More things you should be reading right now

Geoff and I have been dealing with a pile of bureaucratic red tape so high that 1) we’re tired and 2) I know now how to spell bureaucratic without looking it up or using spell check.  So, in lieu of real content I present you with More things you should be reading right now.  All links are, as always, SFW.

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John Silber is spinning in his grave

If only we could figure out how to harness him up, we’d have a new power source.

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How cool is this?

JCPenney has issued a new Father’s Day ad campaign that really makes me smile.  It features a family with two dads.  And it turns out this is an actual family, not just actors portraying a gay couple with children.

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Oh, and speaking of dumb

A restaurant here in Massachusetts decided to turn away a group of diners because some of them had service dogs.  At a restaurant called Bamboo in Dedham, staff decided that a group that included several people with service dogs could be refused service.  The police were called in, and unfortunately, the police sided with the restaurant.  How this is remotely compliant with the ADA is beyond me, but these days, businesses seem to be getting the benefit of the doubt when it comes to a lot of things.  It will be interesting to see where something like this will go in the courts.

At any rate, this little local chain, like Upper Crust, will be one that Kelly and I avoid and encourage others to avoid.

-Geoff

Hair! And flowers.

This is another one of those flashmob videos.  It came from an article on Boston.com where they, rather insightfully, point out that someday we’ll probably all look back and wonder why on earth people ever did these things.  But, for now, I’ll take them.  This one is advertising for an upcoming production of Hair that is coming to Boston.  The video is here and I like it very much.  I especially love that the dancers are people of all shapes and sizes and colors.  That just thrills me to pieces.

Oddly enough, I associate the music of Hair with my childhood.  Or, rather, my pre-teen years.  I had a rather odd but inventive music teacher in Middle School and there was one year in grades 6-8, I can no longer remember which one, in which he had us do a concert of all the music from Hair that didn’t contain 4 letter words.  Granted, there isn’t a ton of it, but we had a great time with it.  I had a little solo at the beginning of Age of Aquarius.  This was the same guy who did a whole unit for us on The Beatles which included why Sgt. Peppers was such a big deal, the whole Paul is Dead thing, and the White Album.  He was, in retrospect, probably someone who did too much acid in the 60’s but he was pretty kickass.  As a professional musician, I owe him a lot.

Anyway, enjoy the video.  It brought a smile to my face.

~Kelly