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Something Wonderful: The Music Box

The Anchoress sends this along and say, "I likee!." And when the Anchoress says she likee! I know I will likee!. And if we likee! you likee! too. Or else.

"Only those who listen can hear."

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"Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty's self and beauty's giver" The Poem Elizabeth Taylor Chose to Be Read at Her Funeral

Previously published here last December as "Something Wonderful: Richard Burton reads Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem 'The Leaden Echo & The Golden Echo'," this poetic pairing was Taylor's chosen elegy. She asked Colin Farrell to recite it, and he remarked, "Elizabeth chose it. It was a tricky poem as well. Even in passing she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks."

Or perhaps she chose it to hear a fading echo of one of her great passions, Richard Burton, recite it one last time.

Brilliant is the only word for this smashing demonstration of the power of the English language.

Richard Burton races through this Hopkins poem with unbelievable speed.

A technical tour de force. See if you can keep up with him by reading silently along. Most will fade....


Posted by Vanderleun Mar 30, 2011 1:16 PM | Comments (12)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Being There in a 40-gigapixel, 360-degree image of Prague's Philosophical Hall that weighs in at 283 GB

Making the list of the Seven Wonders of the Internet for the immediate future is Jeffrey Martin and his robotic camera's massive and interactive photo of Philosophical Hall, a Baroque reading room in the Prague's Strahov monastery library. How amazing is this image that you can fly your mouse through?

What can you see? Here are three small screen shots from my tour:


Posted by Vanderleun Mar 30, 2011 10:09 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
2012 Presidential Candidate Checklist


Attention All Those Who Would Be King (or Queen): This is the list by which ye shall be judged. Do not be found wanting... or be found wanting higher office.


Posted by Vanderleun Mar 29, 2011 7:23 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
1,000 Photographs of New York City

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When a man has lived a long time with a city and then decided to leave her, it seems best to make a record before departing. Otherwise, from all the years he has lived with her, all he will have left will be the shards of moments and not the mosaic complete.

The archives he retains will, invariably, be merely personal -- clippings from the local papers, a box of business cards, filched matchbooks, a sheaf of menus, random pay stubs, a well-thumbed Rolodex, and a few albums filled with pictures of friends and acquaintances remembered with varying degrees of accuracy. And his snapshots.

They will by default be snapshots of his personal celebrations; the birthdays, anniversaries, shared summer houses, days in the park and nights on the town. He'll be in some of them. Friends will proliferate in others. And the city will persist, implied -- either in the background or intruding in the middle distance -- like the air, unnoticed until absent. When you leave her, this is what you will carry away. It will fit in a medium-sized cardboard box. We've all packed this box. Mine was labeled, "New York."


Posted by Vanderleun Mar 25, 2011 3:07 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: The Sad Tale of the Self-Dispossessed Mortgage Bankers Association

The motto of the Mortgage Bankers Association: "I was sad because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet, and I said, 'Hey, man, got any shoes you're not using?' "

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 25, 2011 11:28 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: A Brief History of Film Title Design

A Brief History of Title Design from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.

HT: David Thompson

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Something Wonderful: Pear-Shaped Americans Rejoice. Your Avatar is the World's Greatest Extra!

Jesse Heiman Rising: A short clip showing we are dealing with someone who clearly will go on to become "The Greatest Nerd of All Time."

Heiman has my current vote for the "Only in America" man of the month. A strange case of arrested development, the "Greatest Extra" is 32 years old:

Jesse Heiman (born May 23, 1978) is an American actor, best known as playing an extra in more than 50 films and television shows. -- Wiik/a>
He's working all the time with 49 film/tv jobs in ten years.

And it appears he had little doubt what he wanted to do and wasted little time in setting about it:

Jesse Heiman - Biography He lived in Austin, Texas from 1989 and attended West Ridge Middle School, Westlake High School, and Texas State University of San Marcos for education. Graduated college in May of 2000 with a BA in English.

Moved to Los Angeles in September of 2000.

Began acting in November as a background actor/extra. Has appeared in several films, TV shows, commercials, and music videos.

A typical role in his rise would be: Mr. Monk and the UFO (2009) … 3rd UFO Enthusiast

Other otherwise unremarked appearances would be in the perfect world of commericials such as, Mercedes Benz commercial - the one where the car passed a double decker bus. Jesse is the guy who takes a photo of the car in slow motion. and Vonage commercial: where he is breaking up with his supermodel girlfriend in her Ferrari and then gets hit in the head by the Vonage box.

AMA I am Jesse Heiman : IAmA

Jesseheiman [S] 42 points 1 day ago[-]
I have been typecasted sometimes to play a geek or dork or nerd and often get called to play 18 to look younger even though I'm 32 I still play high school aged all the time. I graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, TX in 1996 and went to Texas State-San Marcos for college, graduated from there in 2000. I'm SAG so daily rate for me is $139/8 hours plus overtime plus meals/travel. To be honest I just signed up for extra work at Central Casting 11 years ago and worked that night on Rat Race and since then as you know been working steadily to now. I don't know how I became more used or succesful than other extras but it just happened.

Jesseheiman [S] 21 points 1 day ago[-]
Yes I have made enough to continue living in Los Angeles for as long as I've been here, some other actors take jobs like waiting and catering but I enjoy the hands on work of extra work and work steadily enough that I'm working usually 2-3 times a week which will equal more than enough to get by for me.

Jesseheiman [S] 24 points 1 day ago[-]
I get by enough to live here in Los Angeles and steadily enough I do not need to do anything else at the moment.
I've answered number 2 a few times here
My dream role would be to play Smokey in a remake of Smokey and the Bandit

Klitzy420 9 points 1 day ago[-]
Why do you never age?....
Jesseheiman [S] 7 points 1 day ago[-]
I have no idea but it works for me eh?

How hard is the work? Meaning, you say you get paid for an 8 hour much of that is shooting, and how much of that is sitting around shootin' the shit?
Jesseheiman [S] 8 points 1 day ago[-]
It's a lot of hard work often being on your feet for 8-10 hours a day but there is enough down time within those hours to chat with friends on set and relax in holding. Plus there is always fresh food, water and coffee so it's not that bad. I enjoy my time on set and bring my iPhone and iPad with me too.

What is your secret to eternal youth while avoiding strenuous exercise?
Jesseheiman [S] 19 points 1 day ago[-]
I don't really know I think it's just the cards I was dealt.

Jesseheiman [S] 19 points 1 day ago[-]
I do it now because it's how I got started as an actor. I do it because so many people in my past told me I couldn't be on tv or in the movies, etc to proove them wrong. I did it to follow my dreams and have worked with many of my idols and now some of them are also my friends. I was starstruck by Tom Hanks and became best friend with his son Colin in the same month.

Lycurgus 0 points 1 day ago[-]
Who the fuck is Jesse Heiman?
Jesseheiman [S] 110 points 1 day ago[-]
whoever you want me to be

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 18, 2011 12:45 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Educational: Strapless Bra Fitting Guide | Video Tutorial by Mr. Bra

This probably won't be of any interest to my readers who are not Gyno-Americans. I am only passing it on here because of it's obvious educational value. I realize that it is, for a video, long at more than 15 minutes, so feel free to stop watching whenever it ceases to interest you.

"Fitting a bra. It's an art. It's taken me years to fit a bra. Not an easy task."

HT: Big Fur Hat who calls this The Most Important Video You Will Ever See

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On Palin Bashing by the 'Brain-Trust': "As far as coward Charles Krauthammer goes…."


Presented for your edification, a comment from one pissed-off vet found at: Rush to Palin critics: Obama is destroying the FREAKING COUNTRY! | The Right Scoop

The Right Wing intelligentsia have their sites aimed at Palin again and Rush seems mystified at their reasoning. After all, he says, Obama is the real problem, not Sarah Palin:
Look, I don’t understand all this [anti-Palin vitriol]. The problem is Obama! The Democrat party is destroying the FREAKING COUNTRY! And we’re sitting here sniping over…I’D VOTE FOR ELMER FUDD! if the Republicans nominated him, if Obama’s the Democrat.

First up in the comment thread, these thoughts from one Bob Zee:

“[Palin] is “divisive” because the conservative movement is full of cowards who bend over because they are afraid of the left and the media.

Why not fight against the smears? Why not fight for the truth? Instead conservatives run and hide and then wonder why even after 8 years of BUSH the country moved to the left!

While Governor, her state was one of 2 out of 50 that created net jobs. I COULD WRITE FOR HOURS ABOUT HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, but it would not do a damn thing for people like Krauthammer and other fraudulent, cowardly, so called conservatives. How come the other intellectual governors that Krauthammer praises could not eke out some job gains? Odd huh?

WAKE UP!!!! Do you want to know why the jobs are gone? Do you want to to know why your nation is turning into a shit hole?


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DrudgeReport Masterpiece: Do a little. Say a lot.


Check the stack of headlines top left leading inevitably down to "Obama goes golfing..." Then check the picture and the gesture of the thumb over the main headline. Yet another moment in the news=views genius of Drudge. It's frozen in time in the archives @ DrudgeReportArchives

Taken all in all, it's another testament to this supposedly ancient and "inelegant" webpage that many slicker and much less visited web sites and designers disparage. But when you put those morons aside, you can see clearly that it is easily one of the most brilliantly designed pages in that it, seemingly, has no design.

But of course it does. It's pure WYSIWYG. Loads fast, has headlines that provoke and intrigue. The ads stay out of the way. And most of all it says, quite clearly and immediately, what for the moment is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing on the page. No hunting. No scrolling. Just point click and go.

And yet it all somehow manages to get across what the page's editor, Matt Drudge, has to say about the news of the day.

The are millions of other "news pages" on the web. But they don't get better than Drudge, they just get more elaborate.

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File under: I am not fucking around."An armed resident gestures a victory sign in the main square in Zawiya, 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Tripoli, in Libya on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011." -- Battles Across Libya

"V" for Victory gesture: Check
Shotgun: Check
Cigarette: Check
Cartridge Belt: Check
Running Shoes: Check
Big split-your-skull-in-two ax stuck in belt for close work: Check and double check.

UPDATE: Cobb, in The Truth About Hairy Chested Men has a few cogent things to say about this man:
I have been writing this essay over a period of days, and it has been hijacked by the following image into something that must include class more explicitly. This is the picture of a man who is a rebel in Libya, a foot soldier in a true people's liberation army of irregulars. And I am forced to consider him a Marlboro Man in his country. He is a man for whom I presume many American women would have considerable ick factor to overcome. I can't see his chest, but I find it difficult to imagine it not being naturally hairy, and if it is not, I find it inconceivable to imagine it shaved. There he is with his shotgun, his ax and his cigarette. He claims victory. Forget about geopolitical strife for a moment and think about American men. Think about a bearded, hairy chested American man with a shotgun, an ax and a cigarette. Could he claim any sort of victory with American women, or is he Larry the Cable Guy?

I'd go for neither. Instead, this fellow -- if he so wished to do so -- could claim a Hobbsian victory over an American woman: "nasty, brutish, and short." Indeed, I seem to recall we had a live demo of that a couple of weeks back in Cairo:Details emerge on Lara Logan attack

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[Bumped] Something Wonderful: "Save the Wight Bulb!"


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It's past, long past, time.

Panel by Bornt
There is only one appropriate reaction to the kind of people who strap on bomb vests packed with nails and wait for smiling, laughing tweens to come along before hitting the detonator and ripping their limbs off and tearing their guts out.
The only appropriate reaction is righteous fury that turns into a grim determination to exact a retribution upon the bomber’s bros so thorough and so comprehensive that in a thousand years the few descendants of the survivors will still terrify their children with the story of the vengeance exacted by the avengers of the West. Fewer Tears, Fewer Lies, And More Righteous Anger - Kurt Schlichter

If my child were ever killed in such an attack,

I would go on a God-damned (and I don’t make this invocation lightly) one man Crusade for vengeance.
God may have said “vengeance is mine” but I would damn my soul to Hell to get even with anybody who attacked my family. So the passivity and magical invocations of the Progressives grates on my nerves. It’s disgustingly naive and utterly insane. It is the man who passively bows down to his executioner instead of fighting to the last. I don’t understand it. I can’t fathom it.Candlelight Progressive Magic... Again | Declination

Everybody Must Get Chipped!


Swedish Tech Company Implants Microchips in Employees Bodies to Make Their Lives Easier
“We already interact with technology all the time,” Epicenter employee Hannes Sjoblad told the BBC, in 2015. “Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.” “We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,” Hannes added, convinced that this way he will be able to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.

The Revolution has moved onto a new phase.

In the French Revolution, after the White Terror, the Constitution of 1795 established The Directory.
This was the start of a new phase in which the lower classes were mostly ignored, as the new ruling class consolidated its power. That may be what we are seeing with our managerial class as they largely ignore the results of recent elections and enforce discipline in their own ranks. Ruminations On The Way Down The Mountain | The Z Blog

A Window Looking Over "Happy Acres" is Here


Tumblr killed off his site there without warning. Twitter still tolerates him, but Twitter will purge him.
For now he's at: HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) | Twitter I tried to tell him that he needs to get his own platform. If on Twitter tell him too. We will need the sites we like to survive and not be killed off by Jack and other Neojacobins of his ilk.

Trump was a political asteroid impact


The idea that someone who shakes parmesan from a can contravened the wishes of those who can taste the difference between serrano and iberico Jamón is simply unacceptable.
Maxine Waters, Nacy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer and Al Green, are so far removed from traditional America as to be alien life forms. Outside of the 6 -7 major media/political centers in the US, the rest of the population simply do not factor into the equation until election time returns. The Price of Delegitimization – The Virginia Freeman's Society

" This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... "

Manchester: This Time They Came for Our Children

Politicians and the media particularly must face reality. We may not like it but we are at war. You should behave accordingly. This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... that is unless you want Manchester actually to be the "new normal." It pretty much is already. How horrible is that for all of us, how horrible for our children. Why don't we all get together and put an end to it? It's even more important than impeaching Trump.

The truth of the matter is that modern universities are not in the business of leader-making.

Our leaders these days come from other places, or other times;
because our institutions of higher learning have turned their energy to licensing managers to serve as the officers of our managerial oligarchy. According to Patrick Dennan, students these days are “…the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.” If You Don’t Read Books… | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

"We won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time."

In this case, the visuals will be provided by future terror attacks.

That reinforces the “evil” part, obviously. But more importantly, the Losers will be doing nothing but losing on the battlefield from now until “annihilation.” They are surrounded, and the clock is ticking. Oh, and the press isn’t allowed to watch the final battles. In other words, we won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time. No press means no prisoners, if you know what I mean. (American soldiers won’t be shooting the prisoners. We have allies for that sort of thing.)Goodbye ISIS, Hello Losers | Scott Adams' Blog

How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist

Has your novel just not flowed from your fingertips like you’d imagined?
Does each year of being an adjunct professor feel less fulfilling than the last? Starting to think that no amount of Adderall can launch you past the boredom of your role as a research assistant? Could it be that so much time has passed since you last picked up your guitar that it wouldn’t even be possible to get the old band back together again?

Do you seek validation? Are you hungry for permanent and hip confrontational posturing? Still having dreams about the glory of radical nonconformity? Eager to purge your upper-middle class and white guilt? Want to do something new with your life, but want to rely on the skills you already have instead of learning new ones?

I’ve got just the thing for you: become a left-wing critic of the mainstream American Left. It’s easy, really, and no matter what, your Twitter following will increase at least five-fold. How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist - Social Matter

The Japanese. Nuked Too Much or Sleeping with the Fish?


Japan's adult wrapping wellness trend is so weird it's creeping out the Japanese people | SoraNews24
In otona maki, participants lie down on a large, sheet-like piece of cloth. An attendant then wraps them up snugly, leaving their face completely obscured their knees tucked up near their waist, and their overall posture resembling the fetal position. The only openings are two small gaps near the participants’ midsection, left over from how the cloth is tied.

I am the king of lost places.


Nowhere-land. The triangular mud minarets of Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu, in front of that silent sandy plaza that used to host a university, back when life in Timbuktu had significance.
A Catholic seminary converted into a hostel in the old Belgian administrative center called Lubero tucked in the highlands of eastern Congo – blue helmets and razor wire waiting to accept the genocidaire; monsters who had decided upon the extinguishing of another race. Eating escargot and drinking warm beer with the priests. The cement and zinc-roofed house of a witch in a village in northern Nicaragua, sitting in front of her on a rocking chair imploring her to release the sick under her spell so I could take them for hospital care. The King of Lost Places | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

Occupation of a defeated America

would take a form other than garrisoning huge numbers of troops and running the place as a prison camp, the standard motif of doomer movies and novels.
The likeliest would be a Vichy-type puppet government that took care to mimic our current structure and outward forms. Just as in France, they'd have little trouble finding reliable, unprincipled opportunists already in place and eager to serve. Woodpile Report

"Black Lives Matter might more accurately be named White Killers Matter,

because it only seems to care about black lives that are ended by white people.

And that, of course, is because Black Lives Matter isn’t about justice, but about racial agitation."
But the routine taking of black lives by other blacks generates no interest in the mainstream media. Forty-three hundred people, including two dozen children under the age of 12, were shot in Chicago last year. Had 4,300 white people been shot, there would have been a revolution, and the media would have set up headquarters in the city to cover the breakdown of law and order. But because the victims were nearly all black, few pay attention—besides the police. Some Black Lives Don’t Matter | City Journal

The Way It Is

They ain't gonna do jack shitski.
At least nothing of physical context to anyone, cept maybe a couple pisswillys that needed it. On a large scale, say, several hundred people? Not hardly. Look cross eyed at em and they'll be slip-slidin in their own loose fecal matter. Then, with gas mask applied and industrial grade boot covers, just walk amongst them with a 28" Louisville Slugger crackin heads in both directions. Posted by: ghostsniper at May 20, 2017 8:25 PM

If they do break Trump, I don't think the genie goes back in the bottle.
I think the days of leftist pissants grinding our faces in the dirt under the threat of government coercion are over. How it will evolve, I don't know but I don't think it will be peaceful. Posted by: Bill Cox at May 21, 2017 5:13 AM
The Top 40: This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

Why do many people want to deny us our past?

Why does the brutishness of our ancestors offend so?

And why do the stories of tremendous resilience, of family and purpose and fight and faith offend them? We are told that because they were not perfect – that they held prejudice in their hearts or often misbehaved – we are not to look to them; certainly not as a means to better understand ourselves. As if we are not even now brutish and vile – albeit in different ways. As if the progress we have been sold, so carefully scraped of all vestiges of the past, is even healthy – even progress at all really, instead of another dark age served to us by know-nothings.Castles, Civilizations and the Know-Nothings | Joel D. Hirst

Memes that Make You Go, "Hummmmm..."

House of Eratosthenes

Two New Things Under the Sun

Louis Réard, the inventor of bikini, with a model in 1946.
He named his creation after the Bikini Atoll, which was the site of nuclear weapon tests, as he felt his new swimsuit would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction.”

Why the C-130 Is Such a Badass Plane


Designed to carry only 90 paratroopers, the Hercules's belly was bursting with far more people than that.
Its lone pilot, a VNAF major, pushed its four Allison T56 turboprops to full throttle and began his takeoff down the 10,000 foot runway. At the opposite end of the runway, the airplane still hadn't taken wing. But in the runway's 1000-foot overrun, the C-130 staggered into the air. After a harrowing flight, it touched down three and a half hours later at U Tapao Royal Thai AB, southeast of Bangkok. On the ramp, American personnel were visibly surprised as they watched 452 people disembark. With herculean effort, the C-130 had lifted more than 20,000 pounds above its operational limit. -- Popular Mechanics

This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

The Resistance would have arisen against whoever represented Americans who had voted not to be governed as they have been for the past quarter-century.
It is a cold civil war against a majority of the American people and their way of life. The members of the Resistance mean to defend their power. Their practical objective is to hamper and otherwise delegitimize 2016’s winners. Their political objective is to browbeat Trump voters into believing they should repent and yield to their betters. This campaign might break the Trump presidency. The Cold Civil War

Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?

Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display.
It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, “Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!” - David Cole

No. Just No.


Uniquely Designed Jeans That Easily Convert Into High Cut Shorts Either In Front or On the Side

“Weapons are the tools of power.

In the hands of the state, they can be the tools of decency or the tools of oppression, depending on the righteousness that state.
In the hands of criminals, they are the tools of evil. In the hands of the free and decent citizen, they should be the tools of liberty. Weapons compound man’s power to achieve whatever purpose he may have. They amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own. Thus, we must regard them as servants, not masters–and good servants of good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” — Attributed to Col. Jeff Cooper [via Power Tools – waka waka waka]

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