Los Angeles and California

Correlation Does Not Imply Causation – unless it is unprofitable

September 22, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V – the brand new, hyper-violent, and incredibly realistic video game… just did the biggest weekend box office of any entertainment offering… ever. Bigger than any movie. Bigger than any musical act. I personally am repulsed by the concept of this entertainment/activity. But I am obviously in the minority. Grand theft Auto V […]

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Death Is A Lonely Business

June 7, 2012

The space ship lifted off from the launch pad just outside Waukegan, Illinois. The rocket carved an upside down “L” as it flew west. Long before the gantries moved to Cape Canaveral they were on the shores of Lake Michigan. Waukegan was a bigger city then.  And because the country was gripped by the first […]

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Seeing Is (no longer) Believing

November 29, 2011

A photo used to be a surrogate for reality. But screwing around with photos and distributing them widely has become so prevalent, companies have sprung up to do photo forensics - they help differentiate between an undoctored image and a manipulation. And I am not talking about the doctoring that goes on inside your point and shoot or camera […]

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Shattered

November 18, 2011

Walking though the Loop. Ear-buds jammed in tight. Tunes cranked. My music shuffling through songs chosen to conjure up feelings and times from my past – like photos in an album, err.. I mean on my screen saver. Eyes in the present. Ears in the past. My mind somewhere in-between, integrating it all. Unlike LA, downtown Chicago is a great walking […]

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In The Gallery – or not

November 14, 2011

And then you get an artist says he doesn’t want to paint at all He takes an empty canvas and sticks it on the wall                                                             […]

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The Internet of Things

November 1, 2011

When the stream of media forming our consciousness is indistinguishable from the stream of consciousness forming our most enlightened media we will have arrived at a distinctly new place in human evolution.                                                 […]

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Do or Do Not – There is No Try

June 19, 2011

What works for you might not work for me. I know that. Everyone has to make their own way in this world. It’s often a hard lesson to learn on your own. Teachers you can connect with are extremely rare. And learning never really seems fun in the moment. Because Yoda wasn’t hanging out in […]

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A Kindle Does Not A Library Make

June 7, 2011

The library is where I learned to dream. As a child, could you imagine walking through these portals to Fantasyland? This is the entrance to what was my local library – the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza. It was here I learned about the responsibilities of borrowing and returning […]

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You Have My Word On It

May 2, 2011

Back in the 1990’s – before Isuzu cars were pulled from the American market – an ad agency created a TV character called Joe Isuzu to help move the metal – He was earnest, and affable – a regular guy.  And a pathological liar. A constellation of qualities that made him an extremely popular TV […]

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