"There’s something distinctively creepy - in a Roman sort of way - about this mandated ritual that our political leaders must be heralded and consecrated as saints upon death. This is accomplished by this baseless moral precept that it is gauche or worse to balance the gushing praise for them upon death with valid criticisms. There is absolutely nothing wrong with loathing Margaret Thatcher or any other person with political influence and power based upon perceived bad acts, and that doesn’t change simply because they die. If anything, it becomes more compelling to commemorate those bad acts upon death as the only antidote against a society erecting a false and jingoistically self-serving history."
Obit of the Day: Jonylah Watkins, 6 months old
Jonylah Watkins was shot six times on Monday, March 11 while her father, Jonathan Watkins, was changing her diaper. She died of her wounds on March 12, 2013.
The Chicago Police Department has no leads on the gunman. He apparently approached Mr. Watkins from behind, fired and ran away. He jumped into a blue van that then drove off.
The police escorted the ambulance to the hospital, an action normally reserved for wounded officers.
Last spring, Jonylah’s mother was shot while pregnant with her.
Source: Chicago Tribune
(Image is copyright Scott Stantis/Chicago Tribune and will appear in the paper on March 13.)
#harvardx justice mooc
I know a lot has been said already about MOOCs (free online courses)but I recently joined one so I thought I could add to that conversation. I just started today, and due to the sheer volume of people taking part, it is actually quite overwhelming.
Because I need to think about something other than the news, I figured taking a course would be a nice change. I’ve read both good and bad reviews, but quite frankly right now it is all I can do, because I don’t have the time for much else. Will update on how it goes here. (haha, likely story I know I hardly find time to post) If you’d like to join, it’s the HarvardX course on Justice.
A Completely Subjective Do’s and Don’ts Guide to Freelancing
On October 15, 2011, I moved back to my adolescent bedroom with $300 to my name; on October 1, 2012, I moved into a Bushwick apartment I’d recently signed a lease for, once more a proud, productive member of the American economy. In between, I freelanced extensively for a number of publications, usually on a daily basis — my math is very shaky, but I estimate I published somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 words in that time span, some of them terrible, some of them not-terrible, but all of them paid for. Over the last year several people have burnished my ego by telling me I’m the only one amongst our age group whom they know to be making a full-time go of the freelance thing, which is sort of hilarious/terrifying because I fell into it accidentally and had never taken the time to think about how I’d gotten to this position. Here is my stab at some of that thought process, though I’m sure I’m forgetting plenty.
(DISCLAIMER: Things I have been wrong about include the long-term viability of Kreayshawn, the candidacy of Francois Hollande, the importance of chemistry between the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers, the subversiveness of Odd Future, etc. I am wrong a lot, and if anyone reading this has found a better way to do the things I’m writing about, great! Please chase that. But this has generally worked for me, and thus I will share it with you.)
I saw this a while ago, am reblogging now. Great advice.
You guys. It’s Michael Jordan’s birthday.
“Throughout my travels and transit time to and from shoots I started using the iPhone camera to scout locations and collect inspirational content for potential projects. I shot my first newsstand near Broadway and Morris Stretts in New York City and immediately found myself stopping to take portraits at every stand I passed. I’m drawn to the vibrant organized colors and compact product placement that provides an instant time stamp via magazine covers and headlines.
The New York City newsstand is a staple in the Big Apple and its perfect square structure is an immediate attraction to the composition fanatic in me. The iPhone has a great dynamic range and its unobtrusive ability lets me shoot with a lot more ease. Paired with editing apps such as Snapseed & PicFx, the end-product emulates the qualities of my favored Hasselblad. I revisited a handful of newsstands with different cameras, and although each camera delivers its own advantage, the iPhone is my current first choice. This project is ongoing and recently I was able to expand the collection to kiosks in Barcelona and Paris.” –Courtesy of Trevor Traynor
To see more of the “NewsStand Project,” visit Traynor’s Instagram feed @ishootpeople or #NewstandprojectbyTrevorTraynor.
South Asians tho
|Me:||Is there room for a small police brief? We had an armed robbery last night.
|Copy editor:||Ooooooh! There's ALWAYS room for armed robberies!
|Me:||Woohoo! We also had a power line down last night; it blocked a major road for almost two hours. Is there always room for power lines?
|Copy editor:||Sex crimes would be better, but I guess we can do power lines.
|Me:||I didn't find any of those, but I'll keep looking.
|Copy editor:||Not so much rape or sexual imposition, but hookers beating up johns is always good!
Underwear, socks, flats, shirts, from a vending machine (at Back Bay Station)
Oh. America has changed so much since I’ve been away.