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How to Get Tickets to Burning Man and LA’s Regional Burn + How to Report Scalpers

February 27, 2015

Carnical of Mirrors is this year’s Burning Man theme; image from the Burning Man Website


Did you get skunked getting Burning Man tickets this year?

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Mountain Film Festivals Inspire, Frustrate

February 26, 2015

We’re just home from Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater after watching night two of the 2014/2015 Banff Film Festival; we try to catch it every year. For the past three years we’ve missed it in Santa Barbara because it’s on a school night but we’ve seen it in Bishop while skiing in Mammoth. In 2010, my husband missed it entirely as he was recovering from breaking his neck in a bicycle accident.

The 7 minute trailer above gives you a taste of what the films offer –films which leave me hungering not for more films but to get out and make my own adventures.

One of these films featured a young man who broke his back snowboarding in 2007. Now he kayaks, thanks to friends who carry him to the river so he can get into his boat.

This one, as you can imagine, struck a little close to home. In 2010 my husband came so close to dying or to being a paraplegic or, more likely, a quadriplegic. yet, today, he has complete and unimpeded mobility. He can go snowboarding where this other young man can not.

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National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23-27 2015 Calls Attention to Equity Issues

February 25, 2015

With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has

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become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the stock market reaches record highs, writes Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan, and Jeff Green.

More and more people are realizing the extent to which part-time, temporary workers are exploited at colleges and universities across the nation. The National Adjunct Action Day planned for February 25 is an effort by part-time (adjunct) faculty members to raise awareness of the rise of contingent (part-time) labor in academia. Read more…

Two Films the Academy Missed Oscars 2015: “Force Majeure” and “A Most Violent Year”

February 24, 2015
imagesThis time of year, people are talking about who was nominated, and who was snubbed, who won, who lost, and who should have won.
Every year there are surprises and omissions. Two omissions were, for foreign film, Force Majeure and for feature film, A Most Violent Year which is still in some movie theaters.  Both of these powerful dramas focus on the challenges of married life. And it’s not all that pretty.
 Why should these two films be on your must watch list?

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Don’t Forget The Databases: Librarians Go Gaga

February 23, 2015

While library research can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Students and faculty from the University of Washington’s Information School get their groove on in this 2010 parody video directed, edited, and produced by Sarah Wachter with lyrics by Sarah Wachter (compare to the original Lady Gaga song “Poker Face”).

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53 Interesting Facts about the Number 53 #7: the 53rd Academy Awards celebrated films from 1980 and why we hiked the PCT

February 22, 2015


In honor of tonight’s Academy Awards where Birdman won Best Picture, this week’s Interesting Fact about the Number 53 #7 is the 53rd Academy Awards which honored the best films of 1980 and took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with host Johny Carson Tuesday, March 31 1981–a day after it was scheduled due to the attempted assassination of President Reagan.

Interestingly, if Reagan had been more gravely injured, he would not have run for President for a second term and I may not have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail — a place where the Academy Award nominated film Wild takes place.

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Oscar vs Ron’s Top 30 Films of 2014

February 22, 2015

Oscar eve sunset: photo from Oscar’s Facebook page

Just in time for the Oscars: Ron Well’s Top 30 Films for 2014 with notes and links to his reviews highlighted. My comments in (parentheses).
“There weren’t any movies that I REALLY disliked this year.” says Ron. “Even the ones I have at the bottom of the list were okay, though they didn’t strike me as noteworthy in one respect or another.  I seem to be out of step with what most people liked this year, but that’s ok. For me at least, it was a pretty good year for movies.”

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