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I Am Not Moving

Published on October 25, 2011 by in Stuff I Love

“I Am Not Moving,” a short film by Corey Ogilvie, is worth a watch.  The brilliant juxtaposition between Arab Spring imagery and Occupy Wall Street–the 99% Movement–is well-thought-out and poignant.  I hope you’ll find it as provocative as I have.  And thanks to Ernest Doty for turning me on to it!

 
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Caped Crusaders

Published on October 20, 2011 by in Columns

There is plenty wrong with the world.  We’re reminded of that at every turn.  On the other hand, strange and wonderful stories of the beautiful and absurd go unnoticed, unmentioned, all the time.

For example, last week in Seattle, Phoenix Jones was arrested on four counts of assault—while dressed like a superhero, wearing a black and yellow rubber suit.  You see, Phoenix Jones is a “real-life superhero,” who happened upon what he believed to be a large altercation in front of a nightclub.  And he did what any superhero would—he sprang into action, and pepper-sprayed the street-fighters.  That’s when things became complicated.  The “fighters” claimed that they weren’t fighting at all, that they were just dancing and having a good time.  And their merrymaking, they claim, was foiled by this would-be do-gooder, this caped crusader and his can of pepper spray. Read more…

 
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Apple: A Personal History

Published on October 13, 2011 by in Columns

Last week, when Steve Jobs finally succumbed to cancer, the world lost a man of pioneering vision.  Countless tributes and memorials have been written in the interceding week, and I’m not sure that I can bring any new perspective to Steve Jobs life, but I’m compelled to share with you the things that made him great in my eyes.

I was once a Mac guy.  My dad used to be the guy who had to be the first on our block to have the newest gadgets—the best, newest electronics.  As a result, my first computer was an Apple IIE, one of the most primitive personal computers.  It didn’t do much.  You could write programs to make the cursor draw pictures on the screen.  You could play very rudimentary video games.  We later got a Print Shop program, and could design pages, cards and banners on a dot-matrix printer—as it consumed an endlessly stitched-together box of perforated computer-paper. Read more…

 
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Brown Boy: More To The Story

Published on October 6, 2011 by in Columns

It’s easy to forget that celebrities are a lot like you and me; beyond their careers, they have dreams and aspirations of leaving a lasting impression upon the world, of making a difference in the lives they touch.  Brown Boy, a Chicano rapper who found fame in 2006 with radio hits like “Livin’ Shady” and “Superman,” is no exception.  I’ve known him for six years, and we recently had a candid conversation about his life offstage—and his desire to make a difference in the world. Read more…

 
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