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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."

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 30, 2011 6:06 PM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"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

Mouseover image and select full screen icon in lower right to see large images

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

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 19, 2011 1:54 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 15, 2011 12:14 PM | Comments (16)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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?


Posted by Vanderleun Mar 15, 2011 10:27 AM | Comments (21)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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.

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 6, 2011 9:45 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink


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

Posted by Vanderleun Mar 4, 2011 3:33 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
[Bumped] Something Wonderful: "Save the Wight Bulb!"


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Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

It’s not just about the showerhead.
The water pressure in our homes and apartments has been gradually getting worse for two decades, thanks to EPA mandates on state and local governments. This has meant that even with a good showerhead, the shower is not as good as it might be. It also means that less water is running through our pipes, causing lines to clog and homes to stink just slightly like the sewer. This problem is much more difficult to fix, especially because plumbers are forbidden by law from hacking your water pressure. | Foundation for Economic Education [HT: Never Yet Melted]

In 2016 the Western political system had a stroke.

The American political system is operating in the curious condition of being an impaired state.
It's not really thinking -- about China, Russia, Syria, Kurdistan. It's not really thinking about anything except half remembered slogans from 1968. Like a person afflicted by a stroke, it can't take a consistent view of external reality because it's regressing into atavisms by a loss of brain function. Impaired

Fake News. At the same time of the political putsch, the mainstream media outlets,

in particular the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and the major networks, via broadcasts and social media, began an orchestrated campaign of defamation and delegitimization.
The crazier and more diverse the media mythologies, the better. Melania Trump was a former call girl and illegal alien. Ivanka Trump was peddling her business wares from the West Wing. Jared Kushner was a profiteering collusionist. Steve Bannon was a racist, Sebastian Gorka an unrepentant Nazi. Baron Trump was a spoiled, autistic child. The late elder Trump had run a racist campaign for mayor. And on and on. Resistance & Regime Change: Any Means Necessary – Lies, Leaks, Violence | National Review

Crime simply does not pay as well as politics or banking.

That may be the way to look at something like the Clinton Foundation and, coming soon, the Obama Foundation.
These are not explicitly criminal organizations, but they certainly play outside the spirit of the laws. Obama is out of office and prohibited from running again, but he still controls the Democratic party. The Clintons would be in charge, if not for the fact that the voters took their under boss out in the Tuesday Night Massacre, otherwise known as the presidential election. Even so, the Clinton Family is still a player. Late Phase Capitalism | The Z Blog

Bodymore, Murderville”

Most whites have become habituated to the reality of life in this part of the world.
Everyone, white and black, knows the reality on the street. The blacks with anything on the ball do exactly like the whites and that’s put distance between themselves and the black ghetto. That does not stop the Progressive maniacs from ranting about racism, but they do it from high up in the towers of their whites-only neighborhoods. As a result, no one hears them and so they can be ignored. The Killing Season | The Z Blog

New Blog Arriving Soon

Some have asked, "Gee whiz, Unca Gerard, where is that thar new blog you keeps a promisin'?"

I am hoping for sometime tonight. Hoping. We've been having some issues getting this winged dinosaur landed.

Drink Tea


Drink tea, together with your friends; pay attention to the tea, and to your friends, and pay attention to your friends paying attention to the tea. Therein lies the meaning of life. The Essence of Peopling

We would love to cut a deal with the noble indigenous peoples across the Earth—

you can have your Navajo panties and aboriginal dot paintings and every last freaking burrito on the planet so long as you give us back our computers and cell phones and cars and indoor plumbing and electricity and air conditioners. Deal?

If people go their separate ways such a divorce would be an astonishing defeat for the Left.

As late as 2016 it was possible to imagine an America led to a "progressive" future by Hillary Clinton;
an EU guiding all of Europe to a similar destiny and the G20 taking the whole world to the same destination. Indeed everyone told they were fated to follow an Arc of History. Yet after Brexit, Trump and G-Zero it is no longer possible to visualize this outcome. A blue-red division would confirm the failure to create a "progressive" world. No conceivable rollback will ever put Humpty Dumpty together again. Opportunity

Trump, Julius Caesar, and killing tyrants

The Roman lower classes, with whom Caesar was popular, became enraged that a small group of aristocrats had sacrificed Caesar. -- neoneocon

Execute Trump? Nah, You First.

Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency,
but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then — upon receiving guilty verdicts — they must all be executed under the law. Impeachment Is No Longer Enough; Donald Trump Must Face Justice | HuffPost [Retreived from GoogleCache after it was expunged from the Huffington Post]

A bee in her bonnet


Thousands of bees took over a car in the UK and beekeepers are struggling to make them leave -
At first it wasn't clear why the bees chose the blue Nissan car and he and a colleague were trying to determine whether this was just a temporary stop or a new nesting site. But as the bees moved to the inside of the bonnet, filling every nook and cranny, things got more serious. "They're building a lot of wax in there now, and of course once they start doing that, they're reluctant to leave it, because it's the start of building a house. They put a lot of effort into producing the wax," Coulson told Hull Daily Mail. "I've got a feeling this might be their chosen permanent home."

[Bumped] "They send one of ours to the hospital, we send two of theirs to the morgue."

Baseball Shooter a Big Wake-Up Call for the Left | Roger L. SimonRobespierre is alive and well in 2017 USA.

This pathetic character in Alexandria is, now was, the left's ungoverned id. By any means necessary -- that's for sure. They will undoubtedly try to shove him under the rug as quickly as possible, just one more aberrant individual to be forgotten, just one obscure Bernie volunteer gone bad. Sanders did his best to separate himself within minutes of the revelation. Yes, it's undoubtedly true that this was just one rotten apple, but it's also true that only five years ago Bernie was recommending Venezuela -- now ground zero for starvation, kidnapping and murder -- as a path for us to emulate.

Greatest antitheft device when the thieves are millenials:

Man leads Jeffco deputies on low-speed chase in stolen flatbed truck after unable to get out of 1st gear The driver - later identified as 29-year-old Randy Dewayne Vert - refused to stop and continued driving south on Center Point Parkway, Christian said. Vert was apparently unfamiliar with the complexities of a modern manual transmission.

The natural impulse of a political system in institutional crisis is to dig in.

Too many institutions in the West remain decades after their birth, frozen in the moment of their creation.
NASA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the university system and the United Nations rule us from the past. Public life has become a museum of memes from which nothing can escape without a mummy hand dragging the fugitive back into the darkened interior. It is perhaps no coincidence the two most popular leaders of the Western left, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, might credibly impersonate Boris Karloff. They are here to lead us back to 1968. Stuck

The Japanese. Nuked Too Much... or Trying to Get Their Mouths Around Fujiyama Volcano Plate


We put Japan's most phallic-looking roast beef meal into our mouth at VolcanoKitchen | SoraNews24
Since we’d already become somewhat desensitized to the initially unsettling sensation of peeling strips of meat off the top of the shaft, we mercilessly crushed the egg, sending viscous, gooey liquid running down to the base of the meat rod.

The power of the press is a figment of the imagination -- humbug --

Oscar Diggs behind the curtain projecting the image of Oz the Great and Powerful!
The Internet did not kill the power of the newspapers. It was suicide. And not just because most of them had Marxist editorials, editors, and reporters. Newspapers lost their sense of community -- and their credibility -- when the heirs to hometown publishers didn't want the paper, sold it to a chain for $1,000 per subscriber to a chain -- Gannett, Knight-Ridder, Thomson -- and moved on. Don Surber: Craigslist killed newspapers

When terrorists enter your children’s school and begin to execute them...

will the gun ban (you favored) in school that prevented abiding staff and teachers from saving your child, come to mind as a good idea?
If the answer to any or all of these and many more reasonable questions, is 'yes,' then you may be a delusional liberal, and likely a coward, and almost as big a threat to our nation as the terrorists who are at war with us." - Morgan K. Freeberg

"Happy birthday, Mr. President...."


First truth which has been grounded into dust, must spring forth from the earth again.

At the present time . . .he who practices loving-kindness is esteemed and sought after, while he who champions the truth in word and in deed is persecuted and shunned. 
For men desire to base their affairs on everything except the one incorruptible truth which has been set down before us by God , and therefore these affairs have no permanent value . . . only when love and truth meet together, only when men come to understand that the highest act of loving-kindness is to bring men to know and practice the truth, only then will the marriage of love and truth produce that condition on earth in which everyone and everything will occupy the place which has been assigned to it by the will of God. Truth and Peace - Men Of The West

What happened to Nuclear Winter?


As the media glare faded, its robust scenario appeared less persuasive;
John Maddox, editor of Nature, repeatedly criticized its claims; within a year, Stephen Schneider, one of the leading figures in the climate model, began to speak of "nuclear autumn." It just didn't have the same ring. A final media embarrassment came in 1991, when Carl Sagan predicted on Nightline that Kuwaiti oil fires would produce a nuclear winter effect, causing a "year without a summer," and endangering crops around the world. Sagan stressed this outcome was so likely that "it should affect the war plans." None of it happened. Raconteur Report: Aliens Cause Global Warming by Michael Crichton

If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus.

I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks.
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. - - Woodpile Report

Joe Biden’s niece dodges jail after $100K credit card scam

She walks on a major felony? Of course she did. And who believes she'll keep her end of the deal? In her defense, we're assured she's "a very complicated girl who has a lot of feelings and a lot of issues." Oh ... okay. That explains everything. Hugs from all the little people. Woodpile Report

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages?

There is exactly one language on Earth whose present tense requires a special ending only in the third‑person singular.
I’m writing in it. I talk, you talk, he/she talk-s – why just that? The present‑tense verbs of a normal language have either no endings or a bunch of different ones (Spanish: hablo, hablas, habla). And try naming another language where you have to slip do into sentences to negate or question something. Do you find that difficult? | Aeon Essays

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