Canadians might be known for being nice, but the high school student's social experiment was done earlier in the U.S. She approached people and "camera in hand, and told them she wanted to film them because she thought they were beautiful." In these times, I was in part led to contemplate why this is not merely seen as a nice thing, but somewhat of a remarkable thing. It takes something from you to be mean or inconsiderate. Taking that extra step to actively be nice can be a it embarrassing, but there are a variety of ways to do it. A positive day is a productive one.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
Football: Panthers had a shot to go ahead at the two minute warning but missed a chip shot and a penalty flag was picked up to add insult. Saints then marched on to victory. Another three "NY" early game day. Jets had a laugher vs. the Raiders (opening FG and nothing else), Bears offense good enough to beat Giants and Bills now 8-3 with their win.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
A bit more about Friends. Rachel's hair is real nice. Rachel also usually is the one who shows off her breasts, but there are a few moments where the others have their moment. Monica is particularly sexy in the New Years Eve episode where she and Ross dance. OTOH, the actress seemed to do some sort of plastic surgery or something and it's evident in the season finale. I don't like her new look. Overall, less "LOL" but still a lot of fun moments. Joey's new roommate starts off as a levelheaded sort that is a good contrast, but then (mainly for plot reasons) she becomes a bit of a jerk. Kathy earlier also left on a sour note. Bruce Willis is a good sport, especially when Paul can't stop crying. The DVD has a nice extra with various "friends of friends" including Janice and it's amusing the actress sounds so normal. Chandler's old classmate has a nice one-off episode. I like the first season (10 episodes) of the show The Fosters so much that I re-watched the episodes (even got a free DVD) about three times each. But, then it seemed to go downhill fast and I only really liked "special" episodes that are basically can't miss (basically death related). But, the series went on for another three seasons and now two of the daughters are on a spin-off! I checked out a few new shows of this t.v. season that seemed to have potential and none were really interesting. Lots on, but not really into anything.
A woman I first read online per her horror blog [last entry in 2016], but later talked about other things such as her fight (in her 20s) with cancer, her own film-making, experience as a teacher and relationship with a trans woman announced on Twitter today she proposed. And, right after I saw the Chandler/Monica proposal on Friends! There is a lot to complain about regarding the Internet and various platforms on it, but I have gotten to known people there over the years, putting aside all the stuff to read (informative and otherwise). The "known" part comes in various degrees and she I mainly just read. (I follow a few people on Twitter who provide little snapshots of their lives as parents or otherwise and it's charming. ) Either way, you do grow to care about these people and her doing well/getting married is nice. "BJ" stands for "Brittney Jade," but yeah, she knows.
Adam Schiff has presided over the hearings related to the Ukraine Extortion Racket in a calm and professional way, but his anger does come out in his final statement. He ends by noting the deciding matter for him was that right after Mueller testified, we had another round of Trump electoral meddling. At some point, even though he was wary about impeachment before, some line had to be drawn. Exactly. Will we wait for a third time? I think impeachment should not just be related to this Ukraine matter, but Schiff's final remarks (I quote his last line) suggests at the very least the Mueller Report matters can be combined. There was various powerful moments during the public hearings so far, especially with Fiona Hill, the former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, who was particularly strong. Hill was appointed by Bush43 and Trump, one of multiple witnesses not some Democratic leaning type, but military and foreign policy experts worthy of respect. Doesn't mean the true believers [or party hacks/cowards] will change their mind, but others just might care. I hope more such hearings on other matters will follow.
Friday, November 22, 2019
I needed some comfort food, but my DVD set was not at the library as noted on my record so I went to the Lincoln Center library since multiple copies were supposed to be there. Last time I went to a library with one copy, it wasn't there. It was there and it's a nice library with a collection of various things such as movies on videotape. I vaguely remember years back (not in the same building) going there to borrow records, when I still had access to what old people call a "record player." The branch is also far off the street past a wishing type pond. I noted before that the show went downhill around this season, partially after seeing some late season episodes with Bruce Willis (who was doing a movie with Matthew Perry) and the final appearance of Tom Selleck. But, noting another earlier season had weaker late episodes too, there is some good stuff here including the "what could have been" two-parter. A few stupid "it's necessary for the plot" points aside, it is still a good season. Unami! Okay. So, the last few episodes are focused on Ross' student girlfriend and her dad (played by Bruce Willis; the guys love Die Hard, but don't reference this look-a-like) dating Rachel as well as the lead-up to the proposal. The first part is okay, the second set up in a cute way, but the whole Richard drama in the end didn't do it for me. And, Joey -- who earlier had a hard time spending an extra $400 for a new frig -- buying a $20K boat is just stupid. They use it once later and then in passing say he sold it. It's one of those signs the show is stretching.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
I saw Why Socrates Died in the book store and got around to reading it. Interesting though the extended portion about the war (relevant but not sure you needed that much detail) seemed a bit much. Have not read that much on Greek philosophy though know the basics about "the cave" etc. Thesis of book seems convincing. I also never read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory until today. I liked it; can see why the author (who I did not read as a child) is popular. But, if each grandparent is in their 90s ... Charlie is what 10 ...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Saw an article (see also the article linked) regarding Paypal blocking usage of their site to pay contributors to a porn website. As noted: "PayPal is one of many payment processors that have discriminated against sex workers for years. Its acceptable use policy states that "certain sexually oriented materials or services" are forbidden—phrasing that's intentionally vague enough to allow circumstances like this to happen whenever the company wants." I assume the concern is some laws might be being broken somewhere, but in the end this is a bad policy that can hurt the performers. The wide use of certain things makes them not garden variety "private." This applies to popular easy payment options. Porntube provides free porn (I have commented on them in the past) and their pay content even brought in a former Disney star, if in that case as director. To toss that in there.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
I added the book about the efforts of the authors to research a major article on Harvey Weinstein to the side panel; it is very good. It has "All the President's Men" film potential perhaps, including the stories of various players. The book ends with Brett Kavanaugh, particularly Dr. Ford, but there the authors have a more hands off style since it wasn't to the same degree their story. The book also leaves the suggestion only one person really has evidence against him though by the time of publication at least one other accuser had her allegation backed up by multiple sources. That should be fixed in later editions.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Monday, November 11, 2019
Let us honor vets by education, respect for their service and needs as well as being very careful about how we use the military from now on. There is a major divisional match-up tonight [messy game; Seattle won in OT], but a theme yesterday was for bad teams to shine a little. Jets v. Giants? Jets win by having two good halves (of four) and a great take away for a score. Dolphins hang on vs. a back-up and a veteran kicker who is having issues (missed XP key at end). Falcons upset Saints. Panthers back-up in the snow came within inches from going around ninety yards for the tie (they would need a two) in the snow vs the Packers. Bengals still winless.
Saturday, November 09, 2019
I am continuing to "binge watch" seasons of Friends via DVDs, which provide a chance to see a few more bits not on television, commentary tracks (none with actors) and other extras. Saw a lot of the episodes, but either didn't watch or don't recall many of them as well. It is continue to give me joy and a few moments are particularly amusing. Plus, I like these characters and care about them. And, the first half of the run, especially after we get into the heat of the relationship arcs, is the best. A key marker in the energy level of Monica. The major plot development is Monica/Chandler's relationship, which has some touching moments and also amusing ones (including from Joey) while it is hidden. Ross' emotional state also is a plot line, showing the actor's range. The actress playing Emily was pregnant so her role was shortened, making her story rather truncated. Some good Rachel work stuff, an ongoing theme (along with Joey's acting, her work is shown the most). Phoebe has her brother's babies (and that couple disappear, he pops up once more) and her grandmother dies (more Ursula, which is amusing; also their dad) and has a relationship (which generally aren't as interesting as other characters' are). Overall, a good bunch of episodes Few tidbits. Rachel's hair looks so soft. I like it here. We also see her breasts the most -- the other characters don't wear tops so open. I'm team Monica/Chandler and Monica being so all in is both amusing and touching. Chances when we see Joey's sensitive side (or being into a bag etc.) are nice too. Phoebe at times seems the most of a bit of an outsider. Her backstory suggests why. Four of them after all are also interconnected more. And, Joey has a big family though interestingly you rarely see or hear of them. OTOH, he did have a spin-off.
Friday, November 08, 2019
On the Supreme Court front, oral argument audio was released and the January calendar as well. How fast 2019 is going. No real "hot button" issue among the cases this week, though the nuances of an immigration law etc. as usual has notable effects. The old sovereign immunity battle apparently is not totally done either with a copyright case popping up. Will one or more liberals submit to precedent? A continuing story. [New case granted.] The Democratic win of governor in Kentucky will affect Medicaid rules; the legislative win in Virginia (special nod to gerrymandering reform) will have various implications, including maybe a possible "38th" state for the ERA. The Dems in the House of Representatives are already examining the issue, including restarting the deadline that passed before the "final three" did their thing. See here for more details on the dispute, including just what is left for the ERA to do. Assumption is that text is not simply redundant. If it looks like the ERA is not dead, will other states act? I rather resubmitting it. Extending a single vote in the House so it would pass was frowned upon when Republicans did it. Nearly forty years passed here. It very well might still pass if sent back. I still am somewhat uncomfortable about splitting equal protection into parts but maybe it will be helpful.