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Monday, October 20, 2014

Dog lovers, start your day with a smile: Compilation Video of Puppies Chasing Laser Pointers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alzheimer's patient singer/songwriter Glen Campbell writes powerful, heartbreaking final song: "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, 78 year-old country music singer/songwriter Glen Campbell recorded the footage in this music video (other than the old videos, of course) as his disease progressed; the final sessions are from last year (2013). Currently in stage 6 of the disease, he's been living in a full-time care facility in Nashville since March of this year.

Part of the lyrics he sings to his wife, Kim:

You're the last person I will love
You're the last face I will recall
And best of all, I'm not gonna miss you.
Not gonna miss you.

I'm never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You're never gonna see it in my eyes
It's not gonna hurt me when you cry

I'm never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains

I'm not gonna miss you
I'm not gonna miss you

Here's the Alzheimer's Association website, and here's more on Campbell and his Alzheimer's.

My massaman curry recipe (by request)

This is a non-spicy recipe, since I'm a wimp. Add some Sriracha (or something similar) at the same time you add the potatoes and coconut milk, or if you have a normal people/wimp mix, just serve it at the table.

Massaman Curry

1/4 cup peanut (or vegetable) oil 

1/2 cup Massaman curry paste (there are a lot of curry pastes, and they probably all taste good, but I use this and I really like it)

2 Tbs fresh minced ginger

1 Tbs fresh minced garlic

1 chopped onion (optional)

2-1/2 pounds chicken breast - cubed

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup fish sauce

1/3 cup tamarind paste

1/3 cup peanut butter

6 cups cubed potatoes

2 (13.5 oz) cans coconut milk

1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes worth)

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped


Heat vegetable oil over medium heat in a pot big enough to hole everything. Stir in curry paste and minced ginger; cook and stir for 5 minutes or so. Stir in the chicken, and cook, stirring them around for about 8 - 10 minutes.

Stir in brown sugar, fish sauce, tamarind paste, peanut butter, potatoes, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat as low as it will go, cover, and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add the lime juice and cook for an additional 5 minutes before serving. 

I think this is usually served with white rice, but you can also just eat it as is. Serve with chopped peanuts and hot sauce.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday links

How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide.

Quentin Tarantino Directed a 1995 Episode of ER.

Rita Hayworth was born on this date in 1918. Here's an excellent compilation of her dancing, set to Stayin' Alive

Things That Are Hilariously Similar To Each Other (this is an open list, so you can add to it. Numbers 18 and 21 are my favorites).

ICYMI, Tuesdays links are here, and include lots of stuff about the Battle of Hastings, a gallery of stairs that lead nowhere, Halloween ideas from the 1880's, and the McDonald from McDonald's restaurants.

Happy Birthday, Rita Hayworth (born 1918): here's an excellent compilation of her dancing, set to Stayin' Alive

Today is the 96th anniversary of the birth of superstar American movie actress and dancer Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) in Brooklyn. Born Margarita Carmen Cansino to two professional dancers, Hayworth started dance lessons at an early age and in 1927 moved with her family to Hollywood, where her father had hoped to land dancing parts in the movies. Finding minimal success, he formed a dance act with his daughter, and since she was too young to appear in night clubs in California, they performed across the border in Tijuana. 

This 1941 photograph of Rita Hayworth
became one of the most popular
pin-ups among U.S. servicemen during
 World War II. Life magazine, however,
 decided it was too risque to put
on their cover
Hayworth's career really took off in the early 1940s, and by 1944, when she appeared with Gene Kelly in Cover Girl, she was one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, and in Charles Vidor's erotic film noir, Gilda (1946), she established herself as a leading femme fatale. 

She was married and divorced five times, and counted among her husbands Orson Welles, Prince Aly Khan (by whom she had two daughters), and Dick Haymes. Late in life, she suffered from alcoholism and died of Alzheimer's disease in New York City in 1987.) She was quoted in 1977 as saying, 

"Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me."

Dancing in Tijuana when I was 13 - that was my "summer camp." How else could I keep up with Fred Astaire when I was 19?
~Rita Hayworth (New York Times, 25 October 1970)

Apparently this has been around for a while, but I hadn't seen it. Watch full screen.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Isochronic Map Showing 1914 Travel Times From London

Larger version here.

via Geekpress.

Oscar Wilde was born 160 years ago today: quotes, poetry, history, and the dance of the seven veils

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
~Oscar Wilde (wiki) (The Portrait of Mr. W. H.)

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
~Wilde ("The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review, February 1891) 

A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
~Wilde (his famous definition of a cynic in Lady Windermere's Fan)

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.
~Wilde. (The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Pt. 1, St. 7)

And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,
None knew so well as I:
For he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.
~Ibid., Pt. 3, St. 37

A few more, without attributions:

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

This rather poorly done statue is in
, near where he was born.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

True friends stab you in the front.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

Today is the 160th anniversary of the birth in Dublin of Irish poet, dramatist, and wit Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde (wiki) (1854-1900) to unconventional parents, both writers. Wilde attended Oxford and became a cult figure in the cause of art for art's sake while pursuing a career as a poet and playwright. 

In 1882, he toured the United States on a lecture circuit. Reviews of these lectures were colorful, and opinions ranged from fawning to vitriolic; but for the most part, Wilde fascinated audiences and critics alike, and massive crowds thronged to catch a glimpse as he toured the city. 

As Wilde had come to expect, his physical appearance generated intense interest. The San Francisco Chronicle described:
“His long hair was brushed back over his ears… His coat was of black velvet, with lace cuffs. He wore a full lace necktie… His waistcoat was of the orthodox full-dress pattern, but his lower garment was an uncompromising knee-breeches of black velvet, beneath which the not too muscular legs were cased in patent leather shoes with silver buckles; his gloves were white.”
In an interview with the Chronicle, he revealed: 
“I find the eastern states… too much of a reflex of English manners and customs… What I like best is the civilization which the people of the West have formed for themselves.”
His most famous plays are the witty comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and he is also remembered for a single novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891).* 

Wilde was a controversial figure on the late Victorian literary scene, and his outrageous wit and bizarre behavior earned him many enemies. Eventually, he served a two-year prison term for homosexuality (although apparently he had a lover there), which resulted in his two poetic masterpieces, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) and De Profundis (published 1905). After his release in 1897 from prison, the experience of which left him a broken man, Wilde spent the last several years of his life in Paris. 

The inscription on his tomb in the Pére Lachaise cemetery there is drawn from Part 4 of The Ballad of Reading Gaol:

"And alien tears will fill for him
Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn."

* N.B. Wilde's play Salome (1893), his version of the biblical story about the step-daughter of King Herod and John the Baptist, was adapted by Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929) for the libretto of Richard Strauss's 1905 opera of the same name - a major landmark of early 20th-century opera. Here's Ljuba Kazarnovskaya in the "Dance of the Seven Veils" from the opera, which is both an orchestral showpiece and a great piece of theater.

Based on Ed's Quotation of the Day, only available via email. If you'd like to be added to his list, leave your email address in the comments.

More on his trip to San Francisco here, and more quotes here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How To Gird Up Your Loins (An Illustrated Guide)

There are a few Bible verses that refer to loin-girding. I'm not going to track them all down, but here're two:

Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

Luke 12:35-40 Jesus said to his disciples "Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

Via Art of Manliness:
Back in the days of the ancient Near East, both men and women wore flowing tunics. Around the tunic, they’d wear a belt or girdle. While tunics were comfortable and breezy, the hem of the tunic would often get in the way when a man was fighting or performing hard labor. So when ancient Hebrew men had to battle the Philistines, the men would lift the hem of their tunic up and tuck it into their girdle or tie it in a knot to keep it off the ground. The effect basically created a pair of shorts that provided more freedom of movement. Thus to tell someone to “gird up their loins” was to tell them to get ready for hard work or battle. It was the ancient way of saying “man up!”
In case tunics ever come back in style, you’ll now know how to gird up your loins and get ready for action.

Here's a brief video which covers the basics:

Related posts:

The Tactical Order of Dressing: An Illustrated Guide (as taught to military and emergency personnel).

Because it's important to always be battle-ready: How to Poop Like a Samurai.

The manliness test - how manly are you? I took it, and I'm a mewling kitten. But I'm an old, overweight female, so presumably you'll do better.

The Boy Scouts of America: Then and Now — A Comparison of the 1911 and Modern Handbooks and Merit Badges.

More on loin-girding at Art of Manliness and HistoryZine.

Brilliant video: Every Customer Service Call Ever (NSFW language)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Video: a bouncing basketball connects 24 disparate movies

See how many of the movies you can identify - the list is below the video. I did very poorly.

Once Upon A Time In The West
My Name Is Nobody
The Shining
The Big Lebowski
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Men in Black 3
La Tour Montparnasse Infernale
Man of Steel
Men in Black
The Mask
Kill Bill
Shaolin Soccer
Superman Returns
Star Wars Episode I
2001: A Space Odyssey
Iron Man
Batman Returns