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Professionalism? Respectability? …Anyone?

Posted in Articles, Get Meta!, Life, News, People with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

The big leagues need a fresh breath blown through them. How is it appropriate to go to a professional event – like Cannes, for example – and get shitfaced when you’re supposed to be promoting your work, your skill and your responsibility when it comes to your trade. Shitfaced and responsibility don’t really correspond in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a place for partying and letting go, even at Cannes, but when that’s the only message you send across, it’s time to reevaluate your attitude.

FILM GUY #1: Finally, after all our hard work, we have an actual, completed film that tomorrow morning we’ll be showing at Cannes. Cannes, baby!
FILM GUY #2: We made it, old friend. Cheers!
FILM GUY #1: My life’s dream has been to see my very own film on the big screen, and tomorr- *TSSSS* AHHH! MY EYES! MY EYES! WHAT’S HAPPENING?
FILM GUY #2: Paris Hilton is spread eagle doing shots on a table! Get down!
FILM GUY #1: I can’t see! I’m blind! I’m blind! NOOOOOOO!

Film Guy #1 never regained his sight. While in the hospital, Film Guy #2 revealed he was really a gay astronaut who sold babies on the black market to finance their film. Because this is a story about Cannes and those movies always have really fucked up, depressing endings.

Fin.

Cannes exists as a showcase, a professional atmosphere to show your work, be proud, meet people and get recognition for hard work done to achieve what’s often a very deep dream of the creator(s). To me, it’s not only irresponsible to yourself, but it tarnishes the reputation of the event itself when you go as a guest and get drunk, party loud and hard, play out the typical party-monster-from-Hollywood role. I don’t care if “that’s Paris Hilton’s personality” or “that’s all she’s known for, what else would you expect?” It’s not appropriate in the public eye at a professional event like Cannes; it hurts the festival, it affects the other guests and it affects the outside audience who reads about it afterward.

I suppose, in the end, it’s really a matter of being self-aware, and aware of the context you’re in at any given time, and then knowing the boundaries of said context. Maye that’s asking a lot, but I think it’s required, especially of people with public images like Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt who’re constantly scrutinized, analyzed and spun by the media.

via The Superficial.

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New Years

Posted in Articles, Get Meta!, Life, People with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2008 by blakejohnson

I was just watching the New York City celebration of the New Year, and realized that the new year’s sort of become a time where people say “alright, this year I’m really going to revamp things and get better…” or something like that. But I was just wondering, since time goes on anyway, and really nothing changes but numbers, if the New Year’s become a sort of excuse to do good at first and then peter out. It seems like lots of people have the attitude of “well, I really fucked up this last year, but I’m going to start fresh now, move on with these new resolutions,” and I was wondering how fair that is to put ourselves through every single year, when we come up with these goals and then don’t follow through, and we just say at the end of the year that we’ll follow through this time, because it’s the new year, the fresh year, and our new chance…
Alicia Keys was singing about how it was “our chance in the New Year” to live and love like we’ll never be able to again. And I’m just sitting here thinking, “what, like we didn’t have that chance every other year of our lives? Is something special about 2008? What’s going on?” I’m just wondering why people can’t stick to their goals, or maybe just make smaller goals, or something, something that makes sense, and stop making excuses about the New Year to just give up on their goals, lives, and themselves and others. It’s kind of ridiculous, I think.

I’ve become quite critical about the U.S.’s media and it’s brutal, super-capitalistic bombardment of fear, buy, buy, buy mentality… and how disgusting it is that we have to sell plans to stay healthy when it’s a human right, and their own duty to themselves; it’s absurd that the U.S. can just give up on itself because its leader is doing a shit job of being president… it’s our country, the people are supposed to be in charge, so how can he last 8 whole years without significant opposition?! To be honest, I would be perfectly happy if I just left America when I go to Vancouver, and then never came back. However, that in itself is a pretty defeatist attitude – just like how I think most Americans are feeling about the presidency right now.

I’m so sick of this place and the way it works, with no question, with so much ignorance, with so little fighting for the right way of life. I don’t get how the rest of the world (I really mean France, England, even Cuba – oh god, is that unAmerican?!) can be so much better off than the U.S. when we’re the ones who advertise as the best country in the world. (An seriously, WTF is up with that!?) After the New Year’s celebration in New York there started a TV-documentary about… guess what… eBay. Yup, and apparently, if eBay had the people who make part or all of their income on eBay’s own payroll, they’d be the second largest employer in the country…next to Wal-Mart. Yea, the gigantic, small-business-destroying mass-marketing behemoth of the buy, buy, buy mentality that permeates our society.

Honestly, I guess part of what I’m grappling with is essentially this: we began aiming for the utmost, almost a utopia (but not quite, we wanted a democracy) of people-oriented governing, fair and equal treatment and loving home lives. Now, the U.S. is essentially a capitalist dictatorship. What the hell happened, where the hell did we go? And what can be done about it – that is probably the most important question to pose and tackle (I’m not going to say “in the new year”). What can we do about it? Anything?

That said, have a great New Year, the best of luck in your New Year’s Resolutions and in the new year itself.

Lifehacker: Guarding Sacred SSN’s

Posted in Articles, Life, News on December 7, 2007 by blakejohnson

Lifehacker had an interesting update today about social security cards and guarding your numbers.  It’s nearly commonplace today to hand out your card or number, which is very strange since it seems to also be nearly commonplace to have your identity stolen.  They had an interesting brief post, linked to a Time article, about how to keep that precious SSN of yours a secret.

Requests to provide our Social Security numbers have become so common
that many people just assume they have no choice but to hand it over.  That’s not actually true…

Now, what I began to wonder was just why people – in the presumed age of hyper-identity theft – would continue to hand over their social security cards and not think of this on their own.  Why would they simply give in to whatever the apparent “authority” of the moment was and potentially risk their social and federally registered identity?  That doesn’t make any sense.  To me, at least.

Why didn’t people come up wth the idea on their own to first ask if it was necessary and then go with another option instead.  It seems brainless to me to be on the one hand worried about identity theft, and on the other hand to just pop out your social security card when asked for it.  Sometimes the habits of people in this country astound me.  But the good news is, if you’re a reader of the Lifehacker blog, then you’ve got a method to not hand in your precious numbers when you’re next asked for the card.

Link: http://lifehacker.com/software/privacy…

Lifehacker: Guarding Sacred SSN's

Posted in Articles, Life, News on December 7, 2007 by blakejohnson

Lifehacker had an interesting update today about social security cards and guarding your numbers.  It’s nearly commonplace today to hand out your card or number, which is very strange since it seems to also be nearly commonplace to have your identity stolen.  They had an interesting brief post, linked to a Time article, about how to keep that precious SSN of yours a secret.

Requests to provide our Social Security numbers have become so common
that many people just assume they have no choice but to hand it over.  That’s not actually true…

Now, what I began to wonder was just why people – in the presumed age of hyper-identity theft – would continue to hand over their social security cards and not think of this on their own.  Why would they simply give in to whatever the apparent “authority” of the moment was and potentially risk their social and federally registered identity?  That doesn’t make any sense.  To me, at least.

Why didn’t people come up wth the idea on their own to first ask if it was necessary and then go with another option instead.  It seems brainless to me to be on the one hand worried about identity theft, and on the other hand to just pop out your social security card when asked for it.  Sometimes the habits of people in this country astound me.  But the good news is, if you’re a reader of the Lifehacker blog, then you’ve got a method to not hand in your precious numbers when you’re next asked for the card.

Link: http://lifehacker.com/software/privacy…

Google’s Brilliant

Posted in Articles, Coding, Computers, Life, News, People, Web on November 18, 2007 by blakejohnson

I know I’ve made a post about this before, but I decided to do it again based on this post I’d found on the Google blog earlier tonight.  Not only does Google provide the most efficient and effective free Email, search engine and tons of other services, it’s now going seemingly out of its way to accommodate whole countries!  It’s begun with Australia and their upcoming election on November 24, 2007 by posting on Google Maps the country’s candidates (in their area of candidacy), information about them, and links to their YouTube channels, blogs, websites, party sites, news stories, videos, you name it.  This was the most philanthropic and generously useful thing I’ve seen Google do since they begun their search engine campaign.

In other Google news, I found this post on the Google blog recently as well, advocating for a widespread and universal use of the the same API structure (correct me if I’m wrong in the terminology of this stuff, I’m no expert) for social networking sites (Facebook, Myspace, etc.) so that developers can develop applications that not only run on the main sites or sites with similar structures to them, but they can write one app, and have it run on all social networking sites giving them more users for their app, and the users more apps for their enjoyment.  Yet another brilliantly simple idea brought to you from the folks at from Google.  I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a pattern here… they’re just thinking simpler… maybe it’s time for me to go back to Legos and cookies and milk…

Google's Brilliant

Posted in Articles, Coding, Computers, Life, News, People, Web on November 18, 2007 by blakejohnson

I know I’ve made a post about this before, but I decided to do it again based on this post I’d found on the Google blog earlier tonight.  Not only does Google provide the most efficient and effective free Email, search engine and tons of other services, it’s now going seemingly out of its way to accommodate whole countries!  It’s begun with Australia and their upcoming election on November 24, 2007 by posting on Google Maps the country’s candidates (in their area of candidacy), information about them, and links to their YouTube channels, blogs, websites, party sites, news stories, videos, you name it.  This was the most philanthropic and generously useful thing I’ve seen Google do since they begun their search engine campaign.

In other Google news, I found this post on the Google blog recently as well, advocating for a widespread and universal use of the the same API structure (correct me if I’m wrong in the terminology of this stuff, I’m no expert) for social networking sites (Facebook, Myspace, etc.) so that developers can develop applications that not only run on the main sites or sites with similar structures to them, but they can write one app, and have it run on all social networking sites giving them more users for their app, and the users more apps for their enjoyment.  Yet another brilliantly simple idea brought to you from the folks at from Google.  I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a pattern here… they’re just thinking simpler… maybe it’s time for me to go back to Legos and cookies and milk…

GOOGLE’S TAKING OVER!! Who else is partying?

Posted in Articles, News, Web on September 5, 2007 by blakejohnson

WOW… THIS JUST IN!!  GOOGLE IS WIRING THE WORLD FOR INTERCONNECTIVITY!!  Or did that already happen?  This just came to my attention via the random little ads on Gmail’s bar above the Inbox’s listing of messages.  It’s quite possibly an awesome idea… yea… just quite possibly.  I really thought this was cool when I read it, and since Google seems to be buying up everything and connecting the world back to itself all the time, not really surprising, just another awesome free thing the cool guys at Google came up with.  Google’s an awesome company, from the little I know about them.  I read an article about them a while back and they were just two young guys and an older, 30-40 year old CEO with experience who run the company.  They just seem laid back, relaxed and finally staying concerned with providing cool, cheap and free services to people around the world.  The ultimate user-friendly network of people.  I think Google’s awesome.  Heh.  But maybe that’s just me.

Link: http://labs.google.com/goog411/#utm_source=en-us-gmwc&utm_medium=et&utm_content=gmwc