I like movie montages. I understand that the person who puts them together must spend many hours sifting through films, cutting and splicing scenes together. So they take a lot of work. Some are well-done, well-conceived, while others somewhat less so.
In this montage, there are actors who are looking directly at the camera as if peering at the audience. Matthew Broderick in Ferris Buehler and Anthony Perkins in Psycho are two examples that come to mind. But others are looking directly at the camera as if looking back at themselves in a mirror, like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. While the actor is doing the same thing in each case, the context of the situation makes each completely different. Movie montages are meant to remove context and string together scenes of some theme, and I suppose the there is a theme of actors looking at the camera here, but the direction of the gaze is important, especially since this montage is entitled "Looking At You." An actor looking into a mirror is clearly not looking at me.
This is not even to mention the many clips in which the actor's gaze is not into the camera, but only toward the camera. In fact, I think there are far more clips of this nature, than any other.
Generally speaking, trademark infringement cases are brought where there is a reasonable chance that consumers could confuse one business with the other. Logic dictates that no reasonable person would "confuse" the restaurant in the Keys with a governmental agency in New Jersey. In fact, the restaurant ignored the cease and desist letter it received from the turnpike agency three months ago.
Here's an owner,
“It’s hysterical. We’re all the way in the Florida Keys. It’s not like people are going to confuse us.”
They may not "be confused" in the classic sense as in "Which place are we going to eat tonight?" Or, "Who should I call about that big pothole at Mile 35 of gthe Parkway?" But it is difficult to say that one familiar with New Jersey can see the logo and NOT think of the turnpike authority.
“[The agency] has invested a substantial amount of time, money and other resources advertising, promoting, marketing and publicizing its services provided under the Garden State Parkway logo mark,” which has been in use since 1956.
Clearly the restaurant is hoping to bring in people who recognize the logo, perhaps even a Jersey girl or two. The name of the restaurant, coupled with the use of the logo, makes the issue of whether there is intent to infringe a fairly simple argument. The Turnpike Authority has a duty to enforce its rights or risk losing them all. Logically this makes little sense. Legally, it is probably imperative.
A Harvard researcher has a working paper titled Unhappy Cities in which he examines the "self-reported subjective well-being" of US metropolitan areas, and coming to the conclusion that residents of "declining cities" are less happy then residents in other areas.
The syllabus says that the happiness factor may be offset by wage or housing benefits one may garner from living in an unhappy place. Further it is suggested that "declining cities" have always been unhappy places, even in times of prosperity, such that one can infer that these places are simply and inherently unhappy.
If people truly prioritized happiness over everything else in life, they might never move to an unhappy city. But if happiness were just one factor among many that people considered when making decisions about where to move, other reasons might outweigh happiness (or at least counterbalance any expected decline in happiness).
Happiness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Toledo (not mentioned) often end up in discussions like this because it is part of their brand. These cities are not inherently unhappy places. To be sure there are likely unhappy people living there, just as there are undoubtedly unhappy people living everywhere. Life is as you make it, and the people move to these "unhappy places" for the opportunity to be happy or even happier then they were before moving.
The world is a cruel, vicious place, and happiness is essential but never a fully-guaranteed full-time experience. Often we are forced to sacrifice happiness for some other thing, but always with the intent that the sacrifice will ultimately increase our level of happiness. Why do it otherwise?
I believe this video shows the Rolling Stones at their primest.
I believe there is plenty of fodder out there to sustain a new category. I shall call it TGFI, as representing the title of this here post. I will post things here where I come across an item on the internet that appears in the form of advice but is really a notion that is probably so inherent in one's common sense that many of us would perform (whatever it be) without really thinking about it. I haven't looked, but I bet there is enough material out there for an entire blog on just that subject alone.
First up is this invaluable advice. If you are hosting a party and thinking about transferring your chips from bag to bowl, but you don't want all the crumbs from the bottom of the chip bag to be on top of the bowl, perhaps you could open the bag at the bottom
The hardest part of these posts is going to be coming up with a theme song each time.
In this case, I will just go with my gut and since I just had this LP on the music box, it is the first thing that came to mind. On a side note, most artists discourage taking videos, and this is clearly not an official video, but whoever took this video had to be pretty brazen about what she was doing.
I recall being a kid and getting down to Riverfront early for a double header one fine summer day. The stadium was nearly empty, batting practice about to begin and this song played in the echoing concrete valley that was that colossal architectural mess. Though I was not a fan of this song, that moment, well, it was pretty memorable.
I am in the process of developing a new host for the blog considering that my term is about to expire on my current host, and I have become less than enthusiastic about giving them any more of my money given the overall decrease in "bang for my buck."
That process has led to a general malaise on my part. I've toyed around with dropping the blog all together, and I may ultimately do that as part of this phase, but for now I am sticking with it.
So check back every so often and I may have some new material for you to consider.
I would have never thought to run away from a place that had infestations, mold, broken appliances and/or faulty wiring, excessive fees or unavailable landlords. I mean all five may have been a clue to keep looking around, but thankfully Apartment Therapy is there to guide us in the right direction.