Bet with all the government shut down chaos you forgot about the sequester…So did Congress! But, hey, who can eat at a time like this? Here’s what hit my radar this month, finely filtered for your palate, in case you can still eat.
9/1: Animal Planet covers the opening of the new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Something about “lemmings to the sea.”
9/4: I did not know. Per Miley Cyrus’s dad, “She’s an artist.” The Scream by Edvard Munch comes to mind. And if that’s not good enough for you, keep in mind: she repels Islamic radicals.
9/6: Kim Kardashian and I shop at the same store. Yes, we do! Well, loosely speaking. 99 Cents Stores and Neiman Marcus are both owned by Ares Management. I thought I’d seen a few of her things at my shop.
9/8: Is you is, or is you ain’t? Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea to request that Kim Jong Un “do me a solid,” and release his American missionary toy. Returning empty-handed, Dennis denies that’s why he went. Perhaps “solid” was lost in the translation.
9/10: He gets it! Responding to U.S. Senator John McCain’s essay published in the Russian newspaper, Pravda, President Vladimir Putin says, “I think that he has a certain deficit of information about our country.”
9/16: First it’s GPS for pets. Now they can unlock our iPhones!
9/19: The United Nations Foundation sends its first ambassador to the commonwealth that is Silicon Valley to “bring partnerships, ideas, and resources in support of the United Nations.” In the immortal words of the song “New York, New York,” “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere – New York, New York Silicon Valley!” Next stop, Syria?
9/22: BOOKS: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz denies he was filibustering. His reading of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor was intended to raise reading comprehension in Congress. Just in case, his aides supplied fellow senators with CliffsNotes.
9/25: SPORTS: Larry Ellison’s team won the America’s Cup. The FDA forced him to comply with truth in advertising laws and rename it Team U$A because it contained less than 5% American sailors.
9/27: MOVIES: And speaking of Silicon Valley’s place in the universe, Gia Coppola, granddaughter of the famous filmmaker, presents her film, Palo Alto, at the Venice Film Festival, “Exploring the vulnerability of teenagers through the lives of four Palo Alto High School students.” Because, you know, it’s just so relevant.
9/30: A flop of Biblical proportions. Corinthians: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Congress—not there yet.