Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Sometimes, adults really have something to teach us

My father phoned yesterday (December 6) but I didn't really feel up to talking, even with the promise from my horoscope that it might leave me feeling more grounded.

I'd better go and phone him now/today before the astrological magic wears out lol.  Love you, dad. 

In other news, the mental prisons of female so-called beauty are broken down by a girl named Amy Schumer. 
The backstory is she has been cast as Barbie and people are annoyed because she is fat compared to their beloved Barbie idea.
Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where's the shame? It's not there. It's an illusion. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I'm a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I'm fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will" #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo
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I love comedians for this: like modern-day court jesters, they are experts in the ridiculous, and related to this superpower, they have terrific bullshit sensors.  They are people I can trust to teach me something about truth and falsehood in human beings and relationships.  Which beings me to the meat and potatoes, the main course, of this blog post:
Watch the 'dinner party' conversation as Chelsea Handler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Trevor Noah, Julianna Margulies, and Morgan Spurlock discuss relationships in the context of that multidimensional life that has some work relationships, family relationships, present and past favourites, all recognized and given due respect.  DetailsAlternative video link.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

I want to read everything

I enjoyed this history of global cities and find the Guardian UK's 'The Story of Cities' series very inviting.  Pity I can't read everything.
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Aside: Nick has a point :)

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I've been not-writing.  But reading everything.  Not books so much as 'the internet.'

The other day I watched Ran (Kurosawa).  One of the best films I've ever seen, in that it would fascinate anybody...from art-snob to clue-less.  It should totally be remade as a Yoruba film. 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

darkness, drought, little flowers sprout, don't worry about a thing

When the world ends
Collect your things, you're coming with me
When the world ends
You tuckle up yourself with me
Watch it as the stars disappear to nothing
- Dave Matthews Band

When there's no one, no one else around
We'll be two souls in a Ghosttown
When it all falls, when it all falls down
We'll be two souls in a Ghosttown
- Madonna 

When the rocket ships all fall
And the bridges they all buckle
And everybody's packin' up their station wagons
There's a number you can call
Like a breast that you can suckle
And we quietly will exit as it all is happenin' again
'Cause there's a river runnin' underground
Underneath the town towards the sea
That only I know all about
On which from this city we can flee
- in Rufus Wainwright


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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The morning after the US elections, I say we quit trying to analyse the senseless and take Trump down now

"It is disastrous that a racist with fascist tendencies has come so close to taking over power in this country, a man who appeals to hate, greed and the basest of instincts, an agitator who plays people off against each other, who abhors losers and who adheres to the credo: might makes right. An authoritarian, narcissistic, manic, manipulative and dangerous liar who is capable of anything."
 Source: DerSpiegel 

This is what we're really dealing with. 
Not a right-wing Republican.  Not an anti-free-trade businessman.  Not a populist maverick.  Not an archaic Buhari or a dumb-and-dumber George Bush.  Not a rude-mouth or a brash hustler.  But an inscrutable piece of shit. 

Keep this guy away from the office of the President of the United States or be prepared for the jaw-dropping consequences. 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Moving on from Coursera, passing through The School Of Life

Late 2013 to Early 2016, I was a Courseran and Coursera-addict.
I'm now a follower / adherent of a video channel called The School Of Life.

Isn't it just excellent?

I now work in Yaba, Lagos, not far from my former workplace of Unilag and right in Sabo, the nascent tech startup hub.
I'm considering checking on options for learning more math and/or learning Chinese a bit, either at the university or someplace cleverer.    

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