And still all hands are tied …


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New York Daily News: With Yesterday’s Texas massacre, there have now been more students or teachers killed by guns in U.S. Schools than active duty military deaths in 2018 … No headline can do this justice. 

 

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Optimism


 

Created for The Universe in Verse 2018, curated and hosted by Maria Popova.

Context and poem text: brainpickings.org/2018/05/14/jane-hirshfield-optimism-kelli-anderson-animation/

Poem: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield, read by the author.
Film concept by Maria Popova and Kelli Anderson.
Papercraft animation by Kelli Anderson.
Music: “Optimist” by Zoë Keating.

More and more I have come to admire resilience.
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam
returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous
tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another. A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs — all this resinous, unretractable earth.

The happiest guy in the world


 

Meet the happiest guy in the world.

Sort of.

Is he happy?

What kind of person takes a cruise not for a week or a month, but for the rest of his life? Meet Mario Salcedo, who says that nearly 20 years of nonstop cruise ship living have made him “The Happiest Guy in the World” — though the truth of that claim may be in the eye of the beholder. Read the article here: https://nyti.ms/2HRa7BY

From the article:

For nearly two decades, Mario had been living out of his suitcase, traveling extensively for his corporate job as the director of international finance at a multinational corporation. He spent more time in and out of hotel rooms scattered across Latin America than he did at his home in Miami. After working nonstop for nearly 21 years, Mario — burned out — decided it was time to pursue a lifelong goal: to travel around the world, without leaving home. In 1997, he quit his job, packed an even bigger suitcase and quietly disappeared from the lives of his friends and family to pursue a new life on the open water.

Would you be happy?

 

Reunited and it feels so …


 

Over the weekend, I flew out to Portland, OR to visit my best friend, old studio partner, and professional photographer Bill Whitmire who moved out there with his wife Mer to live closer to nature and live in a super cool town.

I documented as much as I could and put together this TraVlog of the experience.

Portland is a great place filled with quirky people and surrounded by lush green, mountains and coastlines. There’s great food and bars.

We went out to eat on Saturday night to one of Bill and Mer’s favorite Mexican joints, but it was Cinco de Mayo and it was crowded as hell. Top it off, the restaurant was like a lot of places in NYC, super small with only a few tables and a bar for eating.

We noticed the staff was bringing trays to a neighboring bar, so we ended up sitting across the way and enjoying the food and having a beer outside the place.

When we ordered our food, Bill said, “If you have to use the bathroom, you should use it here. The bathrooms are really cool.

So I went to the bathroom, which was through a door in the back. Like crossing through the wardrobe into Narnia, I walked into the back of a strip club, where a woman was on stage, topless, in a thong, and waiting on stage for her song to begin. It was awkward, because it was a bit shocking, but also because there must have been technical difficulties and the person running the sound board couldn’t get a song to play.

I watched for a few seconds, laughed to myself, and used the bathroom.

When I got back to Bill and Mer, I told them how cool it was, but I got kicked out, because I started recording the topless dancer with my cell phone.

“Nooooooo!” they both exclaimed.

“Of course I didn’t.”

We all laughed.

Portland is a GREAT town!

Enjoy.

 

Damn! “This is America!”


About anyone with a pulse right now is noticing this video … And in this market of a day later is too long … I have to pass this one along anyway.

The filmmaking is amazing. The performance level is through the roof. And for me, it’s about as diametric as it gets. The joy of dance meets the violence of schools, the streets, everyday life.

It’s a mind fuck with a special twist.

And we need more artists that art like this.

Fuck.

Tina and I unboxed one of those online-order mattresses … we LOVE it.


Tina and I have been working with a mattress company lately to capture both video and stills of their product for marketing.

After about 3 weeks sleeping on this mattress, I can definitely say that it’s some of the best sleep I’ve ever had.

It took a couple weeks to get used to it, but now I find myself wanting to go to bed to enjoy the mattress. It’s more comfortable than sitting in front of our TV. ha.

 

Michelle Wolf’s Correspondents’ Dinner routine wins my vote


 

I’m hearing so many people are upset, appalled, and boo-hooing over Michelle Wolf’s standup routine at the Correspondents’ Dinner. The list includes the president, Mike Huckabee and even the snowflakes over at Fox & Friends:

“Michelle Wolf, like Stephen Colbert in front of George Bush, was wildly inappropriate and performing for a crowd that was not in attendance. That crowd, OK, many of whom were probably laughing at Colbert. Very few, I can tell you, were laughing at Michelle Wolf. Cringing, more likely. Because — because there was a victim. With comedy, the victim should be powerful people. They shouldn’t be Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And if you’re going to mock them, you have fun with it, but you don’t make fun of them.” – Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, speaking on this morning’s show.

Cry rivers, you yahoos!

It was funny. It was sharp. And it was a woman tearing everyone in the room and some people outside … a collective new set of assholes.

In other news, Mark Rubio admits that the GOP tax cut is a bust: ‘No evidence that money’s been poured back into the American worker’. 

Unravel. Everything’s unraveling. Please unravel faster.