Sunday, January 25, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Ana Ortiz!


Born January 25, 1971.

She is the daughter of a Puerto Rican father and an Irish American mother. She is also an American actress who is best known for her role as Hilda Ortiz on the ABC TV series Ugly Betty. She has also appeared on such shows as ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, Commander in Chief and Boston Legal. Her first regular role was in the 2001 NBC sitcom Kristin, opposite Kristin Chenoweth. She is currently appearing as Marisol Suarez in the otherwise dubious Lifetime TV series Devious Maids.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Nastassja Kinski!


AKA Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski.

Born January 24, 1961.

She is a German actress and former model who is famous for such movies as Tess -- for which she won a Golden Globe -- and Paris, Texas. She is also noted for being the daughter of actor Klaus Kinski and his wife, Ruth Brigitte Tocki.

Back in 1981, she also appeared in the above poster Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent by American fashion photographer Richard Avedon.

For that matter, she is equally famous -- or infamous -- for appearing in the 1982 remake of the classic Val Lewton film Cat People, a film that was not quite as well-regarded as the original. All in all, she has appeared in more than sixty films in both Europe and the United States, which is not bad for someone still unknown to many people nowadays.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, C. L. Moore!


AKA Catherine Lucille Moore.

Born January 24, 1911. Died April 4, 1987.

She was one of the most imaginative writers of her era, specializing mostly in fantasy and science fiction but managing to make a name for herself despite being married to famous science fiction writer Henry Kuttner, who was quite a name in his own right. She invented sword-and-sorcery heroine Jirel of Joiry and sci-fi hero Northwest Smith and possibly co-wrote half her husband's short stories for all I know.

She deserves to be better known than she is. Perhaps some day she will be.

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Buscando Trabajo de Nuevo: Parte XXIX

I think my search finally ended this week.

I am keeping my fingers crossed just in case.

If nothing else, this past week has reminded me all too well about how exhausting some "simple" jobs can be.

If my blogging seems especially light in the weeks ahead, please consider it a sign that my work schedule is keeping me busier than usual. And in this case, "busy" is good.

Of course, part of me would rather be blogging but since I have yet to find a way to make my writing help pay my bills, I am forced to earn my daily bread in other ways.

Please wish me luck.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Édouard Manet!


Born January 23, 1832. Died April 30, 1883.

He was a famous French painter responsible for such famous works as Le déjeuner sur l'herbe. One of his paintings even managed to shock the normally unshockable Mark Twain.

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Movie Quote of the Week

Well I haven't seen any giant snakes, or big buxom naked women frolicking through the Texas hills lately.
--Renée Zellweger, The Whole Wide World (1996)

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TV Quote of the Week

Most days, I get by fine. I blend with the crowd. Just another one of the huddled masses yearning to get by unnoticed. Problemo is, I'm not as like them as I'd like to be. I got made, not born, and because it was humans made me, somewhere along the line couple of wires got crossed in my head. Someone botched the job. So some days, that's how I feel - a botched job.
--Jessica Alba, Dark Angel, "Flushed"

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Robert E. Howard!


AKA Robert Ervin Howard.

Born January 22, 1906. Died June 11, 1936.

He was the inventor of Conan the Barbarian, among other characters. Unfortunately, he chose to end his career prematurely with a bullet.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Macario Garcia!


Born January 20, 1920. Died December 24, 1972.

He was a staff sergeant who became the first Mexican immigrant to receive the Medal of Honor.

He was later denied service at a restaurant located just a few miles south of Houston because he was Mexican and then beaten with a bat by the owner. No one was arrested.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, George Burns!


AKA Nathan Birnbaum.

Born January 20, 1896. Died March 9, 1996.

He was the star of one of my late father's favorite TV shows: Burns and Allen. He also made quite a number of good movies as well.

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Quote of the Week

Love that is not madness is not love.
--Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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Monday, January 19, 2015

¡Feliz Día de Martin Luther King, Jr.!

A lot of things look easy once somebody else has done them.
--David Drake, The Military Dimension: Mark II

If that above quote doesn't sum up my view of the various attempts made by revisionists this past decade to dismiss King as a grandstander whose protests were unnecessary because an end to segregation would have eventually come anyway, I don't know what does.

I hope you all have a good holiday despite the existence of such foolish people.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Edgar Allan Poe!


Born January 19, 1809. Died October 7, 1849.

He, of course, was one of the most famous writers in American history. Not much else I could add to that.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

R.I.P. Anita Ekberg


Swedish actress Anita Ekberg -- best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 Italian movie La Dolce Vita -- entered the fountain one last time on January 11 at age 83.

She will be missed.

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R.I.P. Brian Clemens


English screenwriter and TV producer Brian Clemens -- most famous for his work on the British TV series The Avengers as well as for his work on such TV shows as The New Avengers and The Professionals -- signed off on his final script on January 10 at age 83.

He will be missed.

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