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The Metaphorical Meaning of "Face The Raven"

Note: if you are a viewer of the BBC series "Doctor Who" and have not seen the episode "Face The Raven," you may want to avoid reading the analysis below. in the immortal words of River Song...

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Hate, Made Colossal and Rebranded "Comedy"

Believe it or not, there are some ground rules for comedy. I know it doesn't seem like it these days, especially if you read Facebook or Twitter, but I like to believe that most people in the professional world of making people laugh know and understand that there are certain things you do not do if you are trying to engage an audience, to make them laugh and to make them think.

I"ve dealt directly with comedy a goodly amount...Collapse )
One of the things I need to do more of and have promised to do more of and will do more of is photo posts. I remember when photo posts HAD to be under a cut because the bandwidth would really slow down scrolling the friends page. I don't *think* that's an issue any more, but I'll still post under a cut for multi image entries.

Today was supposed to be a really big juggling day for me, but that's not what happened. Bryant Park had just hosted the final Monday Night Movie on the lawn for the summer, "Back to the Future." so we were not going to be on the lawn, and I knew that before I even arrived.

But, as it turned out, a regulation size Tennis Court was set up right on the lawn, at the opposite end of the movie screen, or right by where the jugglers normally congregate, complete with a mini bleachers for invited viewers to sit. As Grand Slam fans would certainly know, next week is the start of the final Major event in the Tennis world for the year: The US Open, held annually at Flushing Meadows Park's famed Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens.

This was really a promotion for Tommy Hilfiger, who is using Champion Rafael Nadal in a new series of ads for his new line of underwear. If you haven't seen them yet, or the bare-chested Nadal standing in his spanking brand new Tommy underpants, you surely will during the next two weeks, if you tune in for the tourney: hence the hashtag - #TommyxNadal.

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Just For Fun Caption Time!

This is a challenge, since there's a lot going on, but is there a phrase or sentence that really sums up this photograph?
Though I have taken a step away from politics, at least as far as my job is concerned, the landscape of what is being seen on the current scene compels me to examine where we currently stand. Obviously, the 2000 Pound Gorilla in the room is Donald Trump.

A lot of people I know believe this Trump candidacy is going to eventually run out of gas, will shrivel up and blow away, will not survive any serious scrutiny and will vanish as an amusing sketch from a season of Saturday Night Live that wasn't very good.

I'm not of that group. In fact, I think Trump could win the nomination, and might prove to be a formidable candidate against whomever the Democrats put up.

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Foot Friday - "Sneak" and "Sleepy" Feet

There have been some stories in the media, mostly local newscasts and such, but occasionally some national scandal, about some guy stealing a woman's socks or shoes. These sorts of events help to make guys that have a foot interest seem weird by association.

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Foot Friday - "Ugly" Feet

It's been over nine years since I've posted anything about feet in this journal. But now, I sort of have to, just to preserve some of my material from another discussion group. For almost 15 years I had been an on and off participant on a message board that dealt with foot interest/foot fetish. It covered a lot of ground and it was, for the most part, a pretty good place to gauge what people (mostly men but occasionally some women) thought about the topic, and where people would post photos and videos of what they thought were attractive feet: Celebrities, catalog models, wives, girlfriends or themselves. Most of my participation there was in the discussions of various topics.

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The Rent Actually *IS* Too Damn High

The rabbit head is aloft because this piece was inspired by an article in Playboy about the cost of living in the USA.

Let"s be real about it. Living has become insanely expensive...Collapse )


As a fundraiser for both Advocacy and Artistic organizations, I've had some really interesting moments along the way. I've had the chance to have conversations with people I know you know, or at least have heard of, and that's typically enlightening, engaging and even sometimes fun.

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A Dream...

What is a dream, exactly? Is it a vision of the future, a kind of precognitive view of something that is going to happen? Is it a fantasy of something wished for, despite the near impossibility of that event? Is it the brain's musing after you ate some food that gave you a sensitive stomach or something you drank after taking some medication that caused an interactive reaction?

A dream is nebulous, undefined, easy to ignore, or even forget, in the day-to-day demands of our working world. You have this vivid experience, filled with a sense that it is actually real while you're experiencing it, and then you wake up. Oh. It was only a dream.

I think that some people would be surprised to learn that the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to deliver from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 did not have any reference to "A Dream" in it. This was something that hit him in the moment. Call it divine inspiration, call it a pastor's thought, call it the brilliance of one of the best orators of the 20th Century. The "I Have A Dream" speech didn't have a dream in its final draft.

But, and I think this is easy to say with more than 50 years of hindsight after that brilliant speech, that that word, "dream," was the word that may have slowed the forward progress. That distant wish, that imagined scenario, dreams aren't meant to become "reality." Dreams get put away. We don't live our dreams. So thinking that a dream is "real" is a very easy concept to dismiss, especially if it's a dream you don't like or want.

This isn't to be critical of one of the most famous American speeches ever delivered! We have made a lot of strides because of that speech and because of the efforts of people that supported Dr. King's view. And of course we have advanced from Jim Crow to the Voting Rights Act to desegregation and affirmative action. We have a black president. Certainly the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assured.

But what if he had said, "I Have a Mission?" Granted we knew he had a mission, but suddenly, the concept that was offered as a "dream" is actually the end result of the work that everyone would participate in to make the country and the world a better place, a safer place, a friendlier and happier place.

It is so easy for people, especially the people that want desperately to maintain the Status Quo, to use whatever available options they have to continue to do so. A dream is a loophole, a way around, a dancing, distant non-reality that we may or more likely, may not reach. The longer the dream gets delayed, the less those that want it will pursue. And the Status Quo wins, yet again.

The comparison, both in timing and in delivery, is in John F. Kennedy's speech about space travel, which he gave at Rice University on September 12, 1962. The notable quote: "I believe this nation should commit itself, to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

President Kennedy stated it was a goal. It was clearly not a "dream." And it was specific, it had a timetable, it was simple and clear.

To be fair, Dr. King didn't have the power of the US Government to help with millions of dollars, or a sympathetic nation that wanted to achieve that task after he was killed. Still, the wording is an element that helped to make what President Kennedy wanted, real.

Our days of dreaming are over. It is time for a mission to value every life, that people are precious no matter their skin color. It is time for a goal to understand we are all the same, despite the outer differences and that we need to help and support each other. The task now is to communicate, to work, to strive to make the world a place where humans can live, worship, marry, live their lives in peace and harmony.

Dr. King would have wanted nothing less.
I am the first person to have shown a completed film from New York Film Academy. In essence, that makes me the first graduate of that school. The year was 1992, when I wrote, storyboarded, cast, shot, edited and screened my film, "Somebody's Fool," at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Center, the location that NYFA occupied in its first couple of years, before moving to their own building, the former Tammany Hall on Union Square in 1994.

Since my class was the very first class, concessions were made. Tuition was a fraction of what it is today, but so was the curriculum: we had thirteen weeks from start to finish. Neither faculty nor students knew exactly how things were going to progress. And we all understood that going in. But the positive was that everyone in that inaugural class was offered the basics of how a film comes together and we all worked collectively as each other's support, from gaffers to actors. Why we didn't try to team up and create a production house of our own is one of many sad questions I will never be able to answer.

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I understand how and why horror movies captured the imagination of most Americans. World War II ended and the biggest monster of them all, Adolf Hitler, was vanquished. Then a bit later, the Cold War began and we started to consider the first ventures into space (and the possibility of seeing and meeting others from other planets). Horror stories of varying sorts began to happen more and more frequently at your local drive-in, movie house and on your late, late shows, right before the end of the broadcast day.

People moving from cities into the suburbs...Collapse )

The Cos of Bad Behavior

Bill Cosby has been a fixture on television since the mid 1960s. A Temple University graduate. A Navy man. A stand-up comic with millions of records sold. The first African-American with top billing on a network TV drama ("I Spy"), frequent guest and then guest host on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." There were all those commercials for those genuine American products: for Jell-O. For Kodak. For Coca-Cola. and, of course all his own shows, His first sitcom: "The Bill Cosby Show." His Saturday morning cartoon: "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." His Variety series: "Cos." And his later work, "The Cosby Show" and "Cosby."

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LJ Idol Week [30] - "The Affair" Affair

“The Affair” held an affair of its own at Noon on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the tony Bryant Park Hotel on 40th Street. We were promised brunch, a screening of that night’s episode and a Q & A with several of the cast members and one of the program’s producers. We were not disappointed.

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I am completely, utterly, totally and absolutely unsurprised by the Grand Jury decision in favor of no indictment in the slaying of Michael Brown Jr. by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Very much like a gambler with a few thousand dollars entering a casino, anyone knowing how the system works knew we would be coming out of there flat broke and unhappy.

It really was a lot like a casino...Collapse )

LJ Idol - Week [28] - U </3 N Y

The smallest county on the United States mainland is, quite arguably, the most famous one. New York County, also known as the island of Manhattan, is the tiniest county outside of one in the Hawaiian Islands, yet it has come to dwarf most everything else in the entirety of the country. Some people actually believe and loudly proclaim that New York is at the heart of everything.

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LJ Idol - Week [27] - A Moment With Robin

My one and only year of attending Public School was at P.S. 32 in Yonkers, New York. I was the only non-white student, from the First to the Sixth grade, at that institution during that term and one of only two minority people that entered those doors, the other being Special Needs teacher Miss Holland.

Yonkers, as a location, was a place filled with anger and hatred. It was too far north to be a part of New York City and the advantages that might have come with that. And it was south of the more affluent suburbs like Bronxville, Hartsdale or Scarsdale. Yonkers was decidedly working class, and, as such, very protective of its own people. If you were not in that group, you were not welcome, a fact which I have to believe my mother, sending me to this school, was completely unaware.

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LJ Idol - Week [26] - Happy Talk

Jailee stood with Conroy by her side, in a room with no apparent exit. The room was shaped like a sphere, solid white and was illuminated by a bright floating bulb that resembled a bubble, about four feet above her 188 centimeter frame. When Jailee looked at the sphere, it dimmed to a luminescence that permitted her eye to view it without the retina being harmed. If she stared at it, she could make the room go almost pitch dark.

She couldn’t see him, but she knew that Lou, the odd, cowboy oceanographer/explorer she met as she was rushing to save Conroy from a booby trap was running this experiment and the elements involved. Jailee looked down and smiled at Conroy, placing her hand on the top of his smooth head. He tilted his face upward and brushed his bristles across her palm. Still, she felt it was odd that Conroy hadn’t said a word. Not like him.

Suddenly a shock of icy cold salt water raced...Collapse )
Showtime has run the first couple of episodes of a new series: “The Affair” (original airings on Sunday evenings at 10pm, 9pm Central, with rebroadcasts throughout the week) which has a lot of really great stuff for any writer to chew on when it comes to interpersonal relationships. I can see how it potentially could become a series to not just watch over and over, but to study.

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