Archive for October, 2011

Monday Media Blogging

Diesel presents a heartwarming story of triumph over adversity.

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October 31st, 2011 at 01:55pm Posted by Eli

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More Non-Fisheye Guggenheim Interior Photoblogging

And this is the last of the Guggenheim. Alas.

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1 comment October 30th, 2011 at 11:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Non-Fisheye Guggenheim Interior Photoblogging

Of course, the Guggenheim’s interior does offer non-fisheye photo opportunities as well…

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October 29th, 2011 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Fisheye Guggenheim Interior Photoblogging

Ahh, that’s much better. It’s not so much the fisheye effect itself, as it is having sufficient field of view to really encompass everything. It reminds me of the National Museum of the American Indian a little bit.

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October 28th, 2011 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Fisheye Guggenheim Photoblogging

So it turns out that using a fisheye lens on the exterior of the Guggenheim is actually kinda redundant. Now, the interior, on the other hand…

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October 27th, 2011 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

More Guggenheim Photoblogging

Guggenheim again. Up next: Fisheye!

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October 26th, 2011 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Guggenheim Photoblogging

Finally!  I actually walked all the way from Penn Station to the Guggenheim about 4 years ago to take pictures, only to discover that it was under construction.  But I finally got my chance, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

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October 25th, 2011 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging

Star Wars + Disco = This:

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I think maybe that’s Donne & Marie and Kris Kristofferson in that second one?

October 24th, 2011 at 01:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging

Mr. Deity and the gang review some… prototypes.

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Actually, sir, the chips… didn’t work with the bag.

October 23rd, 2011 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

Random Stairwell And Empire State Building Photoblogging

The Empire State Building looking like some sort of military spacecraft, and a random stairwell photo that turned out surprisingly well.

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October 22nd, 2011 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Mo’ MOMA Photoblogging

Couldn’t make up my mind between the horizontal and vertical versions, so you get both. Also, people!

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October 21st, 2011 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

The Return Of Photoblogging

It’s been a while, I kinda drifted out of the habit.  But now that I’m traveling all over California, it seems like a good time to start back up again.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled MOMAs…

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October 20th, 2011 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Rick Scott Goes Too Far

The latest in Rick Scott’s never-ending parade of bad ideas:

Gov. Rick Scott has sent a list of 17 detailed, audit-like questions to Florida’s 11 university presidents, challenging them to show what they’re doing to prepare graduates for jobs.

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Scott sent the letter, which bears his signature, on Thursday, at the end of a week during which he was pummeled by the academic community for suggesting universities needed fewer programs in anthropology and more in science and math.

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He’s circulated copies of a Texas think-tank report called “Seven Breakthrough Solutions,” which proposes revamping how professors are paid and awarded tenure, emphasizing large classes and evaluations from students, whom it calls “customers.”

And Scott has made the rounds of newspaper editorial board meetings, talking about the importance of programs in what’s known as STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.

The governor began his Thursday letter with a brief discussion of the 900,000 people who are out of work in Florida, saying that many university graduates can’t find jobs and implying that the problem is with their education.

“Many employers are concerned that university graduates are not equipped with the appropriate writing skills, critical thinking skills, and technical expertise needed to succeed,” Scott’s letter says.

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Scott’s letter focuses heavily on job training, asking for instance, “Do you have measureable goals to meet employers’ current needs?”

This is just incredibly foolish and short-sighted.  If Scott turns the state’s universities into vocational schools, why, it could do incalculable damage to the for-profit education industry.

October 19th, 2011 at 11:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Education,Republicans,Unemployment,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Another movie I would pay to see.

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Well, maybe.

October 17th, 2011 at 01:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Missing The Point

The problem is not that there is a lack of game-changing ideas, the problem is that our political system is so corrupt and broken that it’s impossible to implement any game-changing ideas, unless they’re the shitty kind that benefit moneyed interests.

Really, how can anyone expect any kind of meaningful reform when the most ironclad rule of government is “First, do no harm to your biggest campaign contributors”?

1 comment October 14th, 2011 at 11:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Politics

Concerned CO Governor Is Concerned

The latest it’s-totally-not-because-I-hate-dirty-hippies-at-all excuse for busting up one of Occupy Wall Street’s regional offshoots:

“Come at 6 o’clock in the morning, make all the free speech you want until 10 at night,” said [Colorado Governor John] Hickenlooper, who stepped away from a charity event to talk to the reporters. “But we can’t let you stay overnight. With all these tents … with these tents all next to each other. They could catch fire.

“What happens if suddenly one catches on fire, suddenly four or five tents burn. Who are you guys going to blame? You guys are going to be all over us like white on rice. In a second. The whole community will say how can you take that risk?”

All those tents so close together, rubbing up against each other, they could totally get ignited by friction and stuff.

October 14th, 2011 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Wankers

Remember When The Tea Party Was The New Silent Majority?

I seem to remember media (and politicians) making a big deal out of polls showing that some huge percentage of Americans “supported” the Tea Party, and both parties were eager to appease them.

How things can change…

[Occupy Wall Street] has a 54% favorability rating compared to the conservative group’s 27%, according to a new Time magazine poll.

A sizable number – 23% – said they didn’t know enough about the Wall St. protesters to make a decision.

In contrast, 23% said they had a negative opinion of Occupy Wall Street compared to 65% who said the Tea Party’s influence has been negative or negligible.

Who ever could have guessed that a message about corrupt rich people and corporations hijacking our country for their own gain would be more popular than “Fuck the poor”?

(I also find it hilarious when teabaggers and Republicans indignantly complain about how the Occupiers are angry, rude, divisive and negative.  Not like those nice polite people who were carrying guns and shouting down their elected representatives at healthcare town halls, or carrying misspelled signs portraying the President Of The United States as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose.)

October 14th, 2011 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Media,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Hilarious but a little morbid.

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Nooope.

October 10th, 2011 at 12:07pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from SpaceCamp, with Lea Thompson and Joaquin Phoenix.

He used to hold his breath for hours, just by thinking about french fries. Guess he really got off on french fries.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s bitey bowl kittens.

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Aww.

1 comment October 7th, 2011 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Why Does George Will Hate Billionaires?

George Will is deeply offended by Elizabeth Warren’s obvious communism, clearly on display in this statement here:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. . . . You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea — God bless, keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

Will’s epically point-missing response:

Everyone knows that all striving occurs in a social context, so all attainments are conditioned by their context. This does not, however, entail a collectivist political agenda.

Such an agenda’s premise is that individualism is a chimera, that any individual’s achievements should be considered entirely derivative from society, so the achievements need not be treated as belonging to the individual. Society is entitled to socialize — i.e., conscript — whatever portion it considers its share. It may, as an optional act of political grace, allow the individual the remainder of what is misleadingly called the individual’s possession.

Will thinks that “collectivists,” otherwise known as “people who want a functional country,” believe that the government should collect taxes from corporations and the wealthy solely as some sort of reward or payback for the generosity that made their individual successes possible.  But that’s not it at all – we believe that the government should collect taxes from corporations and the wealthy in order to preserve and grow the foundation for future individual successes.

Starving the government to satisfy some misguided fetish of rugged individualism and self-reliance will make it increasingly difficult for future – and current – entrepreneurs to succeed, as they try to produce, sell and transport their products with poorly educated workers, slow internet connections, and crumbling roads and rail.  More and more of them will either flee to or be out-competed by countries that recognize the value of investing in themselves.

Taxes are not a prize that government arbitrarily awards itself for being generous and awesome.  Taxes are the revenue that government uses to build infrastructure and weave a safety net, making it easier to take risks and then make them pay off.

Will thinks that any government that collects taxes is socialist, that our system is hopelessly tilted against businesses. But the reality is the exact opposite – just ask Dwayne Andreas:

[Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne] Andreas recently told a reporter for Mother Jones, “There isn’t one grain of anything in the world that is sold in a free market. Not one! The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians. People who are not in the Midwest do not understand that this is a socialist country.

Hey, I guess we’re both right!

1 comment October 6th, 2011 at 10:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

Herman Cain:

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal posted Wednesday, the up-and-coming GOP 2012 contender and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza summed up his bewilderment about recent demonstrations on Wall Street.

“Don’t blame Wall Street,” Cain said. “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

The conservative radio talk show host described the protests as “planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration, though he admitted he didn’t “have the facts to back this up.”

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It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded. It is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”

Cain also has the Quote Of The Day:

“When I was growing up I was blessed to have had parents. That didn’t teach me to be jealous of anybody and didn’t teach me to be jealous of somebody,” Cain explained.

Wha?

Herman Cain is obviously an al Qaeda infiltrator sent to destroy the United States from within, but I don’t have the facts to back this up.

October 6th, 2011 at 07:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Unemployment,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

And this is why 60s Batman was awesome.

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2 comments October 3rd, 2011 at 07:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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