A Photo-Series: The Busily Diligent Texters

A Photo-Series: The Busily Diligent Texters

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

In the photo-series Texters, street photographer Joseph Holmes captures amazing, wondrous images of texters in NYC, encouraging you to have a little peek. Have you ever texted on the street, in the park, at the beach or in a coffee shop? This collection of photographs shows people who look mesmerized as they pull out their phones and text, tweet and connect to something other than the world all around them. The pictures show a number of individuals who seem to be shockingly focused on whatever they’re texting: a young woman texting while walking in the rain, a businessman in a park and a women looking frozen in time as she gazes into her phone.

Some Text Message Harassment: Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

A Photo-Gallery: The Busily Diligent Texters

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John Lennon: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

John Lennon: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

To my friends: I’d like to share this wisdom with you.
It is from a Xmas card I received this year!

Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Choose your words for they become actions.
Understand your actions for they become habits.
Study your habits for they become your character
Develop your character for it will become your destiny.

Wishing you a joyful new year,
big kiss!
Yoko

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with the Harlem Community Choir, recorded their message against war, a part of their major multimedia campaign for peace, as a peace anthem, a song that has also become a Christmas standard: Happy Xmas (War Is Over).  According to the John Lennon Museum, Lennon wrote the song as an attempt to get people to see war at a grassroots level and for them to take responsibility for the world around them.

So this is now the beginning of the Christmas season.  And what have you done?  The opening lines of the song, sung so nonchalantly by Lennon, serve as a call-to-action for us all.  The holidays become critical moments in the year for personal assessments, to review our choices.  And to make things better.  If you want it.

John Lennon: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

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Happy Christmas: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

Happy Christmas: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

To my friends: I’d like to share this wisdom with you.
It is from a Xmas card I received this year!

Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Choose your words for they become actions.
Understand your actions for they become habits.
Study your habits for they become your character
Develop your character for it will become your destiny.

Wishing you a joyful new year,
big kiss!
yoko

WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) is a documentary short film created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  As 1969 came to a close, Lennon and Ono’s ideas about their protests against the Vietnam War grew beyond printing a few posters.  As Ono notes in the documentary, Lennon was the one who dreamed big.  “I said let’s have T-shirts,” Ono remembers, “and John said, ‘Let’s buy billboards.'”  The posters were displayed as billboards in twelve major cities across the world.   And the message appeared not only in mass-produced posters and postcards, but also in large newspaper ads, as well as on the radio and television.  It was the first major multimedia campaign for peace.

In 1971, Lennon and Ono, with the Harlem Community Choir, recorded their message as a peace anthem, a song that has also become a Christmas standard: Happy Xmas (War Is Over).  According to the John Lennon Museum, Lennon wrote the song as an attempt to get people to see war at a grassroots level and for them to take responsibility for the world around them.

So this is now the beginning of the Christmas season.  And what have you done?  The opening lines of the song, sung so nonchalantly by Lennon, serve as a call-to-action for us all.  The holidays become critical moments in the year for personal assessment, to review our choices.  And to make things better. If you want it.

Happy Christmas: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

Slide Show: Happy Christmas/WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

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Following the breakup of the Beatles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the insane commotion of the Beatles era, and to focus on his family and private life.  LENNONYC is a new feature-length documentary that takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s.  The full version of the documentary is available for viewing below:

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in NYC During the 1970s: LENNONYC

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The Beatles Rock Band: In the End

The Beatles Rock Band: Outro

The Beatles Rock Band was launched on September 9, 2009, and includes full cinematic Intro and Outro videos.  The Outro is the conclusion, containing In The End, which was the last song recorded collectively by all four of The Beatles.  “And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give.”

The Beatles Rock Band: Outro

The Beatles Rock Band: Introduction

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The Beatles Rock Band: A Sweeping, Magical Dreamscape

The Beatles Rock Band: A Sweeping, Magical Dreamscape

The Beatles: Rock Band, the animated introductory sequence for the upcoming Beatles Rock Band video game, is simply stunning.  The animated short tells the career-spanning, mind-bending story of the Beatles in 2 1/2 minutes, seamlessly blending well designed 2-D and 3-D styles of animation.  The sweeping animation highlights the band’s floppy early years all the way to their rainbow-colored psychedelic phase.  The film follows their journey from playing at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, to their triumphant appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and in Shea Stadium, to the swooning, magical dreamscapes of their psychedelic era.  Watch this stunning short animation and prepare to have your mind explode!

The Beatles Rock Band: A Sweeping, Magical Dreamscape

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Thousands of Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest

Thousands of Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest

Thousands of Proposition 8 protesters marched miles through the streets to a large demonstration in downtown Chicago today, to support and pressure the courts to overturn the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Chicago rally was one of at least 150 protests that took place nationwide subsequent to the vote on Proposition 8 in California.

In Chicago, protesters gathered at The Federal Plaza, carrying rainbow-colored flags and signs with messages like “Fix Marriage, Not Gays” and “Repeal Proposition 8.” Organizers said they hoped to achieve “full marriage equality” in Illinois. But more importantly, they said, they wanted to show solidarity with the California gay community and pressure that state’s Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8.

Many of the demonstrators directed their anger toward the various faiths that supported the vote to ban gay marriage with volunteers and large financial donations. But for the most part, their mood was upbeat, singing along with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in a rendition of “Down by the Riverside.” After a few hours, the demonstrators left The Federal Plaza and marched through the streets, among policemen on bicycle and horseback, to City Hall, The Thompson Center and ultimately down Michigan Avenue. A Chicago police spokeswoman said the rally went smoothly with no arrests despite demonstrators blocking weekend street traffic along Chicago’s busy Michigan Avenue.

Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest

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All We Are Saying…

All We Are Saying is Give Peace a Chance

It was this week in 1969 that more than 2 million people gathered in all parts of the country and in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate for peace in Vietnam in the largest protest in U.S. history. Candlelight vigils were held for those who had been killed since the beginning of the war in 1961. By the end of the year, 45,000 American troops had been killed.

All We Are Saying is Give Peace a Chance

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