Sweet 16: Opinion8ed’s 2nd Anniversary
First posted March 18, 2011
What started out two years, 16 issues, and 70 articles ago as an experiment of sorts has grown into habit that has kept me writing and publishing almost regularly. The contents of Opinion8ed2 has certainly expanded and its format has been tightened, spruced, and revamped – most notably morphing into a true blog that inspires three dimensional communication in the blogosphere. In short, Opinion8ed2 has grown up quickly and developed a unique personality. Many of you have stayed on board for the journey and quite a few have offered words of encourgement for which I am genuinely grateful.
There’s so much happening so quickly these days it’s hard to keep up. The peaceful revolution in Egypt spread to Libya- only Qaddafi has no intention of leaving without bloodshed. The Republican governor and legislature in Wisconsin are redefining their contempt for workers and have brazenly and illegally stripped state employees of their collective bargaining rights. The protests and retaliation continue. And the earthquake, sunami, and resultant nuclear power plant failures in Japan are of staggeringly devastating proportions. While these events haven’t gone unnoticed, this issue’s content is a little lighter fare… your comments on all topics are welcome of course.
All aboard for the departure of The Sweet 16 which will be stopping at the following destinations:
I recently had the opportunity to attend an energy summit sponsored by DOE that featured Secretary of Energy Chu, a host of elected officials (and former officials like Arnold Schwartzenegger who was All Pumped Up), scientists, policy makers, and entrepreneurs. I really believe we can reach the challenging goals for clean renewable energy but our technological clock is definitely ticking.
If you’re hungry for a light Indie movie, check out Today’s Special – a movie co-written and starring Aasif Mondi (regular on the Daily Show) which is funny but poignant.
The Gadget Guru Review is back – this time with the Ron Poppeil version of espresso machines, which believe it or not, makes damn good coffee.
Finally, a photo recipe of a classic breakfast dish and Sunday Morning Special in my house both growing up and as an adult.
Enjoy the scenery,
In honor of this special anniversary, check out this very early “rock video” of a young Chuck Berry playing Sweet Little 16 to a “cross-over” audience at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. This was from the movie Jazz on a Summer’s Day by an aspiring young film maker from NY, Bert Stern. Backing Berry on this tune is Rudy Rutherford on clarinet, Jo Jones on drums, and Tommy Bryant on bass. While you can’t see his face, I believe his long-time collaborator, pianist Jonnie Johnson is the one doing those great dancing moves on stage. Below, photo of Chuck Berry still at it almost 50 years later – appearing at a concert in Sweden in 2007.