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January 14, 2020

"The Big Brass Ring"


A political thriller directed by George Hickenlooper, who died unexpectedly in 2010 at 47.

His New York Times obituary by Michael Cieply led me to a couple other very interesting sounding movies he'd directed that I'd never have heard of had he lived.

People shouldn't have to die for me to find out how great they were is a long-time lament, but at least once a month I'm introduced to astonishing books, movies, art, music, and other creations by people who up to their deaths worked largely under the radar.

But I digress.

This 1999 film boasts a fantastic list of names involved in its production, first and foremost Orson Welles, who wrote the screenplay in the 1980s.

Hickenlooper bought it nearly two decades later and updated it from a story about an independent presidential candidate post-Watergate to a gubernatorial race in the 1990s.

And the cast: William Hurt at his absolute best as the cynical, conflicted candidate William Blake Pellerin with more than one deep, dark, potentially candidacy-ending secret in his past; Miranda Richardson as his independently wealthy alcoholic wife who loathes Hurt's character even as she depends on his success for his happiness; Nigel Hawthorne as a bent, half-rational former senator pulling strings and watching Pellerin jump; Irène Jacob as a news correspondent determined to uncover Pellerin's secrets by any means necessary.

An absorbing and visually striking film.

January 14, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth


[via Cayte Grieve]

January 14, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Avoiding an accident in a parking structure


It would seem obvious that if you're underground you'd turn on your headlights while looking for a parking spot, but it's not common practice.

Let's say, though, that you already do that.

There's another thing that might decrease your chance of having someone back out into you or yourself backing out and being hit: turn on your hazard lights/flashers along with your lights.

The changing light levels might register where a steady intensity doesn't, and you'll never know about the fender bender you missed because you had the good sense to add this trick to your repertoire.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot:


as they say in England.

January 14, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Vegetable Artist


From Atlas Obscura:

Fruits and vegetables can be beautiful.

Ask any artist who's painted a still life.

But for Japanese chef Takehiro Kishimoto, produce is his canvas and a knife is his paintbrush.


On his extremely popular Instagram account, Kishimoto carves everything from radishes to avocados.

Some he turns into elegant flowers such as carrot peonies or chestnut roses.

On occasion, he sketches popular anime characters into eggplants and apples.

Other times, he etches geometric patterns into cross-sections of avocados and broccoli stalks.


Kishimoto, who is from the city of Kobe in southern Japan, started carving a little more than three years ago, and began posting his work on Instagram in mid-2016.

At first, he says, he carved simple shapes, but eventually graduated to more difficult designs.

He uses a sharp, thin knife, and the time each fruit or vegetable takes varies.


For broccoli, it's about an hour.

Softer avocados takes two hours, while apples take three.

Many of Kishimoto's designs are inspired by traditional Japanese patterns.


Typically, such patterns are woven into cloth or embroidered, and can convey meanings and connotations.

One, called bishamon tortoise, consists of upside-down Y shapes.

Kishimoto carved that into an avocado.

Another variation on bishamon, called kumikikkou, he carved into a papaya.


Both are based on the patterns of a tortoise shell. They symbolize longevity and were used warriors' clothes.

Another, maze-like design he has etched into broccoli and cauliflower is called sayagata.

Sayagata has roots in ancient Buddhist art, and it originally came to Japan on Chinese fabrics hundreds of years ago.


Kishimoto refers to produce carving as "Thai" carving, because the masters of fruit carving are from Thailand.

It's an old tradition that originated from chefs cooking for the royal family.

But Japan also has a history of food-carving.

Mukimono, as it's called, is hundreds of years old.


By combining historical patterns and mukimono, Kishimoto has created something unique.

January 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Periodic Table of Elements Leather Belt


Someone you know


would love this.



January 14, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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