Wrap Up the Year With Style
Fred Astaire (and Ginger Rogers): "Just the Way You Look Tonight."
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
I believe it was the sight of that old fool Gladstone, standing in the pouring rain holding his special constable's truncheon as though it were a bunch of lilies, and looking even more like an unemployed undertaker's mute than usual, that made me think seriously about going into politics. God knows I'm no Tory, and I never set eyes on a Whig yet without feeling the need of a bath, but I remember thinking as I looked at Gladstone that day: "Well, if that's one of the bright particular stars of English public life, Flashy my boy, you ought to be at Westminster yourself."
At Eclecticity: I think I'll try this today as soon as I can find a reinforced swing.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
Since Monday be a day for memories, here's Tom Rush with the Remember Song.
Marc Cohn with "Walking in Memphis."
If you are a Seinfeld, VW bus, and chess fan, check out this video at Althouse.
I recommend to you to take care of minutes: for hours will take care of themselves.
Cultural Offering has an interesting chart on tax payments and fairness.
James Lileks has a gallery of photos from the 1961 Montgomery Ward catalog.
"At which point does even the most well-meaning team become a collection of factions?"
The greenroom is that common room between the street and the stage. In coming backstage, one enters the greenroom first. I've heard, over the years, several derivations of the term: The original room was painted green, or was constructed by a man named Green. None are convincing.
His foe was folly and his weapon wit.
Catch these extraordinary photos from space in 2012.
A ten-year-old turns a washing machine into a musical instrument.
Conversation with my daughter:
Illustration Art looks at comics from a bygone era and concludes there has been a dumbing-down since those days. Note the examples from Mad magazine and how the artist assumed that readers would know tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan.
New ways of thinking about familiar things can release new energies and make all manner of things possible.
In martial arts we say, "Put it on the mat," which means to take your philosophy and see what it looks like in action and deed.
Her hair was the same thin shade of gray as the weather-beaten pickets of the fence around her frozen garden. She had a way with horses, and she was alone on Christmas Eve. There is little in my life I regret as much as that I would not stay for just one cookie, just one cup of tea.
More library shots at Cultural Offering.
Born in 1947, Mark Helprin was raised on the Hudson and in the British West Indies. After receiving degrees from Harvard College and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, he did postgraduate work at the University of Oxford, Princeton, and Columbia. He has served in the British Merchant Navy, the Israeli infantry, and the Israeli Air Force.
At Unhappy Hipsters: Her letter to Santa consisted of just four words: bring me a door.
Tanmay Vora has picked three blogs for his 2012 Management Improvement Carnival.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
View From the Ledge has a photo that evokes immediate envy.
The Hammock Papers on the rise of the sheepdog.
At The Spectator, some writers name the great books they hate.
FutureLawyer has the Mayan one.
Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth.
It's that time of year:
FutureLawyer guarantees you will love this phone.
As a medical historian whose research focuses on a time and place very alien to our own, I rarely comment on current events. However, in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 schoolchildren and six adults dead, I would like to discuss briefly what I would characterise as the "medicalisation of evil."
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
I occasionally post this link just as a tribute to fine writing and excellent acting:
The Incomparable Bate: "Do What You Want" is on Kindle.
In two or three hours...well, it's hard to tell...in three hours, surely, or at the very outside, four hours...within four hours, let us say, I'll be dead.
The trailer for "Pacific Rim."
A Josephson Institute of Ethics study indicates a drop in lying, cheating, and stealing among young people. An excerpt:
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
The Telegraph reports on the case of actor Gerard Depardieu's escape to Belgium. An excerpt:
Is it not a strange world in which predation means refraining from taking from others what is rightfully theirs and putting it into your own pocket? Look, then, at all those terrible predators on the street who so unscrupulously fail to relieve us of our wallets when we walk among them! As for those predatory German firms that make better products than anybody else, words fail me to describe their sheer dishonesty!