“Sunrise doesn’t last all morning, a cloudburst doesn’t last all day, seems my love is up and has left you with no warning. It’s not always going to be this grey. All things must pass, all things must pass away.”—
“There’s a difference between the statements ‘America has the best health-care system in the world’ and ‘With enough money, you can purchase the best health care in the world in America.’ … People should ask themselves a very simple question: Do they think they are likelier to lose their job and fall into the health-care situation of the uninsured? Or are they likelier to become an influential politician and enjoy the health-care options available to the most powerful people in the world?
If you’re a United States senator, America may have the best health-care in the world. But if you’re an ordinary person with the same vulnerability to bad luck that we all have, you’re better off being in Canada, or France, or Japan, or somewhere that doesn’t take your insurance away when Wall Street causes the economy to crash.”—Ezra Klein (via savingpaper)
“I think a lot of the time these days people are so concerned about having the right camera and the right film and the right lenses and all the special effects that go along with it, even the computer, that they’re missing the key element.”—
“I’ve really enjoyed the slight gender role reversal involved: [Kathryn] Bigelow is nominated for directing a tough, suspenseful action movie that refuses to indulge in a romantic or conventionally happy ending, while [James] Cameron is up for a movie that despite extended action sequences is essentially a corny (if visually astonishing) romance. I’m not the type of feminist who thinks women ought to ape male behavior exactly and believes that if we can do that, sexism will just go away. Nor do I think it’s necessary for women in any medium to think they can only make careers for themselves by carving out spheres in which they write strictly about women’s issues, or make strictly women’s movies, or whatever. But whatever my larger, still-clarifying thoughts on gender in the workplace, I do enjoy watching Bigelow repeatedly demonstrate that in art as in life, war and action are not strictly the directorial domain of Very Tough Men.”—
Happy Friday everyone! This week I’ve stumbled on a ton of new things so I decided to make my “5 Things” be about the new things I’ve discovered. Here are the 5 Things I discovered.
I love music. But more than that, I love finding new music. A day or so ago, I stumbled on an internet buddy Holly’s blog. She posted a few tracks of a new band she found. I clicked on one of them and within 5 seconds I knew it was going to be good…by the end of the song, I was hooked. Coco O. and Robin Hannibal make up this duo and they are from Denmark. There’s something happen in Europe that is making the music coming out of them so much more….funkier than we’re producing. Hit up Holly’s blog to hear the two songs I heard and if you dig them, you may also like Little Dragon and Belleruche.
I love watching BBC America. There are a lot of their shows that I love…but I really love The Jonathan Ross Show. Recently he had the cast of a new show that airs on E4 called Misfits. Last night, I watched the first 2 episodes of the 1st series. If I didn’t have to go to sleep for work the next day, I would have watched all 6. It’s a little like Heroes…but campier…in a very good way. I like it more than Heroes, in part that I don’t like Heroes at all…but I digress. It’s about a group of young offenders forced to work in a community service program, where they become imbued with supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm. Where I’m at now, the fun is just about to begin. All of them but one knows what their supernatural power is. And they weren’t the only one’s who were affected by the storm.
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Another book series, Jalon? Yep. Another children’s book series? Uh…yeah. I don’t know what to say. I’m also the same girl who was out at midnight when the last Harry Potter book came out, so there’s that. But I’m already 3 chapters into the first book of this series and I know I’m going to finish it. Audio books has revolutionized how much and how quickly I “read”. I first caught wind of this series due to the movie of the same name of the first book coming out this month. I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. Until I saw Rosario Dawson on Jimmy Fallon talking about her role in the movie and how much she loved the books. If Rosario Dawson is cool enough to read them…so am I! Besides, I love Greek mythology. Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea and earthquakes. He learns that the legendary beings of Greek mythology still exist and have always existed, including monsters, cyclopes, empousai, Titans, and also the Olympians (Greek gods) themselves who dwell in Olympus which is now situated at the mythical 600th floor of the Empire State Building. I’m not far in the book, and I don’t want to reveal anything to myself so, let’s end this now…
4. Free Lightroom Presets.
Since I don’t have Photoshop STILL on my computer, I’m left using Lightroom to edit my pictures. Yesterday, I just uploaded a ton of presets to soften the loss. I still feel the effects of the Hard Drive crash of ‘09 to this day. But that’s not what I discovered. What I discover was the 100s of awesome FREE presets out there for Lightroom. It’s not the same as Photoshop…but it’ll hold me over until I can get my hands on it. I miss you PS! Come back to me!
The 5th thing I discovered this week isn’t anything new. Well, it’s new to me…but I hadn’t noticed it until today. These past few days we’ve been accosted by snow. We hit a brand new record for snow fall. As I got dressed to take my dogs outside in the cold snow I reached for a hat and realized I had a lot of hats. Like…A LOT. I don’t know what it is about hats and I. I don’t need to hide anything or cover up…I just, like hats. And we’re not talking baseball hats. I’ve got all kinds of different looking ones. For all kinds of occasions.
Have a great weekend and a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
“I don’t have a read [on Sarah Palin]. I try not to make, or set opinions about people that I haven’t had any substantive interaction with. … I think it’s wonderful to have strong female voices out there, but I don’t know her.”—Michelle Obama
I love the First Lady. It’s perfect: no irony, no snark; do not inflate or take the bait; neutralize and move on. Welcome to the adults’ table. (via savingpaper)
I don’t really blog…which is a problem, since this is in fact a blog. So, in an effort to put up some verbage, I’m starting a weekly (or bi-weekly depending on how motivated I am) tradition called “5 Things”. I’m going to keep it open ended so I can change it up. One week it maybe 5 things I did this week or 5 things that made me laugh or 5 things learned. But, I think I’ll start it off with 5 Things I loved this week.
First, I’ll start off with something that actually happened last week. But it’s impact on me is still felt. Pink’s performance during the 2010 Grammy’s was spectacular. It was so beautiful, so simple (in that she didn’t have 1,000 dancers with her) and just so mesmerizing. If you haven’t seen it please follow the link and check it out. Pink’s Grammy Performance.
Staying with music, another thing I loved this week was Matt Morris’ new album. I’ve been a fan of his since he was on the Mickey Mouse Club. Yes…I’m that girl. ;o) Recently he put out a new album and it’s just brilliant. But beyond the shear brilliancy of his album is how humbled he is by people’s reaction to it. He joined Justin Timberlake for the “Hope for Haiti Now” special for an amazing version of Hallelujah and it’s been on the tip of iTunes ever since. Check out the performance
This past week, I read two books. I don’t remember the last time I went through books so fast. And I was so mad at myself too! I have to wait until the fall for the third book…I”m not good with waiting. The books were The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I have an online book club and one of my friends has been urging us to read them…and when I finally did, I knew anytime she would tell me to read something…I would. Check them out if you’re into that sort of thing…you know…books.
This year, I’m hoping to add to my photography portfolio more couples…well, more people really. I’ve got a ton of landscapes and me, and that’s not doing anyone a bit of help. I stumbled on this photographer who captures people the way I would like to in a very simple and perfect way. His name is Max Wanger and his portraits are stunning…in my opinion. Click through all his tabs, but really check out his “Love and Marriage” tab. Gorgeous.
And finally, the 5h thing that I loved this week has been running. I haven’t always love running…in fact, I’m still struggling to LOVE running…but I do love how I feel when I finish. That clarity in my lungs, the pride in accomplishing something…anything positive for me is an award onto itself. I’ve been talking about my marathon goals for the year…and now I finally have actual dates to these said marathon. My first (which will be a 1/2) is April 11th of this year. I got a lot of work to do so I don’t struggle as much during it…but that’s half the fun! :o)
“That brings me to the second thing I want to tell you. In 2008, America elects a black man President.”
“What? Really? Like Morgan Freeman in ‘Deep Impact’?”
“No, you anachronistic goober. That movie doesn’t even come out until 1998.”
“So, he’s like Disraeli or Thatcher, right? Only Nixon can go to China? He’s really conservative? Please tell me you don’t elect Alan Keyes President.”
“No, no. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
“OK, now you’re just screwing with me.”
“No. Totally serious. He’s liberal, intelligent, deliberative, pretty much everything the country needs after Bush.”
“Bush? But Bush is President now. Please don’t tell me that he’s still around in 2008!”
“Oh, no. You’ve got the good Bush. The other one is who Obama is cleaning up after.”
“Wow! That’s awesome. That’s wonderful to hear. People must be really— Oh. You’re going to do that thing again, aren’t you?”
“Yes, I am. A lot of his supporters are disappointed.”
“With what? A liberal black guy got elected President!”
“And in his first year, he prevented a second Great Depression, has stopped torture as official policy, is winding down an unnecessary war, has dramatically opened up the transparency of government and has gone a good way towards restoring America’s place in the world.”
Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it’s a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there’s a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.
Tony Giardino: So who’s in this Pentavirate?
Stuart Mackenzie: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee beady eyes, and that smug look on his face. “Oh, you’re gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!”
Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate “The Colonel”?
Stuart Mackenzie: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!