Little-Known Horror Movies That Were Pretty Good
My nominee, from 1973, is "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."
Any other horror films that people seldom see but which are worth consideration?
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
I'm glad to see that The Hammock Papers has returned.
The Washington Post's fact checker examines the "No one will take away your health plan" promise.
"It was a frequently repeated canard that was often embellished when retold."
I wants to make your flesh creep.
"Their diets ended when the chef rolled out a cart filled with bodacious desserts."
At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience, something worthwhile will be realized.
Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Suite from "On the Waterfront."
A scene from National Lampoon's Vacation that is as current as today's headlines.
Madame Scherzo's blog deserves many visits.
"Throw in a thousand bucks and you'll get the whole kit and caboodle."
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.
A classic scene from "The Princess Bride."
FutureLawyer has a photo.
FT: They screwed themselves twice. The first thing they did that was very foolish was to go at scale. Usually when the government understands the problem of that they do things in phases. They didn’t draft everyone for Vietnam all at once. That’s the model they should’ve used. They should’ve said people born in January can now get health insurance. Then it should’ve expanded to everyone born in the first quarter. And so on. But they presumed scale was easy. That was the first mistake. The second was assuming invention was easy. And scaling something that hasn’t been invented yet -- that’s technological suicide.
The commission has been eyeballing the property for historic preservation for the past two years. It's not the architecture that makes it special, according to an evaluation prepared by Commissioner Sapna Marfatia. It's what transpired there in the latter half of the 1970s.
"There was caterwauling from the usual sources, but no serious opposition."
I confess to being pleased that there is a television series based on what it's like to be a management consultant.
Some more beauty: The example of kintsukuroi at Sensory Dispensary.
FutureLawyer has found something beautiful.
As we walk out the kitchen door to the car Henry explains to me that we are going to be late. We drive the four minutes to school, listening to XM Symphony Hall. Henry asks why I listen to "this music"? I explain that it is "great" music. He shakes his head and smiles. We arrive at a tricky intersection where someone invariably ignores the primary rule of stop signs. I shout above the great music that the first person to the stop sign has the right of way "so go already". I then explain the rule to Henry and he smiles. He knows the rule. We arrive at school on time and I tell Henry not to take any prisoners today. Henry shakes his head, smiles and gets out of the car. I drive on to work.
View From the Ledge visits DogEars Books in Hoosick, New York.
"He asked the boys if they were casing the joint and they gave him blank stares in return."
I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.
If you have never seen "Nowhere in Africa," give it a try. If you have seen it, watch it again.
From the USA Today article on the characters in The Lego Movie:
It is now closing in on a half-century since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas on November 22, 1963. No other event in the postwar era, not even the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has cast such a long shadow over our national life. The murder of the handsome and vigorous president shocked the nation to its core and shook the faith of many Americans in their institutions and way of life. The repercussions from that event continue to be felt down to the present day. Looking back through the decades, it seems clear that Kennedy's death marked an important turning point in American life, after which time events began to move in strange and unexpected directions. This was the moment, if there was a particular moment, when the cultural consensus of the 1950s began to give way to the oppositional and experimental culture that we associate with the 1960s.
I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.
I bet none of it would have happened if I wasn't so eloquent. That's always been my problem, eloquence, though some might claim my problem was something else again. But life's a gamble, is what I say, and not all the eloquent people in the world are in Congress.
"The G-man listened intently to his story and didn't believe a word."
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
At Anderson Layman's Blog you can see The Ohio State Marching Band moonwalk.
Whining crept into the American memoir in the mid-1990s. Until then the world of letters adhered to an agreed-upon code of civility, drawing a veil over emotions and events too private or shameful to reveal. Then talk shows were born and shame went out to the window.
Outside: What would Survivorman do?
"He was proud of his leonine mane and scoffed at barbers."
You should paint like a man coming over the top of the hill singing.
Professor Althouse comments on the story.
Americans have been dreaming since our national birth. We dreamed of liberty, equality, and happiness. We dreamed of prosperity for ourselves and our children. We dreamed we would save our souls and save the world. We didn't all dream the same dream, or at the same time, for the American dream included the right of the individual dreamers to design their own. The dreams weren't always sunny and hopeful; some were darkly forbidding. But they drew America consistently forward, enticing us toward the horizon of the future.
"His failure to achieve widespread support guaranteed that there would be a logjam."
Back by popular demand: Father Guido Sarducci with a brilliant idea .
Nicholas Bate on three books for the weekend.
"You could tell the teachers could hardly bear the thought that the rapscallion was correct."
Some of our most creative work gets done in downtime - waking from a nap, taking a walk, daydreaming in the shower. (Writers are particularly clean.) Downtime is when breakthrough ideas are delivered to us, unsummoned, when yesterday's blockages somehow come unblocked. That's because we treated ourselves to a little boredom and cleared our brains of the sludge of information. Try it.
Althouse points to the article and adds commentary. My favorite comment: