Hey, Mom! The Explanation.

Here's the permanent dedicated link to my first Hey, Mom! post and the explanation of the feature it contains.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1148 - Throwback Thursday on Friday Welcome to February 1902.01

My 6th Birthday - 1968
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1148 - Throwback Thursday on Friday Welcome to February 1902.01 - a sense of doubt post #1442

Hi Mom,

I skipped Throwback Thursday last week to save time. I was really busy. I am still very busy but my schedule is somewhat alleviated and freed by a recent event. Really, life is good.

As was shared in the great book by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale:

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

Or don't let the bastards grind you down.


'nuff said, as STAN LEE liked to put it.

So I am back to the FORT and the 1968 Birthday. This was the Throwback as seen here two weeks ago (link below), but the photo with me was not the cover photo.

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #1146 - The Fort - Birthday 1968 - Throwback 1901.17

Once again, this is a series of random things that I throw in the draft entry throughout the week (and in this case, two), so, HI MOM, hang on to the arm rests, here we go.

A student reminded me of this video:


One of the most controversial and polarizing ads made to air during the Super Bowl wasn’t meant to be controversial or polarizing at all, according to the company’s CEO.
The ad, which aired in full only on the company’s website after it was deemed too politically charged by Fox, inspired both cheers and jeers on social media due to its depiction of a mammoth border wall not unlike the one President Trump has proposed.
“The intent of the Super Bowl commercial … was to show that 84 Lumber is a company of opportunity,” the company’s CEO Maggie Hardy Magerko said in a statement provided to The Post about the ad that depicts a Mexican mother and daughter embarking on a journey to cross into the United States.
Trump supporters largely got a negative impression from the ad, with some threatening to boycott the family-owned business that sells lumber and other building materials. Others applauded what they saw as a critique of the wall, as well as Trump’s overall crackdown on immigration in light of his recent executive order calling for a temporary ban.
Apparently, people on Twitter were crying for a boycott of 84 Lumber.
How could anyone be against what this ad shows?
If those who identify as Trump-supporting republicans want to reveal that they are part of the HATE NATION, then just not empathize with the characters in this ad.

She Makes Comics

directed by Marisa Stotter; director of photography, Jordan Rennert; produced by Karen Green, Patrick Meaney, Jordan Rennert, and Marisa Stotter; executive producers, Julian Dariusand Mike Phillips; creative consultant, Karen Green; in association with Respect Films
DVD, 71 minutes
Dec 2014


She Makes Comics traces the fascinating history of women in the comics industry. Despite popular assumptions about the comics world, women have been writing, drawing, and reading comics since the medium’s beginnings in the late 19th century. And today, there are scores of women involved in comics and its vibrant fan culture.
Featuring dozens of interviews with such vital figures as Ramona Fradon, Trina Robbins, Joyce Farmer, Karen Berger, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Becky Cloonan, She Makes Comics is the first film to bring together the most influential women of the comics world.

The documentary has received rave reviews and won Best Documentary at the 2015 Comic-Con International. Here’s just a sample of what the critics are saying:

“Entertaining, informative, and inspiring. Plant[s] a flag in the ground to let everyone know that things are, thankfully, changing. The real success of the film is not simply describing or complaining about the problem, but addressing it head on and reinforcing the dedication with which they view comics; that comics are worth fighting this battle for. Drips with passion for the comic book medium and for the fight against the sad realities that have plagued women in the industry for decades.” — Cliff Wheatley, IGN
“I can’t stress enough how important it is that you see this film, and more than that, that you take its message with you after the credits roll. She Makes Comics lets any woman watching know that she too is accepted, that she is welcome here. A moving, poignant film that reveals a hidden history of comics… 10/10.” — Timothy Merritt, Coming Up Comics
“An uplifting and informative celebration of women in comics.” — Hugh Armitage, Digital Spy
“I was so inspired and impressed by all of those amazing women.” — Shona O’Flaherty, Is It A Bicycle?
“It’s still blowing my mind… Mesmerizing.” — Verushka Byrow, Pop.Edit.Lit
“A true celebration of the medium. I watched this with my girlfriend, also a comic book fan, and we were high-fiving throughout! We need more movies like She Makes Comics!” — Clay N. Ferno, Forces of Geek


MEANWHILE ON PLANET EARTH, a student shared this because my wife likes horror but Manga not so much. I like Manga so this interests me.


I wonder if someone would let me write a course on graphic novels?

Someone did this ENG 386 at University of Mary Washington in Fredricksburg, Virginia

LOOK HERE:  http://graphicnovel.umwblogs.org/


There's a Bowie app???


“Welcome to virtual reality”
As we reported back in July, David Bowie is, the record-breaking exhibition that drew over 2 million visitors across 12 cities (the most visited touring exhibition in the history of the V&A), has been granted digital immortality in the shape of the David Bowie is Augmented Reality mobile app, which will be available in iOS and Android.
Keep reading for the full press release.




Just wow.
But it's in Illinois.
Now if it was in PORTLAND. HELL YES.


Matt Reeves' THE BATMAN Gets Release Date, Ben Affleck Not Returning




In France, Comic Books Are Serious Business


It's a big year for comic book anniversaries. Batman's 80th is this year, and Asterix is turning 60. But at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, which finished on Sunday, there was a sense that the form's best days may be yet to come -- in the French-speaking world, at least. From a report:"It's a kind of golden age," said Jean-Luc Fromental, a comic book author who also runs a graphic-novel imprint for the publisher Denoel. "There has never been so much talent. There have never been so many interesting books published." 

There are now more comic books published annually in France and Belgium than ever before, according to the festival's artistic director, Stephane Beaujean. "The market has risen from 700 books per year in the 1990s to 5,000 this year," he said in an interview. "I don't know any cultural industry which has had that kind of increase." Research by the market research company GfK, released to coincide with the festival, showed that turnover in the comic book industry in those two countries alone reached 510 million euros, or around $580 million, in 2018.

The bumper year in France and Belgium contrasts with a mixed situation worldwide. Comichron, a website that reports on comic book sales in the United States, where the market is worth around $1 billion, says that sales there are declining. But in terms of respect and recognition, comics are on the way up.


 / CORY DOCTOROW / 5:54 AM FRI FEB 1, 2019

Satire: No charges for Iowa man arrested after he dressed up as Mr Freeze and shouted nonconsensual polar vortex puns in public

Satire site The Sioux Falls Headliner has a funny alternate-universe story in which an unnamed man was taken into custody after he dressed up as Arnold Schwarzenegger in his role as Mr Freeze in 1997's Batman and Robin, drove to the local Walmart, and stood in the parking lot, hollering cold-weather puns at passersby.
In the imaginary story, the man, who continued to make puns in the police car, was released without charge.
“He told me he was going to change the ‘STOP’ sign to say ‘FREEZE’. He was dressed up in some clear plastic that looked hand painted baby blue to really get the whole ice look down. He was also trying to talk like Arnold did in the Batman movie. I thought it was pretty funny,” said one shopper we spoke with.
Not everyone thought the man’s puns were funny, though.
“The man told me I needed to ‘cool it’ on the make-up I was wearing. I took serious offense to that! Who says that to a person? I’m really thinking about suing him!” said one woman we spoke with who was actually wearing too much make up.

 / CORY DOCTOROW / 6:12 AM FRI FEB 1, 2019

Millionaire dilettantes' "education reform" have failed, but teacher-driven, evidence-supported education works miracles


Rich "education philanthropists" (Bill Gates, the Waltons, the DeVoses, the Sacklers) have had a lot of business-world ideas for "fixing education" over the years, centered on a system of carrots (bonuses for high-testing schools and schools whose students get admitted to top universitites) and sticks (funding cuts for "underperforming" schools), all backed by high-stakes tests and standardized teaching materials.

These have been a catastrophe, making poor schools poorer, spawning massive fraud-rings that gamed standardized tests and sent unprepared kids to top colleges through falsified grades, where they immediately sank beneath coursework and student debt.
But even though running schools "like a business" online makes things worse, there are problems with public schools, especially those serving poor and marginalized students, and, it turns out, there are ways of addressing those problems.

After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform, a 2018 book by Andrea Gabor, documents these success stories and outlines their commonalities: in Massachusetts' Brockton High, the state's largest, poorest school now outperforms the state average, with a well-funded faculty that teach speaking skills, fine arts, drama, sports, and provide extracurricular activities.

In Leander, Texas, strict hierarchy and standardized tests were replaced by "a culture devoted to grassroots-driven quality and experimentation" as well as "long-term thinking" and "meaningful teacher training," inspired by the production systems of Toyota, turning the school into a magnet for the best teachers in the state and reversing its education outcomes.

The commonalities in all of Gabor's success stories are "a respect for democratic processes and participatory improvement, a high regard for teachers, clear strategies with buy-in from all stake-holders, and accountability frameworks that include room to innovate. They also feature robust leadership and strong teacher voice. Their success underscores the importance of equitable funding and suggests that problems like income inequality are far more detrimental to education that the usual suspects, like bad teachers."
In 2018, media coverage started to turn from heralding tech millionaires as the intrepid “disrupters” of schools to highlighting the boldness of teachers, especially those in non-union states, engaged in strikes, walkouts, and protests around the country. The American public was supportive of the strikes and resonated with teachers who didn’t make a living wage and yet poured their hearts into doing their best for high-risk children under terrible conditions with few resources.
Critics like Gordon Lafer are now warning that if antidemocratic forces and deep-pocketed elites continue to set the agenda for what children should learn, American schools will turn into places where inequality is not only exacerbated, but actually inculcated — something quite different from what most of us grew up understanding as their purpose. Instead of being prepared for lives as healthy and productive citizens, most will be groomed for a life of lowered expetations and servitude.
Gabor sees in all this an opportunity to push to restore democratic principles and participative decision-making to education reform and champion a more humane, sustainable model for success. She views what happens under Trump as the catalyst for better approaches and a recognition that preparing young people for a competitive global marketplace and life democratic society do not have to be at odds: schools can and must do both.
Millionaire-Driven Education Reform Has Failed. Here’s What Works.[Lynn Parramore/Institute for New Economic Thinking]

DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is good stuff!!

yay!! DESPITE #gamergate, and hey, Anita, I am YOUR SIDE, this warms my heart. The tide is turning people. SOME GOOD SHIT IS GETTING MADE. Finally.


because... random.


random find - good stuff


@heloisamedeiros-DEEP @ello

I am going to BOOKS WITH PICTURES in Portland Saturday night for a book launch for writer/artist KORY BING, but since I am writing this Sunday, I can post back in time.

FROM SKIN DEEP - the comic - 

Got to write about these lovely books in my Humanities class at Concordia.

Students at work, LCC, groups!

LCC - Things on the boards:

New glasses? Maybe?

We MUST both be in the FRONT SEAT!!


BOOKS TO READ - Northwest Voices

I met a guy with this tattooed on his arm:

Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. 

~ Dumbledore, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2, at King's Cross

Albus Dumbledore: Harry, you wonderful boy. You brave man. Let us walk.
Harry Potter: Professor, what is that?
Albus Dumbledore: Something beyond either of our help. A part of Voldemort, sent here to die.
Harry Potter: And exactly where are we?
Albus Dumbledore: I was going to ask you that. Where would you say that we are?
Harry Potter: Well, it looks like King's Cross Station, only cleaner, and without all the trains.
Albus Dumbledore: King's Cross, is that right? This is, as they say, your party. I expect you now realize that you and Voldemort have been connected by something other than fate, since that night in Godric's Hollow all those years ago.
Harry Potter: So it's true then, isn't it, Sir? A part of him lives in me, doesn't it?
Albus Dumbledore: Did. It was just destroyed many moments ago by none other than Voldemort himself. You were the Horcux he never meant to make, Harry.
[They sit on a bench]
Harry Potter: I have to go back, haven't I?
Albus Dumbledore: Oh, that's up to you.
Harry Potter: I have a choice?
Albus Dumbledore: Oh, yes. We're in King's Cross, you say? I think if you so desired, you'd be able to board a train.
Harry Potter: And where would it take me?
Albus Dumbledore[chuckles] On.
[Dumbledore begins walking away]
Harry Potter: Voldemort has the Elder Wand.
Albus Dumbledore: True.
Harry Potter: And the snake's still alive.
Albus Dumbledore: Yes.
Harry Potter: And I've nothing to kill it with.
Albus Dumbledore[walks back to Harry] Help will always be given at Hogwarts, Harry, to those who ask for it. I've always prized myself on my ability to turn a phrase. Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. But I would, in this case, amend my original statement to this: "Help would always be given at Hogwarts to those who deserve it." Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, those who live without love.
Harry Potter: Professor, my mother's Patronus was a doe, wasn't it? It's the same as Professor Snape's. It's curious, don't you think?
Albus Dumbledore: Actually, if I think about it, it doesn't seem curious at all. I'll be going now, Harry. [turns to leave]
Harry Potter: Professor? Is this all real? Or is it just happening inside my head?
Albus DumbledoreOf course it's happening inside your head, Harry. Why should that mean that it's not real? [he fades into the light]
Harry Potter: Professor, what shall I do? Professor?

HERE'S a new favourite thing chared by new friend and colleague (and chair of the department) Hiedi Bauer:

T-Rex Trying and Trying” is a hilarious book written and illustrated by Hugh Murphy. Here are my favorite moments:


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 = 1308 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1902.01 - 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.

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