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04 October 2013

Sweet Caroline

I am so excited about the playoffs this year!

Don't know who to root for more: the Red Sox (corazon!) or the Dodgers (oy veh!) Good thing I don't have to decide for quite some time!

Good times never seemed so good.

25 September 2012

Hooray for Aaron Paul, and love for Giancarlo Esposito

Count me as one of the people who couldn't make up their minds: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman for the second time? Or Giancarlo Esposito for that tour-de-force role as Gustavo Fring? I kind of came down on the side of Gus Fring, now departed, never to be repeated. [Unless brought back as flashbacks? Can we hope?]

And then Jesse won. And how. It's hard to think this, now, but this wasn't even for his amazing performance in the oh-so-awkward dinner scene, which would tax any actor. (Doing nothing is the hardest! Doing nothing and suggesting so much is... the stuff of another Emmy.) But Aaron Paul has raised the bar so much we now take this for granted. This young actor has a great future ahead of him.

That's all not to take away from the accomplishment of the amazing Giancarlo Esposito. I don't know how the voters for the Emmys watched "Hermanos" and didn't give him the award, except maybe they don't like BB's level of violence. (Pretty hard to take at times, I admit.) But GE? Totally rocked it. And he said he was "over the moon"  regarding his own nomination and fellow cast member Aaron Paul's win, and I totally believe it.

Take another look at that Emmy broadcast. It's so obvious that youngun Aaron Paul was not expecting to win, and that he was expecting castmate Giancarlo Esposito to win. And GE so deserved to win.  (AP's accomplishments notwithstanding!)

Giancarlo Esposito has distinguished himself in a number of roles, most notably (prior to this) in "Homicide". A quiet, meticulous actor, his performances are not designed to attract attention. In Gus Fring he had the role of a lifetime.

And yet - Jesse Pinkman is not a role to attract attention. Yet Aaron Paul has made something of it. For which, Kudos!

[I've tried to find videos of Aaron Paul's speech: not yet, folks. But if you haven't seen "Hermanos", brace yourselves and watch! And if you haven't been watching Breaking Bad? I don't know what to say.]

19 April 2012

Paper towel magic!

I discovered this post during Pesach. Nevertheless, it's amazing. I knew this about gingerroot and lettuces, but did not realize how widespread its results were.

Paper towels are magic, quite altogether.

08 March 2012

Songs that need to be played back-to-back, Gen 3 (I think)

Because that's just how I roll, however long it takes:

Reminiscing, by Little River Band

Dance Hall Days, by Wang Chung

You need to analyze these. Seriously. More to follow.

05 February 2012


I love you, Kenny. And I love this song.

I, too, had a son while on the run, and his love brings a tear to my eye (me too)....

24 November 2011

Because it can't be said enough

the DFH were right.... this is in honor of OWS, who are right too ~ and are being slammed as DFH. It's always the way, my friends.

Book Review: The End Of Loser Liberalism

You have to love this book. Its author has made it available for free! And that is central to its thesis: we on the left should not concentrate on taxation and social services, but look at the effects of all kinds of policy. I agree with the author: the left is excessively naive about these things, although the crumbling of the economy in 2007 has made some of us smarter. Dean Baker's book is well worth reading. Everything from the Fed to copyright is discussed. He does not hesitate to mention things that will be hard to change. And for all that, it's an encouraging read. Dean Baker is one of our public intellectuals, and we are the better for it.

Read it and heed it.

Money, it's a gas!

xkcd lays it all out for you: who has it, where it is, what it does or can do:

and I say:

and also, and this too!

04 November 2011

King Sam

I had the good fortune to see the Public Theatre production of King Lear, with Sam Waterston. King Lear has long been my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, for its so many wonderful observations about the world into which we are thrown; yet I have never seen it performed, not even the famous filmed versions. Read it, then. And I'll eat no fish!

I couldn't be happier with this version as my first, then. Long a fan of Sam Waterston, I loved him as Lear. Seth Giilliam (Carter from The Wire) plays Edmund. the villain of the piece, but I think not entirely so. Shakespeare often seems to be promoting a rationalist view ("The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings,"). Edmund is the one who enunciates this view: and yet, he is without (shall we say) the milk of human kindness. I often wonder if HS objected to his times' view of the whole "legitimacy" matter. One tends to think yes. Wouldn't Edmund, so clever, be a different and better man had he not been "tainted"?

It's an odd tragedy, in that there are two (not only one) left alive on the stage at its end. But it is so worth your time. So many good lines. So much understanding of human nature.
"Can'st not tell me, Nuncle?"

Lear, who errs in the first scene, earns our sympathy and our pity. Justly. Shakespeare, as usual, triumphs.

PS: as my son observed, Sam Waterston acts largely with his eyebrows. That doesn't bother me. I love him.