Dr. Yo’s Magic Lantern

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Despite all evidence, inhabitants of the reservoir of video souls can’t imagine that they are robots. How ironic is that— a robot that thinks it’s a soul that wants to be a machine? We’ve been robots all along, and yet we may not live to outgrow those filking colours we’ve been flying. I don’t take […]

Oxygene therapy is sometimes necessary, especially in the land of the flakes. Even with the best of assumptions and intentions, conformity of thought is always an epic fail. To wit: sharing a default positive value system does not an authentic choice make. People need to hear the words of Nietzsche. No, not the bit about […]

In the words of a forgotten bodhisattva, “I sure could go for a steak and some New Age Devil healing music.” This week we learn how to be a sensitive poet from the likes of Flipper and the Germs. The state of flow is only interrupted momentarily. Forthwith, we hear about a girl, American women, […]

Nothing pithy or clever about my music selections springs to mind. Nor do I have any blinding insights into the human condition, or about the state of the universe in general. At the moment I feel that I can’t do better than simply cut and paste the lyrics to “Old and Wise”. As far as my […]

It was never gonna turn out too good. We’d better be prepared for an onslaught of illogic so grandiose as to make all previous spectacles of idiocy look puny and weak. Band together with your people. Fight the Picture Makers now, but be ever mindful of that crucial bit about pens and swords. The demons of the […]

All is not what it appears. In 1984, technology had not yet advanced sufficiently to render a computer animated agent as convincing as Max Headroom. By necessity, famously, Matt Frewer donned the prosthetics and gave us the first performances by a simulated simulated character. The expertise of a team of professionals, and hundreds of thousands […]

The Fermi Paradox is hardly so; to an enlightened consciousness, the solution seems self-evident. Roddenberry and Coon codified the Prime Directive, enshrined it in canon. And yet, isn’t it blindingly obvious that a Kardashev Type Zero civilization is of little interest to anyone out there? Furthermore, we should be grateful for our insignificance, lest new cookbooks be […]

Scientists have successfully engineered an organism that can form carbon-silicon bonds. Presumably this will enable remote firmware upgrades to our immune systems. Either that, or send homo sapiens directly into a memory hole, the dustbin of history. I, for one, welcome our new horta overlords. Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos. In any event, I want […]

The latest word from our studio is that the world is insane at the moment. The hegemony of In God We Trust, Inc. seems a welcome alternative history when confronted with a reality too disturbing to contemplate. And so we find solace in the warm embrace of illusion. A terrifying hallucination can help to take our minds off of […]

In this week’s episode of Dr. Yo’s Magic Lantern, the last electrician laments the passing of his way of life. Planned obsolescence is hyper-impermanence driven by the scheming of so-called “rational agents”; it’s a Black Mirror script waiting to be written. Meanwhile, multiple sources confirm that all buildings not only have character, but they are characters. Moving […]


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