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Archive for February, 2009

Wow! What a day.

1. From one of the many balconies.

2. Another wow moment.

3. Interesting cactus.

4. The garden.

5. This one feels so Escher to me.

6. I took this while lying on my back on some grass.

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L.A. here I come

I’ll be in Los Angeles for a long weekend. Hopefully, I’ll get some nice pictures in. While it wasn’t planned, my company will very likely be announcing layoffs while I am gone. I’m going to try hard not to let it affect my vacation. I’ll either be coming back to good news or very bad news.

This fabulous photo from mike_s_etc’s photostream.

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On the one hand this video is freaking hilarious. On the other hand it is absolutely infuriating that I live in a country like this.  Thank you Defamer:

I had the good fortune to mistakenly watch this show last night, so let me just describe for you two instances of drama and intrigue, accompanied by copious dramatic music and editing, that went down in this one episode, and which were broadcast out to the world, by choice, to illustrate the dramatic perils the Homeland Security department faces while keeping us safe:

  • A dude coming into America claimed to be an American. Turned out to be true.
  • Somebody attempted to bring a sandwich into the USA.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Television: Homeland Security Thwarts…“, posted with vodpod

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It’s kind of important.

Info on Mt. Rainier, here. This excellent photo is via Seattle rainscreens photostream.

Update: CNN article, here.

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Slumdog Millionaire kids

Last month, it was revealed that the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire” were still living in “grinding poverty,” despite the enormous success of the film. The Daily Mail reports today Danny Boyle and Christian Colson, the director and producer, respectively of the Oscar-winning movie, are working with a Mumbai housing association to move the children into new “bricks and mortar flats” in the coming months. They will also hire a rickshaw driver to take the kids to school. “These children are special and have won laurels for the country and we want to felicitate them,” said Amarjeet Singh Manhas, chairman of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.

I have to say I have mixed feelings about the above. I would never suggest helping these children is a bad thing. I just don’t think the film’s producers really understand the culture of the children they are now having a transformational impact on. And I’m not referring to Indian culture but specifically to the culture of the people who live on the streets in Mumbai. For them, every day is about survival. They don’t have the luxury of social niceties like extreme gratitude, and money to them is something other people throw around.

I remember being on a chicken bus in Guatemala and looking at this adorable cute kid sitting next to us. He had one thing in mind and that was to take our bag. I saw him eyeing it the whole trip. A young kid already working to bring money home to his family. In Thailand, my relatives thought that I was rich. And to them I probably was but they had no concept that I shouldn’t share all of the money I owned in the world with them and that doing so would be detrimental to me.

These kids are living a dream life. They have now come to America to see the convenience that they may not have on the streets of Mumbai. They are living like princes and princesses. But at some point, the Hollywood elite are going to lose interest in them. What then? What happens after that? They will have expectations for a life that they cannot possibly fulfill. And of course, this is not new to American culture. We see this all the time with child stars.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the DVD extras on the film Salaam Bombay include a documentary where the filmmakers revisit the street children who starred in the film. It is at times heartbreaking.

I’m glad to hear any comments on this, because I’m not really sure what I’m saying.

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Trivia for the day

I was trying out another trivia place last night (Lockspot Cafe Mondays at 8 o’clock) when I came across what I thought was a very good question. Enjoy.

Name all of the twelve Gods of Olympus (Greek names only). Answers after the jump.

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When I read the hype about the cartoon, I assumed it was overblown. Then I saw it, and I couldn’t think of any meaning except to incite violence. That’s how I read it and I couldn’t fathom reading it in the way the cartoonist “intended.” I’m very glad to see Rupert Murdoch has now issued a real apology.

As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.

Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.

Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you — without a doubt — that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.

It might behoove our crazy right Limbaugh fans to understand that most people don’t accidentally offend a distinct group of the population on a daily basis, and perhaps that if we did we might want to reflect on why that is. But then that’s assuming that any of this is an accident.

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