Lest We Forget — Of Death and Doodlebugs

| November 3, 2018

This picture has been all over the internet lately, purported to be a photo of a Spitfire about to tumble a Vergeltungswaffe 1 (Vengeance Weapon 1), AKA V1, AKA Buzz Bomb, AKA Doodlebug. While it is a perfect depiction of a manoeuvre performed by RAF pilots during those dark times when the V1 “buzz bomb” […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 30: 80 Years Ago Tonight

| October 30, 2018

On the night of 30 October 1938, channel surfing took a turn for the dark side. If you were listening to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy but decided to skip the commercial break by tuning to their rival station, you stood a good chance of landing on the infamous Orson Wells broadcast of War of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 28: When the Blind Lead the Blind

| October 28, 2018

“To be a Man possessed of Masculinity, experiencing the near daily necessity to engage in social intercourse or commerce with the unschooled males abroad in the land today, is to know the reality in the spirit of the other of what, “… feels inherently unreal ….”. To be unsurprised at a society proclaiming the necessity […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 23: Lest We Remember

| October 23, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is about memories. In my conceit, I will posit that I’m a pretty good story teller. I often bring that skill to bear when teaching or simply explaining something to one or more people, by telling an entertaining anecdote, and this may at times be drawn directly from personal experience. In one […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 17: Verbosity and Ferocity

| October 17, 2018

Here’s a bit of advice inspired by one of my favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. A lot of movies have tried my patience with overly gloatinous villains, but this one gets right down to the nitty gritty of why it pisses me off so much.

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 15: Danny Boy and the Fall of Icarus

| October 15, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment was directed by Marek Skrobecki, and was inspired by the song Danny Boy. Described by the director — “A seemingly ordinary city is inhabited by people suffering from a serious condition strangely enough, their headlessness does not seem to bother them much. Headless individuals walk in haste and chaos around the town, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 12: Blood Ties

| October 12, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment, Les Liens de Sang (Blood Ties) tells the tale of a family ruled by the deviant sexual demands of a domineering father, a young girl’s birthday, and the gaining of freedom through the efficacy of a wish made at the blowing out of candles. This animated short film released in 2014 won […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 11: Willie and the Bear

| October 11, 2018

“Tare” is the weight of an empty vessel. That should be all you need to know to understand the intent of its use here. Weighing Out the Tare By LFM As day begins, the Warrior doth lay his weapons out, Then, unaccoutred, stands he there, whilst cleansing soul of doubt. His code, his tools, he […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 5: Golden Shot

| October 5, 2018

Turkish film maker and animator Gökalp Gönen created the short film you are about to see over approximately a one year period, releasing it in 2015. Golden Shot has won over 25 awards and tells a tale of ill considered faith — “Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety

| October 4, 2018

Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of other ordinary human conditions and responses to the tides of Life, has been deemed in this age of ours “not wanted on voyage” and thus consigned to the lists of treatable pathologies. In the old days, by which term I have come to refer […]