Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

 

Lo and Behold documentaryFilmmaker Werner Herzog, in this tech-retrospective of the history of the internet and the convoluted relationship between humans and computers, examines the past, present and future of the internet. His easily recognizable gravelled-voice of the narrator is both ominous and puzzling.

Lo and Behold gives the viewer a spellbinding, lesser-known walk back in time through the birth of the computer and its subsequent impact on our daily lives. Some of the segments are dazzling glimpses of the brilliance of discovering this way of communication(with a few academic and boring bits of calculus), some are amusing (the increasing ubiquity of porn), and some are heartbreaking (cyber bullying, suicide, and grief). Anyone who spends a lot of time online will find plenty here to process and reflect on.

We see extremes: medical marvels saving lives or electromagnetic waves that debilitate. Each chapter introduces a different positive or negative dynamic of the internet.

Lo and Behold documentary

At the end of Lo and Behold, after examining the intelligence of robots and their position in our lives (chapter: “Artificial Intelligence”), Herzog poses the question “Can the internet dream of itself?” This is a fascinating look at the pros and cons of our internet world–riveting and memorable!

 

Happy New Year Chinese Style –Year of the Brown Earth Pig or Wild Boar (February 5, 2019–January 24, 2020)

Year of the Wild Boar

The Year of the Wild Boar (in the Japanese and Tibetan zodiac systems) or the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac:   the Buddha called a meeting of his monks, the townspeople, and the animals before entering Nirvana. The Pig was late to the sermon because he ate too much and overslept.

Chinese New Year 2019
Year of the Pig 2019

 

 

The fat, happy Pig’s nature  is to be naturally pleased with himself or herself, no matter what he or she does. The Pig likes creature comforts and is sensual in everything. Tolerant, compassionate, generous, he or she nonetheless has difficulty controlling  passions but hides neither faults, mistakes, nor  self-indulgence. One of Pig’s essential drives is  love of freedom and beauty. The eternal optimist, the Pig’s attitude is, “Don’t worry, be happy”.

Year of the Wild Boar

Although the Pig or Wild Boar is the symbol of both wealth and success in investments, the financial conditions of 2019 may increase unexpected expenses and debt for those born in the Year of the Pig but 2019 is a good year for making money  for everyone else (in today’s stock market?!)

The Year of the Pig (the 12th and last sign of the Chinese Zodiac) is associated with excess, an over-the-top attitude in lifestyle. Their chubby faces and big ears are  considered signs of good fortune.

Because 2019 is the last year in the cycle, this is a year of endings and a time to bring things to completion. This is not the time for new projects. We’ll have to wait until January 25, 2020–the Year of the Rat–to prepare for anything new.