Right now we're watching West Wing on DVD. I got the seven season set reasonably priced on eBay. I never watched it at all during its initial run on TV, nor any reruns on cable, so it's fun to see the whole thing back to back. Just into season two, and hit this tremendous scene that's a clear smackdown of the thinly disguised Dr. Laura Schlesinger clone, Dr. Jenna Jacobs in an episode where radio talk show hosts get to meet at the White House..
Biblical references abound as the president takes on fundamentalist craziness...
Since first seeing the premise of Black Swan I really wanted to see it. With a backdrop of my favorite ballet, it was likely to be a must see regardless, but the reviews have been uniformly excellent so it was a must see NOW.
Went to see it this afternoon and it is, indeed, brilliant. Rarely have I been so glued to the screen for an entire movie. This year I've seen Avatar and Inception - both excellent, but for sheer must-watchativity Black Swan beats them hands down.
And lest you think it's merely and adult Ballet Shoes, it's not. It's a thriller Hitchcock would have been proud of, and scarier than any slasher movie. Not for the faint of heart, it should win Natalie Portman an Oscar.
This has been around for a while, but I thought I'd lob it out there with a few comments.
This is Hans Rosling's 4 minute look at longevity and affluence through the last 200 years. It's a slick way to show how data changes over time. I've seen people quibble over his definitions of wealth and longevity, but he does paint an extraordinary picture in a mere 4 minutes. You can see the impact of the Industrial Revolution, both World Wars, the progress made in the West and the catching up of most of the rest of the world. What's interesting to me are the countries that go against the general trend.
For instance, if you look carefully at around 1939 and you can see a mid-size European country drop to almost zero life expectancy and then bounce back up by the end of the war. I'm guessing that was Poland that got flattened. Then watch China in the late 1950's bounce like a basketball.
Post WW2, Africa (blue dots) was unsurprisingly lagging behind as most colonies just started to become independent about then, but got swept along for a couple of decades with rising world trends, and then it stopped. The rest of the world kept improving, leaving the majority of Africa languishing.
Rosling's point about regions in China having different health and wealth could, of course, apply to any country. New York and West Virginia in the US are quite different, as are Surrey and Tyne & Wear in the UK.
But overall, a fascinating way to look at history. The point is not so much what questions Rosling answers, as much as the ones it provokes us to ask ourselves and dig deeper.
Just picked up Bonnie's car from the local Bob Bridge Toyota dealership. The 60K service, tires, brakes were all done very nicely, but the real gem was the detailing, inside and out. It's always nice when something is done so well.