Posted in TV, Writing

Rosie

I enjoyed watching The View when Rosie was on it. ‘Enjoyed’ is putting it mildly. I planned my day around it. I needed to see Rosie get pissed off about the war in Iraq and say the things out loud in the mainstream media that I say to no one in particular when I’m doing the dishes. She was honest, passionate, and spittin’ mad—like so many of the rest of us.

I understand why she left the show in the first place, and why she left early in the second place, and how the split screen was the sure sign. This article by Amanda Guinzburg on the Huffington Post says it all.

I’ve gone to Rosie’s blog to ask her questions. Though I’m afraid I don’t actually ask real questions, I make comments. Some samples:

-Shouldn’t we get rid of the Electoral College? If there were no Electoral College, then Gore would have been the clear winner in the 2000 presidental race regardless of the Florida debacle. Gore: 50,999,897 Bush: 50,456,002

-Check out Project Pedal at ProjectPedal.com. It’s about deciding to do something you think you can’t do, then slowly but surely proving yourself wrong. It makes me cry happy.

-Don’t you hate it when you drool when you’re sleeping, and then you roll over into a previously-deposited and now freezing cold drool spot?

I even invited Jahero to my high school reunion this August in a particularly snappy piece that ended with “Go Democracy!”

I realized this morning that I’m posting questions on Rosie’s blog because I want to work for her. I want her to hire me as a writer. I want to help her develop her next gig(s), and for some reason, I believe that she’ll notice how I pack exactly the right content into my 200 characters and recognize (ah-ha style) my political acumen and quirky humor. I’ve even got questions/comments that I’ve written in advance, but I’m saving them. I’m obeying the “one question per day” request.

A grrl can dream, but I’ve clearly crossed some line. Of sanity or hope or something. Ah jeez…why am I even thinking that she needs a writer???

Posted in Around Town, Science, Uncategorized

Griffith Observatory

Uh oh. I’ve been bitten by the blogging bug. Two posts in one day, while work waiting to be done (=billable hours) languishes on my desk (what desk? I mean the dining room table).

LA Observed got me all fired up about the Griffith Observatory Planetarium controversy in a piece called: Actors or Astronomers?.

The meat of the discussion is here.

In the interest of my financial health, I’m copying the comments that I posted at the meaty link above so that I can get busy with real paying work.

I’ve seen the planetarium show, and my Jane Q. Public reaction is as follows: (1) It is too simple for an adult audience. Why not do a kids version and an adult version? (2) The lame lit orb thing carried by the narrator/actor is cheesy and detracts from the meager content. (3) The actor who “voiced” the show I attended needs to go back to acting school. His voice was fake, almost creepy. At the start of the show, I could hardly believe a real person was speaking. Then his lips moved.

I’d rather a few ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ from a live astronomical mind than a smooth-talker with nary a slip of tongue. Education is not something we do terribly well in this country, and taking the marrow out of the planetarium presentation is a step in the wrong direction.

I stood in line (30 minutes on a weekday afternoon) and plunked down the dough for the planetarium because I expected to learn something. Instead, in the midst of a performance that was supposed to feel ‘live’ but felt more fake than if it had been recorded, I found myself wondering about the career missteps that lead an actor to the ultimate nutty professor role.

Posted in Around Town, Cool Stuff, Uncategorized, Writing

Wide Wild World of Blogging 2

Another wow from the wide, wild world of blogging — Leahpeah.

Leah’s got two very cool things going on:

1. LA Bloggers Live – from the site, “How many times have you wished you could hear your favorite bloggers read live? Bloggers Live! is a combination of Los Angeles bloggers getting together every second Thursday to read a selection of their entries live. Anyone who blogs is encouraged to join the group and sign up to read. Anyone who reads them, blogger or not, is invited to come and listen.”

2. LA Angst – again, from the site, “We gather together to read our most embarrassing, humiliating, angst ridden and otherwise absolutely wonderful writing from our youth. Every month, selected readers comb through their middle school and high school writing and pick something that represents how completely impossible it is to grow up without looking back in shame. Join us for some entertaining, therapeutic and hysterical fun!”

LA Angst is making its debut this Sunday, June 3. You can read about the details here.

I’ll take another shot of courage, Eagles style, and read about life at Lakenheath circa 1975.

My calendar runneth over—lots of blogging events this weekend (via Metroblogging).

Posted in Around Town, Cool Stuff, Writing

Wide Wild World of Blogging

Maybe I’m just a country bumpkin who watches too much tv, but the wide, wild world of blogging never ceases to amaze. Here’s my day of surfing, in which I find many bloggers who are writers, some with stunning amounts of moxie.

Mr. Kettle mentioned that LA Daddy is having a blogger party. Woo-hoo! Sounds fun. So I start looking around at the blogs of those who are going to attend. First I find Psuedotherapy who, along with her witty writing, has posted a photo of the Gettysburg address on printed on her hiney. Then on to Snackie’s Pudge Free World (Hilly) who has been called The Queen of Blogistan. Her blog has a whole lot of ‘tude, which I find a refreshing recipe for kicking one out of one’s self-induced doldrums.

By Jane is a nice read. She’s moving back to LA from Elk Grove. I loved her post about winnowing through her deceased father’s belongings.

Then I stumbled upon the great booby controversy. Strollerderby wrote about Maggie Gyllenhaal nursing in public. Some people (who clearly have not progresssed too far up the evolution chain) objected to Maggie’s PDOB (public display of boob). Shouldn’t she cover up? Wear a baby blanket or a burka or something to hide? Queen of Spain takes up the cause in this ranting, raving post on letting mothers do their thing. I’m with the Queen on this one…breastfeeding is best and if you want to do it in public, go ahead.

Full circle–back to Mr. Kettle and this great post about our skewed thinking about breastfeeding and the bizillion reasons it is the best thing to do.

Posted in Travel

Scouting Oregon

The Scout is working on a Campbell’s soup commercial (now with less sodium!) so we are here on the beautiful Oregon coast. We have a splendid view of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse from our room at the Best Western Agate Beach. I’ve become a fan of the Best Western for several reasons: (1) They are independently owned and operated (2) Love the in-room microwave and fridge (3) Love the free wireless internet. Not all Best Westerns have a restaurant, but this one has a good one.

I’ll post some of the Scout’s photos as soon as we get them back from the lab. Yes, the Scout still shoots on film. File that under “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Posted in Current Events

Outsourcing

The PasadenaNow outsourcing flap has been overwhelming for the owner of the site, so he’s a little behind schedule.

The difference between this case of journalistic outsourcing and other cases is the subject matter – PasadenaNow’s journalists are being hired specifically to cover Pasadena City Council meetings.

Watch-dogging City Council is essential to the democratic process. Holding elected and employed officials accountable at the local level is vital if we are to balance business interests and community needs. So hiring reporters in India for this incredibly specific and local task continues to baffle me. Are we outsourcing democracy?

Another theme that keeps coming up in this whole outsourcing debate is the effectiveness of  the Internet as an information delivery system. Say I went to journalism school, then started watching the city council meetings of some place far away. Would I get enough on-line information to make me a decent reporter?

The Pasadena Weekly thinks not–here’s a provocative editorial on what this all means for journalism.