Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Balls of Macklemore

Hip Hop has had an overall bad record when it comes to its treatment of women and gays.  The enlightened have been few and far between.  They have mostly consisted of peripheral characters to the mainstream scene.  Finally, someone has come along and had the balls to point this out and show some compassion and intelligence on an important issue of the day.

Sure it is timed with the release of an album, so he gets some publicity for the "controversial" position, but it could also be a risk.  I guess he is also banking on the fact that most young people do not understand the homophobia of their elders.  This is also timed to publicize the referendum up for a vote in Washington concerning marriage equality.  Though same sex marriage was approved by the state legislature, it has now been put on the ballot, by some regressives.  Confusingly, the correct way to vote for this homophobic referendum is IN FAVOR.  So tell all your friends in Washington, like Macklemore is.  

I hope he sells a shit-ton of albums and becomes super famous off of this.  I am going to download this now.  You can download the song here.  Watch for the full Macklemore and Ryan Lewis album, The Heist, on Oct 9.  Get more info here.      

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Peeps on Film

What is it about peeps that inspire such reactions in people, whether negative or positive?  They are an intensely weird thing, peeps.  They are surreally colored and shaped into vaguely animal shapes.  They seems to be from another world and another time, but their popularity persists.

Now, they have taken to the cinema - creating great movie scenes.  Actually, they have been for years, as part of a peep diorama contest.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The folks at Mental Floss just collected the ones depicting oscar-winning films.  Behold "the Peeps of Wrath:"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Not a Fair Fight

If there is class warfare going on in the United States right now, then it is the most lop-sided fight I have ever heard of. If this were a sporting event, it would have been called by the ref by now.  I was inspired to write this by a Facebook post.  Canaan Huie wrote this with facts from yesterday's New York Times.
In 2010 the average income of the top 0.01% of American taxpayers increased by 21.5% or an average INCREASE of $4.2 million. For the rest of the 1% income increased by 11.6% or an average increase of $105,000. For the remaining 99% income increased by 0.2% or an average increase of $80. There's a reason it's called "trickle down" economics instead of "flow down" economics...

The poor, and middle, and upper middle, and lower upper classes really suck at class warfare.
You could almost call this a guest post, except that Canaan did not really agree to write for my blog.  I could have written about the same facts, but he just did such a good job.

I have never really considered myself a socialist, but I have my doubts about unfettered capitalism.  I am a small businessman and I want to make money.  On the other hand, I do not think I could live with myself if I was amassing a fortune while cutting the pay and benefits of my employees, or worse firing them.  Clearly these people have no such moral compass.  Something needs to be done about it.  If not from a moral perspective, at least practicality demands action.  History has shown great problems for societies when the income disparities became so great.  I would not say "off with their heads," but some would.     

Friday, February 17, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Progress or Regress?

My latest favorite saying, which I stole from someone (sorry I cannot remember who to credit), is that eating mostly local and eating organic is not some newfangled, trendy, snooty thing.  It is basically just eating like our grandparents did.  It is that simple.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Take the Day Off

Maybe it is my age.  Maybe it is the fact that I lived in Chicago.  Maybe it is my love for 80's music, but I loved and continue to love Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  I own it and have watched it within the past year.

So of course I was excited to hear about the Honda commercial featuring the return of Ferris.  Yes, I know that I preach against consumerism and giant corporations, but as an artist and filmmaker, I can enjoy a well-made commercial.  Realistically, I also just love to laugh more than the next guy.

Many people seemed disappointed with the ad, but I for one loved it.  I thought it was pretty clever.  Broderick did not actually reprise his role, but played himself having a Ferris-esque day playing hookey.  Here is a side by side comparison that shows that they "quoted" the movie even more than you might have realized.

I also admit that I take a certain amount of pleasure from Ben Stein's displeasure over not being included in the ad.  He is pretty much a right wing-nut, so I am glad he was left out.  Hearing his asinine opinions over the years have ruined his part of the movie as I tend to should out (or at least think), "jackass" when he intones the famous "Bueller, Bueller."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mind Blowing Technology

So that might be a little like saying "tasty bacon."  The mind blowing has been going on for quite some time.  Every once in a while, something comes along that takes it to the next level.  You can feel the world shift a little as you contemplate the ramifications of some new device or piece of software.  You start to imagine where this will lead.

This happened to me with the Cube, the first 3-D home printer.  I saw it on Thrillist.  The company's website is here.  If you read this and are planning to buy one, please let me know and share.  I want one so badly, but with no practical purpose, I could never justify it.  Sucks being all practical and crap.   

Watch it go!