Most people have probably heard the saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.” Sometimes insanity is replaced by stupidity; often the quote is (mis-)attributed to Einstein.
The implication in this quote is that insanity and perseverance are, at least functionally, synonymous. So is it insane to keep getting up and dusting yourself off after failure, to, as the man says, “try, try again”?
I clarified the distinction in my own mind with the following analogy: imagine a baker trying to perfect a recipe for a perfect loaf of bread.
Perseverance: The baker bakes and discards dozens, hundreds, maybe a thousand loaves, each with a distinct variation to the process. A bit more salt in this one. A little lemon zest in that. Currants, perhaps? No? For the next she raises the oven temperature a few degrees, for the one after she lowers it a little. At last, through trial and error she achieves her ideal and can forget the trash bins full of useful failures. They are the stairs to the summit of her triumph, to wax a bit poetic.
Insanity: The baker bakes a thousand loaves from the same imperfect recipe, and declares all bread is terrible or baking is impossible.
I’ve seen Wreck-It Ralph half a dozen times now and I keep coming back to the idea that when M.Bison asks Ralph, “You’re not goin’ Turbo, are you?” the audience at that point has no context for what Turbo means.
Unless, of course, you’re an old arcade goer, and then the instant association (especially considering the source) is Street Fighter II Turbo.
The way M.Bison says the line makes it clear “going Turbo” is a bad thing, and I can’t decide if this is a jab at the Turbo edition of SFII or just a cute little in-joke. I guess in order for it to be the former, it would have to also be the latter.
How is this not a real thing?
Hidden somewhere in each of these is a testimonial to The New. None of the kids, whether the taste was pleasant or not, appeared reproachful for the experience or abashed by their reaction. They reveled in it, just living the discovery, reminding me of how pure it can be to simply say, “I Tried.”
“Mom… mom…. mom… I brought you your favorite coffee!! Mom… why do you look so sad? It’ll be okay!”
Aaaand now I’ve made myself sad.
TINY PLANT MONSTER
Wanting to cheer its mom up and being adorable
I choose to believe that Ivy is about to pick this cutie up and cuddle it right now
Astyanax isn’t looking and I think that’s a Weeping Angel behind him so the skeleton with the sword is the least of his worries, maybe.
This is why sidewalks with planter boxes in them are evil.
Done doing these so here they all are in one place! Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines.
Point of this: An exercise in character design, attempting to clothe the heroines nearly all the way and not making them painted-on, while still keeping the look of their original costumes in some way. Hopefully keeping them looking as iconic as the originally were. Just showing what can be done with a costume breaking outside the barrier of the norm.
NOT the point of this: some moral code I’m trying to push on you
Sorry if there was a character you wanted me to do that I didn’t get to!
I like many of these better than the originals, particularly Elektra and Zatanna. Considering the artist’s efforts to try and keep the costumes iconic, it’s sort of depressing to note that many of the originals (in particular Vampirella and Black Canary), the icon seems to have been “more skin.”