I'm not a huge fan of Glenn Beck, but I really appreciated this discussion about the Common Core. The Common Core will dictate what every student in the United States should know at the end of each grade from Kindergarten through 12th grade. In this YouTube segment, it is implied that Bill Gates (Microsoft), Yahoo, and Google are dumping millions of dollars into funding for the Common Core Initiative so that students will be educated in the ways of working for Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and the like.
Students, under the direction of teachers who have been taught everything they need to know to prepare students for work in technology related fields, will be funneled into huge corporations as employees that push power to the higher ranks. This will ensure that competition in the form of new upstarts will cease, and these already powerful corporations will become more powerful, and are guaranteed that power for years to come.
This scares the hell out of me. Topics like this have been written about by authors for centuries, and the books they produce have been labeled as dystopian fiction. This isn't fictional, this is real. Welcome to the United Corporations of America.
Further reading: Common Core Initiative Page, Wikipedia Common Core Page
Award-Winning Journalist and Commentator Bill Moyers gets right to the heart of what the shutdown and debt ceiling threats are all about. He's right on, and it's very scary. Will the republicans really let us default? Is this the end of democracy? Should we all leave the country and emigrate to Canada? I'm seriously thinking about it, and thank God I'm a Democrat. Here's what Bill Moyers says in the "about" section of the video on YouTube, video to follow:
"This week's government shutdown has consequences for all of us, costing an estimated $300 million each day that the government is closed for business. Many Americans have voiced their frustrations with the fallout from the shutdown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hash tag #DearCongress. Here, Bill Moyers shares his own frustrations, admonishing the Republican Party for holding the country hostage via an irrational "ransom list" of demands — while sabotaging democracy in the process. "When the President refused to buckle to this extortion, they threw their tantrum," Bill says. "Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn down the place, sink the ship." He goes on to tell us where the "reckless ambition" of the Republicans could lead us."
I got a surprise e-mail from Allison Dufty this afternoon. If you remember my blog post from September 19th, I posted a video called "How Siri Found its Voice" which chronicles the journey from spoken word to synthesized speech used in technology. One of the voice artists highlighted was Allison Dufty, who sounds a lot like Siri (a LOT like Siri if you ask me), but really isn't. So it is still a mystery as to who the voice of Siri is. Maybe like "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie pop?", there are answers to questions the world may never know.
So, to Allison Dufty, I do apologize. I wish you were Siri, but even if you're not, I saw your website and you do amazing work. Siri would be lucky to have your voice. See another retraction here where they call this whole mess a "Siri-ous Mistake." Indeed it is.
"Now You See Me"
> Now You See Me on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes
I fell asleep before "Now You See Me" ended, and I don't feel at all bad about it. The previews made this movie look like something I actually wanted to watch, and the scariest thing about this movie is that I almost purchased it at Walmart for 18 bucks. It's rare that I want to see mainstream movies because of their previews, and I thought I wanted to see this.
Luckily, I downloaded it instead of buying it, so the only thing lost was the time I waited for it to download. I don't consider watching it a waste of time, because it put me into a nice deep sleep, and who doesn't like a good rest?
Jesse Eisenberg was the worst part of the movie for me. He looked nervous, and he was supposed to appear confident. He also played the same character he played in Social Network. I felt like I was watching Mark Zuckerberg the magician. Sorry, illusionist. Apparently that's how it's going to be from now on: Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in whatever movies he's in. I'm surprised Morgan Freeman was in it. There was nothing else remarkable about the film except how boring it was. Womp womp. Two thumbs down.
Raw Chicken from "Mealbreakers"
I wasn't prepared for what I saw in a slide show at the bottom of a Huffington Post article about moldy Chobani yogurt. This slide show of about thirty or so images depicts a range of disgusting to horrifying things people have found in consumer goods and fast food.
Some are gross, but not totally beyond human comprehension, but snakes and mice and paper clips baked into bread!? No way. But, yes way, because everything you see on the internet is true, right?
Read the article about Chobani's nasty yogurt (it's gross enough without having a mold problem), and then brace yourself for the slide show called "Mealbreakers". You're welcome.
PleatedJeans.com brings us a hilarious compilation of misheard song lyrics. My favorite being, "I want to shit on a clown...with you-ou-ou-ou-ou!" from a Sia song. You'll recognize it instantly. There are several other misheard lyrics videos on their YouTube channel, along with some other funny stuff. Check it out.
I was out to dinner with my boyfriend Corey, and we were talking about Syria and the blog I had just written. We said what a shame it was that people were more focused on what Miley Cyrus is doing after her VMA performance than they are on what's going on in Syria. It's a damn shame, but I have to say, I am focused on both.Did you see the VMAs? Well, it was really boring. Everything was soft pop, soft rock, soft R&B, and then there was that weird Lady Gaga performance. She stared at the camera, eyes wide as they could open, for an uncomfortably long time while she sang. She changed into 4 different, stupid outfits, and jumped around half naked while she sang a bomb of a song. This is supposed to be innovative? Come on.
I was finally validated when this article came out in the New York Times. Someone who has the same view of things is Jon Caramani, who,in his article wrote, "Still, you think, “Blurred Lines” is a must, a necessary acknowledgment of the sound of the summer. But what to do about Mr. Thicke, an unfettered cornball and, at 36, old enough to possibly be the father of some of the other nominees. He needs to be subverted, minimized, annihilated.
Luckily enough, you have a nuclear weapon at your disposal: Miley Cyrus, the perfect antidote for the Thicke contagion. Bring him out after Ms. Cyrus, her spindly limbs and her motorized tongue having already made an indelible mark on the stage, and then allow Ms. Cyrus to sing part of his song while applying various of her body parts to various ones of Mr. Thicke’s. Mr. Thicke, no matter how ludicrous a suit he may choose to wear, will be helpless to overcome her. The show can move on."
Brilliant. She saved the VMAs, but Miley, put that fucking tongue away!
Some people don't listen to the radio in the car. Some only listen to talk radio. The first thing I do after starting the car, before I put my seat belt on, is to find a music station on the radio. Sometimes I can't find one that doesn't disgust me, and not because they're talking or airing too many commercials.
It's because the radio stations, at least in my area, play the same songs over and over again. Sometimes the same popular song is on as many as 4 different stations at once. This is so aggravating to me. Just give someone else a chance! There are plenty of great new releases that never get to see the light of day because Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars are dominating the airwaves. I admit that these men are talented, but does that warrant preferential treatment?
Most radio stations seem to be a part of Clear Channel, and being part of a corporate conglomerate, they're forced to play everything on the Billboard Top 40. Talk about a catch 22: how can lesser known artists get on the charts if they're not on the radio for people to hear and subsequently purchase their music?
Originally published to Facebook on Sunday, August 11:
Dear Bill Gates,
What's up with all of these Windows Updates? What if I don't have time to wait a full hour (at least) while they download, install, and then go through a surprise configuration when my laptop restarts. I thought once I got through the download and installation I'd be in the clear, but instead I had to wait another 20 minutes while your software configured things. It's not that I'm impatient--I don't tailgate, run red lights, or throw fits when the postal worker delivers my mail late--I just don't want to watch my hair turn gray and fall out while I wait for my laptop to become usable again. I never had this problem with Apple. Please streamline your updating process. If you use your own software, Bill, I'm sure you'll understand.
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My name is Nicholas Emeigh, but everyone calls me Nick, and I prefer it. I'm usually called Nicholas when I'm in trouble. I'm from the Philadelphia area, work in business, and fancy myself as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist. I have a passion for art in all its forms including music, but I restrict my singing to the shower and the car for the good of society. If you'd like to know more, just send me an e-mail. I really appreciate you stopping by.