Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm Not Yours

Angus & Julia Stone. I'm Not Yours.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

An Education

A favorite film from last year, based the Nick Hornby novel of the same name. London in the 60s, Carey Mulligan's portrayal of the prodigious protagonist is wonderfully done, and the supporting actors are great as well.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Waiting for a Train

Waiting for a Train

Salt Lake City. December 2010.

Ghosts of Amsterdam

How to be a Retronaut. Ghosts of Amsterdam.

Wish Me Well

The Blue Nile. Wish Me Well. 1996

Improving the Cognitive Toolkit

2011's Edge Question:


164 great thinkers respond here

25 years ago...

Twenty-five years ago, the Challenger exploded to the shock of all. President Reagan addressed the nation.


Thursday, January 27, 2011


Great fan vid tribute to Pixar's wonderful film, "Up"


One of the lesser known sections of the iTunes store is "iTunes U" which is home to a large collection of freely available lectures from some of the best universities in the world. In addition to their being wonderfully lacking in cost, everything is well integrated into iTunes in a way that makes it simple and easy to load a course into one's iPod. I've been particularly enjoying lectures in philosophy that are among many podcasts from Oxford. (Thanks, Oxford!)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Between Days

1986. The Cure live. In Between Days.

Holding Back the Years

1986. Simply Red. Holding Back the Years.

Reflections on 1986

2011. Twenty five years since 1986.

1986. Double. The Captain of Her Heart.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Recommended, and now nominated for an Oscar, is Banky's film on street art:


The past couple of years have been a gauntlet, but I'm now feeling compelled to return to this place.


Why I can't stop reading Mormon housewife blogs

Emily Matchar in Slate:

"...Their lives are nothing like mine -- I'm your standard-issue late-20-something childless overeducated atheist feminist -- yet I'm completely obsessed with their blogs. On an average day, I'll skim through a half-dozen Mormon blogs, looking at Polaroids of dogs in raincoats or kids in bow ties, reading gratitude lists, admiring sewing projects..."



Hold On

Why the Rich Are Getting Richer

Robert C. Lieberman in Foreign Affairs:

"...And yet a curious thing has happened in the midst of all this misery. The wealthiest Americans, among them presumably the very titans of global finance whose misadventures brought about the financial meltdown, got richer. And not just a little bit richer; a lot richer. In 2009, the average income of the top five percent of earners went up, while on average everyone else's income went down. This was not an anomaly but rather a continuation of a 40-year trend of ballooning incomes at the very top and stagnant incomes in the middle and at the bottom. The share of total income going to the top one percent has increased from roughly eight percent in the 1960s to more than 20 percent today..."