My rendering of V team from the novel Valhalla, by Ari Bach.
Chimps, which are generally fruit eaters, enjoy stealing baby chimps from their mothers and eating them while the mothers watch. Dolphins beat and sexually torment each other. Ants go to war. Lions kill each others young. Numerous animals fight over mating rights, and the list of cannibal animals is too long to post. Do they enjoy doing it? They’re animals. They function on biological fulfillment. As much as an animal can enjoy anything, there’s no question they enjoy hurting each other.Are we the most vicious animal? Probably. But we’re not insane. We’re functioning on natural principles when we kill, torture and abuse each other. Peace is unnatural. Tolerance is unnatural. The things we claim to aspire to are against nature. We are working to overcome our id and that’s a good thing. But our failure is not unnatural. It’s the most natural thing about us. Idolization of nature skews our perspective. The images above are not proof we’re worse than other species, they prove we’re still just like them.
“Why, Mr. Anderson? Why, why? Why do you do it? Why, why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting… for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although… only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?”
-Agent Smith, “The Matrix: Revolutions”
villainquoteoftheday: Greatest Hits!
“It’s called the Agony Matrix. Direct neural stimulation of pain receptors - all of them. Imagine the worst pain you’ve ever felt in your life, times a thousand. Now imagine that pain continuing. Forever. Oh, that’s right… you don’t have to imagine.”
-Darkseid, “Justice League Unlimited”
"Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh, my God. It even has a watermark."
-Patrick Bateman, “American Psycho”
The Good: This beautiful blue school in rural Afghanistan was built in the 1970s and was painted a new color every three years. One of the few schools in the country to allow female students, it had a 2012 enrollment of 134 children from grades 1-6 and made it onto the Newsweek “Honor Roll” of the best schools in the world, the first school from its country to do so.
The Bad: This photo was taken by the drone that destroyed it seconds later, killing 78.
I got so much hate mail for this one.
One of my absolute all-time favorite “facts”.
"The satellite is at present over…Kansas. Well, if we destroy Kansas, the world may not hear about it for years."
-Ernst Stavro Blofeld, “You Only Live Twice”
Dick Smith’s body of work is certainly sorcery of the highest level. From subtle character enhancement of an actor to full-blown fantastic grotesquerie, his creations haunt the cinema and have inspired those in the art who follow him to their own superb creations.