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Oct
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10.6.13 … This and That …

 

This and That:

 

“It was on a bright day of midwinter, in New York. The little girl who eventually became me, but as yet was neither me nor anybody else in particular, but merely a soft anonymous morsel of humanity—this little girl, who bore my name, was going for a walk with her father. The episode is literally the first thing I can remember about her, and therefore I date the birth of her identity from that day.”

 

– Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance

 

The Happiness Project.

 

 

 

via ▶ “#Hashtag” with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake – YouTube.

 

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that’s been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags.

 

That pound sign—which was probably once the least pressed button on a phone’s dial pad—has now infiltrated every single social network, every form of text communication and will eventually, override the spoken English language. We need to stop this immediately.

 

Timberlake and Fallon hilariously recreated a normal human conversation… but with the ridiculousness of hashtags hastily appended to every statement. This is how we all sound like on Twitter. Or on Facebook. Or on Instagram. Or in life. #DIE #YOLO [Jimmy Fallon]

 

via Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags.

 

Duke Ellington Arriving in Kabul, 1963.  CU Collection Box 345:10.  Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville

Fifty years ago this week, Duke Ellington and his band played in a concert he later called one of the most memorable of his life. The performance was in Kabul, in Afghanistan, and even though Ellington was at the height of his fame, almost all traces of it have been lost.

For the organiser, Faiz Khairzada, and hundreds of Afghans in the audience, the concert was a high point of the early 1960s. “It was very exciting for me to have him in Kabul,” says Khairzada, then head of Afghanistan’s cultural affairs organisation.

It was he who met Ellington at the airport and drove him on a golden afternoon across Kabul, then a small city, to the stage he’d built at the Ghazi stadium. Khairzada was a jazz fan and they chatted on the way about Louis Armstrong and about plans to make home-grown Afghan films. “You make the movie, kid – and I’ll do the music for it,” Ellington offered, and in the Kabul of 1963, all that seemed possible.

Duke Ellington talks to Michael Parkinson in 1973 about his Kabul concert, and plays a number with the house band

Tickets were free and around 5,000 people made their way to the stadium to hear what to them was the new and strange sound of jazz. Ellington opened with Caravan, followed by Don’t Get Around Much Anymore. Khairzada remembers that between numbers Ellington would come to the edge of the stage and chat to the audience.

“Of course the people didn’t understand. This kind of music – blues and jazz – was very little known,” he says. “But they loved the style. When the trumpets and saxophones came out and did their solos, people were awed – not so much by the sound, but the performance.”

 

Ellington’s 1963 State Department tour

The tour began on 6 September 1963, when Ellington and his orchestra flew from New York to Damascus, Syria

Over the next two-and-a-half months they played in Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Turkey

 

Ellington was puzzled when, halfway through the concert, the audience appeared to leave. But Khairzada explained that it was the hour of prayer, and the seats soon filled up again. King Zahir and the royal family came over to shake hands with the band after the concert.

Ellington remembered “riding round all night long” after the concert, listening to Afghan music in cafes. “They have their own thing going on there, and it’s good,” he told BBC chat show host Michael Parkinson in 1973.

The Kabul concert was part of a longer tour sponsored by the US State Department – jazz diplomacy playing out against the backdrop of the Cold War.

via BBC News – When Duke Ellington played Kabul.

Then, in August, and doubtless to Yale\’s astonishment, the \”activists\” the university had worked so desperately to placate got around to reading one of the Spangler reports. Unfortunately, the university changed one term. In her August 2013 report, Spangler dropped references to \”intimate partner violence\” and instead described how several Yale students had been found guilty of \”non-consensual sex\”–a term that many readers, quite unsurprisingly, interpreted as interchangeable with rape. The report noted that all students so convicted had been punished, but none had been expelled. Since none of these students, it appears, had actually committed a rape, Yale selected punishments that were appropriate for their offenses. But to the critics, the university was allowing rapists to walk around campus with little more than a slap on the wrist.

Yale\’s Response

This week the university produced a document, first reported by the Yale Daily News, which tried to explain its approach. (Of course, the obvious explanation–that Yale erred by redefining sexual assault to include a wide variety of actions that are not, in fact, sexual assault–was ignored.) The document listed eight \”scenarios\” that fit under the university\’s extraordinarily broad conception of \”non-consensual sex.\” A few of these \”scenarios\” clearly constituted criminal conduct–yet in the myriad reports that Spangler has produced, there\’s no reference to even one criminal investigation of sexual assault against a Yale student since 2011. It\’s unclear why the school\’s p.r. document contained scenarios irrelevant to the issue at hand.

via The Anti-Male Craziness at Yale.

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The best examples of street art in 2012 (48 pictures) | memolition.

This Couple’s Epic And Nerdy And Awesome Engagement Photos Make Everyone Else’s Look Like Crap

These photos were posted by Reddit user hamburgersandwiches, titled “Fuck it. I’m getting married Saturday. Here are my crappy engagement photos.”

But two Han Solo tributes.

 

His crappy engagement photos, however, are PERFECT.

via This Couple’s Epic And Nerdy And Awesome Engagement Photos Make Everyone Else’s Look Like Crap.




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