This Massacre Was a Hate Crime – UCSB, Isla Vista, Feminism and One Alumnus’s Thoughts

An abandoned shoe in Isla Vista in 2008 Friday night there was a stabbing and shooting in my alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. I heard the news via facebook mere minutes after a young man drove through the center of Isla Vista in a black BMW shooting. For those unfamiliar with the community, UC Santa … Continue reading

Cinequest Continues

Yesterday evening at Cinequest I saw an incredibly powerful and well made film, an entertaining short, and a feature which was underdeveloped and all too predictable. Sadly I saw the films in that order – and so ended with the least inspiring film of the night… To begin with I saw the feature We Were … Continue reading

Back at the Movies

It’s that time of year again. And yesterday I spent the afternoon at Cinequest seeing several films and found – I’m less excited about it than last year. To be fair – I’m comparing the net effect of last year’s festival with only the beginning of this years – so ask me next week and … Continue reading

Mixed films at Cinequest – “Mixed Kebab”, “Love, Wrinkle Free” & “Forgetting the Girl”

Yesterday I saw three films at Cinequest. I began at the San Jose REP to see Mixed Kebab which presents the story of a young Belgian Turk, Ibrahim, as he tries to juggle his homosexuality with societal expectations before an arranged marriage. Meanwhile his brother’s trouble making leads him to religious extremism after he lands … Continue reading

An Evening in the California Theater

Today I saw two films at Cinequest, both screened in the California Theater. First “L!fe, Happens” a charming buddy film about two roommates and how their lives change when one has to adjust to having a baby while the other remains committed to her professional ambitions. While it had all the elements of a cheesy … Continue reading

My thoughts on Prop 8…

I could try to write something now but I feel like today’s ruling said so much that it speaks for itself…Page 38 was the best part in my view: “We are excited to see someone ask, “Will you marry me?”, whether on bended knee in a restaurant or in text splashed across a stadium Jumbotron. … Continue reading

Why I’m not impressed with Komen (Despite changing their stance on PP)

Last night I was going to post about Komen and Planned Parenthood but today’s news changes that thought train but I still think it is worth commenting on. For background see Rachel Maddow’s summary from last night. Attacking Planned Parenthood is not new, so why is it so hugely different when The Susan G. Komen for … Continue reading

State of the Union gut reactions (no research or follow up work done…)

Personally I wasn’t too impressed with the SOTU. It felt too focused on the military and banking without addressing the elephant in the room of #OccupyWallSt; there were too many military points without addressing increased militarization of civilian police. And given the number of on going battles on a state level against roe v. wade … Continue reading

My thoughts on the two Salanders – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies

*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be abbreviated GWDT to save time. When looking at the difference between Niels Arden Oplev’s original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and David Fincher’s American interpretation it is clear that Fincher made an engaging, dynamic, and visually stunning movie, however the American interpretation of GWDT also changed the … Continue reading

Belated #RightsCon Reflection

The second day of the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference felt very different to me. It began the same way – professionals in the hallway grabbing coffee and fruit before listening to speeches, watching critiques on the on stage content from the peanut gallery on twitter and then I remembered something… I’m sometimes an activist. … Continue reading