Crimes of Grindelwald — Death By Author | Anatomy Of A Failure
Screenwriting is not like writing a book. To write for film:
1. Your time is limited, so you have to pick a few key character perspectives
2. Because of your limited time, everything also has to serve the purpose either of (a) pushing the plot forward, or (b) developing character, or both. Chekov's gun should have a delay.
3. You have to convey information visually, not (just) through dialogue or voiceover
Film  Harry  Potter  Magic  Narratology  Storytelling  Crimes  of  Grindelwald 
20 days ago
Which Dracula Film is Most Faithful to the Book?
Which Dracula movie adaptation is most faithful to the original Bram Stoker book?? I wanted a definitive answer, so I selected 12 contenders and put them up to the test. This counts theatrical and television, but no sequels, spinoffs, or spoofs.

1922 - Nosferatu "The silent version"
1931 - Dracula "The Lugosi version"
1931 - Dracula "The Spanish version"
1953 - Dracula in Instanbul “The Turkish version”
1958 - Dracula / Horror of Dracula "The Hammer version"
1970 - Bram Stoker's Count Dracula "The Jesus Franco version"
1973 - Bram Stoker's Dracula / Dracula "The Jack Palance version"
1977 - Count Dracula "The BBC '77 version"
1979 - Dracula "The Frank Langella version"
1979 - Nosferatu the Vampyre "The Nosferatu remake"
1992 - Bram Stoker's Dracula "Coppola's Dracula"
2006 - Dracula "The BBC '06 version”
Dracula  Horror  Film  Literature  Vampires 
21 days ago
The Los Angeles Home-Buying Guide
How much do homes cost in LA?
Why is it so expensive?
What kinds of homes can I buy in LA?
How much of a downpayment will I need?
Should I bother getting pre-qualified?
Do I need a real estate agent?
Am I going to get into a bidding war?
How long is this going to take?
Should I just rent instead?
What about gentrification?
When is the best time to buy?
Will my home be destroyed in a natural disaster?
Los  Angeles  CA 
23 days ago
How to pick a neighborhood in Los Angeles
1. First, know LA’s regions.
2. Second, know the neighborhoods.
3. It’s important—for both your sanity and the health of the environment—to pick a ’hood that’s close to where you work.
4. Do you want to be near public transit?
5. Do you want to live near the beach or trails?
6. If triple digit heat is your hell, stay clear of the Valley.
7. Do you thrive in a buzzing, big city?
8. What are the most walkable neighborhoods?
9. Are you looking for a slower pace?
10. Only select cities have rent control.
11. Do you want to live in a “hip” neighborhood?
12. Where can you get a good deal?
Los  Angeles  CA 
23 days ago
Should I move to Los Angeles?
1. Los Angeles is eclectic.
2. Picking a neighborhood you like is supremely important.
3. It is possible to live in LA without a car.
4. Commuting will be a challenge.
5. The weather really is wonderful.
6. The median rent for a one-bedroom is $1,360.
7. But you’ll get more home for your buck.
8. You’ll experience exhilarating highs and defeating lows.
9. Not all of LA looks like the opening credits from Baywatch
10. Living here is expensive—but not New York or SF expensive.
11. The traffic really is a monster.
12. Public transit doesn’t serve LA equally.
13. It’s a great place to raise kids.
14. LA’s economy is strong, but not for everyone.
15. Truly appreciating this city can take time—even years.
Los  Angeles  CA 
23 days ago
A horrifying and nauseating Swedish sour herring preparation.
Sweden  Food  Recipes  Scandinavia 
28 days ago
Beacon Hill Village
Beacon Hill Village, a member-driven organization for Boston residents 50 and over, provides programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives, while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.

Benefits include access to discounted providers who can help you manage your household, stay active and healthy, and serve your driving needs. Our social and cultural programs are always changing to support member interests.
Boston  MA  Aging 
28 days ago
Senior groups struggle to attract ‘forever young’ baby boomers
Organizations catering to the over-50 set say they want to be driven by their members’ interests. Their goal, they say, is to reinvent themselves to meet the needs of a new generation.

“I’m 57, so I think about what would entice me,” said Teresa Arnold, who took over 15 months ago as executive director of the Salem Council on Aging.

She came on board in time for September’s opening of the city’s new senior center — rebranded, like many in the state, as a “community life center.” It offers a cafe, a weight room, daytime fitness classes, and evening programs featuring healthy cooking classes and “paint and sip” gatherings that combine sketching with drinking chardonnay.
Beacon Hill Village burst onto the scene in 2002 as a pioneering community providing programs and services for residents “aging in place” in their homes and neighborhood. Volunteers shuttled neighbors to medical appointments, delivered meals from nearby restaurants, and accompanied members on museum visits. It quickly became the prototype for a global “village” movement, spawning imitators from California to South Korea.
Seventeen years later, the median age of village members is 78. Some original stalwarts have died or moved, and the group is looking for ways to recruit boomers. Its activities range from chamber music salons and lectures at King’s Chapel Parish House to book groups and male-only outings to a local tavern. Boomers make up less than 20 percent of the 380 members.
Salem  MA  Aging 
28 days ago
Chicago Tribune article on Norwegian Air cancellations
To find out what Norwegian is required to do, you have to take a look at two documents. First, its general conditions of carriage, the legal agreement between you and the airline. You can find that on Norwegian's website (www.norwegian.com/us/booking/booking-information/legal/general-conditions-of-carriage/).

Surprisingly, Norwegian is doing you a favor. When there's a flight cancellation, it gives itself up to 14 days to get you to your destination. So much for schedules!

The other document is Norwegian's customer service plan (www.norwegian.com/uk/booking/booking-information/legal/customer-service-plan/), which governs how the airline treats American passengers (EU passengers have a separate consumer law, EU 264, that applies to them).

"We strive to make sure that all of our flights depart on schedule, but unfortunately sometimes things don't go to plan," it says. "If your flight is cancelled or delayed, we'll do our utmost to rebook you on our next available flight to your destination."

Hmm. Their "utmost"? That doesn't sound like much of a guarantee to me. Yet that language is practically an industry standard. They'll do their best — for what it's worth.

Still, it's unusual for an airline to offer a take-it-or-leave-it solution like Norwegian did. You might have pressed your case a little more at the airport. Norwegian flies out of several U.S. airports, including Los Angeles and Boston. You could have made arrangements to fly out of one of those airports sooner.

You followed all the right steps to get this resolved, keeping your correspondence brief and polite. In the end, Norwegian suggested its response could take up to three months, which did not sit well with you. An appeal to one of Norwegian's executive customer service contacts might have helped move things along (www.elliott.org/company-contacts/norwegian-airlines/).

I contacted Norwegian on your behalf. It agreed to reimburse you $1,764, the full amount of the last-minute tickets and other expenses incurred when you changed your schedule.
Norwegian  Airtravel  Airplanes  Travel 
4 weeks ago
Baltimore Consort
The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. The Baltimore Consort's arrangements of early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain speak to the heart as well as the mind, and their love for the early music of English/Scottish heritage has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian mountains and Nova Scotia. More recently, the group has explored the extraordinary repertory from the Iberian peninsula awill in a program entitled "Cancionero: Early Music from Spain."

The Consort tours all regions of the USA, has also appears frequently in Europe, and has held residencies at the Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Its performances on such syndicated radio programs as Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, Millennium of Music, Harmonia, and Onstage (CBC) have broadcast its music far and wide.

The Consort has recorded fourteen discs on the Dorian label (click on Recordings link above). The group also performs with orchestra, in a family-friendly show entitled O'er the Hills and Far Away, which is a set of symphonic arrangements created by Consort member and composer Larry Lipkis.
Baltimore  MD  Music  Classical  Mount  Vernon 
4 weeks ago
Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB)
Founded by Edward Polochick and in its 31st Season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in the Maestro Series with performances this season at Friends School, Baltimore Basilica of the Assumption, and the Gordon Center.

CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller ensembles, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.
The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well-known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in the “Capacity Building Baltimore” program.
Baltimore  MD  Music  Classical  Mount  Vernon 
4 weeks ago
Monument Piano Trio in Baltimore
Described as “an ensemble in the truest form of the word”, the Monument Piano Trio was founded in 2004 by three friends who love and embrace chamber music. Coming from different award-winning musical backgrounds, each artist in the ensemble brings a unique style to the group, creating a distinctive sound that critics have called “one intricately voiced stream of music, taking the audience through lands of wonder, worry, pleasure and pain.”

Following a successful debut, the Trio was invited to be the first Artists-in-Residence at An die Musik in Baltimore, where it presented a season of chamber concerts for over 6 years. During its tenure, the Trio also enjoyed return engagements on numerous music series. In addition to a busy performance schedule, the Trio continues its commitment to educating the future audiences of classical music by presenting numerous informal concerts at schools around the country.
Baltimore  Music  Classical  Piano  Mount  Vernon  MD 
4 weeks ago
Baltimore's Mount Vernon is an historic, diverse neighborhood
The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid in 1815 on rural land donated by the family of John Eager Howard, a Revolutionary hero.

Subsequently, the area near the monument was developed and occupied by some of the city's wealthiest and most influential families.

The National Park Service notes: "Mount Vernon Place is one of the first examples in the United States of deliberate city planning to create a dramatic setting for an existing monument."

Essig said the community has "an affordability factor" that stacks up well compared to other city neighborhoods. The median price for a home in the area last year was $199,000
Mount  Vernon  Baltimore  MD  Real  Estate 
4 weeks ago
Baltimore Black Paper
The Baltimore Black Paper's purpose is to support efforts to bring about a new \ vision of the city that is less tied up in standard ideas of development, which focus narrowly on entrepreneurialism and top-down creative solutions, and more tied up in ideas that increase the capacity of Baltimoreans to exert their fundamental right to the city, and all that such a right should convey. And we believe it can best fulfill this purpose not by acting as a blueprint for specific actions or approaches that we expect everyone to follow, but by giving any other interested organizers and activists on the ground a shared vision of the interrelatedness of political tendencies for any other interested organizers and activists on the ground to use, to orient or coordinate their individual projects. What’s happened to Freddie Gray, Tyrone West, and by extension Korryn Gaines, is deeply related to what’s going on with young people trying to gain access to education or jobs, or what’s going on in Port Covington, which is likewise deeply related to Baltimore’s relationship to its (segregated) arts community.
Baltimore  Whites  Blacks  Racism  History  Activism  MD 
5 weeks ago
Van Gogh - Le Moulin de la Galette, 1886
Van Gogh created a number of paintings titled Le Moulin de la Galette, which was also called Moulin Bloute-Fin. In van Gogh’s first year in Paris he painted rural areas around Montmartre, such as the butte and its windmills. The colors are somber and evoke a sense of his anxiety and loneliness.
the Windmill is still standing in Paris: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulin_de_la_Galette
The landscape and windmills around Montmartre were the source of inspiration for a number of van Gogh's paintings. The Moulin de la Galette, still standing, is located near the apartment he shared with his brother. Built in 1622, it was originally called Blute-Fin and belonged to the Debray family in the 19th century. Van Gogh met artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac and Paul Gauguin who inspired him to incorporate Impressionism into his artwork resulting in lighter, more colorful paintings.
Van  Gogh  Jean  Bourn  Painting  Paris  Arts 
5 weeks ago
Louie’s Bookstore Cafe is Having a Reunion
The popular dining spot, which was open on Charles Street from 1981 to 1998, is the subject of a pair of art exhibits at the Creative Alliance that will run from March 16 to April 13, providing former patrons and employees an opportunity to get together again.

The first one, in the main gallery downstairs, will be “Jimmy Rouse: The Past Ten Years.” It’s a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by Rouse, who owned and operated Louie’s while also working as a visual artist. Rouse named the restaurant after his first son. The second show, upstairs in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery, is “Louie’s Bookstore and Café: Back on the Wall” and will contain work by 25 artists who were featured over the years at Louie’s, one of the first restaurants locally to exhibit art for sale on a rotating basis.
Louie's had such a strong following that there is even today a Facebook page devoted to it and its alums, Louie’s Bookstore and Café Goes Global: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22145798990/
Rouse, a son of legendary developer James W. Rouse, helped Creative Alliance track down the artists. He said the exhibits at Louie’s lasted six weeks, and he figures more than 100 artists showed their work there over the years.
Louie's  Baltimore  Cafes  Restaurants  Bookstores  MD 
5 weeks ago
The West Baltimore Innovation Village: An Oreo Gentrification Scheme?
Who decided that a building a tech village was more important than saving Black lives? How many low-income Black residents from West Baltimore will be one of the 10 startup recipients of the $50,000 awards that are available?
Baltimore  Racism  Whites  Blacks  Gentrification 
5 weeks ago
Baltimore: The Double-Stuffed Oreo City
Now I would be the first to tell you that Black folks can be crooked and/or corrupt while White folks can be “woke” allies, but these numbers are disturbing in terms of the absence of Black perspectives in our city government. While undoubtedly all of these departments and organizations mentioned above will view themselves as well-intentioned and “working for everyone,” there is a lack of equitable representation in Baltimore city government, especially for a city that is 63% or so Black and 5–6% Latino/a.
Essentially then, Baltimore is a (double stuffed) Oreo city. It is majority Black in population on one side and the majority Black elected political leadership is on the other side. Spatially, Baltimore is Black on the east and Black on the west, but White in the middle! Also on the inside of the Oreo city is a “double stuff” of majority White corporate campaign donations and a majority White-run government bureaucracy. What looks to be a Black-led city on the outside is upon closer inspection a White controlled city on the inside.
Baltimore  MD  Racism  Whites  Blacks 
5 weeks ago
Upper Normandy, France on Wikivoyage
Upper Normandy (French: Haute-Normandie) comprises the eastern half of Normandy in northern France.
Normandy  France 
5 weeks ago
Characters from Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party
Paul Lhôte, in a straw hat leaning toward Jeanne: Wild adventurer, journalist, writer of short fiction, a close friend of Renoir.

Paul raised his glass. "A toast honoring Auguste's painting-to-come. A toast to la vie moderne, which allows us the freedom to row where we please and eat at the table of life. Let us spend our wealth and time gaily, preserve our liberty, and enjoy life whatever happens. A votre santé!"
Alphonse Fournaise, leaning on the railing in sleeveless maillot: Son of the owner of Maison Fournaise, renter and builder of boats, jouster in the Fêtes Nautiques.

Alphonse gestured with his thumb toward the promenade. "These office clerks in new striped shirts trying to act like oarsmen, strutting around here with an oar on their shoulder--they're only weekend pretenders. They buy their canotier in Paris instead of on the river, wear a cravat by la Coline, and smoke their fancy Chacom pipes from Saint Claude. Take a look at the ones in frock coats tapping silver-tipped canes on the dirt of the promenade. They steal glances at how other men dress. They're afraid of getting their white trousers dirty, afraid of sunburn, afraid of blisters, afraid for their liver. They don't really care about the river. They care about putting on a show."
Paris  Renoir  Painting  Bears 
5 weeks ago
Renoir - La Danse à Bougival
The work depicts two of Renoir's friends, Suzanne Valadon and Paul Lhote. The setting is the French village of Bougival, about 15 km from the center of Paris.
Bears  Paris  Painting  Art  Renoir  Boston 
5 weeks ago
White hero, sidekick of color: why Marvel needs to break the cycle
Maria Rambeau is an engaging character. By nature of her appearing in someone else’s film though, she’s also sidelined. Her story is not entirely her own; rather, she exists to give a white character growth, complete with a pep talk reminding Carol of her own worth.
It’s easy to trace this pattern across all of the MCU films. The only film that subverts this noticeable dynamic is Black Panther, which features an almost entirely black cast. And that’s not to say these are not wonderful characters who are hinted at as having rich interior lives. The characters would probably balk at the classification of “sidekick”. Yet they’re designated by the films as such, by virtue of their stories ultimately working to support the main character’s arc. All of them exist to help the lead work through some issue or trauma and provide logistical backup. We’re given glimpses at who they are as people, but rarely is that developed outside their relationship to the protagonist.
Whites  Comics  Comic  Books  Film  Racism  Marvel  Narratology  Storytelling 
5 weeks ago
Live Baltimore
Live Baltimore's mission is to recruit and retain Baltimore City residents.
As passionate residents and advocates for the city, we envision a stable population that cares for their homes and neighbors and will continue to cultivate and maintain thriving neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

We help people find their home in Baltimore. We gather resources, simplify information, research money-saving incentives, and offer firsthand knowledge about the city with the goal of cultivating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods.

By inspiring curiosity and discovery, we highlight the progressive nature of Baltimore, showcase our vibrant culture, and develop a deeper sense of civic pride in our residents. Cities with stable and sustainable populations provide safer neighborhoods, stronger communities, more opportunities for businesses, and a stronger tax base that allows the city to provide more services.
Baltimore  Housing  Home  Buying 
5 weeks ago
Baltimore's LGBT hub expands beyond Mount Vernon amid discussions of inclusion, competition
For decades, Mount Vernon was widely considered Baltimore's most prominent and safest area for the LGBT community to live, work and socialize. It has been home to the city's most well-known gay bars, LGBT-friendly services and, for years, the festivities of the annual Baltimore Pride celebration.

But a new generation is making its presence known in a wider range of neighborhoods. With the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore's decision to relocate both its office and Pride to Old Goucher, many believe the boundaries have shifted.
Over the years, Mount Vernon emerged as the city's most LGBT-friendly area as Chase Brexton Health Services and bars like the now-closed Club Hippo, Grand Central, the Drinkery, Leon's and other gay-owned businesses opened and thrived.
Other sections of the city — including Waverly, Abell and Charles Village — were known as gay-friendly neighborhoods, but Mount Vernon "was the epicenter," said Jim Becker, a co-founder of GLCCB.
Some LGBT community members of color say Mount Vernon has mostly represented a particular segment of the population — namely white gay men.
Baltimore  Queer  Mount  Vernon 
5 weeks ago
NYTimes: The Tragedy of Baltimore
With every passing year, it was getting harder to see what gains, exactly, were delivered by the uprising. Nearly four years after Freddie Gray’s death, the surge in crime has once again become the context of daily life in the city.
On the left, Baltimore’s recent woes have been largely overlooked, partly because they present a challenge to those who start from the assumption that policing is inherently suspect. The national progressive story of Baltimore during this era of criminal-justice reform has been the story of the police excesses that led to Gray’s death and the uprising, not the surge of violence that has overtaken the city ever since.
Mayor Sheila Dixon had carried on O’Malley’s government-accountability practices, she proved less than ethical in her own affairs. A few years into Barksdale’s efforts, she was charged by the state prosecutor with theft and fraud.
There was a grand jury in a vast corruption case that federal prosecutors filed earlier in the year: a conspiracy that painted a picture of a Police Department that, amid the lawlessness of the city, had descended into widespread lawlessness itself.

The accused were eight current and former members of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force, which, prosecutors said, had developed a penchant for robbing people, mostly but not exclusively drug dealers. Six of the officers pleaded guilty to racketeering and robbery. The court proceedings also illuminated how the surge in violence after Gray’s death abetted the corruption. Some officers had been lining their pockets for years, but their activities became a true conspiracy amid the chaos of 2015-16, as commanders were so desperate to stem the violence that they gave them free rein.
Following Gray’s death, the claims were of overly aggressive policing; now residents were pleading for police officers to get out of their cars, to earn their pay — to protect them. You could look at this evolution as demonstrating an irreconcilable conflict, a tension between Shantay Guy and Tony Barksdale never to be resolved. But the residents streaming into these sessions with Harrison weren’t suggesting that. They were not describing a trade-off between justice and order. They saw them as two parts of a whole and were daring to ask for both.
Baltimore  Whites  Racism  Police  Brutality  MD  Crime 
5 weeks ago
Experience - Ludovico Einaudi by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà
Experience - Ludovico Einaudi by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Taken from the album Ludovico Einaudi: Portrait

Release date: March 3 2015
Music  Einaudi  Violin  Classical 
6 weeks ago
Paul Brown Massage
Since 2003, Paul Brown, CMT (CAMTC #17813) has been providing massage therapy for relaxation, pain relief, sports performance, pregnancy, and more.

Paul was a computer programmer for 20 years, and decided that he wanted a career change - something more immediate, concrete, tactile, active, and service-oriented. Massage Therapy serves those needs, through which he finds tremendous fulfillment.

Paul's hobbies include volunteering, hot springs, road trips, candy-making, and his two miniature schnauzers, Suki and Iffy.
Massage  Bears  Sacramento  CA 
6 weeks ago
Collider revisits Watchmen after Ten Years
These superheroes ordinary, arguably disturbed people putting on latex and leather to take out their own internal problems on an idea of injustice. Like Iain Thomson wrote in his “Deconstructing the Hero” essay, “Watchmen develops its heroes precisely in order to ask us if we would not, in fact, be better off without heroes.”
Yet director Zach Snyder more than loves them, Snyder, ultimately—despite making them killers, sadsacks, and drama queens—admires them. Snyder can’t help himself from Always. Kicking. Ass. But the characters in Watchmen shouldn’t be cool—and you certainly shouldn’t want to be them—and that’s the beat Snyder missed by a mile. Alan Moore wrote, "For better or worse, the ordinary, non-telepathic, flightless humanoids hanging out on their anonymous street corner of WATCHMEN had come to seem more precious and interesting than the movers of rivers and shakers of planets.”
Watchmen  Comics  Comic  Books  Film  Narratology  Storytelling 
6 weeks ago
Collider ranks Sherlock Episodes
13. After a Season 2 cliffhanger that saw Sherlock fake his own death in front of John, breaking his best friend’s heart, this episode had one major job: to deal with the emotional fallout from that decision and Sherlock’s inevitable return in a satisfying manner. It didn’t. It didn’t feel like John’s forgiveness was truly earned, or like we understood what Sherlock’s time on the run (without John) was like.
12. It tried to do far too much, and therefore succeeded at very little. It was weighed down by its larger-than-life plot twists. Ultimately, however, its biggest crime was in having Sherlock solve the Magnussen problem not with his brain, but with a bullet. It was disappointing to see a show that had once been so finely focused on the play between intellect (as represented by Sherlock) and emotion (as represented by John) as integral to the problem-solving process, introduce a third, all-too-common element to the mix: violence/murder as a solution. We have enough movies and TV shows that solve problems with bullets. One of the reasons why Sherlock was so refreshing was because it glorified other things. As if Sherlock’s assassination of Magnussen wasn’t enough, the episode ended by absolving Sherlock of all possible consequences for the crime.
11. We could have spent the entire season getting to know Eurus Holmes. Instead, we got most of her backstory and characterization stuffed into one episode, which made her feel much more like a plot device than a living, breathing character. When you’ve spent an entire television show proving that just because Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes are smart doesn’t mean that they don’t have feelings or value people, drawing their sister in a way that deliberately conflates her remarkable intelligence with an inability to place value on life is neither smart nor believable. But erhaps most interestingly, we get to see what Mycroft looks like in high-stress situations that are out of his control.
10. Mary’s death wasn’t necessarily the problem (we all knew it was coming), but the way her death was used to create drama between John and Sherlock was not only offensive and lazy, but redundant.
9. This tells us a lot about how Sherlock himself views the people in his life.
8. It’s really all about how Sherlock and John are better together. Their co-dependency has officially begun, but it’s in the throes of its honeymoon period.
6. Early seasons of Sherlock succeeded not only because they had a cohesive narrative (mostly), but because they had a cohesive visual language. It wasn’t stylized for stylized visuals’ sake. It told us something about this central character. When you lose that cohesive visual style, Sherlock’s character doesn’t work as well.
5. After a season of relative low-stakes fun, everything became much more intense in “The Great Game” as Moriarty led Sherlock on a devastating goose chase where real people’s lives were at stake. Inevitably, Moriarty kidnapped John and strapped some bombs to him for good measure, forcing a hostage situation that articulated just how much these two had come to mean to one another.
4. eeps the focus on Sherlock and John’s relationship amidst the major addition of Mary into their lives. Refreshingly, it doesn’t present Mary as an obstacle to their friendship, but rather incorporates her into the two-now-threesome, while also giving some time to the central duo.
3. Would work so much better if Irene had bested Sherlock. Instead, Sherlock chickens out in the final minutes, having Holmes save The Woman instead. Still, it goes on to explore how one person can unsettle Sherlock’s stubbornly-held beliefs about himself and the world.
2. A great job of ambiguously introducing the character of Sherlock. It’s hard to get a read on this guy. Is he a jerk? Does he care? Does it matter? This is the real mystery that needs solving.
1. Demonstrated how good Sherlock can be when every decision, every action has weight, like when there is no easy or good solution, only the lesser of two terrible choices. Effectively building the tension. It started with Moriarty’s stylish robbery “attempt” of the Crown Jewels and slowly escalated until every one but John Watson believed that Sherlock was the criminal.
Ultimately, Sherlock had to take the most drastic of measures to keep his friend safe, not only breaking his best friend’s heart, but also betraying his trust at a visceral level in order to “win” (or come as close as possible) at Moriarty’s no-win game.
Sherlock  Holmes  Television  Narratology  Storytelling 
6 weeks ago
Collider review of Captain Marvel
Every new Marvel superhero story has to perform the one task of getting the audience to root for a performer playing a new hero. It’s just a shame the co-writers and directors try to wrap the origin story in a mystery, which obscures what makes Captain Marvel unique and endearing.
The Captain Marvel marketing has been incredibly strange because it conceals one of the film’s strongest aspects, which is Captain Marvel’s personality. Although she’s not the first cocky Marvel superhero, she’s the first one with an attitude that feels earned. Guys like Tony Stark, Star-Lord, Thor, and Doctor Strange all have some level of power. Their movies get comic mileage contrasting their arrogance against their occasional shortcomings, and narrative catharsis when they are humbled and learn A Very Important Lesson about sacrifice. By comparison, Captain Marvel’s bravado feels earned, a result of a woman who’s had to work twice as hard for everything she’s ever received and never backed down from a challenge. She’s funny, whip-smart, and takes no crap. She’s a character you want to root for because her attitude feels incredibly human and relatable against her cosmic origin and backdrop.
The character’s confusing comic backstory is nothing so simple as a super soldier serum of a fortuitous spider-bite. There’s a lot more narrative baggage.
Origin stories can be a lot of exposition, and we’ve seen them done to death. What Boden, Fleck, and co-writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet have done here to try and spice things up is give Vers’ amnesia so that she doesn’t even know her real name let alone where she came from. This way the audience is discovering Vers’ origin alongside her. Unfortunately, that approach leads to other characters telling Captain Marvel who she is, and every time it has to lapse into reveals, it loses sight of her personality. The mystery of her origin is ultimately uninteresting, and it deprives Captain Marvel of a character arc or any notable weaknesses. She’s a superpowered person who doesn’t know her past, discovers her past, remembers her strength, and becomes even more superpowered as a result.
Interesting characters have flaws and foibles, and Captain Marvel seems afraid to give its title character anything that could be perceived as weakness. This in turn, deprives Captain Marvel of some of her humanity and the shading that other superheroes receive. Even Captain America, a totally moral boy scout gets the shading of giving up a chance at happiness in order to save the world.
Boden & Fleck further diminish their story by showing an utter lack of imagination in bringing Captain Marvel’s world to life. If you ever wanted to see what Guardians of the Galaxy would look like without James Gunn’s personality, Captain Marvel is your answer. Vers is on a Kree team, but you’ll never get to know any of them outside her, Yon-Rogg, and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), who you only know because he was in Guardians of the Galaxy as Ronan’s (Lee Pace) henchman.
And yet I can’t say that the story miscalculations or flat direction ever derailed the film because I was so invested in Captain Marvel, especially once she teams up with Fury. Although this Fury is a far cry from the cloak-and-dagger spy we’ve seen in previous Marvel movies, it doesn’t really matter because it’s so much fun watching Larson and Jackson bounce off each other. When Captain Marvel settles into the groove of a buddy movie, it’s an absolutely joy, especially when Mendelsohn comes along to steal every scene that he’s in. Once you throw in the friendship between Captain Marvel and her fellow pilot Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), you’ve got a film where the characters are doing the heavy lifting and you’re invested in their actions even if the story beats feel staid and the visuals lack swagger.
Marvel  Comics  Comic  Books  Film  Narratology  Storytelling 
6 weeks ago
When the Oscars Chose Driving Miss Daisy Over Do the Right Thing
Mookie throws that trash can out of rage over a police killing—and given the spirit of the film, the question of whether he is morally right or wrong seems like a distraction from Lee’s real point, that violence is a form of racialized grief. There isn’t any sign of that grief in Driving Miss Daisy.
The problem with the film in the Academy’s eyes, Canby continued, was that perhaps unlike its competition, “Do the Right Thing won’t play the game. It talks back. . . . Do the Right Thing doesn’t call attention to progress, it asks for more. Now.”
But there’s also another narrative at play: in the 21st century, black cinema is thriving. And finally, the Academy, which has diversified substantially in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite Twitter campaign started by April Reign in 2015, has begun to take notice. Heading into the Oscars this year, four major films by black directors are proven contenders for the top trophies—an unprecedented phenomenon. Alongside BlacKkKlansman, Ryan Coogler’s mega-successful Black Panther and Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk have made strong showings among critics’ groups and at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is well on its way to making Peter Ramsey the first black director to win an Academy Award for best animated feature. This on the heels of Get Out, which last year made Jordan Peele the first black screenwriter to win the best-original-screenplay trophy—ahead of Lee.
Film  Whites  Blacks  Racism 
7 weeks ago
Why Cosmic Horror is Hard to Film
In this video we take a look at why Cosmic Horror (or Lovecraftian Horror) is so hard to adapt onto the screen because of its visual complexity and abstraction.
Video essay made by Moises & Sergio Velasquez
Movies  Horror  HP  Lovecraft 
7 weeks ago
Green Book and the Importance of Feeling Bad
You don’t walk out of Green Book with a sense of urgency or any introspection. You’re supposed to walk out of it smiling because Tony Lip and Don Shirley became buddies despite their differences. And if you’re not willing to challenge your audience on the issue of race, especially in 2019, then what’s the point?
Film  Whites  White  Supremacy  Oscars  Racism  Green  Book 
8 weeks ago
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Held annually in September and October in Hollister
Renaissance  Festivals  Hollister 
8 weeks ago
George G. Toudouze's horror short story, "Three Skeleton Key"
"Three Skeleton Key" is a short story by the French author George G. Toudouze. The January 1937 edition of Esquire marked its first appearance in English.
Horror  Literature  French  South  America  Guiana 
8 weeks ago
Niklaus Manuel - The Judgement of Paris
Niklaus Manuel Deutsch (Niklaus Manuel, c. 1484 – 28 April 1530), of Bern, was a Swiss artist, writer, mercenary and Reformed politician. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niklaus_Manuel_Deutsch
Switzerland  Art  Arts  Painting 
9 weeks ago
René Guénon
René Guénon, également connu sous le nom d’Abd al-Wâhid Yahyânote 1, né le 15 novembre 1886 à Blois, en France, et mort le 7 janvier 1951 au Caire, en Égypte, est un auteur français, « figure inclassable de l’histoire intellectuelle du xxe siècle »1.

Il a publié dix-sept ouvrages de son vivant, auxquels s'ajoutent dix recueils d'articles publiés à titre posthume, soit au total vingt-sept titres régulièrement réédités. Ces livres ont trait principalement à la métaphysique, au symbolisme, à l'ésotérisme et à la critique du monde moderne.

Dans son œuvre, il se propose soit d'« exposer directement certains aspects des doctrines métaphysiques de l'Orient2 », doctrines métaphysiques que René Guénon définissait comme étant « universelles3 », soit d'« adapter ces mêmes doctrines [pour des lecteurs occidentaux] en restant toujours strictement fidèle à leur esprit4 ». Il ne revendiqua que la fonction de « transmetteur » de ces doctrines5, dont il déclarait qu'elles sont de nature essentiellement « non individuelle6 », reliées à une connaissance supérieure, « directe et immédiate », qu'il nomme « intuition intellectuelle7 ». Ses ouvrages, écrits en français (il contribua également en arabe à la revue El Maarifâ), sont traduits en plus de vingt langues.

Son œuvre oppose les civilisations restées fidèles à l'« esprit traditionnel »8 qui, selon lui, « n'a plus de représentant authentique qu'en Orient »9 , à l'ensemble de la civilisation moderne, considérée comme déviée. Elle a modifié en profondeur la réception de l'ésotérisme en Occident dans la seconde moitié du xxe siècle10, et a eu une influence marquante sur des auteurs aussi divers que Mircea Eliade, Antonin Artaud, Raymond Queneau, Simone Weil ou encore André Breton.
Paris  France  French  Occult  Bookstores  Magic 
9 weeks ago
National Coalition of Independent Scholars
National Coalition of Independent Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professional affiliation, support services, and camaraderie to scholars outside of tenured academia. Although based in the United States, our membership and activities extend internationally, and by January 2017 NCIS Full and Associate members comprised over 200 scholars in fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, Australia as well as Canada and the Americas. Membership is open to scholars across all disciplines. NCIS assesses the qualifications of each membership candidate for intellectual contribution, scholarly rigor, and independent status prior to acceptance.
NCIS is an affiliate of the American Historical Association and a member of the The Alliance of Nonprofits.
Independent  Scholars  Academia  Historians 
9 weeks ago
Princeton Research Forum
Princeton Research Forum is a community of independent scholars in the Princeton area and beyond. It was founded in 1980 by a group of scholars who were pursuing their own research outside of the academy. Their aim was to facilitate access to libraries and funding for independent researchers and to provide a forum for collegiality among the group’s membership. Since those early days, much has improved for independent scholars, in part due to the efforts of PRF founding members and to those of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (www.ncis.org), with which PRF is affiliated.

Today, Princeton Research Forum (PRF) offers a diverse group of men and women scholars the opportunity to share their research interests, expertise, and creative endeavors in a supportive environment with other independent scholars. In addition to meeting monthly during the academic year, PRF members participate in ongoing study groups in the humanities, science/history of science, and poetry. Members gather for an annual general meeting and pot-luck dinner in the summer and a festive wine-and-cheese party in the fall.
Independent  Scholars  Academia  Princeton  NJ 
9 weeks ago
A Brief History of History Responding to Open Access
In a Scholarly Kitchen post earlier this week, Lisa Hinchliffe summarized some basic themes in the thousands of pages of responses to Plan S. One of her six themes was the STEM-centric features of Plan S, and the problems it poses for humanists. We wanted to explore this in greater detail, historians that we are, by looking to the recent history of the historical discipline’s engagement with open access (OA) policies. Of course this doesn’t represent the view of all historians, who may have diverging individual perspectives. We take a close look at some of the themes that have been sounded by disciplinary organizations over the past decade, both to offer our colleagues in scholarly communications who are thinking about the features and implications of Plan S some greater insight, but also to offer colleagues in history a purchase on what might seem like abstract, distant or irrelevant debates.
Historiography  Academia  OA  Open  Access 
9 weeks ago
William Weaver - Tracking Down Foucault's Pendulum
Translators sometimes become involved in strange investigations and quests. In translating two novels by Umberto Eco, I have found myself collecting books on medieval monastic architecture, on the secret of the pyramids; sometimes I spend long minutes consulting Latin dictionaries, or reading the article on Thomas Aquinas in my old Brittanica. And, on this bleak November day, I was tracking down the pendulum invented by Jean Bernard Leon Foucault and displayed in 1851 in the Pantheon in Paris to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. Foucault's device not only supplied the title of the Eco book I was then translating, but it - and its surroundings - also played an essential role in the story. To translate two climactic chapters, I had to study the setting with my own eyes before I could try to step into the author's shoes.
Umberto  Eco  Paris  France  Literature  Occult 
9 weeks ago
Stanford scholar Robert Pogue Harrison on the history of romantic love
What is wholly foreign to us today is the prevalent medieval assumption that romantic love is not possible within the confines of marriage. We tend to believe that love finds its consummation in marriage, whereas in the past marriage was seen as a contract with strict obligations between husband and wife, where the wife was subjected to the authority of the husband. It was incompatible with love because love must be wholly free – freely given and free from the social hierarchies that govern human and gender relations in the real world. It is hard for us to understand why love was almost by definition adulterous back then.
Contrast with: "A major theme in Parzival is love: heroic acts of chivalry are inspired by true love, which is ultimately fulfilled in marriage." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parzival
Stanford  Robert  Pogue  Harrison  Love  France  History  Arts 
9 weeks ago
English settlement of Barbados
The settlement was established as a proprietary colony and funded by Sir William Courten, a City of London merchant who acquired the title to Barbados and several other islands. So the first colonists were actually tenants and much of the profits of their labor returned to Courten and his company.[4]

The first English ship, which had arrived on 14 May 1625, was captained by John Powell. The first settlement began on 17 February 1627, near what is now Holetown (formerly Jamestown),[5] by a group led by John Powell's younger brother, Henry, consisting of 80 settlers and 10 English laborers. The latter were young indentured laborers who according to some sources had been abducted, effectively making them slaves.

Courten's title was transferred to James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, in what was called the "Great Barbados Robbery." Carlisle then chose as governor Henry Hawley, who established the House of Assembly in 1639, in an effort to appease the planters, who might otherwise have opposed his controversial appointment.

In the period 1640–60, the West Indies attracted over two-thirds of the total number of English emigrants to the Americas. By 1650, there were 44,000 settlers in the West Indies, as compared to 12,000 on the Chesapeake and 23,000 in New England. Most English arrivals were indentured.
England  Caribbean  US  History  VA  MA  Colonization  Empire  Indentured  Servants 
10 weeks ago
Newfoundland - Colonization under Henry VII of England
1497, the Italian navigator John Cabot (Zuan/Giovanni Cabotto) became the first European since the Norse settlers to set foot on Newfoundland, working under commission of King Henry VII of England. His landing site is unknown but popularly believed to be Cape Bonavista, along the island's East coast.[16] Another site claimed is Cape Bauld, at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. A document found in the Spanish National Archives, written by a Bristol merchant, reports that Cabot's crew landed 1,800 miles (2,900 km) west of Dursey Head, Ireland (latitude 51° 35'N), which would put Cabot within sight of Cape Bauld. This document mentions an island that Cabot sailed past to go ashore on the mainland. This description fits with the Cape Bauld theory, as Belle Isle is not far offshore.[16]

Other European explorers
After Cabot, the first European visitors to Newfoundland were Portuguese, Basque, Spanish, French and English migratory fishermen. In 1501, Portuguese explorers Gaspar Corte-Real and his brother Miguel Corte-Real charted part of the coast of Newfoundland in a failed attempt to find the Northwest Passage. Late in the 17th century came Irish fishermen, who named the island Talamh an Éisc, meaning "land of the fish", or "the fishing grounds" in Irish Gaelic. This reflected the abundance of fisheries.

In 1583, when Sir Humphrey Gilbert formally claimed Newfoundland as a colony of England, he found numerous English, French and Portuguese vessels at St. John's. There was no permanent population. Gilbert was lost at sea during his return voyage, and plans of settlement were postponed.
16th  Century  England  Colonization  Empire 
10 weeks ago
Sir Walter Raleigh in the Tower of London
Always ambitious, Raleigh was also motivated by his hatred of Spain and support for Protestantism.

Once he gained influence at court, he promoted the idea of creating English colonies in North America to challenge Spanish colonial policy.

The Queen wanted to keep her favourite Walter near to her, so he was forbidden to travel overseas.

However, in 1584, 1585 and 1587 Raleigh organised voyages to North America that led to his sponsorship of an English colony on Roanoke Island (now north Carolina), which he named ‘Virginna’ after his adored Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I.
In 1616 Sir Walter was released from the Tower by James I (but not pardoned). The King ordered him to undertake an expedition to Guiana to search for gold.
Upon his return in June 1618, Raleigh was accused of deliberately inciting war between Spain and England.

A furious James I invoked the original sentence of 1603 and by August the explorer was back to the Tower of London.
England  Colonization  Empire  VA  US  History 
10 weeks ago
King's Chapel in Boston
The King's Chapel congregation was founded by Royal Governor Sir Edmund Andros in 1686 as the first Anglican Church in colonial New England during the reign of King James II. The original King's Chapel was a wooden church built in 1688 at the corner of Tremont and School Streets, where the church stands today. It was situated on the public burying ground, now King's Chapel Burying Ground, because no resident would sell land for a church that was not Congregationalist (at the time, the Congregational church was the official religion of Massachusetts).
England  Colonization  Empire  US  History 
10 weeks ago
Jean Ribault - French colonizer of Florida
Jean Ribault (also spelled Ribaut) (1520 – October 12, 1565) was a French naval officer, navigator, and a colonizer of what would become the southeastern United States. He was a major figure in the French attempts to colonize Florida. A Huguenot and officer under Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, Ribault led an expedition to the New World in 1562 that founded the outpost of Charlesfort on Parris Island in present-day South Carolina. Two years later, he took over command of the French colony of Fort Caroline in what is now Jacksonville, Florida. He and many of his followers were massacred by Spanish soldiers near St. Augustine.
France  Coloniziation  Empire  US  History  FL 
10 weeks ago
Ajacán Mission - Spanish Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay
Early in the 16th century, Spanish explorers were the first recorded Europeans to see the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, which the Spanish called Bahía de Madre de Dios or Bahía de Santa Maria.[3] They were searching for a Northwest Passage to India, and they named the land Ajacán, "Jacán" in Oré.

The Ajacán Mission (also Axaca, Axacam, Iacan, Jacán, Xacan) was a Spanish attempt in 1570 to establish a Jesuit mission in the vicinity of the Virginia Peninsula to bring Christianity to the Virginia Indians. The effort to found St. Mary's Mission predated the founding of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, by about 36 years. In February 1571, the entire party was massacred by Indians except Alonso de Olmos. The following year, a Spanish party from Florida went to the area, rescued Alonso, and killed an estimated 20 Indians.
MD  Spain  Colonization  Empire  Chesapeake  Bay  US  History 
10 weeks ago
Art Institute of Chicago - Gallery 109
Gallery 109 (1992) by Tadao Ando, Art Institute of Chicago, 2018
Arts  Architecture  Museums  Chicago  IL 
10 weeks ago
A Baltimore Neighborhood Is Revitalized, With Help From Its Residents
The Mount Vernon neighborhood of this city was for many years a haven for prostitutes and crack dens. But its residents, intent on fending off the drug scourge and high homicide rate that had infected many areas of Baltimore, joined together to turn their neighborhood’s prospects around.
Baltimore  Mount  Vernon  Mt.  MD 
10 weeks ago
The S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship
The John Hay Library at Brown University, home to the largest collection of H. P. Lovecraft materials in the world, is pleased to offer an annual fellowship for research relating to H. P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs. The S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship, established by The Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press, is intended to promote scholarly research using the world renowned resources on H. P. Lovecraft at the John Hay Library. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $1,500 for up to two months of research at the library. The S. T. Joshi Fellowship is open to individuals engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research. Applicants who do not reside in the U. S. must either indicate their citizenship or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend.
HP  Lovecraft  Horror  Brown  University  History  Literature  Scholarships  Providence 
10 weeks ago
Nature's Reclamation / Gandalf Escapes Isengard
NATURE'S RECLAMATION, a theme for Nature, is music that spans events in the movies. Quiet as a moth, determined as angry Ents, it "represents Nature's resistance of encroaching evil" (Doug Adams, CR--FOTR liner notes, page 32).

The official title in the liner notes is 'Nature's Reclamation' but I will continue to use just 'Nature Theme'. Doug Adams maintains that, in Tolkien's world, Nature is a culture alongside of the Elves, Dwarves or Men. He also notes that the simple, pure melody of the Moth music is a 'antidote to the industrial beating of Isengard'.
Music  Lord  of  the  Rings  Fantasy 
11 weeks ago
In the House, In a Heartbeat (Big Daddy Kills) - John Murphy
The film's [Kick Ass] score was released on 17 May 2010 in the UK.[9] Two of the instrumentals in the film are frequently compared to songs from other John Murphy composed soundtracks. These are "In The House, In A Heartbeat" from 28 Days Later: The Soundtrack Album and "Adagio in D-minor" from the Sunshine soundtrack. The former was used in the scene where Big Daddy guns down D'Amico's men in the warehouse and the latter was used when Hit-Girl is trying to rescue Kick-Ass and Big Daddy. They are called "Big Daddy Kills" and "Strobe (Adagio in D Minor)" respectively on the Kick-Ass score.
Music  Film  28  Days  Later  Zombies  Horror 
11 weeks ago
Smithsonian Museum of American History: Within These Walls
Discover five of the families who lived in this house from the colonial era to World War II.

At the center of this gallery is a partially reconstructed house that stood for 200 years at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston. The house and the exhibition that surrounds it tell the stories of five families who lived there over the years and made history in their kitchens and parlors, through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice. Through their lives, the exhibition explores some of the important ways ordinary people have been part of the great changes and events in American history.
The exhibition features:
the largest artifact in the museum, a Georgian-style, two-and-a-half-story timber-framed house
an 18th-century tea table
an anti-slavery almanac and the Wedgwood Anti-Slavery medallion
a Philco radio from the 1930s
World War II-era cookbooks, posters, rationing coupons
a proximity fuse, used to detonate bombs and artillery shells.
Museums  Ipswich  MA  Houses  Architecture  Washington  DC 
12 weeks ago
‘The Inventor’ Review: The High Price of Good Intentions| Sundance 2019
It may be a Silicon Valley ethos to “fake it till you make it” but Holmes lacked the humility and the honesty to say, “We haven’t made it and it will take an unspecified amount of time until we do. Hard things are hard and revolutionary technology doesn’t happen overnight.” Instead, she constantly worked to further her deceit and cover up her company’s inability to fulfill its promises.

However, it’s also difficult to see The Inventor as a story about Silicon Valley since Holmes largely got her money from private investors who didn’t look at her books rather than venture capitalists who would demand a full accounting. There are certainly stories to tell about the toxic culture of Silicon Valley and how it facilitates fraud, but The Inventor never seems like the best vehicle for it.

Instead, The Inventor is at its best when it looks at how Holmes conned respectable figures who bought into her narrative rather than taking a hard look at the data. The cautionary tale at the heart of the movie isn’t about self-delusion in service of noble ambitions, but how smart people can be hoodwinked by those noble ambitions. No one wanted to look too closely at Theranos because Theranos was aiming to do something good.

It would be nice to think that victims of con artists are simply greedy. But as The Inventor shows, it’s just as easy to be conned by someone pushing good intentions. And perhaps that’s a darker con because rather than preying on our avarice, it preys on our conscience.
Theranos  Elizabeth  Holmes  Silicon  Valley  Con  Grift  Cynicism  Business  CA  Tech  Blood 
12 weeks ago
Analysis: How The Rise Of The Far Right Threatens Democracy Worldwide
From Turkey and Hungary, to India and the Philippines, the voices of nationalism and the far right have become dominant forces that begin with the election of a charismatic, influential and powerful man.
These leaders often have a strong base of support. And often they have a pro-business agenda, which stock markets cheer. The American stock market has been on a roller coaster — calmer now after a rough ride at the end of the year. But for many months after Trump's election, investors gave the U.S. president a clear thumbs up. Brazil's investors are doing the same, and Bolsonaro has tweeted about it.
T also said: "America First does not mean America alone." Undoubtedly, Bolsonaro believes in Brazil First. And Orban in Hungary First. Likewise, Erdogan for Turkey and Modi for India. But if it is everyone for himself, who really wins?
Nationalism  Brazil  Hungary  India  Turkey  Philippeans 
january 2019
My New Orleans: Curator Wayne Phillips
In his dual role as the Louisiana State Museum's curator of costumes and textiles and curator of Carnival collections, Wayne Phillips is well versed in all things Mardi Gras. In addition to preserving Fat Tuesday finery, Phillips also oversees the LSM's permanent ‘‘Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana’’ exhibit at Presblytère.
The weekend before Mardi Gras is the French Market Mask Market along Dutch Alley. Maskmakers from all over the country set up booths, and you’ll find hundreds of masks.
NOLA  Queer  Bears 
january 2019
Ludovica Rambelli Teatro - I Tableaux Vivants
Ludovica Rambelli Teatro porta i Tableaux Vivant di Caravaggio e Michelangelo in giro per l’Italia e l’Europa. Se per caso capitiamo dalle tue parti, vieni a trovarci.
Italy  Italian  Painting  Dance  Art  Arts  Theater  Bears 
january 2019
Study finds rising seas are eroding value of homes along coast
Rising seas have already cost Massachusetts homeowners more than a quarter of a billion dollars in lost property value, according to a study set to be published Tuesday, with much more severe losses likely to come.

That’s according to the First Street Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that studies sea level rise and its impacts on coastal communities. Its report estimates that the value of homes in Massachusetts has potentially been eroded by $273 million since 2005 because of concerns about flooding and sea level rise, with the biggest effects in low-lying parts of coastal towns, including Salisbury and Barnstable.
First Street says its study is the first one to estimate — based on data from nearby sales — the potential depreciation of property prices because homes and neighborhoods commonly face flooding from the sea.
In Boston, the Walsh administration’s Climate Ready Boston plan is studying how to best defend waterfront neighborhoods against rising seas.
Climate  Change  Housing  Boston  MA 
january 2019
‘Lucha Underground’ Star Joey Ryan’s Powerful Penis Rises Up Against Homophobia in Pro Wrestling
Ryan was signed to play gay character “Chase Walker” in un-released episodes of upstart Wrestling Retribution Project. For that character, Ryan wanted to do something he has never before seen in pro wrestling.

“In the past, with characters like Goldust and Orlando Jordan, gay characters have always been creepy or weird, using their sexuality to freak other wrestlers out,” he stated. “I wanted to have a character that fought the good fight, did well for himself and just so happened to be gay.”

While the project never took off, Ryan says the character’s values and persona more accurately reflect gay athletes. Comments like Cornette’s on Twitter, he suggests, undermine that reality and draw negative response from those unwilling to accept members of the LGBT community as people and athletes.
Joey  Ryan  Bears  Sports  Wrestling  Queer 
january 2019
Fantômas films of Louis Feuillade
Fantômas is a French silent crime film serial directed by Louis Feuillade, based on the novel of the same name.[1] The five episodes, initially released throughout 1913-14, were restored under the direction of Jacques Champreaux and released in a new form in 2006. The series consists of five episodes, each an hour to an hour and a half in length, which end in cliffhangers.
Fantômas  Paris  France  French  Film  Surrealism  Horror  Edward  Gorey  Crime  Serials 
january 2019
Monte Carlo simulation - Vanguard
Experienced investors know there are only two ways you can end up with more money:
■ Earn more — by doing things like increasing your work income, getting higher yields on your investments or finding additional revenue from things like rental properties or royalties.

■ Spend less.
Retirement  Money  Savings 
january 2019
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