Wednesday, February 21, 2018

YIMBYism can be a Problem, Too

I'm in favor of spreading subsidized housing throughout our communities. Yes, that means building subsidized housing in our rich neighborhoods (read, white), not just in our poor neighborhoods (read, black and brown). I used to think that opposition to that proposal came from the rich neighborhoods. That's not false, but that's not the whole story, either.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

POTD: Miami Skyline

From 2018 01 19 Norwegian Star
Today's photo-of-the-day is from the deck of the Norwegian Star as it sails from Miami headed for Los Angeles on a cruise through the Panama Canal. A good time was had by all.

Monday, February 19, 2018

POTD: Here's to Health

From 2018 01 19 Norwegian Star

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the deck of the Norwegian Star as it sails the western Caribbean Sea on a cruise celebrating good health! Don't ever take it for granted.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mapping RISD's Racial Diversity

Former Richardson ISD school board trustee David Tyson, Jr., has sued the RISD, alleging its at-large election system is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He wants RISD to change to single-member-districts, in an effort to elect more minorities to the school board. The success or failure of this approach depends largely on the distribution of minorities in RISD as a whole.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Be Careful What You Wish For

Former Richardson ISD school board trustee David Tyson, Jr., has sued the RISD, alleging its at-large election system is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He wants RISD to change to single-member-districts, with at least one district being majority African-American, centered in Hamilton Park, a historically African-American neighborhood in RISD.

That led Carol Toler, in the Lake Highlands Advocate, to write about how the desegregation order in 1970 resulted in closure of the segregated school in Hamilton Park and the assignment of black students there to three different RISD high schools. That created diversity in those schools. RISD still benefits from that diversity today.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RISD's Reaction to Tyson's Lawsuit

Former Richardson ISD school board trustee David Tyson, Jr., has sued the RISD, alleging its at-large election system is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This was the RISD's official response.
"The Board understands that our stakeholders have interest in this case," said Justin Bono, President of the RISD Board of Trustees. "It is a complex matter, and the Board will work diligently to fully understand the details of the case and ultimately make decisions on the best course of action for the District. As this is a pending court case, we hope the community understands that our responses and remarks have to be within the context of the appropriate legal settings moving forward."
Source: RISD.
I have my own reaction to that. Two, actually...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

David Tyson's Complaint

Former Richardson ISD school board trustee David Tyson, Jr., has sued the RISD, alleging its at-large election system is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Thanks to the reader who forwarded to me David Tyson, Jr.'s legal complaint against the Richardson ISD, I now have a better understanding of Tyson's case. It also affects my thinking about whether single member districts or cumulative voting is a better and/or more likely change to address Tyson's complaint.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cumulative Voting Coming to RISD

Former Richardson ISD school board trustee David Tyson, Jr., has sued the RISD, alleging its at-large election system is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. There are two ways this lawsuit could play out. One, the RISD could engage in a long and expensive fight in court and win, leaving the status quo in place. Or two, the RISD could lose the lawsuit and have to adopt a court-imposed solution. (There's a third outcome, a negotiated out-of-court agreement, but that is more or less equivalent to outcome two, losing the lawsuit.) There's no betting line on this, but if there were, I suspect outcome two would be the betting favorite.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lady Macbeth (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes
Lady Macbeth (2017): Starts as a sexist bodice-ripper, turns steadily darker. A character study of innocent victim turned evil ogress. Brush up on your Shakespeare, but this movie feels more like bleak Russian literature than the bard's tragedy. C+









Thursday, February 8, 2018

Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes
Call Me by Your Name (2017): Sensitive, coming-of-age love story. Forbidden love. Beautiful Italian settings and scenery. But come on, the subject matter is child molestation, even if consensual, dragging down grade a lot. That and the fruit porn. C-









Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Amazon
From Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward:
Open quote 

They perch like birds, but look as people. They speak with their eyes: He raped me and suffocated me until I died I put my hands up and he shot me eight times she locked me in the shed and starved me to death while I listened to my babies playing with her in the yard they came in my cell in the middle of the night and they hung me they found I could read and they dragged me out to the barn and gouged my eyes before they beat me still I was sick and he said I was an abomination and Jesus say suffer little children so let her go and he put me under the water and I couldn’t breathe."

Jesmyn Ward is the winner of two National Book Awards for Fiction: Salvage the Bones (2011, also reviewed here) and Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017). This latest novel is a heart-wrenching story that starts in a bad place, takes us steadily to darker places, and then ends in a kind a truce with death.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Phantom Thread (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes
Phantom Thread (2017): A study in codependency. He's a dress designer, a standoffish fussy genius. She's his model, hopelessly in love. They're cuckoo for each other. Or maybe just cuckoo. Very slow. Very arty. B+









Monday, February 5, 2018

Single Member Districts Coming to RISD

Former Richardson ISD school board trustee David Tyson, Jr., wants to change the RISD's at-large election system. He wants it enough that he has sued the RISD, alleging its at-large election system is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. One possible solution (not the only one) is for RISD to adopt single member districts.

Friday, February 2, 2018

POTD: Steampunk the Dickens out of Galveston

From 2017 12 01 Galveston

Today's photo-of-the-day is from December's "Dickens on the Strand" festival in Galveston, Texas. Three clothing styles dominate the Strand during the festival: Victorian fashion, pirate costumes, and steampunk fashion. Oddly, they don't clash; they compliment each other.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Repeat Tweets: Here Lies Mark

Repeat tweets from January, 2018:

  • Jan 1 2018: RT @azalben: "How about we use predictive text to write our own epitaphs? Write 'Here lies [YOUR NAME]. [preferred pronoun] was...' and let your phone finish the rest."
    Here lies Mark. He was going to be so awkward.
  • Jan 1 2018: RT @EmilyRCWilson: "My Odyssey translation is ... $3.99 RIGHT NOW ON KINDLE."
    If your New Year resolutions involve supporting scholarship in the humanities, this is a no-brainer (and they should, d'oh).
  • Jan 1 2018: RT @jaketapper: "Trump's first 2018 tweet: Pakistan has 'given us nothing but lies & deceit'".
    Trump is a textbook case of psychological projection.

After the jump, more repeat tweets.