The government’s response has been standard damage control PR – deny everything, and restrict information as much as possible. But playing the defensive hasn’t done the administration much good to this point, and it begs the question of how effective secrecy can really be in a digital world where everyone is a publisher and everyone has a voice. Digital content and secrecy have clearly caused the government problems; perhaps digital content and transparency could offer a solution.— The U.S. Government Has A Content Problem (and Your Brand May Too) | The Content Strategist
The Bombay described in Prarambh was already disintegrating in the 1950s, when the first disputes arose between Gujaratis and Maharashtrians over the possession of the city. Cooperative, cosmopolitan Bombay broke down completely on October 30, 1966, when Bal Thackeray launched the Shiv Sena at Shivaji Park. You can provide many explanations for why its infrastructure is a mess, why speculators are allowed to drive its land prices so high, why slum redevelopment rackets and haphazard constructions are the norm: you can say that there is a “governance deficit,” that the municipal commissioner, the city’s CEO, is not an elected official, that the city gives more to the state than it gets back, that the state gives more to New Delhi than it gets back. These are reasons for Mumbai’s decline. But more important than any of them is a decades-old cultural war between a part of its Marathi-speaking population and everyone else in the city—a war that has ensured a group of corrupt men can keep running Mumbai, no matter badly how they wreck it, as long as they keep it Marathi. Like everything else to do with Mumbai, the issue is complicated: many Marathi speakers oppose parties like the mns, and the Maharashtrian identity is a complex one, riven along caste and regional lines. All this is true, but what is also true is that as Mumbai’s municipal elections draw to a close, on the final, all-important days of polling, what the candidates yell from their podiums is not a promise to improve trains or roads, but “to cut the hands of anyone who tries to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra”.— I Was Your City Then | Aravind Adiga
I’ve always said there are – to oversimplify it – two kinds of writers. There are architects and gardeners. The architects do blueprints before they drive the first nail, they design the entire house, where the pipes are running, and how many rooms there are going to be, how high the roof will be. But the gardeners just dig a hole and plant the seed and see what comes up. I think all writers are partly architects and partly gardeners, but they tend to one side or another, and I am definitely more of a gardener. In my Hollywood years when everything does work on outlines, I had to put on my architect’s clothes and pretend to be an architect. But my natural inclinations, the way I work, is to give my characters the head and to follow them.—
On the two types of writers
In the 1940s the British built the Versova Causeway (the Versova Road) between Andheri on Sashti Island and the islet of Versova. The area on both sides of this causeway were rapidly filled in to develop areas now known as Lokhandwala Complex, Yamuna Nagar, Millat Nagar, Dhake Colony, D.N. Nagar, Four Bungalows, Seven Bungalows, etc.—
Oh wow! thats all Reclaimed land!!?
Be patient. Be understanding. He loves you and he needs you, and he will come back to you soon enough. This very night, perhaps. Be there when he does.—
Catelyn Stark, A Storm of Swords (via blog-ofthrones)
#awww #i liked what little we saw of jeyne and catelyn’s relationship in the book #complete with the tmi about robb and jeyne’s sex life #i like jeyne westerling in general tbh
Delirious 2nd reminder that there are more scenes between Catelyn and Robb’s wife in the source material than there are between Robb and his wife :D
Also, this is more than just Catelyn talking about Robb and Jeyne. This is also Catelyn talking about Ned and Cat. This is Catelyn being the bride of winter telling Jeyne how it’s done. This is Catelyn telling her fellow human being how to be married to a Vulcan. Er, Stark.(via thenorthdismembers)
At many news organizations, “social media” has become something of a catch-all, a not especially descriptive term for highly differentiated functions. Editors think about social sharing as they’re assigning stories; writers use social channels to find sources and confirm leads; designers incorporate social media buttons and widgets into site redesigns; tech teams optimize pages for social discovery; and salespeople increasingly sell brands on their sizable social audiences. Each of these might require its own hire or department.—
Once the province of a single point man, social media responsibilities are now frequently dispersed across the newsroom.