Not watching things more than once

These days, I don’t watch anything more than once. In the golden age of television, how can you? As time continues to zoom by at breakneck speeds, why double up on entertainment? Watch a film or a show or a video, one time and one time only, done and done. No more commitment needs to be made. But recently I made an exception to this rule. It was for ROMA.

I was completely enthralled with this film. It was beautiful, poetic, heartbreaking, gritty, loud, quiet, and loud again. Until finally, deafening. Men are weak, women carry the day. And the political strife that surrounds us at all times cannot be set aside no matter how much our own personal circumstances may seem to require it to be.

I’ll go so far as to say it’s the best film I’ve seen in years. I saw it twice. And I may see it again. You can watch it on Netflix. But I’d suggest a theater. Why? Because of the ocean.

There Is No Image

Sent to me via text by a good friend last Tuesday, February 19th:

I want to utter you, I want to portray you, not with lapis or gold, but with colors made of apple bark. There is no image I could invent that your presence would not eclipse.

Rainer Maria Rilke

You can travel back in time, but only to ...

... see a concert you’re bummed you missed.

I’m thinking soon there will be a special time travel company using really great tech developed for military purposes but will be able to benefit concert enthusiasts.

It’s the not-too-distant future. Technological advances are coming online at an amazing speed. People are astounded. You thought the internet was a breakthrough. Now we’re talking time travel.

But since the tech is new, the various use cases ready for use are really focused. Similar to the new world of startups. We’ve seen this before. You know, looking at all the startup tech companies, they all look like this:

  • a book, but online

  • a library, but online

  • a newspaper, but online

  • a walkman, but online

  • a video store, but online

  • a grocery store, but online

  • a bank, but online

  • a taxi service, but online

  • and on and on and on

In the future, time travel will be the same way. At first it will be time travel for X and only X, with other companies created to use the same underlying tech but for this X and that X.

Over the course of several years, companies will compete on the same fundamental technological base and focus in on some niche for some audience, for some specific pay off. Eventually, time travel will be everywhere and always. Just like this whole internet thing.

Sadly, I doubt I’ll be alive to see it. I really want to see The Clash at Shea or Rage at Finsbury Park or Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival. Oh well.

I just randomly picked concerts to attend because I really like live shows. I doubt murder would be a service at first, even if it was baby Hitler. It has to be really specific and has to be unable to alter future events. No Back to the Future 2s, please.

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We Have The Land

Bold visionary and hardworking Nebraskan Jane Kleeb has a new book coming out. It’s called We Have The Land and it sounds perfect for this moment. It will show the importance of rural voters to progressive politics, and of progressive politics to rural voters, partly by focusing on issues like climate change, healthcare, and grassroots powered activism. If you have a story to tell, head on over to the book’s website. For more on the book, there’s coverage in the Lincoln Journal Star.

And be sure to check out the Pipeline Fighters campaign for the design side of 7+ years of grassroots activist.

I’m losing my edge...

To all the tech bros coming up from below. To the Internet seekers who can tell me every single thing they’re going to invent in the digital world that already exists in the real. To the hipster art school kids who can mold entire universes inside of 3D studio modeling programs. To better looking over worked people with trendier ideas and more talent and more influence and the ability to work 80+ hours a week. And yes, some are really, really nice and some are complete fucking assholes. I’ve heard they sold their typography books and bought coding manuals. I’ve heard they sold their coding manuals and bought music festival lineups. I’ve heard the only way to hire them is to pay Facebook salaries, offer them on-site yoga, and shuttle them to the office via private bus. Throw in the ping pong and the organic food and organic cotton for good measure because it will be one of them who comes up with the idea to pay a beautiful person on Instagram $250,000 for a single post. Gil Scott-Heron!

Yes, I’m definitely losing my edge.


And we’re back! The first Design Alliance Omaha event of 2019 is a partnership with Film Streams. We’re showing a new documentary by Gary Hustwit about Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive. The film is a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design. 

Rams is also revered for his “Ten Principles for Good Design,” a list of edicts that champion simplicity, honesty, and restraint. The first fifty RAMS attendees who pre-purchase tickets online will receive a poster illustrating those principles. View the poster here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7 pm
Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater

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