rjb 
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Re: “App Users Compete for Best Selfie

I can only imagine the reception I would have received in my burgeoning business years in the early eighties had I announced, “I have a great $135,000 business model. Let’s let people take pictures of themselves making stupid faces and pitting them against others with nothing better to do.” Today’s intersection of technology, narcissism and “entertainment” has created some truly inexplicable entrepreneurial successes. My ability to be surprised is now officially shut down. I’d take a picture of what that looks like, but I don’t have the app.

Posted by rjb on 06/26/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Coliseum: Should it stay or should it go?

Agree. Overton Square was a usable, relevant and strong asset. The parking garage also was a great move and investment. Overton Square was a one of a kind. The Coliseum is just an old monstrosity. Very different issues. Crosstown, also very different kind of asset.

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Posted by rjb on 02/26/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “The Coliseum: Should it stay or should it go?

I have lived in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Dallas, in addition to my current Memphis home. What do those first four cities have in common (along with many, many other cities)? They all tore down arenas that had outlived their usefulness. They all realized that arenas were not meant to last forever, that memories of what people saw and did there remain memories no matter what happens to the building, and that moving on from the past is a good thing. It is called progress. A “did you know” item – even venerable Madison Square Garden in NYC isn’t the original. It is the FOURTH building to have that name. The first three – torn down. With respect to both sides of the argument, let’s get on with it.

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Posted by rjb on 02/26/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Good Cop. Bad Cop.

Your call for police departments to “man up and acknowledge their bad apples” is one of the best positioned arguments on the issue I have read. Unfortunately this posture of "protect your own no matter what" permeates so many organized labor organizations, to the detriment of the reputation of the organization overall. From teachers to bus drivers to NFL players, the representing labor organizations seem to go out if their way to protect even the most obviously unqualified or, at times, criminally inclined members at the expense of the reputation and good work of its majority. There are bad people in every profession. If others in those professions would acknowledge that and help clean house, it would benefit everyone – fellow professionals and the customers of those professions alike.

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Posted by rjb on 12/18/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Hee Haw Shakespeare

My compliments to Theatre Memphis on this creative performance. Shakespeare lends itself so well to creative times and settings because the stories are so timeless. In college, for a project in a theater class, I did the same thng with Comedy of Errors – set it as a western. This past summer, the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford-upon-Avon (where Shakespeare was born) staged a version of As You Like It that was set in a kind of futuristic limbo with music from electronic to folk to jazz and a unique all black padded staging. That too worked great.

Posted by rjb on 03/04/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “New Management

Seems like knowledge of transit systems, budgeting, demographic trends, operating a complicate business, negotiating with unions and creative use of resources would be a bit more important on a resume than "rides the bus."

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Posted by rjb on 03/04/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Les Misérables

Wow. So the Flyer decided that the right person to do a review of the movie adaptation of one of the most heralded and loved stage musicals of all time is someone who has never seen the stage version and seems to indicate that he is far from familiar with the concept of a “musical” at all. It leads to comments like “So my occasional, helpless reaction during The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's adaptation of the musical version of Les Misérables — why are they singing?” With this kind of thinking by the Flyer, perhaps they should send someone who has never seen a football game and isn’t really familiar with the rules to cover the Super Bowl. Then we could have equally ludicrous comments like “Both teams would score a lot more if they would just quit knocking each other down.”

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rjb on 12/21/2012 at 1:02 PM

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