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Dear Abby: How do I find the right day care for my infant?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:01:00 UT

Dear Abby: I am a new mom of a sweet baby boy. Start by talking to your friends and family, asking if they know of a day care that’s good, then make sure that any facility you’re considering is licensed. Spend some time there to see how the caregivers interact with the children. Over the years the people closest to me (immediate family, friends and a few ex-boyfriends) have given me every reason not to trust anyone much. About a year ago I found the courage to date again and met a man who gives me every reason to trust him to the fullest. Considering your history, it makes sense that you are afraid of being hurt or taken advantage of. Don’t be afraid to talk things out with him rather than react by jumping to conclusions and/or making accusations. If the two don’t match, regard it as a red flag. [...] if they do match, then count your blessings because you may have finally found a winner. Should I stay home, bored out of my mind, or get on with the life I used to have?



Best picture screwup provides one of Oscar’s memorable moments

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:21:25 UT

Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony will probably be remembered for nothing but its last five minutes, which saw the most colossal and embarrassing screw-up in Oscar history. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the best picture winner, “La La Land,” and the producers got up and started making their acceptance speeches. Host Jimmy Kimmel tried to make light of the situation saying, “Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this,” referring to Harvey’s error when he named the wrong Miss Universe in 2015. [...] producer Jordan Horowitz showed that he and his “La La Land” crew aren’t sore losers, announcing onstage, “I’m gonna be really proud to hand this to my friends for ‘Moonlight.’” (Though to say that calls to mind the old joke: “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”) It was the big winner, picking up six Academy Awards, including best director, best score and best actress. [...] with a film made by and about African Americans, “Moonlight,” taking the best picture prize. The film also picked up a best original screenplay prize for the script by Kenneth Lonergan. Many of the stars in the auditorium wore blue ribbons, in honor of the American Civil Liberties Union, and emcee Kimmel kicked things off early: In total, Trump was referenced 14 times from the stage Sunday night, and it can be safely said that no American president has ever been the subject of more scorn at an Academy Awards ceremony. The Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal spoke out against building walls between people, and Jenkins, in winning the award for best adapted screenplay for “Moonlight,” addressed marginalized communities and said, “We have your back for the next four years.” Most dramatically, but predictably, the best foreign film victory of “The Salesman,” from Iran, brought about a statement from its director, Asghar Farhadi. In a statement read by a spokesman, Farhadi said, “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of (the) other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants into the United States.” Viola Davis (“Fences”) won best supporting actress with an emotional and beautiful spoken speech, which began with her talking about her calling as an actress. Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for his role as a sympathetic crack dealer in “Moonlight.”



Winners of the 89th Academy Awards

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:51:44 UT

Winners of the 89th Academy Awards Supporting actor: Supporting actress: Foreign language film: “The Salesman,” Iran Adapted screenplay: “Moonlight,” screenplay by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney Animated feature film: Production design: Sound mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge” Sound editing: “Arrival” Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Film editing: “Hacksaw Ridge” Makeup and hairstyling: “Suicide Squad” Live action short film: “Sing”



Trump drops out of press dinner — Whew!

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:43:42 UT

[...] Trump’s decision can be seen as either cowardice, another expression of his calculated hatred of the media for telling and writing the truth, or both. [...] for viewers, it’s a huge relief, knowing we won’t have to squirm watching him trying to fake having a sense of humor for a couple of hours. Even ol’ “Silent Cal” Coolidge would have efforted a thin, fake smile, but Trump just glared at the dais. The last time a president didn’t show up for the dinner was in 1981, but Ronald Reagan had a good excuse — he was recovering from an assassination attempt by John Hinckley. Reagan and every president who ever attended the dinner had one thing that Trump does not: A sense of humor. [...] the jokes were all written by professionals, but from the Bushes, through Clinton, and Obama, commanders in chief have shown they’re willing to subject themselves to gentle barbs from comics and correspondents, and toss a few out there themselves as well. Humor sends a message that the guy in charge is confident enough to crack a joke or even crack a smile when he’s the object of a jape himself. Truth is, Trump could have disproved everyone who says he’s thin-skinned if he’d shown up for the dinner and learned to deliver a joke or two. A few news organizations were reportedly considering skipping the dinner as a sign of protest for the Trump’s war on the media, which apparently now finds the administration restricting access, as Brian Stelter put it on “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning, “inch by inch,” referencing the fact that the New York Times, CNN and Politico weren’t on the list for an “invitation only” Spicer gaggle last week. No doubt, Bee would be great, but she’d have to cancel the event she’s already planned for April 29, the “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner” at Washington’s famed Willard Hotel. Seriously, in the actual words of humor-less, thin-skinned Trump, the president’s decision to pass on the dinner really is “sad.” The catch of the day is the premiere of “When We Rise” at 9 p.m. The four-part, eight-hour miniseries, which will continue Wednesday through Friday of this week on ABC, traces the struggle for LGBT rights through the lives of several Bay Area activists. The program looks back at defining moments in the political career of the 44th president through six major speeches. The series looks at the continent from the birth of humankind through the modern age. HBO airs the documentary “Tickled” at 10 p.m. Sounds fun? The film looks at the weird world of competitive tickling, where young guys are paid to get tied up and get tickled by others.



Emma Stone says she was holding her best actress card during 'Moonlight' mishap

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:23:40 UT

The mystery surrounding the announcement of best picture just got even more interesting.




Horoscope for Monday, 2/27/17 by Christopher Renstrom

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:01:00 UT

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): A partner is disappointed with results, but you see the seeds of a future success. Be encouraging. Your bravado is needed now.




Review of ‘The Upstarts’ and ‘The Airbnb Story’

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:49:53 UT

Brad Stone’s “The Upstarts” and “The Airbnb Story,” by Leigh Gallagher, document the rise of these paradigmatic companies in what Stone calls “the third phase of internet history,” in which the “digital realm [expanded] into the physical.” Unlike, as Stone notes, Google, with its crisp founding mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” these are companies whose original form bears only a tenuous relationship to what they’ve become. Uber was conceived as a chauffeur service for well-heeled techies frustrated by San Francisco’s taxi deficit; Airbnb’s impetus was more parochial still — a means for two recent Rhode Island School of Design grads to make the rent by putting up conference delegates on, you’ve guessed it, air beds. Much of the thrill in reading about their short but vertiginous histories lies in the glimpse this offers into how, in a crucible of competition and regulatory skirmishes, they assumed their current contours as harbingers of “a new trust economy,” as Stone puts it. [...] crucial: forays from Silicon Valley to New York City, where many early adopters lived, yielding insights into how people actually used the site. From their inception, though, there was one constant, a sine qua non of overachieving startups: “viral” appeal, observes Stone — friends watched friends insouciantly arrive at a club in an Uber and signed up themselves; travelers used Airbnb to score cheap digs in a hip neighborhood rather than some sterile, overpriced downtown hotel, then listed their own spare room on the site when they got home. The hustle and industry of Chesky was pivotal in bootstrapping Airbnb; Kalanick quickly intuited the basis of Uber’s appeal, helping the company avoid the ditches into which many of its competitors plowed: The luxury of Uber is about time and convenience. No figure is too obscure in the annals of Uber and Airbnb for Stone to track down, including the poignant stories of sundry entrepreneurs who converged on similar ideas but, amid various missteps, failed to find traction. For all the discussion of Airbnb’s exquisite “design sensibilities,” as Stone puts it, the company’s rise was fueled also by programming, and the virtuosic contributions of co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk. The Woz to Chesky and Gebbia’s Jobs, Blecharczyk was author not only of Airbnb’s website and sophisticated payment system but also the suspected architect of the cold-blooded feats of coding that greased the wheels of its early hyper-growth. On graduation, Blecharczyk was the consummate “growth hacker,” in Valley-speak, employing “engineering chops to find clever, often controversial ways to improve the popularity of ... products,” says Stone. By all accounts, Airbnb wasn’t alone in practicing these gray arts, but few other companies so assiduously cultivate an angelic, altruistic image (ex-executive Chip Conley once identified the Nobel Peace Prize as a corporate aspiration). Gallagher offers a single-page gloss of the growth-hacking episode while devoting page after page to an extended paean to Chesky a sampling of the encomia: “You take a picture of Brian’s mind [and] he’s in 2030 or 2040 already”; Brian’s biggest strength is that he is a learning machine. ...



‘Moonlight’ wins best picture in Oscars' most shocking moment

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:40:46 UT

In one of the most shocking moments of the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, "Moonlight" won best picture. But that wasn't why everyone watching the Oscars took a collective gasp at the end of the night.




Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ filmmakers ‘have your back’

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:04:07 UT

"Moonlight," based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's original play, "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," took home the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay during Sunday's Oscars ceremony.




Jimmy Kimmel used the Oscars to make fun of Matt Damon all night

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:46:47 UT

Notorious Hollywood "frenemies" Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon had it out in a very public way at this year's Academy Awards.




Social media scolds Kimmel for making fun of Asian woman during Oscars

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:08:35 UT

Just as #OscarsNotSoWhite was trending for the 89th annual Academy Awards show's strides in diversity this year, host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun of a guest's name and sparked a flurry of tweets that called out the comedian for his cheap shot at Asians.




‘Zootopia’ win sparks political dialogue again during Oscars

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:45:41 UT

Disney's "Zootopia" took home the Academy Award for best animated feature film Sunday, and the filmmakers took to the stage to talk about how the film aimed to represent their hopes for the future.




Emma Stone, Dakota Johnson wear Planned Parenthood pins on the Oscars red carpet

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:37:52 UT

Actresses Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson both made subtle political statements on the red carpet ahead of the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.




Jimmy Kimmel makes Oscars great again with opening monologue

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:16:02 UT

During his Oscar-hosting debut Sunday, the comedian and late night talk show host said he wasn't sure he could be the one to unite the country but quickly made everyone laugh in unison with his timely jabs at celebrities in the crowd, the president and the country's political climate.




Los Campesinos give fans what they want during Noise Pop 2017

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:57:57 UT

The indie band knows its musical potential and limitations while being tongue-in-cheek about its own image and legacy — and fans still love it. The seven-piece band hails from Cardiff, Wales, where it first made a name for itself with its debut album “Hold On Now, Youngster…” in 2008, upending the indie rock genre with a rush of saccharine pop over decidedly dark, angst-ridden lyrics. Lead singer/glockenspiel player Gareth Campesinos (all band members go by the surname Campesinos, which they stylize with an exclamation mark) said as much during a tour stop in San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 24, where the band played to a sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall as part of Noise Pop, a 12-day festival that is marking its 25th year. “It can be pretty tedious when bands play new songs, but we have to,” Gareth said after playing a few singles from the band’s latest album, “Sick Scenes” (released earlier that day). Throughout the show, fans screamed along to the melodrama of lyrics such as, “Fate’s a cruel mistress, girl, the prettiest in the world / She dresses loosely in a bathrobe with her hair up in curls.” There were audience members spanning generations, everyone from those reliving their high school years to young teens excited to discover the eclectic indie acts in this year’s Noise Pop lineup (Crying, No Vacation and the Y Axes warmed up the crowd that night). All the while, the band filled the venue with cheery xylophone and synth, frenzied riffs from guitarists Neil and Tom, delicate female harmonizing from keyboardist Kim and exuberant choruses. Dancing! The song capitalizes on what the band does best, taking an entire minute and a half to build up a chaotic backdrop of layered guitar, bass and percussion before spilling into a joyous, poppy celebration of … ignorance?