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    Friday, December 19th, 2014
    3:26 pm
    A Measured Response
    Like the rest of the world, I was disgusted when Sony cravenly capitulated to North Korean hackers and pulled The Interview from its schedule. Obviously, the correct reaction would have been to send Seth Rogen and James Franco to Pynongyang to take out Kim Jong-un.

    Likewise, rather than locking up Team America: World Police, Paramount could at the very least have sent Tom Cruise over at the head of a fighter-bomber group, or something.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
    5:02 pm
    The Mind Boggles
    Bobby Keys was good friends with Keith Richards, and actually got fired from the Rolling Stones for partying too hard in the Seventies. (NPR)
    Sunday, November 30th, 2014
    11:35 pm
    When Again Did A Director Have This Kind of Clout?
    Rex Ingram hated Louis B. Mayer so much he refused to let his name appear anywhere in connection with his projects. So the title card for Mare Nostrum reads simply, "Metro Goldwyn Presents."
    Ben Mankiewicz on Turner Classic Movies
    Saturday, November 29th, 2014
    5:45 pm
    Lovely Spam. Wonderful Spam.
    I wonder which technique the spammers believed was going to be more effective at getting their headers past my spam filters: Appending sober-looking phrases like "What Is DNS?" to their Make-Money-From-Home title, or using punctuation like "Your account - will be . Limited in 72 hrs!"

    Current Mood: complacent
    Thursday, November 27th, 2014
    12:48 pm
    The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
    Absolutely no one will be admitted during any of the thrilling check-all-the-doors-in-the-corridor scenes.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    11:43 am
    Lucky At Cars
    Went to AutoZone to pick up a new battery for my '99 Sable. As it happens, the Sable takes a Reverse Polarity battery (the terminals are reversed from their usual position), so naturally, it also happens that sometime in the last 15 or so years, someone rewired my car so they could slap a standard battery in there. The cables wouldn't reach the terminals with the battery rotated to put them on the appropriate sides, so it seemed easier to go back to AutoZone and exchange the battery than to try re-wiring the car again.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    7:54 pm
    Bury the Hachette
    Really, if this phrase isn't popping up in headlines all over, I'm vastly disappointed.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Thursday, November 13th, 2014
    9:50 pm
    Wow, Low-Hanging Fruit Really Is Easier To Get
    My sister's meteorologist friend suggested that we pick as many satsumas as we can off of Dad's tree today in case there's a freeze tonight. I concentrated on the fruit that looked like it was definitely ripe (I think my sister was a bit more indiscriminate) even if some of those were fairly high up in the branches. And boy, trying to twist satsumas off a branch with one hand while trying to keep a limb bowed down with the other is harder than I thought.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    6:25 pm
    Why Is It
    that when I hear a commercial trumpet "Take Aleve PM for a better AM" my first thought is "How about a better BM?"

    That's right, folks, this is the sort of high-minded wit you've been missing out on.

    Current Mood: complacent
    5:56 pm
    Good Lord, It's Back!
    Couldn't access my LJ page or my Friends Feed for the longest time. Not sure why the error since I was able to bring up the LJ home page with no problems. An e-mail to LJ support brought about as much help as you'd expect.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Monday, October 13th, 2014
    2:21 am
    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
    Finally caught up with this thanks to a gorgeous print on Turner Classic Movies, and I have to say it was even more marvelous than I could have imagined.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, October 11th, 2014
    11:49 am
    And Your Random End Titles of the Day Are:
    Uninformed detectives: Symon Galope, Brian Miquiabas
    Graceland (2012)
    Thursday, October 9th, 2014
    3:33 pm
    "Hot females of the neighborhood spice up your wishes with their furtive parts"
    At least, someone who sends mail to my spam folder thought a header like that would get someone to read a message. How's it doing? I do have to say, I like that expression, "their furtive parts."

    As long as you're here, might as well ask: Do you, too, have to check your spam folder daily, because your email provider sends way too many of your messages there, and only occasionally lets obvious spam messages into your inbox? (I'm looking at you,

    Current Mood: complacent
    Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
    11:09 am
    And Your Random Movie Quote of the Day Is:
    "Stock market's a racket. I'd rather bet on professional wrestling."
    Lay the Favorite (2012)

    Current Mood: complacent
    Sunday, September 28th, 2014
    11:32 am
    Compromise, By Definition
    I decided not to stay up to watch the obscure biker flick on Turner Classic Movies last night because it would have kept me up until three in the morning. Then I overslept anyway.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, September 27th, 2014
    7:53 pm
    Art On Demand
    Last night, I went to the Art Throwdown at the Mobile Art Council, where several artists were each given a box of random stuff and ordered to make some art of it. You might get a circular saw blade and a doorknob, or you might get a bag of Army Men, but they're all going into the mix. They also had a silent auction where many local artists had pieces for sale, including my sister Joanne, whose painting of a Spotted Ass sold for $150. (Yeah, yeah, my sister was peddling her Spotted Ass on Dauphin Street. There. I beat you to it.) They also had food and drink, including spinach and crawfish dip. Crawfish is the new artichoke, as far as I'm concerned.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Friday, September 26th, 2014
    10:21 am
    Old Acquaintance
    Finally watched Richard Linklater's Bernie and I'm not here to talk about what a great slice of small-town Texania it is, rather that not only is it based on the journalism of my old TCU classmate Skip Hollandsworth, but he co-wrote the screenplay!

    Current Mood: complacent
    Sunday, September 21st, 2014
    3:46 pm
    Warrior of Light and Shadow
    Daisan no kagemusha

    Opening of Umetsugu Inoue's Daisan no kagemusha (1963)

    Current Mood: complacent

    Monday, September 15th, 2014
    2:17 pm
    Sideways, Italian Style
    Stayed up late to tune in to Turner Classic Movies and watch Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi's great 1962 road movie, with boppin' score by Riz Ortolani.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, September 13th, 2014
    6:58 pm
    My Hot Idea for a Restaurant Chain
    Waffle & Falafel

    Current Mood: complacent
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