Friday, August 31, 2018
A Sense of Doubt blog post #1288 - MATANGI MAYA M.I.A. Documentary
That's it today. Grading robot.
You should go, too.
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A.) is one of the music world’s most controversial and politically outspoken artists, having created an exceptional body of work for the last 15 years. Of Sri Lankan descent but born and raised in the UK, she has been a forceful advocate for the rights of the oppressed worldwide, but has also drawn ire for her pointed statements about the nature of power and using one’s voice to speak out on various forms of oppression. Loveridge’s loving, charmingly disheveled documentary charts Maya’s rise to stardom culled largely from self-shot video of the rapper cultivating her art (and identity), providing an illuminating glimpse into the birth of a global pop icon from her humble beginnings. “The cogent, thoughtful organization of this material . . . both makes the film revealing and allows for the impression that it’s more foundational than it is conclusive. Loveridge fully understands that even the trifurcated title of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. may not be entirely equipped at capturing the extent of this artist’s many-faceted identity.”—Sam C. Mac, Slant Magazine. “As a raw document of Arulpragasam’s life it’s a treasure trove of intimate insights, and fashions an image of Arulpragasam as an artist who documents things as they happen, rather than shooting material that slots neatly into a shiny, predetermined PR narrative.”—Simran Hans, Sight & Sound.
- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1808.31 - 10:10
- Days ago = 1154 days ago
- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1111 - First Haircut - February 1963 - Throwback Thursday 1808.30
Meaning, this post is a true assortment of ends and odds.
It's been a big week. Since I last wrote, I was hired to teach part time (one class) at Concordia University in Portland (see pictures and social media posts below), and I taught my first two classes already. Though the second class is tomorrow, Friday, if you go by the date and time on this blog without the knowledge that I post backwards in time often. This is my first time back in the class room since I moved, over a year ago.
I did HR stuff at two schools because I also was hired to teach at Lower Columbia College but those classes do not start until September 18th.
The week has been a scramble of prep and grading.
Here's the week in pictures, posts, ends, and odds.
I promise to be more chatty next week, Mom.
Cryptonomicon - by Neal Stephenson
This is one of Stephenson's best books, by far. I kept thinking of Pynchon's _Gravity's Rainbow_ as I read it probably because of the similar WWII time period. _Cryptonomicon_ is worth a read if only for the fictionalization of Alan Turing and the cryptoworld of both WWII but also the modern day of the time of the book's publication in 1999. Stephenson predicts the current cyptocurrency trends admirably. This book has been on my shelf for almost 20 years, and I finally completed it via audio. Narrator William Dufris is a tour de force and well known to audio listeners for his work in other SF, such as books by Scalzi, Asimov, and other Stephenson among about 400 others. If you love historical based fiction with an SF flare (because this is not really SF at all), you will love this book. But it's a beast. Almost 1000 pages and over 40 hours of audio. But it's worth it!
FROM A FRIEND -
Quote of the Day: “Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.” ~George Carlin
BANDCAMP WEEKLY FOR 1808.28
GREAT NEW COMIC!! Previews and more goodies at this link.
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Katherine Johnson, NASA human computer who calculated trajectories for the Apollo space missions by hand! pic.twitter.com/ZFZAmM3jYd— AB Hosey (@DrABHosey) August 26, 2018
This is why Hawaii will forever be the best state in the world. No other team in this tournament would have showed love to the other team like they did. Way to put on for the island ! #LLWS18 pic.twitter.com/Rjjp2vGTPV— Kameron Ng (@NgKameron) August 26, 2018
My cover for BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE VOL. 6 -- pic.twitter.com/bhpgJlQfqu— Doc Shaner (@DocShaner) August 27, 2018
OUT AND ABOUT
I like this corner...
A future breakfast destination...
THE PDX COMIC TOUR CONTINUES
Hey look!! Loco Moco at Noho's by Cloud Nine at Clinton and 26th
I am teaching in the library, and they prepared for my visit with a SF and comic book display.
Noodle likes to nap with the laundry.
I might buy a new stereo?
at Clinton and 26th
Note the three Herb Alpert albums all in a row.
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
- Days ago = 1153 days ago
- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1808.30 - 10:10
NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.