“I absolutely don’t like the films in which the filmmakers take their viewers hostage and provoke them. I prefer the films that put their audience to sleep in the theater. I think those films are kind enough to allow you a nice nap, and not leave you disturbed. When you leave the theater. Some films have made me doze off in the theater, but the same films have made me stay up at night, wake up thinking about them in the morning, and keep on thinking about them for weeks. Those are the kind of films I like.” – Kiarostami
“I’ve nothing against entertainment cinema. I watch those films in one sitting. With good films, I go downstairs, check the fridge, make a phone call and go back. I don’t think that independent and thought-provoking films can be absorbed as easily as the Hollywood ones.” – Kiarostami
“If the camera wasn’t on me, I could speak more freely. When we know we’re being watched, we naturally project another image of ourselves. We become reserved. We project an image that does not represent our real self. The moment we say “Cut,” the actors smile, the contracted muscles in their faces relax, and they come alive again. Despite all our efforts to reflect that pure moment, to capture real characters on camera, we’re hindered by the limitations which technology and technicians have created precisely in order to capture such rare moments.” – Kiarostami
Best survival and survivalism shows. They’re all TV series and one internet vlogger, but if anyone suggests films or anything else, we’ll add them.
- Naked and Afraid: There are already like six seasons of this 21-day survival series plus two series of the big team 40 day version. They take 2 people, a man and a woman, who have various levels of survival skills, and drop them in some remote place in the world (could be anywhere, from Florida swamp to Madagascar jungle), and they have nothing but one idem they bring with them each plus a map (and sometimes a fire-starter or knife supplied as well).
- Dual Survival: A hippy survivalist and an ex-military man try to make it out of various extreme survival situations around the world.
- Ray Meares Bushcraft: Survivalist Ray Mears travels to various locations and does survival, teaching what he knows to viewers.
- Survivorman: A survivalist goes out by himself into various locations around the world and survives there, until his scheduled meeting with a rescue.
- Bear Grylls Survival School: The famous survivalist and a few other team members take a group of British kids out into the wilderness and teach them to survive.
- Survivor (TV game show): The first few episodes actually involved scarcity of food and difficulty of getting by.
- Ultimate Survival Alaska: Survivalists take on 72-hour extraction challenges in Alaska, carrying backpacks with supplies like sleeping bags, tents, matches, knives and guns.
- American Tarzan: A group of survivors will take on challenges when this show airs this June.
- Primitive Technology: This is a YouTube channel that started out when a young man with a survivalist hobby made some videos of himself making things in the wild.
My criticism of the shows: I don’t really like shows that just have one survivalist, because they say everything like they’re correct, but when you get more than one person out there, you see that there are multiple ways to do things, and they criticize each other. Plus its just more interesting. Probably that’s why I enjoyed Naked and Afraid the most of all these. Even when you have a pair of survivalists, that’s just 2 people and you can get tired of that, particularly when they come to the ends of their knowledge and skill — at that point, you want other people to be on the show.
What’s your favorite? Did we miss any?
Things to do 1: Tour some of the big news organizations in L.A.
This page last updated: Feb. 2017.
Note: CNN doesn’t give tours of this branch, weirdly. I don’t know why. They give tours of their Atlanta headquarters and, from what I’ve read, their New York office. But not the giant CNN building in L.A. Neither, from what I’ve read online, does ABC, CBS or FOX.
This page is mostly for contact information and to find out one one page where you can see. There are a number of sites out there that will tell you more about some of the tours: Seeing-Stars, Los Angeles Attractions, Trip Advisor (which doesn’t describe the tours as well, but does have reviews).
Here’s a list of places you can try calling to see if they can show you around. Some have regular tours, some don’t.
Papers and Magazines
L.A. Times: Please call (213) 237-5757 for current tour information.
Note: Tours are about an hour long, walking around the building, and there are 2 types: Editorial tour and printing tour. They do these around 11 am and 1 pm often it seems (the printing is the earlier one). And not every day. You can call, and they’ll call you back and you can work out a day.
L.A. Daily News (second-largest publication): Main line: 818-713-3000
L.A. Daily Journal (legal magazine): Phone: (213) 229-5300
L.A. Weekly: http://www.laweekly.com/about/contact
The Hollywood Reporter (film news): Main: 323.525.2000
Variety: Phone: 1-800-552-3632 (U.S.) / +1 818-487-4561 (outside of U.S.)
CBS Television City: Main Office: 323 575 2345. No tours. You can sit in their live television audiences (live tapings of TV shows) for free though.
KSET: No tours any more.
You can get free tickets to shows in LA from various places for various shows and studios, including live TV audience shows, first screenings for new films, etc.: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-sites-for-tv-audience-tickets-in-la/
BIG FILM STUDIOS
Note: A lot of these are in little covered vehicles, but also outdoors. I’m not sure how much a rainy day effects these studio tours.
Paramount: I’ve heard this one isn’t as exciting as Universal/Warner, but is more about running a studio, so could be of more interest to people who work in AV.
Universal: Perhaps most famous tours – kind of like an amusement park, they seem to me.
Warner: Second-most famous tours – kind of like Universal.
THINGS TO DO 2: Art
LACMA, a big art museum with good visiting shows (Picasso etc). Rules for photography: http://www.lacma.org/sites/default/files/Visit_PoliciesAccessibilityTips_0.pdf
The Broad, another museum with post-WWII art, including Koons. http://www.thebroad.org/visit/ticketing-and-visit-faq
Getty Center http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/plan/faqs.html
EVENTS, TALKS, LECTURES
Hammer Museum public events: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/
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Here you will find interesting things to read like about how to ask good questions,
This article will be updated.
You are a person asking a question in a dark room.
How to ask good questions, by Julia Evans (a coder). “What’s a good question,” she asks. “Our goal is going to be to ask questions about technical concepts that are easy to answer.” NOTE: There is another items in her list besides those illustrated in the 6-panel comic strip: “Ask questions to show what’s not obvious.”
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way, by Eric Steven Raymond
“The Art of Asking Questions,” page 19 of Etsy’s Debriefing Facilitation Guide.
How is something proven to society, that has no data points to show?
Testimony of a convincing amount of credible people, i.e. their stories: “…and you better believe we’re going to look into it—and we’re gonna be hearing many stories. Not just the story you’re telling, but many stories.” – Orange is the New Black
Working the other way, you have a bunch of data or testimony, but don’t know how to focus it:
“There’s really only one thing for you to focus on: discovering the story behind the story. That is your north star.” – John Allspaw, Morgan Evans, Daniel Schauenberg in their Etsy guide
We don’t want your opinions; We want your observations
“When asking questions with “why,” substitute “how” instead. Asking “how” enables us to hear other people’s stories. Asking “why” creates a story of our own and tends to elicit only the evidence that supports our story.” – John Allspaw, Morgan Evans, Daniel Schauenberg in their Etsy guide
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Haiku’s continuing use in Japan is evinced by the estimated 800-1000 “little haiku magazines” published today in the country, and around 10 million Japanese are writing. In the words of literary critic Makoto Ueda, “Haiku is one of the shortest verse forms in the world. It is easy to write one. For Japanese people, the 5-7-5 syllable pattern is the basic rhythm of the language, and even elementary school children can produce works without difficulty.”
The following haiku are arranged in no order, and will be added to.
under the autumnal
sky, a wild chrysanthemum
lacking one petal
Translated by Makoto Ueda from Takahama Kyoshi’s “Shûten no shita ni nogiku no kaben kaku”
an octopus pot—
inside, a short-lived dream
under the summer moon
Basho, translated by Ueda
on the boy’s desk
and an empty cicada shell
that peace is nowhere
in the winter sea
Two haiku by Ôki Amari, translated by Ueda
in the Land of the Rising Sun
with tangled hair
on the full moon—meat, meat
Natsuishi Ban’ya, translated by Ueda