Thursday, September 29, 2016

The 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words

The 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words, Explained

Song of the Day

Dee Clark - Just Keep It Up (STEREO) - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: SWEET 16 ... Sweet Dreams Edition!

Forgotten Hits: SWEET 16 ... Sweet Dreams Edition!

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First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

. . . and now it's the Stiletto Shoe Slashing

6 Early Versions of Classic Movies

6 Early Versions of Classic Movies 

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Theodore H. White, The Mountain Road, Signet, 1960

I'm Sure George Kelley Has Some

Relentlessly Relevant: On July 31, the U.S. Postal Office issued an 89-cent stamp in honor of Henry James. The issuance is part of the Postal Service’s Literary Arts series — James is the 31st figure in American literature to be so honored.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Good handwriting is vital in the digital age - especially for children

37 Books With Plot Twists That Will Blow Your Mind

37 Books With Plot Twists That Will Blow Your Mind  

Hat tip to Deb.

Agnes Nixon, R. I. P.

Agnes Nixon, Queen of the Modern Soap Opera, dead at 88: Born in Chicago, Nixon became a leading force in the world of the daytime, where she created the long-running and groundbreaking show "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Gator Update (Belly Rub Edition)

Why Do Alligators Fall Asleep if You Rub Their Bellies? 

Overlooked Music -- a legendary songwriter

The Hit Man: Even if you’ve never heard of Otis Blackwell, you’ve almost certainly heard his music—he was one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. Here’s the story of the most famous songwriter most people have never heard of.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

10 Unseen Images Of The Beatles Filming "A Hard Day's Night"

10 Unseen Images Of The Beatles Filming "A Hard Day's Night"

Uh-Oh

'The Italian Job' Reboot in the Works at NBC   

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

“How Characters I Know Affect What I Write” by (Terrie Farley Moran)

“How Characters I Know Affect What I Write” by (Terrie Farley Moran) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN: Terrie Farley Moran began her fiction-writing career with short stories, and her 2015 Agatha-nominated story for EQMM, “A Killing at the Beausoleil” is a prequel to her Read ’Em and Eat novels. The first book in that series, Well Read, Then Dead, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel in 2014, and it has been followed by two more books, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. In this new post she talks about some of the differences between writing short stories and novels.—Janet Hutchings

Song of the Day

The Beat "Rock N Roll Girl" - YouTube:

What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?

What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play? 

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Once Again Texas Leads the Way

‘Register to vote, get a taco’: Houston taco trucks put voter registration booths ‘on every corner’

Yet People Say Romance Is Dead

Chinese man pledges love with 999 boxes of condoms, bouquet fashioned from G-strings  

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

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James M. Cain, Jealous Woman, Avon, 1951

The New York Public Library’s “human Google” service

The New York Public Library’s little-known “human Google” service answers any question by phone 

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 15 Best Worst Episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series

Rich Playboys, Mad Scientists, and Venusian Monsters

Rich Playboys, Mad Scientists, and Venusian Monsters: The Best of Stanley Weinbaum

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Here's How Book Covers Look In The UK Vs. The US

Here's How Book Covers Look In The UK Vs. The US

Song of the Day

Hot Blooded - Foreigner - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The best cereals of all time, ranked

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Maybe You Should Write a Book

The Trap of Solid Gold: Maybe You Should Write a Book

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Philip Benjamin, Quick, Before it Melts, Avon, 1964

24 of the Most Banned Books of All Time

24 of the Most Banned Books of All Time

I Didn't Know #9

12 Things You Might Not Know About T.S. Eliot 

Overlooked Movies: Have a Nice Funeral, My Friend, Sartana Will Pay

This movie goes by several variations on the title above, I think.  It's part of a spaghetti western series about Sartana, another man in black, who's not just a skilled gunman but a con man, a gambler, and a guy who can kill you with a playing card.  He's always after money, it seems, and in the town of Indian Creek he plays a banker and the Chinese owner of a gambling hall against each other as they vie for a property they believe to be valuable.  Lots of people die.

Here's the kind of movie this is.  Three guys are going to kill Sartana as he rides through a canyon.  Instead of shooting him, which would be far too easy, they're going to kill him by letting 15 or 20 logs roll down the side of the canyon and crush him.  Somehow they get these logs to the top of the canyon wall, every one of them perfectly round and of perfectly identical size.  They get them stacked and ready to roll when the ropes holding them are cut.  All this would have taken about a month to accomplish, but they get it done in a few minutes, it seems.  We don't know how they do it.  They just do.  And believe it or not, their cunning plan fails.

Gianni Garko is very good as Sartana, and the soundtrack is excellent.  There are a number of good scenes.  The plot mostly makes sense, with a nice little twist at the end.  The movie probably won't convince you to become a spaghetti western fan, but it's good second-rate fare and fun while it lasts.

Bad Movie Night: ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Bad Movie Night: The Deliciously Campy Showbiz Exposé ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Have a Nice Funeral

HAVE A NICE FUNERAL SARTANA WILL PAY TRAILER - YouTube: