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Kaswala: Kalen Nash resonates as a dude with a guitar

@johnnyrockJ: I appreciate the kind words. Definitely a complete package. Got to respect those who add life to their songs live, rather than merely regurgitating them.

posted @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 02:39

Kaswala: New Madrid confirms an old belief

@johnnyrockJ: Thanks for reading. I agree, a band to watch out for. Nice to see such passionate fans as well.

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 - 15:02

HBO's The Newsroom

The most interesting thing about The Newsroom to me is that it argues that balance/neutrality and objectivity are not the same thing. I've heard this from media critics before, and it's good to see a show explore the idea. I also like that the show challenges the paradigm that every issue inherently has two sides. To paraphrase one character, some issues have dozens of sides and some have none.

The fact that the show plays close to reality by using actual news events makes it more intriguing. It can be surreal at times, as it provides an alternative universe "what if TV media covered this event this way" scenario that will spark some good debate.

posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 17:08

America doesn't trust TV news

I watch TV news, but that's not necessarily where I get my news from . I'll watch because I'm interested in certain journalists' analysis (Bill Moyers, Fareed Zakaria) or even for a type of news junkie entertainment (Chris Mathews). Or for analysis mixed with satire/humour (the incomparable Bill Maher. Colbert). Overall I consume news from a litany of sources, most of which are online.

But a good portion of cable news runs on cult of personality and has devolved to people who really don't know what they're talking about pontificating loudly. Of course certain networks like Fox News don't just state their opinions, but invent their own facts and pass them off as truth. In such a climate, it's not all that surprising that a Time poll found Jon Stewart to be the most trusted man in news following Crokite's death.

There's still good TV news out there. The nightly news broadcasts may not be what they once were but they still deliver important stories. PBS, as always, is very good. Today news is more fractured, focusing on niche audiences rather than the nation at large. Sometimes they simply tell those audiences what they want to hear, confirming their opinions. Other times, perhaps more rarely, they tell audiences the truth they need to hear.

It's dangerous that news has become a profit-obsessed business rather than a community service. When the reverse becomes true, the trust will be restored to a degree higher than it is now.

posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 16:27

Staying cool in brutal heat

@jtsim: Seems like a typical response from the two people regarding global warming. I don't really understand the point of denying climate change. What does that accomplish? It shouldn't be a political issue. The more we get caught up in pointless debates over the established fact, the harder it's going to be to actually deal with its effects and keep the planet healthy. We're already behind. But I remain hopeful.

posted @ Friday, June 29, 2012 - 15:39

The best songs you've never heard

Here are some songs that I've been really into lately. Perhaps some may be familiar, some not, but of course there's no thrill like musical discovery.

For those interested in modern folk, I'd highly recommend M. Ward. His 2005 album "Transistor Radio" is to me one of the greatest and most fully realized albums ever made.

The Zombies' 1968 masterpiece "Time Out of Season"

My Bloody Valentine's "Sometimes" from their legendary 1991 album Loveless, which had a huge impact on me. The guitars on this record are revelatory and made me feel emotions I didn't know I had. One of my 5 favorite songs.

Atlas Sound's "Sheila." To me the best songwriters of our time are Thom Yorke and the Athens-born Bradford Cox, aka Atlas Sound (also the lead singer Deerhunter, possibly the most remarkable American band to emerge in the past decade). His songs are dreams.

The endlessly great Neil Young's "Philadelphia." It's hard to imagine a more beautiful piece of music.

posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 14:35

The best songs you've never heard

Here are some songs that I've been really into lately. Perhaps some may be familiar, some not, but of course there's no thrill like musical discovery.

For those interested in modern folk, I'd highly recommend M. Ward. His 2005 album "Transistor Radio" is to me one of the greatest and most fully realized albums ever made.

http://youtu.be/j3h_CSTNm1s

The Zombies' 1968 masterpiece "Time Out of Season"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc7b62El_fk

My Bloody Valentine's "Sometimes" from their legendary 1991 album Loveless, which had a huge impact on me. The guitars on this record are revelatory and made me feel emotions I didn't know I had. One of my 5 favorite songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0dJqlvOSq4

Atlas Sound's "Sheila." To me the best songwriters of our time are Thom Yorke and the Athens-born Bradford Cox, aka Atlas Sound (also the lead singer Deerhunter, possibly the most remarkable American band to emerge in the past decade). His songs are dreams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGXdYoVGJUM

The endlessly great Neil Young's "Philadelphia." It's hard to imagine a more beautiful piece of music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d-imQ6Z0xM

posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 14:18

The best songs you've never heard

@2dollar: Some great ones up there. Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and Phoenix are some of my favorite modern bands. I had the honor of seeing all three live in the past few years. Animal Collective was like attending a glorious communal ritual party on the moon. Arcade Fire live was one of the most cathartic experiences of my life. Truly one of the best bands of our time, actually saying things. "Funeral" may very well be the greatest debut album of the past decade, along with Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut and Cymbals Eat Guitars' "Why There Are Mountains" up there as well. The latter is a triumph of ultra-impassioned, ambitious, volatile rock, with songs that are as expansive as the land itself.

posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 13:35

Maurice Sendak and the Role of Children's Literature

@Aubrie Sofala: What led you to change your mind about children's literature?

posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:23

Maurice Sendak and the Role of Children's Literature

@avenger: His stories did feel rebellious, but in an inviting and warm rather than cold and bitter way. So much great literature, art and ideas are initially vilified, only to become classic later on. Perhaps the willingness to ruffle some feathers is a hallmark of greatness. What I respect most about his work is that it's unafraid to challenge us, even as children. In that way he gave children a level of respect often reserved for adults.

posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:21

Maurice Sendak and the Role of Children's Literature

@annacat: Richard Scarry (an ironic last name, given his generally warm and playful illustrations and books) seemed to be more explicitly educational. His works definitely teach great lessons in regards to manners, dealing with people and living respectfully in the world.

Sendak's work, on the other hand, seemed less interested in teaching those kinds of lessons. I think he simply depicted the world as he saw it- frightening and complex, a place where bad things may happen to good people. What he told Stephen Colbert last year was illuminating: "I don't write for children. I write. And somebody says, 'that's for children!'" Perhaps that explains the different approach.

Either way we are better for it!

posted @ Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 01:15

Maurice Sendak and the Role of Children's Literature

@dinodungdan: Yes, there are few better excuses! So many important cultural works and ideas erupted during those decades.

posted @ Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 00:52

What foods can get rid of stress?

@Joel Kight: Definitely. I find that the physical process of eating is more important than the food at hand when it comes to relieving stress.

posted @ Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 00:38

Maurice Sendak and the Role of Children's Literature

@dinodungdan: Do you recall how people initially reacted to Sendak's writings? Seems that if it came out today its dark nature and frightening images wouldn't be too shocking for youth.

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 17:37

What foods can get rid of stress?

Anything sweet and natural that I can tear into, especially fruit like like watermelon, tangerines and mangos. Using the hands is a lot more fun than using forks and spoons.

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 17:11

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