Friday, December 25, 2015

Day -006: Violence

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/>Christmas Day was largely
unremarkable.
As well as it should be. This year
there have been no great calamities, though parts of the
country just barely dodged a bullet with Typhoon Nona. We could
all use this break.

We forewent the vigil
Mass last night and opted instead for morning Mass. All the
dawn Masses of the past week and a half reset my body clock so
much so that I start crashing by nine. Mass this morning had
fewer people and so it was a welcome change from the large
crowds of Misa de
Gallo.

Kingsman
was showing on cable.
I missed seeing it in
theaters so I thought it would be a good idea to try to catch
up with the movie. It turned out not to be such a good idea.
The violence was sickening. I know, it was meant to be highly
stylized, but it didn't sit well with me. The rest of the
family wanted to watch it, though, so I left the room and took
a nap elsewhere.

As I've gotten older,
I've noticed that I don't have the same tolerance for sex and
violence in entertainment. Sexy scenes leave me embarrassed for
the actors, and violence makes me queasy. I understand it when
there's a purpose for showing them on screen or on the page,
perhaps to show character or to advance the plot. But
sometimes, long after the point has been made, the display just
continues, almost to the point of showing off. Enough
already
, I want to
say.

Entertainment today is geared towards
the younger set, and at its core is almost always the power
fantasy. Sex and violence are the easiest ways to convey this,
because this is the limited extent of the understanding of the
young mind of understanding this. I wish I knew this when I was
younger.

Two thirds of the
way through Pixie Noir by Cedar
Sanderson.
There is this long arc in the book
with a crack team of pixies and fairies clearing out an
underground hall infested with goblins. While the concept is
interesting, I don't really see what it adds to the main plot.
It seems the story has taken an unnecessary detour here. We'll
see if there's a payoff later in the
end.

I went through the
first section of edX's
href="https://www.edx.org/course/basic-mandarin-chinese-level-1-mandarinx-mx101x">MandarinX
course.
The emphasis is on the four
different tones. While I appreciate the video lectures, the
pace is a bit fast. As I can glean from the design of the
course, this approach requires a lot of self-practice. I will
have to compare this with href="http://www.memrise.com">Memrise.