Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recent news round-up, Part 2

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Micro movie review

Woman in Gold The true(ish) story of the recovery of some of the artwork stolen by the Nazis from the family of Maria Altmann, finely played by Helen Mirren. The main item at issue was Gustav Klimt's famous portrait of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, which by 1998 had become a national treasure of Austria (renaming it "Woman in Gold," thus obscuring its Jewish connection):
I remember the years-long case, though not in any detail. As much as the film is the story of Altmann's restitution battle, it is just as much the story of the revival of her memory of the events in Vienna when the Nazis came in, and her new-found desire to make Austria face up to what it did to its Jewish citizens. The film does have its faults, not the least that the outcome is quite predictable. However, I found it quite absorbing, even knowing the results. Mirren's performance carries the whole thing.

I don't think it is that much of a spoiler to say that Altmann was successful in her fight--in fact, the painting is hanging in a museum five or six hundred feet from where I am sitting right now.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Plat du jour--guest submission



Someone from the Bronx.

Found by Joanne.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today's news round-up

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Animal headline of the day

Chimp Tushi turns drone-buster in Dutch Burgers' Zoo

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Plat du jour



Probably an abbreviation for "a bi gezunt," which translates from Yiddish as "so long as you're healthy." The expression means, "Don't worry so much about your problem. You've still got your health."--which is something you'd expect a doctor to say.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Animal headline of the day

Saudis says no to Swedish monkeys after diplomatic spat

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Recent news round-up, Part 2

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Animal headline of the day

DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle area

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Today's news round-up

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Animal headline of the day

Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi day!



A once in a century moment this morning: 3-14-15 at 9:53:26. Come to think of it, 9:53:26pm works also.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Public service announcement

Set your clocks ahead 1 hour--it's daylight savings time. This way, you have an extra hour in the evening to look at the mounds of snow.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Recent news round-up, Part 3

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Plat du jour--guest submission



A ballet dancer--found by Joanne.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Friday, February 06, 2015

Recent news round-up

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Animal headline of the day

Rare monkey eaten by otters in accident at British zoo

The article also contains one of the most stupid statements I've seen in a long time:
The zoo's director of conservation Christoph Schwitzer said despite their best efforts, keepers are unable to prevent unforeseen accidents.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Harassing women on the street can get you into trouble

It might be your mom.

Semi-random thoughts

  • I saw the headline "Panthers' Newton practices 8 days after crash" and my first thought was it was about the Black Panthers and Huey Newton, not the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton. I'm showing my age.
  • I do not want ads appearing in my newsfeed on Facebook. In the past, I marked every single one I saw as spam, and for a while I wasn't seeing any. Then something changed and recently I've been getting them again--more than ever. Again I've been marking them as spam. Three times now Facebook has reported to me they have removed ads I've marked, because they failed to adhere to Facebook ad guidelines. Strangely, only one of the three was really objectionable--I think it was for some bogus weight loss product. There have been a number of similar ads, but Facebook seems to have done nothing about them. The other two were for Whole Foods and a political campaign that I actually supported. I wonder why they were removed. 

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Animal headline of the day

Fish-eating snails stun their prey with insulin