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  1. Mike Bulgakov

    What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

  2. Mike Bulgakov

    What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

  3. Mike Bulgakov

    The Useful/Useless Info Thread

    An amusing assessment of Danes from the 1970s: CIA: "Danes are backless spies" A CIA report from the Cold War regrets that it is difficult to hire Danish spies: Danes are pacifist and self-sufficient and do not care about a major issue. They're trying to cover themselves. Poul Høi Foreign...
  4. Mike Bulgakov

    The Birthday Thread

    Nevermind (September 24, 1991) Sep 24, 2021 6:50am PT Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ at 30: The Inside Story of the Album’s ‘Overnight’ Success By Jem Aswad Every person who worked on Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” released 30 years ago today, says that the album basically broke itself, almost immediately...
  5. Mike Bulgakov

    What was the last movie you watched?

    "Lights in the Dusk" I really like this film. It’s the usual Aki Kaurismäki droll humor with minimalist storytelling, great visuals, and a character’s passive acceptance of being assigned a miserable role in life. Definitely not a popcorn movie, but I’m a Kaurismäki fan. Also watched the BBC...
  6. Mike Bulgakov

    What was the last movie you watched?

  7. Mike Bulgakov

    Things you miss that don't exist anymore?

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  8. Mike Bulgakov

    What was the last movie you watched?

    "Boxcar Bertha" Roger Corman meets Martin Scorsese, and Corman won. I’d never watched this before in its entirety, and barely made it through this time. This sums things up pretty well: Martin Scorsese’s Forgotten Gangster Movie Everyone knows ‘Mean Streets,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ and most recently...
  9. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    3. Less rows for more leg room. Airlines keep trying to pack more passengers in planes, and at some point in the 2000s it reached the point of in-flight torture for most passengers. Qatar Airways first class is nice: Once upon a time . . . .................
  10. Mike Bulgakov

    What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

  11. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    3. Swedish Nyckelharpa
  12. Mike Bulgakov

    Cynic or Empathic? Whats most powerful?

    Edward Bernays: “The Father of Public Relations” Bernays was famous for turning PR into a formal field of study. Another famous campaign of his was on behalf of Lucky Strike cigarettes, where he convinced members of the fashion industry to use the color green so that women would be more likely...
  13. Mike Bulgakov

    Cynic or Empathic? Whats most powerful?

    Yes, both. Lippmann has been credited with coining the phrase "the manufacture of consent."
  14. Mike Bulgakov

    Stats for 1980 Basel Final: Lendl - Borg

    I had some time on my hands and was looking for some old videos of Lendl. This video is pretty good quality, with Lendl hitting solid topspin backhands and lethal forehands. Lendl went with a high percentage of topspin backhands against Borg, instead of his trusty slice. This was almost a year...
  15. Mike Bulgakov

    Cynic or Empathic? Whats most powerful?

    It has been said that the most useful propaganda causes the target (individuals, populations) to move in the direction you desire for reasons they believe to be their own. It's usually more of a cynical process than empathetic.
  16. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    3. "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  17. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    2. "The Long Goodbye"
  18. Mike Bulgakov

    Cynic or Empathic? Whats most powerful?

    In-group/out-group dynamics are a key to understanding conflict and war.
  19. Mike Bulgakov

    Cynic or Empathic? Whats most powerful?

    More from Sapolsky: There's this part of the brain for example called the insular cortex. And in any normal, boring mammal out there what it does is tell you that was a disgusting rancid taste and it triggers reflexes. Your gut heaves, you reflexively spit out the rotten food. It's a great...
  20. Mike Bulgakov

    Cynic or Empathic? Whats most powerful?

    If you want a serious answer to what brings out empathy or hostility towards others, it is important to remember the primitive tendency of the human mind to divide others into in-group/out-group (us/them) dynamics, and how profoundly that affects how we treat others. Political organizations and...
  21. Mike Bulgakov

    Yet another word game

    Mods’ creativity was often focused on mopeds, hair and clothes. .........................................................................
  22. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    2. Sharks
  23. Mike Bulgakov

    What was the last movie you watched?

    I watched "The World" last night--excellent film, IMO. Very bleak. Cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai created some great images. "Still Life" is next.
  24. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    6. "Into the Groovey" If Sonic Youth's a chilly midnight haze, The Whitey Album tilts toward a confetti-lined karaoke jamboree. Finding the crew, along with Mike Watt (who offers liner notes penned in 1993), adopting Madonna's surname, Ciccone Youth are hopped-up on hand claps, drum...
  25. Mike Bulgakov

    What was the last movie you watched?

    "Xiao Wu" Jia Zhangke is one of the leading film directors in China, and “Xiao Wu” is an early film (1997) made outside the official Chinese state-run film system, and considered an underground film. It was shot on 16mm on a very low budget, used non-professional actors, and has a neorealist...
  26. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    5. "The Magnificent Seven" (Karlo Marx, Fredrich Engels, Luther King, Mahatma Gandh, Socrates, Milhous Nixon, Plato the Greek, and Rin Tin Tin) So get back to work an' sweat some more The sun will sink an' we'll get out the door It's no good for man to work in cages Hits the town, he drinks...
  27. Mike Bulgakov

    The Useful/Useless Info Thread

    Disney+ is killing the blockbuster movie with its identikit mega-hits David Alexander Wed 15 Sep 2021 The modern blockbuster has found a solid, apparently winning formula, so it plays safe and endlessly replicates itself. The popular film landscape consequently becomes drained of original...
  28. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    3. Cunnilingus .........
  29. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    5. Double Feature "The Long Good Friday" "Bloody Sunday"
  30. Mike Bulgakov

    Half Dozen Game

    2. "Alice in Wondeland"
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