“When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am … Continue reading Thomas Paine
Award season is somewhat akin to high school “Most Likely To…” awards, which is to say they are pretty much popularity contests. Hollywood’s annual circle jerk is in full flex tonight with the Oscar Awards and far be it from me to miss an opportunity to chime in on the annual orgy of self flagellation. … Continue reading Oscar Picks 2013
“Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.“ – Niccolo Machiavelli It’s about time I threw my hat into the proverbial fashion ring. My thinking is that if Pharrell, Jay-Z, Sean “Puff Daddy, Puffy, P Diddy, Diddy” Combs, Martha Stewart, Jacklyn … Continue reading Introducing My New Clothing Line – CLUB47 – “Hi My Name Is…”
You may in fact be richer than a country in Africa. US government suing Standard & Poor for $5 billion in response to the financial crisis and yet Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, BOA, etc remain untouched. This is like suing Nielsen for NBC’s “1600 Penn” debacle. Am I the ONLY one amazed that Radio Shack … Continue reading Some Wednesday thoughts.
The big four networks, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have been spiraling downwards, not only in ratings but also in content, for about ten years now. This is not to say they haven’t produced good content, they have. Overall, a healthy argument could be made that each of these networks programming and development departments are … Continue reading Broadcast Television & The Future of Storytelling
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think … Continue reading Happy Valentines Day
12.2.13 POST FROM SETH GODIN: At a recent seminar, a woman who helps run a community college stood up to ask a question. “Well, the bad news,” she said, “is that we have to let everyone in. And the truth is, many of these kids just can’t be the leaders you’re describing, can’t make art. … Continue reading Those People
DALE “I like what, uh, a father said to son when he give him a watch that had been handed down through generations. He said “I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire, which will fit your individual needs no better than it did mine or my father’s before me, I give it … Continue reading Business Lessons in “The Walking Dead”
Independent polling over the weekend found seven things better than watching NBC’s “1600 Penn”. I am beginning to think they keep in on to spite the American public.
…and yes, I actually sent this cover letter. Keep your fingers crossed!
Good art has the ability to transcend beliefs and capture emotions. Once in a lifetime a work of art comes along and is able to do just that as well as define a moment in time. Zero Dark Thirty is such a movie. Now, I won’t extol the virtues of this movie because this isn’t … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw When I … Continue reading Untitled Tailgate Series
I have been chewing on this since I jammed the third episode of of 1600 Penn, the heaping pile of steaming television dung, upon myself last week. I watched it not in the hopes it would get better, but to see how crappy it could get. It did not disappoint. In this third episode, Stacy … Continue reading More 1600 Penn
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” – Milan Kundera The first dog I ever got as an adult was a Rottweiler. … Continue reading Duke, Part 1
Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle If quality is a habit, “1600 Penn” shows us that NBC seems to have considered quality a bad habit. The stinking pile of dung that was tossed onto the masses last week with “1600 Penn” proves NBC has either renounced quality entirely or is … Continue reading 1600 Penn
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson This guy looks like a lunatic, right? I guess he is to some degree…if you define lunatic as someone with radical ideas. I’m not gonna give you Seth Godin’s bio but I will say he … Continue reading No time like the present.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love music. Today’s commute consisted of Gordon Lightfoot and mid 80’s LA rockers Broken Homes, how’s that for a blend? For me, music has provided me with more than a soundtrack to my life, it’s given me almost as much joy as a kiss from … Continue reading Music Industry’s Obi Wan Kenobi
“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Suess So I was kicking it old school yesterday and writing a check when it hit me, I mean really hit me, that it is 2013.
I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. Bill Hicks For those who read this with any sort of regularity I realize the last two posts have been kind of serious. Don’t worry, I’m returning to the penis and fart jokes now. South African Nobel Laureate Nadine … Continue reading Create like you’re dead.
“So, if consumers are like roaches, then marketers must forever be dreaming up new concoctions for industrial-strength Raid.” Naomi Klein BRIEF HISTORY You may be asking what does “Jakarta is Coming” mean. Well, here is the Coors Lite history. Prior to the the military coup in Chile in the early 1970’s, this phrase started being … Continue reading Jakarta is Coming
Christmas winds down and I am left giving thanks for all that I have, for all the people I know past and present, for all whom I love and love me. I am blessed. I can’t help but think of those who aren’t as lucky. My love and heart goes out to those suffering because … Continue reading Happy Holidays
“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” -Thomas Merton First things first, there are no words. There is simply nothing that can begin to describe the horror that took place … Continue reading I lived in a town called Newtown. Connecticut.
“They told you to get your résumé in order, to punch your ticket, to fit in, and to follow instructions. They told you to swallow your pride, not to follow your dream. They promised trinkets and prizes and possibly riches if you would just suck it up and be part of the system, if you … Continue reading We’re All Artists Now
I’m sitting in the middle tryin’ to live my life Cuz’ I can’t stop the war Shelter homeless, feed the poor Can’t walk on water I can’t save your sons and daughters I can’t change the world and make things fair The least that I can do is care “Care“ -Kid Rock I’ve lived in … Continue reading Somethings You Can’t Shake
HAPPY THANKSGIVING It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives … Continue reading Food For Thought
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!” -Albert Einstein I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog and periodically receive some really interesting quotes about art, about commerce, about being an individual. Wanted to pass some along: When John Coltrane plays the melody early in the track Harmonique, you … Continue reading The Revolution
Soundgarden November 13, 2012 Irving Plaza New York City They announced the show one week ago and since they are the girlwife’s favorite band, I knew no stone would be left unturned in procuring tickets. With one phone call and a couple of prayers, she got the tickets. Now, I am not Soundgarden’s biggest fan. … Continue reading Soundgarden Sound Good
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. The Pledge of Allegiance As we stand on the edge of this fiscal cliff I can’t help but think about just how divided we are as … Continue reading United/Divided
Unfortunately, I can’t recall where I grabbed this from, so I am unable to give proper credit. Still worth sharing. Enjoy!
So, we re-elected President Obama, and by we, I mean the voters. Prior to the election, I was thinking how disappointed I would be if Romney would have won. And got to thinking about actually leaving the country should he have won. Which is a typical liberal response. Ireland and Canada were the two front … Continue reading What happens?
Today is election day here in the states and I voted. But look, let me make this emphatically clear, I believe the president has already been chosen. I am sadly aware that my vote pretty much means shit. Not only as part of the electoral process but also because of the state I live in. … Continue reading One person, one vote.
Originally written April, 2011 A few months ago a very close friend called me to tell me she had some tragic news. It was the worst news someone like me could ever want to hear. She told me that she had just purchased two tickets to see James Blunt at The Beacon Theater here in … Continue reading Look, I hate the song too.