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Better Things – Better TV

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Are we in a golden age of TV now? I keep seeing Important Essays that say we are.  I just think it’s a bridge too far to decide that we’re in a golden age of anything while we’re in it.  We’re going to need some perspective.  But I will definitely say that the quality and variety is on the upswing.

Better Things is a great example.  It’s the latest from Pamela Adlon, longtime collaborator of Louis CK.  She takes the absurd/surreal yet all-too-real vibe of the later seasons of Louie and drives it to new heights.   You owe it to yourself to check it out.  It joins a really strong lineup on FX/FXX of non-stupid comedies like Man Seeking Woman and You’re the Worst.  And even NBC (yes! NBC!) is chiming in on the non-stupid comedy front with Superstore and The Good Place.

Check it all out.  This is why we have TiVo!

 

“Is It Because of That Song?”

barcamp_rochester_logo_reboot_iconAt a BarCamp a few years ago, I had the chance to attend a talk by a woman (oh, I wish I could remember or retrieve her name!) who had been the PR Director of Kodak on the day they announced the final end of production for Kodachrome.

She told about taking a few of the phone calls that came in that day from displeased members of the public. One conversation she related to us had gone something like this:

Are you a full-time photographer?
I am a serious hobbyist!
OK, fine.  Do you shoot Kodachrome?
Not currently
Is there any Kodachrome in your film fridge?
No… there isn’t.
So why are you so upset?  Is it because of that song?
. . .

 

It’s All a Scam! (And that’s OK.)

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Premieres Nov. 9!  Check your cable listings.

So for a while, when it was still quite the Clown Car, I was mentioning that a lot of the marginal Republican candidates seemed to be in it for the money.

Then the challengers fell away, and I became focused on the hideous, hideous possibility that this homunculus might actually get his hiney into a chair behind the desk in the Oval Office.  As of now, this seems unlikely.  In fact, based on the primary electorate he built up as his base, almost everything he’s done since the convention only seems to make sense if he’s actively trying to lose.

Return to the fact that Trump has been a con man and a grifter for his entire career, and instead of thinking, “holy crap, a grifter might possibly become President”, think, “holy crap, what an enormous grift this whole sorry spectacle is!”

Example: When his campaign started getting donations at a serious level, Trump Tower raised the rent for the campaign’s office space by a factor of five.

Or spending eight million dollars on web design to raise more money from — let’s be blunt — idiots.  Idiots who have shown the distinct lack of judgement required to actually give a billionaire $50 checks.

And then we have the hats.  So.  Many.  Hats.  Somewhere I read the following definition of the Trump campaign: “…a hat website that advertises by running a guy for President.”  (That’s from memory. Oh how I wish I could find the quote again.  If you know where it’s from, hit me up in the comments so I can give it the link-love it deserves.)

Finally, we have the word on what Trump plans to do with his campaign’s mailing lists and donor rolls after the election: “Monetize it.”

 

Bike-Friendly?

Wishful thinking, right on the corner. .

Wishful thinking, right on the corner.

Rochester is trying to be more bike-friendly, but it’s still a car-oriented sprawly mess.

I commute by bike on every day that the weather allows me to without arriving looking like I just finished a triathlon, soaked to the skin or frostbitten.  It’s only two miles but I am sure I experience a pretty full range of Rochester biking annoyances.

The best of them is this gem.  Imagine you’re on your bike on a two-lane road. It’s a 40MPH speed limit, double-yellow line, pretty busy.  The cars wave at that speed limit as they whiz by it.

But it’s all good – you are in a dedicated bike lane.  True, it’s only about two-feet wide but you have a decent pace going and no trouble keeping it straight.  Then you look up and… there’s a sign, “BIKE LANE ENDS”.  Not even at an intersection.  In the middle of a long straightaway, the road narrows a bit, and Poof! there goes the bike lane.  Now it’s just you and the cars, all jostling for the same width of road.

This happens all around Rochester.  I guess our bikes need to be fitted out with a device where we can de-materialize at random locations, only to re-materialize the 150 or 300 yards further down the road where the bike lane magically resumes.  As wonderful as the folks at Full Moon Vista have always been for us, they do nothing but giggle when I ask about them stocking this wondrous device.

 

Which Beatle…?

…has had the most successful solo carreer?

This one:

Ringo

Who knew?  People always think of the other three but they all joined or formed other bands.  Key word: solo.

source: My desire to start friendly arguments.

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