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Welcome to WHAT IF Wednesday!

WHAT IF... You could go back in time and listen LIVE to a momentous speech from America's past?  Which one would you pick?



My List:

All three of these addresses spoke volumes to the generations which heard them live, and to those of us who have come after, too.

They weave a path towards that more perfect Union promised by the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and it's Preamble and the better future for OUR posterity which We The People are still seeking...

#1

The Gettysburg Address
[I always thought that this speech was a long one. I was wrong, this is the entire text. Imagine a President today speaking this little and saying so very much with so few words...

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

I ask you to now to re-read that third paragraph, and imagine that it was written last week in support of #BlackLivesMatter and #Baltimore and #FreddieGray (and all those who came before him, and so that none should follow him) ... and that it reads like this instead --
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who having lost their lives have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that the Right of The People to Due Process, before any agent of the Government take a citizen's life, liberty or property be applied to all of The People, equally.
#2
I Have a Dream

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children...."

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Martin Luther King Jr
August 28, 1963

Perhaps the most significant political speech since Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech echoes down the years and it's full-throated cry for the promise of Equality for All to come to fruition is still as moving as the day he spoke these words to the nation, and to the world...  

#3

JFK Inaugural Address

Kennedy began this first Inaugural Address: "We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom--symbolizing an end as well as a beginning--signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe--the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge--and more."

Kennedy concluded with the line which more than one American generation has now heard call them to civic duty of one sort or another:

"And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."




as always...

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Don't OK ? Just Don't.

      It's disrespectful. I hate it when my day to write CUA falls on a significant date. I know that Election Day is always a Tuesday. If I'm still doing this in November of 2016 I'll do an Election Day diary. I did a Mardi Gras diary once because, well, that falls on a Mardi.

Oh look, they're dressed up as Mexicans.
But in general I don't like feeling constrained or boxed-in because of the date. I make an exception today because it's the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo. Allow me to step up onto my soapbox. First off, y'all know it's a gabacho holiday, right ? There may be some regional celebrations in Mexico. Maybe they have a parade in Puebla or something but it's a minor celebration down there. Their big holiday is Independence Day, the 16th of September. Of course, Dieciséis de Septiembre is a little more difficult for gabachos to pronounce than Cinco de Mayo and this may be one of the reasons for it's popularity. Everybody can say "SINK oh day MY oh" but many will have difficulty with "dee ess ee SACE day sep tee EM bray." Of course, the main reason Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the US is because it's another bullshit corporate marketing event. Importers and retailers of Mexican beer and spirits have convinced millions of us that we can celebrate the culture of our neighbors to the south by getting plastered and dressing up like a stereotype.

      Here's a quote from an op-ed that appeared in my local paper:

Virtually every Mexican with any sense of pride cringes this time of the year because, once again, the Cinco de Mayo season is upon us. It is that time of the year in which society gives itself permission to gratuitously insult Mexicans.

For this, we can thank the alcohol and liquor industries that have converted this most special of days into what has become a monthlong drinking advertising campaign.
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Talk to most anyone taking part in these “ Drinko de Mayo festivities” at one of the Mexican-theme parties and you will get someone wearing a sombrero, a serape, huaraches, and of course, a fake mustache — standing next to cactus or a donkey (piñata) — to say the celebration has something to do with Mexican Independence.
                                                                            Arizona Daily Star

       It's OK for 'Murcans to celebrate the Battle of Puebla1 I suppose.
Sombreros, toy maracas and ... boobs.
I don't really see why though. It was a minor battle and, although it has some symbolic importance, the Mexican victory didn't keep the French from occupying the capitol, standing up an Emperor2 and confiscating Mexican customs revenue for a couple of years. If you like to celebrate history with a Margarita or a couple of shots of Horny Toad, fire away. I might even join you. But let's see if we can dispense the ignorance and the celebration of insulting stereotypes. 'Course, if I had my way we'd all boycott every one of these stupid corporate marketing events holidays, most especially the Stupor Bowl, but that's another rant.

      So what's up with y'all this morning, got any cool links, planning any Meet-Ups and ...

Cinco de Mayo ?

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Let's start the working week with a Moral Monday.

Have you ever fallen in love with a voice?



I react to a man with a certain kind of voice with a sudden overwhelming and almost uncontrollable attraction.  I do the equivalent of my jaw dropping open, my tongue hanging out and my eyes bulging like the cartoon wolf seeing the curvaceous blonde, but it is my ears that are going into hyperexcitement.

In my "love at first sight" diary I talked about a guy I fell for at first "sight" but in reality I was already a bit gaga over him because of the phone conversation we had had the night before.  I could hardly wait to meet him the next day because I wanted more of that voice.  True, I wanted to see the person who was attached to that voice, but the voice alone did all kinds of amazing things to me.  Sadly, as I said in the other diary, nothing at all ever happened between us, not even one kiss, because he was married, but he knew I liked him and he knew I liked his voice, so we did have some interesting telephone conversations that, in spite of no sexual content in the words whatsoever, may as well have been phone sex...

A few years back there was a local news personality whose voice I fell in love with over the radio.  I used to wake up at the crack of dawn, hours before I needed to be awake, and turn on the radio just hoping to hear him say a few words.  Sigh—that was true love in my book—I don't let anything get in between me and my sleep!

It's more complicated than just a deep resonant voice though.  James Earl Jones has a spectacular voice and I would pay money to listen to him read the telephone directory but it just doesn't grab me in the gut.  Barry White is the voice that launched a thousand pregnancies, and while I hear the reason other people are moved by him, for me his voice is too, for lack of a better word, "obvious" to be a turn on.

Patrick Stewart on the other hand... oh dear God.  He brought all of his Shakespearean training to several great speeches during his time at STNG. But he only needs a word or two to have the desired effect.  Listen to the way he says "very well" at 4:10 in this clip.

Unfortunately that compilation is missing the Locutus of Borg speech.  But there are a lot of good speeches to choose from.  They all make me catch my breath a little.  Right now any hardcore Jean Luc fans out there are thinking about the time he made tea for Beverly in his quarters because she couldn't sleep.  "Thank Aunt Adele."  Oh yes, thank her indeed.

When I had my crush on Spock as a teenager I was not even aware of his voice played into it. Listening to my favorite episodes now as an adult with more self awareness, I enjoy those speeches even more.

In Amok Time, the voice was even huskier and richer than usual, with the express intent of evoking sexual tension.  The birds and the bees are not Vulcans!

After Leonard Nimoy died, I bought his "I am Spock" audiobook, and was astonished to hear the difference between his natural voice and his voice characterization of Spock.  It proved definitively that it was Spock I loved, not Nimoy.  His normal voice is just not the same.

After loving Alan Rickman in Truly Madly Deeply, I remember how my heart skipped a beat when I heard he was going to play Severus Snape.  It was hard in the early Potter movies to accept him as a villain because his voice stirs me so.   But Snape is in some ways the most complex and compelling character in the Potter series and it really needed someone who could take it just to the edge of sending it up while still holding you in the palm of his hand.  I had the tremendous pleasure of meeting Rickman in person during a film festival screening of The Winter Guest.  I only barely managed to restrain myself from having my eyes bulge out and my tongue hang to the floor when he said hello to me.

Even a great voice can be counteracted by the rest of the personality package.  I have something called "the Sting paradox"—he has written some of the sexiest love songs ever, and I like his voice and accent a LOT, but I never came even close to having a voice crush on Sting.  He does not move the needle off neutral in the slightest.

On the other hand, and I know I risk deep ridicule for admitting this, I just melt for Michael McDonald.  For decades he has been the undisputed king of the voice crush category.  Yes, the ex-Doobie Brother who was one of the archetypes of "blue eyed soul" back in the day.  What can I say.  I honestly believe we have very little control over what moves us on the deepest levels.  I used to buy records just because he was singing the background vocals.

One of the last "albums" I ever bought in a "record store" was his little-known "Take It To Heart".   Sappy soft-rock at its soft-rock sappiest.   But I wore out several cassette tapes (what are THOSE?) and then overplayed the CD so many times it started to mistrack on the parts of my favorite songs.  Even after almost 40 years, there are notes he hits that make me involuntarily exclaim "Damn!" or "Michael!" even though I know they are coming and I have heard them hundreds of times.  I like Ya Mo Be There also!  So sue me!  On the off chance that anyone else here is a fan of his, his speaking voice is just as delicious:


i've heard this little clip countless times--I love his backing vocals in Peg!

Last but not least, I keep taking him out and putting him in but the final decision is that Neil deGrassse Tyson has to be in because I have a strange relationship to his voice that I can't explain.

I wouldn't have thought to call it a voice I am in love with, but I listen to his lectures at night to help me fall asleep.  I listen to his lectures during the day to help me work.  I could listen to him for hours at a time, and in fact I have done so on more occasions than I can count.  I just put on my NdGT YouTube playlist and listen to him go on and on and on and never get tired of him.


it doesn't get any better than this

It's more of a geekcrush I guess, because I love the stuff he talks about and the way he talks about it.   His voice is as soothing as warm butter and as intoxicating as fine wine.  The more I listen the more I want to listen.  I wish he had some books on tape!

In a previous diary when I mentioned falling in love with voices in passing, a few people suggested I follow it up with this diary, so here it is!  Much longer than I expected it to be, and I could have gone on for two or three times as long!

Has anyone else ever heard a voice and been instantly smitten with someone?  Are there any other auditories out there who react to voices in the same way other people react to a pretty face or a hot body?  Good looks fade and bodies change with age, but a spectacular voice can stay the same for a person's entire life.  A much more solid and lasting reason to fall for someone, if I do say so myself!  :-D

Have you ever fallen in love with a voice?


start up soundtrack


love can break your heart... i know it will baby...




I need to believe in... real love darlin'...  oh just one minute of... real love baby...  just one minute of...




the Michael McDonald equivalent of "Love you just a little more babe"
kind of hard to leave him if he's going to sing like that...

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Have you ever been to an auction?


My grandparents had an antique shop while I was growing up. They were passionate about their trade. Grandpa had a particularly good eye for antique weaponry while my grandma had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything else. They made one hell of a team. I learned a lot about antiques from them and they instilled in me a love of the hunt.

One of my favorite activities has always been going to auctions. Because we lived in such a rural environment, the typical type of auctions I went to growing up involved the selling of the contents of a single property. Every item in the home, right down to the aluminum foil, would be dragged to the lawn, put on flat bed trucks and sold individually or in bundles. Often, the auction concluded with the selling of the actual house.

Even after I left rural Illinois for Denver and eventually San Francisco, I remained a fan of attending auctions. I lived on a very tight budget and furnished my apartments with unique buys at unbelievably reasonable prices.

I also love going to high-end auctions. Even though most of the objects being sold are beyond my bank account, I've scored beautiful things within my means. Spending an evening at Bonhams in San Francisco is an unforgettable experience just to see the caliber of the collections they deal in.

So how about you? Have you ever been to an auction? Were you bitten by the bug like me?

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What's the most dangerous game you've ever played?



Not just a myth....
I always thought Monopoly was a four-lettered word run by four-flushers and for-profiteers to the detriment of society at large. I just never realized that its insidious tentacles of narcisstic greed reached down into the game by the same name...until last night. I guess I'm a late learner.

Last night there was a knock-down drag-out fight over a Monopoly game at my house. It got really ugly, in a funny way. A group of mostly loving and supporting friends ended up turning on each other viciously. Hurt fee-fees were sprawled across the game board and petty accusations of others being petty were hurled by all participants. In short, petty alter egos came were in full bloom by one and all. I think that was fun, or else it was painful.

"Monopoly - destroying families and ruining relationships since 1934."

Who would've thought it? It is just a game....

Dumbopoly
What's the most dangerous or high-risk game you've ever played?
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San Francisco Welcomes blue jersey mom!

On April 18th we met in kimoconnor's beautiful backyard city garden in the Mission district of San Francisco. It was a gorgeous day and Kim had manicured her garden to beautiful tip-top shape. We rallied with a luscious pot-luck and BBQ. Here are my photos:

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Mr. blue jersey mom, blue jersey mom wearing the orange boa of honor and navajo



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Most of the crowd...



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Another shot of the crowd featuring some of Kim's orchids



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blue jersey mom, lineatus and Harlan



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Glen The Plumber, maggiejean, citisven, TLO and remembrance



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Deputized TLO headed up the Kansas-City-120-name-tag-stuffing project, her mom approves



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Fog City John wearing his new Gnu hat from belinda ridgewood



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blue jersey mom and Meteor Blades



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?, Harlan, lineatus shooting me and side pocket



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dharmasyd, kimoconnor, Mrs. side pocket and norm



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lineatus, Harlan, slksfca and Dixie the Tiny Dog



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Dixie the Tiny Dog is ready for her closeup




This is an Open Thread, talk to me


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Good morning, everyone. Today's topic is our reading habits, particularly our preferences for fiction or non-fiction. Me? I'm mainly a reader of non-fiction. Give me a dry, meticulously footnoted academic treatment of some minutiae related to Egypt and/or MENA, ancient or modern, and I'm as happy as a marmot in clover (it's a thing: see Madyu Look's “Psychotropic Effects of Trifolium gymmocarpon,” International Journal of Marmota Studies 14.3 [2007]: 82-94).

Did I mention footnotes? Aaaaahhhh.... give me a moment to collect myself. As Anthony Grafton describes in his The Footnote: a Curious History (Harvard UP, 1997), the form emerged in nineteenth-century scientific inquiry as a supplementary narrative: while the main text narrates the results of inquiry, the footnote narrates the “journey to the results.”1  Yet well-crafted footnotes are more than utilitarian. They can be delightful things, an art form within the genre of non-fiction. It is there in those small editorial and supplementary asides that the personality of the author and her/his value-judgments of others' work—forbidden de rigueur in the main body of the text—are most often discerned. Footnotes are where the flesh-and-blood author actually lives... where the myths of academic objectivity and collegiality may be shaken... where exuberance, humor, snark or derision may raise their heads for brief moments to blow some of the dust from the fusty text. In that sense a well-crafted footnote is reminiscent of one of my favorite sub-genres of non-fiction: namely “the book review.” Finding the right (wrong?) reviewer for a text can be an absolute hoot.2

This is not to say that I don't read fiction. I do. Yet fiction is almost exclusively reserved for the “decompression” of bedtime reading. And while I purchase quite a bit of non-fiction (rendering my desire to live in a Tiny House a physical impossibility), I get my fiction from the library. With the exception of a few specific authors, I just don't collect fiction in the same way. Surely I'm not alone here... Bueller? Bueller?

There's some thought, and some supporting polling data, that there are gender and age aspects to our preference for fiction or non-fiction. There's also an interesting study showing that reading “literary fiction” (disguising that bodice-ripper behind a dust-jacket for Ulysses doesn't count) actually increases one's social perception.

So, before you call social services on me (“APB out for a footnote-obsessed marmot, last seen giggling to himself while clutching a book about mud-brick architecture in ancient Egypt”) tell me about your reading habits:

FICTION OR NON-FICTION?



1. Footnotes are preferable to endnotes, imo. There's no reason to interrupt the flow of a text by making me flip back and forth. Immediate gratification, baby. And yeah, I said “flip” rather than “scroll.” What of it? No e-reader for me. I love the smell of dead-tree books: smells like victory.

2. I once worked as the assistant to the Book Reviews Editors of a fairly prestigious journal and can attest that while most reviewers were solicited for their erudition, some were indeed selected for entertainment value.†

†. Oh, nothing to add. But footnoting a footnote is something I've always wanted to do. It's like the journey to the journey to the results. Wheels within wheels. The meta of meta. Really, you should comment before calling this in.

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Welcome to WHAT IF Wednesday!

WHAT IF... You could bring back just one television show?



Not just bring back the old episodes, although in many cases that would be great, and the proof is in the popularity of Netflix and television shows years or decades old (Dr. Who the original series from the 1960s). But bring back that old show, with the original actors; just in brand new episodes.

Now this is a WHAT IF question, so yes the insanely crazy is not only possible, but for the purposes of maximizing entertainment value for me and the rest of the crowd this morning, it is encouraged! So yes, even though Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland are gone with the wind at this late date, you could voice your support for a new Captain Blood movie, if we weren't only covering tv shows. Keep up, please!

There are so many shows which, over the years, I've allowed myself to begin watching, only to realize after no more than two or three episodes that it would never see a season two. Mostly because it was so bad. But more oftentimes than seems reasonable, it was because it was rather good, and here in America evidently that is a ticket right to Cancellation Hell for television programming.

There are many shows that got the axe and which I would have broadcast forever and one of them is...

Moonlight (CBS) 2007
Starring eye candy Alex O'Laughlin in the main lead. CBS make an error of epic proportions when they cancelled Moonlight. It was out the year before Twilight came out. CBS had a show just curling over the edge of the wave before the Tsunami of everything vampire. It had a hot cast, including Sophia Myles (of the startlingly green eyes, and a propensity for Vampire stories) and Jason Dohring (who hasn't had a great role since). It had decent plotlines and terrific dialogue. It had Alex O'Laughlin (There's a reason CBS kept looking for a home for him). Stupid CBS. At least it has two of the all-time best kiss scenes in TV history. I'll confess, I nearly wore out the 'rewind five seconds' button on my remote control on this scene in Episode 13, which I kept rewinding and watching again and again and... well, you get the picture. Here, Mick (Alex) has been trying to get his humanity back for 85 years, and he finds a cure... but he has to give it up and become vampire once more to save Beth. That was yesterday, in this scene. See for yourself:

My 2nd nominee for BRING BACK NEW EPISODES is a recent show which people should have made the number one show on TV just last year...

Almost Human (Fox) 2014
Starring eye candy Karl Urban AND Michael Ealy. (Hey, I didn't make up the rule about needing eye candy in order to have a successful TV show in America. But I certainly do enjoy it.) Urban played Detective John Kennex and Ealy his Android AI sidekick, Dorian. It was a cop-buddy film cast as TV show. But the storylines were fresh, interesting and the sets were spectacular. Just as the show began to kick into high gear, it got pulled. The guy JJ Abrams brought in to play the (more handsome yet just as irascible) Doctor McCoy on the revamped Star Trek (where he was frickin fantastic), just wasn't good enough for tv audiences? I'll never understand why the masses never watch terrific television en masse. I've loved stupid and dreck before myself, but only as a treat on occasion, not as a main dish all the time. This was a show worth watching, but what should I expect from the Network that cancelled Firefly in it's first year?

Of course, that's the other show I'd bring back. Browncoats Forever!

Firefly (Fox) 2002
Mal and crew flew the Serenity through the empty reaches of space, and into my heart for all time. All you Johnnie-come-latelies who think Christina Hendricks is hot now on Mad Men? You missed her as a femme fatale extraordinaire on Firefly, where she married Mal to escape a planet and then tried to kill him to steal his ship. Woah!

FYI:This is the entire episode.

But if you loved Firefly, you've seen that episode at least 10 times. Watch this instead. I guarantee you probably haven't seen it. Unless you own the Disc set with the bonus features. In which case, you know it's well worth watching again.  

So what shows do you still think about fondly and secretly wish could be brought back to the (in most homes now, not so) small screen, with all new episodes for your delight? Which characters do you still miss and wonder about how their lives turned out during the odd, quiet moments when no one else but you is around and your brain is full of wandering thoughts?  




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Got Your Apple Watch® Yet ?

      That's the CEO of Apple there in the picture, Tim Cook. They've been doing this for decades. Every time Apple rolls out a new product, their CEO appears on a stage and gets his picture in all the papers. As I understand the story, he was rolling out some other piece of iCrap® and at the end said, "One more thing," and then showed off the watch. (Ooooo ... wasn't that cool ?) The roll-out, and the fawning media coverage, usually has the whole Apple brand-tribe panting, "When does it ship ?" And then they go camp out at the Apple Store® in order to be the first on their block to own the new toy. The campers are known as early adopters and are presumed to be the smartest and most far-sighted among us. Apple products are always more expensive that those of their competitors, but they've outdone themselves this time. One version of the watch has a case made of 18ct. gold and costs $10,000. It's called the Apple Watch® Edition, not the Gold Edition, or the Deluxe Edition, just the Edition. (Visionary, no ?)

      Because of the price the marketing may be a little more difficult this time. Consider this quote from what I presume to be an Apple fan site:

The job of Apple Retail Store employees will begin changing in profound ways next month. In order to showcase and sell the Apple Watch, retail employees will be trained to provide personal fashion and styling advice to customers, according to employees briefed on the plans. Until now, Apple Retail has been tasked with recommending iPads, iPhones and Macs with few styling options aside from limited color options.

Apple is pushing for retail employees to initiate conversations that build trust, enabling the employee to serve as a valued fashion advisor during the purchase process, similarly to how traditional watches are sold. Apple Watch sales training programs will take place for Apple retail staff over the course of the next two weeks, teaching entirely new sales techniques to encourage iPhone upgrades, assist with gifting, and guide customers in watch and strap choices.
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     Reaction to the new trinket has been mixed. At The Guardian, Hannah Jane Parkinson gives us Nine reasons only a tool would buy the Apple Watch® and here's some web reaction, courtesy of the BBC:
On Apple Watch Edition (the expensive one)...

Actress Anna Kendrick on Twitter: "We should be thanking Apple for launching the $10,000 'Apple Watch' as the new gold-standard in douchebag detection."

Economist Joseph Brusuelas on Twitter: The Apple watch has the feel of Steve Jobs' Lisa [computer]. It's ill conceived, ill considered & likely to go the way of Google Glass.

User jdflan on Reddit: "It's not uncommon for watches to be priced from $350 to $10,000. But the Apple Watch is different. It's not a Rolex. In a year it's going to be obsolete and in 10 years it won't even power on because the battery will no longer hold a charge."

User LiveLaughLoveRevenge on Reddit: "I was secretly hoping that they'd bring something really cool to the table - something to push the tech ahead. But nope. Functionality seems basically the same, and instead they went the route of trying to make it a status symbol - like MK or LV bags, no extra utility, just a brand name."

User Dan Colasanti on Twitter: Dear people whining about the $10,000 to $17,000 18K-Gold Apple #Watch - it's not meant for you - so get over it.

     So, the product "shipped" Friday. As you may have guessed by now, I won't be among the early adopters. How 'bout you ? I know all the Kool Kids hang out at CUA,

Got Your Apple Watch® Yet ?

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A Few Photos From KC

The premiere recap diary is tmservo433's: After Action Report: DailyKos Connects Kansas City - What a Weekend! (And Some News for Attendees) He gives a great summary of the event with nice photos from Michael Bersin at ShowMeProgress.com.

We had around 140 attendees and the venue was fantastic.

I was unable to take many photos because of my directing every minute of this event. But here's the few pics I did take.

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Markos addressing the crowd

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Markos unveiling DK5 beta

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Markos addressing the crowd

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Joan McCarter, unknown to me person (tmservo433 will fill us in), and Markos chatting during a break

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Meteor Blades strategizing with Denver Connect! Unite! Act! leader ColoTim

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Lunch pizza buffet and mingling hour. FTR, we had a lovely continental breakfast, also.

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I got to meet KJ in Missouri, note her tie-dye dress which pisses off her republican relatives. lol.

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navajo and KJ in Missouri !

Now we move on to the evening venue for our After Party at Anton's! Great venue and food! It was a place to network and divide up into breakout sessions.

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We had a fantastic buffet!

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Kansas City ambience

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tmservo433 and Will Rockafellow, General Manager of Daily Kos

And finally:

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Meteor Blades, Patricia Bynes and Monique Teal

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Meteor Blades, navajo and Monique Teal

I really loved meeting everyone!

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Have you ever been to a Drive-in Theater?

Growing up in a very small rural town in Illinois, there wasn't much to do. There were five churches, five bars, a two lane bowling alley and our drive-in movie theater sitting at the edge of town. In the good weather months, it was the drive-in theater that became the focal point of our small community. I have countless fond memories of that old theater. It really didn't matter what was playing. The movie always seemed secondary to the activity. The real action was taking place semi-privately behind people's windshields and at the snack bar. Families with cranky kids, teenagers testing boundaries, couples on their first date, couples on their third date, fogged windows. It was the place to be.

Drive-ins used to be ubiquitous in my day. Now they seem to be as rare as a payphone sighting. The heyday for the drive-in theater was the 50s. By the 70s they had become both controversial and obsolete. The fogged windows made conservatives rail against them while the rest of us were getting cable television.

Drive-in theaters suffered the social and technological changes of our the time and closed en masse. Ever been to a swap meet? Chances are that the grounds once held a movie screen and cars hooked up to a clunky speaker hanging from the driver's side window.

There are many people holding on to hope that the drive-in theater will make a come back. If they do, the original experience will never be duplicated. Enhanced, maybe, but never duplicated.

Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? Do you remember the movie?

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Where's your art Shakespeare?


William Shakespeare 26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616 was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist....
Okay, maybe he was "the greatest writer." Maybe he's my favorite also, but the goddamn bard just won't leave me alone. It seems wherever I go in life, whatever activities I'm doing at any time, Shakespeare has the nasty habit of showing up.
Cam & baby Yorrick
Reflections of my man William even crept into the scene while I was photographing my housemate yesterday. However, both mother and baby Yorrick are doing fine.

Then last night I'm watching Star Trek and the damn man sneaks in there as well in an episode entitled, "Conscience of the King."

Vengeance came in the form of a phone call with my sister. She reacted to my healf-hearted Shakespearean complaints by informing me she had just watched an old Black Adder episode wherein William makes a cameo. Once Black Adder identifies who he is, he kicks William in a tender region in retribution for all the hours he lost in school studying Shakepeare's plays.

Even people who do not read Shakespeare seem nonetheless capable of accidentally quoting him, or at least it seems so to me. Maybe I just have Shakespeare on the brain.

Does Shakespeare ever turn up in your life? Do the ghost of his words ever appear to you? Are you, like Black Adder, a Shakespeare hater?

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