April Fool’s Day, Fake News, And The Reality Wars

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April Fool’s Day…now THERE’S a subject. Especially in our current age.

One possible origin of April Fool’s Day, according to Snopes (and we’ll be circling back ’round to this site in a bit), involves the switching from the Julian to Gregorian calendars in 1582.

In the western world under the old system, New Year’s was technically on March 25—but, because of the Holy Week, celebrated on April 1. The story went that those who forgot about the switchover to the Gregorian calendar—which firmly established January 1 as the beginning of the year—and said “Happy New Year!” on April 1 were “fools.”

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2.13.19: Il mio nome è Nessuno, seconda parte

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“In other words, it’s a common theme in my writing that a dark-haired girl shows up at the door of the protagonist, and tells him that his world is delusional, that there is something false about it. Well, this did finally happen to me.”
—Philip K. Dick

After waiting and waiting to either move or have my house painted, I finally decided to unpack my boxes and decorate my office. Who knows how long this precious idyll will last?

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The Metaphysics Of LEGO

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With these simple building-blocks, you can create an entire universe; you are only limited by your imagination. That’s the central premise of the widely-popular LEGO franchise of toys, movies, and videogames. It is a world populated by something akin to the idealized forms of Plato; where anything (vehicles, people, droplets of water) can be replicated by infinite combinations of a set # of pieces.

LEGO—especially now that much of it has made the “jump” from actual physical plastic pieces to uncanny replicas of such in the digital realm—is like a blueprint not only of the underlying structure of our reality, but where reality as we now know it might be heading in the future.

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