” 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.
…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