Michael on Family: I know, I know… I already spoke about my brother’s movie this week, but when the New York Times has nice things to say about your brother (or any other family member for that matter) I’ll understand you going on and on about it, I promise! Brotherly pride aside, it’s an amazing thing to me that you can have an idea for a feature length film, raise a shoe-string budget, and make something that’s worthy of praise in the Times, Interview Magazine and The Daily News. If my endless suggestions to check this movie out haven’t been enough, hopefully these reviews will get you to run over to iTunes and check out Supporting Characters (I’ll be quiet about my brothers career now… for now).
Howie on Community: Waterbury, Vt., is the birthplace of Green Mountain Coffee, Ben and Jerry’s, Alchemist Brewery, and is about 15 mins from where I live. Nothing replaces communities of real people. And it is hard to feel ‘community’ in a big city, which is probably why social networks do so well with city folks. The word community is thrown around online very loosely. This article about winter croquet – played on snow and ice – reminds us to get outside and celebrate our non-virtual communities.
Gini on Star Wars: This is a couple of weeks old, but I keep reading it because it’s so funny. You know how the White House said they would support any petition signed by 25,000 people? Well, a petition for the government to build the Death Star was signed by nearly 35,000 people. This is the response from the White House and it’s brilliant. They turn down the petition stating (my favorite), “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”