Posts Tagged ‘The Media

11
Jun
11

6.11.2011 … can you get addicted to PT?

quotes, Gandhi, Coca-Cola:  It’s funny when a brand links itself to a state of mind.  Happiness and Coke don’t exactly work for me … but the folks at Coke keep at it.  Can you think of another example?  I think Jello pudding and funny … from the days when Bill Cosby was their sponsor.   From the Coke twitter feed ….

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Gandhi

France, travel, blogs:  Found this blog today and loved it … Southern Fried French. “A South Carolinian’s beau-dacious new life, living and cooking in a medieval château.”

radio, public radio, words, sayings:  John was traveling and discovered this public radio show which is not carried in Charlotte.  We have now downloaded a few and listened.  It is fun if you like words/sayings.

A Way with Words, public radio's lively language call-in show, hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett.

You Bet Your Sweet Bippy (full episode)

Why do some puns strike us as clever, while others are plain old groaners? Martha and Grant puzzle over this question. Also, the difference between baggage and luggage, a royal word quiz, the “egg” in egg on, what to call someone who doesn’t eat fish or seafood, Hawaiian riddles, and why we say “You bet your sweet bippy!”

via A Way with Words, public radio’s show about words and language and how we use them.

art, censorship:  Interesting question … when can our public museums legitimately censor art?  Is not choosing it for display/purchase censorship?

Mike Blasenstein and Michael Dax Iacovone, creators of the one-month-only Museum of Censored Art, have received the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for intellectual freedom by the American Library Association, one of the most well-known anti-censorship organizations in the country.

The museum was responsible for showcasing the censored film, “A Fire in My Belly,” by gay artist David Wojnarowicz. The video was originally a part of the gay and lesbian art exhibition “Hide/Seek” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and contains an 11-second segment that shows ants running on a crucifix.

via Creators of Museum of Censored Art receive intellectual-freedom award – The Washington Post.

Michael Vick, people, kudos, commencement speech:  Kudos, Michael Vick for turning your life around.

In the minutes before giving his first commencement speech, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick professed to be more nervous than before a football game.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick answers a question in Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, he says that he uses Unequal Technologies EXO Skeleton products

He had nothing to worry about. A lovingly raucous crowd of several hundred cheered Vick throughout his remarks Friday to graduates of the alternative Camelot high schools at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The fact that he surprised a pair of students with $5,000 college scholarships didn’t hurt either.

The theme of redemption proved to be the heart of the connection between the ex-con NFL superstar and the 450 graduates. Camelot’s six campuses in Philadelphia serve about 1,800 students with emotional, disciplinary or academic problems.

In speeches during Friday’s ceremony and in a private meeting with Vick before the big event, several graduates spoke of rebounding from previous troubles or poor choices to earn a diploma with the second chance they were given at Camelot.

via Michael Vick surprises 2 grads with scholarships  | ajc.com.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” , movies, anniversaries:  Wow… 25 years … that makes me feel old.

But most important, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” gave us permission, for 103 minutes, to take the cinematic equivalent of a joy ride in a candy-apple Ferrari. And that’s why then and now, it continues to resonate. And that’s also why, in honor of its 25th birthday, I’ve made this list of “Bueller”-related contibutions to pop culture.

via ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and its 25 contributions to pop culture lore – Celebritology 2.0 – The Washington Post

Facebook, gotcha, news, the law, random:  Very strange story and weird precedent to be setting …

A woman pretended to be a 17-year-old to draw out incriminating evidence from her ex-husband via Facebook. But an investigation after his arrest showed that he was the true online mastermind. Oh, the e-intrigue!

According to the Smoking Gun, 29-year-old Angela Voelkert created a fake account for 17-year-old “Jessica Studebaker,” complete with a trashily attractive photo, and friended her ex-husband. Then, in an attempt to gain information she could use against him in a custody battle, she chatted him up. He said he put a GPS tracking device on his ex-wife’s car, the more easily to monitor her every move. And he told “Jessica” that “you should find someone at your school…that would put a cap in her ass for $10,000.” He had plans to “take care of” old Angela, he said. Heavily based on the exchanges, the FBI arrested 38-year-old David Voelkert on Friday, but did he ever have a surprise for them.

Suspecting it was Angela all along, David Voelkert had gotten a notarized affidavit shortly after Jessica came online. In it, he said that he believed this was not a real person but rather his ex-wife or someone she knows. He said he was engaging with this person and lying in order to gain proof that his ex-wife was tampering with his personal life, proof he would then use himself in court. “In no way do I have plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert or anyone else,” he wrote above the Indiana notary’s stamp. He then kept one copy and gave another to a relative for backup.

The timeline worked, his affidavit coming days before he said anything incriminating. The notary was interviewed, the document authenticated, and his case was dismissed. Situations like this are why the phrase “Oh, snap!” was invented.

via Digital Detectives: Custody Battle Leads to Facebook Double-Sting – TIME NewsFeed.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, slime bags:  I really don’t like having the tag “slime bags” … and that I am using it almost daily for different men.

Weiner’s online interactions with the student had drawn the attention of some conservative bloggers in recent days. FoxNews.com said one of its reporters was at the house when the officers arrived.

Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller confirmed that the congressman communicated with the 17-year-old, adding in an e-mail, “According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent.”

The report cites sources close to the student as saying that the 17-year-old began following Weiner on Twitter after hearing him speak during a trip to Washington on April 1.

That was the day that Weiner took to the House floor to mock Republicans in the ongoing debate over avoiding a government shutdown; the New York Democrat read from a children’s book, “House Mouse, Senate Mouse,” which describes the process by which a bill becomes a law. The House was considering a Republican-sponsored bill aimed at keeping the government running even if the Senate did not pass a funding measure of its own.

Weiner sent the student a direct message via Twitter about two weeks later, according to FoxNews.com’s sources.

via Del. police reportedly asking about teenager’s interaction with Weiner – 2chambers – The Washington Post.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, slime bags, the media:  Interesting … and awkward.

But as anyone who has squirmed while watching Eliot Spitzer discuss the latest political sex scandals on CNN knows, there is such a thing as having too much skin in the game. ¶ The former New York governor’s evening show, “In the Arena,” plus his candid interviews for “Client 9,” a documentary about the 2008 prostitution scandal that led to his resignation, should have put his own downfall firmly in the rearview mirror. But that’s a difficult feat when you’re in the news business — and the news is all about sex and politics. A review of Spitzer’s coverage of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and the congressman’s tweets, denials and admissions shows that the governor’s past has an awkward habit of intruding:

via Awkward: Eliot Spitzer covers the Weiner scandal – The Washington Post.

random, thoroughbred race horses, names, kith/kin:  I used to laugh as my college roommate whose family owns Dogwood Farms would come up with names … DF had some kind of naming contest.

Every year, America’s horse racing governing body, the Jockey Club, receives about 60,000 Thoroughbred name requests to approve or reject. Roughly one-third don’t make the cut, either because they’re already taken — a name can only be awarded once a decade — or they’re deemed obscene. That still leaves tens of thousands of often wonderful, surprising, and just plain head-scratching names. Herein, a few.

Mine That Bird

His father was Birdstone, his mother was Mining My Own. Winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2009, sadly his branch of the Bird line will come to an end with his passing, as Mine That Bird is a gelding.

via Weird, Wonderful Horse Names – Photo Gallery – LIFE.

food trucks, food, DC, websites, Apps:  I may try this App for lunch next week …  Food Truck Fiesta – a real-time automated DC food truck tracker with commentary.

websites, business, entrepreneurial ideas:

What is Springwise?

Helped by a network of 15,000 spotters, Springwise editors scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds.

via Springwise | New business ideas, trends and innovation.

children’s/YA literature, lists:  How many have you read?  Kids’ Classic Summer Reading on DailyLit (Part 2: Grades 7 and 8) « DailyLit Blog.

Garden and Gun, magazines:  When I first saw Garden and Gun I thought those two don’t go together … it is now one of my favorites.

Just went on a magnolia binge. I spent the weekend in Tennessee, courtesy of my friends at the splendid magazine Garden and Gun. Quite a title. It has an odd, family resonance for me–as my father is a Southerner. He grew up in Kentucky. He is a great shot (clays, not animals), and he taught me to garden. So how could I not be drawn to a magazine by that name, especially when it is beautifully edited, art-directed, and produced. Award-winning, too. Sid Evans is an excellent editor.

via Slow Love Life: GARDEN AND GUN, MAGNOLIAS AND ABSINTHE, AT BLACKBERRY FARM.

29
Aug
10

8.29.2010 … Great Teague family weekend in Asheville … Grove Park Inn for sleep and dinner, breakfast and lunch — all very good … Corner Kitchen for dinner – a great foodie and cultural experience … Parkway drive and then Pisgah Inn for breakfast … Happy birthday, Laura!

The President, The Media, politics:

All presidents take vacations, and all are criticized for it. It’s never the right place, the right time. Ronald Reagan went to the ranch, George W. Bush to Crawford, both got knocked. Bill Clinton even poll-tested a vacation site and still was criticized. But Martha’s Vineyard—elite, upscale—can’t have done President Obama any good, especially following the first lady’s foray in Spain. The general feeling this week was summed up by David Letterman: “He’ll have plenty of time for vacations when his one term is up. Plenty of time.”

via We Just Don’t Understand – WSJ.com.

random, LOL: caught my attention … I guess I am gullible.

No.

Aug. 27 is the date of a purportedly rare celestial phenomenon, the “double moons” event where Mars is supposed to loom as large as a second moon in the Earth’s night sky. Not only would this be a spectacle, the gravitational effect supposedly portend a host of environmental disasters that will End. Life. As We Know It.

The problem? Both parts of this are completely bogus. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Mars remains some 195 million miles from us, far too far away to appear as much more than its typical pinpoint of light in the night sky, much less to provoke any cataclysm on Earth. This isn’t even the closest the two planets have been — in 2003, Mars and Earth were separated by just 34.6 million miles. Life here continued unabated.

If your friend e-mails you this “helpful” heads up of impending doom, e-mail them back the definition of the word “gullible.”

via Mark Malkoff: Comedian Undergoes 5-Day ‘Online Cleanse’ in His Bathroom – TIME NewsFeed.

words, history, digital era, endo of an era:  This makes me very sad.  WE had an OED that my mom got from the BOMC.  It came in a boxed two-volume set with a little drawer at the top for a magnifying glass.  OK, I am a nerd.

It’s been in print for over a century, but in future the Oxford English Dictionary – the authoritative guide to the English language – may only be available online.

Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday that burgeoning demand for the dictionary’s online version has far outpaced demand for the printed versions.

By the time the lexicographers behind the dictionary finish revising and updating the latest edition – a gargantuan task that will take many more years – publishers are doubtful there will still be a market for the printed form.

via Zounds! Print Oxford English Dictionary to End? – CBS News.

random, divorce:

Mr. Sheresky, 82, left the firm in a huff last month, claiming that his former partners reneged on a longstanding commitment to take care of him financially in the twilight of his career. Mr. Aronson, 61, and Mr. Mayefsky, 57, denied that such a vow existed, and dissolved the partnership, forming a new one with Pamela M. Sloan, who joined the original firm in 2007.

Mr. Sheresky responded strongly Friday by filing a $26 million lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging breach of contract and fraud.

In the legal world, partnerships come and go like so many discovery motions. But the dispute that led to Mr. Sheresky’s name being removed from the firm’s letterhead and new Web site raises a common question for the city’s prominent firms: how to handle a senior partner who is transitioning toward retirement? It also serves as a reminder that business agreements should always be put in writing, and that greed — or accusations of greed — can ruin any relationship.

via Divorce Law Firm in New York in Split of Its Own – NYTimes.com.

green, cities, urban living:

Flanner of Brooklyn Grange. “And we’re growing 50, 60, 70 different varieties of vegetables.”Flanner and four friends are running a commercial farm, seven stories off the ground, surrounded by a to-die-for view of the New York City skyline. The soil, a million pounds of it, had to be raised a sack at a time by crane.

via Field of Greens: The Growth in Farmers Markets – CBS Sunday Morning – CBS News.

The President, politics, Hurricane Katrina:  It was shameful, but ultimately the problem was local.

Calling the federal response to Hurricane Katrina “a shameful breakdown in government,” President Barack Obama said Sunday as rebuilding continues, officials are looking ahead to avoid a repeat when future disasters strike.

Speaking at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina, Obama said construction of a fortified levee system to protect the city is underway and will be finished by next year, “We should not be playing Russian roulette every hurricane season,” he said.

“There is no need to dwell on what you experienced and what the world witnessed,” the president said, speaking to a crowd that included current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation.

“We all remember it keenly — water pouring through broken levees; mothers holding their children above the waterline; people stranded on rooftops begging for help; and bodies lying in the streets of a great American city,” Obama said. “It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men and women and children abandoned and alone.”

via Marking Katrina anniversary, Obama praises New Orleans’ resilience – CNN.com.

places, Asheville, food:

Grove Park Inn for sleep and dinner, breakfast and lunch — all very good …

Corner Kitchen for dinner – a great foodie and cultural experience … I had pecan crusted trout … very good.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive and then Pisgah Inn for breakfast.

places, Atlanta, food:  Last week I went to Mary Mac’s … I had not been there in a while … it just made me smile.


We started with an order of Mudbugs. These are big, plump crawfish tails battered lightly in cornmeal then fried golden. Then each of had a 4-vegetable plate.  I had friend green tomatoes, tomato pie, black-eyed peans and turnips … all very good … and of course cornbread mini muffins and yeast rolls.

events:  Happy birthday, Laura, Linda and Tom!

random, NC: interesting …

The Alexander County community famed for its lunker emeralds has yielded a 64-carat gem that experts say is North America’s largest cut emerald.

via N.C. farm yields record emerald – CharlotteObserver.com.

19
Aug
10

8.19.2010 … great day yesterday with my boys in boulder … finish up business today and then have some fun tomorrow … then head home on the redeye …

places, Boulder, restaurants: So I asked Jack to take me to a local burger or pizza place … Has a yuppie feel … but great burgers!!  Try it …

LITTLE LARK -half size larkburger™ -All burgers are made with tomatoes, leaf lettuce, sliced onions and our house-made sauce. Any burger may be wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun.

All burgers are cooked to order.

FIELD GREEN SALAD – organic field greens, tomatoes, soybeans, red onions, cucumbers, and carrots, choice of house-made tamari-ginger, ranch, or truffle ranch dressing

TRUFFLE & PARMESAN FRIES – hand cut fries tossed with grated parmesan, Italian parsley and truffle oil

via LARKBURGER.

twitter, media, bookshelf:  Self publish your twitter feed … I’d have to make them much more interesting … and add pictures!

The brand new Twournal service launched yesterday, allowing people to print and sell copies of their Twitter feeds. The company also offers a free eBook edition of your tweets, even if you don’t want to pay to print your Twitter journal.

Here’s more about the site: “All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and Twitpic/Tweetphoto/Yfrog pictures in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title. We’ve also added the option to sell your Twournal. Which we hope people will use to create unique products for their friends and fans.”

Send a direct message or email the founders to join the beta test of the service. Last year we introduced you to Tweetbookz, another way to self-publish your tweets.

via Self Publish Your Tweets & Tweetpics with Twournal – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat.

entrepreneurs, gambling: Keep the Teagues away from this …

Two New York entrepreneurs are offering college students the chance to put their money where their grades are.

Their website lets college students place wagers on their own academic performance, betting they will earn, say, an A in biology or a B in calculus. Students with low grade point averages are considered long shots, so they have the opportunity to win more money for high grades than classmates with a better GPA.

The pair of recent college graduates who founded Ultrinsic.com say they hope to turn a profit and inspire students to work harder. “It would be great if everyone was intrinsically motivated to get good grades, but that’s, like, not reality,” said Jeremy Gelbart, a 23-year-old co-founder of the site.

via Students Bet on Their Grades – WSJ.com.

cities, global cities, global economy:

We are at a global inflection point. Half the world’s population is now urban — and half the world’s most global cities are Asian. The 2010 Global Cities Index, a collaboration between Foreign Policy, management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, reveals a snapshot of this pivotal moment. In 2010, five of the world’s 10 most global cities are in Asia and the Pacific: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Seoul. Three — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — are American cities. Only two, London and Paris, are European. And there’s no question which way the momentum is headed: Just as more people will continue to migrate from farms to cities, more global clout will move from West to East.

via The Global Cities Index 2010 – An FP Special Report | Foreign Policy.

The Media, twitter: interesting …

Researchers at Yahoo analyzed tweets after the Chilean earthquake earlier this year and found evidence that the Twitter community works like a “collaborative filter,” questioning reports that turn out to be fake and confirming those that are true.

Researchers looked at how tweets spread in the first hour after the Chilean quake, going from simple tweets to more complex re-tweet chains and conversations.

Lately the microblogging service has been a source of news after catastrophes such as earthquakes. It’s quick and easy and can be a direct conduit from eyewitnesses to the outside world. But like anything else coming from unsubstantiated sources, news from Twitter faces big questions of credibility.

via Twitter After a Disaster: Is It Reliable? – Digits – WSJ.

college, our children:

According to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal, fewer than 25% of ACT test-takers scored at a high enough level on the college-entrance exam to pass a basic-level university class class. It’s a troubling data point that’s part of a larger trend: America’s grade schools are doing better while high-school education lags further behind.

In 2010, 47% of graduating seniors sat for the ACT. Of these, only 24% met the minimum scores in all four of the test’s categories — math, reading, English and science. “This is very appalling. It suggests that the core courses they are taking are not sufficient to prepare them for what they will face in college or the work force,” Cynthia Schmeiser, the CEO of the ACT’s Education to division, told the Journal.

Worse still: In most states, the ACT is taken only by college-bound students, a group that, generally at least, should perform higher than their non-college bound peers. (via Gawker)

via Kids These Days: Woefully Unprepared For College – TIME NewsFeed.

The Media, End of an Era, Demise of Newsweek, followup:

Newsweek has lost one of its most high-profile figures to its archrival, Time.

Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for the magazine and editor of Newsweek International, will join Time as Editor-At-Large. Zakaria will write a biweekly column for the magazine.

In an announcement, Time managing editor Richard Stengel lauded Zakaria, calling him “one of the world’s premier public intellectuals.”

via Fareed Zakaria Jumps To Time From Newsweek.

food- Southern:  I love Nathalie Dupree (I have written about her before) and one of my goals as a Southerner is to learn to cook biscuits and fried chicken … lost arts.

Liquid and fat were a real challenge. We tried soy milk (good for vegans, but not ideal for a ham biscuit); whipping cream (light and fluffy, melt in the mouth); yogurt (ultra tangy and sassy); buttermilk (a light trace of tang); butter (an incredible flavor); and shortening (great capacity to lighten). Ones made with ginger ale and Coca-Cola are still in the freezer, hoping for a good afterlife in a Brown Betty or banana ginger pudding.

Then I met goat butter biscuits, and I fell in love.

Who knew? No one, we think, knew that goat milk butter makes perhaps the best, most ethereal biscuits, layered and light, fluffy and feathery, capable of creating dreams and desires. It was and is my favorite, my very very favorite of all biscuits, but not the only one I love.

We did try making them later with goat milk, and they were good – but not better. We decided that any milk will do – but the goat butter must reign, not be dominated, so it can shine on its own.

See for yourself. It is our golden biscuit, for although it costs the earth, it is worth every ounce.

— Nathalie Dupree

via All We Can Eat – A biscuit worth its weight in goat butter.

archeology, NYC, followup, Hudson boat findIt be fun to watch the development of this story.

“This is a part of our country’s history at a point when we had only just recently gained our independence, and where our nation relied very heavily upon our naval vessels as well as our ability to transport goods across water,” Doub says. “And that really was a defining feature of who we were and how we were going to become the nation we are today.”

via Unearthed Ship In N.Y.C. Offers Clues Of Colonial Life : NPR.UL7FLA

The President, religion, politics:  At best he is a cultural Christian … get over it … most people are.

Just as President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail, a new poll shows rising uncertainty among Americans that he is a Christian.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that a growing number of Americans say they don’t know Obama’s religion, which is Christian. A shrinking number identify him as a Christian, and a small but growing minority believe he is a Muslim.

The findings, along with Wednesday’s Gallup tracking poll that showed Obama’s approval rating falling to 41%, underscores the liabilities the president carries as he picks up the pace of his efforts to save the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. The sense of “otherness” – that Obama was not connecting to ordinary Americans – dogged his presidential campaign, as questions and conspiracies swirled around his religion, his birthplace and his political associates.

via More Are Unsure of Obama’s Religion – Washington Wire – WSJ.

Great Recession, economy:  Not going away …yet.

New applications for unemployment insurance reached a half million last week for the first time since November, a sign that employers are cutting jobs again as the recovery slows.

The Labor Department said Friday that initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the fourth increase in the last five weeks. Wall Street economists had forecast that claims would drop.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose by 8,000 to 482,500, the highest since December. A Labor Department analyst says there were no special factors that distorted the numbers.

via Jobless Filings at Highest Point Since November – NYTimes.com.

14
Aug
10

8.14.2010 not exactly godspeed … car broke down in Louisville … but god’s hand … Louisville is where the most help is!

events, NYC, icons, public art: Big time PDA … Happy VJ Day!  What fun to be in NYC today.  Is the statue of the “iconic” kiss always there … I’ll have to go see it. Love the title of the statue and its double meaning ….”Unconditional Surrender”!

Kissing Sculpture Commemorates 65th Anniversary of V-J Day.

New Yorkers are being encouraged to ‘pucker up for peace’ on Saturday in Times Square to remember a famous kiss and commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific with the defeat of Japan.

The August 14, 1945 photograph of a kiss between a US uniformed sailor and a white-coated nurse became an iconic expression of joy at the final end of World War II, after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and forced Japan to surrender to allied forces.

The date is known as V-J Day.

When kissers gather on Saturday, they’ll be near an 8-metre-high statue called Unconditional Surrender, which depicts the photographed lip-lock in sculptured form.

The statue’s name is a dual reference to the political and romantic aspects of the kiss, which was captured by photographer Alfred Eisentaedt as people celebrated the end of the war. The iconic photo shows the sailor grabbing the nurse and bending her backwards for the intense moment. Her white-stockinged leg is bent up as he sweeps her off balance.

Afterwards, the two went their separate ways. The sailor was never identified even though a few came forth in the intervening decades to claim to be the one.

But the nurse, Edith Shain, was finally identified as the woman in the picture in the late 1970s.

via Times Square to pucker up for famous V-J Day kiss (Roundup) – Monsters and Critics.

yesterday: Happy International Lefthander’s Day! Some of my favorite people are lefties.  I hope you enjoyed your day.

On 13th August 1992 the Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. This event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there were over 20 regional events to mark the day in 2001- including left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!

These events have contributed more than anything else to the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience in everyday life, and have successfully led to improved product design and greater consideration of our needs by the right-handed majority – although there is still a long way to go!!

via About International Lefthanders Day.

iPad, tv:

If the iPad looks familiar, it’s because Trekkies have been making use of “smooth, flat, touch-based control panels” since the 1980’s.

They were known as “electronic clipboards” or PADDs. And those on board Enterprise-D turned to their Personal Access Display Devices while navigating through the 24th Century. As point of fact, a major factor in the creation of the PADD was to cut down on production costs.

“The iPad is the true Star Trek dream,” says Doug Drexler, who was vital in the design of the PADD, and has been involved in Star Trek productions since the 1960s.

via Did Star Trek: The Next Generation Inspire the iPad? – TIME NewsFeed.

history, Jane Austen: I think I knew this, but found it interesting.

Wedding dresses weren’t always white. Until Queen Victoria wore a white gown for her wedding in 1840, brides chose gowns with a variety of colors.

In the British Regency era, it was the custom for most middle-class and lower-class brides to wear their best gowns to their weddings and to wear them frequently afterwards, either to church or on special occasions. Long before the early 19th century, brides traditionally wore gowns in a variety of colors. Jane Austen’s mother, Cassandra Leigh, wore her red riding habit when she married Rev. George Austen in Bath in 1764.

This practical decision allowed the young couple to leave immediately for the parsonage at Deane, their new home. Like so many brides, Leigh wore her gown on many subsequent occasions. Later she turned the outfit into a gardening gown, and eventually recycled the fabric, creating a hunting jacket for her nine-year-old son Francis. This tradition of wearing wedding gowns after the ceremony and recycling them continued well into the Regency era (1811-1820).

via Colors of Early 19th Century Regency Wedding Gowns.

music, NYC:

With Sonic New York, Shirey again treads new ground, this time dedicating an entire album to his complicated relationship with New York City. The tone can be ambivalent, but “Brooklyn Bridge” is an unabashed two-minute love song — an acoustic-guitar-infused number that features Shirey and Aimee Curl on vocals. The sweet, wistful, romantic track captures perfectly the awe that comes with walking the Brooklyn Bridge on a breezy late-summer night, when the world disappears and it’s just you, alone, facing the city skyline.

via Sxip Shirey: In Awe Of The City Skyline : NPR.

quotes, religion, philosophy:

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future,

And time future contained in time past.

If all time is eternally present

All time is unredeemable.

What might have been is an abstraction

Remaining a perpetual possibility

Only in a world of speculation.

What might have been and what has been

Point to one end, which is always present.

Footfalls echo in the memory

Down the passage which we did not take

Towards the door we never opened

Into the rose-garden…

T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton

A foundational difference between Eastern and Western philosophical/religious perspectives relates to time. Buddhist and Hindu teachings speak of beginninglessness, the notion that all things are interdependent, and hence mutually causal, and hence cannot have originated but must always have been. By contrast, the Abrahamic traditions have been preoccupied with creation and right-relationship with a Creator. In his Christian-steeped Four Quartets, poet T.S. Eliot writes: “If all time is eternally present all time is unredeemable.”

via 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

phoenix, media:  I love Gourmet … so i wish it luck in its new media form

Gourmet Live brings together content, social and location-based technology, a variety of engagement options all around cooking, travel, entertaining, special occasions, fine dining, holidays and more! Coming to your favorite devices this fall!

via About — Gourmet Live.

iPad Apps:

Do you have feeds you love or categories you want to add to your Flipboard? Select the “Add a Section” tile in your Table of Contents. Then, in the search bar, type in your favorite Twitter account, like @hizfuld or Ashton Kutcher, or a topic you care about, like NBA. Then Flipboard creates a new section just for you. It’s your magazine, create your own custom sections!

via FlipTip: Create Custom Sections About Your Favorite Topics! | Inside Flipboard.

quotes, DC: Just liked this description of DC –

Walking downtown D.C. is like wandering a vast, marble gallery where the ceiling’s been torn off.

via Twitter / Patton Oswalt: Walking downtown D.C. is l ….

places, history, end of an era, phoenix:  I hope the Greenbriar can survive.

Once you’re inside, that ghostly aura doesn’t vanish. The Greenbrier is a time-machine throwback to earlier notions of luxury and leisure in America, from those of the antebellum South (Robert E. Lee was a regular guest) through the cold war jet-set era. Tea is still punctually served at 4:15 p.m. Jackets and ties are expected at dinner. There is a room devoted unironically — the Greenbrier doesn’t do irony — to the composition, on stationery, of actual letters.

Mr. Justice has obviously jumped in with both feet; his marks are everywhere. The Greenbrier has added a sleek, leather-filled steakhouse called Prime 44 West, after the jersey number of the former N.B.A. great Jerry West, born in small-town Cheylan, W.Va. (Justice and West are old friends.) Suddenly there’s an Asian fusion restaurant. Guests can play paintball, added a few years ago, in addition to visiting the resort’s storied gun club.

This summer the Greenbrier got a PGA Tour stop, as well, the Greenbrier Classic, during which the resort hosted concerts at the country fairgrounds by country music acts like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. Mr. Justice likes wild cards. During the Greenbrier Classic, he offered $1 million to any player who hit a hole-in-one on the par-3 18th hole. (No one did.) Spectators who witnessed the hole-in-one would each get $100.

His biggest wild card is the addition, earlier this summer, of a 40,000-square-foot casino. The place is picking up a hum. It’s also picking up some cognitive dissonance. A casino at the Greenbrier? That’s like learning Barbara Bush has decided to get a tattoo on her lower back. Mr. Justice had no choice, he said, but to shake things up. He admitted, in one interview, that the Greenbrier had “dissolved into a really elegant retirement home.”

Then there was the casino, a place Mr. Justice has pretty accurately described as “Monte Carlo meets ‘Gone With the Wind.’ ” It’s tucked away on a lower floor, where it doesn’t clash with the hotel’s antiquated feel. This isn’t Atlantic City. Every night at 10, play stops as dancers whirl down a marble staircase to a song called “The Greenbrier Waltz.” Then there is a Champagne toast to the guests’ health.

via The Greenbrier Resort Hopes to Preserve its Past. – Review – NYTimes.com.

Charlotte, economy:  $57.6 MILLION … for one high school … wow

The grand opening celebration of the new $57.6 million William A. Hough High School will kick off Saturday morning with a ceremonial walk from Bailey Middle School to the new Hough campus.

via Coming Saturday, a grand opening for Hough High | DavidsonNews.net.

movies, children’s lit, film/lit:  I have enjoyed every book and every movie.

In a splashy Entertainment Weekly cover story, an interview with director David Yates revealed some crucial spoilers about the upcoming adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–explaining where and how the long book will be divided into two movies.

WARNING: SPOILER CONTAINED AT THE END OF THIS POST. The article is available on newsstands, but i09 had some key quotes.

The director explained the feel of the two movies: “Part 1 is quite verite, quite real… You feel that these three kids are refugees. They’re almost homeless, and it feels interesting seeing them removed from the haven of Hogwarts. … Part 2 is much more operatic and colorful and fantasy-oriented.”

SPOILER ALERT: Below, we will share the point where the two movies will be divided. Stop reading if you would rather find out for yourself in the movie theater.

According to the feature, the first film will end near Chapter 24 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the point when the Elder Wand falls into the hands of evil Voldemort.

via Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Split Revealed – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat.

places, culture:   I remember when we sold our Wilmette house, the family said it had happy vibes.  I hope all my houses have happy vibes.

So I’m not the kind of girl who dreams about a massive house in a tony neighborhood. I’m just not. I want a house with soul, a house that’s seen some things come to pass.

And last weekend, I visited a place that fits that description to a tee up in Eastern North Carolina. It sits on a flat stretch of land that reaches out into Bogue Inlet and it’s seen hurricanes, children grow into adults, and made memories for generations.

via A Happy House.

places, culture:  Ever drive  into a place or walk into a house and feel your mood change, your body relax.  I think I get her point.

The ways in which different physical environments affect our behavior — thoughts, emotions and actions — is a long-standing professional as well as personal interest of mine. Where Dubois (population 962) and New York City (8 million plus) are concerned, the comparisons couldn’t be much more extreme. In Manhattan, Mike and I live at humid sea level in a tall, narrow row house that stands in a landscape of asphalt and concrete. The ambient sounds come from traffic and blasting radios, hissing radiators and humming air conditioners. When we want to eat out or shop, we step around the corner to bustling, 24/7 Broadway. We love the Upper West Side, but nature’s wonderland it’s not.

via How the West Won Me – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com.

college, lists: Very good checklist …

As you help pack up the minifridge, laptop and extra-long twin sheets for your college freshman, you might consider a few other last-minute chores:

• Scour your health-insurance coverage for loopholes.

• Reread your homeowner’s insurance policy.

• Call your lawyer.

Sending a child off to college for the first time is wrenching enough, but a slew of conflicting rules and changing banking and health-care laws are making this year’s move-in season more confusing than ever.

via Last-Minute College Survival Guide – WSJ.com.

culture: Sorry guys!

A new poll sponsored by Nutrisystem asked 1,000 people if they would rather gain 10 pounds or give up sex for the summer. Half the women questioned said they would go without sex, compared to just a quarter of the men.

via Poll: Women Would Give Up Sex to Not Gain Weight – The Early Show – CBS News.

pirates, law, history:  Loved the pirate lore, loved the law, loved the history.  Very interesting article.

Not since Lt. Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy sailed back triumphantly to nearby Hampton Roads in 1718 with the severed head of Blackbeard swinging from his bowsprit has this Navy town been so embroiled in the fight against piracy.

For the first time since the Civil War, accused pirates will be put on trial this fall in a federal courtroom. The defendants are six Somali men fished out of the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen, in April after allegedly firing on a U.S. Navy ship, which blew apart the tiny skiff they were on.

Prosecuting pirates, rather than hanging them from the yardarm, is the modern world’s approach to the scourge of Somali piracy that has turned huge swathes of the Indian Ocean into a no-go zone for commercial vessels.

via Who’s a Pirate? It’s Not So Simple – WSJ.com.

The President, the media:  He is getting nailed right now …

But if you think Mr. Obama can have but a single “top priority,” you’d be wrong. He’s got a load of them.

via How Many “Top Priority” Issues Does Obama Have? – Political Hotsheet – CBS News.

Great Recession, economy:  worrisome …

U.S. companies issued risky “junk” bonds at a record clip this week, taking advantage of keen investor appetite for returns amid declining interest rates and tepid stock markets.The borrowing binge comes as the Federal Reserve keeps interest rates near zero and yields on U.S. government debt are near record lows. Those low rates have spread across a variety of markets, making it cheaper for companies with low credit ratings to borrow from investors.View Full ImageJUNKBloomberg NewsThe Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., is maintaining a policy of very low interest rates.JUNKJUNKCorporate borrowers with less than investment-grade ratings sold $15.4 billion in junk bonds this week, a record total for a single week, according to data provider Dealogic. The month-to-date total, $21.1 billion, is especially high for August, typically a quiet month that has seen an average of just $6.5 billion in issuance over the past decade.

via ‘Junk’ Bonds Hit Record – WSJ.com.

The President, The Media:

As Kenneth Walsh says, criticizing the president’s cottage destination has become a cottage industry in D.C.: “No matter who is the president, the opposition party delights in criticizing him for taking time off, billing it as insensitive to the problems of struggling Americans, demonstrating aristocratic excess, or betraying some hedonistic character flaw.” The only thing new are the creative methods of finding fault with taking time off. In that spirit, here’s a short guide to how to turn a presidential vacation into a “scandal.”

via A Short History of Presidential Vacation Outrage – Newsweek.

politics, 9/11 mosque, NYC, freedom of religion, the President:  I think the President should have left this a local matter …

Obama said Friday that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else. He said that includes the right to build a place of worship on private property in lower Manhattan. The president made his remarks at a dinner at the White House celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In doing so he waded into a national controversy that has sparked passionate and at times angry debate. Leading Republicans including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich oppose building the mosque two blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood.

Obama had not previously commented on the matter. The White House had said it was a local issue.

via Obama: Mosque should be allowed near Sept. 11 Ground Zero :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama.

grammar:  Loved this!

When to use i.e. in a sentence – The Oatmeal.

green:  true?

Right now, in 2010, the United States has the same number of offshore wind farms as Mali.

Mali is a much poorer country, but its primary obstacle to developing offshore wind power is not a problem of money or technology. Mali’s main problem when it comes to offshore wind is that it’s landlocked.

America has no such excuse. It stretches, famously, from “sea to shining sea.” The United States has 12,383 miles of coastline. And yet, in 2010, 41 years after putting humans on the moon and 74 years after building the Hoover Dam, we don’t have a single offshore wind farm. None. Zero.

via slacktivist: 3. Offshore wind farms.

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8.13.2010 … another Teague hears the call of the wild, wild, west … et and friend start the long trek. Godspeed!

yesterday:  I was REALLY hot … a little better today!

Temperatures and humidity will be oppressive enough today to warrant a Heat Advisory for much of the Charlotte area, the National Weather Service says.

The combined impact of heat and humidity could create a heat index of about 105 degrees for several hours this afternoon, and the heat index might reach 110 degrees in counties to the east and southeast of Charlotte.

via Heat index could top 105 this afternoon; advisory issued – CharlotteObserver.com.

Apple, iPad:

He is a boy with intense autism, she says. He is not conversational, he learns very slowly, and he has been prone to violent outbursts. He is essentially a triple-sized toddler. Leo had shown interest in the iPod Touch, but its 3.5-inch screen was difficult for his fingers to navigate.

For all those reasons, Rosa had no expectations when she handed her son the iPad — a half-inch-thick, touch-screen tablet computer three times the size of its smaller cousin, the iPod. Though scrolling through the icons is easy for most users, the device was not created with special-needs consumers in mind.

So when Leo took it in his small hands as if it were an old friend, and, with almost no training, whizzed through its apps like a technology virtuoso, his mother gasped in amazement. After he began spending 30 minutes at a time on apps designed to teach spelling, counting, drawing, making puzzles, remembering pictures, and more, she sat down at her own computer.

“With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills,” Rosa typed into an entry for BlogHer, a blogging network of women for which she edits and writes. Her blog was one of the first to bring widespread public attention to what one expert has called “a quiet revolution” for the autism community.

via iHelp for Autism – Page 1 – News – San Francisco – SF Weekly.

Apple:

Still, because it is Apple, speculation is running high about what the iconic tech company will unveil next.

And most of it centers around the blinging of the iPod touch to bring it into line with many of the features on the iPhone.

That is likely to include front- and rear-facing cameras, which would allow the device to use FaceTime, Apple video-calling software that works over Wi-Fi.

With Jobs promising Apple would release the FaceTime protocol as a open industry standard, combined with the company’s ongoing skirmish with Google (GOOG) in the smartphone space, wouldn’t it be nice to have all those iPods turn into phones?

There could also be an A4 processor in the iPod, which will give it even more oomph.

Other rumors run the gamut, such as a new cloud-based, streamy rethink of Apple TV (possible and exciting), a smaller iPad (silly and unlikely) and a streaming music service (useful and most likely).

Or, because it is Apple, something else.

Oh, one more thing: It goes without saying that Apple PR majordomos passed on my perfectly reasonable request for the entire detailed schedule, including slides, for any special event in September.

via Apple’s Fall Event Is Definitely Happening, but When? | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD.

The brain, internet:

The brain appears to be a vastly interconnected network much like the Internet, according to new research.

That runs counter to the 19th-Century “top-down” view of brain structure.

A novel technique to track signals across tiny brain regions has revealed connections between regions associated with stress, depression and appetite.

The research, which has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, may lead to a full map of the nervous system.

via BBC News – Brain works more like internet than ‘top down’ company.

news, JetBlue:

A passenger on the JetBlue fight from which attendant Steven Slater disembarked Monday by activating the emergency chute and sliding down with beers in hand said Mr. Slater, apparently after being hit in the head by a passenger, was the one who instigated the confrontation that led to his now-famous exit.

Marjorie Briskin, a 53-year-old schoolteacher from Pittsburgh, said she was deplaning in John F. Kennedy International Airport around noon Monday when Mr. Slater and a woman walking in front of her got into a heated conversation over the woman’s luggage. She said the passenger, who appeared to be in her 20s, asked Mr. Slater where her bag was stowed.

Ms. Briskin said the seemingly normal conversation turned unexpectedly nasty when Mr. Slater blurted out an expletive to the passenger.

“I didn’t think she was rude in the least,” said Ms. Briskin, who was visiting the city for the first time. “It really blew my mind. It was so inappropriate.”

Ms. Briskin said Mr. Slater sported a “nice gash” on his head for most of the flight, during which there were no problems until the end, when she said Mr. Slater began methodically opening the overhead bins and then slamming them shut.

via Passenger: Flight Attendant Started Fray – WSJ.com.

art, education, technology:  The other day I noted that our kids are essentially lab rats when it comes to education and technology.  Here is one very good model of its use and you can see how it has developed/improved if you look at the work of the kids for the last 12 years.  I was looking for something on the internet about my children’s Wilmette elementary school and stumbled across Central Elementary School’s Third Grade Virtual Museum. What fun!  It is a great third grade project and I was amazed to see that it is still up … all the way back to 1998.

The first is Edward’s entry in the Alphabet Template (circa 2001)

Alphabet template.

And here is Molly’s third grade artwork in the Food manufacturing in Illinois Project (circa 2003).

Food Manufacturing in Illinois – Quaker Oats Company.

politics, The Media, religion, graphics, LOL: I have to admit I laughed … and love the graphic!

The Damnitudes:

Now when he saw the ratings, he went up on each of the networks and sat down. His disciples tuned in to him, and he began to teach them saying:

Damned are the poor and unemployed, for theirs is the kingdom of the street.

Damned are those who mourn, for they will be mocked.

Damned are the meek, for they will inherit the nothing, though it will be tax free.

Damned are those who hunger and thirst for leftedness, for they will suffer and starve.

Damned are the merciful, for they will be shown no mercy.

Damned are the pure in heart, for they will be blind to my truth.

Damned are the peacemakers, for they will be called cowards.

Damned are those who are persecuted because of leftedness, for theirs is the kingdom of MSNBC.

Damned are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Mourn and be sad, because great is my reward in Washington, for in the same way they persecuted their political opponents who were before you.

via Sermon on the stump by Lee Leslie | LikeTheDew.com.

places, oral history:  We used to ride bikes to the Pineview Cemetary and have a picnic!

More than a century ago, cemeteries were social hubs. They were often the greenest spots around. Families would visit on weekends for carriage rides, boating, or picnics by a loved one’s grave. Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery drew half a million visitors a year in the mid-19th century, on par with Niagara Falls.

No more. “Not many people say, ‘Oh, it’s a beautiful day, let’s go to the cemetery,'” says Robert Fells, a lawyer for the industry trade group, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. “Cemeteries need to reestablish their place in the community.”

via A Party To Die For: To Attract Customers, Cemeteries Hold Fun Events – WSJ.com.

03
Aug
10

‎8.3.2010 … it is kinda nice to have a rising 8th grade boy in the house … Watched fun kid’s movie Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief with John and godson Mike.

culture:  On closer inspection, I have seen 3!  Don’t you love the descriptive words here … nostalgic … gaudy … run-down … kitschy!

Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue, Plains, Ga. – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

South of the Border; Dillon, SC – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

Leaning Tower, Niles, Ill. – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

What better way to celebrate summer than by taking a road trip? Nestled between Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Alcatraz Island and dozens of other destinations are these nostalgic, gaudy, run-down and kitschy locations.

via Full List – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

events: Happy Birthday, Anne!

education:  I think the Princeton Review should stop this ranking.  It does more harm than good to the schools listed … seems like something for Playboy or Sport Illustrated …

The Princeton Review announced Monday that Georgia is this year’s No. 1 party school on its now infamous list. The school of about 30,000 students has been on the list 10 times since the ranking was created in 1992, but this is the first time the university has taken the top spot.

via Georgia beats Penn State as top party school | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal.

law, culture:

The Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009, which passed the Senate unanimously Friday, includes language that could make the fines and jail time for cooking and distributing pot brownies double those for possessing regular (uncooked) marijuana.

via Pot brownies under attack – PATRICK GAVIN | POLITICO CLICK.

RIP, people: … not … I can see how this would get to be an annoying problem.

Bill Cosby is used to winking at internet rumors of his death. But after another one spread Monday, he said he hopes people will give the hoaxes a rest.

After false news of Cosby’s death spread by Twitter on Monday – “Bill Cosby died” was a trending topic on the microblogging service – the 73-year-old comedian talked to CNN’s “Larry King Live” to prove he still is around.

“I don’t want [whoever spread the rumor] to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported [dead],” Cosby said by phone to CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who was sitting in for Larry King on Monday night.

Cosby used his wit to counter previous rumors. After the first, he borrowed a Mark Twain quote about reports of his death being an exaggeration.

But Cosby said Monday’s rumor felt different. He said it left one of his friends in tears before he realized it wasn’t true.

“I don’t know. Maybe a psychiatrist will say I’m feeding [the rumor starter’s] ego, but I just want to say to friends of that person: Just tell him to stop, because it isn’t funny.”

On his own Twitter account, Cosby still went for a bit of humor Monday when refuting the rumor.

“Again, I’m rebuttaling rumors about my demise. But, I’m confirming I have an app,” Cosby wrote before linking to an iPhone application featuring clips of the comedian’s performances.

via Bill Cosby: I’m alive. Now, please cut it out – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs.

art, photography:

No art museum in the U.S. except for the International Center of Photography in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has committed a lot of scholarly resources to recent photojournalism, so why shouldn’t the Getty be among the first to assess and collect in depth these underanalyzed and undervalued pictures, and place them in historical context?

Associate curator Brett Abbott, who organized “Engaged Observers” as well as the Getty’s “Pictures From the Press” exhibition in 2005, is aware that expectations may be high, and so he begins his catalog essay about post-1960s photojournalism with an apology. He admits this is not a “definitive survey” and that the living photojournalists he has chosen—Sebastião Salgado, James Nachtwey, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark, Aileen M. Smith, Larry Towell and Lauren Greenfield—represent only a “sampling of socially engaged reportage.” Were it not for space constraints and “limitations of budgets” (yes, even the Getty has money worries) he would have included Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon, Don McCullin, Eugene Richards and Gilles Peress. Before stepping inside the museum we know, therefore, that we will be seeing a compromised version of what might have been.

The installation is also less than one could hope for. The first room presents Ms. Greenfield’s color essays from the past two decades on the socialization of American girls. Smart and funny about the oppressive ideals of body and dress that can make the lives of teenagers miserable, the work seems positioned here so as not to offend Getty members. The many privileged adolescents in the pictures, some with eating disorders, can be safely identified with in a way that people seen later in the show—the disfigured Japanese in W. Eugene and Aileen M. Smith’s essay on mercury poisoning, or the Sandinistas in Ms. Meiselas’s front-line witnessing of the civil war in Nicaragua—do not as easily allow.

via Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties, at the J. Paul Getty Museum | By Richard B. Woodward – WSJ.com.

The President, culture:  Come on, Mr. President …

It’s too bad President Obama couldn’t find time to address this year’s 100th anniversary Jamboree. The boys would have cheered him, and he might have noted what Alexis de Tocqueville called the particular American genius for voluntary organizations that sustain civil society without government power. America would be a poorer place without the Boy Scouts, so congratulations on a century of merit.

via Review & Outlook: 100 Years of Merit Badges – WSJ.com.

The Media, RIP:  Amazing … sold for $1.  And Editor Meacham is out … truly respected Mr. Meacham.

We’ll note that, even after three months of marketing to every potential buyer under the sun, Newsweek was unable to beat our offer of $1.

via Newsweek Sells For $1 To Stereo Equipment Mogul Sidney Harman.

South Africa:

South Africa’s many hurdles — notably unemployment, crime, illegal immigration, corruption, income inequality and health problems — have not disappeared. But executives and officials believe that the environment is improving and that the country’s success as host of the recent soccer World Cup can act as a catalyst.

“There has never been a greater opportunity for South Africa than today,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, a South African of Lithuanian descent who controls and runs an aerospace, security and military contracting company, Paramount Group.

The security obsession and regional conflicts of the apartheid era left an industrial and research legacy — and comparatively strong infrastructure. That, he said, makes South Africa an ideal place from which to make inroads in a continent often neglected by Western companies.

via In South Africa, a Push for Industrial Growth – NYTimes.com.

Jane Austen, movies, Bollywood:

It seems that the filmmakers here, as often is the case with repackaged Austen goods, have chosen to focus on the “handsome, clever, and rich” components of their protagonist, and of the material more generally. A similar thing happened with the English-language Bollywood rehash “Bride and Prejudice,” from 2004, which kept Austen’s story, but opted for radiant opulence tempered only by heavy-handed moralizing. It doesn’t need to be said that audiences respond to wealth and luxury. We laugh at the rich—at the shallow consumerism, the obsession with absurd elements of status, at the whole glittering, ridiculous mess of it all. Yet that laughter, which makes us feel superior, also hides envy and a bit of shame, mostly at the fact that we’re watching, but also because it looks as though they’re having such fun.

A modern Bollywood production leaves little space for subtlety; so there will be group dance numbers, Hindi pop, fast cars, and plastic-smooth, well-groomed Indian movie stars. But at least there won’t be zombies. Or sea monsters.

via The Book Bench: The New “Emma”: Clueless in Bollywood : The New Yorker.

advertising, billboards, law:  I saw this in Charlotte … couldn’t remember whose hot dogs .. so I guess it was a memorable billboard … but not effective … nor legal …

DaSilva contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Arizona, which in turn contacted Dietz & Watson in Philadelphia. And the campaign was cooked.

Dietz & Watson marketing director Steve Riley did not return calls for comment. But Rick Steele, vice president of asset management and development for Adams, said the companies never intended to cause a fuss with the weeks-old campaign.

via ‘Frank’ billboards run afoul of copyrights – Morning Call.

culture, law, family, Elizabeth:  I remember my parents had friends who were separated for years … vacationed as a family … (sister-in-law Elizabeth is quoted!)

But long-term separation can create big problems. If a couple isn’t divorced, their lives are still legally and financially intertwined. If your estranged husband goes on a spending spree, you’re responsible for the ensuing credit card debt. If you win the lottery, that’s community property. Finances can swing wildly, creating an alimony boon or a bombshell should one partner eventually want a divorce.

“I just had a situation where after 15 years of separation, the wife wanted to remarry,” said Elizabeth Lindsey, an Atlanta divorce lawyer. “But over the years, his assets had completely dissipated.” The wife would have profited from divorcing earlier.

A separation can also go on longer than anyone anticipated, even until death, leaving a mess for survivors. In New York State, for example, a spouse, even if separated, is entitled to a third of the partner’s estate.

via Why Divorce? Just Stay Separated – NYTimes.com.

education, ethics:

It is a disconnect that is growing in the Internet age as concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information, say educators who study plagiarism.

Digital technology makes copying and pasting easy, of course. But that is the least of it. The Internet may also be redefining how students — who came of age with music file-sharing, Wikipedia and Web-linking — understand the concept of authorship and the singularity of any text or image.

“Now we have a whole generation of students who’ve grown up with information that just seems to be hanging out there in cyberspace and doesn’t seem to have an author,” said Teresa Fishman, director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University. “It’s possible to believe this information is just out there for anyone to take.”

Professors who have studied plagiarism do not try to excuse it — many are champions of academic honesty on their campuses — but rather try to understand why it is so widespread.

A University of Notre Dame anthropologist, Susan D. Blum, disturbed by the high rates of reported plagiarism, set out to understand how students view authorship and the written word, or “texts” in Ms. Blum’s academic language.

She conducted her ethnographic research among 234 Notre Dame undergraduates. “Today’s students stand at the crossroads of a new way of conceiving texts and the people who create them and who quote them,” she wrote last year in the book “My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture,” published by Cornell University Press.

Ms. Blum argued that student writing exhibits some of the same qualities of pastiche that drive other creative endeavors today — TV shows that constantly reference other shows or rap music that samples from earlier songs.

In an interview, she said the idea of an author whose singular effort creates an original work is rooted in Enlightenment ideas of the individual. It is buttressed by the Western concept of intellectual property rights as secured by copyright law. But both traditions are being challenged.

“Our notion of authorship and originality was born, it flourished, and it may be waning,” Ms. Blum said.

via Lines on Plagiarism Blur for Students in the Digital Age – NYTimes.com.

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“A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt week ending 5.8.2010

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