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Thursday, August 18. 2016
Arthur Hiller has passed away. If the name doesn't ring a bell, he's a movie director. The Hollywood Reporter, charged with identifying him in their headline to a public that left him behind years ago, called him the "director of Love Story." Why they would choose that as his epitaph is telling. About the author, and the industry. Not Arthur Hiller.
Love Story made a lot of money. People in Hollywood find a way to like things that make a lot of money. They prefer working on cranky, obscure things that pay them a lot of money, and don't make anyone else any money, but they sit up straight when a rainmaker like Arthur Hiller walks in the room. Money is power and it's all Hollywood knows.
Arthur Hiller made some fun, interesting movies. You can still watch The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin and get a few laughs from it. He made the pilot for the 60's TV show The Addams Family, which is still very funny to look at. Like its contemporary The Beverly Hillbillies, it was really witty for a short while, before it became like every other dreary thing on TV.
I remember Love Story. It's a bad movie, and must be unwatchable today, even for its devotees. It's not my fault it made money. It got none of mine. It's not Arthur Hiller's fault, really, that it made a lot of money, so don't blame him either. He put his best effort forward for everything he worked at, and people liked him for it. They gave him an award for being generous, once. He remarked, “It’s so embarrassing to receive an award for doing what you should be doing, but I must admit it pleases me greatly.”
That's a better epitaph for the man, surely, than the director of Love Story. RIP
On to the links!
Begging the question in the headline again. Tsk. Tsk. The Pieta is Michelangelo's best work. Even seated Moses could give Dave a run for his money. Moses' ankles are fine. Hell, Dave might not be the most enjoyable statue outside the Palazzo Vecchio. Hercules and Cacus is a blast, and it gives you a two-for-one discount on your sculpture-gazing budget. A statue of a guy about to get his brains beat in is more appropriate than David, when it's outside the town hall where you pay your taxes.
A true expert in valuation buys companies, he doesn't scratch away in a cubicle estimating value. And he would never tell you what he was thinking. Uber could be worth next to nothing overnight, so valuing it at par with General Motors is silly. There's no scrap metal value in Uber if it goes belly up.
Sooner or later, everyone is going to have to come to grips with the fact that nearly all the stuff that wrecks your life is voluntary.
I've been wrong on the Internet more times than I can count. I am only "corrected" when I'm right.
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NPR: The Ombudsman's rationale was that the demographic of its commenters was not representative of its listening audience: specifically 83% of the commenters were male while 52% of its listeners were male.
Sure. Nothing to do with the content of the comments it was getting, whatsoever, just thought the demo wasn't "diverse" enough.
Being called beautiful is a nice way to start the day. I'll try to live up to it.
Re: Arthur Hiller
The In-Laws was a REALLY funny movie! I recommend it!
Rotisserie chickens are, IMHO, not normally purchased for any perceived "cheaper per pound after cooking" value decision. More like, "please, not pizza or chinese takeout again, I'll grab a chicken on my way past Whatever Grocery." Besides, it's cheaper than the normal alternative on those days when cooking some dinner or going out just isn't in the cards. It is very inexpensive takeout, especially from, in my experience anyway, Costco.
Better-Two-Thirds and I seem to grab the rotisserie chicken a couple times a year when the weather is turning cold and another couple when it is warming, but not yet warm. Then one or the other of us will make soup of there carcass. Neither is a chicken salad with the leftovers fan.
We were eating them regularly for a while, and tossing the carcass (I only have so much freezer space for chicken soup), because the pool ol' mutt was on her way out and the vet suggested, by way of making her waning days as good as possible for her, that we feed her her favorite foods. Oddly enough, much as that dog was a purebred chow hound, we both instantly agreed that rotisserie chicken was her favorite followed by the very close second of chicken soup and he not far behind third of canned tuna. To be perfectly honest, those meals seemed to ease her pain and discomfort. I miss that mutt.
Rotisserie chickens tweak two of my interests: food and cheap (thanks to my Scottish/New England up bringing). I can make three meals for the two of us not counting about a quart of chicken broth for another meal. I don't "love" Rotisserie chicken but I love it's utility and economics. Chicken is universal and can be used in many dishes, it lends itself to simple and fast meals. Besides the Rotisserie chicken allows me to brag about how I can make three meals for two people for about two bucks a meal.
George Washington, 'disinterested.' Under traditional Jewish law, application of a capital sentence required the testimony of two 'disinterested' witnesses. Impartiality applies, which means a witness must not have a dog in the fight. Unfortunately in some ways, the definition is, as stated, usually 'uninterested.'
I thought that nearly all the stuff that wrecks your life was identified by the early church and called the seven deadly sins. Those are behaviors that get people into trouble.
"...vineyards plowed under and converted into Walmarts..."
I daresay the prose is a substantially deeper purple than whatever grapes have been lost to the building of Walmarts.
I only entered discussion on NPR's site once, on one of their egregious climate propaganda threads. Not being in their camp, my comments were either deleted, or modified to put me in a bad light. The editor himself commented under various screen names and would praise his own comments, via different names.
That behavior is typical of the comment sections of all known climate alarmist sites, but was the worst of the bunch, with not even a pretense of honesty.
NPR is a propaganda arm of statist government.
When my two Maltese were puppies, they would not eat their can food without some chicken on top. My wife would buy one rotisserie chicken every week. I couldn't help but eat the drumsticks every time, since they were still warm by the time she got home. Wonderful flavor in a rotisserie chicken.
"No one with a farmer tan ever needs a sports watch." Yup. And this is why I lurk this blog.
At NPR they found out there were other opinions and couldn't deal
I'd suggest that the older people you see laboring in their gardens are the lucky few without arthritis
Re the David link. While clicking over to the article my inner dialogue was arguing the author's calling it the 'most perfect statue,' but not being an art expert, I shrugged and gave it to him. Ha! Then clicked back and saw Roger's comments. Glad to see that the question is open to debate!
Roger, your comments on the links you post - value added! Thanks