Wednesday, April 4, 2018

time capsule

The Atlantic magazine posed this question in their March 1 edition:
What object would you put in a time capsule for the next century to represent our current moment?
An iPhone is the easy answer.
My variation, though, would have these additions, which I hope would not disqualify it:

It would be an iPhone with a screen protector on which is printed a choice @theRealDonaldTrump tweet.

The iPhone would be glued to the center of an LP — I think Dj Khaled’s “Grateful” from 2017  would be good.  The whole would ideally be packaged in an recent edition of the Washington Post.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

figure skater guy at olympics korea no skates? wtf?

Mount olympus today

So you stand up, the two of you, drunk or tipsy, and he looks down.
actally he would look down only a couple times, not him.  lookig out, like watching the hawks.

It's the palisades, you are at the edge of a cliff. literally.  the husband facing outward, wife in.  life insurace scam, etc.?

just like camera roped to rock, actress not.  Like pic in lobby.  3D reconstruction of scene.

same crime could now be re-examined in detail as its 1984.  cameras everyewhere, watching every move.  there is no privacy.  ready player one?

were almost there.  but it's more like the truman show.  timeline used as a verb...they timelined it carefully:
granularity of time on stun.  they timed the intervals between camera scans, could erase themselves from all.
think of the usefullness of that.  what if she were the codewriter who could do this?

So I know Korea can be cold, right, and it snows?



Saturday, August 12, 2017

It all starts next door (or accross the street).

Like many of my generation, I grew up in a fading industrial city in the Northeastern U.S.  This one's saving graces were being surrounded by the natural beauty of New England hills, and its proximity to New York City, making the area a prime spot for the country houses of the Robber Barons.

Jarvis Rockwell Exhibit




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Trumpians beware

Trumpians beware

Feds bust Long Island man who told ISIS he would 'die for Allah' days after he got caught turnstile jumping.

 This is not disturbing, it is pathetic.  "turnstyle jumping", whaaat?

Does 45 know that 1/15th of 1% (300) of the immigrants to the U.S. from the dreaded 7 countries have gone on to commit crimes here?


Yes, sick -- not physically, I'm in top shape for an old crippled guy :-)
But sick of the narrative of 45 (what Lawrence Fushburne calls him because he won't say his name, so I've adopted it as a sign of outrage). Sick of the garbage in / garbage out rhetoric: Briefs by Fox News, then confusing statements using Twitter. Travel Ban, Republicare, supply-side economics, the list goes on... but starts and ends with cluelessness. All of us, and I mean worldwide, are left confused and worried.

Start with something he claims to know something

Is he unaware that the value of U.S. currency is tied to trade?
He can start by reading this.  It's at about the level of the Intro Macro-economics class I took as a freshman in college.  He claims to have gone to college, or maybe that is an "alternate fact".  He should be really, really careful about changing trade policies.  The chair of the Federal Reserve could explain it to him, but she's not pussy-grabbing material :-(

I am reminded, in a very scary way, of 9/11, in that no matter how horrifying and tragic, I just can't stop watching. I'm not good with marching, but I am good at standing, sitting, teaching, and short filmmaking. Currently I am teaching an ESL class so that immigrants can support themselves by taking all those high-paying American jobs like cleaning my building and caring for our children and dying elderly people. I am ashamed of our government, and of the people -- racist, zenophobic (look it up, unschooled people who don't know the word), vindictive, ignorant, and pessimistic supporters.


Jones said the number of foreign fighters traveling to join IS had dropped by between 75 and 90 percent, both due to it being harder to get in and out of Iraq and Syria and because the reality of doing so had been exposed as unappealing. What did they expect, Disneyworld?  Nothing like youthful excitement followed by a distaste for actual work and disappointment in a cause.



Monday, May 30, 2016

A lasting effect of war

I am of course past the deadline for Memorial Day Memorials, but this is honestly the first time I ever considered the meaning beyond BBQs and beer -- and maybe traffic.  And being a peacenik hippie may have been a part of it as well, of course.

No one in my immediate family or among our friends was killed in any war or conflict, or whatever we are calling them now.

I live across the street from a wonderful place called "Constitution Park".  I have shared many photos of it in the past, mostly because it was once the home of multiple movie studios in the silent film era.  It also has multiple memorials to those who had served to protect our citizens, including firemen and policemen as well as the military.  It has a prominent sculpture made from a large steel beam of the World Trade Center.
But this year before the BBQ and beer, I made sure to walk across the street and visit the monument to those who lost their lives in World War II, and place a single flower on it. My wife later said it is supposed to be a poppy, but all I had was a tulip.  Here's why:

In March my father Ralph Gionet died at 89 after living a full and happy life.  He was young when the U.S. joined the war, but knew he was needed and expected to serve.  As it turned out he had a minor medical condition that prevented him from being recruited.  So instead, he went to work as a welder in several shipyards in the Boston area throughout the war.  Cannot have a Navy without ships, right?
Last year he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is caused only be regular, ongoing, daily exposure to asbestos.

This would likely make him one of the oldest American men to die from an injury sustained during WWII.
I placed this flower and took this picture to honor him and all of those other people who have given their lives, not in the trenches, but in the factories, kitchens, hospitals, communications centers, and every other place providing support for the people at the front.  There are maybe way more than we could even know, given the chaos of war and passing of time.  

Please remember their sacrifices as you go back to your regular busy lives.

Friday, December 18, 2015

$4 billion for a war with no enemy?

Mandy Potankin is on Colbert tonight, oppressed.  He says we need "a new paradigm".

That sum could go a very long way towards educating the world's disadvantaged, marginalized, and opressed.

Lack of, or poor, education is clearly the biggest problem the world's population faces.  Ignorance encourages hatred and fear, which then incite violence.  I have been saying since the 80's that the real chant of young people in disadvantaged and war-torn countries is, "We want our MTV".  Sadly this desire for wordly goods and associated global perspective is denied those who could actually use it to advance their own messages of peace and commonality.

Sadly, in many parts of the world, particularly those with restrictive religious tenets, the concept of education is itself under fire, literally, especcially for girls.

My One-minute movie about the Boko Haram in Nigeria is only one extreme example.  In our own country, we fan fear with the increase of mass shootings and the associated proliferation of guns.  The fear of people "not like us" causes events like targeting Sihks and other Asians who at first glance may look like Muslims because of their garb.

Where does it stop?  In the 60's and 70's we feared nuclear annihilation, but those potentially responsible were easily identifiable and located, and their motives clear.

Now it is far more like Orwell's 1984, including "doublespeak", supporting the sociological perspective known as conflict theories. Conflict theories detract from ideas of society being naturally in harmony, instead placing emphasis on political and material inequality as its structural features (which we seem to be suffering from now).


Friday, December 4, 2015


My doc said something a cople weeks, ago, that was so zen-like it was funny.  And it was, but in a completely unexpected way.