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September 2011

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Seth Godin on Writer’s Block

Seth Godin writes about Writer’s Block

No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.

Why then, is writer’s block endemic?

His solution is to just write like we talk.  Often.  In doing so, your writing begins to improve.

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YouTube: PUMPED UP KICKS|DUBSTEP

I remember in the 80’s when I was in awe of Michael Jackson’s moonwalk.  Today’s dancers have taken those moves to a new level.  I’ve seen this dance video a number of times, but it seems magical to me every time I see it.

Cincinnati

Midpoint Music Festival- Thursday

I went with a friend to the Midpoint Music Festival on Thursday, buying a three day pass for $49.  You can buy a ticket to any stage, but the three day pass is by far the most convenient and economical way to listen to a lot of music.  My friend had heard of a guitarist Kaki King, so we headed over to SCPA to check her out.  Kaki King played instrumental guitar, but it was not like any guitar I’ve ever heard or seen.  She was absolutely amazing.  You can see her technique in this YouTube video of one of the songs she played last night.    
 

Cincinnati

Ohio district 1 after Republican redistricting

Due to population decreases, Ohio has lost two seats in the House of Representatives forcing changes in Ohio’s districts. Ohio’s state government, dominated by the Republicans have gerrymandered the districts to strongly favor Republicans.

Here’s the old District 1, Steve Chabot’s district.  It seems reasonable geographically, covering Southwestern Ohio.

Old District 1.jpgHere’s the new District 1 that was passed by Ohio’s congress yesterday.
  
Revised Congressional District1.jpgThe new district is a convoluted mess which makes no sense geographically.  But politically, by adding suburban areas of largely white voters and subtracting predominantly black neighborhoods by pushing them into District 2, the Republicans have neutralized the urban and black vote that leans more Democrat in District 1.  

Just looking at race, on this mashup map that I created of a population map by race of Cincinnati from 2010 census data and the new district, you can see that the Republicans have divided the black population into District 1 and District 2.   
District1Race.jpg By doing this, the Republicans have created a mishmash district with mismatched groups of urban and suburban voters. How is a representative to effectively serve this disparate group? Effective governing doesn’t seem to matter to Republicans, just keeping the power of the Congressional seats.  Cincinnati as the largest population center in the region should have a representative advocating the needs of the urban core and inner ring suburbs.

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NYTimes.com: Bloggers Don’t Follow the Script, to ConAgra’s Chagrin

NYTimes.com: Bloggers Don’t Follow the Script, to ConAgra’s Chagrin

IN August, food bloggers and mom bloggers in New York were invited to dine at an underground restaurant in a West Village brownstone run, apparently, by George Duran, the chef who hosts the “Ultimate Cake Off” on TLC.

The surprise: rather than being prepared by the chef, the lasagna they were served was Three Meat and Four Cheese Lasagna by Marie Callender’s, a frozen line from ConAgra Foods. Hidden cameras at the dinners, which were orchestrated by the Ketchum public relations unit of the Omnicom Group, captured reactions to the lasagna and to the dessert, Razzleberry Pie, also from Marie Callender’s.

Bloggers do not take kindly to deception.