. I'll be off for a few days, perhaps a week. Tomorrow morning (Mon., July 19) I will be having surgery to remove a tumor behind my right ear. I'm supposed to be in the hospital for three days and then come home, and I hope that's all I'll stay there. Then a few days at home recuperating and back to the computer.
If I get a laptop at the hospital I'll be back sooner, but I doubt it. So, I'll be posting again in about a week from now.
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (CAP) (CNN) (P.E.T.E.R.) - Hello, this is Anderson Cooper reporting from West Hollywood... er... what? This is not West Hollywood? Then... Emeryville...? What is Emeryville?... Aaaah! No wonder I didn't see many guys holding hands... Shit! I mean, Shut... Ahem... er, ahem. Moving right ahead we are following in the wild success of this year's blockbuster hit Toy Story 3, Pixar Animation Studios has announced its next film will feature single-cell amoebas that don't talk or interact with each other in any way... What the f...? I mean, we are talking with Brad Pitt... Not Brad Pitt? Then who is this good look... person...? Aaah, we are talking with Brad Bird... Bird...? Uh.. Director Brad Bi-ird. What can you tell us, director Bird (he, he, he), of this amoebas cartoon you are planing?
"I've always been fascinated by the way amoebas just swim along by themselves, ingesting nutrients through their simple contractile vacuoles to maintain osmotic equilibrium," said Mr. Bird.
To what I said, "Huh?"
"I also helmed 2007's Ratatouille. As a storyteller, that's gold."
Pixar, of course, changed animation with 1995's Toy Story, and has taken more and more risks with each successive film. In Amoebas, Bird says the first 45 minutes will feature actual footage of amoebas sitting in a petri dish.
"But we'll use advanced computer animation techniques to make the amoebas express emotions like love, pride and wistfulness," he said.
Lustfulness? I asked.
"This is a G rated movie, lust can only be suggested," Mr. Bird said.
Pixar studio officials said that eliminating the need for voicetracking and removing 45 minutes of actual animation will help them keep the project under budget and allow producers to attach that many more celebrity names to the film in order to lend credence to the premise and its obvious success.
"We'll definitely have to fashion an amoeba that looks like Betty White," said Bird. "She's the hottest thing going right now."
The film is scheduled for release in the fall of next year, and already has 20th Century Fox Animation nervous about competition for its next animated features, Gasbag Bear (to which I giggled) & Amoeba 2 (to which I was invited to participate, and as you can see in the ad, they already consider me accepting). Insiders report that Fox is considering pushing it off another year to avoid competing with Amoebas 2.
"Sure, a movie about amoebas sounds like an esoteric bore, but so did the last three or four Pixar films," said, Dan Milldeu, a close to Gasbag Bear Fox executive who asked not to be identified. "Although Gasbag Bear has the voices of Bruce Willis and Bette Midler and a soundtrack by the BareNaked&Handsome Guys, so this might be the one to finally put us over the top," he added.
Gasbag Bear, according to the Internet Movie Database, is about "a bloated grizzly bear (voice/body noises of Jack Black) who foils a bumbling group of hunters by farting on them."
Thank God they didn't ask me to participate in that one...
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The monster created by careless, profit-driven BP executives has trashed the beaches and wetlands of the Deep South without fear — fearless not due to its malevolent soul, it has no soul — but due to its massive size and wealth.
But wait! A trim man in a black T-shirt steps into the monster's path with the moves and the body of a light-middleweight boxer. It is CNN's Anderson Cooper, with fists clenched and fire in his eyes.
Cooper lands a lightning right hand on the monster who grunts in pain … to the satisfaction of all who have felt helpless to stop the fouling of the Gulf. Then he hits another satisfying blow, and another, and again, and again, and again …
Stop, Anderson, that's enough! But he doesn't stop, he keeps on battering and mumbling something that sounds like, "BP won't come on my show." As the hitting goes on and on, his ratings go down, down — by 28 percent.
Was the rating decline caused by simple boredom; telling the same story the same way over and over? Probably, but beyond being boring, AC360 has been guilty of bad journalism. Where is the other side of the story?
Inviting a beleaguered executive on to take a beating live and in color is not the same thing as reporting how the other 45,999 blameless BP executives, engineers and workers, many of whom live in the Gulf area, are working their guts out to stop somebody else's mistake from doing any more damage.
Just as the technical wizardry of BP engineers lowered a steel house, bolted in place by underwater robots, that promises an end or at least a significant decrease in the flow of oil, Anderson Cooper left the Gulf for Haiti.
The earthquake that eliminated Haiti as a viable country for now and the immediate future is a pitiable, uncoordinated tangle, but I for one will be skeptical of reportage done there by Anderson Cooper.
He is a bright, energetic and passionate journalist whose intensity softens when conversation turns to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt of the Vanderbilts. Cooper has invented a form of cable news that might be called "Angry Analysis."
It is a form of journalism that is high in entertainment and emotive power. He often has on sympathetic local officials who do not know where to turn, high officials such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal metaphorically shaking a defiant fist at the gods in Washington and at BP who won't make the sludge go away.
Angry Analysis makes a clear black-and-white division between the good guys and the bad guys; for the bad guys there is never an encouraging word. However, the program doesn't feature hard-digging investigative reporting.
Consequently, the viewer gets a distorted picture of reality, and when the full context is revealed, it leaves the public wondering what to believe. AC360 is better than most of the mindless blabbermouths of cable TV, but together they are wearing thin the bedrock of journalism, credibility.
To emphasize how honest, hard-digging reporting gives a closer version of the truth than "AA," lets examine the thunderbolts of the angry prophet Bobby Jindal and the reporting of just two reporters for The New York Times.
Now, you'd think that if you were the Louisiana governor, you'd gather in your office to look at your own oil-spill plan, get ideas from the staff and parish officials, run the ideas by the experts and push the most workable plan.
There would be an awkward gulp when the governor realized, as Times reporters found, that he had eliminated the $750,000 to fund the oil-spill office last year, there were blank pages in the plan, and for worst-case scenarios … "to be developed."
But surely the federal government can meet Jindal's request for 950 miles of protective booms. After all, that's only one-and-a-half times the total national stockpile. Apparently, the governor forgot the "check with the experts" step.
"You can ask for the moon and say you didn't get it, but I don't think that's going to add anything to the response capabilities," said Doug Lentsch, who headed response to the Exxon Valdez disaster and helped develop national pollution legislation. Lentsch said such hysterics retard effective action.
Yet, in early May, Jindal lost his cool and started cursing Washington where, to hear him tell it, bureaucratic bears are hibernating. He was still at it on the June 26 Times cover, arms outstretched; Moses parting the waters.
Finally, Jindal came up with a $30 million plan to dump 100,000 tons of rock in the Gulf to keep the oil away, but again he forgot to run it by the experts, and the Army Corps of Engineers nixed the project.
"There was very strong scientific backing for not doing this," said Denise Reed, a wetlands expert and director of the Pontchartrain Environmental Science Institute in New Orleans.
Scientists explained that narrowing the inlets with rock would put in danger the existing barrier islands, which would be breached during the region's frequent storms — possibly this hurricane season, with nightmarish effect.
Bobby Jindal's Kabuki dance on the front page of The Times and on cable "news" shows was entertaining and locally popular, but to get a truer picture of reality, nothing beats fair, accurate shoe-leather reporting.
H. Brandt Ayers is the publisher of The Star and chairman of Consolidated Publishing Co.
Was just watching his program and had a flash thought fragment of some news about him that will be reported. In some manner outside of his career, Anderson Cooper will make headlines. I had an impression that someone was stalking him. Not paparazzi. Possibly a male will be the stalker if I am interpreting this correctly. Or someone making a death threat etc. This may be going on now and has been suppressed from the public. Regardless it will be interesting if there is any truth to this. I could be totally wrong and it may be some other story that brings Anderson Cooper into the spotlight.
Posted by Patrick Scott Sporer at 12:26:00 AM
The last sentence of his prediction tells you the whole story.
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A friend of mine, Cristina, who lives in Buenos Aires sent me these good news. Argentina just became the first country in Latin America to accept gay marriages. Bravo for the Argentineans! Argentina is the 10th country in the world to move forward, while the USA... Well, we are getting waaaayy behind.
Considering that Argentina, as well as Spain who entered the 21st Century a while back, are, both, very Catholic countries and had a lot of opposition from the Catholic Church, but their Senators would not allow the church to mandate them.
There are some lessons to be learned here for the US politicos.
15 de Julio de 2010 Ley de matrimonio gay
If you read Spanish and would like to learn more about these good news, please click here: Argentina en Noticias.
Congreso de la Nación. National Congress.
Now, if we see Anderson & Benjamin take a few days off and travel to Argentina, then we'll know what the trip would be all about it, wouldn't we?
Born in México, moved to Chicago in 1972, moved to San Francisco in 1986, moved to Honolulu in 1992 where I met my life partner, Alan, then we moved to New York in 1997 where we are currently living. We have three wonderful dogs: 2 males, Maka & Kai and one female, Meli.
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