Shock and Awe. Taser Drone Zaps Low Paid Worker

I love a good publicity stunt. At the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) festival, Chaotic Moon Studio used a drone to taze an intern.


What I love about this stunt is that it was designed and developed to be the perfect news story and that William “Whurley” Hurley, chief innovation officer, understood that it would be a conversation starter.

Because military drones are a hot topic and SXSW is a large global event, Hurley said they decided to bring to life the “fantasy of some people and nightmares of others.”

“We wanted to have an educated, well-informed discussion about how people feel about this as a society, or whether you’re a police officer or private citizen,” Hurley said.  - ABC News

So, maybe we should have that discussion. 

If not now, then on April 5 at 2:00 pm Pacific when I will be holding a Book Salon at Fire Dog Lake with Daniel Suarez on his book “Kill Decision.”

This should give you time to get and read the book. Yes, it’s science fiction, but it raises a lot of questions and it is structured as a thriller, so it really moves.

The book shows . . . → Read More: Shock and Awe. Taser Drone Zaps Low Paid Worker

True Detective’s Rust Cohle vs. Oscar Winner McConaughey

After watching True Detective did you wonder what Rust Cohle would have to say about Matt McConaughey’s Oscar speech? Well wonder no more. Comedian and Filmmaker Katie Halper shows us.

McConaughey is a great actor, but we should give credit to Rust Cohle’s creator, the writer Nic Pizzolatto. I don’t know who wrote McConaughey’s Oscar speech, but Rust’s words are all Pizzolatto.

I loved this show. Wonderful writing, acting and cinematography. I haven’t really felt a sense of mood like this since “The Killing” and it was not a surprise to me that Pizzolatto was involved in writing that. That show is another one of my favorites. I could watch just the face of Mireille Enos, the lead in that show, for hours.  

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Great Use of Celebrity Power with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

I often suggest to non-profits that they need to get some celebrity endorsement. People love celebrities. Celebrities love good causes. This is a great way to mix them together.

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Charlotte’s Web Characters As Singing Superheroes and Villains

I recently attended the 3rd Annual 90-Second Newbury film festival in San Francisco. My personal favorite was this musical rendition of Charlotte’s Web to the Spiderman theme. 

The event was wonderful, the films were fun and the hosts funny, but my favorite part was looking over at a couple of kids who made one of the films proudly raising their hands when asked if they had read another one of the Newbury winners. The festival is a program of the KidLit Foundation, an Illinois literacy nonprofit.  It was hosted by authors James Kennedy and recent Newbery winner  Katherine Applegate. 

The next stop on the film Festival tour is Tacoma and Portland Washington on March 1 and 2 where they will show another 2014 90-Second Newbury winner.  The Olde Tobacco Shoppe.  The plot? A five-year-old boy smokes some “magic tobacco,” has a bunch of hallucinations about sailing on a pirate ship and finding treasure. Hmmm, interesting choice out of Washington State.



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Gowdy: “No poetry for you!” GOP’s Older Brother to Dem’s Prodigal Son.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Democrats are pushing poetry as an alternative to holding a job.

- By Megan R. Wilson The Hill, ‘Democrats pushing poetry over jobs?“

David Atkins, writing at Hullabloo, analyzes Gowdy’s response to the report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on how people will respond to the Affordable Care Act in their work life.

Atkin’s piece is titled “Republicans do not understand what it means to be human”  and it’s stellar. Here is an insightful paragraph.

It is not an inaccurate or extreme statement to declare that ideological Republicans do not understand what it means to be human. They view human beings as economic units to be plugged at their lowest possible price into a maximally efficient market that provides the greatest possible returns on investment to the wealthy few, with any resulting human resentment and misery dulled by humility before a pleasure-fearing angry God promising rewards to the obedient in the hereafter. It is a dark, meager, shriveled and cramped vision of humanity.

Read the whole piece it is excellent.

If you aren’t a good “economic unit” they think you should feel bad about it. And you certainly shouldn’t be enjoying it! They want human economic units . . . → Read More: Gowdy: “No poetry for you!” GOP’s Older Brother to Dem’s Prodigal Son.

Leia, I am your Father

This figurine is based on Jeffrey Brown‘s Vader’s Little Princess book and is available for pre-order now.

Gentle Giant Ltd. says it will be ready in the second quarter of 2014. Could make a great gift for Father’s Day!

Leia, I am your father. Now let go of my leg.

Image via Gotham News. via The Mary Sue, Geekosystem,  Dorkley, Technabob, Gotham News.

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Call Congress to say No on Fast Track Authority on the Trans Pacific Partnership

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The New Giant Sucking Sound…From the East. The Trans-Pacific Partnership

I hope you enjoy my educational, parody video about the Trans Pacific Parternship Scheme.

For more information on the TPP

Urgent Fast Track Trade Deal Alert – Campaign for America’s Future

by Dave Johnson

And  Defend the Constitution, say ‘no’ to fast-track authority for Obama

by Cathie Adams,  state leader of the Texas Eagle Forum and Jo Ann Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America — We the People.

If the video above doesn’t play on your mobile device or doesn’t load fast enough, here is the YouTube Version.

If you want to sign a  quick petition to stop Fast Track for the TPP, you can go here to Credo

For more info see these stories.

1″TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms,” Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nov. 13, 2013. 2″Five key questions – and answers – about the leaked TPP text,” the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, Nov. 15, 2013.


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I get this question all the time. “Tell me, exactly what is it that you do do?”

From young Frankenstein one of my favorite movies of all time. Watch the whole thing. Still funny after all these years.

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Star Rise over San Francisco, Sans Light Pollution

This was not taken on Black Friday! It’s a composite photo from photographer Thierry Cohen illustrating what San Francisco would look like if all its light pollution was removed.


Post Apocalyptic San Francisco is still pretty, but São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro look even better.

He created these composites of 15 cities from around the world. From the site:

He photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and the Atacama desert. There he sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers.

I remember walking in the city after the 1989 Earthquake, going over to the Haight to eat melting ice cream with my friend Carol. The sky was beautiful. There were a few lights, mostly flashlights . . . → Read More: Star Rise over San Francisco, Sans Light Pollution