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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.

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

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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.

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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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LJ Idol - Week [24] - Hurt for Help

It’s a little bit difficult to avoid all of the suffering, the worry, the fear, the anger, the senseless actions of humans making knee-jerk reactions to other humans that every web page, every news organization, every tweeter that wants a retweet is spewing right now. And Now. And again NOW.

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LJ Idol - Week [23] - "Making New Friends"

Lou Bingham took a close look through the smudge covered glass with an eager eye. He reached into his vest, pulled out a tool, placed it on the pane and carved a perfect circle out. He then placed the segment of dirty pane inside a fitted specimen dish, lidded it and slipped it back into the vest, where the analysis was being calculated.

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You’ve seen them, at sporting events or in a parade, at a store opening or a theme park. Stilt walkers! They stand tall among the crowd and are definitely a festive part of any event.

At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, stilt walking was part of the curriculum, as the Circus typically has a set of stilt walkers as part of the Opening and/or Closing Spec (short for “spectacle” – when all performers are greeting the crowds on the arena floor).

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I was the ripe old age of six and living in South Jersey when I really understood how music could alter your mood. It was a pageant for the lower school, and my first grade class just sang a medley of “America the Beautiful” and “This Land Is Your Land,” and then, as we exited the stage through the audience, something happened that didn't occur in rehearsal: someone played a recording of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and I got it. I proudly marched off to the song and even got some impressed looks from parents who *weren’t* my own.

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Obama For You
On the front page of LJ I saw the sponsored link to hlewissmith's entry about "Black Consciousness", which I guess is doubling as a place for him to plug a couple of books he has written on similar topics. I was going to just post a comment to him there, but I wanted to turn this into a thinkpost and open it up here because I had a little bit too much to say about it for it to just be an LJ comment.

To briefly sum up his statements, if you don't want to read through the piece, he is asking why there is no similar outcry from the black community when a black person kills/robs/brutalizes a fellow black person as there is when a white person has done so against a black person. He goes on to criticize gangsta rap and fashion, and state that these are the elements that are diminishing the community.

So, after reading through it, I wanted to respond.

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The Antiquated Sundries Shoppe should have been easy to see, situated right in the middle of a block on Spring Street, but neither Eve, nor Adam noticed it until the glint of a streetlamp caught their eyes at the storefront.

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Emmys 2014

There is something seriously wrong with the Awards Show format.

I think the concept is still okay - a bunch of celebrities get all dressed up for the event, walk the Red Carpet, talk about their designers and their work, find their seats in some venue with a beautiful set design, and then about 15 to 20% of the nominees win some hardware.

That worked very nicely for the many years from 1949, the year of the first Emmy telecast, to say, the mid 2000s, when social media began to take hold. Okay... maybe it never worked, but people were content to watch it anyhow, because it was different and maybe somewhat exciting.

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If there is any positive that could come from the murders/executions of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, it’s that their deaths could be the potential spark to the discussion we must have about how we, in America, treat both our own citizens and how we must deal on the world stage with our international neighbors.

I say “potential spark” because it’s difficult to know if people are truly ready to have this discussion that has been postponed, fifty years since the Civil Rights Act, one hundred and fifty years since the Emancipation Proclamation.

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VMA 2014

Music's SECOND Biggest Night of the year is the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. It's kind of the Junior High School to Grammy University, let's be honest.

And YES! MTV *does* still play music videos. Just not on their main network. You have to go to MTV Hits to find the channel that does the music non-stop, 24/7, just like the original channel would do, only without the VJs, and only occasional reports from performers and artists. Apparently, MTV doesn't even think enough of this to even mention the channel (they could name an award for it to promote it slightly) during the ceremony.

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Who Dat?

I don't know if most of the fandom would agree, but I really didn't like the debut of the eighth series of "Doctor Who."

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LJ Idol - Week [18] - Not the Slavery

The history of the United States is filled with glorious stories and heroes, triumphs of the spirit and tremendous tales of overcoming obstacles to reach success. But it also has a terrible, horrible element as well.

We, as a collective society, need to talk about slavery, as it does have a continuing impact on the lives of Black Americans. As any businessman will tell you, to make the largest profit, you have to keep your costs low. Well, nothing is lower than slavery, that’s for sure. And large profits were made. Such current companies as Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Barclay’s and New York Life, among many others, are documented as having made money from the slave trade in some form.

The wages that should have gone for the labor that would have lifted Black families up to a higher standard of living, three to four hundred years ago, multiplied over time? The playing field today would have been at least somewhat more level. Slaves endured abuse, punishment (which sometimes took unspeakable forms), and the murders of loved ones.

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So, I wanted to send you some "New York" style treats, and I wanted to send a couple more different ones. Maybe in a future send?

In the meanwhile, You have this!

First is the Stroopwafels... and I know what you're going to say. This is a Dutch product made in Canada! How is that "New York" related?

As you might have heard,

even old New York was once New Amsterdam!

NYC is steeped in a lot of Dutch tradition. And these Stroopwafels are definitely something of that. There's a lot of history and tradition in such stuff, so that's pretty great. Maybe I should have sent you a couple of sets, since this is a smallish grouping. If so, maybe I'll include more in another package.

I hope you like the Stroopwafels!!

Next, and more currently, comes the Serendipity3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Mix!

Serendipity3 is a restaurant and general store situated on 60th Street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues. It was co-founded by the great Andy Warhol. As the name implies... you'll often find things you weren't looking for there, and everything inside the restaurant is for sale! Even the beautiful Tiffany Lamp fixtures that adorn the booths and tables throughout the dining rooms can be purchased!

To the treat: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is truly a one of a kind New York Experience! Oprah (unfortunately) talked at length about it on her show before she left, and for about a year after that, the lines to get a table went out the door. Lots of celebs like to dine there, for the truly decadent desserts, but this is their signature treat.

My one note is that you follow the directions as suggested on the envelope with one exception: instead of using milk, replace it with half & half! It makes it even better than the version they serve in the shop! I didn't even ask if you had a blender. Do you have a blender? I hope you do, because you really need to experience this, correctly. If you don't have a blender, maybe you can visit someone who does?

I included two envelopes so you might try it, share it, maybe do a YouTube of it? Because nobody can have just one Frrrozen Hot Chocolate!

Okay, well, enjoy!
The 1995 romantic comedy “Before Sunrise” seems like a peculiar place to tell the tale of the end of a website that began more than a decade after that film. But it is, in fact, the perfect place to begin.

In that movie, American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets Frenchwoman Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train and they strike up a conversation that carries through an overnight stay in Vienna. Within their conversation, they discover elements of their personalities, their hopes and aspirations, their foibles and failings, their distinct world views, all with the backdrop of the Austrian capital as their playground, and they do it for each other in front of all of us in the audience.

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