Reviewed “#Truth”, Starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett. I thought both stars were excellent in this tragic story of how journalism in US has been corrupted by corporate and political interests. Written and directed by James Vanderbilt. Worth it. I also liked Topher Grace. He’s always an interesting actor. The payoff was a bitter-sweet, but ultimately the truth wins. Vanderbilt’s story and direction were thorough and smart. Cate Blanchett could not have been better, worth watching.
Been working on this project for nearly 5 years. It has a new name…a new focus, and it’s all planned on paper. The concept is there, but I have spent much of that time running into limits. Financial and technological limits mainly…but I’ve also reached the end of my skill-sets. Now it’s up to my creativity. Outsourcing with my limited budget has proven a waste of time and money, and the one or two academics and technology workers I’ve approached with idea don’t seem to see much merit in any idea unless it’s theirs. Now it’s time for me to knuckle down to see if I can build this thing myself. Which means I’m studying again. This makes me wonder how many fantastic ideas are out there that aren’t being heard by the people with the resources to make those ideas real? The barrier to entry in technology is getting higher every day, but this could be changed if someone were to bring ordinary people with great ideas and people with technical know-how (and resources) together. #MITMedialab is probably the only place for me to turn if I can’t master this development environment.
Trainwreck. I honestly have to watch this one with minimal distractions. It’s toilet humor, but Amy Shumer does it so well. I almost feel her movies are a bit naughty, like watching porn…
Something happened on the way home. I remembered what I liked and what I didn’t like about the way Boston has changed over the past decade or two. The idea that we are missing something in the rush of technology. How disconnected we are from the people living right next door to us. How we have all bought-in to the social media paradigm Wall St. has sold us. Twenty years ago, everyone thought AOL was the internet, now we believe FB, Snapchat and Instagram are. I think we are missing the power of technology. All the information of the ages at our fingertips, and we want to take selfies. I remembered that I loved the culture of learning when we come together, but I’m sad that we use technology as a way to keep ourselves shielded from truth, boredom, life, and pain. I came home, and I felt two ways at once…both not wanting to go back to college (at my age) and at the same time loving the human-scale of Springfield and wanting to live in a small city. Where a mile is a mile, and I actually know who my neighbors are. There is a world of fun and culture in places like Boston and NYC, but also…here, I can see it’s a bit of a rat race.
Today’s self-care happened late yesterday, It meant me understanding something that has alluded me for some time. When I understood this, my priorities fell into place, and my crew understood better how to help me make this happen. I realized that a strong home life is the foundation of all true success. Not when others decide I’m OK, not when business booms, not when the right person comes into my life, or when I have kids. But today, and I’m loving this philosophy. There is freedom in flying solo, because wherever I am is home and my happiness not contingent upon another. #carechronicle #october Hope you make time to take care of yourself.
Smart is reserved for those who have the support system. I’ve always been more creative than smart and creativity can help you survive. I was born in a lonely pressure cooker, and my mother’s mandate to me before she passed was to survive, and I did. When I have kids, they’ll have the opportunity to be smart, creative, LGBTQ, white, black, Chinese, talented, easy-going, non-talented…whatever and not have that perceived as a threat by those around them. They’ll be able to be whatever they are, and not feel like outcasts. And if that means severing ties with my past. So be it.
I am pretty sure I will raise them on a farm, because being connected to nature is vital for balance in life. I’m not down, I’m an optimist but I really believe the generation coming up (those 16 and younger) are more sophisticated than most adults today. They seem less threatened by differences and seem less preoccupied with conforming to an unattainable “image”. They seem more results based. They may be the ones to save us from ourselves. Of course I could be wrong in which case…being childless is OK too.
#Empire was solid last night. I think if they make the music core, they have something with staying power. This could be a great tool to bring positive change in so many areas. Just keep on that trajectory. Dre is a superb actor and his wife Rhonda is very refreshing for her ride or die devotion in a ride or buy kinda world. She is sexy and against type = cool. I wonder why Jamal’s boyfriend is even there? Give him lines or stop featuring him. More Latino edge to follow, I’m sure. Be nice if they stop fighting family and get more real enemies like Roxanne, who is kinda good too.
Overall, I think Empire is back on track. Taraji and Terrence are magic to watch, just being normal. In short, tonight’s episode was fantastic. If somebody can get me an audition. I’ll name my first-born after you. (or an anagram of your name) BooBoo Kitty needs a brother…maybe someone who can rescue her from the #tragicmulatto stereotype the writers have her stuck in. But those are small matters. The addition of Luscious’ attorney is almost too good to tolerate. A lawyer who is willing to help you frame a judge, dig up a dead body and dispose of it has to be worth his weight in gold. Props to the writers for making me believe true friendship and professional courtesies still exists. – Jaden Dumas