Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Art For Heart's Sake

When the news bums us out, which is a daily occurrence lately, we like to take solace in the arts. Whether an image created by the sure hand of a painter or the sounds resulting from divine inspiration of a music composer, these are transcendent experiences which briefly but thankfully distract us from the frenetic madness around us.

Which is why we're sharing some of our favorite art with you today. Specifically, movie poster art from Ghana. The small theaters there are forced to paint their own movie posters, often with only a very vague idea what the movie is about or how human anatomy is supposed to work. Still, we'd happily watch ANY of these movies if they gave us half of what the posters promise...

Can't you just feel your stress melting away as you reflect on these images and the theatrical delights they offer? What a balm the "willing suspension of disbelief" can be when applied to entertainment rather than the news and politics.

And to round out today's enthusiastic endorsement of escapism, we'll share a few musical numbers which we swear we actually love and listen to on a regular basis (and you can too)!


M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Now THAT'S what I call pure bulldada!

Regnad Kcin said...

Uhh... Words fail me at this time.................

KatinKansas said...

I don't think I'm ever going to listen to Bonnie Reit's version again...without wincing. Yikes.

Popular Front said...

Well that certainly was some bizarre sh*t. Somebody dropped a load of acid in the Oktoberfest beer barrels I think.

Brie Camembert said...

The lady in "Highway" is certainly giving it some. Good on her.

Meanwhile Doc, just take the Clan and lie dowwn in a dark rooom. Everything will be better soon.

Jim Irre said...

Hand-painted posters . . . that would help people to boycott Hollywood!

PA Ray said...

Have you considered therapy?

Porgy Tirebiter said...

I've been to Ghana and can say that the posters aren't all that different from real life there. Delta announced to the at the Accra airport that the flight back to NY was overbooked and asked for volunteers to fly out the next day with $500 in Delta flight credit. Not one person raised his hand. We wanted out of that shithole right now. They then sweetened the offer to $1,000 and a few natives raised their hands.

Snark said...

Movie posters? I thought they were portraits of the Democratic National Caucus members.

No Spike Jones? I would have thought he would be one of your favs.

I don't think that you need therapy, Stilt. I think all of us need to be freed from the nightmare that is Swampville, DC. The course of correction as prescribed in the Declaration of Independence seems to be swiftly approaching.

Otherwise we are all on that specific highway.

Sam L. said...

Welllllllllllllllllll, I believe I have just ingested 300% of my morning inssnity...
THANK YOU, Stilton!!

TrickyRicky said...


The inflation numbers that came out this morning, minus food and fuel of course, were about 4X what was "expected". If my passing glance at Maria Bartiromo's program is accurate. Highway to Hell indeed.

Fish Out of Water said...

Unrelated, but something tells me someone has lost their job. (abbreviated)

Cyber Security Manager
Colonial Pipeline

Position Details
Manager, Cyber Security

Atlanta (Alpharetta, GA)

About the Manager of Cybersecurity Position

As the Manager, Cyber Security, you are accountable for managing a team of cyber security certified subject matter experts and specialists including but not limited to network security engineers, SCADA & field controls network engineers and a cyber security architect. As the Manager, you will lead the development of the enterprise strategy for cybersecurity; will oversee the development of standards and processes for cyber security; lead the recovery from security incidents; and guide forensics of incidents. You are someone who has an understanding of emerging security threats in order to design security policies and procedures to mitigate threats where possible.

What You Get to Do:

Develops, validates, and maintains an incident response plan and processes to address potential threats.

Participates in industry task forces and working groups (Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, FBI InfraGard, Anti-Phishing Working Group, etc.) to understand current and future threats.

Communicates risk assessment findings to information security management, technology organization, and business partners.

Provides consultative advice on information security management that enables business leaders to make informed risk management decisions.

Develops and/or analyzes and revises existing administrative operations and management controls for cybersecurity including standard practices, operating procedures, management systems, and reporting documentation.

What You Bring to the Table:

Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information security, or a related field from an accredited college or university; will consider a combination of experience and/or education.

Ideally 5+ years of technical experience in the information security field and in addition, ideally 5+ years of practical experience in an incident response role.

Experience working with security regulatory requirements and standards (such as NIST 800 series, ISO 2700x series, GLBA, FFIEC).

Firm grasp of concepts and technology across all Technology areas (operations and traditional IT) to be able to spot gaps and develop appropriate controls.

Gift for understanding of emerging physical security threats in order to design physical security policies and procedures to mitigate threats where possible.

Strong foundation and in-depth technical knowledge of security engineering, computer and network security, authentication, and security controls.

Self-motivated, have a phenomenal work ethic and looking for the right company to support your growth.

Got Extra to Bring?

Master’s degree in computer science, information security, cybersecurity or a related field.

Ideally, 8+ years of experience in information security, especially on a Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Computer Security Incident Response Center (CSIRC) or a Security Operations Center (SOC).

Ideally 8+ years of experience in another IT function, especially IT Audit.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- For starters, let me make clear that I'm no crazier than usual (although that's a low bar to clear). I genuinely like the weird art and weird music, and a whole host of other weird things. I'm not going to get too introspective, but I think it's because the whole darn world looks weird and irrational to me most of the time, which is a pretty standard perspective for humorists. We exaggerate just enough for others to see what we're seeing, and it's frequently laughable.

Chaos by design can be interesting, artistically intriquing, and even whimsical. Chaos not (supposedly) by design is just anxiety-producing: thousands of kids wrapped in tinfoil at border facilities, multi-trillion dollar spending packages relying on imaginary money, everything related to Covid (including its origin, the suppression of treatment methods, and its use as a political power tool), inflation catching fire, being branded a racist for believing that "all lives matter," the political (not biological) end of gender, and cyber-attacks shutting off our nation's fuel lines while Joe Biden recites "Little Jack Horner" and sits in a corner with his thumb up his ass.

Put simply, if we're going to be immersed in chaos anyway, we might as well have an occasional laugh over the good kind.

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

"Put simply, if we're going to be immersed in chaos anyway, we might as well have an occasional laugh over the good kind."

Which, of course, is the essence of bulldada. Praise "Bob"!

Alfonso Bedoya said...

I was able to watch each segment for only a few moments before I started to hear voices in my head.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@M. Mitchell Marmel- The Sub-Geniuses will inherit the Earth. But they'll be too slack to really do anything with it.

@Alfonso Bedoya- Wait, are you implying that there normally aren't voices in people's heads?!

Anonymous said...

I think voices in your head are OK, as long as you don’t answer. However, the voices say that’s antisocial.

John the Econ said...

Truth be told, most of those look far more interesting than any of the crap that our social betters dispensed awards to a few weeks ago.

In fact even with its lowest ratings ever, I think more people watched the Academy Awards than will ever see any of the woke movies that were given awards.

Ben Shapiro had great rundown of the Progressive silliness you missed. These are the people who think they are at the helm of our culture.

@TrickyRicky, if only there was a field of study dedicated to predicting that.

Actually, not only was it predicted, it was the plan. The easiest way for the left to get entry-level wages to $15-an-hour was to print trillions of dollars thus making our money more worthless.

This is actually a two-fer, because next year the Democrats then get to propose trillions more in spending to solve the problems of "food insecurity" and "energy insecurity".

Meanwhile, millions more of the middle class slip closer to poverty. It's a feature, not a bug.

@Fish Out of Water, we're just experiencing another Green New Deal sampler. Quite frankly, since the Keystone XL debacle taught us that pipelines are bad, I don't understand why we're even trying to start the Colonial back up. I'm okay with red states keeping their awful gasoline and letting the blue states live the green dream.

So no we have gas lines back across the east. What's next? A comeback for Disco?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- Speaking of enjoyable chaos, I notice that this Kindle book is free on Amazon today. It's a funny and wildly politically incorrect social satire that I've quoted here on a couple of occasions. And about 95% of people will find it offensive (grin).

Daddy Dave said...

Your post reminded me of my mid-70's college radio days when we aired the Dr. Demento Show. I did a search and found that he still exists on the internet in a pay-for-play site:
Ah, the memories perusing the posted playlists ... I was just singing "Shaving Cream" in the shower the other day.

PA Ray said...

Always enjoy and look forward to your posts!!

PA Ray said...

Couldn’t finish them either.
Attention span too short.

Anonymous said...

Considering the chaos content, how could you leave out 'Paralyze' by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy? One of my all time favorites. Used to be able to find him on YouTube, but haven't looked for a couple of years.

I'll never hear Bonnie Tyler the same. Ever. Some things your can't unsee or unhear.


Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Daddy Dave- True story: I was in a comedy/rock band called "The Nukes" and we scored a play on Dr. Demento's show with a parody version of The Who's "My Generation" which was called "My Radiation." Oh, the mischief I've been involved in... (grin)

@PA Ray- Well, the songs are kind of an acquired taste, and best "discovered" rather than having them thrust upon you.

@Anonymous- Oh, I wasn't trying to be a completist about presenting chaos and the absurd today; there are many, many deserving entries. And yes, "Total Elipse of the Heart" has never been the same for me since discovering this version.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Fish Out of Water- I've got to say that's the least-surprising job opening I've seen in quite awhile! I just hope that whoever is hired for that position will, first and foremost, bring diversity to the company.

Erik said...

For a more conventionally enjoyable music video, this is the link to "Uptown Funk" with a bunch of very well synchronized classic movie clips for the video:

Sortahwitte said...

What chaos? I found today's entry delightfully in good taste and tastes good!

I flew into Ghana one time on my company's jet. There were five of us to do a security seminar for our employees to last one week. We parked at the far end of the runway, with the engines running. An armored Suburban came to the plane to get us. Everyone in the Chevy was armed. Three of the guys refused to get off the plane. I had to. I was in charge. As I deplaned, I kept telling myself that some day, I would look back on this and laugh. Hasn't happened yet.

ringgo1 said...

'Looks like somebody knows about the Rev. Bob Dobbs (of the church of the sub-genius). Everyone just wants some slack.

Studebaker Hauk said...

Elvis has clearly left the building.

igor said...

@Erik, if you're a SpaceX fan:

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Erik- Nice video!

@ringgo1- Bob works in mysterious ways.

@Studebaker Hauk- Leaving us only a hunka, hunka burning dog poop in a bag.

@igor- Nice video! I wonder if Elon paid for it?

DarkwingDave said...

Wow! Had a Photography instructor inflict Hurra Torpedo on us years ago. And I faithfully passed it along. Nice (?) to see it again.