Monday, April 13, 2015

Quote of the Week

Grasp the subject, words will follow.
--Cato the Elder

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Yes, I Am Still Alive

Either I'm working too much or else I'm sleeping too much. Either way I have not had time to update this blog in the way that I wish to.

I am supposed to see a doctor later this week and with luck, things will improve after that. In the meantime, I'll be visiting this site in my dreams.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Francisco de Goya!


AKA Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.

Born March 30, 1746. Died April 16, 1828.

He was one of the greatest Spanish artists of all time.

A brief sample of his work:


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Quote of the Week

Can there be a social order that will wholly suit the writer and the artists? There are so many contradictions between what they want and what is good for their creative flow. The writer and the artist need something to worship and something to resist. They need praise and rewards, but they also need to be left alone to stew in their own juice.
--Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Patty Donahue!


AKA Patricia J. "Patty" Donahue.

Born March 29, 1956. Died December 9, 1996.

She was the lead singer of the Waitresses, one of my all-time favorite musical groups. She never wrote her own songs but she always sang them in such a way that it was difficult -- if not impossible -- to imagine them being sung by anyone else.

Unfortunately, she is most remembered for the novelty tune "I Know What Boys Like", the Christmas song "Christmas Wrapping" and the theme song for the short-lived TV series Square Pegs. In an ideal world, she would be remembered for more than that but then in an ideal world, she would still be alive.

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Movie Quote of the Week

What kind of saint hides in a church?
--Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront (1954)

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TV Quote of the Week

Do I look like a virgin to you?
--Holly Marie Combs, Picket Fences, "Pageantry"

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

R.I.P. Terry Pratchett


English fantasy author Terry Pratchett -- best known for his best-selling Discworld series -- finished the last chapter of his autobiography on March 12 at age 66.

He will be missed.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Benito Juárez!


AKA Benito Pablo Juárez García.

Born March 21, 1806. Died July 18, 1872.

He was the first Mexican president of Indian blood and he was also known as the "Abraham Lincoln of Mexico" due to his efforts in the 1860s to free his country from French rule.

Apart from having a border town named after him, Juárez is rarely mentioned nowadays. It seems like the last American TV show to mention his name on a regular basis was The Wild, Wild West and that was in the 1960s.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Movie Song of the Week: "Wells Fargo"

The wagon is coming! The wagon is coming!

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Henrik Ibsen!


AKA Henrik Johan Ibsen.

Born March 20, 1828. Died May 23, 1906.

He was a Norwegian playwright who was responsible for such plays as Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House and The Wild Duck. He is also said to be the most frequently performed playwright after Shakespeare.

If you wish to celebrate his birthday today, please feel free to wear a few vine leaves in your hair in his honor. But I would resist the urge to shoot any wild ducks if I were you.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Movie Quote of the Week

I offered you gold. 'Tis not my fault that you prefer a pebble.
--Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish (1948)

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TV Quote of the Week

Ghetto white's the new brown.
--Jeremy Allen White, Shameless (US), "The American Dream"

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