Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ethics of Reviewing Restaurants - A Discussion

I try and I try and life keeps filling up even when I zone out with a cold. It is like "Come on, stay on the mark, keep the pace, move it, use it, do it and you know what? Your body is gonna go tell logical mind to shove it, we have a shut down in progress.

Eh, yeah. It is getting better but I'm digging into my video pile of possibilities and this is what I've come up with.

First I'd like to say that I like watching Chef Ramsay rake over the newbie chefs. I ain't ever eating at Hell's Kitchen but he gives me the shivers in a good way. I don't want to be a chef but I'd want one who has gone through the fire of his experience. The dude can be on the deep side of assertive. Like, don't lie to him. Ever.

Second, I like food. So in the spirit of understanding that it can be a tough job and the results are so transitory I bring you this clip from the Art of Foodblogging. I got no choice it is this or hand puppets but it is good stuff none the less.

There was an interesting discussion on what food bloggers can and should do ethically. I didn't know that there are some dark seeds out there that are mucking it up for the rest of us. In all things start from a position of respect and you can't go wrong.

This clip is from the Art of Foodblogging session at the BlogHer 2007 conference in Chicago.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wear It Black - Support the Jena Six

9-25-07 Update: Ok, as promised from My Urban Report:
  • Video from the rally in Jena, Louisiana.
  • An interview with Mose Def on his reasons for participating and more importantly calling out those celebrities that didn't appear or have yet to speak out.
and for a little something extra, a YouTube video on the march that blends music with clips from Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters and other participants in the rally.

Original Post:

Too much time has passed waiting for the system to correct itself. Can't blame this on Katrina, it is the same ole Okey-Doke that gets young men locked up or killed. To get up to speed check out this mash-up of a Democracy Now audio report with photos SideTurn from Blip.TV

Dr. Mike over on YouTube did an interview with some of the Jena 6 defendants in the situation (Caution, if you venture over to YouTube and search for videos about the Jena 6 you will discover that some of the comments posted are of a highly insulting and racist nature. Nothing we haven't experienced before but you don't need to ingest them)

If you checked your local television news you may or may not see any references to the thousands of people who came to stand in support of the Jena 6. Some of the national news outlets have sent reporters down to Jena La.

But where are our voices? Not to worry, here is your chance to check it out cuz dang sure between focusing on OJ and focusing on a complicated story that requires examination we know whose face we are going to see on M$M.

From Nate Perkins Live: recording the Louisiana NAACP March for the Jena 6

Amani from My Urban Reporter has students in Atlanta talking about the situation

Soon as more of the day's activities are posted I will link to them.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Thinking About My Aniversary of Blogging

Ice Cream Tombstone

Yep, one of these days I'm going to make with the ashes to ashes and head for astral ground. Or is that astral space? I made this little ditty at Tombstone Generator and even if I could eat Ice Cream there would never be enough time.

This is my blogging/vlogging anniversary of sorts. Years ago I started an e-mail newsletter to keep friend and clients aware of what this thing called the Internet is, how to fix simple computer problems and some of the neat stuff that can be found on the InnerTubes. I wrote monthly.

September 11, 2001 changed my thinking. For me I wanted to connect with folks but also find the tools we all needed and were not necessarily getting from television. Cuz watching the destruction of the Twin Towers over and over again was not helping me.

I wanted to share with folks about how to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What was Anthrax? Dealing with anger and all of the other topics that were popping up. It was so quiet that day. It was my way of fighting back against the ignorant and the cruel.

If it was my last days on earth I was going to do something in affirmation. Honestly, I didn't think we were going to get to the end of the month.

It was my (and a lot of other people's) way of coping, of doing something positive to counteract the negative. From newsletters to blogging. Then in 2005 I discovered vlogging and that has opened my vision of my world and the people that I have been privileged to meet. Heck of a good time that is constrained by school and the Salt Mine.

It is now 2007. I now have tools I couldn't imaging owning in 1999. Hard drive camcorder, editing software, mp3 players. I can watch videos from around the world. I can't help watch the past fade more and more away.

So here I am. What will the next year bring? Dunno. But for those of us that were unemployed between 2001 and 2004 I'm thinking the secret phrase is "Stock up on can goods not made in China."

Monday, September 03, 2007

Saturday In Pasadena - The Heat of the Moment

It was hot. It was 107 degrees hot. It was so hot I didn't want to go directly home so I was going across town to pick up a bus pass. If you don't latch on to a bus pass by Saturday afternoon you are SOL and you will be forking up $5 a day Metro pass.

I had gotten out of class early. I caught the bus in less than 10 minutes which was a blessing due to the heat. Made it to Lake and Colorado and that is when life got interesting.

One of the most stressful jobs in Los Angeles is being a bus driver. The idiotic things people do with their cars and pedestrians will age you before your time. Things like a bike rider approaching from the left, getting off his bike and then expecting to board the bus.

The driver has the option of not allowing the passenger on the bus. Especially if you almost get yourself hit by pulling up in front of said bus. Rest assured you will not be allowed to board the bus if the driver told you to remove your bike from the rack.

But this isn't really about the bus and the bike. It is about men and women. Self determination. Fantasy thinking and when do you accept defeat honorably and go about your business? It was dang poetic.

I had to leave before the Metro (cough) police arrived. Actually the driver encouraged us to catch the next bus.

A brief explanation. Although the driver called the police the Los Angeles Sheriff department is the law enforcement agency for the L.A. Metro transit system. Pasadena police could not respond unless it is life threatening (don't hold me to that, that is just bus rider intuition.)

And although there is a sheriff station in Altadena there was no way of knowing where this particular sheriff would be coming from. It would be a long wait. Once the driver called for the sheriff she couldn't move.

For all I know they are still facing off. The music is by Ralph Wooden, the tune is Bent String Blues.

The Skivvy on SubPrime - This Is Why We Need Librarians

I don't own a home. I would like to but my income is insufficient to purchase a home in the California real estate market. I've seen shacks sell for $2 million plus so I don't feel too bad about not buying.

Liber8 Newsletter on SubPrime

Liber8 is a newletter produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. In the September issue they are talking about the Sub-Prime lending situation.

I knew that the sharks were in the water. On television, ads in newspapers and real estate seminars playing up the latest foreclosure for profits gambits. I'm sure parallels are going to be made comparing 1929 actions and the Sub-Prime mischief. Specifically only putting up a portion of the value of the loan, only having paper based valuations of property and feeding off the ill informed for fast cash.

I'm trying to get a handle on the Sub-Prime mess. If it is anything like the tribulation we all experience in 2001 to 2004 I want to know so I can stock up on glass, aluminum and plastic bottles. I get the willies just thinking about those days.

Anyway - this is a primer created for librarians but anybody can read and understand the information presented. The newsletter was composed by the library staff of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.