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Quiet Time With Al

Good day, good friend. Blogging from the iPad again, but this time using an “app”. Yep. I just said “app”. I’ll say it again, without the quotes: app.

It’s been a year. It only took a single spark. But global revolution was the story this year. I’m hopeful of what 2012 will bring.

Do you care about global revolution? Or do you just like pretty pictures? I like both. Check these out:

Want more? Check out the 50 best nature photos of 2011.

Okay, back to the iMac tomorrow. Be well!

xo,

J

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Cookie

Happy Friday, furry folks! I’m blogging from an iPad, which is like playing the piano with mittens on. I’ll try…

…is this working?

I think so.

Now, a few words on the economy. First, you should brace yourself.  Then, you should read the 50 economic numbers from 2011 that are almost too crazy to believe. Then, if you haven’t tossed your cookies, check out this disheartening chart on annual salary growth.

Well, at least the S.E.C started charging executives with crimes. No. No jail time is involved.

Speaking of jail time, #occupy Portland has stumbled upon a succesful tactic for dealing with police. Pew has published a survey on what Americans think about the occupiers and income inequality.

Okay. That’s it. iPads suck for blogging and my mittens are sweaty. More fun, coming soon. Be merry, friend.

Xo,

J

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We need more politicians like Mayor Mockus from Bogota, who cleaned the streets in a super-hero outfit, took showers on television, and paid mimes to mock jaywalkers. These eccentric campaigns and others created a better city…

…here in the US,  jobless claims have dropped to a three-year low. ButHalf of Americans live in poverty or are “low income”. What?!?

Do you like film? I do. Peter Jackson is living the future of cinema: 48fps. Charlie Kaufman is talkin’ screenwriting.

Q: Are our brains controlled by cat-loving parasites?
A: Experts say: Yes! Approximately one third of us.

Nature? Oh, God, yes, thank you!

Be well.

xo,

J

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Redeye

Why, hello there! It’s late, I’m tired, but I’m not letting that stop me from bloggin’ up a storm. Or. Something.

Good news! Fox News is actually helping to elect Obama.

Kids these days: they’re drinking less alcohol, smoking less tobacco, but are totally into cannabis.

Today marked the official, official, mission totally accomplished, end of the Iraq War. Good riddance.  But … the housing market is way worse than originally thought, America’s top executives received huge pay hikes last year, the Government re-opened the Gulf of Mexico for drilling, and the Senate rejected two different balanced-budget amendments. Coincidentally, Time released their annual “Person of the Year”:

But relax. Take it easy! Comedian Louis C.K. did quite well on his little $5 video experiment. Good for him!

Here is some choice street art.

Here are cat http status codes.

Here are some free chicken strips.

And finally, a bunch of phrases that came from the pen of William Shakespeare:

Take care of yourself, good friend.

xo,

J

 

 

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Good News Tuesdays #2: Statistical Hemoglobin

Hey there! I see on teh [sic] goggle [sic] analytics that more of you are visiting. That’s good. It was starting to feel a bit lonely here. So now, I present to you: the 2nd edition of Good News Tuesdays!

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
~ Carlos Castaneda

Speaking of…people are quitting Facebook.

Check out this fascinating time-lapse video of Buddhist monks creating a mandala. Then they destroy it and then…well…okay, no spoiler: see for yourself…

Household dogs can easily be trained to detect cancer with 90%+ accuracy. Which leads us to the inevitable comparison

Here’s a short, fun video on product design:

Here’s an interesting, eerie story on a fake Disneyland in China that got its funding pulled and remains only partially built. Farmers are now reclaiming the land.

Biking: it’s healthy, eco-friendly and good for society. Get with it, fattie!

And finally, I give you two waves crashing into each other (via):

Had enough good news? No? Well, did I mention that you are awesome?

xo,

J

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Bitters

Just a few things today…

Obama is copying me! Check out this post where I say:

Q: So who do you think is gonna win the GOP nomination now?
A: It doesn’t actually matter!

He just said the same thing!

Do you know what’s nice? Banksy:


So is this #occupy protester’s costume:

More fuel for his fire, er, sparkly ribbons: a study in the UK has found that bankers cost society £8.40 for every £1 they produce, whereas childcare workers generate between £7 and £9.50 worth of benefits to society for every £1 they are paid. (original study here).

And now … dead people. Well, one anyway. Meet L’Inconnue de la Seine (the unknown woman of the Siene), an unidentified young woman whose death mask became a popular fixture on the walls of artists’ homes after 1900.

Also, here are some people who are (probably) dead: Invisible Mothers. I guess it was common practice back-in-the-day for mothers to hide beneath blankets and/or tapestries and hold their children for portraits. That whole website is pretty awesome.

Finally, something very youthful and lovely: pretty music by Laura Marling.

Enjoy!

xo,

J

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Heebie Jeebie

And a grand evening to you, good friend!

What’s up with our country? Wal Mart heirs have the same net worth as the bottom 30% of Americans. Our postal service is crumbling before our very eyes. Bridge cops make $221,000 a year. And let’s not forget about our other royalty:

What can possibly save us?

Well, I suppose we’ll have to see how that pans out…

What can we do in the meantime? Listen to awesome folks like Alan Watts and these guys:

What’s that? Propaganda? Yes! Check out these fantastic WWII posters.

Okay. I’m done. Gotta get to bed and rest dat head.

xo,

J

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Here

Happy Friday, friends. Let’s jump right in to today’s list-o-fun…

Rats show empathy and help each other out. (They also laugh).

Word of the day:

Kummerspeck: Excess weight gained due to emotion-caused overeating.
Composed of Kummer (“grief”) and Speck (“bacon”)

Are you a victim of kummerspeck? We’ve got chairs for you:

Bicycle commuting in NYC has risen 289% since 2001! More lanes, please.

Motorola beat Apple in court. They can now ban the sales of  the iPhone and iPad.

The City of Pittsburgh knows what’s up when it comes to #occupy.

NPR tried to track down those “millionaire job creators” that members of the GOP are always referring to. They couldn’t find a single one.

Mmm…Fabulous!

And, lastly, this.

See you soon.

xo,

J

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