Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts

Monday, June 21, 2010

John Wooden Wouldn't Approve of Obama's Handling of the BP Oil Leak

By: T.R. Slyder,, @AndyDisco on Twitter

After John Wooden's death I saw a re-run of his interview with Tavis Smiley from 2005
(I wish I could embed the video, but I can't). Like I always am after hearing Wooden speak, I was impressed. My favorite part of the interview was at the 7:40 mark when Smiley asked him what is wrong with most leaders today. "I think many drive instead of lead", Wooden responded and Smiley asked him to clarify that a bit. Wooden needed a second to regroup his thoughts and think of a way to articulate a different way to phrase it. "The driver will stay behind with a whip saying 'Get going!', and a leader will be out front with a banner saying 'Follow me'."

I thought that was awesome. I thought about it today while reading more criticism of Obama's handling of the BP leak. All of the criticism really comes down to his oval office speech being more, "Get going", than, "follow me".

That's how I roll.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hey Kids, Would you Like to use Your Creativity to Help Your Community and the Gulf Coast??

By: T.R. Slyder,, @AndyDisco on Twitter

We all share the Earth, right? We share our Gulf Coast with BP, and BP shares their headquarters and gas stations with us. We are all on this planet together.

All you need to help with the Gulf Coast oil spill is a cardboard stencil, some paint, a hooded sweatshirt, a hat and a friend to be a lookout. Here is the link to a map in the picture above. These areas need your help, as do thousands of others across the country.

Silence is consent- speak loudly. Or as the Chicago Transit Authority instructs its passengers, "If you see something (suspicious), say something". Besides, haven't you always wanted to be more politically active?

From Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall by Banksy-
A Beginner's Guide to Painting With Stencils:

  • Draw or copy your image on a piece of paper.
  • Glue the paper onto a bit of card(board) using good glue.
  • Cut straight through the drawing and card at the same time using a very sharp knife. Snap off blades are the best. The sharper the knife the better the stencil looks. As the Grim Reaper said to his new apprentice: "You must learn the compassion suitable to your trade- a fucking sharp edge."
  • Ideal card should be about 1.5mm thick- much fatter and it's too difficult and boring to cut through. Any thinner and it gets sloppy too quick.
  • Find an unassuming piece of card as a folder to hold your stencil in and leave the house before you think of something more comfortable you could be doing.
  • Get a small roll of gaffa tape and pre-tear small strips ready to attach stencil to wall.
  • Shake and test can of paint before you leave. Cheap British paint is fine but some brands bleed more than others. Matt finish comes out better and dries quicker.
  • Apply paint sparingly.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Move around the city quickly. Acting like a sad old drunk if you attract attention.
  • Pace yourself and repeat as often as you feel inadequate and no one listens to a word you say.

Thing globally, act locally. The sea turtles would thank you if they could talk. And weren't dead from suffocating from the crude oil in their respiratory systems.

That's how I roll.