Thursday, October 13, 2011

the postmodern prometheus

















You know what else I think? That you and I were made for each other.”





The TMBG song "For Science" is an alien invasion twist on the Weird Science theme.
The song ends with the seemingly random shout:
"Let's get those missiles ready to destroy the universe!"

Here we see Weird Science actor Anthony Michael Hall holding our new little baby [Homunculus], The Sync Book...

...the back cover of which features Jason's quote about destroying the universe:













In all of this we are toying with ideas of Universal Destruction/Rebirth as they connect to different Golem figures.

When the Gaon saw that the Golem was growing larger and larger, he feared that the Golem would destroy the universe. He then removed the Holy Name that was embedded on his forehead, thus causing him to disintegrate and return to dust.
In some tales, (for example those of the Golem of Chelm and the Golem of Prague) a golem is inscribed with Hebrew words that keep it animated. The word emet (אמת, "truth" in the Hebrew language) written on a golem's forehead is one such example. The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from 'truth' to 'death' (met מת, "dead").
Note that in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, it is revealed why HAL killed the crew of the Jupiter Mission: he had been instructed to lie and presented with a programming paradox. When he is restored, it is not only with the magical letters, but the most important one for any Golem ... "Truth"
[HAL is told he may have to sacrifice himself to save the crew]
HAL 9000: I understand now, Dr. Chandra.
Thank you for telling me the truth.
Dr. Chandra: You deserve it.

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Utter Destruction (As Beauty)

The Alchemist seeks to create a shesoul within himself, but to do so he must destroy a universe. Donnie Darko's world ends when he comprehends the necessity of his own self-sacrifice in order to resurrect his girlfriend.





The Alchemist creates the shesoul (golem Smurfette) after his own nature, i.e. dark and obscure, but the elementary spirits (the Smurfs) are able to transform her. As with the jet engine that descends from another universe in Donnie Darko (representing Air, or pneuma, the descending dove of the gospel narrative), a higher power now intervenes (the Temple is not made with human hands). Smurfette first destroys the world by flood (immersion in the unconscious--she, too, is drawn from the waters). Like Pandora, she is initially sent to cause havoc, but the spirits bestow upon her their gifts.

"Burn it to the ground."


In Pedro Almodóvar’s latest release, “The Skin I Live In” (opening Friday), Antonio Banderas stars as a plastic surgeon who, apparently haunted by his long lost wife, embarks upon a mysterious skin experiment on an immaculately beautiful woman. He keeps her captive in his mansion, and soon an outlandish, lurid backstory to his obsession emerges. (NYT)

Helena Bonham Carter as harbinger of the Current 93 of destruction


To conclude: Steve Jobs the Promethean Alchemist-cum-Mad Scientist gives to the world the gift of the sentient Robot Girl, Siri (Smurfette again), healing the GAP in the Godhead and necessitating his own sacrificial death.

13 comments:

  1. I love this! Great start, Jason. I have much I want to add ... hope to do so tonight.

    Again, fantastic.

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  2. Thanks, A.A.

    Enus should note that this is now twice that we've seen the destruction of Gilderoy Lockhart's house (Helena Bonham Carter also torches the Burrow in Half-Blood Prince).

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  3. awesome. what a great start,
    (have a feeling this is going to be the epic post)
    1985 & Brazil & such . . .
    will be connecting soon
    Johnny B God.
    88

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  4. Added what I have for tonight. Take it from here.

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  5. I have one admittedly silly concern: the "I can't stop loving you" clip from the Metropolis anime should never be watched as an out of context snippet. It is one mindblowingly orgasmic experience when viewed at the proper place in the film, but I feel that snipping it does some great injustice. I don't know why I feel so uppity about it - I guess I just think it is that powerful of a scene. I should go to bed.

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  6. I agonized over exactly which clips to put here (too many bad AMVs)--I have a very bad habit of spoiling movies, have you noticed? At the very least, perhaps someone will be inspired to watch it. I didn't really intend for there to be a destruction theme here; it just kind of happened.

    I find something new every time I watch the "Strangers When We Meet" video, it's the most wonderfully pretentious thing Bowie's ever done.

    Golems: Smurfette is created from blue clay, of course. Roxy Music: "I blew you up [i.e. gave you my pneuma], but you blew my mind."

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  7. Seems like we have a few syncs in common, besides Anthony Micheal Hall in both our new post. The Red Eye Tarot (16) & Helena Bonham Carter....

    If you didn't catch it it's 'EPIC SH#T! - THE MIDDLE "C" ~ ReD EyEs! (Synchromystic Lucifer) LETS GO TO HELL TO-GET-HER!' (LINK HERE - http://synchronize23.blogspot.com/2011/10/epic-sht-middle-c-red-eyes.html?zx=1aba12fb6987787b)

    PS Bonus Star Sync for your post...
    http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/zlix970p/20111014_145811.jpg

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  8. The Skin I Live In, opening today, would of course be about exactly the same subject.

    Ffffuck, I completely forgot that Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) plays Metatron in Dogma . . . there is some heavy Snape/Lily slash going on here.

    Helena Bonham Carter from an old banking family? Then it makes perfect sense that Harry Potter has to break into her bank vault in Deathly Hallows. (She and mass destruction definitely seem to go together.)

    Pantacles = iOS 5

    Robot girl (Tima) in Metropolis '01 has the requisite single red eye

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  9. The Skin I Live In:

    "Robert's wife was burned in a car crash twelve years earlier. When she saw what she looked like after the accident, "a cinder," she jumped from a window to her death. . . . Robert, in disguise, kidnaps Vicente and performs sex reassignment surgery on him. He turns Vicente into a physical replication of his deceased wife. . . . Vicente, now a woman, has taken the name Vera and feigns cooperation with Robert. . . . Having gained Robert's trust, Vera kills him and then Marilia."

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  10. http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Love_and_Rocket

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  11. hey

    HEY

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090305/trivia

    1!!!

    "Kelly LeBrock's character name was inspired by Apple Computer's first GUI computer, the Apple Lisa."

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