Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fun With Wikipedia - Great Stork Derby

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The Great Stork Derby was a contest during the period from 1926 to 1936, where women in Toronto, Canada, competed to produce the most babies (in a 10 year period) in order to qualify for an unusual bequest in a will.

Basically an eccentric rich person wants poor people to do things to amuse him... just saying...

Why is a picture of Spock on the cover of this book?

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How dare they! Spock overrated? Never!

It is important to remember that we all have MAGIC inside us

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There is no one alive who is Youer than You

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mad Men Theme Song the full version

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A Beautiful Mine by RJD2 (Longest Version) aka the Mad Men theme song.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Au Moulin de la Galette

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Au Moulin de la Galette, Ramon Casas - 1892

the people don't want war but can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders

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"Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

- Hermann Göring, German politician, military leader, and a leading member of the Nazi Party

This quote made by a despicable man, is so very true.

Please feel free to discuss.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to Write a Novel

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Literary agent Nathan Bransford tells you how!

Lena Horne

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Lena Horne
(looking very much like Billie Holiday)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

History of the typewriter

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Remember the dude from the Police Academy movies who could make any sound effect? Well his name is Michael Winslow and today he shall recite the History of the typewriter for you:


100 Best First and Last lines from novels

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Our friends at the American Book Review compiled a list of the Best 100 FIRST lines and the 100 Best LAST lines from novels.

The first lines has a few of my favorite novels on the list.

I have to admit, the 100 last lines isn't as exciting or memorable as the “Best 100 FIRST Lines“… maybe that’s because many people don’t actually finish reading the books they purchase? Or perhaps authors spend more time with their openings than their closings?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Eye Candy - Matthew Goode

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After watching A Single Man the lust developed and well... it took form in some intense internet researching and well, I bring you my next Eye Candy - Matthew Goode.


The Basics

Birth Name: Matthew William Goode
Nickname: Goody
Age: 32
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
Birth Place: Exeter, Devon, England, UK
Height: 6' 2" (ummm, nice and tall)
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Dark brown


Trivia
  • Has a daughter with his long term girlfriend, Sophie Dymoke in 2009
  • Is the youngest of 5 children
  • Has only appeared in 11 feature films
  • I believe he currently lives in New York City
  • His mother is a nurse and his father a geologist
  • He smokes
  • His favorite band is Coldplay
  • His favorite film is The Last Waltz
  • Break-out film is Chasing Liberty
  • Not really trivia, but he has a fabulously posh British accent

Quotes
  • (about his male and female fans) "That's great isn't it? Hoo-Rah! If the birds don't work out, I can switch to the boys."
  • "When it comes to acting, it is very limiting to be English. It was 'Bring on the posh!' All the parts I was being offered involved my accent or someone with money and title."

My Recommended Films & TV
  • Match Point - a Woody Allen film
  • Brideshead Revisited - even though I think the 1981 version was better, this one is pretty good too, especially since it has Matthew
  • Watchmen - I'm not a fan of Matthew with blond hair but the film was, interesting
  • A Single Man - a must watch, seriously, this film is great, the book was even better. I have to say the film version of Jim (who Matthews plays) is way better than my imagination Jim while reading the book.

Interviews & Articles

Videos

Oh yeah, you can send fan mail (according to MGN) to:
Matthew Goode
Dalzell and Beresford Ltd.
26 Astwood Mews
London SW7 4DE
UK
If you want a response, send a SASE (at least 5×7 in size) if you live in the united states or if you live internationally, send 2-3 international reply coupons in with your envelope.










Want more? Of course you do (just look at him), I have over 120 photos in my picasa web album.

Book Review: Catch Me When I Fall by Nicci French

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Catch Me When I Fall by Nicci French


WARNING: SPOILERS (read at your own risk)
Rating: 2/5




It was hard to read this novel because I did not like the main character, but after a while the reader will realize we probably don't like her because she's mentally ill (the reason for her ridiculous decision making) but then the book changes narrators and gives you an completely different feel. I would have to say this novel was an "un-even read"... at times I was sucked in but for 70% of the novel I was waiting for it to be over.

I have to say I'm usually a fan of Nicci French because their (they are a husband and wife writing team) writing style flows well, they don't waste too much time with flowery language and don't waste a lot time on things that aren't connected to the plot. Which usually makes a good thriller, but this one was just OKAY. I would recommend Killing My Softly, which is a true page-turner.

Monday Morning Links

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I'm going to try and bring back my Monday Morning Links series. So here we go, I hope I stay with it this time (but you know how fickle I am).

Brooklyn Museum exhibition of American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Old library card from the 80s

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This brings back so many memories from elementary school.

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Shirley MacLaine

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Book Review: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Rating: 4/5

The novel follows a day in the life of George, a middle-aged gay English Professor in California. Throughout his pretty mundane day we gain insight on his view of life and see how he's dealing with the recent death of his young lover Jim.

I found the novel at times very funny and insightful on the world in the 1960s.

While reading this novel I couldn't help feeling that I was reading the more adult version of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. George's inner thoughts seem to echo some of the same thoughts of Holden Caulfield which I thought was interesting.

A quick read that I think most people would enjoy.

In 2009, Tom Ford (the fashion designer) turned the novel into a feature film starring Colin Firth as George. I haven't seen it yet but it's in my Netflix queue! Watch the trailer below:


Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Book Cover Archive

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The Book Cover Archive is for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design.
View hundreds and hundreds of book covers… it’s so pretty.

Photos of World War II

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This girl pays the penalty for having had personal relations with the Germans. Here, in the Montelimar area, France, French civilians shave her head as punishment.

The endless procession of German prisoners captured with the fall of Aachen marching through the ruined city streets to captivity.

These men have earned the bloody reputation of being skillful jungle fighters. They are U.S. Marine Raiders gathered in front of a Jap dugout on Cape Totkina on Bougainville, Solomon Islands, which they helped to take.

Children of an eastern suburb of London, who have been made homeless by the random bombs of the Nazi night raiders, waiting outside the wreckage of what was their home.

The tragedy of this Sudeten woman, unable to conceal her misery as she dutifully salutes the triumphant Hitler, is the tragedy of the silent millions who have been `won over' to Hitlerism by the `everlasting use' of ruthless force.

Adolf Hitler in Paris, June 23, 1940.

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin.

In an underground surgery room, behind the front lines on Bougainville, an American Army doctor operates on a U.S. soldier wounded by a Japanese sniper.

Riveter at Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, CA.

Flag raising on Iwo Jima.

These Jewish children are on their way to Palestine after having been released from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The girl on the left is from Poland, the boy in the center from Latvia, and the girl on right from Hungary.


View more photos at everyday i show.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

20 classic works of gay literature according to the LA Times

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20 classic works of gay literature according to the LA Times

Grace Kelly

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Grace Kelly just signifies class.

Source [everyday i show]

Book Review: Not Quite A Lady by Loretta Chase

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Charlotte has a secret she's lived with for the past 10 years... this secret causes her to be an expert at avoiding marriage.

Darius is a "logical" bachelor challenged by his over powering father to become more adult by restoring an old family home. This home is adjacent to Charlotte family property.

Can you see where this romance is going? I'm sure you can.

It was a pretty enjoyable read but dragged in the middle, almost causing me to put it in the "I'll finish later pile" but after some slow moments the story did pick up and finished well.

I'm a Loretta Chase fan, if you like this novel you might enjoy:

Lord of Scoundrels
Lord Perfect
Don't Tempt Me

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fred Astaire

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Fred Astaire even if you don't like black-n-white films you gotta watch Fred's films... the dancing is just amazing!

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Keep Calm and Read Harry Potter

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Yup, that's always my advice.

Oh that reminds, have I expressed how excited I am about the Deathly Hallows Part 1 film? Well I am.

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