Showing posts from August, 2016

Terence loves You

"Terrence Loves You"   You are what you are I don't matter to anyone But Hollywood legends will never grow old And all of what's hidden Well, it will never grow cold But I lost myself when I lost you But I still got jazz when I've got those blues And I lost myself when I lost you And I still get trashed, darling, when I hear your tunes But you are who you are I won't change you for anything For when you are crazy I'll let you be bad I'll never dare change thee to what you are not But I lost myself when I lost you But I still got jazz when I've got those blues I lost myself and I lost you too And I still get trashed, baby, when I hear your tunes I put the radio on, hold you tight in my mind Isn't strange that you're not here with me But I know the light's on in the television Trying to transmit, can you hear me? Ground control to Major Tom Can you hear me all night long? Ground control to Major Tom Well I lost myself when I lost you But

Zitkala-Ša, "Red Bird"

Zitkala-Ša (“Red Bird”), given the name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin by boarding-school missionaries, was a Sioux crusader who wrote several books, and also was a musician who composed who the first opera by a Native American. She campaigned for the reform of the Indian policies in the Unites States.   The "glassy blue eyes" of white men stared at the Indian children on their journey to Indiana; "the snow still covered the ground, and the trees were bare" when she arrived at the missionaries' boarding school; and she found Earlham College students to be "a cold race whose hearts were frozen hard with prejudice.  

Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees

1943 Guide to Hiring Women:  The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. This was written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War II.  Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees  There's no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage. Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject from western properties:  1. If you can get them, pick young married women. They have these advantages, according to the reports of western companies: they usually have more of a sense of responsibility than do their unmarried sisters; they're less likely to be flirtatious; as a rule, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it — maybe a sick husband or one who's in the army; they still have th

Life and Hugs

"... there are moments in life, when a single hug holds all the answers you need..."  

BHP Billiton Records Worst Loss in Fiscal Year 2016

BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, flagged it’s emerging from the worst commodities price collapse in a generation with renewed impetus after reporting a record full-year loss. “There is some sense that prices have stopped falling as opposed to being in freefall,” Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie told reporters Tuesday on an earnings call. “We start this new financial year with real momentum.” Underlying profit jumped 95 percent to $803 million in the six months ended June 30, from $412 million in the preceding half, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Melbourne-based BHP’s full-year earnings published Tuesday in a statement.

'Sausage Party' anything but a good time at work, some animators say - LA Times

Sausage Party” was the surprise hit at the box office this weekend, but artists who worked on the R-rated, computer-animated comedy starring Seth Rogen as a libidinous hot dog are telling a sadder tale. On the animation news website Cartoon Brew, several animators who identified themselves as members of the “Sausage Party” crew talked of unpaid overtime, poor working conditions and walkouts at Nitrogen, the Vancouver, Canada-based animation studio that made the film. Financed by Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures, and directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, “Sausage Party” was made for less than $20 million, a remarkably thrifty price tag for a CG-animated film.

No Man’s Sky is a game about photography… it just doesn’t know it

I'm sad to say that my experience with No Man's Sky so far aligns closely with the one Sam Machkovech recounted in our full review. The game's procedural generated galaxy is beautiful to experience, but actually exploring that galaxy ends up being a mind-numbing grind. Faced with the need to give players something to do in an expansive, enchanting galaxy, developer Hello Games seems to have fallen back on creating very limited versions of the familiar types of gameplay we tend to see in much smaller, more hand-crafted games.

South Africa's ANC faces worst election losses since apartheid

South Africa's ANC faces worst election losses since apartheid South Africa's ANC was on track for its worst electoral performance since the end of apartheid on Friday as voters vented anger about high unemployment and corruption in municipal elections that herald a sea change in politics and society. The African National Congress has ruled virtually unopposed since it ended white-minority rule in 1994 with Nelson Mandela at its helm, but has lost support - particularly in cities - among voters who feel their lives have not improved and accuse President Jacob Zuma of mismanaging the economy. The ANC was still leading in the overall count in the nationwide municipal vote, with 95 percent of ballots counted. But it lost to the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay, which includes the city of Port Elizabeth. The DA was also narrowly ahead in the economic hub of Johannesburg, and the two parties were on par in Tshwane, ho

New York Times launches text-message journalism for Rio Olympics - Aug. 4, 2016

New York Times launches text-message journalism for Rio Olympics The New York Times has embarked on a new form of storytelling to enhance its coverage of the Summer Olympics: Two-way text-messaging. For two weeks, deputy sports editor Sam Manchester will be sending text messages from the Olympic Games in Rio to readers who sign up for the service. Unlike email alerts or push notifications, these texts will give readers an informal, behind-the-scenes look at the Games, almost as if they had a friend texting them directly. Readers can also write back to Manchester. And while he won't be able to reply to each message, the responses can be used to personalize each reader's experience. The innovation is an effort to reach readers on the platforms that are central to their lives, Andrew Phelps, the Times' Director of Personalisation told CNNMoney. "For a lot of users, messaging apps are the new home screen," said Phelps, who helped lead the effort. "We

Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce 'clickbait'

Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce 'clickbait' It seems as if complaints roll in every time Facebook makes a change to its News Feed. But I have no complaint with the latest change designed to cut back on "clickbait." In a statement, Facebook defined clickbait as "headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer." Examples they cited included "He Put Garlic In His Shoes Before Going To Bed And What Happens Next Is Hard To Believe"; or "The Dog Barked At The Deliveryman And His Reaction Was Priceless." The problem with clickbait is that it usually leads people to web pages with what is mostly banal or misleading information. And it's not just a problem on Facebook. I see clickbait all over the web. While I'm personally not a big fan of sensational headlines, I respect the first amendment rights of websites and news organizations to generate s

Facebook built, but won’t launch, a “Facebook Stories” Snapchat clone

Facebook built, but won’t launch, a “Facebook Stories” Snapchat clone Facebook built its own version of Snapchat Stories, called Quick Updates, but will not release it. Though Instagram Stories launched this week, Facebook isn’t going to follow suit. Quick Updates created a special place to share within the Facebook app but outside of the News Feed. Accessible from a button at the top of the feed, Quick Updates would have let people share 24-hour disappearing photos and videos with overlaid text. These posts wouldn’t appear in the feed or in people’s profiles. Quick Updates featured its own design style, opposed to Instagram Stories which much more closely copies Snapchat Stories. When asked about cloning Snapchat, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom even said “They deserve all the credit.” TechCrunch received screenshots of a test of Quick Updates two weeks ago, but the test quickly disappeared after we published about it. Facebook told me at the time that “Quick Updates” was an e

Lugubrious - A Poem

Lugubrious The bumps cracks and imperfections of the white sky as it smiled down on me reminded me of the fills in her skin as shy hands did their best not to shake. In my wake I was not sure whether this was the inner peace and enlightenment that pastors preached or the high before everything burned in the smoldering fire of her red cracked and glassy eyes. Aqua sea of blankets and the streams coming in through wooden panels that make day dreams break and let reality seep in. It was the saturnine morning that pulled blankets over eyes stopped the free flow of thought the oppressive priest disguised only by those who chose to believe that war was peace and hatred was love.

Saturnine Eyes - A Poem

Saturnine Eyes You implored me with saturnine eyes; perfidious as still waters barricaded in stone, this darkness had crept, caught you unaware, summoned cracks in skin and like grue silhouettes painted all in black and hid from the light. Like the breath of a shutter flinging storm, came my sigh, as I failed to meet your expectation. "True love does not come as a flare, capable of forging ebony shards out of death, it does not inlay cracks with gold and douse ancient monuments in silver light, it speaks in dulcet tones, comes crawling through the canopy of emerald leaves, quivering from the dewy breath of morning, and slowly embalms you in its warmth. Baiting you to last 'til the still tide of noon when it bends shadows to paper thin lines and dries your cuts to make them mend." Before that sigh could expire and dry from my damp lips, I caught it by its fleeting tail, and the question became, would you shrink, swallowed by the shadows or be patient