Tripit

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Discovered this amazing application called Tripit. The app takes all your travel confirmation emails and creates an itinerary for you. Sign up, send your emails to the app, and automatically all reservations (flights, hotels, rental cars, etc.) are put into an itinerary that you can view on your phone. Amazing.

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http://www.tripit.com

Punk

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Punk is an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It traces the path of punk from the streets of New York and London to the runways of Paris and Milan. Primarily a costume exhibit, it evokes rebellion and anti-establishment style.

Here are some examples of the progression:

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Punk is defined several ways, including the following from dictionary.com:

  • a youth movement of the late 1970s, characterized by anti-Establishment slogans and outrageous clothes and hairstyles.
  • a style or movement characterized by the adoption of aggressively unconventional and often bizarre or shocking clothing, hairstyles, makeup, etc., and the defiance of social norms of behavior, usually associated with punk rock musicians and fans.

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Interesting to see a movement morph into popular culture, for better or worse. It shows the influence of ideas and concepts over time. And is a reminder that life progresses. Even opposition has an impact on the culture at large.

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This American Life

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This American Life is a program hosted by Ira Glass that tackles a wide range of subjects relevant to life in the USA. It started as a radio program and has grown to podcasts, live tours, and for a brief time, a television show. The premise is straightforward and simple. Take a theme or topic and explore it in 2-5 Acts. At times this program has delivered some of the most compelling programming. For example, in 2008, This American Life presented a story called “The Giant Pool of Money”. It was the clearest effort I have heard to explain what brought about the recession. And just this year the program did a 2 part feature on Harper High School in Chicago where they spent 5 months following the story of gun violence. Watch for this effort to win some major accolades, as it was one of the most significant stories they have ever done.

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This American Life Website

Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight

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There is something quite remarkable that has been accomplished with the 3 films Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight. While it does not have the scope of the Harry Potter films, it comes somewhere between Harry Potter and The Up Series. Imagine making a movie in Vienna in 1995 that would then follow the same couple in Paris 2004, and again in Greece 2013. There is also something unique that happens as a viewer. The connection to love, aging, travel, life is captured and discussed. These films change the concept of sequel. They have evolved overtime, just as we do, just as our love does.

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Before Midnight: 

The Year of Magical Thinking

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The Year of Magical Thinking is a book written by the author Joan Didion.   It is her response to the sudden passing of her husband John Dunne and surprise illness of her only daughter Quintana. It’s a harrowing but true tale the author faces directly. And yet, the concept of “magical thinking” is that the author keeps planning for her husband’s return. While the topic of death can be challenging, it also can be an opportunity to learn from grief, and therefore, better appreciate the time we are given.

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“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
― Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking

“Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We anticipate (we know) that someone close to us could die, but we do not look beyond the few days or weeks that immediately follow such an imagined death. We misconstrue the nature of even those few days or weeks. We might expect if the death is sudden to feel shock. We do not expect this shock to be obliterative, dislocating to both body and mind. We might expect that we will be prostrate, inconsolable, crazy with loss. We do not expect to be literally crazy, cool customers who believe their husband is about to return and need his shoes.”
― Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking

“we are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. as we were. as we are no longer. as we will one day not be at all.”
― Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking

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