Dickian Observation (from Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly p.147)

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Any given man sees only a tiny portion of the total truth, and very often in fact almost…perpetually , he deliberately deceives himself about that precious fragment as well. A portion of him turns against him and acts like another person, defeating him from inside. A man inside a man. Which is no man at all.

Pigs and Battleships by Imamura

A major influence on the early Scorcese, Imamura’s use of freeze-frame and slow-motion and his realism and empahasis on violence can be seen in this clip from Pigs and Battleships.

Shôhei Imamura

is one of the masters of post-WWII Japanese cinema. His exploration of the ‘baser’ side of human nature has yielded an arresting body of work that every student of film should take note of. Those who are fans of the cinema of Martin Scorcese will perhaps recognise strong thematic resemblances between Casino and The Profound Desire of the Gods.

There is a stillness that Imamura brings to some of his frames that infuse the story with greater mystery and depth while the cinematography in his films is often outstanding.

St Anthony of Padua Unfailing Prayer

Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints,


your love for God and Charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. [It is said to say with this: (Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be) x 13]

Solar storm could leave Britain without power ‘for months’


The model used to map the effects of an extreme solar storm is that of the so-called “Carrington Event” of 1859.

In August of that year, a solar storm reportedly destroyed telegraph wires in North America and Europe, giving operators electric shocks and knocking out the telegraph network as far away as Australia and Asia for two days. However, this was an age before every aspect of life in Western nations was dependent on electricity.