If Marshall McLuhan’s “the media is the message” is to believed then, at least when it comes to technology driven interpersonal communication, we have reached a state of non-messaging. Lately, I’ve been sending emails into the ether. Literally. It’s become so easy to ignore an email. You’d think it would be so simple to bang … Continue reading Ignoreland
The destination of goodbye is a fact no one can escape. I’ve reached that age where people slowly begin to pass on to the other side. First it was my Aunt Alice, then my mother and now it is my Uncle Bern. On Friday January 13th, Uncle Bern transitioned to the other side. It’s not that … Continue reading The Destination Of Goodbye
There is a silence that accompanies snow falling. It can provide a kind of peace and quiet that can quell anxiety. There is also a cleanliness that comes with a snow storm. It silences the dirt on the street and sidewalks just as it mutes the mind. For just a brief moment the white noise … Continue reading The Silence of Snow
I had a lot of teachers in high school. And I can say with complete honesty only about four were actually any good. Not necessarily all good teachers but good people. I also had the jerks, like the one teacher who called me a “little asshole” and actually dared me to punch him (straight outta … Continue reading That One Time In High School A Teacher Gave A Shit
At the dawn of this new year we don’t know what the future holds for us this year but I’m fairly certain we can all agree on one thing…we’re all hoping it’s not as shitty as 2016. Now one can question (and many have) what made 2016 so awful. Was it all the deaths, the … Continue reading A New Day, A New Year
As we have slowly settled into the uncomfortable realization that a larger than life megalomaniac and almost certifiable lunatic will soon be the POTUS, one thing we can put to bed is that he is not a Nazi. Nazi’s committed crimes based on the ideal that there was only one right race. It was an … Continue reading It’s Time to Stop Calling Donald Trump a Nazi
It was hard to single people out for “bad” parenting when I was a kid. There was no such thing…you were a parent or you weren’t…and if you weren’t that didn’t mean you didn’t have kids. When I grew up parents could be counted on for three very distinct things. One, drinking. Good Christ, it … Continue reading Questionable Parenting and Sewing
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a … Continue reading Winners and Losers
Like herpes, Florida likes to periodically remind the rest of the country of its existence. No matter how many times or ways we try to forget, it flares up and begs us to take notice (usually in some hideous and insane manner like ruining elections). After this weeks reminder, I figured it was time for … Continue reading The Florida News Network News
First of all, it should be noted that the recent revelations about Donald Trump are reprehensible…and I’m still not convinced that is a strong enough word. He behavior is, and has been throughout this 200 month election cycle, indefensible. His various tirades during the course of his candidacy are a stain on the little that … Continue reading Is Donald Trump Our Most Honest Candidate Ever?
The television industry is predicated on deceit; whether it be scripted, unscripted (aka reality) or news, it’s always been that way. But before we jump into the fray, let’s address the elephant in the room. There is no such thing as reality television: there are scripted shows and non-scripted shows. Make no mistake, the non-scripted shows are … Continue reading The TV Problem
“The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” 4 U.S. Code § 8 The good ol’ red, white, and blue; angry white men vote in their red or blue states and there you have it, the red, … Continue reading The Good Ol’ Red, White and Blue
So they wrapped up the first night of the democratic convention last night and if you to believe the media you’d think it was the most contentious event since deflategate or the BET awards. I think it’s important to put a little perspective on it. Now when the media is claiming the republican convention wasn’t as … Continue reading Media – Hall of Mirrors
I just finished reading the fantastic article in this weeks New Yorker about Tony Schwartz, the co-writer of Donald Trumps literary opus, The Art of the Deal (of course Trump threatened The New Yorker, which is what he does between bloviating and filing for bankruptcy.) While I’ve never read that shiny turd myself and after … Continue reading Stay Alert To Stay Real
Christ, here we are again. Same bullshit. Same races. Same stupidity. Same God damn lunacy. I promised you more Bobby Kennedy. I didn’t think I would have to find this kind of speech, but… No preamble this time other than to say I made only minor edits (I’m unable to find a digital version of … Continue reading More Bobby Kennedy
We are a service economy. Or if you are feeling all high falutin’ you can call it the tertiary sector of the economy. Agriculture and mining still rank as the first and second economic sectors. If one is curious how we ended up here, you need only look to two presidents, Reagan and Clinton. They … Continue reading Service Economy, Yes. Tip Jar, No.
During my lifetime, I’ve witnessed America develop into a nation with a political and cultural fissure so large it seems nothing short of a revolution can correct it. To wit: There are Coke people. There are Pepsi people. We have Yankee fans. We have Red Sox fans. Almond Joy has nuts. Mounds don’t. We have Marriott … Continue reading …Divided We Fall
I will not ignore the color of your skin. I can’t. If you are African-American, Latin American, Asian American, Indigenous, Irish American, Italian American, Spanish-American, black, brown, yellow, white, green or blue, I will not ignore your color. Not because I don’t have a desire to, it’s just an impossibility. I will ignore your sexual preference. … Continue reading I Will Not
I just woke up for my midnight feeding and started thinking about Prince. Again. Of course, I then realized what kind of blogger, music nerd or writer would I be if I didn’t contribute to the outpouring of love and remembrance that is coming from everywhere to celebrate this man, Prince Rogers Nelson (it was … Continue reading Prince 1958 – 2016
Rufus sometimes likes to leave his graffiti tag. If you find yourself around Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Kent Ave.) you may run across a few here and there…and maybe other places.
If you think about fog thematically, there are two kinds to consider. There is the thematic fog akin to taking a hit of some really potent weed which makes you feel somewhat “murky” but still pleasant and clear-headed enough to remain very functional and social. Then there is the other kind where you wake up … Continue reading The Fog of the Culture War
I flew out from JFK in NYC out to LAX in LA this morning. I starting jotting down some notes while in the TSA line: If you don’t know how to use a computer PLEASE don’t try to use the kiosk check ins. Jesus, you’d think some of these people have never seen a computer … Continue reading Random Thoughts Monday March 21: The Travel Version
Or put another way, Donald Trump is to politics what Kanye West is to music (shitty). They’re both only good because they keep telling us they’re good. I assure you, NEITHER are good, let alone great. To think that anything Trump says is either substantial or has political merit is to be completely ignorant to … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Political Equivalent of a Monkey Flinging Poo
Well, it’s kinda true.
Apparently, the founders of Cafe Grumpy weren’t morning people. As a result, they created one of the smartest, and most effective, graphic designs for a coffee shop. Just genius…and really good coffee too (it probably won’t surprise you that the coffee is wicked strong).
The hubub surrounding the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” is justified. The docu-series is about Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey and their convinction in the murder of Teresa Halbach. Somewhere around the end of the series it dawned on me that as fascinating as this case is, and it’s fascinating, it really highlights the way … Continue reading Much Ado About Something
I recently moved from Brooklyn out to the suburbs in Connecticut. Brooklyn has changed. To borrow a phrase from classic rock schmaltz makers REO Speedwagon, it was time for me to fly. I also recently procured a car. Turns out my father had an extra car after my mom passed away. Far be it from me … Continue reading Classic Rock on the Radio
Brian Knappenberger’s documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, did for Aaron Swartz what Asif Kapadia’s Amy did for Amy Winehouse, remind us what a terrible loss both of them were. If your under the age of 40, I would expect you to know the name Amy Winehouse. However, unless you’re a hacker or media nerd, I wouldn’t … Continue reading The Internet’s Own Boy
The holidays are upon us (whatever you celebrate, even if you celebrate the war on Christmas…have you noticed that this war on Christmas keeps coming earlier and earlier each year…waiting for the War on Christmas in July). With the season comes a slew of hackneyed colloquialisms. Now if you work in an office setting a … Continue reading The Office A**hole
Do you know how I know this? Because I’m broke. I realize it’s trite to be prattling on about income disparity and the 1% versus the 99%. Incidentally, a more than viable term that has somehow sadly devolved into a punchline. As trite as it may be, it is still relevant. And no matter how … Continue reading I am the Middle Class
No no, I don’t mean the United States of America. I mean the United States of Advertising (Bill Hicks). As a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party I wanted to watch the first debate last night on CNN. Now, I should point out, I don’t have television. I HAVE a television fer chrissakes, I am … Continue reading USA! USA! USA!
For the past seven years, I’ve lived in Brooklyn. New York. Before moving to Williamsburg, the worldwide epicenter of hip, I lived in Billyburg’s kissing cousin, Greenpoint. Both have been subjected to an aggressive gentrification agenda. One of the most aggressive in recent years. With gentrification comes hipsters. A lot of hipsters. Revelation 9:3-10 “Then … Continue reading Williamsburg, Brooklyn Has Jumped the Shark
There is a great SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketch where a category is “Pen Is Mightier” and Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery keeps pronouncing it “Penis Mightier”. (Here’s a link to the audio and some sort of World of Warcraft like animation) And you know what? It’s true. The pen IS mightier (the jury is out on the … Continue reading The PenIs Mightier
I just read Bob Lefsetz’s post about the recent passing of Gary Richrath. Who’s Gary Richrath? He was an early member and lead guitarist of REO Speedwagon during their heyday and he passed away on Sunday September 13 (no cause given). He was 65. I can’t explain why it hit me the way it did. … Continue reading Guilty Pleasures
This was originally published in October of 2013 in wait(er) Magazine but as the subject is heating up again, I thought it was worth revisiting. The current federal hourly rate for tipped employees stands at $2.13. Yep, you read that correctly. In fact, it’s been stuck at $2.13 since 1991. You can pick your jaw … Continue reading The Other NRA – redux