Archive for January, 2009

A Mega Pixel is worth more than a Thousand Words

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Of all the photographs I have seen of the Obama Inauguration, this one is the most interesting.

Does Hip Hop Shuffle

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Wright State University’s John Rogers, III  (pictured above) was the latest speaker for Syracuse University’s 11th Annual Dream Week Celebration. He gave a talk last night at Hendricks Chapel, or should I say, taught the group about Hip Hop Psychology 101.

One of his goals is to enlighten and re-educate younger fans of the genre. Rogers showed a poignant slide show illustrating the good (Martin, Malcolm, Pryor–post Africa visit, KRS-1 and Barack), the bad (Sambo cartoons, prevelent use of the N-word) and the ugly (Flav, plus anyone else wearing more gold than Mr. T) as it relates to the  history of black liberation struggle, civil rights and the current medocrity that often passes for rap music.

Hip Hop Psychology 101 does not denegrate rap as much as it demands more accountability and consciousness from the artists as well as their fans. Especially Rogers says, because Hip Hop entertainment and culture continues to grow on a worldwide scale.

Cultivate your history, image is everything.

Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009


“We are motivated to become what we imagine ourselves to be.”

-Ed Cole

The Right Stuff

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I once heard Bishop Jakes say a good flight is one that lands safely.

I thought about this upon hearing that Capt. Shelley Sullenberger landed a US Airways Airbus A32 in the Hudson River recently. His skills certainly made a difference and avoided disaster.

I recently read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and he brilliantly describes a typical exchange by a pilot and ATC in cases where a plane crashes. He also lists certain things that airlines do to avoid crashes. I recommend the book for the good writing not just the fear factor. Some writers can describe anything and make it sound like music. Gladwell has that skill. I remember doing a report during college surveying his science writing, particularly when he wrote about HIV when he was at the Washington Post. (Sebastian Junger also showed similar writing acumen when he described what it must feel like to drown in his book Perfect Storm).

As more details emerge about what happened to interrupt that flight last week, we’ll be reminded that the skill of airline pilots is something we often take for granted.