Monthly Archives: February 2019

Documentary: Maddman: The Steve Madden Story

Why did I watch this? What do shoes have to do with anything here?

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Contrast Shock

I read those two books over the weekend. Chan started with nothing and lived an exemplary life. Belfort started with everything and wound up in prison. More about Chan later. And maybe more about Belfort too — but I need … Continue reading

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Puppets! Moon Rangers, Falcon 1, Firestorm.

The return of two things I love: Supermarionation and the YouTube series Falcon 1! Plus, Firestorm! Endeavour is an ITV series showing the early days of Inspector Morse. The second episode of the sixth season featured the return of Supermarionation, … Continue reading

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Actor Jackie Chan: His Deepest, Only Regret

Yes, wanting to see to for myself and not take what some ignorant naif wrote, I’ve gotten Jackie Chan’s autobiography, Never Grow Up, from the NY Public Library. Chapter 3 contains a big surprise.

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The Origin Of “Everything Happens For A Reason”

Of the 15 Dumb Advice Unsuccessful People Give You, I particularly loved this bit: Does Everything Happen For A Reason? Do you know the origin of that? I believe I do. John 9 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Heals a … Continue reading

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Pervasive Bad Advice

15 Dumb Advice Unsuccessful People Give You You’ll have heard of these before. What matters here is the rebuttal. And some of those rebuttals will make you laugh out loud! Previously here: Human Variables category

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R.I.P. Book Publisher Betty Ballantine

Betty Ballantine, who helped popularize modern paperback, dies at 99 I got a laugh out of this: One memorable Ballantine release was inspired by a hoax. In 1956, nighttime radio personality Jean Shepherd was telling listeners that they should ask … Continue reading

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Amazon Exits Planned NYC HQ2

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Campus Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City. The company had planned to build a sprawling complex in Long Island City, … Continue reading

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“Financial Impotence”

Read first: “The Thing Happens.” This video contained a shock for me. Neal Gabler, prominent film critic and scholar — who was once on TV! — admits to financial fragility. Are you hanging off a financial cliff? Here’s how to … Continue reading

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“The Thing Happens.”

The People of the Abyss by Jack London [Google Books; my Google Drive]. Why do I keep recommending this book? I forget where this was said (probably in a movie): “Whatever has happened has happened and will happen again.” That’s … Continue reading

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