22 March, LV A.S.

1. The Devil’s Advocate

Time Stamp: 10:28

  • Misanthropy
    • general hatred, dislike, distrust or contempt of the human species or human nature.
    • origin is from the Greek words μῖσος (mīsos, “hatred”) and ἄνθρωπος (ānthropos, “man, human”).
    • confused with asociality.
    • pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus: “people [were] forever without understanding” of what was, in his view, the nature of reality.
    • In Plato’s Phaedo, Socrates describes a misanthrope in relation to his fellow man: “Misanthropy develops when without art one puts complete trust in somebody thinking the man absolutely true and sound and reliable and then a little later discovers him to be bad and unreliable … and when it happens to someone often … he ends up … hating everyone.”
      • Misanthropy, then, is presented as a potential result of thwarted expectations or even excessively naïve optimism
    • Aristotle follows a more ontological route: the misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god
    • Can you be a Satanist and not be a sort of Misanthrope?
    • How can you condemn humanity while celebrating that you are part of it?
    • Is this where the highest embodiment of human life and alien elite concepts come from?

2. Infernal Informant

Time Stamp: 34:36

  • Illinois Gov. Pritzker slams ‘profoundly un-American’, ‘racist speech’ on coronavirus
    • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared to implicitly criticize President Trump
    • outlined his forthcoming “stay-at-home” order for the Land of Lincoln and closed with a pointed critique of some of the rhetoric being used
    • characterization that the coronavirus is “tied to” any particular ethnicity “profoundly un-American.”
    • “The current crisis should drive home to all of us just how connected we all are.
    • Hillary Clinton, claimed on Twitter last week that Trump is using “racist rhetoric” to “distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on.”
  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield shares tips for self-isolation during coronavirus
    • On Saturday, Chris Hadfield posted a video called Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation to help those struggling with working from home or just feeling stir-crazy during the pandemic.
    •  “Understand the actual risk, don’t just be afraid of things,”
      • “Go to a credible source and find out what is truly the risk that you’re facing right now.”
    • have a mission and make goals during this time
      • Decide what you want to get done and what you need to accomplish.
      • start a new project or study something new like how to play guitar or learn another language. 
    • “Take care of yourself, take care of your family and friends, take care of your spaceship,”

3. Creature Feature

Time Stamp: 53:16

  • Dragon Warrior
    • developed by Chunsoft for the Family Computer
      • published by Enix in Japan in 1986 as Dragon Quest
      • Nintendo in 1989 in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
    • Players control a hero character who is charged with saving the Kingdom of Alefgard and rescuing its princess from the evil Dragonlord.
    • Dragon Warrior’s story became the second part in a trilogy.
    • Created by Yuji Horii, who took inspiration from previous role-playing games such as Wizardry, Ultima, and his own 1983 game The Portopia Serial Murder Case.
    • greater emphasis on storytelling and emotional involvement, as well as simplify the interface
    • Akira Toriyama produced the game’s artwork and Koichi Sugiyama composed its music
    • commercially successful in Japan, with more than 2 million copies sold.
    • has been credited with establishing the basic template for the Japanese console RPGs that followed.
    • begins in King Lorik’s chamber in Tantegel Castle
    • Dragonlord, whom he must defeat, and the stolen Balls of Light, which he must retrieve
    • First in a trilogy which would be the second tale.

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