Archive for June 2008

Pulp Fiction

June 30, 2008

I really love this movie. I’ve always wondered if the judges at Cannes in 1994, only watched it once or twice and recognized it for the great film it is. It took me more than that, in fact I’m still watching it and still appreciating it more each time. Last year someone gave me the Collector’s Edition DVD, which contains a lot of bonus material, interviews and such. I came up with an idea for myself: when bored, when in doubt, watch Pulp Fiction.

Here’re a few of my favorite moments.

Oh man, I’m goin’, that’s all there is to it, I’m fuckin’ goin’

The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.

I mean, he’d have to be ten times more charmin’ than that Arnold on Green Acres, know what I’m sayin’?

You see, this is a moral test of oneself, whether or not you can maintain loyalty.

That’s how you’re gonna beat ’em Butch. They keep underestimatin’ ya.

War in Iran

June 30, 2008

I hate politics, I really do. This headline in CNN today reminded me of that. Are the people of the world and especially of the United States going to watch this happen all over again? Would the Bush Administration have the nerve to try it again, in this the eleventh hour? If the answer to those questions is yes, then something must be done.

Mary Tyler Moore

June 29, 2008

I love everything about Mary Tyler Moore. During my teen years, she made the transition from the Dick Van Dyke Show to the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Looking back on those times I feel such a deep nostalgia, it’s difficult to describe. In this first clip, she sings a number called “True, man, true” with a Bahamian or Jamaican accent. It’s so incredibly cute and dated, recalling a time in our history that was so much simpler, or so it seems in retrospect.

After 1970, her popularity skyrocketed, and with good reason. The talent that went into The Mary Tyler Moore Show was tremendous. The idea behind it was bold and innovative, a thirty-something single woman making it on her own in Minneapolis, and with such class and élan.

Legalize drugs

June 28, 2008

I personally think drugs are poison. It never made much sense to me to legalize something that’s harmful in spite of the long standing precedent we have with alcohol and tobacco. But I’m reading today about another large cocaine seizure in Colombia, 3 tons look pretty dramatic in the video. Then I started wondering if 3 tons is really a large seizure, and discovered this article. The DEA says this seizure which took place over a year ago, was 42,000 pounds, that’s over 20 tons. The article says,

combined with last week’s unrelated record-breaking $205 million cash seizure by the Government of Mexico working with the DEA, (the 20 ton seizure) dealt Mexican traffickers a one-two punch: they’re down more then a billion dollars.

Now, I’m thinking, that’s a lot of money and a lot of product to leave locked up in some DEA depository indefinitely. It seems the Agency is satisfied with depriving the evil drug traffickers of that value. But, if cocaine were legal it could be taxed like alcohol and these huge seizures could seriously increase the inventory instead of going totally to waste. I know it’s a naive and superficial argument I’m offering, but I also know that qualified people have made this same argument in depth and detail. William F. Buckley was one. Here it is in his own words:

A conservative seeks to be grounded in reality. What a quote!

Three million are addicts, as defined by “did you take one in the last thirty days”. That’s a hoot.

The bureaucracy and complications would certainly be daunting, but it just seems like a terrible waste. Buckley describes in this interview how the government would completely displace the illegal drug world, from producer, to trafficker to user on the street. I can’t picture that happening overnight, but perhaps a sort of competition between the illegal drug lords and the US government until gradually the price comes down so much that it’s no longer profitable for Juan Pablo in the hills of Bolivia to grow coca. Meantime these seizures go straight into the coffers of the US Drug Department.

The 70s and 80s

June 27, 2008

As much as I love Austin Powers, I just can’t accept what he said about the 70s and 80s.

You’re not missing anything, believe me. I’ve looked into it. There’s a gas shortage and a flock of seagulls. That’s about it.

Anyone remember this one?

How about these?

And this.

That’s my problem. I can never get out of the seventies. I started out with the idea of selecting a nice cross section of music from the two decades, but spent hours watching videos all from the seventies. Oh well.

The Big Lebowski

June 26, 2008

Without a doubt, this is one of my all time favorites. Sometimes, I laugh out loud just thinking about a scene from this movie, like one of these:

This one I now associate with one of my favorite bloggers, PhysioProf.

In this scene, I often wonder if the greatest kudos goes to the Coen Brothers or to John Turturro.

And this one, although Turturro is incredible again, check out the way Jeff Bridges is doing his nails and looks up at the sound of the Jesus. And what about that typically hysterical speech by John Goodman?

I’m laughing right now at this wonderful scene. Every word, every expression, it’s priceless.

The Food Timeline

June 25, 2008

Ever wondered where club sandwiches originated, or ice cream sundaes or good old popcorn? It’s all here, and much, much more on The Food Timeline. (via easilyamused.com, another good one)