Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Below is the first paragraph of the article:
"Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption “Drunken Pirate.” After discovering the page, her supervisor at the high school told her the photo was “unprofessional,” and the dean of Millersville University School of Education, where Snyder was enrolled, said she was promoting drinking in virtual view of her under-age students. As a result, days before Snyder’s scheduled graduation, the university denied her a teaching degree. Snyder sued, arguing that the university had violated her First Amendment rights by penalizing her for her (perfectly legal) after-hours behavior. But in 2008, a federal district judge rejected the claim, saying that because Snyder was a public employee whose photo didn’t relate to matters of public concern, her “Drunken Pirate” post was not protected speech. "
Thus anyone who is actively looking for a job must be especially about what he/she puts on the web. People like myself with a unique name can be very easily "Googled". I do understand that people do have a life outside of work and some silliness reported on the web is acceptable. Someone may see this journal and strike up a conversation with me about Bob Dylan. I am now very careful about my privacy settings on Facebook. Everything can only be seen by my Friends. I really should cull my friends list and delete people that I don't really know.
I will just copy one more paragraph and comment:
But if we can’t control what others think or say or view about us, we can control our own reaction to photos, videos, blogs and Twitter posts that we feel unfairly represent us. A recent study suggests that people on Facebook and other social-networking sites express their real personalities, despite the widely held assumption that people try online to express an enhanced or idealized impression of themselves. Samuel Gosling, the University of Texas, Austin, psychology professor who conducted the study, told the Facebook blog, “We found that judgments of people based on nothing but their Facebook profiles correlate pretty strongly with our measure of what that person is really like, and that measure consists of both how the profile owner sees him or herself and how that profile owner’s friends see the profile owner.”
I have been on the Internet since 1992 and strongly believe that you don't know a person until you have met face to face. I have known people who have sent nasty and crude e-mails, but in person are quite timid. The opposite is likely true at times. When you see a complete profile, you can view what a person does and even see many pictures of the person in action. But that is still not the full story about the person. There have been many misunderstandings through electronic only communication.
I highly recommend that readers of Bruce's Journal see this entire article from the New York Times.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
These are certainly bad days for the New York Mets. The just completed a road trip where they lost 9 out of 11 on the west coast. They were shut out in 4 of those games. Hopefully, the trip back home will do them some good.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
When I arrived at 9:30 AM the tennis courts were full. I assume many of them were season pass holders. When I left the park about 11:30, the park was almost empty. There are usually school buses with day campers at that time. If a passenger car must pay $8, how much does a school bus have to pay? Does the high cost of parking keep people away from parks?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Back in 1977-78 when I lived in New London, CT there was a popular radio personality named Michael Bernz who worked evenings on WSUB. When I saw his postings on a radio message board a few years ago, I asked if morning man Don Turner was still living. He told me that Don had passed away. About a year ago the same message board reported that Michael Bernz had just died. His profile is still on Facebook.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Since I was intrigued by the title, we saw City Island . It is part of the Bronx connected to the mainland by a bridge. Back in 1985 I went to a restaurant there to celebrate the marriage of my father-in-law Will to Betty. I will leave it up to my readers to click on the link from IMDB to read about the movie. I did enjoy it.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Ehrenreich, Jake. A Jew Grows in Brooklyn: Cross-cultural Reflections of a First Generation American. Deerfield Beach, Fla: Health Communications, 2010
I will not comment on the entire book, but just a chapter titled "The Catskills". This chapter starts with the following quotation by Margaret Fairless Barber: "To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward."
I think of the people that I have reconnected with through the internet over the years. It is refreshing to talk to people that I knew all those years ago and remember some of the fun we shared back then. We can spend so much time reminisicing, but we must face reality and look forward.
Jake Ehrenreich related some of his experiences in the Catskills when it was popular in the 1950s and 1960s. For me it brought back memories of:
- The bungalow colonies
- The resort hotels with their autocratic day camps
- Camp Wel Met (1961-65)
- The Concord Hotel's College Weekend (1968)
- Our trip to the Nevele hotel (1993)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Jason Bay was the biggest hitting disappointment over the first half. He plays like he did for the Red Sox, the Mets could be in contention for the NL East.
My prediction is that the Mets will say above .500, but will fall short of the division or the wild card this season. Time will tell.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Today it was New Jersey Transit. It seems that every time they raise the fares the service gets worse. I boarded the train at Newark as the conductors said that there was a train stuck between Secaucus and Newark and there would be an indefinite delay. I'll give the conductors credit for making the announcements. At least there was the alternative of taking the PATH trains. The problem is that the PATH is always slower since it makes severak stops.
I heard the most ridiculus panhandlng ploy on the PATH. Some guy is asking for $15.75 to buy a Long Island Rail Road ticket from NYC to West Hampton. There are millionaires that live in the Hamptons. They method of asking money for train fare is the oldest story in the books. These losers are likely using the money to buy illicit drugs.
I think this qualifies for an OY VEY.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I found out by reading the team's web site that the game resumed after a 2 hr and 18 minute rain delay. The Bears won 4-1. The stadium must have been almost completely empty when the game resumed since the day campers would have to leave by 2 PM.
This was the earliest I ever left a baseball game. I didn't have to pay for the tickets anyway, so I didn't lose anything.
Everyone must admit that George made an impact on baseball. When he bought the Yankees in 1973, they had been losers for close to 10 years. By 1976, the Yankees were winners again. He is very responsible for the exponential increase in player salaries. George's bucks paid for winners. Team owners in baseball and other sports have thrown money at mediocre players who did not perform. At times George was cruel and heartless to his players and managers. For example he paid someone $40,000 to get the goods on Dave Winfield. He hired and fired Billy Martin 5 times. I fondly remember the Miller Lite commercials back then with George and Billy. There was also a kinder and gentler side to George as he often helped people in need.
It has been a very sad week for the Yankees with the passings of Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. My condolences to their families. Major League Baseball has suffered two great loses.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Here are the lyrics to "Old Friends" written by Paul Simon:
Old friends, old friends sat on their parkbench like bookends
A newspaper blowin' through the grass
Falls on the round toes of the high shoes of the old friends
Old friends, winter companions, the old men
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun
The sounds of the city sifting through trees
Settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends
Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a parkbench quietly
How terribly strange to be seventy
Old friends, memory brushes the same years, silently sharing the same fears
I have 9 years to go.
The video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPTOY8FrvNw
Sunday, July 11, 2010
When the Yankees played at Seattle this afternoon, a moment of silence was observed for him. Since He left the Yankees a recording of Bob Sheppard was used to announce Derek Jeter when he came to bat at Yankee Stadium. This recording will be used at the all star game this Tuesday in Anaheim.
"Batting first for the New York Yankees and playing shortstop, number two, Derek Jeter."
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
I guess there is no need for me to comment on the LeBron James situation. I just can not understand why he had to go to a gymnasium in Greenwich, CT to say he was going to sign with the Miami Heat. I was watching ESPN News this morning and they showed people in a sports bar in Cleveland crying. There was also a scene with a kid buring a Cavalier LeBron James jersey.
Getting back to the Knicks. If they don't make the playoffs this year, Donnie Walsh must go. He traded several good players to make cap space to sign free agents this off season. He signed Stoudamire, but has plenty of money for more signings.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Ringo Starr - drums, vocals
Wally Palmar - guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals
Rick Derringer - guitar, vocals
Edgar Winter - keyboards, saxophone, vocals
Gary Wright - keyboards, vocals
Richard Page - Bass, vocals
Gregg Bissonette - drums, vocals
Ringo sang many of his solo hits and songs with the Beatles where he sang lead. They included:
- It Don't Come Easy
- Act Naturally
- Peace Dream
- Other Side of Liverpool
Some of the songs fby the band members were:
- Dream Weaver - Gary Wright
- Hang on Sloopy - Rick Derringer of the McCoys
- Frankenstein - Edgar Winter (this had to be the show stopper)
At the end of the show Ringo asked for some help from his friends. Many famour musicians came out and sang "With a Little Help from my Friends." They included Yoko Ono, Steven Van Zandt, and Jeff Lynne. They then sang John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance. See this article from Hollywoodnews.com for a complete list and more details on the concert.
The biggest surprise of the evening was when Paul McCartney came out and sang the Beatles song Birthday from the White album. It was Ringo's 70th birthday. I noticed that Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono were not on the stage together. In this day and age someone already posted a YouTube Video of With a Little Help from My Friends.
Below is a video of Paul McCartney singing Birthday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5sgVi88SXU
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
After seeing the movie about Spector I used my library research skills to find out that there was a biography written about him in 2007.
Brown, Mick. Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
I was able to get it from the Queens Library. I started reading it today while I sat in my air conditioned living room. Mick Brown interviewed Spector shortly before the murder of Lana Clarkson in February 2003. I reached page 86 today. He discusses how Spector got started in the music business. He quickly met many of the major performers, executives, and song writers active in the early 1960s. I am sure that many of the points discussed in the film including the murder will be considered in this book.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
As a child we all form attachments to pets and toys and can find it hard to let go of them. Lee had his teddy bear and Winnie the Pooh for many years. He eventually let go of them. In this film Andy who was a small child in the original two movies is going off to college. He has ignored his favorite toys (Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head, Rex and others) for years, but his mother wants him to make a decision. He can discard the toys, bring them to college, or donate them to a day care center. I won't discuss what happens. I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to see this animated film.
Some famous actors and actresses did voiceovers:
- Tom Hanks
- Don Rickles
- Joan Cusak
- Ned Betty
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Durkee, Rob. American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century. New York: Schirmer Books, 1999
Originally Aired – July 4, 1970 (First AT40 Broadcast)
#40 “END OF OUR ROAD” – Marvin Gaye
#39 “SILVER BIRD” – Mark Lindsay
#38 “SPILL THE WINE” – Eric Burdon & War
#37 “GO BACK” – Crabby Appleton
#36 “I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING” – B.J. Thomas
#35 “SPIRIT IN THE DARK” – Aretha Franklin
#34 “MISSISSIPPI” – John Phillips
#33 “WESTBOUND #9” – Flaming Ember
#32 “IT’S ALL IN THE GAME” – The Four Tops
#31 “SAVE THE COUNTRY” – The 5th Dimension
#30 “OHIO” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
#29 “EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL” – Ray Stevens
#28 “CHECK OUT YOUR MIND” – The Impressions
#27 “QUESTION” – The Moody Blues
#26 “SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS)” – Stevie Wonder
#25 “SUGAR SUGAR” – Wilson Pickett
#24 “TEACH YOUR CHILDREN” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
#23 “WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY?” – The Poppy Family
#22 “LOVE ON A TWO WAY STREET” – The Moments
#21 “MISSISSIPPI QUEEN” – Mountain
#20 “MAKE IT WITH YOU” – Bread
#19 “ARE YOU READY?” – Pacific Gas & Electric
#18 “LOVE LAND” – Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
#17 “TIGHTER, TIGHTER” – Alive & Kicking
#16 “MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’” – White Plains
#15 “A SONG OF JOY” – Miguel Rios
#14 “UNITED WE STAND” – The Brotherhood Of Man
#13 “GET READY” – Rare Earth
#12 “O-O-H CHILD” – The 5 Stairsteps
#11 “GIMME DAT DING” – Pipkins
#10 “HITCHIN’ A RIDE” – Vanity Fare
#9 “THE WONDER OF YOU” – Elvis Presley
#8 “THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD” – The Beatles
#7 “(THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU” – The Carpenters
#6 “LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE RAIN)” – Melanie w/the Edwin Hawkins Singers
#5 “BAND OF GOLD” – Freda Payne
#4 “RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE” – Blues Image
#3 “BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY)” – The Temptations
#2 “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” – The Jackson 5
#1 “MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME)” – Three Dog Night
Yours truly has been a big Superman fan since the 1950s when I was the TV series featuring George Reeves on TV. Radio friend Bill Dillane is a much bigger fan of the Man of Steel than I. He recently attended a Superman celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. Noel Neill who played Lois Lane in the TV series was honored there.
Bill, you are my Facebook friend of the day.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
- Director Vikram Jayanti interviews Spector at the time of his first trial in the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
- Footage of the trial in 2007
- Clips of Spector's productions by the Crystals, Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner and others.
I didn't know that Spector produced many of John Lennon's solo recordings in the 1970s. He also did some work with George Harrison, but he didn't see eye to eye with Paul McCartney. In 2003 McCartney remixed and remastered (de-Spectorized) Let it Be.
One of his biggest hits was You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling by the Righteous Brothers. When I saw the clip in the film I went back in time to 1965 when I heard it for the first time. That wall of sound is really powerful. The hit has lost its impact since radio stations have played it to death over the years. I saw it performed at the Westbury Music Fair in 2003 a few months before the untimely passing of Bobby Hatfield. You can see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8hjtFq3vE0
River Deep Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner, my favorite Spector recording, was played in the film. During the interview Spector remarked that although it was a big hit in the UK, it didn't chart in the USA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KkMSkmx7sM
It is a shame that Spector was so reclusive and such a "head case" through the years. We never know how he could have influenced the music business.
We took a little walk around Greenwich Village after the film. We passed by the House of Oldies on Carmine Street. I mentioned to the owned that back in 1966 they had the Beatles Butcher Cover album on sale for $20. Now they are sold for $20,000. We walked to Bleeker Street Records where we bought a CD of hits by the Crystals produced by Phil Spector.