Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich

Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress
Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress; sometimes between 1923-1933.

Pt. 1

How much do you really know about the Nazis?

I was born in the aftermath of World War II, and there were so many of us born in hope after the great despair of the war, my generation acquired the now derogatory label ‘boomers’. It stands to reason that I would be very interested in that war, in what caused it, and why it mattered so much that we named it a world war after declaring the first World War would end all wars. I grew up hearing stories of oil cloth placed over windows when sirens would sound the alarm, and of ration cards for gas and sugar. I still have some of those ration cards.

Those are some reasons I am writing about my revisit of William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. There’s another more immediate reason, though. Continue reading “Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich”

For me, Jackson’s song stands out among top branded works on 9/11/2001

New York City; Spring, 2001. Photo by Jen Day-Thompson
New York City; Spring, 2001. Photo by Jen Day-Thompson

It’s not surprising that the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001 inspired art in different genres. One of the most significant genres is the music that tragic day produced. For my generation, and those younger, 9/11 was perceived in a manner similar to the way my grandparents and parents responded to Pearl Harbor Day observed on December 7. Some songs touch us more than others. Continue reading “For me, Jackson’s song stands out among top branded works on 9/11/2001”

Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS

This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.
This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

I’ve long had concerns about privacy, sharing methods, and search histories on the Internet. While there have long been activists concerned about government spying, there are less concerns about Big Tech spying although in my opinion it’s widespread. Have you ever looked at the long URL that shows up in your browser if you follow a search result from a list returned by the biggest search engine on the Web?

Have you ever thought about data harvested when you ‘share’ an article via social media? If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should. Continue reading “Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS”

Coins with mint errors can be worth thousands—what’s in your quarters?

US coins Indie Art South picDo you ever really look at the change in your pocket? I don’t. I use it either to donate to various charity boxes at retailers or to offset getting more coins when I pay cash for something. I didn’t know that coins with mint errors could be in my purse, and I didn’t know they’re valuable. I came across an article about mint coin errors this morning, and I realized old coins are in many ways a work of art that can increase in value. Continue reading “Coins with mint errors can be worth thousands—what’s in your quarters?”

Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance

Oliver Cooper as David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam in Netflix's Mindhunter series.
Oliver Cooper depicted David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as Son of Sam, in the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’.

I’m famous in personal circles for rarely watching TV, but the Netflix series Mindhunter managed to capture my attention. Maybe it was because I was a young adult when horrendous crimes like those of Charles Manson’s ‘family’ occurred. Other reasons include some fine performances by the actors, and I have to say Oliver Cooper, who played the role of David Berkowitz known as ‘Son of Sam’, gave an exceptional performance. Berkowitz was the guy I found creepiest of all during the time he was at large, grabbing headlines on a daily basis. Continue reading “Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance”