Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Slip Sliding Away

The New York Times: VIENNA, Va. — Paul Simon says he is ready to give up making and playing music, 61 years after he started as a 13-year-old. “You’re coming towards the end,” he said in an interview this week, discussing the mysterious epiphanies that delivered some of his greatest songs, the toxic qualities of fame, and his yearning to explore questions of spirituality and neuroscience.

2016 David Thompson Special Service Award

2016 David Thompson Special Service Award

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

See it to believe it: Bryan Wilson, Texas Law Hawk: Commercial 4 - YouTube

Song of the Day

Bruce Channel - Hey Baby - YouTube:

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Are YOU obsessed with your phone?

Today's Vintage Ad



I Miss the Old Days

60 Years Ago: The Last Packard Rolls off the Assembly Line 

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Rex Stout, The Rubber Band, Pocket Books, 1943

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

Pregnant Wendy's employee beat up during straws fracas in Mo.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Buddy Ryan, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: James (Buddy) Ryan, the renowned defensive guru and father of twin brothers, Rex and Rob, who continue to carry on his football coaching legacy with the Buffalo Bills, died Tuesday morning. He was 82.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

FYI

6 things to know about alligators

Pat Summitt, R. I. P.

Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee basketball coach, dies at 64  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

POLICE BLOTTER: Woman threatens to gut ex- over loose change  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Croc Update (Crocosaurus Cove Edition)

Video of crocodile attempting to eat Australian diver at Crocosaurus Cove  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Great still pics as well as video.

Overlooked Movies -- Casino Royale


Summertime is rerun time, USA. Here's a review from 2006.

When I saw Layer Cake, I knew Daniel Craig would be just fine as James Bond. And he is. He doesn't look like the Bond of the books, but that doesn't matter. He pulls off the role, and is utterance of the famous introduction ("My name is Bond, etc.") is a high point of the movie.

Which is far too long. I like the idea of the free-running stunts in the long chase near the beginning, but it all goes on too long, as do several scenes. 

The B&W sequence before the main titles is nice, and the titles themselves are great. I don't know who cooked them up, but they really set a tone. The song, on the other hand, pretty much bit the moose.

I liked the harder edge for Bond, and I liked the way the script shows how he's hard but still vulnerable, at least until the final betrayal and its result.

Having read the book more than 45 years ago, I still remember it well. I also recall my favorite line, spoken by Le Chifre in the torture scene: "Kiss it goodbye, Mr. Bond." The line's not in the movie, more's the pity. For that matter, maybe it's not even in the book. After 45 years, I can't be sure. Maybe I just made it up.

When it comes down to it, I'm still a Sean Connery kind of guy, and my favorites Bond movies are still the first three. This one was okay, but not in their league. Check it out, though. It's still worth a look if you're a fan of the series.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006) - Official Trailer HD - YouTube:

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tip of the Day

Tip: Do Not Ask A Question About Your Manhood If You Can't Handle Her Answer  

Hat tip to Deb.

Blaze! Bloody Wyoming -- John Hegenberger


Blaze! Bloody Wyoming opens when J. D. Blaze and his wife Kate engaged in a bit of intimacy and are attacked by a band of renegades.  Kate is wounded, and J. D. takes her to a doctor in the nearest town before heading out for revenge.  In short order he's hanged and nearly drowned in the flash flood that saves him from the hanging.

When he returns to town, his wife doesn't appear to know who he is and has taken a job as a soiled dove in a local saloon.  There's a lot to untangle here, but J. D. is up to the job as the bodies pile up.

If you're looking for a fast-moving, all-action western story, this just might the one for you.

The top songs of 1976

This list goes on breaking our hearts: The top songs of 1976

Song of the Day

The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - YouTube:

Following Elfego Baca

Following Elfego Baca 

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13 Fascinating Facts About ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’

13 Fascinating Facts About ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’

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Joan Tucker (Peggy Gaddis), Young Secretary, Venus Books, 1954

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas city council votes to oust library cat  

Hat tip to Deb.

How to Take Care of Your Hair, 1950s Edition

How to Take Care of Your Hair, 1950s Edition: "Wash your hair frequently," an instructional video advises, "once every two weeks."

I Miss the Old Days

McDonald's 1987 fashion catalog is a horrorshow

Hollywood's 15 all-time best movies based on kids' books

Hollywood's 15 all-time best movies based on kids' books  

Hat tip to Jeff Segal.  

Annie Proulx: By the Book

Annie Proulx: By the Book