Category Archives: observation

George Carlin

I’m what you might call a closet George Carlin fan.  I didn’t talk about him much, but if I had an opportunity to listen or watch him, I was there.  There will be a lot clips dealing with his famous Seven Words skit, but that is not my favorite skit.  My favorite one is his comparative study between baseball and football words.  If you have never seen it, or if it has been a while since you’ve seen it, here it is:

George Carlin May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008

Grapes of Ice

Okay, here’s my quick cool tip for the day (the day?… is this a regular feature?) If you’re anywhere in the east where temperatures are hitting record highs and heat index is over 100, try this:

  • buy some seedless grapes (I like red grapes)
  • put some of them in a sandwich baggy
  • put the baggy in your freezer
  • when they are frozen… eat and enjoy!

They really taste good, and they satisfy your thirst and cool you off. See? Being on dialysis and having to watch my fluid intake, does bring about good things sometimes. Pssst… pass it on.

GlobalWorks addendum

I received a newsletter from Globalworks (see my previous post) announcing that they had won three more awards for their beach ads.  Just thought I’d quote from the newsletter about who created the ad:

A multicultural creative team at GlobalWorks created the spots. The creative director was born in England; the art director is from Venezuela; the producer is from Puerto Rico; and the copywriter is from the Dominican Republic. The directors of the spots hail from Puerto Rico and Argentina, respectively.

© GlobalWorks Group 2008
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Those Wonderful GlobalWorks Ads

Optimum makes me happy honey
’cause I’m savin’ lots of money.
Let’s all get the triple play.

That’s the last line of the latest Optimum Triple Play commercial inundating the airwaves. I think it’s pure genius. Not just this commercial, but the one before it, which starts out:


Mi gente.
Optimum Triple Play,
is in the house.

Logo for OptimumAt which point the house is blown up by pirates’ canon fire. If you’re on the east coast, you’ve probably seen one or both of these commercials. Especially the second one I quoted. I was eventually able to track down the company that was responsible for making these ads for Optimum (which is a subsidiary [I think] of Cablevision).

Now before I go any further, let me make clear that I am in no way affiliated with Cablevision or GlobalWorks. In fact, I receive Time Warner Cable service.

Before I get into showing you the commercials, you have to see the opening page for GlobalWorks. I’d suggest you use headphones, but speakers turned up will do just as well.

GlobalWorks Group/Brands Without Borders.â„¢

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Louise Logs Summaries

In preparing to present Louise Log 6, I discovered that each segment has an informational blurb. The blurbs are pretty interesting in themselves because they show how the project has progressed thus far. So here are the logs with their informational blurbs.

  • Louise Log 1 (01:22)

    This is the first in a series. CHRISTINE COOK stars as Louise.

  • Louise Log 2 (01:32)

    The second in a series starring CHRISTINE COOK and written/directed by Anne Flournoy. It takes place at the farmer’s market at Union Square in New York City.

  • Louise Log 3 (01:26)

    This is the third in a series starring CHRISTINE COOK as a self-styled efficiency expert.

  • Louise Log 4 (02:00)

    The fourth in a series starring CHRISTINE COOK and featuring JIM FOURATT as her former professor from art school.

  • Louise Log 5 (04:16)

    This is the fifth in a comedy series starring CHRISTINE COOK and introducing CATHERINE SIRACUSA, TALULAH MEI BARNI, and AIDAN BROGAN. Special thanks to JAYNE HAYNES. To see all five episodes, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/anneflournoy

  • Louise Log 6 (05:48)

    This is the SIXTH episode in a comedy series about a New York City wife/mother/artist who has low self-esteem, a high-maintenance husband, substance problems, and an overactive inner voice. Starring CHRISTINE COOK, introducing KENNETH B. GOLDBERG and featuring AIDAN BROGAN and TALULAH MEI BARNI. Distributed by Tubemogul.

I’ll be presenting number 6 on Sunday, but if you can’t wait, you can find it here.

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uppity or elitist

Caffeinated Politics presents some very thought provoking ideas as written by David Shipler (recently).

As racism becomes less overt and more hidden, our examination of the language (along with the society) must become more stringent in detecting its remnants. Mr. Shipler examines the recent flurry of charges against Barack Obama for being elitist. From the Shipler article:

Whether by calculation or coincidence, Hillary Clinton and Republicans who have attacked Barack Obama for elitism have struck a chord in a long-standing symphony of racial codes.

Shipler has written numerous articles and books. Here is an audio interview with Mr. Shipler from 2005 by the New York Times about his book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America.

Acquitted of all charges

I was sitting in the dialysis chair yesterday and watching the story that was on every channel. So I really had no choice but to get bombed with the information (over and over) that three police officers, who had fired 50 times at an unarmed group of young men and killing one of them (who happened to be scheduled to be married the next morning), were acquitted of all charges.

What was most shocking to me, was that once again, I was surprised! Why would I be surprised? It’s not like there’s no pattern. You would think, I would know what the outcome would be by now.

It’s not right. It’s more than not right,… it’s criminal.

five years

Today marks the 5th year that American troops have been in Iraq because of lies perpetuated by the bush administration. Salon.com has an article contrasting the speeches between two Senators entitled, “Today I weep for my country.” The editors note:

Exactly five years ago, on the afternoon of March 19, 2003, mere hours before bombs began falling in Baghdad, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate condemning the use of military force in Iraq. As soon as Byrd was finished speaking, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivered a response defending the Bush administration’s decision to go to war.

It is worth a read. Meanwhile, back in February of that year, thousands of people all over the world had protests marches to stop the inevitable carnage. This slide presentation is from the New York City rally.