Thursday, January 04, 2018

The Secret Sun Radio Mystery Hour is Undead!



Another X-Files premiere, another social media firestorm. 

Twitter seemed to reach a new fever-pitch of instant apoplexy after the airing of "My Struggle III." Accusations of misogyny and rape apology are being hurled at Chris Carter, based on a revelation that A., is a recycling of a very early X-Files trope and B., may in fact be a lie.

With all this in mind, Raj Sisodia and I have launched a special series with a spoiler-happy analysis of "My Struggle III" for the revived Secret Sun Radio Mystery Hour. 

Like its predecessors, "My Struggle III" was a slideshow of conspiracy culture circa 2018. It showed once again that Chris Carter loves nothing better to poke at hornet's nests, even if his reach often exceeds his grasp. But he clearly pays very close attention to what's going on in the Information Underground.


I have big ideas for The Secret Sun Radio Mystery Hour so be sure to like, share and leave comments. 



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  1. My Struggle in German is Mein Kampf. Caveat emptor.

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    1. I'm thinking more Karl Ove Knausgaard's Min Kamp, though I only read the first book... though considering this ep, maybe the struggle referred to is Karl's, not Mulder's.

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  2. Yes! Been waiting for this. I personally love the episode and the show. Carter has real talent. I wouldn't mind seeing Agent Einstein and Miller take up the mantle for the series going forward (I've got a thing for Lauren Ambrose after her performance in Psycho Beach Party, a comedy about trauma based mind control of all things).

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    1. Lauren Ambrose is an interesting addition to the cast. She's got acting chops of course (Six Feet Under proved that beyond any shadow of a doubt); but she also did voice work for a video game back in '05 called "The Darkness". Not the greatest game from a player's perspective, but some very interesting themes abound:
      organized crime, suicide, demonic possession, "The Otherworld", encounters with ancestor spirits, using solar eclipses to one's magical advantage, among other things. Worth a look.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Darkness_(video_game)

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  3. The secret sun, the sun behind The Sun, has been hidden (occulted), along with most of its great year traces. The antediluvian has been brought forward (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb0LhnYFa5w ), and the post-cataclysmic has been buried (Göbekli Tepe). Modern civilisation is an unwitting preparation (Apollo was a boondoggle) for the next cycle of rebirth - some hope to escape.

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    1. Apollo was a pork barrel... Mucho $ to grease the MIC gears.

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  5. Chris, I really enjoyed the return of The Secret Sun Radio Mystery Hour. You & Raj are the perfect team to discuss the latest episode of X-Files. I really liked reading the posts you put up a couple years ago. I was watching the whole series again at the time. The insights from both of you made it even better.
    Karin

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  6. notice the tiny vega ref as well on the astronauts foot

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  7. I watched twice and am still twisting: what was that?

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  8. Well, it looks like this years CES(pool) is upping the ante:

    “Robot exotic dancers debut for CES at Vegas club”

    https://www.ktnv.com/positivelylv/dining-and-entertainment/sapphire-strip-club-to-debut-robot-dancers-for-ces

    And this:

    “Nissan’s Car of the Future Will Read Your Brain Waves”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-03/brain-waves-will-make-nissan-s-car-of-the-future-a-better-ride

    ‘The Japanese company will unveil and test its “brain-to-vehicle” technology at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The “B2V” system requires a driver to wear a skullcap that measures brain-wave activity and transmits its readings to steering, acceleration and braking systems that can start responding before the driver initiates the action.’

    Ah, the smell of progress in the morning...

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    1. These attempts to acclimatize us to "capping" our brains into a network are more and more blatant. FYI, many cars have pretty impressive telemetry (and auto racing like FI almost approaches rocket science). That along with other car-computer systems already ensure almost every input the driver makes in real time (and even non-driver inputs like weather). Over time the car can "learn" the driver's habits and routines behind the wheel. No fancy helmet or cap is needed to do what cars can essentially do already with basic existing artificial mediocre intelligence. And the same "anticipation" claimed by the capsters can be done in a slightly different matter using a predictive approach based on the database of driver habits.

      The cap-system will merely gain maybe that split second before the driver consciously enacts a decision made the brain made a moment before. It hardly seems worth the intrusion for that extra fraction of a second of "responsiveness". Which makes those caps look more and more suspicious (and they never looked too benign to begin with). It seems crazy to even think of wearing such a thing, which may be why we're seeing mopre apparent marketing and other sales tricks.

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    2. I think you're spot on in your assessment of the ‘capping’ phenomenon. The learning algos can get all the info they need from haptic feedback, making the skullcap rather gratuitous. Probably just another step in the machine-interface normalization process. Get people used to the idea that their car won't start unless they're wearing their special beanie (propeller optional), then offer the convenience of an implant/jack at some later point. Spin it right and most consumers will shell out their own money to get themselves ‘upgraded’, especially if the jack is also compatable with the complimentary sex-bot that completes the package.

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    3. Not sure even Jane and Joe Average are there yet. On a semi-related note, I was surprised to see the vehemence a friend showed questioning autonomous vehicles (which looks like another huge boondoggle in the works, BTW).

      Specifically, what exactly will be the market once people realize these cars are designed to kill the driver, or at least disregard the driver's wellbeing, under certain circumstances? One driver detected seated in vehicle about to hit three children ID'd by vehicle sensors is an easy example even regular people can grasp. Pretty sure dedicated autonomous truck lanes on highways will be about the only practical use for this tech.

      And for laughs consider what happened to the robot in the SF area that got beat up and disabled by unhappy locals. As my anti-autonomous vehicle friend also pointed out, a driverless beer truck will be a mighty tempting target. Not to mention the pranksters spray-painting phony white lane lines to make the vehicle travel in circles (one proven "hack" already). And yet somewhere some powerful people think this is a good idea, or at least one that's "for our own good."

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    4. Ask, and yee shall receive…

      “Google 'optical illusion' stickers that trick AI into seeing something that's not there could help hackers fool self-driving cars”

      www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5234795/Google-optical-illusion-stickers-make-AI-hallucinate.html

      No need for a messy paint job, some joker with a pack of stickers could send your car careening into a ditch just for funsies.

      Yeah, this will end well...

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  9. Actor,Musician and Restauranteur John Paul Steuer best known for playing Worf's son on Star Trek TNG reportedly died on January 1 2018 at age 33.No cause of death has been released.

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  10. "Harvest" the popular vegan restaurant opened in Portland Oregon by announced it's permanent closure after recent death of musician turned restauranteur John Paul Steuer.

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  11. It's funny that you said the X-Files is doing a Mandela Effect episode. Because when you guys were talking about William B. Davis, I thought maybe they used archival footage for the scenes you were talking about, because I knew he was dead. And then I looked it up and he's still alive. This shook me to the core. I have very vivid memories of reading about his death a few years ago. And he looks completely different now.

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  12. The dialogue was choppy, though that has often been the downside of xfiles when its not quite right - in the years that were not the prime of the show. It was a solid story though. I liked it and im a long time huge fan. Xfiles was definitive for me in high school.

    Xfiles is best when its subtle in dialogue and character motivation. Tbis episode felt a bit like it was holding up a sign saying "Moulder is driving" while Moulder is driving.

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  14. I once met (1990s) a guy who had worked in the special effects industry since the mid 60s and asked him if the apollo landings could had been faked and his answer surprised me- he said that indeed they could had been but that it made no sense because sending an actual crew would had been cheaper "by several orders of magnitude". As an example he cited 2001, in which a few dozen Sfx shots had made the film to go over budget about 30%. When I told him nasa may had done it anyway to not risk the astronauts being poisoned by radiation he gave me a confused look and said "Do you think they even care about that? Those guys were all military. Cannon fodder."

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  15. Belated New Year’s greetings, Chris. Just wondering: with all this heaven and Las Vegas momentum, in your view what resonance/relevance does this have re the apex of the sun’s way?

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  16. Chris,
    Sad you did not enjoy this episode, I was looking forward to your post on it.
    I found it bold, powerful, and refreshing. Loved the pace and the topics raised.
    CSM's affirmation is an obvious half-truth or outright lie. The dramatic and philosophical setup for the season couldn't be better!

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  17. Back to mermaids, Chris I think you'll be interested in this https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jan/07/mermaid-books-film-culture-gender-women-myth

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  18. Incidentally, the Apollo images... Where did you get those? Operation Avalanche?

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  19. Watching the Pilot episode of LA to Vegas - such pearls (sprinkled bacon over the VEGAN meals...Vegas to JFK - such a tragic name...)

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  20. "So you didn't get JFK, personally I think you dodged a bullet" (LA to Vegas)

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  21. Always a great time chatting with Chris!

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