Monthly Archives: December 2012

Eyesore of the Month: Library of Birmingham

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The architectural decadence of civic buildings continues. Here are a couple shots of the new library currently being built in Birmingham, England. Not only does the style clash with the surrounding context, but so does the scale. … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Men and Their Tools

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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“Mysterious Mamberano”

Paleo Retiree writes: “Mysterious Mamberano” is one of several adventure documentaries available on Netflix Instant made by a Slovakian filmmaker named Pavol Barabas. I’ve watched and enjoyed them all. This time Barabas and a couple of buddies set out to … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: JayMan attempts an answer to this question: How much do inbreeding and outbreeding have to do with a society’s cohesiveness? Some bliss of recent vintage for Roger Federer fans. How does he make some of those shots? … Continue reading

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“Thomas Graal’s Best Film”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Swedish film pioneer Mauritz Stiller is known mainly for his connection to Greta Garbo; it was he who brought her to MGM. But in the 1910s and early ’20s he was a major force in movies, perhaps … Continue reading

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Enough? Not Enough?

Paleo Retiree writes: Real money, eh? Upper-middle class life vs. middle-middle class life … I grew up thinking that a little more money than my parents had might grant me access to many of the good things in life — … Continue reading

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Interfaith Dialogue

Fenster writes: Following up on Fabrizio’s atheism post. Worth looking at the numbers. Here is Pew’s assessment of religious affiliation in the United States. The unaffiliated make for a large number–over 16%, or 10 times the number of Jews or … Continue reading

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Fenster writes: I have been waiting to see Mark Cousin’s 15-hour documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey.  Good news for me, and for you too if you are interested: it is now on Netflix streaming. I watched the first … Continue reading

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Fenster writes: An interesting story of lives lost in an avalanche while skiing. A very nice job by the Times in creatig a multi-media format for telling the story.

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Got Rhythm?

Fenster writes: I am mostly happy in 4/4 but like the odd time signature challenge. Here are two of my favorites. First, Blue Rondo a la Turk.  This version is performed by Two Generations of Brubeck, which is Dave recording … Continue reading

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