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  • heath 11:49 am on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fearlessness, Juxt, The Young Turks, visual blogging   

    Fearless visual blogging 

    My two favorite visual blogs are

    The Young Turks

    and

    Juxt Interactive

    In the best of all possible worlds, everyone would check these out and I wouldn’t have to say why they’re my favs — and since saying why is against the visual paradigm, that would suit me fine.  But this ain’t the best of all possible worlds, hai na? 🙂  So here’s why:

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  • heath 12:30 pm on Monday, May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alessandra Stanley, betrayal, , relationships   

    Column title of the week… 

    More Than One Way to Skin a Cad” — a well-written and sharply, yet compassionately, observed opinion piece in the NYTimes by Alessandra Stanley, about public relationship betrayal.

     
  • heath 10:16 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humaneness, humanity, , Times of India, TOI   

    Another way to see: TOI 

    If you’re an American cousin, check out the Times of India online.   The page layout — what content is selected for the first page, and how it’s organized — expresses India’s innate socio-cultural respect for humanity’s humanity.

    I love that respect.  It’s saved my life twice.  And it draws me back to India’s people and arts time and time again.

     
  • heath 10:01 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take), Miles Davis   

    Art is about… 

    …disagreement. Matlab*, showing another way to think, feel, listen, move, see. A teaching. Slyly, gracefully offered.

    * Matlab: meaning (Hindi).

    Here’s a piece of art from Miles Davis:

     
  • heath 9:48 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Lane, film reviews, Manohla Dargis, new Star Trek movie, ,   

    Better than the movie 

    Anthony Lane’s New Yorker Mag review (titled “Highly Illogical”) of the new Star Trek movie is dense, running on 24 levels, and funny as hell. There are too many good bits too thickly interwoven to be plucked out as snippets, so please excuse my providing no sample. If you want to laugh and think hard at the same time, give it a read: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2009/05/18/090518crci_cinema_lane

    And if you disagree with Lane’s take, try Manohla Dargis’s, in the NY Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/movies/08trek.html

    (Comparing the reviews should show you why I think Lane is the best living film reviewer at the moment.)

     
  • heath 9:26 am on Thursday, May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bristol Palin, , teen pregnancy   

    Gail Collins rocks. Seriously. 

    Disclaimer, of sorts: I try to resist reading Gail Collin’s columns in the NY Times because I’m a known fan and I don’t like being known for anything. But I always end up reading them anyway. So without further ado…

    here’s a link to today’s Gail Collins column — it’s heartbreakingly funny, on a very serious subject:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/opinion/07collins.html

     
  • heath 8:16 am on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2009 gold rush, , , sarcasm   

    Journalistic Sarcasm: Do you like yours … 

    Journalistic Sarcasm: Do you like yours sunny, sharp, and with one warhead pointed back at the author? If so, you’ll appreciate today’s Maureen Dowd column in the NY Times.

    link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/opinion/08dowd.html

    sample: “…The 49ers… stopped in San Francisco, two-and-a-half hours west of here, to buy supplies, such as bullets, salt meat and Levis. (And to buy shady ladies, or ‘soiled doves,’ as they were known, but we won’t get into that.) My San Francisco supplies were more modern: pre-torn jeans, a skim latte, a G.P.S., a cellphone and a laptop to get updates on the price of gold…”

    love, h

     
  • Uncle Tree 6:24 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: conversation, informal, open, peers, , strangers, torture   

    Springboarding: A Torture-Free Alternative 

    An informal, open discussion minus the peer pressure.

    It is a bit of a rush, isn’t it? Posting a comment to a group of strangers.

    “We mean you no harm. Just tell us the truth, and our words will spring into action.”

    The truth is, it’s okay to talk back. Never mind what your parents said.

    Talk front, and do it today. Speak for yourself, friend! UT

     
    • me2watson 6:48 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Our spirits may only move on the water,

      but we make quite a splash

      when our thoughts go underground.

    • Davis 8:35 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      you said it

      • me2watson 5:33 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        So did you. You made my day. Welcome, Davis!

        I hope you bring the comic section with you

        the next time your in town. No fear.

        See folks? It’s easy! UT

    • me2watson 7:48 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A springboard is where you stand
      take a deep breathe or two
      gather your wits before the altar
      prepare to sacrifice your limbs
      (only those who fell for this)
      call for a matchmaker
      pray to God for a spark
      hope like hell it don’t rain
      notice you’ve quit breathing again
      gaze into upcoming moments
      see it through to the finish
      yes! we’ve been here before
      confidence mounts to rival hbp
      adrenalin bequeaths a killer rush
      breathe, baby, breathe
      and a one, and a two, and a three…

    • me2watson 8:58 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      With conversations on my mind, I step outside the back door.
      With their own version of Morse code, two woodpecker’s seem to be
      greeting each other and eating breakfast at the same time. The robins
      have arrived in full swing, singing their ol’ familiar song with nary a pause.
      The female cardinal’s sweet little chirps chime in quietly, but distinctly.
      The male’s continue their battle cry, not yet being in the mood for romance.
      The squirrels are certainly frisky, playing tag from tree to pole to tree
      and on down the wire, as my cat watches jealously, but in a nonchalant way.

    • Bonnie 1:01 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A delightfully strange bird came to my garden this morning.
      We exchanged greetings, and
      After a while I asked her
      “Who are you?”

      She told me that Eostre, the lunar goddess,
      who gave her name to Easter and the female hormone estrogen,
      had found her injured and laying on the ground one winter.

      To save her life, Eostra transformed her into a hare.
      But the transformation was not a complete one.
      The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the
      ability to lay eggs……

      Eostre’s feast day is held on the full moon following the
      vernal equinox (which just happens to coincide with Easter)
      So the hare decorates these eggs and leaves them as
      gifts for Eostre…….

      Now you know the rest of the story 😀

    • me2watson 6:42 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Drumming up business
      Knock! Knock! Knock! Nobody’s home~
      Comments left behind

      Uncommon greetings
      Coming unexpectedly
      Thought I’d surprise them

      Just posted, it says
      Figured they were on
      But still no reply

      Three people, maybe
      Twenty comments I made
      No comments for me

      Thinking Golden Rule
      Perhaps, I am the other
      Guess the game changed, too

      The simple Hello!’s
      Still await moderation
      No one minds the store

      If you are new here…
      See? Expectations–
      What was I thinking?

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