September 21st, 2008

Good cartoons

ritaxis recommends Krtek, a series of Czech cartoons. They're utterly charming.

If this one and the one about painting that I've seen are typical, the mole links up with a bunch of other small animals to build or create, and to scare off a threat.

ritaxis makes a political point that such a premise is un-capitalistic. I don't know if she has a point, but it's a premise that can obviously lead to any number of excellent cartoons, and I don't know of any western series like it. (I'm no expert on popular culture and I might easily be missing something-- let me know if I am.) Not just excellent, but obviously better than the endless pointless chase cartoons like Tom and Jerry or Pepe LePew, though that may be unfairly comparing the best to the second rank.

I like the animation style a *lot*. It's obviously not terribly expensive, but there's a lot of pretty and it doesn't skimp on emotional expressiveness. It's been a while since I've seen classic American cartoons, but Krtec seems emotionally normal compared to the classic characters from this end of the world. He shifts easily between fear, curiosity, and joy rather than having a few compulsions.

Investment in a non-optimizing society

From memory: I was talking with womzilla about my notion that a non-optimizing society would work better than what we've got now, and he asked me how it would be possible to raise money.

I think that one's solvable: you'd have to say something like "we have good people and good products, and this new project will produce a solid rate of return" or "we have good people and a good history and this new project is risky but plausibly worth it" instead of saying "here's a chance to rejoice in the defeat of your enemies the best thing ever".

I have a notion that a non-optimizing economy would have more emphasis on bonds and dividends rather than on stock trading, but that's just a guess.

Obscure book meme

From chickenfeet2003:

What ten books do you own that you think no one else on your friends list does?

How Not to Make a Prize-Winning Quilt by Ami Simms
An account of impulsive but enthusiastic quilt-making. Also has a picture of a bathroom quilt with a shark fin sticking out of the bathtub.

Jewish Music by Abraham Z. Idelson
Bought it years ago meaning to check out the music. Still need to get to it.

Ceolta Gael by Sean Og O Baioll and Manus O Baioll
Have played the music-- it's good stuff

At the Speed of Life by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks
Body-centered therapy. Has story of vision improvement as an incidental side-effect.

The Trick to Money Is Having Some! Stuart Wilde
Read but forgotten.

Warriors of Stillness by Jan Diepersloot
Somewhat advanced book on standing meditation. Have read it, but I actually use The Way of Energy by Lam Kam Chuen.

Bird Thou Never Wert by Bill Vaughan
Humor from 1940 - 60. Still funny.

The Dorbott of Vacuo by Patrick Woodroffe
Charming Illustrated nonsense story.

The Deaths of the Bravos by John Myers Mysers
Deductions about what happened in the Old West. Not yet read.

Lost Cavern by H.F. Heard
Read and liked, but most details forgotten.