Big Data Cares About Me. Really.


This was the iPhone screen that greeted me when I woke up this morning.

And, although I have a healthy respect for the random, I can’t ditch the thought that perhaps — in this age of surveillance — the datasphere somehow took my emotional temperature and decided to reach out through the sea of kilobytes.

Clearly, some database with a record of my Facebook postings and Tweets has somehow reached the conclusion that I’ve been too hard on myself lately.

So thank you, big data. I’m going to take your advice seriously and ease up; maybe throw back some carnitas doused in salsa verde while Tigres del Norte tunes play in the background. Hey, maybe I’ll even wash it down with some Jarritos.

Because, as Stuart Smalley (now Senator Al Franken D-Minnesota) once said on Saturday Night Live:

“I deserve it! Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and people like me!”

Yes, Steve, I’ll be your friend.

P.O.V./PBS 2008 Season Preview

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Please do me a favor and look at a preview of POV’s extraordinary 21st season. If any of the films really grab you, more detailed information and trailers and broadcast times are available here.

The entire season schedule can also be downloaded or saved. You could hardly say that any of the 21 amazing seasons of Public Televsion’s most important showcase for docuimentary films were better than any other.

But 2008 is really breathtaking.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am watching Natalia Almada’s “Al Otro Lado” (POV’s 19th Season) for the 20th time so I can enjoy the incomparable footage of La Malandrina Jenni Rivera and Los Tigres del Norte!

Anybody know when Los Tigres are coming to New York? And do I have make a trip to my hometown LA to see Jenni? The last time I tried to buy tickets for Los Tigres, they were being scalped at $350 – $500.

L.A. is actually not such a bad idea. Perhaps I’ll post some Jenni Rivera music at some point so you can see why, when push came to shove and I was little under the weather this spring, Jenni and Los Tigres were there for me.

¿Quién sabe? ¿Soy quizá un Norteño judío?