Friday, December 25, 2015

Day -006: Violence

img_20151225_173654-01.jpegChristmas 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 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 Memrise.