Archive for October, 2009

Poptech 2009

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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It will likely take months for us to fully process last week’s PopTech 2009: America Reimagined conference. Fed by the notion of America itself as a great big idea, this year’s lot of speakers and participants commenced to hammering away at America’s, and the world’s massive challenges. Pictured here, just a small slice of a single day at the conference are, Alec Ross / senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Logan Richardson / Saxophonist, George Church / geneticist and initiator of the Human Genome and Personal Genome Projects and Marije Vogelzang / designer of eating.

My Hero.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

My brother, Brendan, restored one of our dad’s documentaries. Patrick Hughes could not abide injustice, of any kind. He was also hilarious, generous and fierce. A true mensch. He was ahead of his times. This is one of his slideshows (you can hear the beeps in the sound track) that exposed corporate greed. Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast details the exploitation of sugar cane laborers in the Dominican Republic by Gulf +Western. G+W owned Domino Sugar, Paramount Pictures, The NY Nicks and Madison Square Garden among many, many other things. We spent a summer in the D.R. while he did research. I turned six that August. I ate myself sick on the mangoes that grew in our yard. We lived in a borrowed house up a dirt road from the village where some of these pictures where taken. Gulf and Western sued my dad. Oh, how he relished it! As the story goes, the National Council of Churches formed an amicus curiƦ with my dad in court, and Gulf + Western was forced to back down. (Thanks Brendan!)

The kindness of strangers.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Kacie Kinzer was one of the amazing speakers at PopTech 2009 conference. She created a simple robot made of cardboard with a simple mission. To get from point A to point B in NYC relying on the help of strangers to get there. The footage is genuinely touching as all kind of people come to the tweenbots aid.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Painting by Yoshitomo Nara

An American Tune

Friday, October 16th, 2009

This song was played every Saturday while my parents cleaned the house. I would lay on the freshly vacuumed orange wall-to-wall shag carpet, under all the hanging plants in the sureness of my family’s love and 8-year-old absolutes. I listened close for clues to adulthood. This song made me anxious and curious. The certainty of heartbreak, disappointment, hope and perseverance. It sounded like life.

Kaiju Big Battel

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Years ago we came upon a most fierce Battel at a Central Square festival in Cambridge. The announcer was a ten-year-old Japanese boy in a polyester sports coat. The costumes were cardboard, the moves giant, the crowd wild!

A foggy notion.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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Well I got a foggy notion, do it again
Over by the corner, do it again
I got my calomine lotion baby, do it again
I got a foggy notion, do it again.

source / Velvet Underground

Command Z.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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It is with alarming frequency that I try to apply command Z to my mouth. That is the key command for undo. Quickly! Come to find out, it doesn’t work.

source

Goodbye Solo.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

This lovely movie reminded me that we can’t help where our heart goes. There is humanity and grace everywhere.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
William Kamkwamba
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Daily Show
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Political Humor Ron Paul Interview

 

William Kamkwamba, the subject of a great book by our friend, Bryan Mealer, was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart! I know! Incredible. Inspiring.