Sunday, May 24, 2015

Daily vintage offerings

I could look at vintage photos and media all day.  Thus I am always happy to find a new site, such as this one.  The trick is to go to the end of any of the day's entries where you will see several choices of "You might also like..." and then pick one and after viewing that one, do the same thing. Using this method I found this bunch of rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge.  I'm going to start making a daily check of this site.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hanging out in Carmel

We are here in a rental cottage in Carmel, celebrating Eileen's birthday. We drove down on Tuesday and we are heading home tomorrow afternoon.  The rental is pet friendly so Spenser is here with us.  We took a long drive on Wednesday down Highway One through Big Sur and further south to Hearst Castle.  As always, the scenery was stunning.

The dog and I took a hike up the hill this morning, which afforded a view of Carmel Valley over the roof tops of the swanky homes comprising this neighborhood.  Here are a couple of photos of the view we enjoyed.



Saturday, May 9, 2015

One "Secretary" = Fifty Shades of Grey

I have not seen Fifty Shades of Grey and probably never will.  I have, however, read a few reviews of the film and the consensus is not favorable.  Oddly, two or three reviewers noted that the erotic scenes were surprisingly tame and thus a disappointment when compared to the film "Secretary," which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.


Eileen and I watched "Secretary" last night and really enjoyed it.  It was made 13 years ago, so Spader and Gyllenhaal look much younger than they do today.  They are both terrific in their respective roles, but Maggie's performance is on some sort of higher plain.  What she is able to do with her facial expressions is awesome, perhaps even better than Claire Danes in "Homeland."  I highly recommend "Secretary" for its unabashed kinky-ness, but even more for the script and the performances that bring the script to life.

Tina Fey's last Letterman

Check out this video.  Sure it's a bit contrived, but it works here thanks to Tina just being Tina.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Freak snow storm

We were up at our Tahoe/Donner place last weekend.  We drove up on Thursday morning and came back on Sunday afternoon.  The surprise event was a freak snow storm on Friday night lasting into Saturday morning.  We got about four inches, but it quickly melted off by the end of Saturday.  Just chalk this up as yet another example of the weather not behaving normally.  Of course it is impossible to even consider that it was a result of global climate change.  Sure!  What ever the case, it was beautiful while it lasted, as evidenced by the following pictures taken in front of our house, including our plow service actually plowing the driveways.






Saturday, April 18, 2015

Partisan animus exceeds racial hostility


Dana Milbank's article in today's WaPo is truly interesting; it brings to light something that I was feeling in my bones, but was not able to prove.  Here are a couple of paragraphs from the article that summarize the point under discussion: 
It has long been agreed that race is the deepest divide in American society. But that is no longer true, say Shanto Iyengar and Sean Westwood, the academics who led the study. Using a variety of social science methods (for example, having study participants review résumés of people that make both their race and party affiliation clear), they document that “the level of partisan animus in the American public exceeds racial hostility.”
Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors. Americans increasingly live in neighborhoods with like-minded partisans, marry fellow partisans and disapprove of their children marrying mates from the other party, and they are more likely to choose partners based on partisanship than physical or personality attributes.
The sad and depressing fact is that one of the authors of the study sees no end in sight.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Another batch of motion GIFs

Check out these infinite motion GIFs.  All of them are pretty cool, but for some reason I seem to like the guy on the bench with his dog the most.  Also, some of them are very subtle, such as the girl in the blue dress twiddling her thumbs.