live in the world.

  1. Come up with a snappier, more descriptive name
  2. Once a month, people meet at a bar with a good happy hour, quiet background music, and free (or sponsored) wifi, and at this bar they spend an evening hashing out the details for a new website (favoring blogs) that ought to exist but doesn’t. They register a url, set up a wordpress/google-page/what-have-you, produce the first 5 to 20 pages of content, email all their friends to announce the launch, and print out business cards to pass out to everyone at the bar. Read the rest of this entry »