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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Communion


Ready to Rumble!

Bet you can't tell my son-in-law is Canadian..
Grand daughter Kira helps her big sister Gracie strap in.


Photo taken March 12, 2011

Steve Jobs is dead



Steve Jobs is dead, Apple and Pixar...An innovator who changed our lives.


Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs shows off the new Macbook Air ultra portable laptop during his keynote speech at the MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. in this Jan. 15, 2008 file photo. (Tony Avelar/AFP/Getty Images)


Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56.

"We are deeply
 saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," read a statement by Apple's board of directors. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."
The homepage of Apple's website this evening switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, "Steve Jobs 1955-2011."
Clicking on the image revealed the additional text: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."
Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first personal computer, the Apple II.
Industry watchers called him a master innovator -- perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison -- changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications.

CSN Scholarship Fundraiser October 26



Politics hide under a Rock in Nevada, just as they do in DC

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It does not make friends, but within the limits of confidentiality I am know for telling the truth as I see it.

Your union is a union, not a club, conservatory or social networking group.

And we have a very dedicated board of officers and members looking after the business of the Guild in Nevada. This election showcased how the system works, once the membership has a voice.

There are politics underway that I feel need to be addressed. I thank the membership for their votes in this election, selecting candidates who were not nominated by the nominating committee among their choices.

Those who are doing the job, who have the connections and who have the experience, can be heard at the national level. For the first time that anyone can remember incumbents who were working hard and getting their jobs done were not nominated by the nominating committee, the president last year and myself this year, along with two sitting council members, one of whom choose not to run by petition. Local officers endorsed not voting incumbents back into office.

I am not the type to blow my own horn, campaign or ask for help. This year I had to do all three, and I did not enjoy it. I thank all of you who made calls, sent e-mails, donated to the campaign and supported by reelection. I did gather endorsements, but only after knowing the politics behind my not being nominated.

It would hope that our top local officers, as well as Rick Rockne, take the time to allow me to represent the branch on the national level. The local level has always been in the hands of the officers and council. I have one vote and other than advising from experience and the perspective of my office, I carry no more voice or vote than any other member of your elected council. Except for my one year as president, I never have, regardless of the rumors that circulated during the past two campaigns.

As I shared in today's membership meeting, it is my hope that, whether we merge or not, members continue to step forward and run for office, volunteer for committees and do all they can to turn potential work union in Nevada. We are the union.

It is also my hope that the type of backdoor politics I have seen over the past two years comes to an end and that we move forward as a branch proudly into a new union or as the Screen Actors Guild, continuing to put membership first.

I feel that you have a strong council, working on many projects for our branch. We have a strong executive in Steve Clinton, and strong support from many key players in the community.

Solidarity.


Art Lynch

September 25, 2011
(as a private citizen and member of SAG, not an official correspondence).

In part to support what I indicated above about the nominating committee and the need to keep experience I present the folowing excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter:


"In Nevada, Art Lynch won a contested national board seat. Six other national board seats from the Regional Branch Division were uncontested, and the winners were previously announced: Boston – Bill Mootos; Dallas – Suzanne Burkhead; Detroit – Ed Kelly; Houston – Robert Nelson; Nashville – Cece DuBois; Washington, D.C./Baltimore –Stephen F. Schmidt. All of those are three-year positions, and all of the regional winners are believed to favor merger."

Occupy Law Vegas October 6th



Unions Join in the Occupy Wall Street Movement


The cavalry has arrived in Lower Manhattan. Representatives from no fewer than 15 of the country's largest labor unions will join the Occupy Wall Street protesters for a mass rally and march today in New York City.
The AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers, and Transit Workers' Union are among the groups expected to stand in solidarity with the hundreds of mostly young men and women who have spent the better part of three weeks sleeping, eating, and organizing from Zuccotti Square.
Their arrival is being touted as a watershed moment for the "Occupy" movement, which has now seen copycat protests spring up across the country. And while the specific demands of the "occupiers" remain wide-ranging, the presence of the unions – implicitly inclined to making more direct demands – may sharpen their focus.  
ABC News and NPR News

On Facebook


I do NOT like the new FB format; it's more like those horrible crawls across the bottom of the news screen that split your focus. Or those horrible promos with mini-actors goofing off about their show on the corner of your TV, while some poignant scene tries to co-exist on the same screen. It's all awful. Tried to click or drag or delete something so I can go back to the old format, but I can't seem to do it. AAAArrrrgggghhhh!


Note: Nancy is CBS Commentator, voice artist, New York actor and friend.

Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham

From a student.


I sometimes feel as if I am living in the time of robin hood. When did it become wrong to want more for yourself. I feel as if the bureaucrats are saying if you don't have it alredy you don't need to earn it. I would love to see how many of them got to their positions. I apologize I have to work and go to school do you really think I choose this life. I have a degree already I just want more out of life yet I still have responsibility because of that I and many like me are looked down upon because we have to work a little or A LOT harder to get to our dreams. I would love for Brian Sandavol to walk a week in my life. I would have really enjoyed seeing ANY of the article writers from the RJ attemp encounter all the things I had to last year and still finish the semester with a 3.5 GPA. Over the weekend I was able to watch a rather hilarious segment on the daily show about the "Fab life of teachers" that statment alone is fallacious! What makes their lives fablous, is it their LARGE salaries, nice cars, great benefits, or maybe the lack of work they have to do because according to some people teachers don't work long hours. I think not. As for students I don't have enough space to begin on our trials and tribulations yet they are all an oppurtunity cost. Yet I still wonder who is going to run the country and care IF NO ONE CAN AFFORD TO GO TO SCHOOL


Published March 11, 2011

Univision on Hulu, Playboy Club a thing of the past, Disney retools old flicks with 3D, NFL Network competes with broadcast and cable contracts




Napster
Rhapsody to take over Napster. In a sign that Best Buy's digital music ambitions have fizzled, the retail giant is selling its subscription online music service Napster to Rhapsody in exchange for an undisclosed equity stake in the combined company.
The deal comes just three years after Best Buy acquired Napster for $121 million in cash with the aim of building a vibrant digital music business to supplant plummeting CD sales. But Napster, which does not disclose its user base, has failed to gain much ground against industry giant iTunes despite promotions in Best Buy's retail locations.
Gartner analyst Michael McGuire estimated that Napster has 200,000 to 300,000 subscribers, down from 700,000 when Best Buy acquired the company in 2008.
Rhapsody, based in Seattle, has more than 800,000 subscribers.
The market for online music has become much more competitive in the U.S. recently with the launch of ad-supported service Spotify and cloud offerings from Google and Amazon.com.
In a statement, Rhapsody Chief Executive Jon Irwin acknowledged that a key goal of the acquisition was to build scale by combining the two companies' user bases. "This is a 'go big or go home' business, so our focus is on sustainably growing the company," he said.
Best Buy, meanwhile, implicitly acknowledged that it needed help. "Rhapsody has demonstrated that it has what it takes to build a profitable business in the increasingly competitive on-demand music market," said Chris Homeister, Best Buy's entertainment general manager.
Rhapsody was controlled by RealNetworks and MTV until 2010, when those companies spun it off as an independent, privately owned firm.
New song. Myspace, the once red-hot social networking site that became an afterthought to Facebook, wants to return to its music roots. The new bosses at Specific Media and "creative partner" Justin Timberlake pitched their makeover plans for the site to advertisers at Radio City Music Hall on Monday. But once a site loses its cool, a comeback may be a pipe dream. More on Myspace's rejuvenation plans from the Los Angeles Times. First thing I would do if I were them is go back to a capital "S" on Space in Myspace.
New player. For years, YouTube has talked about getting high-grade original content on the online video site. Looks like parent Google is finally ready to put its money where YouTube's mouth is with a budget  north of $100 million to blow on content. The Wall Street Journal reports that among the folks and companies lining up for their check include legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and big media giants Warner Bros. and News Corp. One of two things will happen. Either YouTube will do what no one else has managed and make TV-quality online content and build a platform that can rival the status quo or a lot of companies are going to line their pockets and it will flop. Guess what I think will happen.
Don't have a cow, man. The actors who provide the main voices on Fox's long-running animated hit "The Simpsons" are being asked to take a big pay cut, according to the Daily Beast. The article also says in return for the cut, the cast wants a tiny piece of the back end. Contract disputes between actors and producers are commonplace and odds are this will ultimately get resolved. Even after some two decades, "The Simpsons" continues to generate big bucks in repeats and when the show goes off the air, it will be poised to make even more than it currently does.
Not rid of me yet. The exit strategy designed to get investor Carl Icahn out of production company Lions Gate may have hit a bump in the road. Lions Gate is putting on hold plans to sell 22 million shares of stock held by Icahn because the stock has seldom traded at the agreed upon $7-per-share sale price. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
Poaching season. The newsmagazine that NBC News anchor Brian Williams is starring in has hired away several "60 Minutes" producers, much to the chagrin of CBS, says the New York Post. Longtime CBS News producer Rome Hartman is the one running the new NBC show, so it is really not a surprise that he would look to his old place of work for staffers.Glenn who? The departure of Glenn Beck from the 5 p.m. slot on Fox News has actually been a boost to the bottom line as advertisers that steered clear of the controversial personality's show are now buying time to be on "The Five." Fox News has decided to stick with "The Five" for awhile, reports theAssociated Press



Una_Familia_con_Suerte_2Hulu Gets a Booste. For the first time, Univision will make its popular Spanish-language novelas, variety shows and reality series available online, through Internet television provider Hulu.
The deal represents a milestone for Univision, the fifth-largest television network in the U.S., whose popular programming dominates the Spanish-language market.
Starting later this year, Univision said, it will make some of its prime-time shows available on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com site a day after an episode's initial airing. A more extensive collection of the current season's shows and past series can be found on Hulu Plus, the subscription service that charges $7.99 a month.
Oops. An interesting legal battle is going on over a goof in Tommy Lee Jones' contract for his role in "No Country For Old Men" that paid the actor a lot more than Paramount Pictures intended. According to the New York Times, Jones got his money out of the goof (thank you lawyer Martin Singer) and now Paramount wants to recoup the cost from investors in the film. How about just hiring better lawyers and proofreaders?
Oops II. Last week's season premiere of The CW's "Gossip Girl" included heavy product placement for Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad. Only problem is that HP has kind of backed off the TouchPad. It is the risk of product placement, notes Advertising Age. Companies cut a deal to get their product good exposure and by the time it airs it turns out the product is already a disappointment. A product placement mishap is nothing compared to the big goof on last week's "Gossip Girl," which was a wide shot of New York City that included the World Trade Center. No, it wasn't a flashback episode, it was the use of old stock footage.
Oops III. When a longtime DirecTV subscriber moved to a place that already had a deal with Comcast, he wanted to cancel his subscription to the satellite broadcaster. Alas, it was easier said than done and once again shows the problems when policy trumps common sense. More from the Chicago Tribune.

Membership cancelled. NBC has yanked "The Playboy Club" from its lineup after just three airings. The period-piece drama about life inside Chicago's flagship club for men failed to generate a lot of excitement among viewers. Going into its 10 p.m, time slot in a few weeks will be a news magazine featuring anchor Brian Williams. NBC also picked up comedies "Up All Night" and "Whitney." More from Variety and its TV columnist Brian Lowry
That's creative. With the 3-D release of "The Lion King" doing big business, is it really a big surprise that Walt Disney Co. is deciding to release a bunch more of its animation flicks, including some Pixar films. Hey, why bother creating new franchises when you just milk the old ones for more money? Reporting from the Wall Street Journal.
Her? Hulu has emerged as a candidate along with Netflix to buy rights to any future episodes of the much loved, long gone Fox series "Arrested Development," according to Vulture. Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the quirky Emmy-winning sitcom that never really broke through during three seasons on Fox, said at a recent panel celebrating the show that he wanted to do more episodes and eventually a theatrical. As much as I loved "Arrested Development," if it never had the audience to sustain itself on broadcast television, I have to question whether the economics are there to support an online play.
Delay of game. It's been almost a decade since the National Football League launched its own cable network devoted to hyping the sport and Time Warner Cable still refuses to strike a deal for the channel. The New York Times looks at the long-running feud and whether an end is finally in sight.
There goes the neighborhood. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have found a home for a museum devoted to moviemaking. The spot is the old May Company store on Wilshire in the Miracle Mile district, which is right around the corner from my place. Great, more parking and construction hassles. More on the plans from the Wrap.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Believe it or not losing "The Simpsons" might make financial sense for Fox and its parent News Corp.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Rhapsody is buying Napster from Best Buy. Don't hold your breath for an "Arrested Development" movie.
-- Joe Flint
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