Day: February 1, 2017

My Hero Shirley

I’d like to kick off black history month by saying thank you to Shirley Chisholm, who is not merely one of my heroes, but one of the driving forces in my life. The example she set is something I try to honor every day. If I don’t have her picture taped up in the corner of my laptop, it is only because she is already in at the edge of my vision, all the time. I’ve thought about doing it anyway.

This is a long (and funny) speech about women’s equality.

This is a short story about a lunch table battle in the house of representatives, and so much more, executed with great strength and humor.

If I could be half as good as Shirley Chisolm, I’d still be smarter and braver and funnier and nobler than just about anybody. Not one of us deserved her. She was undeterred by that.



Executive Order on Immigration

The actual EO, sparingly annotated to provide context — journalists tell you the existing situation the order would change; how the order is being interpreted by those carrying it out; and the things that aren’t actually nailed down in the document:

“Trump’s Executive Order, Annotated” at NPR

Vote Dani

Dropping this here for Dallas friends who live in TX-32 (Pete Sessions’ district). In 2016, the Democrats didn’t field a candidate in your district, which frustrates me not only because I am a Democrat but because I believe in competitive elections. (Even more than I am a Democrat with a capital D, I am a democrat with a small d, an anti-monarchist.) Welp, at least one candidate has already declared for 2018. Check her out and see whether she’s somebody you can get behind – and if not, keep looking (perhaps in the mirror).

Dani Pellett is a trangender New Deal Democrat

P.S. On the big-D little-d note (so appropriate for a seat in Big-D): small-r republican means the same thing, and friends of mine in the UK who are anti-monarchist refer to themselves as republicans. Everybody in the US can de-capitalize their political orientation to get behind competitive elections.

Erica says: Dani is great. She was a driving force behind the “Prep the Platform” movement at the Texas Democratic Convention last year, which was a successful push to put forth a more progressive agenda to be sent from the state convention to the national convention. She’s a stats and policy person and seems to really know her stuff.

Copywriter Shade

Copywriters can’t even come up with a decent meaningless tagline anymore” by Mark Duffy for Digiday UK

This made me smile. I love it when ad writers call out ad writers for shoddy work. Aside from that, this advice about how to brainstorm a slogan is top notch:

You consume as much knowledge about the brand as you can, let it all incubate in your brain, and start writing. At first, you try to make sense. Get a bad, inaccurate thesaurus, like Roget’s, and start connecting words. Connect them in and out of order. Then, leave your senses and write any stupid thought that comes into your mind. […] Use curse words. Write anti-taglines — taglines that make the brand sound like the worst thing ever invented. Write 50, 100, 500 taglines. Eventually, you may get to something that’s pretty good. But you may not.