*I’m filing this one in?my new GMFB file: ?Give Me (a) Break. ?(I’ll let you fill in the “F” for yourself, just in case?there are?children in the room.)?
Five-year old Moriah Modisette was killed and her father was seriously injured when another driver, Garrett Willhelm slammed into their car at 65 mph on a Texas highway in 2014, according to her family. ?Willhelm was chatting away on a FaceTime video chat at the time of the crash. ?FaceTime was still running as rescue workers removed Moriah’s lifeless body and her dad from the demolished car.
Instead of holding Willhelm liable, the family has gone after Apple, according to Fortune.com, as it’s their FaceTime program that runs on their mobile platforms. ?The family claims the company has failed to install a “lock out” feature on FaceTime, thereby preventing drivers from using the app while on the road. ?The family’s lawsuit alleges that Apple was granted a patent to install the feature earlier in 2014, and the feature could have prevented the catastrophic crash. Continue reading
*How dare she??That was my first thought after watching the video where this supposed Woman of God goes on a rant about who will get into Heaven and who won’t. That’s basically what her anti-gay ‘sermon’ was about.
I am not gay, and I’m not Christian — but let me tell you, I am still offended, and YOU, reader, should be too. It’s absolutely?disgusting?when people use what should be a platform of love and inclusion, to spout their own nasty views on how others choose to live their life.
How dare you! And shame on the ‘supporters’ of this idiocy; those who can be heard sitting in the audience heeing and hawing their support.
And Ms. Burrell, you didn’t even use good sense. You did this KNOWING you were going on the television show of one of the most beloved lesbian women of the 21st century, Ellen DeGeneres?
Girl, surely you gest. Continue reading
*Oh boy. ?And to think I was just apologizing to a visitor: “Too bad we can’t take you up to see the Hollywood sign,” as we traveled down the famed street in Los Angeles — with them looking at the handprints in cement in from of the old Mann’s Chinese Theater (now ‘TCL’ sumpthin’); as the children took pictures with the likes of Batman, Mickey & Minnie, Edward Scissorhands, The Joker and the man with the huge yellow snake.
I am so glad I didn’t point for them to actually look?up.?
I can just hear the children now. “Mommy, THAT doesn’t spell Hollywood.” Continue reading
*I am still laughing at some of the “2017 Resolutions” I see people making online. Most notably this one on Facebook, from EURweb Contributor, Darlene Donloe, that reads:
My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014 and planned in 2013. **sigh**
That’s about as honest as one can get, yes? Many of us vow to become a better?self?whenever a new year rolls around. And?bless our heart I know we mean well, but how many of us who set these hefty goals can really say that we’ve accomplished them at the end of the year?
I don’t know about you, but I seem to come up short each year. No matter how I look at it: positive, grateful, the acknowledgement that “there are those worse off than I,” blah, blah, blah… it generally always comes back to: Are you satisfied with what you accomplished?
And the answer is always “No.”
Face it, some of us may be just too darn hard on ourselves, and other maybe not hard enough! I decided to dig deeper and see how we add up collectively in the whole scheme of things. And with the help of a site called?Chron.com, I learned about Statistic Brain,?another site which compiles data from academic sources. Continue reading
*The following events are presented in connection with the play Bee-luther-hatchee, which runs at Sierra Madre Playhouse from January 13 through February 18.
Whose Stories? Who Tells Them? Is a series of five panel discussions on Writers and Diversity, presented on five consecutive Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., starting on January 19. The panels will be held at different venues (see below) and all events in the series will be free to the public.
Diane Siegel, Curator of Special Programs for Sierra Madre Playhouse, states, ?The play Bee-luther-hatchee by Thomas Gibbons is a story of writers and writing, stories that deserve to be told, and the issue of who is best to tell them.? The play provokes discussion on race, identity, and the power of writing. Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting these panels in the community to provide a broader stage for discussion of issues raised in Gibbons’ play.
Storytellers working across several genres including fiction writing, journalism, social media, drama and poetry will focus on the challenges of creating authentic voices and the danger of cultural appropriation. These issues reach beyond the theater and by holding these panels we hope to provide room for discussion that perhaps can lead to dialogue. We are at a unique time in history and discussion of these themes and the power of writing seems crucial to supporting civil discourse in a time of increasing polarization.? Continue reading
Social media is a powerful force. So powerful, in fact, that it was able to help the presidential candidates make waves during the election.
Twitter, in particular, was a veritable battleground for the nominees and their supporters. In 140 characters or less, one candidate or the other could influence a whole movement. Social media has become so integrated into everyday life that 17% of crowdfunding donations are seen through social media and then made through mobile devices.
The power of social media has already been proven. With hashtags like #blacklivesmatter and #yesallwomen starting social movements — which are still standing strong — it’s hard to dispute the power of the Internet’s interconnected-ness.
The way Clinton and Trump used Twitter is demonstrative of how a single social media message can be used to reach countless people across a nation and even around the world. The 2016 presidential election used this frequently, and candidates could often be seen taking to Twitter, Facebook, and even Snapchat to reach their followers and raise awareness.
Hashtags only served to fuel the fire, quite literally. Phrases like #Hillaryforprison and #dumpTrump flooded the Internet, demonstrating just how heated this election cycle truly was.
“We’ve reached a point where social media has really kind of reinforced existing divisions and maybe made them worse,” said University of Wisconsin professor of life sciences communication Dietram Scheufele.
President Obama used social media to effectively raise awareness for his campaigns in 2008 and 2012, but this election cycle has brought a new form of viciousness to social media and politics.
There has certainly never been a campaign quite like Trump’s, in which single tweets were turned into national news stories.