Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
While attending school in Eastern Oregon, my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. T. (no relation to Mr. T) told the class we would be starting daily journals. We were to write whatever came to mind, events of the day and whatnot. "If you want to write 'Mrs. T. is a bitch, you can write that,'" she said.
For a week or so, we wrote in our journals. Then one day, when we came into school, a murmur started though the classroom. No one could find their journals in their desks. We asked Mrs. T. where they might be.
"I burned them," she said.
Yes, in the burn barrel on the side of the playground(!) she had burned them. Evidently someone had written, "Mrs. T. is a bitch." I remember looking down into the burn barrel and seeing the charred remains of 20 or so spiral-bound notebooks.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Listen to his BBC interview on this topic and more.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
When I was dealing with classified information in the late 90's, there was a big push to minimize the amount we created and held, due sheerly to massive cost of maintaining it (billions of $ a year). There's apparently been a big 180 on the practice of minimizing.
BTW, the state secrecy defense is a favorite against human rights abuses.
Monday, January 21, 2008
All the ads we watch that tell us "you suck - buy stuff" are one part of the cycle of consumption.
Awesome video, only 20 minutes long.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Additionally, color causes distraction. I was distracted by colors and patterns more with the color film, while B&W allowed me to concentrate on people's faces and actions.
Coincidentally, you can tell when the film was made based on some of the camera shots and angles. The scene where Jacob Schpitendavel enters the Lower East Side reminds me, oddly enough, of Enter the Dragon, which was made a few years later.