So, what should we talk about today? There are so many things to discuss. I know. Let’s talk about Sesame Street. Why did that come to mind? You know why if you’ve followed Oklahoma news over the last few days. Still, talking about something most of us can relate to is fun.
What is your favorite Sesame Street memory?
How about the pinball machine that taught you to count to twelve? How about saying your “A, B, Cookie Monsters” with Kermit? Could it be that time Ernie taught you why Rubber Duckies are so much fun? Or how about the time you sing, sing a song, with Bob and Luis? How about laughing at how Elmo gets worked up over a rock?
How about you getting to experience watching a whole new generation learning the same lessons you did?
I have many more memories related to it all: Mister Rogers Neighborhood, The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, Nova, Nature, This Old House, The Victory Garden, America’s Test Kitchen, Paint This with Jerry Yarnell, The New Yankee Workshop, anything by Ken Burns, Doctor Who, Mystery, Gallery, and the OETA Movie Club with the late great B.J. Wexler.
The governor of Oklahoma doesn’t think any of that is worthwhile. He’s vetoed OETA’s renewal. Oh, the Oklahoma Legislature passed this bill on renewing OETA for 3 more years almost unanimously, with just a handful of No votes in the Senate. There’s a chance the Oklahoma Legislature could override the veto. We will have to wait and see if it happens. If not, OETA could end its broadcasts in about a year—no more public statewide over-the-air TV.
More of the same as last week. It's good to be busy at work with a new project, but that means many of my side projects are on hold for a bit longer.
More later. Time to sing. sing a song.
In The News
Oklahoma bill banning gender-affirming care for trans youth heads to governor's desk | KOSU
'Calm down and sober up': Senate leadership has message for Gov. Stitt after mass vetoes | KOKH
Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoes OETA extension, putting broadcast in jeopardy | The Oklahoman
Walmart to open health centers in Oklahoma City | The Journal Record
McCurtain County reporter: 'They're not going to silence me' | KTEN
Graphic memoir 'Gender Queer' tops U.S. library group's list of most challenged books | Public Radio Tulsa
Learning of life and death in the newspaper industry | NonDoc
This last week I've been listening to many of the Daily Mix channels Spotify generates based on your listening history. One mix would have Sophie B Hawkins, Cheryl Crow, and Colton Ryan. Another would have Metallica, Spiritbox, and Armored Saint. And yet another would be Genesis, Yes, and Paul Kantner.
I'm still listening to Titan by John Varley on Audible. I'm almost done with it. I should start the second book in the Gaia trilogy, Wizard, in a few days.
Something To Watch
I made a book... but it's extremely large | Nerdforge
The History of Cursor Keys | The 8-Bit Guy
We Replaced John Wick with Steven Seagal | Corridor Crew
America’s War on the Gays (and Communists) | James Somerton
Down the Off-Grid Rabbit Hole... | Maggie Mae Fish
The Mouse Fights Back! Inside the lawsuit between Disney and DeSantis | Lawful Masses with Leonard French
Pink Shoelaces - Dodie Stevens Live 1959
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Have a great week.
Oklahoma governor signs bill banning gender-affirming care for trans youth | KOSU