Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New EQMM Podcast

PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts: EPISODE 62: "The Problem of the Old Oak Tree"

Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, R. I. P.

AOL.com: Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, the Ohio housewife who 50 years ago became the first female pilot to fly solo around the world, has died. She was 88.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

They Really Are Everywhere

Minnesota homeowner spots wayward alligator, sheriff’s deputy dispatches it  

Hat tip to Steve Stilwell.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

And not it's: Elderly Florida Diner Beaten In Cursing Dispute

10 Evocative Southern Gothic Films

10 Evocative Southern Gothic Films 

Song of the Day

Royal Guardsman "Any Wednesday" 1967 - YouTube:

Ten Worst Opening Lines in Literature

Ten Worst Opening Lines in Literature  

Link via Boing Boing.

Today's Vintage Ad


“The Mystery of Quest” (by Michael Guillebeau)

“The Mystery of Quest” (by Michael Guillebeau) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

It Was Bound to Happen

Satan Is Promoting Nicolas Cage's Newest Movie

PaperBack



August Derleth, editor, Strange Ports of Call, Berkley, 1958

5 Texas Murderabilia Items

5 Texas Murderabilia Items: Charles Whitman's Gun Isn't Even the Creepiest Thing on the List

I Found a Penny Last Week

Amateur treasure hunter Laurence Egerton finds 22,000 Roman coins from 4th century

5 Famous Cocktails With Wartime Origins

5 Famous Cocktails With Wartime Origins

George Shuba, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: George Shuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder who played in three World Series during the 1950s but who was best remembered for his welcoming gesture to Jackie Robinson at home plate on the day Robinson, as a minor leaguer, broke baseball’s color barrier, died on Monday at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 89. 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Ray Lambrecht, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: Ray Lambrecht, a small-town Chevrolet dealer who became far better known for the cars he kept than the ones he sold, died on Sept. 22 at his home in Pierce, Neb., across the street from the auto dealership he owned and operated for 50 years. He was 96.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

5 Awesome Technologies Created by Ancient Civilizations

5 Awesome Technologies Created by Ancient Civilizations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Cornell Hurd Band's New Release

As some of you may recall, my son, Allen, is part of the Cornell Hurd band and records their CDs.  The latest one is XX, and there's some info about it here.  The album has been reviewed in Country Music People, British print magazine, and I can't resist quoting a few lines from it:  By the second spin I realised that each of these songs - all originals by Hurd and/or Allen Crider - was already like an old friend. . . . the instrumental "When You Smile" is so strong melodically, at no point did I wish there were lyrics.  I should point out that the instrumental was written by Allen and that he plays lead guitar on it.  In fact, he plays lead guitar on just about every number on the CD, sings harmony, and plays rhythm guitar on a couple of cuts.  If you're ever in the mood for some great western swing music, get a copy of this one and settle back for 42 minutes of the good old stuff.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in US

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

MN man upset over hand-holding in gay bar shoots couple with BB gun, shouts Bible verses

She Might Have a Case

Woman Busted for Possession of SpaghettiO’s Sauce May Sue

Song of the Day

Tuesday Afternoon by The Moody Blues - YouTube:

Sheriff Dan Rhodes and Seepy Benton Inexplicably Not Included

Flavorwire: 50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature

Today's Vintage Ad


Yet Another List I'm Not On

2014 Kirkus Prize Finalists Announced – Flavorwire: Hey! It’s a book prize that actually offers a significant amount of money to the recipients, and the list of finalists reflects the way we read now, and it’s the very first year this all has happened.

PaperBack



E. M. Hull, Sons of the Sheik, Dell, 1949

A Klassic Klip

Nicolas Cage Teaches You Your ABC's 

So Where's My Flying Car?

The Flying Flivver: Henry Ford's Attempt to Make Us All Pilots: "Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come."

Forgotten Film Posters

The Fascinating 100-Year Journey of Black Cinema Through Its Film Posters

The 23 Weirdest Movies... And What They Really Mean

The 23 Weirdest Movies... And What They Really Mean   

Link via mental _floss.

10 Short Films Hiding On YouTube That Feature Huge Stars

10 Short Films Hiding On YouTube That Feature Huge Stars 

Overlooked Movies: Trouble in Paradise

I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, "How can a movie with a Criterion DVD, a movie that many people love, be called 'overlooked'?"  That's the wrong question.  The question is, "Have you looked it over lately?"

There are a lot of things to like here.  This movie's only 83 minutes long, but it has more plot and more grace notes than just about all the 120-minute-plus movies I've seen lately.  The scene of the first meeting between gentleman thief Gaston Monesque (Herbert Marshall) and gentlewoman thief Lily (Miriam Hopkins), besides being very funny, takes care in a few minutes of information that would be parceled out in half an hour.  When the two of them plot to steal a fortune from Madame Mariette Colet (Kay Francis), setting their plans in motion takes about 2 minutes, not an hour.

Complications abound.  Colet has two suitors (the very amusing Edward Everett Horton and Charles Ruggles) that don't appeal to her.  Horton happens to be someone Marshall has robbed in the past, and when Marshall becomes Colet's secretary, Horton almost (but not quite) recognizes him.  It's obvious that he'll figure things out sooner or later, though.  There are other problems, the biggest one being that Marshall falls for Francis, though it's clear that he still loves Lily and that they're meant for each other.

The director, Ernst Lubitsch, keeps the whole thing lighter than air, with impeccable timing from the entire cast.  The costuming and sets are great, too.  It's impossible for me to watch this one without smiling all the way through, except for the times I'm laughing.  Sure it's 80 years old now.  More, actually.  So some of it is going to appear dated to you youngsters.  And in spite of the color poster up above, the movie is in black and white.  It looks great for the most part (I found the first couple of minutes a little murky).  I know some younger people who say they can't watch B&W movies.  That's their loss, especially in the case of one like this. 

Note: The unofficial trailer above was put together by someone not affiliated with the movie or the studio, but it'll give you an idea of what the movie is like.

Trouble in Paradise

Church of Film: TROUBLE IN PARADISE trailer - YouTube: