World War III Radio: Lance’s Dark Mood Party Mix Vol 36 (Trip Hop / Downtempo / Electronica / Chill Out)

HIs master’s voice, indeed. That’s a compelling image. The person who puts these mixes up, presumably Lance, has a talent for choosing cover photos as well as mixes. This is one of his earlier works, probably six years ago or so but the date isn’t available. It’s gotten over a half million views so I’ll assume that others find it as enjoyable as I am.

It’s a good tension breaker right now. I’ve gotten rather stir crazy sitting here around the house. The good news is that I got a negative test result on the rapid antigen home test today. What does that mean? Well, if I can duplicate the result tomorrow then the odds are highly in favor of this little ordeal being over for now. Don’t get it twisted. The fear isn’t that I’m going to die. It’s not that I’ll be trapped inside forever. That latter one is a luxury problem. Some people don’t have an inside to be trapped in, or the virus has destabilized their living situation. My biggest fear is infecting people with less ability to fight it. For real. this is a bastard of a virus. I’ve been able to feel it circling around attacking any weak spot. Now? It appears to be over. For now.

People cheered this week when it was announced that mask mandates on airplanes and some other transports would be lifted. Having just been through this motherfucker, catching it at an unmasked event, I’m going to say they’re cheering too soon. My opinion on this, like so many of my opinions, doesn’t really matter though. People don’t want to deal with it anymore. I think the masks, rather than being a hardship unto themselves. serve for many as a reminder of their vulnerability and that’s what people found intolerable. Anyone that sees the masks themselves as a hardship has an issue with reality though. I understand the insustainability of fear. I get that. People could have been a lot more stoic about it, but whatever. Fear is fear. People have limits. People in the throes of crowd-think have more limits. They’ve been making themselves hysterial with this virus. Oooooh when will it all end? Be careful what you wish for. It could easily end for you if you go around getting breathed on by strangers. Take my word for it.

But I’m clear for now. No saying that a person can’t get it again, but for now it’s over. I still don’t feel great but that could very well be from sitting sedentary for ten days. And let’s see what another test in 24 to 48 hours brings. This does look like progress though. I am grateful.

I don’t really feel like getting into anything else this morning. There doesn’t seem to be anything new in the news yet today. No new novel event. No real development positive or negative. We are carrying on with the same shit we’ve been carrying on with, for reasons no more apparent today than they were yesterday or last week.

I’m halfway through an extended version of Apocalypse Now with about an hour of additional footage that never made it to the original release or even the director’s cut. So far the extra scenes haven’t added anything at all illuminating to the story. Hard to say if they’ve taken anything away. I’ve seen this movie so many times that the add-ins are almost annoying. They change the flow, and I can’t really say yet if that’s good or bad. This is an important film though, insofar is that it asks very real, very big questions about what all this humanity business means. It is, in that respect, very much like Blade Runner. What makes all this meaningful and valuable? Is it our mores and norms or morals and ethics, or is it something bigger and more constant that we don’t want to acknowledge? How flexible are we in our definitions and to what end?

All the meaningful films are asking that same question. One may think that with artists and philosophers mulling this over for a few thousand years that we might have come to an answer. Or maybe we have and we don’t like the answer.

Anyway… More on this very long movie another time.

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