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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Kulture Kult Ink Flies Solo!

Your regular Teacher News + Views blog follows below this one. I'm trying something new here.


The Grand Dame of Beat: Oh the stories she could tell ....

Carolyn Cassady, Beat Generation writer + wife dies at 90. She was "Camille", 2nd wife of "Neil Cassady" aka "Dean Moriarty" in Jack Kerouac's On the Road best selling 1957 beat road map. She was the beatnik chick who made Jack, Neil + beat poet Allan Ginsberg "Go! Go! Go! in their mad orgy of sex, drugs, bop jazz, literature + road trips. However in her best selling memoirs she also recalled being the one who had to take care of the guys and clean up the mess in the wake of their self destructive trip through the empty, numbing Cold War American dream. Womens Liberation was still a long way off! Anyway, she outlived them all, spending her final years gardening, painting, and enjoying the odd cigarette + glass of wine as the much revered "Great Dame of Beat" at her home outside London England. Her 2nd son with Neal, John Allan Cassady was at the bedside holding her hand when she died last Friday. A graceful, fitting exit from the longest road trip of them all. RIP. New York Times obit @ True Kool Kat!


Carolyn on the road with Dean + Jack.

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What did beatniks wear? Read @ Like Kool!

Here's a plain English explanation of beatnik slang @ Dig?

Like square Daddy- o! You'd never find a beatnik here @ Suburban dream

Visit the Jack Kerouac Novelist + Poet website for all things Kerouac @ Jack


Carolyn Cassady: kool mama! No Women's Lib yet though!

For when it doesn't quite translate right: 50 faux pas to avoid when travelling abroad @ Danger! Danger!

15 things writer Kurt Vonnegut said best @ Nice, nice, very nice!

And you thought I don't proofread!? Actually I'm leading edge! Yup. That's right ... er .... Here's 8 punctuation marks that aren't used exist anymore. So there! ;-) @ Punctuation

Play that funky music white boy! OMG. Maybe not? Here's 30 white celebrities who have decided to try jump on the musical bandwagon to ill effect @ Youtube video collection

Tres cool NASA photos gallery of the Soyez rocket being prepared for launch @ Expedition 37

Trending: A Study in Fashion Contrasts ...

Wonder what's hot for teens on the other side of the world? Top 3 Indonesian Fashions of the Day @ Muslim dresses


Here they are for Korea, China + Japan @ Asian

Now here are the Canadian + US best + worst dressed at the 2013 teen awards @ Oh Canada

Conclusion: Mores? Morality? Kultural? Affluence? Consumerism? Think about it .....

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Brace yourself for this: Black market teeth braces are a big fashion item among Southeast Asian teens. Since dental work is very expensive, it suggests the fashionista must be very desirable because they are from a wealthy family. Unfortunately many of the teens are making the braces themselves and choking on the parts or even dieing from lead poisoning. I kid you not @ Kids! Don't try this!


In South East Asia she's got klass!

Learn more about the latest teen fashion braces news @ Broken News Daily Video


Snaggle Mouth fad sweeps teen Japan!

Meanwhile in affluent Japan much the opposite is the case. Teen girls are embracing the "snaggle mouthed" bad teeth look. The "impish" bad toothed "girl next door" look is popular because it makes the young affluent fashionista look more attainable to shy guys without as many yen during the economic crisis. Here's a video that tells all. The soundtrack is particularly outstanding too. Lotsa fun like only they know how in Japan @ Snaggle Mouth


Canadian teen seeks Asian date! China? Thai? Japan? Heck, no matter!

Conclusion: See for Fashion above ...

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Zombie Woof or Living Among the Dead: Zombies have long fascinated me. As I see it they provide a metaphor for our life + times. We are surrounded by people who are dead from the neck up. You can out wit them. Even run circles around them. The problem is there is so many they will just keep coming until you they wear you down. Once they bite, you will become one too.


The Art of Manliness [women can read it too] has another spin. Zombie stories are actually fiction sociological textbook cases about how we are doomed because we no longer have even the most basic self reliance skills. Without all the modern supports + amenities of our modern world we are doomed when an unexpected crisis happens. In the case of a societal breakdown we would lack many basic physical, survival + knowledge skills that were common knowledge even as recently as 25 years ago. In short, a Zombie doesn't care one iota about your power point skills. They just want to eat your brains.


Think about it:  Our modern [nay Post Modern!] world stresses the importance of think work instead of physical skills. Most of us wouldn't know how to make or use tools, grow our own food, find or build safe shelter, fix things ourselves, purify water, or even protect ourselves or hunt food without fancy weapons or guns. Unfortunately gunfire noise attracts more Zombies + you can run out of ammo. So, can you use an axe effectively? A sword? Bow + arrow? Slingshot?


That my friends is another reason why Zombies are so scary [Shudder! Shudder!] + might someday take over the world! This is an interesting, worthwhile article with lots of links. @ How are your Zombie survival skills? 

BTW, why the blockbuster flick "World War Z" sucks: The movie was loosely based upon one of author Max Brooks [son of Mel Brooks] weaker novels. The movie didn't even follow the ultimate Zombie bible which Brooks wrote; The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the living Dead. There is quite a clear, consistent set of rules by which Zombies operate. They cannot think [brain dead], run or move quickly [rotting muscle], or digest food [dead digestive track]. The survival guide lists a wide range of more realistic ways to kill a zombie and survive without any readily available or useful fancy weapons or tools. On + On it goes. Its a very worthwhile read. See @ Amazon.ca
 

Early Edition: Rarer than eye brows on eggs!

Be back soon! Much more to come .......

COMMENTS?

2 comments:

Andres Musta said...

I wholeheartedly agree with zombies as an apt description of our times, as we devour everything around us, even as it kills us. As teachers, we could do much more to build real-world skills in farming and connecting with basic survival skills. Thanks for posting!

David Chiarelli said...

Glad to see somebody gets it Andres!

Marshall McLuhan once observed that we increasingly live in a pre-mediated world of second hand experiences. How true nowadays! We spend most of our days + nights in a series of rooms where we work, sleep, go to school, entertain ourselves + socially interact. We go online where rather than have direct experiences of the world outside our doors we exist in game fields, talk rooms, word, excel programs + E-learning.

Come a crisis, pull the plug on all that + if left to our own resources where would that leave most us? Sitting helplessly on our fat bums, a prime brain feast for the Zombie Apocalypse, if folks need a way to visualize it in modern terms. Maybe our students would?

Tell the Ministry of Education + all the latest greatest educational experts + gurus to go put that in their pipes and smoke it! Oh .... I forgot! Most folks wouldn't know how how to light a fire without a lighter, matches or stove anymore .....

And here come the Zombies!

Ouch! My brain hurts! ;-)

Cheers!

David C

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