“Scenes from the Glittering World” (film review), and a video on string theory dimensions

SE New Mexico 2012-5

On Monday, May 16, 2022, PBS Independent Lens presented the documentary by Jared Jakins, “Scenes from the Glittering World”, about life in a public school on a Utah Navaho reservation, one of the most remote schools in the US, for three indigenous teenagers: Noah Begay, Llii Neang, and Granite Sloan.  There are two other filmmakers: Roni Jo Draper, and Scott Christopherson. The original film (available for rental on Amazon for $5.99 (Stripes text), original distributor Soro Films) was reduced from 76 minutes to 56 minutes by PBS Independent Lens.  I wish PBS wouldn’t condense and manipulate the opening of movies it shows (link).  The film was shot with a wide aspect ratio.

pbs trailer scenes from a glittering world

There is a white older male teacher who tries to impress on the students that future generations depend on what they do.  Sometimes the kids are absorbed by modern “glittering” gadgetry (like computer games like Fortnite) living in shacks.  There is a moment where the controversy over introducing LGBTQ identities is mentioned.   The communities have faced dire danger from Covid because of the particular lack of immunity in some indigenous tribes as well as diabetes from American diets.

interview from Glittering World

The scenery is often breathtaking.  In one scene, the very distant San Francisco Peaks in Arizona apparently loom in the far distance.  The rocky formations in the scenery look almost like alien cities.

scenes from glittering wolrd

I also wanted to share the summer 2021 video from Engineering Made Easy, “11 Dimensions Explained” (23 minutes). 

11 dimensions and powers

The video hints at the “powers” that a conscious agent living with access to more (string theory) dimensions would have.  I included it because it just might be, at least in some science fiction scenarios, a key to “greater than c” space travel by jumping in and out of other metaverses.  I may need this idea later for my novel “Angel’s Brother” which is undergoing some restructuring because of current events.

(Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11 AM by John W Boushka)

“Be brave and shave” (for charity?)

pseudo drug test, invasive

Here is a whimsical post from Dec. 15, 2021, during the last month that I used Google Blogger.

“Be Brave and Go Get Your Legs Waxed” would be a variant on “Be Brave and Shave” (like at the Westover Market in Arlington Va.). The latter is often a fundraiser for cancer and usually applies to scalps only (mostly men). It’s a rather obvious reference to hair loss from chemotherapy (or maybe even a bone marrow transplant). Some hair loss has been reported from Long Covid (and in women). (It also happens to Matt Damon’s character when he does a “go get small” in “Downsizing”.)

Sacrifice of body hair in men is much edgier, but there are some videos on YouTube that show this as fundraisers.

Here is a typical one from England, Scott Parker, “Waxing My Legs for Cancer”, a little over two minutes, partly in black and white, in the style of a horror movie. He resists.

Hair would take longer to grow back after waxing or chemical epilation than from shaving. Image someone doing this with a laser to make it a permanent sacrifice.

Remember the “Man O Lantern” from “The 40 Year Old Virgin”?

A cyclist waxes his legs for a charity bike race in another video.

Remember that in the first season of Donald Trump’s Apprentice, Troy McClain got his legs waxed and “took one for the team” and that got mentioned in Donald’s “How to Get Rich” (before going bald in the legs anyway). In the 1980s there was an issue of “Christopher Street” titled “When Ronnie took his pants off”, discussing Reagan’s movie “John Loves Mary”: “However ladylike his gams, they prove the existence of heterosexuality”.

Remember the Tribunals after two weeks of class at William and Mary in September 1061 that I skipped out on. Rituals can be exciting.

There is a dark side to this post. Often as older (Caucasian) men develop cardiovascular disease and especially arterial plaque in the lower limbs, they go bald in the legs, UK Express, story by Harriet Whitehead, Jan. 31, 2022, carried on Smart News (source).

For fun, there is the 60s song “Walk on the Wild Side” (Lou Reed).

(End; Original post by John W. Boushka on Blogger on Dec. 15, 2021; the video was treated as a “movie” then.)