Never, Never Look


Posted on : 12/23/2011 07:58:00 AM | By : Dann | In : , , ,

I never should have looked.  Now I can't wait.


Once you watch this trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit", you won't want to wait either.  Sadly, we have no choice in the matter.

[edited 1 May 2019]

Apparently the link to the video is borken.  The movie did come out.  I was disappointed.

Oh Man, What A High


Posted on : 12/22/2011 07:00:00 AM | By : Dann | In : ,

"The high I feel when I actually remember to bring my reusable bags to the store -- and take them inside rather than leave them in the parked car -- can last for days."
Indeed it can.  And here is the comic strip in question....

A Visual Feast


Posted on : 12/21/2011 07:00:00 AM | By : Dann | In : ,

Audrey Munson was a muse for many artists in the early 20th century.  Sculptures for which she modeled still adorn New York City.  Ms. Munson has the distinction of being the first actress to appear nude in a moving picture.

The Daily has a brief profile of her life that is worth your time. She was simultaneously an unassuming and an amazing figure in the history of American art.

I largely have to agree with Ms. Munson regarding the relative value of abstract art.  Some abstract art is most worthwhile and thought provoking.  The rest seems limited to splotching worthy of a 5th grade student still shivering from a long walk to school in the snow.

Guaranteed Profit?


Posted on : 12/20/2011 10:23:00 AM | By : Dann | In : , ,

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

- Lifeline, by Robert Heinlein

Messrs. Bush and Obama - and most members of Congress - should have the above tattooed on the inside of their eyelids and across their asses.