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7/17/2013 9:47:00 PM
Casual, Cursory, Candid, Cobbled Comments
By Cecil Acuff

Things, and people, aren't what they seem. The world of movies and advertising is becoming more and more computer-digitalized. It only takes a few clicks of the Mouse to turn This into That.

Ads for an online plastic surgery shows a wrinkled face become smoother-than-a-baby's-butt. The computer's magic-mouse can create any body-type desired. Any building, thing, or person can appear to be any size, shape, or form without a reality comparison. The ad people use high-faluting political euphemisms, which are in reality,a language of evasion, hypocrisy, prudery, and deceit. The writer can make the reader perceive the exact opposite of what's said. In defense, the ad writer says to reader, "I did not lie; you took it the wrong way."

In a recent movie, destruction of the actual White House seemed real. But a 15-foot model with detailed miniature furniture, windows, and curtains was constructed by technicians and carpenters. Flames an smoke were digitally added. It's a Dream-Doll-House world, not reality. The blue screen of photography can place, with carefully controlled lighting, the just-married couple anywhere in the world.

Television and movies have few photographs any more; they're all computer-images. Ads come with the caveat, "Paid Professional Witness." People who've used the product day say they're Hap-Hap- Happy. Do the companies include fingerprints of each? "I'll swear on a stack of Bibles." No, you must take our companies' word for it. We aren't as the politicians.

A psychologist said, "The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened." One realizes the mistake of letting insecurities and misconceptions dictate the mind.

It is difficult, indeed, to accurately perceive relationships with others to determine their impression. A moment of clarity comes when it's realized one's perception of others had been inaccurate all along.

Movie-makers joke that every romantic comedy these days has more digital-effects than the movie, "Independence Day" had in 1995. It takes dozens of specialists days months to build digital skeletons to paint life-like textures and shadings. One tech said, "It's sort of a similar process, sans smelling the plaster, paint, and glue."

In the White House blowing-up movie, there may be fires and gun-play throughout the White House; maybe a grenade explodes in the press room, anything the digital-happy directer wants!

Movie makers say there' a joke, "How many docking maneuvers of a spaceship can be shown before the audience gets bored? They've all seen it."

In a particular movie, high-security Washington forbade makers to be anywhere near the capitol. In an opening scene, actors are flying toward the White House aboard the Marine One helicopter when the president asks to fly over the Reflecting Pool for an inspirational look at the Lincoln Memorial.

No one ever left the ground for that shot. They were all sitting in a moving box in Canada. Views out the copter window were computer-generated. The memorial was a detailed model.

Do most people know what's real? A new study suggests people's ability to distinguish between what really happened and what was imagined may be determined by the presence of a fold at the front of the brain that develops late in pregnancy, and is missing entirely in 27% of people. The study is called PCS. It's findings may prove important for the study of schizophrenia, a disorder which often includes confusion between real and imagined voices. But, more important, the new study found that even normal people without the PCS have difficulty distinguishing what they remembered and what they imagined. A footnote: there is no such thing as "Normal, sub-normal, or abnormal. All God's Chilluns, little Green Apples, the birds and bees, insects, and creatures of the ocean are One- Of-A-Kind."

Alfred Kinsey proved that. His research during the first 20 years of his career at Indiana University involved the study of Gall wasps. His specialty was Taxonomy, the classification of species, and the study of individual variation. Of the thousands he collected and categorized, no two were alike. He later carried his research on sexual behavior. If the relatively simple Gall wasps were one-of-a-kind, think about complex humans!

People should accept the fact that everyone is just human, with quaint quirks and funny foibles. No two people will ever know everything about the other in a lifetime.

Reinhold Niebuhr: "God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time ... accepting hardship as a pathway to peace ... so that I may be reasonably happy in this life ....

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