Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall Soon-To-Be Favorites

It's that time of the year when your TV literally hugs you, outstretching cups of coffee! Favorites shows come on from the dregg that is Summer TV, not including OITNB. New shows compete to win your heart. From then on, it's a slippery slope to drinking egg-nogs in front of a flaring fire.

Contenders for my Fall TV love-fest, even though I have cancelled cable. But who cares, include:

Madam Secretary: Heck yeah, hell yeah, are you kidding me, yes! My fingers keep clenching and un-clenching in anticipation. Story line reads: "unexpectedly thrust into the position of Secretary of State, ex-CIA operative and college professor Elizabeth McCord must drive international diplomacy and wrangle office politics, all while balancing a complex family life. She's tough, fair and smart driving international diplomacy and wrangling office politics. But when she goes home for dinner with her husband and teenage children, politics takes on a whole new meaning."

Friday, August 29, 2014

#GenderbendingFriday

Hit me five minutes ago that today is Friday and I have to put up a post. It has been a crazy week, back to school week. I went through yesterday not cognitively realizing that it was Thursday. It was not until my day was over that it clicked.

Somehow, I suspect next week would be different. For today's #GenderbendingFriday, I wanted to find a piece from Monday's Emmy Awards. Didn't work out as planned. But, not to worry, Natalie Dormer's Mockingjay poster overcompensates. While her character in the book might not be likable, somehow Natalie Dormer makes Cressida bad-ass!


Oh, Liam Hemsworth and Mahershala Ali have their posters out too. But, they look bland compared to Natalie Dormer's. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

#GenderbendingFriday

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011

Love the sequenced tux and the structured Harem pants! I'm not a sequence wearer, but I definitely would wear this.

The gods Who

Shall I tell the tales of the gods, who came in the midst of the night? Sought to own, luring with unspoken words that glimmer and glister with knowledge unbound. Shall I tell you of their appearance, not shinny as I expect? One had a threadbare red robe, with holes gnashed into by unseen mice. Surely, there must have been. Another with cankerous teeth, gap-wide and protruding enough that he might be the mouse itself. 

They sat unbidden in front of me, seeking audience. Ignoble, I asked why they tatter their wear. "Your God" one managed to squeak. He said no more. I read the rest. My God had displaced them, winning over humans who would have sewn new clothes or offered them food to eat. Surely, they starve. Yet, they don't look it. I flowed: 

"woe be me if I think you worthy. You've been screwing with me since. You hold no interest of mine." With tails tuckered in, they spoofed off as I sat, thinking about the visit. I should have told them they need to resign. Shall I tell you the tales of the gods who left me in the midst of the night? Shall I?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amazon Fights Publishers, Removes Their Books – Ethical Issue?

via bits.blogs.nytimes.com
Summary
Amazon is involved in a tug of war with publishers and authors. It has been holding certain books hostage by delaying shipping, and limiting customers’ ability to access and order them. The books are those from publishers such as UK’s Hachette, the fourth-largest publisher, Germany’s Bonnier Media Group and Macmillan. Amazon also removed its book discount from titles published by the above, returning the books to list price. In the process, increasing US price to twice what it is asking from UK customers.

Amazon started its business to help customers get access to cheaper books and a large database at their fingertips. It reduced the list price of books which made Amazon become the giant corporation it is now. This also edged out brick-and-mortar bookstores whose books were more expensive of rent tariffs. Amazon’s substantial market share has been giving authors and publishers concerns, as they fear that Amazon could abuse its considerable power – 65 percent of online book sales, both digital and print – one day.

Ethical Issue Surrounding FCC's Net Neutrality Controversial Proposal


Summary
In January of this year, District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, in favor of Verizon, struck down one of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) auxiliary rules that requires internet service providers to treat internet traffic equally. Now, in June, the FCC has opened its net neutrality law for review. This new amendment will allow internet service providers (ISPs) to make some internet connection stronger and faster than others. Also, it will make it legal for internet service providers to strike deals with companies that stream data while undercutting other companies who do not pay extra for smooth streaming.

At present, ISPs collect money from both data-streaming providers and consumers. Neflix and other streaming companies pay for bandwidth and high quality feeds. And, the average internet user pays for fast connection. Yet, consumers still get network issues. When you add the new FCC proposal to the present mix, it is easy to see why this proposal has people in stitches.

Jill Abramson and The New York Times - Ethical issue

Via thewrap.com
Summary
Jill Abramson hired a lawyer to discuss with the management of New York Times (NYT) the discrepancies between her salary and that of her predecessor, Bill Keller. Weeks later, with no scandal or journalistic disaster, and a recent win of four Pulitzers at once – a huge deal for the paper, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., NYT’s publisher, fired Abramson abruptly. Under Abramson’s executive editorial leadership, the paper won eight Pulitzers, strengthened its journalistic clout, increased its readership and doubled its stock price.
One of the reasons she was fired was because Dean Banquet, her managing editor and successor, felt she was an insensitive executive. Banquet and Abramson had competed for the executive editor position, but Abramson was given the job. Recently, Abramson sought to hire Janine Gibson as digital editor, after Sulzberger and the board already signed up on it. She set up a meeting for Gibson and Banquet to meet together and discuss the Times’ future. But, Banquet felt offended to be left out of the hiring decision. Banquet then complained to Sulzberger that he didn’t feel appreciated as Abramson failed to let him understand where he fits in the Times’ hierarchy.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Creatives, Do we torture ourselves?

Or does the world pour sssss-sizzling coals over open seepin' sores, dragging fiery flickers across our chests, nature's tribal marks drafting territories? The dread-ry, life within art. Brad, Holden, Sabrina, Wade, Rory, cursed. Amaka, Chima, Nedu, Shade, Lema, darkness enclosed within smiles and rolling eyes. 

"Too happy," scrawled, punctuated, across novelty pieces. Petals opened, not shattered enough. Broken, synonymous to experienced. Four years later, four accidents -- two totals, one fender bender, one pedestrian hit -- later, breaking, falling mind walls and living puberty at 23. I revel in the brokenness of my chosen art, unraveling onion scale leaf. Are new pieces good? Don't ask me. First John yes-es. I also must progress, he says. Shall I torture myself further? Isn't my alcoholism, cynical outlook and restless spirit enough? 

Last night, I stayed three hours awoke past my close-eyed time. The pain shooting from my chest like shafters of death unbegged, I grasped for air. The right spot, not heart attack. Unbidden, my mind clawed through. No, it screeched. Hate life. Hate stagnant spot, passport. Hate the endless hidden cry beneath a clean face and a smile. To get up at 6, snoozed 7, I mind-wrote a letter, begging freedom. Oh my parents, my parents. I watched dying amber faint as I palm oil and yam etutu-ed sleep. Last night, every night. 

Do we torture ourselves or does the world torture us? Did I pull a 360 to write, to hide myself and write? Do I need the heavyness of the card carrying 'tortured' to string successful words, to stay Peter Pan-ed in the characters' world? 

Before the black steals my eyesight, I whisper, "I just want to write." But, I want the people who need it to read it too. Perhaps, that's the problem. Truth is, 

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the revelation isn't known to me.



Adieu Robin William. Your effect safe, folded and nested within rib cages. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

#genderbendingFriday

Three months later, this International Watch Company's commercial shoot, starring Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt and Zhou Xun still makes me giddy.