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“Ray Bradbury on how Disneyland humanized robots” by Lauren Davis on Embedded within this article on io9 is a link to an article Ray Bradbury wrote on the feats of Disneyland, particularly in the area of robotics. Some people, he claims, compare Disneyland to Las Vegas. He visited both, and reported that they are far from the same. Here is his article, “THE MACHINE-TOOLED HAPPYLAND” – October 1965.

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Love this anime series. It’s dark and creepy and digitized madness-

It’s good to have a collection of music to play for students.

I haven’t listened to the song “Debaser” by the Pixies so many times in a week since high school. As a result, I could not get the song out of my head as I fell asleep last night.

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“You are free, therefore choose, that is to say, invent. No rule of general morality can show you what you ought to do: no signs are vouchsafed in this world.”

“But in reality and for the existentialist, there is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentiality of love other than that which is manifested in loving; there is no genius other than that which is expressed in works of art.”

“Existentialism is a Humanism” Jean-Paul Sartre 1946

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Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé
Métro Arts-et-Métiers– 1983

This technique fascinates me. It’s a whirlpool of psychology, literature, politics, and imagination. I’m wondering if Les Balayeurs Du Désert titled their song “Décollage” because the process of creating it involved using samples, out of order, from “It Amazes Me.” (See previous post) They ripped segments and chunks of lyrics and vocals off the original, excavating new entities which they blended with modern electronic sounds. The lyrics they chose express Décollage as well, and imply that humans change, sculpt themselves, and ripen through this pulling-off process:

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This video is funny, cute, and weird. Students will chuckle when they watch it. Two dogs, dressed up as Princess Leia and Darth Vader, sit while their owner baby talks to them behind the camera.

Creative Writing Exercise: Have the students script dialogue between the dogs.

Fan fiction is an umbrella term for a range of works by writers who imagine the stories they are reading or the shows they are watching differently. They insert chapters, re-write endings, and script new episodes, all the while adding twists to the settings, plots, characters, etc.

Fan fiction is a great resource for the classroom. Students can read reinvented chapters and poems from their favorite books and be inspired to write some themselves. Below are some samples from , a forum for submissions, discussions, and reviews.

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