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youcantbuyland:

therealscottyd:

Its about that time of year

Such a great image.

Pretty much the Greenway.

youcantbuyland:

therealscottyd:

Its about that time of year

Such a great image.

Pretty much the Greenway.

(Source: veloage)

Nov
11th
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I remember working with a law school in which white men heavily dominated the faculty. They used lots of sports metaphors (doing an end run, Monday morning quarterbacking, and so on), with legal jargon thrown in for good measure. I suggested that this was not a particularly welcoming trait in their school, that in fact it was sexist, but they paid little attention. I made my point by speaking for about five minutes in dressmaking terms: putting a dart in here, a gusset there, cutting the budget on the bias so it would be more flexible, using a peplum to hide a course that might be controversial. The women in the room laughed; the men did not find it humorous….Language is power, make no mistake about it. It is used to include and exclude and to keep people and systems in their places.

Frances E. Kendall, Understanding White Privilege (via nadashannon)

This is wonderful. In college, we talked about philosophy as if it were warfare. “Defend your position.” “Take the best line of attack.” “Shoot him down here.” Ever since, I’ve been very wary of metaphors. They’re powerful, and they can distort and alienate.

(via scottdshaffer)

This is a great point. I remember reading a book around 13 years ago about a large travel agency (at the time) that had a policy of picking a class of metaphors for use in meetings. As in, one week football metaphors would be acceptable but the following week it would be something like dressmaking, then fishing, etc. I tried to find it but didn’t have any luck with some quick Googling.

The time I spent in college with non-American born roommates (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, and Russian) was my first exposure to this. If your goal is to communicate with people who don’t obsess about football or war to the degree that you do, you may have more success if you don’t use language that’s foreign to them.

(via edkohler)

I’ve for sure picked up on these same themes - we recently had a large global leadership meeting and the North American folks used like a million baseball analogies that I’m sure were lost on a lot of others - but keeping it real, it sounded just as silly to someone who understands baseball.  Clownish and desperate to communicate a point.  And I think it’s important to realize that there are people who make lazy dumb metaphors in meetings and there are people  who routinely and insensitively bring their own lexicon to the conversation and I feel like there are a lot more of the former than the later.

Totally hit this one out of the park, you guys.

(Source: brutereason, via edkohler)

Oct
6th
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Here’s John Mayer from the other night’s ‘Live on Letterman’ show just spreading smooth smooth butter all over the Dead’s ‘Going Down The Road Feeling Bad’ and I will admit this totally worked for me even with that head scarf thing that I’m not really sure about.

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Isolated vocals from the Medley that closes Abbey Road. Get out your headphones.

The break (i.e. silence) between ‘Polythene Pam’ and ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ is just long enough that you lose track of the music that was playing along in your head and then here comes Paul and then those ridiculous harmonies and you’ll probably want to listen to that part twice.

And then at 13:05 when ‘Carry That Weight’ starts you can actually feel all those porch stomping Lumineers bands sit up and take notes because this is basically the gospel of rowdy group rock singalong.  Ba-bam.

I really enjoyed this little novelty.

Sep
30th
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The Stunning Truth About Inequality In America

kateoplis:

Read on.

Some good reads in here.  I had read the Salon piece already.  The camaro and waterbed stuff was prety much my neighborhood growing up.

Aug
12th
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Our 3 million metro residents are about to be forced into high-density urban apartments and condos, relying almost entirely on bicycles, streetcars and trains to manage our lives. Wake up to the new urban realities, folks. Our leftist, urban progressives are about to spend nearly $2 billion on a silly train that no one wants traversing their neighborhoods; a train that few will ride and metro taxpayers will have to subsidize forever.

If you don’t start voicing your objections to their hijacking the way of life the vast majority of us have chosen, they will prevail. Welcome to your 1,500-square-foot condo somewhere near a train you never want to use and a lifestyle totally foreign to what so many of us strive for. Do your homework. Speak out. Demand a future that makes sense for you and your children.

— A hidden gem from the Strib’s Sunday Letters.  This thing cracked me up, folks.
Jul
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badbatbaroora:

that was epic

Really, really neat visuals for sure, but the music felt wrong for an otherwise classy celebration.

(Source: amaliasmix, via apisonadora60)

Jul
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That’s why Target recruited millennials with large YouTube followings, like gamer Brooke “Dodger” Leigh and actor-musician Chester See, to live in special cube-like dorm rooms constructed on a dollhouse-like outdoor set in Los Angeles. In addition to interacting with followers on Twitter, the celebrities make an occasional plug for the Target products adorning their rooms.

“Everything you see here you can buy at Target,” said Rahat, a young magician best known for a YouTube video that pranked fast-food workers with a ghost-driven car. “They are super eccentric, cool, and hip.”

Pointing to the microwave oven, he said “Look, I just made mac and cheese!”

From ‘Target pursues college students with Bullseye University’, which taught me that a youtube prankster making mac and cheese in a microwave is pure marketing genius when trying to sell shower caddies to college-bound millennials.  I was surprised but also maybe not surprised.

My favorite part is the ‘super eccentric’ part.

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Festival Express outtakes from the summer of ‘70.  Only an 8 minute ‘Lovelight’, but still so summertime in all the right ways.  Pig in a tanktop getting it done, Janis dancing on stage, Jerry looking so happy.  I watched this twice despite the watermark masking mess of a picture.  Fantastic.