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Friday, October 28, 2011

Steve Jobs: Creative Mind

Steve Jobs Drives Without License Plates So Steve Jobs found a loophole and exploited it. Makes for an interesting philosophical discussion. Would you do the same or would you register your car after the six months?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oregon Experience: The Oystermen

The Oystermen, a fascinating look at oysters from the Oregon coast. In the mid-1800s they became a highly prized commodity. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Oysters and the people who hoisted them from the waters and into the mouths of an Oyster hungry public. 

Check out other videos at Oregon Experience.

Three Great Movies

I figured I should post these. If you haven't seen these movies yet you should rent them, netflix, torrent, whatever it takes to see these films.

1. The Big One (1997)
What started in the latter part of the 80s was finally starting to catch up with the rest of the manufacturing industry in the United States. A patriotic American would assume that if the company you are working for is making record profits, why on Earth would they lay you off? Don't you think workers ought to be getting a pay raise for making the company so much profit? In a reasonable, rational world yes. In the real world. No. The outsourcing of America continues to this day, and the government that allowed it to happen hasn't done much to help the millions of struggling American families who have been economically abandoned.

Michael Moore does his usual great job of bringing to spotlight to these problems. A note to Oregonians, pay attention to the interview with Nike CEO Phil Knight.

2. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
"I hate to advocate weird chemicals, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone... but they've always worked for me"-Hunter S. Thompson, Where the Buffalo Roam

Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, and René Auberjonois bring to the screen amazing intersections of life, politics, drugs and Richard Nixon. Murray portrays gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. If all you have seen is Fear and Loathing Las Vegas, then you haven't seen anything yet. For me this movie really speaks to what our modern media really is, they are a money making machine that have an agenda (be it good or bad is up to viewers) contrast it with HST take and you see two radical different perspectives. This movie is well worth a watch, not only is it entertaining, but also insightful.

3. Carlton Browne of the F.O. (Man in a Cocked Hat)

Ever heard of Gaillardia? It is the tale of British colonial politics gone askew. The colonial governor of a long lost colony writes the F.O. (Foreign Office) for assistance. Patronage run amuck has left the feeble Carlton Browne (Terry Thomas) in charge of the problem. Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers), Luciana Paluzzi (Princess Ilyena), Ian Bannen ( The King) and Thorley Walters
 (Colonel Bellingham) round out the cast of this early satire of John and Roy Boulting.

While Peter Sellers is great in this, I feel Terry-Thomas steals the show. For those of you unfamiliar with British talent you might recognize Thomas as 'Sir Hiss' from the Walt Disney 1973 adaption of Robin Hood which is my favorite Disney animated film from the 30s-70s era.


Long Time No Post

Been a while since last posted here. Sorry for the delay. Lots of cool stuff going on in the world.
Gaddafi is dead, the United States is pulling out of Iraq, the NBA lockout is playing havoc with basketball fans around the world, and in our little neck of the woods there will be a primary election to replace former Congressman David Wu. There are two really cool candidates running in the Democratic primary out of like six.

I quit a job that I felt wasn't going anywhere for me, except for headaches and ulcers. It was more or less a good move to get out of K-12 public education. That ship is sinking fast without a serious public centered reform movement, we will continue to pay more for fewer and fewer services that only benefit 1/3 of the people who use it...but enough depressing thoughts.

On a brighter note, I went back to school to finish my philosophy degree. I am getting more in Pell Grants than I was being paid to do my job. So unreal. So after a total of six years of higher education I will have two degrees. 3 years a degree isn't that bad. What awaits me after my philosophy degree is unknown.

Right now you are probably seeing a lot in the news about the Occupy Wall Street Movement. It is very neat to see democracy in action. How this will play out in 2012 is uncertain. I don't feel yet that the majority of Democrats in Congress exactly get it what's going on in the country. The one guy who does seem to get it is Peter DeFazio.