A Series of Shorts: A different lens through which to see the world. Now more than ever, we must look to artists to see the world through their eyes because it is often the artists who hold the mirror up to society and provide us with a different lens through which to see the world. … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #2
Three-pack screening of Bye, Freckle, and Hank and Asha at Windmill Studios The Brooklyn Film Festival is in full swing at indieScreen Cinema and Windmill Studios, both on Kent Avenue. With over 106 films from 24 countries spanning every genre, you are certain to find something you will enjoy. Saturday, I went to the three-pack … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #1
May 29, 2013 Dear Netflix haters, I’d like you all to step away from your keyboards and close your blog window. Take a break and get some coffee or have a smoke. Breathe, relax. Let me say right up front, I am not a Netflix apologist, employee or shareholder. So, I have no vested interest … Continue reading Open Letter to Netflix Haters
Who knew he could be so snarky?
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey The annual broadcast network, advertising and media buying circle jerk known as the upfront is underway. Yesterday saw both NBC and Fox release their fall 2013 schedules. Today, ABC … Continue reading Circle Jerkin’
A friend shared this story after reading my post Loyalty and Honesty: I believe I told you this story already, but as I love to repeat myself, I will again. My second cousin is, and was always , a HUGE Iron Maiden fan. He also has always been quite an oddball – but that is … Continue reading e-mail
This week, Iron Maiden is back in the news proving again why they’re still a band that matters. Using honesty, loyalty (and little help from big data) to get fans, not sue them. Well played Maiden, well played! _________________________________________ “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find … Continue reading Loyalty and Honesty…and Metal
JOHN LENNON “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” “As usual, there is a great woman … Continue reading Simple Things
“The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.” – William Dean Howells I love John Mellencamp. In the mid 1980’s, after he had shaken the God awful Johnny Cougar moniker, he proved himself to be a brilliant, socially conscious American singer/songwriter on par with Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan … Continue reading Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
“The challenge is to manage the Web in an open way-not too much bureaucracy, not subject to political or commercial pressures.“ – Tim Berners Lee The Internet was developed to communicate. It was not created to be a media tool. When we speak of “new media” that is not the Internet or the Web. That … Continue reading Digital Pet Rocks
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. – Roger Caras My dog is a jerk. Now look, I’ll be the first to admit Rufus had a tough start in life, what with Parvo and double pneumonia. He was also kept in isolation during his treatment so he never got to … Continue reading My Dog Is A Jerk
“Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.” – Pope John Paul II I don’t think I could officially call myself a blogger unless I expressed some sort … Continue reading Boston Marathon
The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese by Keith R. Higgons Comedy is as much a part of the DNA of Brooklyn as country music is of Nashville. The list of comedians who have called Brooklyn home reads like a history lesson of the hysterical: Mel Brooks, Larry David, Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, … Continue reading The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Grouch Marx Here we sit on the cusp of the annual network television circle jerk, or as it is known in the industry, the up fronts. For the uninitiated, that is where … Continue reading White Noise
” Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.” – Noam Chomsky I have lived in New York City for years now and I am still not sure whether reading The New Yorker makes me a snob, an egg head douche, an old fart, someone keenly interested in good, albeit … Continue reading New Yorker Cartoons Debunked April 8, 2013
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle Recently, I had my 2012 performance review with my supervisor and it went strikingly well. I mean I’m not shocked, they usually go pretty well. However, despite the accolades and praise, the fact that my “merit increase” is less than any sort of applicable … Continue reading 2013 Goals
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein Like any kid growing up in the Midwest, I had big dreams. And while my brother had dreams of being a cop or a stuntman or hockey player, I always knew I wanted to be something different. Something BIGGER. … Continue reading Can a corporation be insane?
The “The surest what to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” – Friederich Nietzsche In the New Economy, there are about 14,000 REGISTERED lobbyists in Washington, DC and only 535 elected officials. In the New Economy, income disparity and its … Continue reading The New Economy
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” – Andre Gide Yesterday, I watched a documentary. And while that, in and of itself, is about as interesting as peanut butter, what I watched was interesting, Born Into This, a documentary about Charles … Continue reading Where there is art, there is no hell.
“From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.” – Dick Cheney In high school, I had a tutor, and she was a nice enough lady, even if she was … Continue reading The Principled World According to Dick Cheney
It seems as though writer, and everyone’s favorite music industry crank, Bob Lefsetz had an altercation with the post office recently. Which prompted him to write out some rules of life that I thought were worth sharing. While not necessarily all encompassing, there are some real nuggets here. Incidentally, if you are a person who … Continue reading Some Rules for Life
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.” – Robert Kennedy It’s hard to write about class distinctions on a personal blog without sounding like either a … Continue reading What time is it? It is now.
“And we’re standing in the shadows forever on the brink” Someone Take the Wheel – The Replacements If you’ve never heard of The Replacements then you’ve never felt alone, alienated or out of place. Gob less ya. But if you have heard of them and listened to them then you know they are one of … Continue reading Songs for Slim
Alice H. Kanner 1931-2013 “I left in love, in laughter, and in truth. Wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.” – Bill Hicks Much like every teenager, I was a rebellious and moody kid. Which provided a fair amount of tension in our household, especially in the conservative enclave of Centerville, … Continue reading And this too shall pass.
“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.