Movie Review- Inglorious Basterds

When a Knoxville born director creates a movie with Brad Pitt speaking in an East Tennessee accent, Orange country citizens cant help but catch the movie. If you need escapist fare to charge them ole grey cells with good ol fashioned American movie- this is the one.

I could wax eloquent on the direction and deft artistry of Quentin Tarantino, or the acting of Hans Landau- or even the breakthrough perfromance of Brad Pitt who plays the leader of a Nazi hunting commando unit. For the first time- you see Brad’s character overshadowing his adorable mannerisms. Watch how he rolls those Southern R’s.

But there is plenty of that- and you need to watch it yourself.

As the director himself puts it- A Basterd’s work is never done.

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This is just a loong weekend post..

If you liked the concept of data mining and entertainment- well I actually got inspired by the entertaining writing of the prominent R blogger J D Long of Cerebral Mastication

http://www.cerebralmastication.com/

Poem: The Fine Print

did you read the fine print
when you signed your life away
or did you believe them badly
when they said your life was good to give today

did all the drums, the ribbons and the music
tilt your head to emotion away from fact
and did the inherent absurdity of it all
was swallowed by you intact

for as the world spins tilted
around the bright unforgiving sun
words in a language built to deceive
mask the coming pain below the frosting of fun

deception is the game here
and an unwilling player you have to be
fool them or be fooled in turn
reality is spotless for you to see

what old promises where tokens of love
it is all cash and carry now
as willed in your destiny from above

and even though eyes grow misty
by potential of what could be
you keep one eye on the rolling ball
lest more surprises it brings to see

Tennessee Rain

 
Clear rain falls  with a straight steady hum
On green Tennessee woods like a muted drum
 
The skies as if painted by a great gray brush
All around silence as in heavenly hush
 
Long ago long miles ahead
I left my home to earn my bread
 
Dusty lanes domestic remind with a nostalgic pang
Creating almost a deep throat tasteful tang
 
Tennessee rain so beautiful and forlorn
So exciting and yet reminds me I’m alone

Friday Poem: Live Music in Austin

Ok the events in the following poem really happened when I visited Austin, Texas for a business visit, and thanks to the Austin Post ( a new media Austin based site) for publishing it.

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And you can read the rest at http://www.austinpost.org/content/live-music-sixth-street-austin-poetry

If you like poetry, live music, Austin  ….

The Age of the Unthinkable- Book Review

The Age of the Unthinkable is a thought provoking book written by Joshua Cooper Ramos and published by Little, Brown. Anyone who has been surprised by change or the speed of change in recent months in matters economic, political or technology should have a look in at least once of this beautiful, with remarkable case studies  painstaking culled and gathered from all parts of the world and cultures.

The book has an easy to read style, with real life incidents with which we can associate with. It look at creative innovation as a process which is analogous to sand particles piling on to one another, and sudden change being the point at which the sand pile has a flattening avalanche. It learns from examples of how highly centralized systems in Communism collapsed while highly autonomous organizations like Hezbollah flourished as they kept learning and adapting in the face of a bigger enemy. or how creative designers at Nintendo changed the paradigm of video games to invent the Wii Fit to help make video games that help people stay fit, which was un-thought of earlier using inexpensive video chips. And how a little known company in Brazil cut costs by empowering bottoms up cost cutting than top down cost thinking.

The book talks of things like mashup and the speed at which change is unleashed at us. Lastly it offers us lessons in which leaders may help embrace change and thus help themselves or they are changed inevitably by external forces.

Change being a process as sure as death and taxes- it compares and contrast people who change willingly internally to people who are changed externally. An entertaining and informative book- I recommend it (see Amazon link to the right margin) for anyone and everyone who have had a ” Oh, we are  idiots” moment as they were surprised by rising taxes for bailouts, powerful armies that failed to keep them safe or big cash rich corporations that failed to keep them employed.

For the technology or scientifically trained people, this book would be an eye opener.

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