The Loving Story: tears welled in my eyes watching this

January 13, 2011

The video below is the trailer for an upcoming film, The Loving Story, by Elisabeth Haviland & James and Nancy Buirski, about the Supreme Court case of Loving vs. Virginia, contesting the legality of miscegenation (interracial cohabitation or marriage). The film project is currently in the final days of funding at Kickstarter, the “largest funding… Read more of: The Loving Story: tears welled in my eyes watching this

day 002 -above average pain tolerance

January 12, 2011

For whatever reason(s), i’ve had a nagging headache throughout the day; hence, my immaculate photo of my 500mg Duane Reade brand “Pain Relief.” These caplets have been instrumental to keeping me sane over the past year (maybe longer) when headaches pop out of thin air. Today’s headaches were probably caused by stress, most likely from… Read more of: day 002 -above average pain tolerance

my life in 365 days

January 10, 2011

Directly inspired by Ev’Yan and her “my life in 365 days” post, i’ve decided i want to try taking a photo … every day … for a year. It’s tempting to think it’s easy, but as a person who’s attempted (and “completed”) several poetry 30-in-30s (at least one poem every day for 30 consecutive days),… Read more of: my life in 365 days

my 2011 (gasp!) resolutions

January 3, 2011

In an attempt to be more accountable (public acknowledgment is a wondrous form of keeping me in check), i crafted a list of goals (of resolutions) for 2011. This litany was much more difficult to construct than i thought. Deciding what i was comfortable sharing and goals i truly want to reach was interesting. So… Read more of: my 2011 (gasp!) resolutions

freedom to read (on any device)

December 31, 2010

With the proliferation of digital readers and assorted touch screen tablets, there’s an increase in the desire to read books, magazines, PDFs, etc. while on the go. We’re an increasingly mobile society, so being able to learn or be entertained wherever we are is important. Heck, i rarely go anywhere without my MacBook, and never… Read more of: freedom to read (on any device)

the Oxford English Dictionary is dead—long live the Oxford English Dictionary

I love words. Without shuddering from the dreaded “labeling,” i am a logo- and bibliophile. So when i heard the news, as reported by the NY Times and the Huffington Post, that there would be an imminent dem…transitioning of the Oxford English Dictionary from print and online versions to only the latter, i was immediately disheartened… Read more of: the Oxford English Dictionary is dead—long live the Oxford English Dictionary

finding that writing sweet spot

Everyone is capable of writing. I think many people are under the impression that there’s a secret code to doing so, some sort of arcane practice or rite of passage they must go through first. Nope. You just need to find that writing sweet spot, that place where you feel most comfortable—and the medium that… Read more of: finding that writing sweet spot

short-term influence of free digital versions on book sales

December 6, 2010

With the growing purveyance of digital books and ebook readers flooding the publishing and consumer markets, respectively, it was apropos stumbling upon this paper by John Hilton III and David Wiley of the Journal of Electric Publishing, tackling the question that’s on many authors’ and publishers’ minds: Increasingly, authors and publishers are freely distributing their… Read more of: short-term influence of free digital versions on book sales

darling Nikki (Giovanni): your transparency should be lauded

November 27, 2010

When encountering an artist’s work for the first time, especially one who’s lauded doubly for her writing ability and Civil Rights activism (and the coupling of both), it’s dismaying when the work is underwhelming. With Sacred Cows…And Other Edibles, that surely is not the case. In fact, i don’t believe the work of Nikki Giovanni,… Read more of: darling Nikki (Giovanni): your transparency should be lauded

age of privacy over? the (unsolicited) transparency agenda of Zuckerberg

Facebook has been an integral part of my life since Oct 2004—back when only a hundred or so colleges and their constituency were part of the social networking site. It has since grown from a fledgling, exclusive college-only website of many interconnected networks, into an Internet behemoth that rivals Google and Microsoft with its web… Read more of: age of privacy over? the (unsolicited) transparency agenda of Zuckerberg

my issue with the Four Loko ban

November 17, 2010

Alcohol: many (of age) college students’ favorite buddy. Caffeine: college students’ other best friend. Combine the two friends and the partying jumps a few notches. I’m not for ending the party. Not at all. Although i am not a fan of the beverage—i think it tastes horrible no matter what flavor and its influence on… Read more of: my issue with the Four Loko ban

become a patron of the arts—of writing, of film, of … whatever

November 14, 2010

Often, I stumble upon an engrossing website or an excellent blog post or WordPress plugin, and I immediately think about donating to the cause, but for whatever reason, I rarely ever give. Usually a lack of a “donate” button (from PayPal or Amazon) deters me from doing so. There is now a fix: new micro-payment/donating… Read more of: become a patron of the arts—of writing, of film, of … whatever