Trying to put the “Carpe” in “Diem”

March 1 daffodils on the balcony of an apartment near the Quai Branly Museum

John Keating: [talking to his students while looking at photos of school alumni] They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. (Source: IMDB)

"... the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?" ~ Dead Poets Society. (Click pic for image source.)

I first saw Dead Poets Society in late 1989 in a Fort Collins, Colorado movie theater when I was 21, a senior at Colorado State University, and contemplating going to China to teach English. After watching I was inspired to “seize the day,” take life by the reigns, and go. (And I did. From 1990 to 1991, I taught English at a university in a southeast province of the PRC.)

DPS is one of my most favorite films. Over and over I have watched this movie for inspiration, and each time I am encouraged to write the verse of my life in the actions I take each day.

I’m more than twice the age as when I first saw the film, but I am not yet fertilizing daffodils and I have not heard any fat ladies singing, so I take it that I still have more to write in my life (literally and figuratively). Continue reading

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Special Report – Radio: Open Your Ears! (Musée des Arts et Métiers)

Hi, faithful Readers. Thank you for coming back to my blog. I kind of feel like I have bailed on you of late, not even giving decent responses to comments on the previous two blogs. I apologize for not following up better. It’s not because I did not appreciate what you had to say! I did. Thank you to everyone who read and commented.

My only excuse is that with my motto of “Life first, blog later!” I have indeed been out, living life! This is a good thing. This is not to say I have abandoned you, entirely. In fact, you may notice I have made some changes around the Alien Parisienne home. I’ve got a new WordPress theme, and behind-the-scenes I have been working on revamping my links page (turning it into pages, plural), with more information for you. I am taking pictures for posts and have plenty of ideas of things to write about that are fermenting in the giant Blog Vat, aka My Brain. One thing I could use is a wee bit more time, or, rather, the ability to better manage what time I do have. *sigh* Can I get a holla from anyone else who struggles with that?!

I’m here today, though, as I have a Special Report where time is of the essence, and where my presence at the press event today means I need to get on the stick and actually post about it quickly to generate that “Internet Buzz” that is hoped-for by the people who invited me. By getting to go to these things (usually courtesy of Paris Paul who is the one who gets the invites – I am usually the +1), it means I have to be on the ball enough to go ahead and write about them tout de suite!

So, here you go. This is a write-up about a new exhibition opening Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Musée des Arts et Métiers:

RADIO – OUVREZ GRAND VOS OREILLES! / RADIO – OPEN YOUR EARS!

Continue reading to find out more about this exhibition.

Continue reading

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This was not a post I planned to write…

… but I felt it important today to come online and post about this topic. The more I read, the more I become concerned.

An Alien Parisienne protests SOPA & PIPA today.

Today, sites like Wikipedia, Google and many, many others on the Internet are taking time to protest SOPA and PIPA: the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP [Intellectual Property] Act.

From Wikipedia:

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. [Main Page statement on January 18, 2012]

SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. [Wikipedia: SOPA and PIPA- Learn More]

Wikipedia, Google, and many others are blacking out their sites for a period of time today, January 18, 2012. Those sites have linked in articles regarding these proposed laws in the American legislative bodies. I urge you to go and read the links (since getting on Wikipedia is difficult today– except on mobile phones or if you disable your Javascript in your browser — you can’t fritter away time looking up crazy stuff! Might as well go and get yourself informed. Once you do, I imagine as a reader of blogs and a user of the Internet, you will join the protest, too).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act

http://www.blackoutsopa.org/

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/how-pipa-and-sopa-violate-white-house-principles-supporting-free-speech

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/join-our-censorship-protest/ (Please watch the embedded video WordPress has posted at that link, also watchable here on Vimeo. It sums up the situation very nicely.)

http://americancensorship.org/

Sergey Brin (one of the founders of Google) – December 15, 2011 post on Google+ regarding SOPA/PIPA

Go now, get informed, take action by signing the petition or by posting a blog of your own. Let your voice be heard.

May the Free Internet Live Long, and Prosper!

Live Long and Prosper, Free Internet! Spock says so.

Yours,

Paris Karin

an alien parisienne

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