Carly Simon retraces creative steps

One of my favorite things is to listen to an artist of any kind retrace their creative steps. I understand why they’re reluctant to do so because it’s difficult. Building an idea is not like building a physical object.

For this reason you usually see artists give a glib answer to get through the question. But Simon at least explains the mechanics of how she pulled the different parts together.
You can clearly see Simon holding back on her answer because the song is extremely personal. But that is what made the song a classic in the first place

Public Policy Analysis Podcast

For anyone interested in deep discussion about the nuances of social and economic problems, Vox’s The Weeds is the podcast for you. The hosts of this show truly get “into the weeds” and dissect the different facets of complex problems facing us in society. Hence the name.

I can assure you that if you spend your time listening and reading about politicians, then you are likely poorly informed about any given topic. The devil is in the details and it takes time to understand issues. And only until you fully understand the problem can you begin to work towards a solution.

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Star Wars Comes to Life

The collective excitement of this film spans the globe. Made even more so by the revelation that real physical movie sets have been built.

The characters are physically real and not completely animated through CGI. The excitement of the actors during the interviews is obvious and I think that will bring the movie alive in a way we simply have not seen in the recent trend of Superhero movies.

There is only one Trilogy. And that is Star Wars.

Why YouTube will be forced to change

This is an interesting trend and the first time I have seen a noticeable list of top YouTube channels migrate to a new platform revenue stream. Due to a complete lack of transparency, there has been a lot of frustration with YouTube regarding revenue potential.

I think this is a good trend and it will be interesting to see how the new media landscape develops.

Which Movie Did Americans Support?

Both movies involve a sniper. Both movies are about protagonists championed by Americans. Coincidentally, one film was released during the week of the other film’s protagonist’s birthday.

One protagonist worked tirelessly to promote the Civil Rights of oppressed and marginalized Americans through Peace. Never backing down in protecting the freedom and safety of those Americans and his family. The other protagonist found himself caught up in one of America’s greatest foreign policy and military strategy disasters in the last 100 years for the security of an economic resource. Taking incredible risks and putting himself in extraordinary danger to save his life and his group of Americans.

Which movie did Americans show support for with their money? Who should be America’s hero during this week of January 19th?

Selma…  $8.3 Million

American Sniper…  $90.2 Million

 

Crowd Funding the USS Enterprise

If you’re going to get behind building a replica of an ark, then get behind the Canadian effort to build a life-size replica of the USS Starship Enterprise. This is of course from a country with a sizable, but waning, population of people who claim to be Jedi Knights.

If you think this is just a whimsical campaign by a bunch of Star Wars nerds to have fun, consider that they are not alone. The State of Kentucky voters have approved $18 Million in tax breaks for an effort to build a “life size” replica of Noah’s arc.  A naval vessel that also has never existed. I say “never existed” because it has already been proven a wooden ship of those dimensions is structurally impossible.