Cogito ergo sum?
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The New York Times reports that Norway has decided to switch off FM broadcasting; the first country to do so.
Apparently, the move is intended to go fully digital but not everyone is happy with the decision.
I grew up listening to broadcasts over FM and some over AM. And although I haven't needed to tune to a non-digital station in quite a while, I can understand how it can be a loss to at least some segment of the population used to the ready accessibility of the format.
We are so going to miss President Obama.
He officially leaves office on January 20 when the next Commander In Chief is sworn in. God help America.
In his farewell address from his hometown Chicago, the President spoke eloquently and delivered a message of hope and also of caution against complacency.
He said he still has faith in Americans and reminded the audience that every citizen has a responsibility to bear and that they should remain vigilant to make sure what makes this nation great is not lost to enemies external or domestic.
It was endearing to watch Obama tear up speaking in glowing terms about his lovely wife, Michelle, and their daughters Malia and Sasha.
Of course, his overall theme was familiar and reassuring.
"Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we can."
The iPhone was announced 10 years ago today by Apple's iconic leader, the late Steve Jobs. And it has profoundly changed the world of technology in many different ways.
Apple commemorated the anniversary with a special press release titled "iPhone at ten: the revolution continues."
CEO Tim Cook said:
“iPhone is an essential part of our customers' lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live.
iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
Danny Glover was deserved winner for one of my favorite new shows on TV: Atlanta on FX.
He got two awards on the night:
'Best Actor in a Television Series' - Musical or Comedy for 'Atlanta'
'Best Television Series' - Musical or Comedy for 'Atlanta'
The show is funny and smart. And it features a cast that is relatively unknown but excellent nonetheless.
I don't believe there is a more versatile, more talented person in the world of acting than Meryl Streep.
Accepting the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globes from friend and fellow talented actress Viola Davis, Meryl made a powerful speech that stirred emotions.
Without mentioning the president-elect who ran a campaign of lies, hate, division, and fear-mongering against immigrants and foreigners, Meryl spoke her mind and brought the audience to cheers and some to tears.
Thank you, thank you. I lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this week. I’ve lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You, and all of us in this room, really belong to the most vilified segment of American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.
But who are we? What is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of different places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey, Viola was born in a sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Amy Adams was born in Vicenzia, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised in Ireland, I do believe, and she’s here nominated—for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here playing an Indian, raised in Tasmania.
So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing else to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. They gave me three seconds to say that though.
As an actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like, and there were many, many ,many powerful performances that did exactly that—breathtaking, compassionate work. But there was one performances this year that stunned me; it sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job—it made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter—someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie; it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.
Okay, this brings me to the press: We need the principled press, to hold power to account, to call them them on the carpet for every outrage; that’s why our founders enshrine the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only asked the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.
One more thing. Once, when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something, we were going to work through supper, or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, isn't it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor. Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.
As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you.
What a beautiful, moving speech. No wonder those in attendance were moved. I very much share her sentiments.
Truly, as a society, we are and can be much better than this.
Tottenham were quite impressive as they ended Chelsea's 13 match unbeaten run in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at home at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino's side had been gathering momentum of late and came into this game on the back of strong performances in the last few weeks to end this game with the meanest defense in the league. Chelsea had that honor prior to this game. But they ended up conceding 2 goals to Dele Alli.
Antonio Conte's Chelsea, with 49 points, remain 5 clear of Liverpool at the top. Spurs are a further 2 points behind in third.
This 2016/2017 season is shaping up to be quite competitive in England's top tier of football.
Germany were the best team overall during the tournament. And they just about deserved to win the World Cup edition 2014 in Brazil.
But my team, Argentina, could have won it on the day. Had Higuain, Messi, or Palacio converted their chances. Unfortunately for them, and for their supporters such as myself, that was not the case.
Time and time again, plenty chances were squandered. And lady luck has a habit of turning her back on you when you don’t accept such open invites.
In the end, one cannot begrudge an exciting team who played possession football winning the biggest trophy in the world of sports. And it doesn’t always happen. But it happened this year. And that is a good thing.
The game went to extra time with Germany also unable to make their chances count. But they finally did in typical efficient fashion via a nicely taken goal by substitute Mario Gotze, just 7 minutes or so from the dreaded penalty shootout that could have been an extremely unjust way to conclude such an exciting tournament.
Argentina will always be my team. At least as long as they produce such incredible talents as Messi and Maradona. But they need to step up their game if they are going to challenge teams like Germany who have certainly upped theirs.
They did well to get to the final. They got their defense right. With especially Mascherano putting in some of the best performances of the tournament.
But that was not enough. A mean defense needs to go along with a productive attack.
Gone are the days when Germany played ugly physical matches but still ended up frequent winners. Now they are playing some exciting team football. And they are winning too.
Nothing wrong with that.
Yes, Germany start as favorites. They have certainly been playing some good football.
But I still want Argentina to win World Cup 2014 in Brazil. It is at the Maracana. And Messi needs to win this.
He will need to show some brilliant touches. More than the flashes he has displayed intermittently.
And no one can deny that his team have reached the finally in huge parts due to his contributions. Along with that of his other team mates. But he might be the decisive factor in what could possibly be a tight match.
Good luck Argentina.