Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pic of the Day

Havana, Cuba

Movie of the Day

Title: Slumdog Millionaire
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

Song of the Day

Title: Forever Yellow Skies
Artist: The Cranberries
Album: To the Faithful Departed


Yellow skies, I can see you in the yellow skies
See you again, I see you again
In my dreams, in my dreams
In my dreams, in my dreams

Morning light, I remember morning light
Outside my door, I'll see you no more
In my dreams, in my dreams
In my dreams, in my dreams

Forever, forever, forever I'll be holding you
Forever, forever, forever I'll be holding you
Responsible, responsible, responsible, responsible

Black and white
It's become so black and white
So insecure, you're so insecure
That's what you are, that's what you are
That's what you are, that's what you are

Forever, forever, forever I'll be holding you
Forever, forever, forever I'll be holding you
Responsible, responsible, responsible, responsible

Artist of the Day

Armando Marino, 1968-present, Cuban painter, sculptor, and installation artist





Thought of the Day

In light of Fidel Castro's death and the maelstrom of varying responses to it, one must ask himself many questions. First, is it acceptable as an outsider to celebrate the man's death? I have witnessed much of that, especially in America, and it reminds me of how we celebrated Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi's deaths as if death, even the deaths of despotic and presumably evil men, is something to be cherished. Second, will the Cuban people prosper in a post-Castro world? Iraq certainly hasn't prospered in a post-Hussein world, although I doubt the average Iraqi, or Middle Easterner in general, would say they would like to go back to the Hussein days. Lastly, what lessons can we learn from the socialist legacy which Castro left behind?

Quote of the Day

I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating...because it causes war, hypocrisy, and competition. - Fidel Castro

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pic of the Day

Dalian International Conference Center, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China

Movie of the Day

Title: Major League
Director/Writer: David S. Ward
Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Rene Russo, Bob Uecker, Wesley Snipes



Song of the Day

Title: The Hardest Button to Button
Artist: The White Stripes
Album: Elephant


We started living in an old house
My ma gave birth and we were checking it out
It was a baby boy
So we bought him a toy
It was a ray gun
And it was 1981

We named him 'Baby'
He had a toothache
He started crying
It sounded like an earthquake
It didn't last long
Because I stopped it
I grabbed a rag doll
And stuck some little pins in it

Now we're a family
And we're alright now
We got money and a little place
To fight now
We don't know you
And we don't owe you
But if you see us around
I got something else to show you

Now it's easy when you don't know better
You think it's sleazy?
Then put it in a short letter
We keep warm
But there's just something wrong with you
Just feel that you're the hardest little button to button

I had opinions
That didn't matter
I had a brain
That felt like pancake batter
I got a backyard
With nothing in it
Except a stick
A dog
And a box with something in it

The hardest button to button [x12]

Artist of the Day

Sesshū Tōyō, 1420-1506, Japanese painter

Thought of the Day

What is it with nurses and cigarettes? As far as women are concerned, nursing and teaching are the two professions that seem to attract the highest proportion of derelicts. Shouldn't we expect a more refined stratum of women to be attending to our health needs and teaching our children?

Quote of the Day

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. - Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pic of the Day

Mount Stanley, Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

Movie of the Day

Title: Pumpkinhead
Director: Stan Winston
Writers: Stan Winston, Richard C. Weinman, Gary Gerani, Mark Patrick Carducci
Starring: Lance Henriksen, John D'Aquino, Kerry Remsen

Song of the Day

Title: Banned in D.C.
Artist: Bad Brains
Album: Bad Brains


Banned in D.C. with a thousand more places to go
Gonna swim across the Atlantic, cause that's the only place I can go

You, you can't hurt me, me I'm banned in D.C. D.C.

We, we got ourselves, gonna sing it, gonna love it, gonna work it out to any length
Don't worry, no worry, about what people say
We got ourselves, we gonna make it anyway

You, you can't hurt me, why I'm banned in D.C. D.C. D.C.

And if you ban us from your clubs, it's the right time, with the right mind
And if you think we really care, then you won't find in my mind
Oooh oooh, you can't afford, to close your doors, so soon no more

My oh my I lay you down upon the ground so soon no more
Oooh oooh, you can't afford to close your doors so soon no more


My oh my I let you down upon the ground

Artist of the Day

Hans Bollongier, 1600-1645, Dutch painter

Thought of the Day

I recently found out the Golden Gate Bridge is the second-most popular site for suicides in the world. In any given year, an average of around 50 people commit suicide by hurling themselves off the bridge and about 100 potential jumpers are talked out of an attempt. The brilliant citizens and authorities of San Francisco have decided to thwart attempts with signs and suicide prevention hotlines, instead of, say, erecting barriers or nets. One reason for public opposition to barriers/nets is aesthetics. Aesthetics! How about the aesthetics of enjoying a nice, mid-afternoon walk on the bridge, only to have your picturesque view ruined by the silhouette of a man falling at breakneck speed into the bay? California: where vanity trumps pragmatism and compassion.

Quote of the Day

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. - Lana Turner

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pic of the Day

Laker or not, farewell to one of the greatest



Movie of the Day

Title: Crooklyn
Director: Spike Lee
Writers: Joie Susannah Lee, Cinque Lee, Spike Lee
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Zelda Harris


Song of the Day

Title: Mr. Jack
Artist: System of a Down
Album: Steal This Album!


Hey Mr. Jack,
Is that the mouthwash in your eyes
Hey Mr. jack,
Is that the cause of your surprise
Hey where you at
On the side of the freeway in the car
Hey where you at
On the side of the freeway in the car
In the car

On the side of the freeway in the...
Hey Mr. Jack
Is that the trick of your disguise
Hey Mr. Jack
Is that the cause of your demise
Hey where you at
On the side of the freeway in the car
Hey where you at
On the side of the freeway in the car
In the car
On the side of the freeway in the car
In the car
On the side of the freeway in the...

Seven a.m. morning, came to take us away
Little men, big guns, pointed at our heads
Seven a.m. morning, came to take us away
Little men, big guns, pointed at our heads
At our, at our heads

Your prospect of living gone
You ran the light at dawn
Protectors on your back
Lights are on their track
You must now face authority
You're nothing like me
You must now face authority
You're nothing like me
Put you hands up, get out of the car
Put you hands up, get out of the car
Put you hands up, get out of the car

Fuck you pig
Fuck you pig
Fuck you pig
Fuck you pig
Put you hands up, get out of the car.

Artist of the Day

Antony Gormley, 1950-present, British sculptor

Thought of the Day

Hunt's ketchup: the one true sign that a restaurant is in the red.

Quote of the Day

I'm reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose. - Kobe Bryant

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pic of the Day

Pucker up

Movie of the Day

Title: The Good Shepherd
Director: Robert De Niro
Writer: Eric Roth
Starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Gabriel Macht, William Hurt, Joe Pesci, John Turturro

Song of the Day

Title: Pt. 2, Resolution
Artist: John Coltrane
Album: A Love Supreme

Artist of the Day

Gary Farrelly, 1983-present, Irish painter and collage artist

Thought of the Day

Do they make fortune cookies in languages other than English, and presumably Mandarin/Cantonese? For instance, in Spain, are the fortune cookies written in Spanish? In Russia, are the fortune cookies written in Russian? Do they even have Chinese restaurants outside of China and the U.S.?

Quote of the Day

I love everything that's old - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. - Oliver Goldsmith

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pic of the Day

Wonder Wheel, Coney Island, NY

Movie of the Day

Title: Forrest Gump
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Eric Roth (based on the novel by Winston Groom)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Haley Joel Osment

Song of the Day

Title: Really Love
Artist: D'Angelo and The Vanguard
Album: Black Messiah


When you call my name
When you love me gently
When you're walking near me
Doo doo wah I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you

When you look at me
I open up instantly
I fall in love so quickly
Doo doo wah I'm in really love with you, doo doo wah I'm in really love with you
I'm in really love with you

All night beside you I'd lay
I love you deep when you come to my bed
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you
Ooh wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you

When you touch me there
When you make me tingle
When our nectars mingle
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love
I'm not an easy man, to overstand, you feel me
But girl you're patient with me
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you

All night I wish for you here
Lay your head beside my hip
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you
I'm in really love with you

Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you
I'm in really love with you
Oh how I love the little things you do
I'm in really love with you.

Artist of the Day

Brian Bolland, 1951-present, British illustrator

Thought of the Day

If you own a convertible and are so desperate to drive with the top down that you'll do it in late winter/early spring on an overcast day, go fuck yourself.

Quote of the Day

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live. - Charles Bukowski

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pic of the Day

Can I get a "Hell yeah!"


Movie of the Day

Title: The Stepford Wives
Director: Bryan Forbes
Writer: William Goldman (based on the novel by Ira Levin)
Starring: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Matherson, Nanette Newman, Tina Louise, Patrick O'Neal

Song of the Day

Title: Not For You
Artist: Pearl Jam
Album: Vitalogy


Restless soul, enjoy your youth
Like Muhammad it's the truth
Can't escape from the common rule
If you hate something, don't you do it too
Small my table, a-sits just two
Got so crowded, I can't make room
Oh, where did they come from? Stormed my room
And you dare say it belongs to you, to you

This is not for you
This is not for you
This is not for you
Oh, not for you, ah, you

(scream, my friends don't call me)
(friends, no they don't scream)
(my friends don't call, my friends don't)
All that's sacred comes from youth
Dedication, naive and true
With no power, nothing to do
I still remember, why don't you, don't you

This is not for you
This is not for you
This is not for you
Oh, never was for you, fuck you
This is not for you
Oh, this is not for you, yeah, you
This is not for you
Oh, not for you
Oh, you.

Artist of the Day

Romaine Brooks, 1874-1970, American painter

Thought of the Day

Whenever I see Hillary Clinton I think of one of the wives from The Stepford Wives. Her persona, speech patterns, and mannerisms are those of a pod person, not an organic being. In related news, I read a poll yesterday while watching CNN's coverage of super Tuesday #2: when asked, "Who is more honest and trustworthy, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?", the great residents of Mississippi replied "Hillary" at a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. Now, I don't think either of these individuals is worthy of the Oval Office, but if there's one thing Bernie is which Hilary isn't, it's honest and trustworthy. God bless and God help America.

Quote of the Day

In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review

Title: Mystic River
Author: Dennis Lehane
Publication: 2001
Genre: Crime



Like with Faulkner, I've long intended to read something by Dennis Lehane. I've seen the film adaptation of this novel, as well as that of Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and his short story "Animal Rescue," which was adapted into the film The Drop, and subsequently turned into a novel of the same name. All four of these films were enjoyable, and I have a bizarre preference for watching the movie version of a novel prior to reading the novel, as I think it makes the text more exciting when you have a distinct picture of the narrative in your head. Perhaps I lack imagination, but I've found this strategy works well with Cormac McCarthy novels-turned-films, and since Lehane's stories share the themes of crime and depravity, I figured Mystic River would be a fun read - and it was. The novel's three main characters, childhood friends Sean Devine, Dave Boyle, and Jimmy Marcus, are well-developed and Lehane does an excellent job of making the reader equally ambivalent to each man; that is, each character has his unique balance of positive and negative traits that makes him neither protagonist nor antagonist. It's evident Lehane, a Boston native, grew up around these types of guys. There's a personal touch you don't ordinarily get with best-selling, prolific crime novelists like Michael Connelly, not that his work isn't entertaining. If the story has a hero it's Devine, the only one of the three not to have committed murder, but he's portrayed as over-privileged and a sell out to his community and roots, and in his apparent disconnection with the neighborhood he grew up in, he's slow to close the case on the murder of Marcus' daughter, which (spoiler alert) indirectly causes the death of Boyle at Marcus' hands. Lehane's writing style isn't anything special, but there's a brilliance and dignity in its efficiency and earnestness. Put simply, it's a novel about blue-collar people written in blue-collar language and form. I'll definitely be back for more, and I recommend this for all readers.

Pic of the Day

One of nature's many wonderful freaks, the shoebill

Movie of the Day

Title: Blood Simple
Directors/Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh

Song of the Day

Title: Jason
Artist: Jadakiss feat. Swizz Beatz
Album: Top Five Dead or Alive


[Swizz Beatz:]
You got me feeling like I ain't winning
I'm starting from the beginning
I go Forrest, go Forrest
I make so much fucking money, yeah I go Forrest
These rims ain't for sale, bitch
This whip ain't for sale, bitch
And this Cuban ain't for sale, bitch
I been on the fucking boat like a sail bitch
500 feet on the fucking water
Ten fucking karats for my baby daughter
You come through boy, place your order
I got some niggas that'll meet you at the fucking border

[Hook - Swizz Beatz & (Jadakiss):]
I got my hoodie and my mask on
I got my gun and my blast on
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)

[Jadakiss:]
I'm just one of the five, I'm just one with the vibes
Even niggas is jealous so they just want you to die
They don't want you to rise, they just want you demise
So I be crossing my T's and I be dotting my I's
You on the opposite side, shots gonna fly
Best part about it, I can stay right up in Yonkers and hide
Keep a gun in the door, that's all in the ride
Til my niggas come home, free all of the guys
This shit is all a facade, thought it was all a surprise
I heard of the stories, seen all of the lies
Long as the work is official, and the corner supplied
At the end of the day niggas, we gonna survive
What

[Hook:]
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)
I got my hoodie and my mask on
I got my gun and my blast on
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)

[Jadakiss:]
I'm just one of the five, I'm just one with the vibes
Can't figure it out or they don't wanna decide
In the gutter replying, mic flooded with dimes
Send youe ass, I'ma hit you with the butt of the nine
Bullets soaking in pine, let 'em open your spine
Use your brain a little, my nigga open your mind
If you ain't in the circle, for a square I get you line
I know niggas is telling, I don't care about the time
Yeah I got weed on me, I don't care about the fine
From a hood where niggas don't give a fuck by design
Yeah, it's real life, it's not a rhyme
And remember, if you don't get caught it's not a crime
Like

[Hook:]
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)
I got my hoodie and my mask on
I got my gun and my blast on
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)

Artist of the Day

Giulio Romano, 1499-1546, Italian painter and architect

Thought of the Day

There's one thing about vegetarians I find flabbergasting: they make a conscious, presumably informed decision not to eat meat, yet many of them buy and consume meatless products designed to resemble various types of meat. I once had firsthand experience with this, and I look back at it and shake my head. Here's the short list of delicious meats with less delicious meatless alternatives: sliced turkey breast, chicken patties, chicken tenders, hot dogs, ground beef, Italian sausage, BBQ ribs, and hamburgers.

Quote of the Day

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. - Vince Lombardi

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pic of the Day

Awesome Woolrich Wallys