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Sh*t My Dad Says
Justin Halpern
IT Books 2010

First off, everyone else in the world has read this. But it’s my first exposure to the Halpern tribe and I am adding to what I more or less heard about this.

Killing time unemployed and wanting to stay busy-looking I walked down to the local library in the sweltering Virginia afternoon. It’s raining and It’s a “cool” 79 degrees. Yesterday it poured and it was around 90. I still don’t get it. After 50 years in California, I find out the East Coast is a tropical rain forest.

So anyway, my reserved books aren’t in yet and I picked a few dull-as-mud nerd manuals on CSS and HTML coding and I grabbed this.

Like I said, I just put the book down for a minute. I broke out laughing a few times and a woman digging through DVDs glared at me.

I’m totally recommend this. Even if you never lived in San Diego, there’s a moral message in here. I can’t find it but it’s funny and sounds, well, real familiar.

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MeediaSeenIt at Cinema Arts Thaetre in Fairfax VA

Beasts of the Southern Wild (IMDB)

Beasts of the Southern Wild – image IMDB

Click on the image and read the reviews of this film at the IMDB and hear it all. “Naive” “Exploitation” and more. Many are upset by the film. By its unvarnished alky/homeless setting that is disturbingly local down at the underpass or down by the river all over America. It’s not what people want to see. And it has the unsettling quality of bringing ghastly and leveling images of extreme poverty around the globe and stamping them into a rather uncomfortably accurate true description of mainstream American culture and its costs.

I find the distant horizon of oil refineries and dim stacks spewing a subtle backdrop filmy and today’s version of a the Renaissance’s cherubs and ruins that depicted a visual backdrop in paintings throughout Europe.

But I can only hope viewers want to see the refineries and environmental and social damage our petroleum addicted cultures feed off of. The rubbish, the monstrous resentments, the desperation. I don’t think so.

From my review at IMDB:

Take my quadriplegic friend to a film of his choice 1ce a month or so. He chose this. I am fairly deaf so missed a lot of the dialog at first. Mainly visuals. Pardon me but I immediately globalized the delta scene. Nigeria? Bangladesh? Indonesia? Surinam? everywhere tribes of people form and gather and live on the utter fringes of the petroleum planet – using scraps and refuse for homes and tools. I disassociated this from any regular old Delta/Cajun style film. I suppose most think of Hurricane Katrina – I think climate change, population dislocation, catastrophic sea level rise, class warfare. Another film comes to mind – Water World and then crossed with Mad Max.

Moving around in DC. Find free wifi. What Metro to take? Eat. Say Whoa!

METRO trip planner train/bus

  1. Click here for METRO trip planner train/bus. Enter your location and destination address and itineraries will pop out for you. Check for next bus.

    Full Metro Map here

  2. The Map (Google) Find It
  3. Washington Post Weather (map, rain, alerts, temps, radar)

    Wa Post weather site/maps

    Wa Post weather site/maps

  4. DC Linktank and WeekBook the wonk’s wonk site to think tank and open forum heaven. Complete weekly listings and registration contacts for policy and research institutes throughout DC. Uniquely DC, this does not exist anywhere else on the planet. Most listed events are open, you don’t need to be local. You can register and stay updated also follow them on Twitter, etc.
    DC_Linktank

    DC_Linktank

    Have a free couple of hours? Interested to hear the brightest, best, most influential, notorious, or powerful in usually a small foundation or university environment, for free? Listings every week. Be polite, respect the speakers and the organizations (of every political stripe) that host these and make them available. Network, join a Q&A with a former Cabinet member, political operative, lobbyist or journalist before they head to CNN or are written up in the Post, or get indicted, get a card to send a question for a seriously awesome response—or alibi. – uniquely DC – MST

  5. Where am I? How can I get online around here? the DC Government has your back AND your bandwidth at their govern-sponsored wifi hotspot map– interactive – very cool. Civilian wifi hotspots included every Starbucks, MacDonald’s, AT&T office, Barnes and Noble, Busboys and Poets and many more. Search for any of these on the Google mapabove or on your smartphone.

    DC_GOV_GIS_Free_Wifi_Spots (interactive map)

    DC_GOV_GIS_Free_Wifi_Spots (interactive map)


Connect Here…extras

(shortened links by bit.ly, thank you Libya)

Best QR code generator (free) phones, url’s, Twitter, vcard…  qrStuff.com   http://bit.ly/MOIWV9

I’ve used several online QR code generators but this seems the most capable. Highly recommended. – MST

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Intelligient links for wonks and junkies  DCLinkTank   http://bit.ly/NX6HKl

Have a free couple of hours? Interested to hear the brightest, best, most influential, notorious, or powerful in usually a small foundation or university environment, for free? Listings every week. Be polite, respect the speakers and the organizations (of every political stripe) that host these and make them available. Network, join a Q&A with a former Cabinet member, political operative, lobbyist or journalist before they head to CNN or are written up in the Post. Get a card to send a question for a seriously awesome response. – uniquely DC – MST

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The Intouchables goes much deeper than you might think.

The Intouchables at IMDB

The Intouchables at IMDB

As someone who has “married up” I was struck by how truly the story emerges about how this no-name jobless immigrant and a severely physically handicapped man of sophistication and wealth (I mean he had his own Dassault jet) nevertheless bonded.

I mean, it’s case study of fearless third-world adoption of culture and tech: cell phones, text messaging, knowledgable curation of pop music, and the creature comforts and attitude of über class French (and by extension western) society. The gap was bridged, for better or for worse.

The Arlington audience, reeling from the power outages and mess of the June 29 storm, chuckled and laughed out loud at the acute comedies and ironies of the situation.

Yes, there was the reefer smoking hang out buddies discussion group. But the Earth Wind and Fire cross-culturating drive music, the aspiring sex machine jive, and the stick-a-finger in your stuck-up assumptions told a bold tale of globalization.

MSToo

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/

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My reviews are posted as I read them. No particular order. Indexed here to focus page.

  1. Wright, Evan, and Jon Roberts. American Desperado: My Life–From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset.Crown, 2011.

    American Desperado (cover)

    American Desperado (cover)

  2. Vogel, Ezra F. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
    Deng_Xiaoping (cover)

    Deng_Xiaoping (cover)

     

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