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Comment Re:This old geek could never grasp Macbeth (Score 1) 144

There's a trick to it. First off, don't be in high school. Second, get a good copy of the play (you can find some online, me thinks). Third, get a summary guide of what's going on. Fourth, get a decent video recording of the play.

Let me rephrase that: get a video recording of a good version of the play. There will be a dozen different versions (up to and including modern 'interpretations'), and you need to fine one that strikes your fancy (I'd go with the one where you can make out what the actors are saying, and you don't doze off after five minutes).

Now, while you are watching the film, keep the laptop open, and mentally sync up with the summary. Here's one for Hamlet ( In a separate window, keep the actual text of the play open (again, here's Hamlet: Don't read the actual text while watching the film (you can, but it's more important to keep pace with the summary than the text). You can pause and rewind when trying to grasp some of the finer nuances of the actual text / plot as need be.

Fifth, go see the play in real life, and enjoy the inside jokes.


Comment Re:Logic need not apply (Score 1) 222

It's about getting the lies 'right.' Like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see when it's done.

Snowden created a mess, and the people in charge of covering things up haven't generated a proper 'story' that sits well with the people (the bad people are truly bad, the good people are truly good, etc.). Normally it takes two or three variations to strike the right chord, but with Snowden they've had to resort to random generation and painful iteration to find something that truly resonates.

Comment Re:There is no longer any bound (Score 1) 107

Ah, but there is; however, you won't like it. All this extra spying consumes resources, resources that would be better spent elsewhere...over time and as it increases, there is a noticeable drag effect on the economy. So you see, those shadowy creatures won't be kept in line by a shining white knight come to save us, but rather by the proverbial laws of thermo-economics.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.