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“Paul Ryan insists his ‘inarticulate’ comments about ‘inner city’ men were not about race”

[ 146 ] March 13, 2014 |

That’s today’s headline.

Tomorrow’s will be: “Paul Ryan insists he has no idea why he thought of the word ‘inarticulate’ to describe racially insensitive remarks.”

NOTE: I’m posting links to what I’m writing elsewhere because the conversations generated by them strike me — for the most part — as really interesting. I promise, though, that as a salaried employee at an online publication, I don’t receive any more money if you click on the link than if you don’t.

NOTE ABOUT THE PREVIOUS NOTE: But the more times people comment to complain about me cross-posting material, the more money all of the folks here make, so feel free to lambast me in many comments and at great length.

LG&M Game of Thrones podcast: “A Golden Crown,” Part 1

[ 28 ] March 13, 2014 |

And we’re back, just in time to finish up the first season before the fourth starts. We recorded this a few months back, so our pop culture and political references may seem dated — as might some of our facial hair. Also, it ends with a real bang. Enjoy!

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The second part will be posted tomorrow, and the rest of the season covered next week.

An audio version of this podcast can be found here.

Items SEK discusses:

Works Attewell discusses (warning, all of these posts contain spoilers for all five books):

  • Eddard X (The Tower of Joy, and the critical importance of timing for Robert’s death)
  • Bran V (class, disability and the meeting with the wildlings, the history of vagrancy)
  • Tyrion V (Tyrion’s hearing and the nature of Westerosi justice, Tyrion as a political observer,  the history of judicial duels)
  • Dany V (the complications of Dothraki culture, who was Viserys, the history of the golden death)
  • Eddard XI (Eddard’s political strategy in going after Gregor, the history of the Percy/Nevillle blood feud, and more)
  • Catelyn VII (the War of Five Kings begins, Catelyn compared to Lysa, why the Bronn/Ser Vardis duel is historically inaccurate)
  • Sansa III (what did Sansa actually cause to happen by going to Cersei, what would have happened if she hadn’t, and the symbolism of the white hart)

“Every child craves love. And not every child gets the love they deserve at home. And so whose job is it to provide that love for them? I think it’s mine. I know it’s mine.”

[ 43 ] March 13, 2014 |

That is what a former Florida “Teacher of the Year” who was sentenced to 40 years in jail for sexually assaulting a fourth grader told The Florida Times-Union in a profile they did of him in 2012.

Way to go, Florida. Way to go.

(And yes, I do seem to be on the “awful teachers of Florida” beat.)

Today in balding, feminist-hating teachers

[ 162 ] March 12, 2014 |

Which one is worse?

Be sure to show your work, as partial credit will be given.

R.I.P. Joe McGinniss

[ 20 ] March 11, 2014 |

When I was teaching The Selling of the President 1968, I sent McGinniss an email asking if I could ask him questions. He responded that he’d be more than happy to answer any I had, as well as any my students might have, which led to a series of exchanges between him, me and my kids.

People that generous with their time are rare, and should and will be missed.

Because knowing which dinosaurs Noah brought on the ark is more important than math

[ 260 ] March 11, 2014 |

 

The Real Management™ wrote this article it thinks you would enjoy.

Now it is off to write about the True Detective finale, as well as finish editing — and then posting — a few Game of Thrones podcasts.

Because I’m a Jew and my G-d enjoys a good spiting

[ 171 ] March 10, 2014 |

Who is the bigger asshole? The person I wrote about

  • in this story (about which I’m providing no information)

Or the person I wrote about

  • in this story (about which I’m also providing no information)

I’m The Management here, and I aim to make sure no one forgets it.

(Also, feel free to comment on the quality of the accompanying images in those stories, because I’m the visual rhetoric guy and all.)

WHAT? YOU THINK I CAN’T BE FRIENDLY?

[ 73 ] March 9, 2014 |

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: (standing beneath a tree, yelling into SEK’s window) HEY, ARE THESE YOUR STICKS?

SEK: (under his breath) Don’t say “they’re probably the tree’s,” don’t say “they’re probably the tree’s,” don’t say “they’re probably the tree’s.”

SEK: (out his window) THEY’RE PROBABLY THE TREE’S!

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: SO THEY’RE NOT YOURS? I CAN THROW THEM AWAY?

SEK: YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH THEM!

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: SO I CAN THROW THEM AWAY?

SEK: SURE!

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: BECAUSE I’M GOING TO THROW THEM AWAY!

SEK: GO AHEAD!

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: IN THE TRASH!

SEK: GOOD JOB!

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: THANKS!

SEK: YOU’RE WELCOME!

SEK’S NEIGHBOR: GOOD TALK!

JUST LOOK AT HER FACE! THERE IS NOTHING ADORABLE ABOUT IT!

[ 211 ] March 7, 2014 |

How do you think Twitter reacted to the recently released trailer of the Will Smith-produced Annie remake? Pretty much as you’d expect

Movie studio capitulates to Christians who complained about “historical inaccuracies” in Noah, a film about a man who fit all the animals ever into a single boat, sans provisions, and lived

[ 428 ] March 6, 2014 |

"God, why did you create so many fucking idiots?"

Given that I also write for The Onion, I feel I should point out that this article is not from The Onion. But if we were better people — did less of that awful sinning against the Lord and stuff — we could live in a world where it would be.

Jeff Goldstein stepped up his game, taken 110 percent to the next level

[ 161 ] March 5, 2014 |

Mere mortals bleg for money on occasion — and only in the direst of straits — but Jeff Goldstein does it every month, so he can handle the pressure. He’s been here before.

This month, however, he’s turned it up to eleven, and needs you to answer his call so he can hit it on all cylinders, because now he wants you to buy him a house.

The man is just putting on a clinic, I tell you, and he needs you to peak at his right time. He has a chance to do something special here, in terms of representing for the fiscally responsible.

I just hope he’s up to the task, because when it comes to payoffs, anything can happen.

Lucky for him, though, it doesn’t matter whether he wins or loses — he’ll go home.

Me on what Spike Jonze teaches us about him in Her

[ 12 ] February 20, 2014 |

My new “Internet Film School” column is up. Sample:

Typically, romances rely on a small stable of predictable-but-effective techniques that convince the audience it’s witnessing the first, chemical blush of fresh love.

The most basic of these techniques is the two-shot, in which the director places both prospective lovers in the same frame. A series of two-shots, stacked one after the other, has a cumulative effect on the audience, which begins to expect to see these two characters together in every shot. After a while, shots that only contain one of the lovers will strike the audience as oddly empty, even if the sole lover in it is centrally framed in a way that would make it impossible for the other to be in the shot. By manipulating audience expectations in this way, the missing lover becomes an absent-presence in the film, something the audience wants to see. If the director only includes one lover in shots for an extended period of time, the audience will begin to feel that something is “wrong,” because the director is confounding the expectation he or she created. When the director relents and fulfills that expectation with a two-shot of the lovers reunited, the frame suddenly seems somehow more “correct” to the audience.

The problem Jonze faced in directing Her becomes obvious…

 

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