Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I'm taking the week off to sneak [e.g. Rupert Grint above] up to LA for Anime Expo. I don't anticipate any obstacles like weird doors that could trip people [see Dan above], but I am challenging myself to get from Silver Lake to the Convention Center without getting lost. It'll be the first time. I'll see you after the 4th.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I gather that there is a time limit on the Doctors, something like our presidential term limit of 2 terms. If it were otherwise, David Tennant is so loved, he would have clearly been the FDR of Doctors.
Friday, June 24, 2011
There is a new interview with Eddie Argos posted in Skyscraper Magazine in which Eddie lists and elaborates on his 10 favorite things. I love this guy, and he is hilarious, and he says some of the most revealing things about himself in it. You can read it here:
And if you click on the picture at the article instead of above, it gets super-huge and you can check on how everyone's pores are doing.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Today's brit is pop-star-turned-physicist Brian Cox, host of the BBC's Wonders of the Solar System, and more recently, Wonders of the Universe. The Guardian's art blogger Jonathan Jones says,
Prof. Cox's Wikipedia entry is here:
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
It's official: My son's hair is bigger than Alex Turner's is in this photo of Alex's gorgeous locks, even though Robert's 9-year-old body is much, much smaller. And he is such an attention-getter--we can be in a restaurant with a party of lovely, interesting people, but invariably the waitress's first comment is to Robert: "I love your hair!"
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
There are enough Dr. Who fans in my household to justify making Snape [Alan Rickman] share the limelight today with Barty Crouch Jr. [David Tennant, aka the Tenth Doctor]. Besides, we never turn away a Scot from this blog's front door. Hard to say who steals this scene from HP4--to get the full affect of the triptych above, click on the link for a brilliant GIF:
Saturday, June 11, 2011
My childhood teddy bear was an adorable pathetic looking thing who had a love-smashed muzzle and dodgy fur from the beginning of time I could remember. I don't have a picture of him, but if you take the bear pictured above, give him absolutely no neck, replace his button eyes with sleepy-eyelid-shaped half moons of yellow felt, make his body and legs so straight and firmly stuffed that he resembles a crucifix, then you have the idea. His name was Eddie the Teddy, not because of the euphony of the rhyme but because he made me think of Ed Sullivan, the early television impresario.
When my husband left for Germany last month, I told him that I would be grateful if he brought home anything with a gold button in its ear. I got the quizzical look, and I told him about the signature tagging of the Steiff stuffed animals. I was thinking maybe a hedgehog. Well I did get my little hedgehog upon his return, a tiny stuffed guy with a keychain delicately attached to the top of his head. But I also got an exquisite 1912 Classic black mohair Teddy Bear. Here is his picture in the Steiff catalog:
My new bear needed a name worthy of his lineage. I couldn't get over his marvelous fur, so the only thing I could think of was Herr Mohair Bear. Not much of a name. Maybe Mo for short. Herr Mohair Bear led to Herr Morris Chair for no particular reason, which led me to the Wikipedia to learn more about William Morris, the Victorian designer and artist whose firm adapted and popularized the Morris chair. William Morris had the vision to want posterity to remember the Victorian Age for something other than Industry and its byproduct Soot. He designed textiles and wallpapers like the ones pictured below:
Ummmmmm, yummy. A lovely digression, but back to naming the bear. Herr Morris Bair? Herr William Morris Bair?? One artifact would provided the key--a picture of the man himself:
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Look at this boy's happy face...he is the personification of the word 'dimpled.'
Here is Eddie Argos performing with The English Travelling Wilburys, giving a concert for British radio a few years ago. Listening to the broadcast, I heard "Glam Casual" for the very first time. I will try to embed it here now for your enjoyment.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Not being a religious person, I still have a philosophical and historical interest in the many published versions of the life of Christ. And a human interest. I recently watched Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ," and for me, that movie raises an issue I've encountered before. How many of the gospels [and beyond] does the narrative of this film combine to tell its story? Isn't the whole point of having 4 books by 4 different witnesses at the beginning of the New Testament that these 4 points of view are not to be combined? Different authors' interpretations of events are often mutually exclusive, so portraying all disparate accounts of those events as one historical flow is a distortion. What makes the film "The Gospel of John" a standout--besides Ian Cusick's knockout performance--is the use of only one interpretation, word for word the book of John, as its script.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Dan Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, obviously.
I am so excited for this movie. At the same time, I never want it to end.
My nine-year-old and I had a conversation, looking at this image, about the technicalities behind Voldemort's lack-of-nose. I said that I read that it was CG'd out of all his scenes. My son said they could have just used a mask.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
This post is for Sunday.
I have to have this toy. I want to make a tiny Beethoven-like bust of Snape. But first I have to find someone who wants to cast a bust of Voldemort, because I will not have it in my house!
And here's Billy Connolly at last month's Tartan Day event, 'Dressed to Kilt' [NYC??] But the image from that evening I will NOT be able to get out of my mind is Chris Noth bending over and flipping his kilt to prove he understood the proper way to clothe [not] the troops within. You're going to have to find that link on your own.
Friday, June 3, 2011
I had lunch today at a restaurant that is legendary in San Diego, the 94th Aero Squadron. It was my first experience. It was amazing. I really did feel like I could join the French Resistance...
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Alex Turner is stepping aside just for today.
I finished reading Seamus Heaney's translation of 'Beowulf' last night, and while I do NOT intend to see the 2007 movie, for all kinds of reasons, I was interested to learn that Brendan Gleeson played Wiglaf. Wiglaf, in the poem, ends up in the morally superior position of being the only one of Beowulf's men who does not run away in fear from the dragon. Brendan Gleeson will always be, first in my mind, Mad-Eye Moody.