Obi-Dan Finckobi (and other photoshops and star wars things)

Obi-Dan Finckobi Close Up

In this post, I round up some fun photoshops of me friends have done, link you to a cache of photos of me you can use to make your own, and link you to two Star Wars posts from Camels With Hammers that I am particularly proud of. [Read more...]

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Why Anakin’s Conversion To The Dark Side Made Sense

Obi-Dan Finckobi Close Up

James Gray considers Anakin Skywalker’s conversion to the Dark Side unconvincing. He wanted more Hobbesian philosophy like is implied in the original trilogy. Such thinking is presented as part of Anakin’s view on the world, in episode II at least when Anakin and Natalie Portman are frolicking in the meadow and they have an unusually artfully scripted [Read More...]

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James Hetfield as Nietzschean Yes-Sayer

Nietzsche, in the Gay Science 276, writes: I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do [Read More...]

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A Camel That Laughs Like Peter Griffin

In the past I have promised you more actual camels. Behold, thanks to a tip from David, I here give you a camel whose response to being poked/tickled is to make a noise like the laugh of Peter Griffin from Family Guy: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Leave Quentin Tarantino Alone

How’s this for an idea: let’s let the filmmakers be filmmakers and consult psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, policy analysts, philosophers, and, well, just about ANYONE ELSE more qualified to answer about the connections between fantasy violence and real violence. [Read more...]

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“Keep Your Fearsome God At Bay”

A cool new anti-religion song by an indie band whose lead singer grew up the daughter of my pastor. [Read more...]

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“You Can Kill Things But Still Like Them”

Rick Santorum says he has “voted to kill Big Bird” and that you can “kill things but still like them.” In other news, Newt Gingrich wants to liberate Big Bird from bureaucracy. [Read more...]

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Ecce Homo, The Halloween Costume

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A funny Halloween costume idea, based on the botched restoration of an ecce homo painting last summer in Spain. [Read more...]

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The World of Jim Henson

It was so tragic that we lost such a genius and delightful human being so young. But it was our bittersweet luck that before he died he created so much, so tirelessly, with seemingly every minute he had alive, and therefore left us such a rich legacy nonetheless. In honor of his birthday, here is the first part of a wonderful documentary on his career.
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