Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top 5 - John Wayne Movies

Today would have been the Duke's 108th birthday. here are what I consider his top 5 movies.

1. True Grit
2. The Quiet Man
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
4. Rooster Cogburn
5. (tie) The Shootist (tie) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stanley Cup

Did you know that the Stanley Cup was the result of Arthur and Algy Stanley asking their father, Lord Stanley, for a trophy to award to the champions of the Amateur Hockey Association in Montreal? The silver cup only cost $48.67 and was first awarded in 1893.

The first “Stanley Cup” tournament was held in 1894. Lord Stanley never actually attended any of the Stanley Cup hockey games. 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Clay Buchholz is the only regular starting pitcher on the Red Sox with an ERA under 5.00 (and his is 4.58)... Explaining TV to a kid 20-years from now...  I read a headline that said "ISIS Could Buy Nuke" but my mind read it as "ISIS Could Buy Nike". I'm not sure which would be more impressive... This photo is real? I always just assumed it was some sort of photoshop... If I were to run a scam it would be as a pet fish medium. How could anyone prove you weren't actually communicating with a beloved dead goldfish?... Interesting - how far did Sam and Frodo walk?... Do you think there are any NBA GM's out there who would rather have Doc Rivers over Brad Stevens at this point? I mean besides the Clippers GM (who is also Doc Rivers)... Roger Goodell will have to answer this question in court... If you think about it most Popeye cartoons boil down to Brutus trying to rape Olive Oyl and Popeye trying to stop him... I always get a kick out of this animation...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Heh Heh

In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- The story of how the 2004 World Series of Poker was almost cancelled

- The bad decisions that led Russia into World War I

- Heh heh - they say never judge a book by its cover but sometimes...

- Tom Crean seems like a good man

- This video is like watching my childhood flash before my eyes

- 15 things you might not know about John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Monday, May 18, 2015

Louis CK and SNL

Not sure if you've seen the Louis CK monologue on SNL this weekend. It is supposed to be edgy - so edgy that people are supposedly debating if Louis CK went too far this week.

I didn't think it was edgy at all. Then again - I too grew up in the 70's. And as a fan of SNL I remember Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase doing this skit on race. That was edgy (and in 1975).

And pedophiles? How about Buck Henry as Uncle Roy? If anything things have gotten much less edgy at SNL.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Modern Americans don't know the horror of either grisly ax murders or pay toilets. I'm not sure which was worse... Norm MacDonald's very sweet tribute to David Letterman... Not sure how I feel when some gives me a gift and says, "its a top shelf item" but then follows up with "at Family Dollar"... I agree 100%... The JAWS character Captain Quint's last name means "fifth" in Latin. In the movie he's the fifth person killed by the shark... This is just awful. I hope the people responsible spend the rest of their lives in jail... Is it me or throughout history have all ax murders been described as "grisly"? As if there might be some sort of "delightful" ax murder...