Archive | April, 2010

Happy Music

28 Apr

My blog’s been too grim lately.

Here’s the happiest song I can think of off the top of my head. Get on your dancing shoes and slap a big-ass smile on your face!

What’s your happy song?

Romi Reviews: “Born Free” – M.I.A

27 Apr

[Img: Banksy]

Here’s a link to M.I.A’s new music video “Born Free” (because WP won’t let me embed Vimeo vids…shame). Watch before reading this post.

I don’t know, guys. Here’s my initial reaction: The inability to speak, move, understand what happened in the last 7+ minutes. Let’s break it down…

The song I instantly loved, but I need to listen to it separately from the video, because part of the music’s appeal was the power with pictures. I found a strong connection between M.I.A’s new sound and the Chemical Brothers…did anyone else pick up on that? I look forward to hearing the rest of the album. Continue reading

An Unjustly Affair

26 Apr

I’ve written before on the danger of living in extremities. What sickens me is when these beliefs infringe on the individual rights of a person.

South African judge Richard Goldstone wrote a UN report that was highly critical of both Israelis and Palestinians, accusing them both of war crimes.

Because he did not speak too highly of Israel, there has since been outrage from the Jewish community in South Africa, going so far as to attempt to ban him from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

This is crossing the line. How dare a community deny one of its members access to a private event because they are critical of certain government actions. That’s like Stephen Harper denying a Canadian the right to attend a family event because he was an active voice against the Afghan abuse scandal. Disgusting.

Thankfully, Goldstone is planning to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah and South African groups have negotiated with the judge and have promised not to protest. Last week he was told he would be physically prevented from entering the synagogue, to which he said: “Imagine the effects of such protests on my 13-year-old grandson and his family.”

This whole situation leaves a sour taste in my mouth, and makes me ashamed to be both a Jew and South African. There needs to be a less juvenile approach to the acquisition of peace, because the blaming game isn’t getting us anywhere. Then again, I have little faith that there will ever be anything close to peace in the middle east

Sunday Haiku

25 Apr

Went to driving range,

Hit balls like Elin wishes

She could, too soon…yes?

Spring Cleaning / Greening

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day, earthlings!

Back when I blogged for Virgin, I made a vid on making cleaning products out of things you can find at home. No money, no chemicals, clean house. Win.

Food For Thought

22 Apr

“I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. My awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain — especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even without a Jewish state.”

– Albert Einstein

Romi Reads: Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil

20 Apr

Beatrice and Virgil | Yann Martel

Alfred A. Knopf Canada | $29.95

224 pages

Yann Martel is not a one-dimensional man, and neither are the stories he writes. From his 1996 novel Self about a young man who one day wakes up as a young woman, to the award winning Life of Pi from 2001 about an Indian boy lost at sea, sharing a small boat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Martel writes intricate, complex, multi-dimensional novels that captivate some, and confuse the hell out of others.

Martel’s latest, Beatrice and Virgil, is no exception. Under pressure to deliver beyond Life of Pi, his new tale of the relationship between a writer and a taxidermist meets expectations. True to form, the book received a range of criticism and praise from the severely offended to the unrequited love. Continue reading

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