Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The downward spiral of filth

In the entertainment you have to get in the public’s eye. In order to do that you have to do something that catches the public’s attention. Scandalous behavior is always helpful to that end these days, of course, since there really is no negative effect to moral scandal. The problem for the stars is that there is so much that is scandalous that in order to garner any attention, you have to do something even more scandalous than all the rest of the scandal. And so we have a downward spiral of immoral behavior as the stars claw to stay at the bottom of the scumheap.

The cars with class

Every generation has automobiles that are "the" cars - the ones with pizzazz, with class, with style, or just the ones that cost the most. Back in the good ol' days, one of those cars was the Thunderbird (or T-bird). None of us could ever afford one, of course, but it was the car we all wished we had. Below is a 1971 Thunderbird, from the year I graduated from high school.

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Persona non grata

My dear boy, have you no spirit, no enterprise? You must take the first train to Market Blandings. I say Market Blandings because I am unfortunately not in a position to invite you to the castle. My sister Hermione is in charge there, and for some reason all my sisters have got the idea that if someone's a friend of mine, he must be a rat of the underworld.

(from Galahad at Blandings, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

The ultimate in courtesy

Gally pursed his lips. He was a chivalrous man. In his time he had said things equally or even more offensive to silver ring bookmakers and their like, but these had invariably been of the male sex. To women from youth upward he had always prided himself on being scrupulously polite. Even on the occasion in his early days when a ballet dancer of mixed Spanish and Italian parentage had stabbed him in the leg with a hatpin, his manner had remained suave and his language guarded.

(from Galahad at Blandings, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oh, my aching back!

As we get older, that is not just a theoretical expression.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Butlers with "stature"

As is so often the case with butlers, there was a good deal of Beach. Julius Caesar, who liked to have men about him that were fat, would have taken to him at once. He was a man who had made two chins grow where only one had been before, and his waistcoat swelled like the sail of a racing yacht.

(from Galahad at Blandings, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Martin Kosleck - busy "enemy" actor

If you have seen a World War II vintage movie with very many Germans portrayed, it is very likely you saw Kosleck, at least in a minor role. One of our favorites of his roles was as the assassin Mirko in the Sherlock Holmes movie Pursuit to Algiers.

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Movie stars do get older

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Just like all the rest of us.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Not a lovely cop

The policeman was a long, stringy policeman, who flowed out of his uniform at odd spots. His face was gnarled, his wrists knobbly and of a geranium hue, and he had those three or four extra inches of neck which disqualify a man for high honours in a beauty competition.

(from Galahad at Blandings, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

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More HERE about Wodehousean policemen.

"I would trust him with my life"

But for that statement to be wise, he must have the character to be trustworthy, the diligence to be faithful, and the ability to get the job done. Not a light statement to make.

More HERE about trust.

The spirit of the law

He knew the law, and adhered closely to the letter of he law, but since he had come west, here with these people of wider, more liberal view, he was beginning to feel what one of his old teachers had long ago told him. That no matter what the letter of the law said, it was of purely general application. It was teh judge and his sense of justice that gave law its meaning. There were differences. All cases were not black or white - there were many shades of gray.

(from Guns of the Timberlands, by Louis Lamour)

More HERE from Louis Lamous about law.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Battle on the Ice - won by a youth

Alexander Nevsky was born 30 May 1220. His famous Battle on the Ice victory over the Teutonic Knight was fought on 5 April 1242, meaning that he had not yet reached his 22nd birthday at that time. This was a signficant military victory in the history of the Middle Ages.

Aren't I? Come on, now!

Here is a headline from a BBC site article: "UK economy: Why aren't I feeling better?"

Aren't I? There is no way that is correct. It is just plain bad English. "Ain't I" is not formal English, but at least it is a contraction of "am not," which is gramatically correct in this sentence, if not formal. "Why are I not feeling better." Come on, folks. Go ahead and use "aint," just use it correctly.

Lum and Abner teach how to file income tax

One of the funnier episodes of the Lum and Abner radio show dealt with their filling out their income tax form. Quite creative.

Here is a LINK to that episode.

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More HERE about Lum and Abner.

Big Chief tablets

Children today cannot possibly imagine what a big place Big Chief tablets had in the life of first graders years ago. They were made of the coarsest sort of paper. (You could see dark fibers all through it.) But generations of Americans learned to write using them.

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How Sir Cecil deals with bores

Nothing bores a bore more than another bore; and when I bore, I bore from without, from within, and obliquely.

(Sir Cecil Smythe, played  by Arthur Treacher on The Smiths of Hollywood radio show)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Evidently all you have to do to be considered a genius

in the scientific field these days is to come out with a theory. Everyone will jump on the bandwagon. You do not necessarily have to prove it, of course, just state the theory eloquently, frequently, and loudly.

I believe I could come up with some theories. Reckon I could get to be a genius?

Stand By For Crime radio show

This is a snappy detective/crime radio show with just a hint of humor, and a fast-moving pace. Chuck Morgan is the news reporter on radio station KOP. His boss, the owner, is called Pappy, and he generally refers to Carol Curtis, his secretary and sweet heart, as Glamor Puss. Morgan and Curtis were played by the real-life husband and wife team of Glenn Langan and Adele Jergens.

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Hey business leaders: What if hospitals staffed like you do?

You staff your businesses so that you can just barely get by when everyone is there, no one is sick, and no one is on vacation. When that is not the case, well, the employees just have to work double and the customers have to grin and bear it.

But now, imagine if YOU are in the hospital and in excruciating pain. If the nurse tells you, "I am sorry you have had to lie there so long, but we have two people on vacation and just have not been able to get to you." It would serve you right, woudn't it?

NO enterprise can excel on a "just barely get by" staffing philosophy.

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Rolling stops

I am told that significantly more energy is expended to start a vehicle from a complete stop than to start one that is already in motion, even if very slowly. I wonder how much energy would be saved if all stop sign laws were changed to allow rolling stops. Of course, there are safety issues that might be involved, but from a purely scientific and economic standpoint, I wonder what the result would be. How many barrels of oil?

If you never stand for anything

then you will never encounter any stress defending your principles. There is a lot in that statement. On the other hand, if you expend great amounts of energy defending principles that are of no consequence, then you may not have the necessary energy to defend the ones that are truly important.