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Remembering Nelson Mandela

The renowned world leader and civil rights icon passed away today at the age of 95.

Mandela himself was reticent to indulge in the myth-making that surrounded him:

"In real life we deal not with gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves: men and women who are full of contradictions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous," he wrote in a letter to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, from prison in 1979.

But his lifetime of action, and transformation from being branded a terrorist and imprisoned by his opponents to a universally-applauded hero for not just his homeland of South Africa, but the whole world, makes him more than one of those “ordinary humans.”

Read our full obituary of Mandela, or follow along Mandela’s incredible life in our timeline.

Photos: Kim Ludbrook / EPA, John Parkin / Associated Press, Jurgen Shadberg / Getty Images

RIP. So few real heroes exist in this world. Mandela is one.

The legendary Black Crowes!

Live @ The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

For the first time I was hooked-up with PIT PASSES and the lovely Heather (A.K.A. H-Dub) & I, were front row, on the railing!!!!!

They sounded awesome, were really tight, and they played like half of “Amorica”! …and a blistering “Twice As Hard”.  They’re such a great hybrid of blues rock and a jam band.

An amazing performance and unbelievable experience!


"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.  The whole wilderness in unity and interrelation, is alive and familiar.  The very stones seem talkative.  Sympathetic.  Brotherly.  

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.  Places to play in and pray in.  When nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.  This natural beauty hunger is made manifest in our magnificent National Parks.  Nature’s sublime wonderlands.  The admiration and joy of the world.”  —John Muir

Photo: Vernal Falls, Yosemite Natl. Park, California, USA
Copyright Daniel Kiger, 2007


June 18, 1983: Sally Ride Becomes First American Woman in Space

On this day in 1983, at the age of 32, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. After the voyage, Sally Ride received many honors for her contributions to the field of science and space exploration.

In May 2012, Sally Ride became the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

On July 23, 2012, Sally Ride died at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

 Visit PBS NewsHour to learn more about Sally Ride.

Photo: Courtesy of NASA

A true American hero!

Beyond the Frame: Kill Hollywood

Interesting food for thought.  Been wondering how filmmakers are going to exploit their work outside of the Hollywood system?  Lots of options seem to be popping up…and all are threatening the system and each other.  Evolution comes to TV and movies!


I have never been nostalgic for Hollywood or the products (including celebrities) they manufacture. They are old. They are entrenched. They are increasingly self-referencing and scared. I see a different path forward, one outlined recently on Y Combinator:

Hollywood appears to have peaked….

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