Monday, December 10, 2018

Observe. Ask. Do. Repeat.

After the Richardson ISD tax ratification election (TRE), I listed five recommendations for areas RISD to focus on now that the divisive election was behind us. One of the suggestions was to focus on improving community outreach. I recommended making permanent those strategic planning teams that were put together for the "Strategic Plan 2017." I also recommended holding more town hall meetings and reforming the "open mic" portions of board meetings to get more back-and-forth dialog going. What else?

Today, I'm recommending considering the advice of Charles Marohn of "Strong Towns" in an article titled "Most Public Engagement is Worthless". I think that's hyperbolic, but Marohn is still on to something.

Friday, December 7, 2018

POTD: Breakfast at the Gran Meliá Hotel

From 2018 03 31 Jakarta

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Gran Meliá Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. The drink in my hand is a dragon fruit smoothie. Delicious. In front of me is a cuppa Java. Appropriate for a breakfast in Java, right?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Kominsky Method (TV 2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
The Kominsky Method (TV 2018): Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in a buddy comedy about aging. Think "Grace and Frankie" but with prostate jokes. Later episodes get better as they deal with grief. Really not as grim as that sounds. I'd watch a season 2. B-

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

POTD: Staredown

From 2018 03 27 Sydney

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia. Although this sulphur-crested cockatoo was in captivity, it is possible to see flocks of cockatoos in the wild in Australia. With this, we bid farewell to the land Down Under.

From 2018 03 27 Sydney

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Favourite (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
The Favourite (2018): Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for favor of Queen Anne in era when ambitious women had to be tougher than men. Here, cruder, too. Acting by all is tightly balanced between villain and victim. Too serious for farce. Too over-the-top for straight drama. B-

Monday, December 3, 2018

Trolling: Thanksgiving is my Favorite Holiday

Trolling from November, 2018:
  • Nov 2 2018: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Porous as it is, it's the last bulwark against Christmas advancing even farther forward in the calendar.
  • Nov 2 2018: RT @BisforBerkshire: "On eve of vote to expand Arizona school voucher program, audit finds fraud aplenty *Parents spent $700K in school voucher money on beauty supplies, apparel; attempted cash withdrawals*"
  • This experience in Arizona is what Huffines, Rinaldi, Stickland, and RISD's own Chris McNutt are working for in Texas: state vouchers for private schools.
  • Nov 3 2018: Spoiler alert: Richardson is not getting Amazon HQ2. Neither is any other north Texas city.
  • Nov 3 2018: RT @moak_barry: "Honestly people - in what world at what time in history other than red GOP Texas in the 21st century does an Attorney General under indictment not resign? And now he’s running for re-election with the full backing of the GOP and evangelicals."
    It's indicted Texas Atty Gen. Ken Paxton who he is talking about here. I'm afraid I don't know what other world this would happen on. It's not like Putin stuffing the ballot box. Texans are voting for Paxton willingly.
  • Nov 3 2018: How in the world can decent Republicans vote for Ken Paxton? Try explaining your vote to your kids.

After the jump, more trolling.