Sunday, November 27, 2011


According to billionaires, tips for success...

1. Figure out what you’re so passionate about that you’d be happy doing it for 10 years, even if you never made any money from it. That’s what you should be doing.
2. Always be true to yourself.
3. Figure out what your values are and live by them, in business and in life.
4. Rather than focus on work-life separation, focus on work-life integration.
5. Don’t network. Focus on building real relationships and friendships where the relationship itself is its own reward, instead of trying to get something out of the relationship to benefit your business or yourself.
6. Remember to maximize for happiness, not money or status.
7. Get ready for rejection.
8. Success unshared is failure. Give back — share your wealth.
9. (A secret so powerful, we simply cannot tell you)
10. Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do.

Robert Frank
The Wealth Report, October 28, 2011

The Big Picture

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Going In Style

RIP: Lee Strasberg (1901-1982), Art Carney (1918-2003), George Burns (1896-1996).

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Descendants


"Expertly mixing tears and laughs with the sort of alchemy not seen since "Terms of Endearment," this superbly written, directed, acted, and yes, Oscar-friendly movie perfectly captures the blackly comic insanity that can overtake a family forced to confront an impending death." - New York Post, Lou Lumenick

[full review]

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Downton Abbey


Friday, November 18, 2011


"This is a poem of gratitude about the simple pleasures of life. Jane Kenyon died several years ago of cancer."

Library of Congress: Otherwise

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Looking forward to seeing the new hit French film, but it sounds like I'll have to wait until March to see it...

"It's the surprise French box office hit of the year: a caustic comedy about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his awkward, black home-help from one of Paris's poor, suburban high-rise ghettoes.

Intouchables – or the Untouchables – has confounded French critics who dreaded the possibility of a cliche-ridden, ham-fisted take on the poor suburban 'banlieue', race and disability. Instead, the film has been hailed as a masterpiece, and the comedy of the year. It sold 2m tickets in under a week. Paris crowds are queueing around the block and pre-booking tickets. It is set to open in 40 countries, including the United States in March, where Harvey Weinstein has bought an option for an American remake..."

more at The Guardian

Friday, November 11, 2011

To Live And Die In L.A.

At the beginning of Huang Chung's career, all the members performed under pseudonyms. Jeremy Ryder was "Jack Hues", Nick Feldman was "Nick DeSpig", and Darren Costin was "Darren Darwin" (and later, just "Darwin"). "Jack Hues", incidentally, is a play on the French term "j'accuse". -- Wikipedia

From the film To Live And Die In L.A. starring William Peterson and Willem Dafoe.

Wang Chung
To Live And Die in L.A.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Bronski Beat
Smalltown Boy

Friday, November 04, 2011

Used To Be

"A long time ago, we used to be friends
But I haven't thought of you lately at all
If ever again, a greeting I send to you,
Short and sweet to the soul is all I intend..."

The Dandy Warhols
We Used To Be Friends

Thursday, November 03, 2011


This lament, so somber, yet so beautiful...

The Solas
Lament for Frankie

"Kennedy was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a vicious form of cancer, in 1992. Despite his illness Kennedy continued to tour and record with Altan. The band released Island Angel in 1993, and continued to tour through 1994, the year of his death. Although Kennedy had experienced 18 months in remission, the cancer returned "full blast" afterwards.[9] He died on 19 September at the age of 38 in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast."

Wikipedia: Frankie Kennedy


Stupid Girl

Not a lot from the late 1990s has stood the test of time with me, but Garbage's work certainly has...

Stupid Girl


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What You Want

Joe Jackson
You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)



Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral - 1938 Match Race (Pimlico Special)

Richard Harris

One of the greatest storytellers, Richard Harris (1930-2002) appearing on Letterman in 1994.