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Younger Generations in West Losing Touch with Physical Reality: 1

April 23, 2021 20 comments

Regular readers of my blog know that I have written numerous post in past couple of years about how various factions, institutions and entire countries in west seem to have lost touch with physical and material reality. What makes this progressive loss touch with of reality in west especially interesting is that most of people outside its borders haven’t lost touch with reality- and this says a lot about the rapidly and terminally declining influence of western countries. Which brings me to the next and inevitable question- will this loss of touch with reality continue to its inevitable conclusion or will it stabilize and perhaps even reverse itself. While anything is possible on a long enough time-span, it appears unlikely that any significant deviation from current path of self-abasement will occur in near future.

But why am I so pessimistic about the ability of younger generations in west to correct the loss of their touch with physical reality in near future? Well.. there are many reasons for my skepticism and here are some examples of why I think that they might be (in many cases) even more detached from reality than previous generations. Of course, I also recognize that sooner or later a significant minority of this generation will almost certainly go against the current trend of pretending that physical reality does not exist or matter. However, I don’t think that their numbers or influence will be sufficient, barring some violent revolution, to affect the current course of events. Here are a few examples of why I maintain that belief..

Some of you might have wondered about why so many, especially in younger age groups, seem to believe that widespread use of electric and truly self-driving automobiles is inevitable in near future. If you ever go to message boards of sites frequented by autistic programmer-types such as ycombinator, slashdot, arstechnica etc, you will see tons of people who firmly believe that widespread adoption of electric cars and truly self-driving automobiles are around the corner. Fun fact- these people were saying the same things a decade ago. So why didn’t things change to any worthwhile extent over that decade? Some of you might say that the share price of Tesla suggests that I am wrong. Well.. what percentage of automobiles sold today are electric or truly self-driving? And do you really think that this state of affairs will change over next two decades- if ever?

To understand what I am talking about, let me ask you a simple question- why does a new technology replace an older one? Why were steam engines the dominant mode of traction for trains (all over the world) until after WW2 and why was the switch to electric and diesel so quick after 1950? Why did turbojets and turbofans rapidly become the main power-plant of airliners after the early-1960s? Why did the adoption of personal computers explode after mid-1980s? Why did smartphones displace older types of cellphones so quickly after 2008? Conversely, why do we still use Ibuprofen and Naproxen to treat inflammation and fever- even though they are over 50 years old? Why does the toilet look and work almost identically to one from almost 100 years ago? Or why does your refrigerator function and even look very similar to one from over 50 years ago?

It all comes down to a simple question- Does the “new” technology work significantly better than “older” technology and cost about the same or less. Steam engines were dominant until after WW2 because they were relatively inexpensive to build, reliable, easy to fix and had amazing torque. Diesel locomotives became competitive with steam in terms of cost and reliability once the diesel-electric transmission was refined by late-1940s. Once that occurred, replacing steam with diesel locomotives became a no-brainer as they had good horsepower, decent torque and required much less maintenance. Similarly, using electric locomotives on main routes became far more viable once an increase in widespread electrification of many countries occurred in aftermath of WW2.

Turbojets and then Turbofans became dominant power-plant of large airliners as it was much easier to build and maintain such engines with power outputs high enough to propel airliners capable of carrying over 100 people. This is also why turboprops are nowadays restricted to smaller airliners (cost-effective) or military transports (slower but rugged). Also, there are mechanical reasons why piston aeroengines making over 4,000 hp (or equivalent thrust) were never built in any significant numbers. Similarly personal computers boomed after mid-1980s once they became relatively affordable and able to do useful things such as help compose documents, spreadsheets or play games. Similarly smartphones displaced older types of cellphones after 2008, because they opened up entire categories of new possibilities for what users could do with a handheld device.

Did you notice a pattern? If not, let me spell it out for you- Newer technologies displace older ones when they can do stuff better or cheaper or, ideally, both. This is why, for example, LCD/LED TVs replaced CRTs so quickly after 2005. Or why power plants using natural gas exploded in popularity compared to coal-powered ones in past two decades. Hint: it was the cost of building, maintenance and fuel, and not lower CO2 emissions, which made natural gas the fuel of choice for generating electricity in north america within past two decades. That is also why coal-powered power plants will maintain their dominant position in countries such as China, India and many others without ready and reliable access to natural gas. This is also why we use older drugs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen over more newer drugs or why toilets and refrigerators haven’t changed much in over 50 years.

But what does any of this have to do with the loss of touch with physical reality exhibited by, what appears to be a majority of, younger generations in west? Well.. because almost nobody is asking questions such as what are the theoretical and practical limits to rechargeable battery technology, where they are going to get all that lithium for so many batteries or rare-earth elements for modern brushless electric motors. Very few of them seem to be concerned by issues such as the problems inherent in removing automobile wrecks containing damaged lithium batteries off the road or the logistics chain problems involved in building, maintaining and repairing electric cars on the same scale as ICE-powered ones.

Even fewer seem to understand the problems caused by such decisions to the entire chain of crude oil refining which is necessary for supplying starting chemicals for everything from plastics and agricultural chemicals to drugs and specialty chemicals for a gazillion different industrial processes. And best of luck trying to run military vehicles, airplanes and container ships on lithium batteries. To put it bluntly, trying to stop production and use of of ICE-powered cars is a suicide move for any country larger than a city-state or micro-country. And here is what makes this even more interesting.. a majority of younger generations in China, India, Russia, Japan etc have a far better appreciation of these issues than their equivalents in the west. This is not to imply that China or India will ignore electric-powered automobiles. In fact, they will likely adopt them at decent percentages in future for specialized uses.

It is just that no large country outside west will replace ICE-powered automobiles until an option which is cheaper and more rugged/dependable than internal-combustion engines come along. Sure.. they may give lip-service to that idea and sign non-enforceable agreements, but when push comes to shove they are going to keep building ever more internal combustion engine-powered automobiles. However for some “odd” reason, a lot of supposedly “educated” young people in west don’t seem to understand this reality. Even more curiously, they think that the demographically decrepit and technologically stagnant west has any leverage over anything beyond small third-world countries. This belief is even laughable as the ability and infrastructure to make stuff on a large scale has already shifted to countries such as China.

In the next parts of this series. I hope to tackle issues such as the reasons behind younger generation refraining from having kids, acting “woke” and going along with other stupid “intellectual” fads, believing in inevitable major technological breakthroughs which will revolutionize lifestyles when none have occurred for almost 50 years and believing in laughably stupid bullshit such as the viability of peaceful but real political change.

what do you think?

YouTube Music Video: Juice Newton – ‘Angel Of The Morning’ (1981)

November 25, 2020 6 comments

A few days ago, I came across a rerun of Deadpool (2016) on some cable channel. As many of you, the soundtrack of the opening scene contains a song that sounded familiar. After a bit of searching on intertubes, I realized it was ‘Angel of the Morning’ by Juice Newton from 1981. While her version is a cover of the original version from 1967 or 1968, it is the most famous version- by a long shot. I cannot resist pointing out that most contemporary popular american entertainment (films, music etc) is recycled stuff from the era between 1940 and the early 2000s. Says a lot about the cultural sterility of past two decades, doesn’t it?

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Here are Two of the Best Parody Music Videos Ever Made, Period

July 29, 2020 3 comments

As long-time readers might remember, over the years, I have have often posted linked to iconic music videos.. especially ones that I happen to like. This post is a somewhat different, because it showcases two of the best parody music videos ever made- by a long shot. And yes, both are by Al Yankovic are are from the 1990s aka the last good decade in american history.

The first one, ‘Smells Like Nirvana‘ is a spoof of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit‘ by Nirvana. Released in 1992, a year after the original hit song and music video- it is notable for using the same location and many extras from the original.

The second one, ‘Amish Paradise‘ is a surreal take on ‘Gangstas Paradise‘ by Coolio. Released in 1996, a year after the song and video it parodied, it is today more famous than the original.

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Funny Music Video from 2014: Literally I Can’t (Shut The Fuck Up)

July 9, 2020 13 comments

A few days ago, while going down another YouTube hole late at night, I came across a catchy and funny music video which attracted the ire of SJWs and “feminists” when released in 2014. Yes, we are talking about “Literally I Can’t” by Play-N-Skillz, featuring Redfoo, Lil Jon, and Enertia McFly. I am guessing that at a few of you might remember the manufactured controversy surrounding its release. If you don’t, watch it and tell me what you think about it.

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Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

Comparing the Performance Styles of Hope Sandoval and Lana Del Rey

April 12, 2019 2 comments

Most “popular” entertainment is highly recycled. While this phenomena is very blatant, nowadays, with terminal late-capitalism providing the impetus to make endless movie and TV show reboots, it has always been a feature of the entertainment industry. While properly done movie and TV show remakes (Scarface 1932 and 1983, The Mummy 1932 and 1999, It 1990 and 2017, Original Star Trek vs Star Trek NG etc) can be quite good- most are highly forgettable even when they are somewhat financially successful. One might think that music is somewhat less likely to use remakes given that musical tastes change far more over the years than movies or TV shows- and that is sorta true. For example- Only old white people and a few hipsters care about Jazz today.

There are however two other forms of remaking and rebooting which are much more common in music than the movie or TV industry. I am talking about cover versions of especially popular music and songs- which then go on to eclipse their previous versions. Sampling older song tunes and their hooks into remixed version is another version of this behavior. The other form of this remake involves artists copying the persona and styles of somebody from a previous generation. For example- the persona of Lady Gaga is basically a reboot of Madonna from a generation ago. Now let me show you a less obvious one- largely because the original version of this persona was about a decade or more too early to be that successful.

Hope Sandoval was the lead singer in an alt-rock band known as Mazzy Star. They were sorta well-known during the early to mid 1990s. Here.. look at this live performance from 1994 of one of their more popular songs. Doesn’t Hope Sandoval remind you of someone?

In case you have not figured it out yet.. here is a YT clip of a live performance by Lana del Rey in 2014. Aren’t their musical styles and public persona oddly similar to each other?

What do you think? Comments?

NSFW-ish Music Video: ‘Cream’ by Tujamo and Danny Avila

October 26, 2018 3 comments

Here is a NSFW-ish music video (on both YouTube and Vimeo) which I came across earlier this week. The quality of music is mediocre, but a couple of the dancers really caught my attention. In my opinion, the video is NSFW-ish rather than definitely NSFW because of what the dancers are wearing or not wearing. In many parts of the civilized world, a woman wearing only a thong in public (e.g. at the beach or pool) does not cause the same “moral outrage” that it does in sad puritanical countries such as USA. Will post something more intellectual tomorrow.

Also, this video does not start until you deliberately click on it- so don’t complain that you were not aware that it contains topless dancers playing around with whipped cream.

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George Michael : Outside (1998)

December 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Multiple news outlets (link 1, link 2) are reporting that the well-known singer, songwriter and record producer George Michael died sometime today (or yesterday) at his home in UK. From what I have read so far, it seems that his death was unexpected and not due to a terminal illness.

While he had a long and quite successful career, his most universally known works (especially music videos) were produced between 1987 and 1999. He was also producing some pretty good stuff during the previous few years.

Here is what I consider to be his best music video- and I am guessing most of you know about the incident which inspired it.

And here is a pretty good virtual remake of that music video using GTA 5.

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Interesting 1970s Music Video: Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I came across this.. well.. peculiar music video from the late 1970s. It seems that a fairly well-known music guy from that era named Michael Zager wrote the song in question. I am still not sure who was responsible for the accompanying music video.. but it is certainly interesting.

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Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

Nine Inch Nails: Closer (1994)

January 30, 2015 Leave a comment

In my opinion, this is one of the best music videos of all time.

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Categories: Music Video, YouTube

Garfunkel and Oates: Pregnant Women are Smug

November 8, 2014 1 comment

The TV show (PG-14) version of “Pregnant Women are Smug” by Garfunkel and Oates. In my opinion, this is best music video for that particular song.

The video looks best at a resolution of 720p, and do watch it till the end. You won’t regret it.

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Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

Garfunkel and Oates: Sports go Sports (2013)

October 21, 2013 7 comments

A recently released music video parodying the mindless american obsession with professional team sports.

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Categories: LOL, Music Video

Garfunkel and Oates: Loophole (2013)

June 25, 2013 8 comments

So we now have an official music video for that hilarious song. It is a pretty good interpretation of a chorus-type song originally made for live performances. Enjoy!

Comments?

Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

Music Video: Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell

March 27, 2013 2 comments

A NSFW version of a new music video.

FYI, it will not start until you click on it.

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Categories: Music Video, YouTube

Riki Lindhome: Accidental Slut (2011)

January 19, 2013 11 comments

The majority of her musical performances are as one half of the musical comedy duo ‘Garfunkel and Oates‘. This video clip however is from a live performance of one of her solo songs. I am putting the lyrics below the video so that it is easier to follow the song since the quality of the live recording (esp the sound) is poor.

It starts with..

I’m a whore in girlfriend’s clothing
Didn’t even know it till last night
I went to a birthday party
What I saw just wasn’t right
Six men stood around the pool
All of whom had dated me
Some of them I’d come to know in
Varying degrees of biblically
Wondering how this had happened
I just stood there paralyzed
Trying to recall how each thing fizzled
When suddenly I realized

I’m everyone’s type till they get to know me
After that, not so much
Maybe the world is trying to show me
Be more careful what I touch
‘Cause all the men that I have dated
The numbers have accumulated
I’ve become an accidental slut

It goes on..

My mom says there’s two types of girls
The ones men fuck and the ones they marry
It had not occurred to me
I might be in the former category
‘Cause I really didn’t mean for this to happen
My intentions were pure with all six
But the title of whore-faced fucking ho bag
Doesn’t come with an asterisk
Don’t know exactly how this happened
Or when my judgment disappeared
But somewhere along the way
Shit got weird

Now I’m everyone’s type till they get to know me
After that, not so much
Maybe the world is trying to show me
It’s time to downshift my clutch
‘Cause all the men that I have dated
The numbers have accumulated
I’ve become an accidental slut

and ends with

I guess my cat’s out of the bag
So I might as well embrace it
‘Cause once Pandora’s left your box
There’s no way to erase it

And I’m everyone’s type till they get to know me
After that, not so much
Maybe the world is trying to show me
My capacitor’s out of flux
‘Cause all the men that I have dated
The numbers have accumulated
I’ve become an accidental slut

What do you guys think? Comments?

Categories: Music Video

Garfunkel and Oates: The Loophole

January 14, 2013 4 comments

Better known as “Fuck me in the ass cause I love Jesus”

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