You might have seen Robin Thicke’s video of the song “Blurred Lines” which got lots of PR because … women are naked in it. It’s terrible.
Now, a group of feminist law students from Auckland University posted a parody of it on Youtube – in which men are wearing underpants. Nonetheless it was deleted because the video violated its terms and conditions by displaying sexually explicit content (?!).
There were protests, and the video is up again. And it’s amazing.
… At nearly 80, with a scattering of medical and surgical problems, none disabling, I feel glad to be alive — “I’m glad I’m not dead!” sometimes bursts out of me when the weather is perfect. (This is in contrast to a story I heard from a friend who, walking with Samuel Beckett in Paris on a perfect spring morning, said to him, “Doesn’t a day like this make you glad to be alive?” to which Beckett answered, “I wouldn’t go as far as that.”) I am grateful that I have experienced many things — some wonderful, some horrible — and that I have been able to write a dozen books, to receive innumerable letters from friends, colleagues and readers, and to enjoy what Nathaniel Hawthorne called “an intercourse with the world.”
I am sorry I have wasted (and still waste) so much time; I am sorry to be as agonizingly shy at 80 as I was at 20; I am sorry that I speak no languages but my mother tongue and that I have not traveled or experienced other cultures as widely as I should have done …
Chris Godfrey, the VFX (visual effects) supervisor of the recently published movie “The Great Gatsby” posted a 5-minute “before and after” video on Vimeo. It’s fantastic what you can do today with CGI (computer generated imagery) …
(Also, the soundtrack of the movie is absolutely brilliant!)