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The Beginning of the end or the end of a beginning?

Link to video:

So here’s the final product, cheap and shabby, the way I like it. I would try to do better, but cheap editing software can only look so good with the experience I have anyway. I have a few regrets over some of the things said, or the way I’ve said it, due to the nature of doing these things on dot points instead of actually writing a full speech, and made an error or two which I did try to fix it as best I could in the description and by linking to sources that explain the whole ordeal behind Universe 25 and the Nightmare Utopia (which sounds like a half decent band name in my opinion).

That’s another thing I found about choosing this subject and not realizing until it was too late, and that is the scope of the topic I have chosen. To really get the idea of this cycle of empires, you really do need to cover a lot of our collective history, something I insisted on very much throughout this whole project in order to better understand what it is that I’m try to teach. In fact, its one of the problems that I identified all the way in the original pitch at the start of this project but I really did not think it would be as hard as I now know it to be. Despite this I’ve tried my best to condense all this into the three blogs and ten-minute video that has become my digital artifact.

Discovering the connection between Glubb’s work and the religions of the world was really interesting and shocking to me, did not expect to stumble across that in my research and I definitely have a new view of Christian and Confucian teaching. The whole revelations basically being the ancient version of this work was definitely an eye opener, before this I thought that this was only a recent theory, but it turns out its something we’ve been aware of for a long time after all through what I once thought to be random metaphors I obviously didn’t understand.

Apart from that there isn’t much that I would change, I feel that I should have had tried to get more time off to work on this, or even picked a topic that would be so hard to condense into the medium I’ve made it but it is what it is. Hopefully, I got my next fifty year prediction across well enough as well (though really its more of until it ends kind of thing now that I think about it).

All in all, I had an enjoyable time working on this product for BCM325 and maybe I will do a follow up video or two going into details on the interesting stuff I just could not fit into this project.




Movies and tweets?

So now I get to talk about the live-tweeting experience for the remainder of the semester, and it was pretty good in my opinion. I feel twitter is a pretty good medium for allowing the discussion of topics related to the films we watched over the last month and a bit.

It started with I Robot and Robot and Frank, which to be honest I had not too much to say on the whole thing, other than to make sarcastic comments on the whole thing. The movies to me were not that interesting to me (since I’ve seen I Robot a thousand times and had to talk about it to death a few years back for school) as for Robot and Frank I found the movie fascinating, even though I did not get as involved as I should have. I found the movie quite enjoyable despite my little input. There was a discussion that I got involved with in regards to the pride of the elderly and how someone like Frank might be a little stubborn when getting help the way he does from his son.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Machines making machines, centralised hub for the robots AI, do these people not have the terminator or the matrix in their time? <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 2, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It's also due to the stubborn nature of the elderly as well that I've witnessed in my own experiences <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Jonathan Pica (@picapikaaa) <a href=””>May 9, 2019</a></blockquote>

It wasn’t until Marjorie Prime that I started to get involved more properly, raising questions in regards to the themes being brought up by both Marjorie Prime and Robot and Frank. Things like leaving artificial intelligence and robots to care for the elderly instead of nurses or family as well as discussing the nature of the perfect AI (weather or not this was by making it either a paragon of virtue or one flawed like us). To be honest it was around this time that I began to really get a handle on how to use twitter and to get a better idea of how to use it for this class and to share my ideas and thoughts on the media we were watching for the course.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I wonder how I would feel if I was put into a situation like in Marjorie Prime or in Robot and Frank, would I be okay with this or would I find it a little bit heartless? I'd rather be with my family but then again the robot and hologram were given to them out of love <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 16, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>And yet the flaws and issues tend to be what makes us human, so would the perfect AI for humanity be flawed like us or would it have to be a paragon of virtue?</p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 16, 2019</a></blockquote>

The following week was Blade Runner 2049, which was a good movie to re-watch. It was good to talk about god delusions through the advancement of technology with another since the theme is so prevalent with the main antagonist, Niander Wallace. It was also a good opportunity to have a dig at China (which I love to do at anytime I can). Apart from that I made a few comments on the way in which they crafted the sci-fi dystopia so well before my phone died and I was unable to tweet for the rest of the video, something that I would most certainly not let happen again.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Absolutely, he has definitely positioned himself into thinking he is God. And yes, pride is a dangerous thing</p>&mdash; Amanda Tait (@SixteenfourTait) <a href=””>May 23, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sign me up, gotta escape those harmful gases China is still releasing somehow ✌️</p>&mdash; Nicole Gentle (@NicoleGentle) <a href=””>May 23, 2019</a></blockquote>

Finally we ended off on the Matrix, which is always okay (I’m not a huge fan of the series but I enjoy it nonetheless). Good to talk about the not so subtle metaphors and references that the Wachowskis stuffed this movie to the brim with. From the Alice in Wonderland, to the non-stop biblical references of Neo being the one. We were also told that there was a transgender angle to the whole movie as well (which explains a lot now with hindsight and how the girls look a bit mannish and the men a bit womanly in their appearances) but I decided to focus more on the allegories and themes around destiny and free will.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What if life is just one giant interactive goosebumps pick-your-own adventure, where you get to choose, but all choices are pre-determined?</p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Damn I forgot how hard they hit it with the biblical imagery, not very subtle when the ship that houses the crew that is the key for mankinds future is named after the biblical king that did the same for Babylon <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BCM325</a&gt; <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TheMatrix</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>

All in all, I think I kind of got the hang of this towards the end, even though my contributions could have been a lot more now that I have a better understanding of the tool and how good it has been for discussing this subject and the themes that have popped up over the last few months.




The Good, The Bad and The Beta

To be honest, I really feel that the Digital Artifacts are amazing to look into and see how they have evolved over the past couple of weeks in order to accommodate to the audiences and subjects that they have chosen to cover.

To start with, I had Nicole Gentle’s Our Future in Stories, which I feel is a pretty neat way to get the future ideas and issues across to her readers. The way she describes these ideas through the narrative of her blogs and the great use of metaphors. The only issue I had was with the possibility of narrowing down her focus to just western ideals. I feel that there are many pressing future issues that could be found outside of the west (like China with their surveillance for example) and pointed it out as a possible future story. But apart from that I feel that this will definitely be an enjoyable read for as long as it goes on.

The second beta I covered was Johnathan Pico’s and the whole idea of logos and how their designs change over time. I feel that this is an awesome idea, since the logo is one of the most important parts of a company (even though it’s the smallest aspect of it). It would be a good way to see how companies change their logos depending on the time and the audience that they are aiming their product at. I felt that maybe a little insight into past logos would be helpful, as a sort of launching point in order to better see this change over time. I also raised the elephant in the room with the old Golden Arches, especially now they act as mini embassies in Austria (a testament to the power of logos i guess).

Finally I got to cover another digital artifact from last time with Connor Lennon’s ‘Don’t Get Me Started on Sliced Bread’ (love the name). I feel that this project has come along really well since I reviewed it last with the pitch. He has definitely covered all that was recommended from the reviews, with a great covering of VR in his podcasts. I am still very much interested in how surfing culture has evolved and adapted to the trends in media and technology. Personally I wanted to know if they are still trying to do it with film still (like they did with Point Break and Surf’s Up) and if there was any movies coming up that would be promoting his culture or affecting it through inspiration (as movies tend to do sometimes).

All in all, it was a good series of projects and I can honestly say that they are all coming together well. It was especially satisfying to see Connor’s project come along since I’ve reviewed it since its inception. I am most certainly looking forward to the final products being released at the end of this coming week.

Pitch Comments

So giving evaluation was fun, always looking forward to seeing what others are doing and what it can teach me.


The first one I did was Desmond Chung’s idea, which was really interesting, the whole concept of technology changing the way we talk and communicate and how this will affect us in the long run was an idea that had me thinking for a while. I feel that I was critical without being brutal, while at the same time trying to be constructive with some ideas that could help him along with his digital artifact. I think my biggest concern about it was how broad the subject was and I think i brought this up in a good enough manner. Apart from that I’m now very interested and am going to keep a keen eye on how this project turns out over the next few weeks

Blog and comments:

#BCM325 Future of communication


The second one I followed up on was Connor Lennon’s artifact, which I think is definitely something that I am going to try to listen to, my comment I feel was okay, it is a bit hard to say something when they covered it in the comments before yours but I discussed it anyway to put my two cents on it.

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The final blog that I looked into was Koranith Rusakul’s and his idea to look at gadgets and car designs today, which I felt was a little too focused on today, but I feel that if he was to follow the trends and future designs it would make for a crazy digital artifact. Both the other commenters had pointed this out but really it was the only issue I had. I think the idea that he has laid the foundations for would be crazy, and like I said in the post it would absolutely blow my mind if he did find designs similar to the movies we are watching in class so I’ll be definitely checking this project to see what Koranith finds.

Blog and Comments:

I think I could do a little better and maybe found some more stuff to say, but it is a little difficult to find something fresh when there’s only so few problems. I think that this sessions Digital Artifacts are going to be very interesting and informative (at least in my opinion).

BCM 325: In-Class Tweets

Over the last few weeks I have used twitter for the first time, and I got to say it has been pretty enjoyable. Never been a fan of the site so I never really gave it the time of day (apart from the odd funny tweet that made its way to Facebook) but I have to say it has been pretty fun to use and provides a great way to discuss issues or themes, especially for BCM325.

My first week of using it was for the movie Blade Runner and I think I have some things to learn about how to tweet, in the sense that I feel I got to watch what I say on here. Take this tweet for example:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Aww yeah, time for some good old Blade Runner and not so chill existential crisis about life and my humanity in general <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a&gt; <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#imlovinit</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>March 28, 2019</a></blockquote>

And I get a retweet from ,  a twitter spot for actual existential crisis and getting help, so I think I might need to tone my sass down a bit since I am not used to it being difficult to tell the difference between sarcasm and seriousness.

I found out that week that it is a pretty useful tool to shoot out ideas and share our opinions. Also memes, a lot of memes. Which is probably what made this post the more successful of the ones I made:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BCM325</a><br>Blade Runner: first replicants made, perfect robotic replicas, by 2016 to be incorporated into the workforce<br>Reality 2019: <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>March 28, 2019</a></blockquote>

Which was easier than a tree pun that you’ll get before you leaf this post.

The Second week was for Ghost in the Shell, a movie that Ive watched a few times and always get some new fresh take, always fun to pop those philosophical questions like:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Is it really just memories that make us human, or are the cops less human than us since they have sacrificed parts of themselves in order to do their jobs better? <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>April 4, 2019</a></blockquote>

I also finally saw the whole baptism motif through water, shout out to Amanda for this tweet:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>There seems to be a fair few water references/motifs here…any thoughts? It is because water is a life source for humans? <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ghostinshell</a&gt; <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BCM325</a></p>&mdash; Amanda Tait (@SixteenfourTait) <a href=””>April 4, 2019</a></blockquote>

cause otherwise I don’t think I would have commented or noticed the theme.

Finally for Johnny Mnemonic , which to be honest I found hard to talk about, I had a couple of sarcastic remarks like:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>160 gigabytes max digital storage, cathode ray monitors, and they don't have the capacity to make ice in the freezer. The far flung year of 2021 is a dream. <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>April 11, 2019</a></blockquote>

But really didn’t have much to say about it, apart from this one at the end:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>so is the message one about the dangers of overindulging into tech, or is it about fighting back against a system that has obtained total control over everything, or is it a bad film with a cheesy plot like Trolls 2. Either way that was quite the watch. <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a&gt; <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#johnnymnemonic</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>April 11, 2019</a></blockquote>

So far getting a handle on twitter has been interesting, and I feel that I have a lot to learn, especially in working out how to really express what I want to say. I think I also need to get a little more involved but I think that will just come with practice. Maybe I should comment more often, I do feel that I don’t do  it enough or maybe hit the like button more often. Hopefully for the next part of this project I’ll get a little more involved in it and figure out how to get the right level of sarcasm in my tweets and maybe more serious ones in the future.

The Phoenix that is Civilization

The Fate of Empires: The Search for Survival is a paper written by Sir John Glubb back in 1977 and is his own introspective look at the way in which history seems to be teaching us the same lesson.

Over and over again, empires rise and grow only to decay some 250 years later, like the changing of the seasons, or like the mythical phoenix.

What I hope to accomplish over these next couple of weeks is to teach a little history in order to show how predictable this cycle has become as we have grown into the most dominant species of the world.

Link to Proposal: