Comcast, the countries largest cable provider, will testify today before the House of Representatives about its proposed 45.2 billion dollar merger with the countries second largest cable provider Time Warner Cable. A merger, or acquisition, that Comcast steadfastly contends is good for the consumer because it increases competition. You’ll forgive me if I am still a little murky on how combining the first and second … Continue reading Turd Polishing PhD With Comcast
There are a number of things that I find real pleasure in. Among the top are listening to The Replacements, randomly catching the movie Airplane on television, watching documentaries, reading a great book, watching Family Guy and ripping on media mogul charlatan Jeff Zucker. When any two of these collide, it’s pure joy…the type of joy a child derives from jangling keys. You may recall … Continue reading What Makes Me Happy
I recently had my annual review. It went well. Very well. Statistically, my review and internal rating puts me in the top 25% of employees within my department. By whatever arcane methodology the company uses, I am a valued employee. Bully for me, right? Wrong. A valued employee does not necessarily mean an equitably compensated one. Am I unfairly or unjustly compensated? Probably not. As … Continue reading I am Jack’s inequality.
“Everything we have done, or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” Rust Cohle True Detective Episode 5 That is basically the centuries old concept of the Eternal Return or, in more recent philosophical terms, “time is a flat circle”. Hell if I know what that really means, but I can grasp a cursory understanding of it. And if what Cohle … Continue reading Time Is A Flat Circle
Recently, I wrote about losing comedian Bill Hicks 20 years ago. Outside of comedians, and comedy nerds like myself, that loss flew pretty far under the radar. Two months after Hicks died, we lost yet another voice of our generation. Kurt Cobain. Yea, that was 20 years ago. I’ll let that sink in. On April 8th, 1994 Cobain’s body was discovered and according to the … Continue reading 20 Years Ago…Again
I first read about Lena Dunham in an article about her movie Tiny Furniture. That was 2010. Intrigued, but inherently lazy, it would take another year for me to actually see the movie…and that was only after being reminded about it from an article I read somewhere highlighting the show she was developing with Judd Apatow at HBO. A show about young girls living in … Continue reading Girls (not yet broads)
Probably French Continue reading Seen Walking Rufus
Before I get off and running, let me reiterate a few things. I am a Comcast employee. I am a Comcast shareholder. I do NOT think the company is doing anything illegal. But as I have said repeatedly, legality seldom sides with morality and ethics. There, that’s the disclaimer. Now…WTF Comcast?! This past weekend the people at Funny or Die posted a blistering satirical video … Continue reading Comcast doesn’t give a f*ck.
It’s rare that I would ever say there is something to be gleaned from the way a celebrity lives their life. In fact, I never have. Until now. To know me is to know that I love movies and tend to find the people behind the camera more interesting than the people in front of the camera. Considering that, I’m loathe to even contemplate the … Continue reading Matthew McConaughey Pivot
Twenty years ago one of the worlds greatest comedians passed away. His name was William Melvin Hicks, Bill Hicks. I discovered him after reading John Lahr’s profile in The New Yorker, “The Goat Boy Rises”. It recounts the story of how Hicks was cut after taping his 12th appearance on The David Letterman show in October of 1993. He had 11 appearances on NBC, this … Continue reading Bill Hicks passed away 20 years ago today.
I wrote about Controlling the Media and Controlling the Message last week, so I am not going to go down that road again. I’m also not going to blather on about how I DO NOT find Comcast at fault. I firmly believe what they are doing is legal. I would also like to reiterate that legal doesn’t always mean ethical and moral. Unless you have … Continue reading It Matters
HBO has a long history of developing and producing some of the best scripted programming on television and True Detective will rank among them. These days it’s rare to see a show that can fire on all creative cylinders. FX’s Louie comes close, AMC’s The Walking Dead is on its third or fourth show runner and is losing steam and Breaking Bad closed shop. So … Continue reading True Detective – TV’s Best Show
“Control the media. Control the message.” So wrote philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan. Even though media has changed since McLuhan gave us that very Warholian statement; today “media” encompasses a great deal of both content and distribution while the “message” is still…well, it’s still the message. The ideas and thoughts contained within the media. Since the creation of the printing press, it’s been a … Continue reading Control the Media. Control the Message.
Full Disclosure is that point in a relationship when you realize that maybe this is the person I am going to stick with…for awhile. Maybe not forever, but long enough that it warrants opening that closet door to the past. Now the key is to reveal as much as you feel comfortable revealing (there is some truth to keeping some secrets). Doing this with the … Continue reading Full Disclosure
Rufus and I made an existential snowman this morning. Published via Pressgram Continue reading Made Walking Rufus – Existential Snowman
The morning walks are the best walks. Continue reading Seen Walking Rufus – 6am Wythe Ave
Comcast Technology & Innovation Center? A friend of mine the other day sent me a link. A link to an article bloviating about the new Comcast building they are planning to build in Philadelphia. I’m not kidding, no words, she just sent the link: http://goo.gl/AKQBZ5 This was my reply (marginally edited here for context and minor redacting): __________ Hmmm. I want to say that’s great … Continue reading Sometimes it’s just overkill.
Hells Ugly Sister Photographed & Edited by Keith R. Higgons Originally shot on 16mm film in 1990. Music and still photos are used under the creative commons license and/or by permission of the artists. I’m not sure I recall what my original intention was 23.5 years ago, but when I transferred the film in 2010 and began looking at it, it struck me that there … Continue reading Hells Ugly Sister
You should watch Black Mirror. You’re probably not watching Charlie Brooker’s brilliant show Black Mirror because it isn’t easy to find on American television. In fact, I am not sure where to find it except on bootleg sites. It’s not on BBC America, it’s not available on American iTunes, Netflix or Amazon. Frankly, it’s a bitch to find. Black Mirror is simply the smartest show … Continue reading Black Mirror
*** – EVAL: variable X has no value X is the commonly undefined “thing”, or variable, in math. But now are we to believe there is no value? After the work is done, X does have a value, does it not? Can the same be said for the generation born between 1965 and 1982, the group author Douglas Coupland coined as Generation X. Are we to … Continue reading X Remains the Undefined Variable
I guess I will have to go over to the Maserati dealer on my lunch break and see if we can work out some sort of barter. But that seems unlikely. Maybe my broker in South Hampton will be more amenable. Net retail value? Approximately $30.00* Through the third quarter of 2013, gross revenue of $47 billion dollars. Through the third quarter of 2013, operating … Continue reading SUCK ON THIS WALL STREET!
On the night of Tuesday, December 3, The New School lost a beloved member of the community — Will Gary, a dedicated and kind hearted security guard often seen at the 66 West 12th Street building entrance. I finished up my bachelors and received my MA from The New School and Will Gary was a part of that. For me, two things stand out as … Continue reading Good Bye To A Friend Whose Name I Never Knew
From wait(er) Magazine, Issue 005. Reprinted by permission. Chew and Screw by Keith R. Higgons You might think that an article titled “Chew and Screw” might be somewhat dirty. I suppose metaphorically, it is. Realistically though, it’s just one of many abominations that food and beverage workers are subjected to. To attempt to list every abomination would be a herculean task but some of … Continue reading Chew and Screw
Just as everyone lies, everyone fails. At something. Sometime. Could be a relationship, marriage, job interview, performance, free throw…almost anything. If you have ever tried anything, ever, odds are you failed. The Internet is populated with meme’s about failure. But is it really failure? I would argue that failure, as such, doesn’t really exist. If you try and you don’t succeed, does that mean you … Continue reading Funny Thing About Failure
The AIDS Quilt (1989) I took this photo from atop the Washington Monument in October of 1989. At the time, it was to be the last public display of the AIDS Quilt because, as I was told, it had gotten too big and too expensive to transport and display. The quilt began in San Fransisco around 1987 when a group of friends and family gathered … Continue reading Silent Noise
Business academics and film theorists have often cited The Godfather as the definitive film exemplifying the best business practices. And in some cases they are right. There is a strong caste system within the Corleone crime family, much like there is in corporate America, there is a defined hierarchical structure with direct reports and there is little tolerance for any new idea or perspective. In … Continue reading Leadership and Zombies 101
We want to think they don’t…but they do. The great television doctor, Dr. Gregory House of the Fox show House, famously preached this edict. In fact, virtually every episode is centered around it. But wasn’t House the biggest liar of them all? Perhaps. Nonetheless, like it or not, we all lie. Some people lie a little and others lie a lot. Some people tell white … Continue reading Everybody lies.
The Pillowman Presented by T. Schreiber Studio * Now through November 24 The great thing about theater is the freedom that it allows. Any company can pick and choose to produce works by new playwrights or established playwrights. Some companies do both, like the acclaimed T. Schreiber Studio, located at 151 West 26th St. In February of 2014, they are giving a nod to up … Continue reading The Pillowman
Gerry Rafferty died yesterday. Not too many noticed, “Who the fuck is that and why should I care?” You don’t have to care, but you sure as hell know who he is. Ever heard a song that has one of THE best sax solos in the world? You’d know it if you heard it. Ever seen the movie Resevoir Dogs? Remember the scene where Michael … Continue reading Gerry Rafferty RIP
wait(er) Magazine Reprinted with permission October 2013 One summer during college, I had three jobs. I worked at a bookstore, overnight at a gas station and weekends expediting at an Italian restaurant (for those unfamiliar, this is typically the person who preps and organizes the food before the server delivers it). It was pretty hellish and I never knew if I was coming or going … Continue reading Pox, Pasta but No PTO
In a little over two weeks Pearl Jam will release their tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt and the publicity juggernaut has begun. I suppose by sheer nature of timing, this would be part of that. The first release from Lightning Bolt was “Mind Your Manners” which I thought was a little forced and empty. After a couple more listens, I feared the band was going … Continue reading …and if so, who answers? We do.
The WG News+Arts Reprinted with permission September 2013 After a successful opening night on Thursday, September 19, the third annual Greenpoint Film Festival wrapped on Sunday. Just as she has done in the previous two years, Festival Director Rosa Valado was able to tap into the creativity of our neighborhood as well as bring together a diverse group of films and filmmakers from around the … Continue reading 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival Wrap Up
I’ll cop to the fact that I didn’t want to like this show. Like a lot of people I suspect, the thought of watching a motorcycle club misbehave on television seemed like watching the Rolling Stones concert movie Gimme Shelter, specifically to see the stabbing. The chief difference being, Sons Of Anarchy is fiction…and not actually a snuff film like Gimme Shelter. At the suggestion … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy – Season Six, Episode 1
For the umpteenth time, I was watching Heart perform Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” from this years Kennedy Center Awards ceremony the other day. And again I was blown away, simply astounding. Apparently, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant thought it was pretty good too with all three at some point exchanging smiles and nods. At about 3:35 you even see Robert … Continue reading Our Shadows Taller Than Our Souls