"His hair was perfect."
At Europe Tomorrow, no Halloween would be complete without "Werewolves of London."
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
At Europe Tomorrow, no Halloween would be complete without "Werewolves of London."
I was going through a box of books in a storage area and discovered a well-worn edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Here's the trailer for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Ottorino Respighi, "The Flight into Egypt."
There is no place better than Miami to begin reflecting upon the relations between the Latin American countries and the United States. For what 30 years ago was a sleepy, mid-sized American town, populated largely by vacationers and the elderly retired, has become one of the most powerful metropolitan centers of the North American continent. Any visitor to the city immediately discovers that in addition to the gangsters, drug-runners, and exiles the movies and TV have taught him to expect, Miami also features a constellation of bright lights, a forest of skyscrapers, a maze of superhighways, new industries, a succession of trade shows—in sum, an entire world that by force of sheer effort has established its place in the vanguard of modernity.
But Miami has also become something much more than that: the point where two utterly different worlds meet and produce an unexpected symbiosis. While not wholly without tensions or an occasional incident, nonetheless it is in Miami that “Hispanics” and “Anglos” have finally come to understand one another and work together.
Michael P. Maslanka examines age discrimination and the face-slap standard and offers to buy someone a beer.
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
Jalopnik revs up the 8 Best Scary Movie Cars. An excerpt:
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) with "Moonshadow."
TwistedByKnaves waxes poetic.
What Would Day Say has the bizarre video in which a time traveler seems to appear in a Charlie Chaplin film.
Take some time today to watch this: Leo Burnett on when to take my name off the door.
Yesterday, a university archivist sent an email to me noting that she'd found a 1968 news clipping while perusing the papers of Stephen Shadegg, the manager of Barry Goldwater's Senate campaigns, and was wondering if I am that "Michael Wade."
A brief clip from "Dracula - Dead and Loving It."
The initial shock of realizing that they had arrived in the middle of nowhere, in the realm of nothing, was followed by surprise encounters: "Sarge, Sarge! There's (puff) two big rattlesnakes in our tent!" someone shouted. The topkick withdrew the pipe slowly from the corner of his mouth and turned to face the excited young private. "Now lad, there's been a [expletive] foul-up. I've told those jackasses in supply to issue only one rattlesnake per tent. You go turn in that extra rattler this goddamn minute!"
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. It won this year's Mann Booker Prize.
If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
I spoke with Arianna Huffington the other day in New York City, and she was talking about how she’s working on getting more sleep. She used to be one of those who ran herself ragged and nearly bragged about it, because that’s what it takes to show that you’re dedicated and determined. A recent interview with Mike Arrington in Inc magazine said the same thing, that he used to really burn the candle at both ends, but that he’s backed off from that stance and is doing more to take care of himself. Well, count me in that same group.
A brief interview with the editor of Chief Executive magazine on why California is the worst state for businesses.
Instapundit notes the key to increasing blog traffic. It involves kittens and cupcakes.
Anderson Layman's Blog has hoops.
We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.
As Halloween approaches, so too does the annual discussion of the merits and flaws of Halloween candy. Eclecticity has one ranking. Cultural Offering has joined in.
Business Week reports Toyota and Honda got the top scores in the Consumer Reports reliability survey.
Stanley Fish has a follow-up to his column on the crisis of the humanities.
Here's a 2009 article by Steven Pressfield in which he recalls how his days in advertising taught him a very important writing lesson:
At FutureLawyer, Rat writes a contract.
Employment attorney John Phillips looks at the political scene and finds an important lesson for the workplace.
Why so many of us read the irreplaceable Nicholas Bate every morning.
In the coming week:
When a cowboy's too old to set a bad example, he hands out good advice.
The word is out: Martin Freeman, who played "Tim" in the British version of The Office, will be Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming film of "The Hobbit."
Europe Tomorrow has been linking to material on the French protests against raising the retirement age.
The concern is rather the nature of television as a replacement for human relationships. By watching people interacting on TV sitcoms, the junkie is able to dispense with interactions of his own. Those energies and interests that would otherwise be focused on others — in storytelling, arguing, singing together, or playing games; in walking, talking, eating, and acting — are consumed on the screen, in vicarious lives that involve no engagement of the viewer’s own moral equipment. And that equipment therefore atrophies.
Read the rest of Roger Scruton's article here.
Between the Being and the Strategy is the Insight.
Treason doth never prosper; what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
I recall wandering from blues club to blues club (which sounds better than from bar to bar) on Beale Street in Memphis and being stunned by the high caliber of the local performers.
Doormat available at The Onion.
I've had an Internet connection problem lately. I suspect that squirrels are involved.
Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, employ good people, and free them to do the same. All else is trivia.
There is, of course, the obligatory start and the sooner that is over, the better. It is time to exude some - but not too much - energy and to let them know that this is one fascinating subject; one that they've secretly longed to learn more about, so secretly in fact that they may not have realized it until now.
Imagine that you are in your second year of law school and you've just watched this video and you suspect that much of it is true.
Stanley Crouch takes on the popularity of rap.
Business Pundit has a marvelous example of a business closure sign.
Worthy of consideration:
Alan Jacobs looks at what may happen to higher education:
When I was a kid my parents moved alot, but I always found them.
From "Oliver": Ron Moody with "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two."
I’m currently taking an 11 week course with the police department, designed to give citizens an insider’s look into law enforcement operations. In the first two classes, I dressed like I normally do: jeans, t-shirt, casual shoes – just like everybody else. For the 3rd class, I happened to be wearing a suit. We introduce ourselves each week, because there are always new speakers. My introduction really wasn’t much different than other weeks with the mention of being on staff at a church, but, because of the suit others began to refer to me as pastor. A few times during the presentation, it was mentioned that there was a “man of God” in the room and that the “pastor knows that being spiritually grounded is important for officers.” After the presentation, an officer said “thank you, pastor, for taking the time to be here tonight.”
Anderson Layman's Blog points to the wisdom of Wallace D. Wattles.
At Althouse, a ten minute montage of camera dropping.
Michael P. Maslanka on mentorship programs for women:
Writing in First Things, Elizabeth Scalia on the battle over the "elites":
Chris Foot is taking the wrappers off his sweets, cutting the labels out of his clothes and then weighing them. He needs to travel light. Every excess gram is being eliminated as he prepares for the last remaining challenge in Antarctica – walking unsupported and alone to the South Pole. And back.
This 32-year-old former Royal Marine, once the youngest serving member of the SAS, will be away for 75 days, hauling his sledge a distance of 1,400 miles in a wilderness of screaming winds, often intense blackness and temperatures that may crack his teeth. He knows he will be in “an absolute world of hurt” at times.
Read the rest of The Telegraph article here. And then have a donut.
Wired: Electric cars from VW.
You should never do anything wicked and lay it on your brother, when it is just as convenient to lay it on some other boy.
A memorable scene from "Chariots of Fire."
For someone of my vintage the elimination of French was the shocker. In the 1960s and ’70s, French departments were the location of much of the intellectual energy. Faculty and students in other disciplines looked to French philosophers and critics for inspiration; the latest thing from Paris was instantly devoured and made the subject of conferences. Spanish was then the outlier, a discipline considered stodgy and uninteresting.
Now Spanish is the only safe department to be in. Russian’s stock has gone down, one presumes, because in recent years the focus of our political (and to some extent cultural) attention has shifted from Russia to China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq. Classics has been on the endangered species list for decades. As for theater, the first thing to go in a regime of bottom-line efficiency are the plays.
James Lileks is mustering the courage to go into a regular barber shop:
From a 2002 essay by historian Victor Davis Hanson on the civic education America needs:
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Anderson Layman's Blog has some great lines from Chris Guillebeau. Some samples:
Ah, a Christmas movie! The trailer for the remake of True Grit.
Glenn Reynolds distinguishes between the elite and the gentry.
Any film with Helen Mirren automatically gets 10 points. The trailer for "Red."
Because the project is important, I must go slowly. Because the answers are desired quickly, I must be methodical. Because the pressure is growing, I must ignore it.
The telephone, which once facilitated communication, now increasingly obstructs it.
A gallery on Hitler is opening in Berlin. It's odd how a paper lantern can be chilling.
Call a mass meeting. Then, send everyone a color-coded message on their cell phone telling them whether their job is safe, whether they are "at risk", or whether they need to re-apply for their existing jobs.
Daniel Henninger on the role of capitalism in the rescue of the Chilean miners:
Characteristics of civil arguments include some basic "dos" and "don'ts."
Nicholas Bate elaborates on some of the 7 deadly corporate sins. An excerpt from the solution side of the ledger:
Over at the HBR blog, Julia Kirby offers up an innovation that is brilliant (and that I wish I’d thought of myself.) You know how each year the MacArthur Foundation awards those famous genius grants? How about if organizations did something similar?
Tomorrow is the birthday of Dwight Eisenhower, who was one of the best executives ever to hold the office of president.
Here's a clip of Ricky Gervais talking about the creation of the British version of "The Office."
The homelessness industry has pulled off some impressive feats of rebranding over the years—most notably, turning street vagrancy into a consequence of unaffordable housing, rather than of addiction and mental illness. But for sheer audacity, nothing tops the alchemy that homelessness advocates and their government sponsors are currently attempting in San Francisco. The sidewalks of the Haight-Ashbury district have been colonized by aggressive, migratory youths who travel up and down the West Coast panhandling for drug and booze money. Homelessness, Inc. is trying to portray these voluntary vagabonds as the latest victims of inadequate government housing programs, hoping to defeat an ordinance against sitting and lying on public sidewalks that the Haight community has generated.
The Finkler Question is the first comic novel in the 42-year history of the prize, and Sir Andrew suggested that Jacobson had been overlooked in the past due to his wryly humorous take on the world. "Perhaps being entertaining disqualified him from being taken seriously in some people's eyes."
Jacobson has referred to himself as "the Jewish Jane Austen", but Sir Andrew likened his work to another literary great. "It would be a bit over-the-top to say it's Shakespearean, but he certainly knows something that Shakespeare knew - that the tragic and the funny are intimately linked."
The trailer for "Black Book."
Cultural Offering's excellent post on the flaws of leaders sparks a lot of reflection.
Take a few minutes and watch this video celebrating the anniversary of PEN Olympus Camera.
The minute I read about this retreat I started wondering where a mini-version could fit in my yard. [Finding the money to build it is another minor barrier.]
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Cultural Offering is now in the used car market.
Steve Bruce at HR Daily Advisor has started a series on things you don't want to say in court. An excerpt:
Stanley Bing is looking for a new type of CEO. The alternatives don't please him.