“My Poet loves words in a way that I feel is quite unhealthy and unnatural. She owns a dictionary decades old and so large she uses a small buffet cart to wheel it around our apartment like some invalid relative. For true fiction writers, words are just a kind of filling for the plot. A novel is like one of those mock apple pies made with Ritz crackers and cinnamon—and anyone who claims he can tell the difference is a damn liar!” My Poet, by Naeem Murr, Poetry, July/August 2007
“The decision by employees at crowdfunding company Kickstarter to unionize is a historic first in the tech industry, highlighting the growing trend of worker activism in Silicon Valley.” Kickstarter union seen as breakthrough for tech activism by Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 20 Feb 2020
“Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday he wants to give monthly checks to low-income and middle-class Americans so they can afford necessities during the coronavirus outbreak.
“‘Let’s cut out employers as the middle men and get relief to people not in weeks but in days,’ Cotton wrote in a Medium post outlining his proposals for a Senate bill. ‘We should send relief directly to American families most likely to be in need — those in the bottom and middle tax brackets — to pay for rent, groceries, childcare, and other necessary expenses, as well as to spend at local businesses that are hurting during this crisis.’
Ginger Mayerson Collage show at KAFN cafe in Glendale, now until I’m not sure. Only 14 collages and great coffee; totally worth the trip, in my opinion.
The owner and I pronounce it “Kaf-en” but they tell me people under 15 pronounce it “caffeine”. KAVN will happily serve you no matter how you pronounce it.
Strange, I retire from collage and keep getting shows. This one I’d almost given up on. Oh well. KAFN, 1019 E Palmer Ave, Glendale, CA 91205, (818) 696-2555 Hours: 7am-6pm 7 days a week
“This is probably the most un-Victorian manner possible to articulate this information, but the Anna Cora Mowatt poems I recorded for Librivox earlier this month are now available – along with several other lovely selections by various other poets from other talented volunteers — for your listening pleasure.” My Librivox “Album” has Dropped!, by Kelly S. Taylor, The Lady Actress, 3 February 2020
“Mowatt wrote The Fortune Hunter to be submitted to a contest held by the New World newspaper. (The novel won the $100 prize.) Contest rules dictated that the title of the work, that the setting had to be New York, and that the text had to be completed within six months. So, recycling a few characters from short stories written under the pen name “Helen Berkeley,” Mowatt quickly created a tale that started with two fashionable fellows in search of wealthy wives — Brainard and Ellery. They, in turn, are pursued by the inexorable debt collector, Mr. Badger. Then the reader is introduced to the objects of the bachelors’ chase, the Clinton sisters. The elder sister, Rachel, has become so disgusted with this cynical game of fortune hunting that she has decided to renounce her claim to her portion of her father’s fortune to escape the mendacity of suitors like Brainard and Ellery. Ester, the melodramatic, Byron-quoting, younger sister (who is now trying to go by the name Estelle) is perfectly happy to play the game, as long as it is by the rules she sets. Love is no game to Miss Arria Walton, the penniless orphan ward of the Clinton’s father and best friend of the sisters, who is desperately in love with young Dr. Edgar Chadwick. Rapid twists and turns of fate and sudden reversals of fortune characterize the plot of this comic melodrama that is part Jane Austen, part Charles Dickens, but establishes a delightful Victorian Americana flavoring all of its own. The Fortune Hunter: A Novel of New York Society, as read by Kelly S. Taylor, Librivox, 10 March 2020
“You need to treat job candidates with respect. Their time is just as valuable as yours–and in many cases more valuable. You’re receiving a paycheck for all the time you spend recruiting. Candidates receive no paycheck and may be using up their precious vacation time to do so. Candidates may pay for babysitters, transportation, and even new clothes for interviews. Please respect that time.
“I don’t condone ghosting–from candidates or companies. I do, however, support the right of any candidate to walk out of a job interview when it’s clear that the company doesn’t respect them or their time.
“175 years ago (1845) The Park Theatre in New York City witnesses the debut of Fashion by Anna Cora Mowatt, considered the first U.S.-born woman to have her plays professionally produced. None other than Edgar Allen Poe reviews the piece, twice, unfavorably: ‘Estimated by the natural principles of dramatic art,’ he writes, ‘it is altogether unworthy of notice.’ Still, the play will be known as the first American comedy of manners.” This Month in Theatre History, by The Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism, American Theater, 5 March 2020
Untrue! EA Poe saw it, like, 40 times and fell in love with it. The truth is here!
“The Tlacolulokos exhibition “For the Pride of Your Hometown, the Way of the Elders, and in Memory of the Forgotten” opened on March 1st. It will be on display until December at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach.”
Framed Collage Sale, 2-5pm, Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2716 North Broadway, #210, LA CA 90031
Luckily, the “Looking Away” collages were not what I was afraid they were. They were just letting me know it was time to stop making collages.
So I’d like to get the framed ones into good homes before I close the studio and put them in storage until… I have no idea until what or when. If you’re not in driving distance, I’m happy to ship FedEx Ground in the U.S., see below for a happy owner in Denver of “Man Walking”. You can see collages at www.Collage.GingerMayerson.com I’m sorry the website wasn’t working last time. A very small part of a very large website stopped working, and the whole thing was inaccessible, which was quite annoying. As far as I know right now, it’s working perfectly, if you’d like to take a look.
So, if you’d like to come by the studio all collages are going going gone for any reasonable offer.
Also I’m looking for someone to share the space, so if you or someone you know is looking for a nice sunny office/studio in Lincoln Heights, come by to take a look. Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/E4SeN5CGAZhF6Mgt8
Hope to see you 2 to 5pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020.
Here’s a collage in the studio that looks much better in person. Come see it!
Stuff I found on the internet:
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke
Big girls need big diamonds.
I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso, The Impossible Cool, 3 Jan 2020
“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?” Drunk on Time, Storylandia, The Wapshott Press Journal of Fiction, Issue 32, Winter 2020
“A 2017 study on abusive supervision found that people who have worked with a bullying boss report being more withdrawn and depressed, and that targets of abusive supervision report symptoms that bear ‘striking similarities to those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder’. Continue reading Yet more internet reading (w/o a net yet)→
“In the absence of any powerful debunking of his testimony, there may be only two arguments left for Mr Trump’s defenders to marshal against his accusers. The first, which may take the form of any manner of distraction or conspiracy theory, is: Go whistle. Most Republican voters love the president, don’t care about Ukraine, and their elected representatives are not about to disappoint them. This is probably good enough for most House Republicans.” Gordon Sondland weakens Republican defences against impeachment, by The Economist, Nov 21, 2019
“The analysts have now applied the same approach to picking stocks based on particular industries. Again, the sectors where workers gave the best reviews on Glassdoor between 2013 and 2019 easily outperformed those where employees gave a thumbs down.” Research suggests happy employees are good for firms and investors, The Economist, October 31, 2019
“A budget narrative provides explanations about line items from the standard budget. In federal grant applications, a budget narrative is sometimes called a budget justification or a budget detail.” How to Build Credibility with Your Budget Narrative, grants.gov, July 9, 2019
“The paper is titled ‘Persistence of neuronal representations through time and damage in the hippocampus.’ In addition to Gonzalez and Lois, co-authors are undergraduate Hanwen Zhang and former lab technician Anna Harutyunyan. Funding was provided by the American Heart Association, the Della Martin Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and a BRAIN Initiative grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. How Memories Form and Fade, CalTech, August 23, 2019
Not to be confused with this ‘Persistence of Memory’
Three Years And Zero Homeless Housing Units Later, LA’s Auditor Looks At Prop HHH Money, LAist.com, October 8, 2019
Why is it that empty city, county, or state buildings can’t be used to temporarily house the homeless? Like the top floors of old County Hospital and all of old Women and Childrens Hospital, that was not so long ago full of women and children. It’s got to be better than being on the street. Also, I can’t be the first person in all of LA County to think of this. At least I hope not.
“Part of the problem is that American policy has exacerbated the effect of economic pressures. In their new book, ‘The Triumph of Injustice’, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman pin the blame for rising inequality squarely on the American tax system. The authors—both economists at the University of California, Berkeley—argue that taxation in America has become less progressive over the past four decades. In the 1970s the rich paid twice as much in tax, as a share of their income, as the working poor (taking into account all taxes, including those at the state and local level). After President Donald Trump’s tax reform in 2018, by contrast, the very rich paid a smaller share than many Americans in the bottom half of the income distribution. The 400 richest Americans paid an average tax rate of about 23% of income in 2018, according to the authors’ estimates. Low-income Americans paid roughly 25%, the authors say, although this excludes transfer payments made to the very poorest households: a misleading omission, some critics reckon. Personal taxation is only part of the story, as the authors cursorily allow. Even so, the decline in the tax burden on the very rich, at a time of extraordinary growth in their incomes, is startling.” In the past, America was not as unequal as it has become, The Economist, Oct 24, 2019
Yes, something else we can thank the Reagan administration for. Once they got away with shifting the tax burden off the rich, it was open season on everyone else.
“On October 23rd the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (pg&e) cut power to over 180,000 homes and businesses in northern California. That came just two weeks after a blackout that left 2m people, including Ms Hoskote, without power. The firm, which in January declared bankruptcy because of $30bn in liabilities from last year’s wildfires, said it had to cut power to prevent new fires from breaking out. pg&e has a monopoly over its coverage area, and Californians are livid. But there may not be much they can do.”
“Some cities in the Golden State have tried to break up monopolies by taking over power distribution themselves, says Charles Kolstad of Stanford University. Sacramento, Palo Alto and Los Angeles all have municipal utilities. In September San Francisco offered to buy pg&e’s infrastructure for $2.5bn. San Jose’s mayor has also said he is exploring a similar proposal.
“But pg&e rejected both bids, despite its shaky finances. Because it is costly to provide electricity to remote areas, “the cities subsidise the costs of providing electricity to rural areas”, says Severin Borenstein of the University of California, Berkeley. The more cities pg&e loses, the less easy it is to cross-subsidise other places. The firm has tried to frustrate municipal power plans for most of a century, ever since Sacramento created its utility in 1923. It put up $46m for a statewide ballot initiative in 2010, which failed, to limit the ability of local governments to manage their own energy.” Why California can’t quit PG&E, The Economist, Oct 24, 2019
If PG&E is in bankruptcy, then wouldn’t the court demand they sell off their assets? Or cities? Am I misunderstanding this?
“It (PG&E) put up $46m for a statewide ballot initiative in 2010, which failed, to limit the ability of local governments to manage their own energy.”
And yet, they cannot afford to maintain their equipment to prevent fires. I am puzzled by this.
Yes, indeed, I dearly love the LA DWP. They just said no to deregulation and told Enron to buzz off. If only LA City didn’t take all their surplus, my beloved DWP could do more infrastructure improvements. I could be living in even more of a DWP paradise if only LA City would stop taking all their money. Yes, people of Los Angeles, even your utility bill money is going to LA City. Oh well.
Most Popular Websites 1996 – 2019
They seemed to have missed that Google acquired YouTube on November 13, 2006, so it’s even worse that it looks. Also, they let Amazon fall off this list when Amazon seems to be the magma of the internet now. Still an impressive effort, Data Freaks, bravo.
“As technology becomes more and more integral to everything we do, it can sometimes distract us from the things that matter most to us. We are committed to helping everyone with the tools they need to develop their own sense of digital wellbeing. So that life, not the technology in it, stays front and center. We hope this platform will inspire developers and designers to create experiments and put Digital Wellbeing at the center of what they build in the future.” Digital Wellbeing Experiments
Google is worried about us. This worries me.
“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.”