Friday, September 30, 2011

The Technology Meeting

Spider is a miracle
climbing by slips on nearly invisible thread.
I can watch it and still face toward
the speaker at the front of the room who is taking no stance.
His boss on the sidelines shoots him a glance.  He leans on the podium asking for thoughts.
His empty follow up questions convolute our responses into null sums.

Back to the spider:
Three of us watching it, none presume to impede.
Down some and up several times it glides to a stop on the tabletop and walks.
Could the man beside me casually rest his arm down and smash it?
I reach over, “Do you mind if I save it?”
It crawls onto my fingers. I set it on the floor behind us at the baseboard.

“Somebody might step on him now,” the man says low.
But the spider disappears into a crevice.
We turn back to business and I get the feeling
that the spider might’ve wanted its web in the ceiling.
And the speaker, more vague with each breath since he started,
Had planned to say more but his thunder was thwarted.

Of the people, by the people, for the people: that's US

‎"America's representative democracy... the government of the people, by the people, for the people," said Lincoln, reminding us of our identity in 1863. Today, I wonder why so many dismiss the fact that WE (the people) ARE the government. We all have the opportunity to have our say, and elect our representation, except in one area of life: Corporations base leadership on the authoritarian model. You got yourself a little dictaorship there now, dontcha!? I'm not saying do away with corporations; I'm saying we need to make sure they follow the rules WE make.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

Remember when Wall Street crashed and we paid their debts for them and they never returned the favor of canceling ours?  Remember how we should have protested in the streets?  Wall Street is now occupied!  Spread the news, the media isn't yet.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Self Imposed Dramatic Tension: this episode, saving ideas for later

Today we have two videos that address the issue of procrastination. Watch these, then check your facebook, then check your email, then go get a sandwich, then watch TV, then go to the bathroom, then put your laundry away, then go to bed and start fresh tomorrow with lots of promises.

I also wanted to show the scene from This is Spinal Tap where, after after Nigel has left the band, David and Derek are talking about having the "time to do the projects they've always dreamed of," and all they can come up with is Saucy Jack. I couldn't find it on youtube. I went straight to the task but to no avail then gave up. This is different than never starting. This is making an executive decision to move forward without accomplishing the intended task.

So then the question becomes, if I never start, does this mean I've given up? Give me enough years and the answer will be yes.

Better get to it then.

(Thanks, Ze Frank for both of these.)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Goofiness is next to Godliness... In this case it's also next to Anime.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Revisiting Albert Brooks/ The Early Years

The Flip Wilson Show was always funny to me.  We'll look at Flip later. I'm on an Albert Brooks bender right now.  Here's his ventriloquist bit.

The Famous School for Comedians Home Comedy Kit (2nd item): The Electronic Dummy: You don't need to be able to throw your voice: Buddy!

1972, Flip Wilson Show: Auditions for a new national anthem: