The Prodigal Altar Boy

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Compare and Contrast: Occupy Baltimore vs. Baltimore Grand Prix

2011 last 100 days
71 Days Left
Day: 29
20 October 2011
  • Goal - 1 hour per day doing some work on the movie:
Karen Everett  video:  The five stages of post-production
Karen Everett video:   Creating the dramatic arc
Contacted patrice for phon interview on integration at St. Vincent’s
  • Time:  60 minutes
  • Goal:  30 minutes per day basic music work:
Warm ups  on the MojoCaster
“Granby Street”  lyric swap
Dies Irae work.   Focus on dyad and octave work.
Total time: 30 minutes
  • Goal:  15 minutes per day (minimum) exercise:
Kettlebell swings – 10X5 (per side) 45 lbs
Kettlebell snatch   - 10X5 (per side) 45 lbs
Double Kettlebell squat – 5X5 90 lbs (2X45lbs)
Total time:  24 minutes
    • Goal:  15 minutes per day (minimum) scoring work for the movie:
 “So What” - Miles Davis
“It's Your Thing” - Isley Brothers
“Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing” - Living Colour
D-sus work
R&B chordal texture work
E-B/D#-C#m-A chordal work
Total time:  30 minutes

I know the earlier links are getting a little stale, so here’s a recent link that sums up much of the weirdness about the Occupy Movement.  Glance over it, get a chuckle, get mad, whatever.  I think I was ranting a bit about coverage of Occupy Baltimore in the Baltimore Sun.  I was amused by the Sun’s coverage of Occupy Baltimore, where the writer noted (almost with disdain) that none of the protesters would say how long they would keep it up.  Contrast that with the next day’s coverage of the Grand Prix, where (surprise, surprise) the Baltimore Grand Prix didn’t pull in as much cash as the promoters projected.  It seems that if you spend a lot of time (and cash) courting the media, even when you blow it, your friends in the media will give you a pass.  Grand Prix organizers projected  $70 million would come to the city as a result of the race.  A pair of UMBC professors estimated the financial impact was in the neighborhood of $20 million. 

Race supporters took a three-pronged approach to damage control, first, they declared, “the city's final analysis would be the best gauge of the race's success.” Really?  So what you’re telling me is that Baltimore City, who has a vested interest in spinning the race as a success, has the final say in determining if the race was indeed a success?  That’s grading on the ultimate curve, perhaps they should adopt that philosophy for the Public Schools’ standardized test results. 
Tactic two is to cast dispersions on the document.  Councilman William H Cole IV, wouldn’t discount the results outright, but did find, “… their report "rushed and absolutely flawed.  He took issue with the sampling, specifically that hotel, restaurant  and travel data weren’t included in the study. 
Tactic three is to come out with your own data, and for that, the city’s tourism bureau, Visit Baltimore, will team with a research firm, Forward Analytics to release a, “comprehensive economic impact analysis by late October or early November.  Can’t wait to see it. 
All I can say to the Occupy Baltimore folks is they need to get on the stick and start playing nice with the media.  Print up a few flyers announcing  that your protest will generate $20 million and you plan on occupying McKeldin Square until, well you get the idea.  If you want to be taken seriously in this town, the secret is to over promise, under deliver, and blame someone else for the results.
I’m not seeing a lot of coverage of religious reaction to the Occupy Movement.  When that segment finally takes a stand on Occupy, I’m sure it will be tempered by the findings of this tidbit.   Interesting.