Monday, December 5, 2016

Unboxing Cthulhu The Cat

The shelter put little Cthulhu in a box. A temporary cardboard cat carrier with the shelters logo. Holding the box, by the handle I felt the full weight of the creature for the first time. I carried Cthulhu to my car and secured her to the back seat with the bet. I drove more careful than normal. More careful then when I have humans as passengers.

I listened carefuly for noises of distress. Growls or yelps. I broke the awkard silence and chirpd my best meeeeooowww. From the depths of box a meeeooowww was chanted back. A little bit more mysterious and signifigantly more cat like noise. The chants last until we arrived.

Opening the box I found a predator. Hunter of  ghosts, and mice. Destroyer of worlds.








Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Introducing Culthulu The Best Cat Ever

Comrades,

My life has been exceptionally difficult over the last 6 months. Between tragedy, the blood spilled on the streets of Chicago, and my internal struggle with depression and PTSD I have little energy to write, read and create. I have no plans to stop blogging, but I am going to mix things up a bit. The single greatest joy in my life is the new Culthulu a cat I adopted several months ago. She has been a blast and has been a great boost to my spirits. So, I am going to be sharing some of our adventures here. Somehow this is fitting and we come full circle. Two thoughts. The first philosophy professor I had in college explained philosophy through stories about his cat and Buffy the Vampire slayer. And, somehow it feels like this cat has turned me into a real social worker. A social worker isn't made by the degree but the pet they rescue. Today announces a little bit of a shift, but don't confuse this for an abandonment of my philosophical horror project. My needs, interests, and energy have shifted.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Update

I am taking a small hiatus in order to pay off my car. I have taken up Lyft driving part time on top of my day job. I am left with very little time to do much of anything. Good news is that I have raised over 3 grand driving and hope to pay off my car soon.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Episode #5 | All Things Interrogated | X-Men Billboard, Choking Out Mystique and Max Payne

All Things Interrogated is a topical series that discusses news and cultural events. This episode is about the controversy's surrounding X-Men Collapse Billboard that depicts Apolocapse choking out Mystique. The film analysed in the second half of the podcast analyses the Max Payne video game and film. Available on iTunes.

Film References
Max Payne
X-Men : Apolcapse

Episode #4 | Why Horror? | Part 2 | Trauma and PTSD

Why Horror? Part 2 is the first podcast in a series that seeks to reflect on the relevance of horror movies today. This episode focuses Trauma and PTSD. Available on iTunes.

Film References:
Halloween
Irreversible
Lovely Molly

Philosophizing TWD S3E15 This Sorrowful Life | Who Is Morally Superior - Rick Or Merle?

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing TWD S3E14 Prey Or Suffer Not A Liberal To Live

Merle shares many traits with my favorite character from Game of Thrones. The Hound. Merle and The Hound are wild cards. They are characters freed from social contracts and internal consistency. This freedom allows Merle l a wider ethical berth than most of the characters on the show. Rick, unlike Merle, is trapped in his need to maintain moral consistency in his sense of self and political persona. While Merle’s freedom allows him to do great evil, he is also free to reach ethical good’s inaccessible to characters like Rick who are trapped in pathological need for consistency.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Philosophizing TWD S3E14 Prey Or Suffer Not A Liberal To Live

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E13 Arrow On The Doorpost Or How do Survivor Groups Go To War?

Andrea was provided with many opportunities to kill the Governor but she failed to shot, stab or bash his face in. This begs the question, is Andrea a coward? Is she afraid to kill the Governor because she fears the repercussions that Woodbury will sentence her to death? Or is Andrea’s fear is rooted in something subtle? The democratic misconception that everyone’s perspective are worthy of existence?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Episode #3 | Why Horror Movies? | Part 1

Why Horror Part 1 is the first podcast in a series that seeks to reflect on the relevance of horror movies today. This episode focuses on thinking beyond the surface the of a film. Available on iTunes.

Film References:
Dark Nature
The Matrix
Existenz
Nightmare On Elm Street
Hunger Games

Episode #2 | Slashers, Masks and Masculinity

Why do slashers where mask? What about masks has changed in horror film? The episode discusses the history and meaning behind masks in horror movies. Available on iTunes.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Episode #1 | Frozen 2 I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It

When you were watching Frozen did you get the feeling the film was as progressive as it seemed? You are not the only one. Self-proclaimed writer/activist/student and internet personality Alexis Isabel agrees. Which is why she launched the hashtag, #giveelsaagirlfriend. With the slogan, she hopes to leverage the internet and convince Disney to bring Elsa out of the closet. Responding to the controversy liberals and conservatives began slinging mud. On the left, well-meaning liberals are championing outing Elsa's sexual orientation as a step forward for the LGBT community. Available on iTunes.