Ring, Ring, Ring: It’s God Calling Paris

A newly redeemed Paris Hilton piously whispers, “I’m not the same person I was.  I used to act dumb.  It was an act.  I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute.  It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me.  I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that.  I have been thinking that I want to do different things when I am out of here.  I have become much more spiritual.  God has given me this new chance.”

She said she would like to help in the fields of breast cancer, her grandmother had breast cancer or multiple sclerosis.  Her father’s mother suffers from that disease.  She thought she might get toy companies to build a kind of Paris Hilton playhouse, where sick children might come (Oh Michael Jackson…Are you listening?) and the toy companies could donate toys.

She has had a person whom she described as a spiritual adviser who said, “My spirit or soul did not like the way I was being seen and that is why I was sent to jail.”

God,” she said, “has released me.”

She is reading newspapers, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and books like The Secret, The Power of Now and absolutely, absolutely of course…The Bible.  And finally, Paris devoutly assures the world, “I will never again have a drink and drive.”

Right.  Right to all that.  Yep.

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My Articles for Sunday, June 10, 2007

We are the World, We are the Children (1985): Live Aid, 1985

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In 1980, The Village People starred in the motion picture musical “Can’t Stop the Music.” One reviewer of the film wrote: “This movie is amazing. Rarely in the history of mankind have we seen a movie so incredibly awful that it becomes a must-see film.” In 1981, the movie won Razzie Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay.

My shameless pride gives you three scenes from this dizzy disco era film. Videos and vintage photographs are included. This is lots of fun!!

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Paris Hilton said Saturday she was “learning and growing” from her time behind bars and will not appeal her 45-day jail sentence for a probation violation in a reckless driving case. Photographs are included with this article.

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We are the World, We are the Children: Live Aid, 1985

Photo of the Day: You Can’t Go Home Again

Lump and Split: Order is in the Mind of the Tagger

There was a time when it was assumed that God had created a perfectly ordered the universe.  Within that universe, we assumed that each thing had its own place, clustered with other things like it, but also each being essentially different from the other things in the cluster.  The clusters were themselves clustered, creating a Grand Tree of Everything, each branching determined by a perfectly unambiguous definition.

But, although God knew all of the the definitions, it was often hard for mere mortals to grasp exactly what it was that He had in mind.  What were the most relevant principles guiding decisions about likeness and difference?  For example, did it matter more where they lived, how they looked, or how they behaved?

Finally, we got past the notion that there must be a single right order.  Now, for all of those who want to know their universe the task of creating order in the world is more like:  Go forth and lump and split.  “Lump” and “split,” are, surprisingly, technical terms currently in use among professional indexers.  A “Lumper” takes things that seem disparate and combines them because they have something similar.  A “Splitter” tends to take two things that are lumped together and separate them into smaller categories. Indexers tend to be one or the other, their technique driven by their personality.

So, go forth into your world and Lump and Split.  Order is in the eye of the tagger.

Read more here: Social Tagging

You are invited to look at the manner in which I tag in my own home library:

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My Home Library is Open for Guests

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Visitors are welcome to browse through a selection of books from my home library. This small collection covers a wide range of reading interests, and reflects some of the ways that I think about a number of social and cultural issues. Careful readers will perceive that the particular selection of books being offered, along with the detailed manner in which the books are tagged, tells a story.

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My Articles for Thursday, May 10, 2007

Quoted: Technorati: Arthur Garfunkle, Paul Simon, Gerswin Award, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters, music audio, singers, celebrities, children, culture, cultural, social, social issues, society, politics, political Make a Social Bridge:

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On Tuesday, it was announced that Grant Achatz, from Alinea restaurant in Chicago, won a Best Chefs in America Award from the James Beard Foundation. The ceremony was held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City on May 8th. It recognizes excellence and achievement in the culinary profession. The article provides further details and photographs.

[tags: blogs, Grant Achatz, James Beard Foundation, Best Chef Award, Alinea in Chicago, restaurants, food, cuisine]

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