Archive for the ‘Encouragement’ Category

Laid-back Tennis Court – Lorde (Diplo’s Andre Agassi Remix)

Look Up: a poem to make you think about ‘social’ media

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. — Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk. Nice work. Think about it. – […]

Orwell on writing, sincerity and simplicity

Wonderful advice — especially in election season, when dealing with politicians and partisan nut jobs. – P Update: thinking about this reminded me of this just fabulous cartoon:

“Like a girl” – a brilliant, blistering piece of PR. Watch.

So restrained, so understated, so brilliant. Good on them ( for doing this.

RIP Rik Mayall

A sad farewell to a comedic genius. Rik Mayall has died unexpectedly at 56. His fans will celebrate the groundbreaking The Young Ones and remember with relish his scene-stealing and virile Lord Flashheart (woof!) in Blackadder — as I do — and these were great. But for me, I will always remember his Alan B’Stard, beautifully […]

The movie ‘Maleficent’ — well worth your time

I saw this with my family last night. It’s very good. The script contains some great twists on a story you think you already know. A striking, powerful performance by Angelina Jolie. I recommend it. – P Update: Here’s The Guardian’s (very positive) review.

Sarah Harrison of Wikileaks

This is an eye-opening discussion re security/surveillance and the problematic tensions and self-censoring of media organizations over redactions. Sarah Harrison (in conversation with Alexa O’Brien) on Wikileaks’ evolving ‘archive’ and ‘history’ mission versus carefully filtered redacted documents — “media organizations working with governments is corrupting”. See what she says about US State Department trying to […]

FIRST KISS (video by Tatia Pilieva). Heart-warming.

via Jason Kottke who says: “Tatia Pilieva asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time and filmed it. The result is surprisingly sweet.” So right. I can feel the endorphins from here. Lovely. – P

It’s not age that makes you old … it’s a state of mind that makes you old

“Inactivity and the thought process is what makes you old … If you start thinking you’re old … you’ll start acting old, feeling old … and you’re old.” via Savraj Singh on Twitter and Business Insider

A beautiful, inspiring speech, and person: Ellen Page.

I would be so proud if I had any even vicarious association with this brave young woman who has overcome her struggle. Alas, I’m just another unconnected viewer who appreciates her courage and the way she delivered this message. – P

Gerry Leonard guitarist

After watching that guitarist with Suzanne Vega in yesterday’s post about her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, I got thinking, Gerry Leonard … Gerry Leonard … hmmm … and look: Aha! He’s David Bowie’s guitarist/collaborator on The Next Day, Bowie’s excellent album released in 2013 (discussed here and here: […]

This is so cool

How cool. I bet any kids who dissed her at school are feeling dumb now …

Strive for peace (from a different angle)

Late last year (ha! That’s the first time I’ve said that in 2014!) in a post Settlement of legal action as a ‘peace premium’ I explored how … Sometimes it’s clearly in the interests of a ‘wrongdoer’ to pay something for peace … and it’s appropriate for prosecutors to accept effectively an admission and a […]

For my darling

Lovebirds singing a wonderful song by Sara Bareilles. – P

Behind the Washington Post’s end-of-year interview with Edward Snowden

Worth watching … December 24, 2013 3:54 PM EST — Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman discusses how his exclusive interview with Edward Snowden came about and whether the former NSA contractor would ever want to return to the United States. (Jeff Simon / The Washington Post) LINK TO VIDEO HERE Snowden is being predictably and […]