Mike Holmes’ Extraordinary Self-Portraits

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A friend sent me this charming link, courtesy of NPR’s Robert Krulwich. It’s been making the InterWeb rounds over the last few months, but just in case you haven’t haven’t yet clicked on it as it floated past, I’m giving you another opportunity. We start with a man called Mike and a cat called Ella. [Read More...]

Nerds Are So Cute When They’re Excited

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A couple weeks ago, Marvel Entertainment and Star Wars had the following exchange on Twitter. Truly, these are my people. (Just to be clear, we’re talking about actual tweets here. It’s not one of those “If Downton Took Place on Facebook” sorts of things, created after the fact; this one actually happened. Yes, yes. They’re PR accounts. [Read More...]

Peter O’Toole’s “Taming of the Shrew”

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As has been oft-lamented, there’s a lot of junk on the Internet. Even worse, I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for a bit of it myself. (Nothing evil, mind you. Just banal.) Sometimes, though, I stumble across something that is so fantastic, it makes me forget all the banality and junk. Like Jeremy Irons (and Alec [Read More...]

WANTED: A Familiar Version of “Ge Mig En Dag”

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YouTube has failed me. I can’t find the version of “Ge Mig En Dag” I want, and it’s driving me nuts. Instead, all I can find is this: Pretty, no? Ring any melodic bells? Recognition is made slightly more complicated by the fact that this is hardly its most famous setting. The one that springs [Read More...]

The One Where Safeway Tries Its Hand at Algorithms and Unintentional Hilarity Ensues

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On Saturday, as Sarah and I skimmed through Safeway’s most recent Just For U offers in preparation for the terrifyingly-unending-and-budget-busting project that is feeding our kids each week, I noticed this: See it? No? Here. I’ll give you a hint: This is either an abject failure of algorithmic marketing, or pure genius. I’m not sure which, though [Read More...]

TIME SENSITIVE: Jeremy Irons Reads “The Four Quartets”

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It’s been just a little over a year since I shared one of my favorite things ever: “Jeremy Irons Reads Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” Iron’s performance is still available (which is a bit surprising, given the transitory nature of the InterWebs), and it’s still awesome. So is the reader-provided link to Alec Guinness’ version, and [Read More...]

Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concerti

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I’ve never been a Nikolaus Harnoncourt fan. I can’t say entirely why, though I’ve long claimed that it’s a matter of respecting and admiring his work rather than enjoying it. (It might be an instance of irrational prejudice, but I’ve got so many of those already, I’m hoping that’s not the case.) I am, however, a [Read More...]

Spirited Digitally Away

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A recent post from Greg Willits — “A Dad’s Guide to Minecraft” — made me realize something very important: I’m not alone. Minecraft makes me feel stupid. That’s me. From the day I first encountered the phenomenon — watching in disbelief as my younger brother wander through an enormous, LEGO-y world with a few trusty friends [Read More...]

The Most Astonishing Picture I Saw Last Year

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That’s not a picture of folks leaving the Green Bay Packers game this past weekend, or of my Chicago-area friends traveling to-and-from work over the past few days. That’s the Hillary Step. On Everest. You heard me. Mount Everest. Highest of heights. One of the most prestigious (and simultaneously most infamous) climbing destinations in the world. And [Read More...]

Farewell, Frédéric Back

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On Christmas Eve, as I traveled West for the hol(i/y)days, the world of animation lost one of its legendary “elder statesmen:” Canada’s own Frédéric Back, a two-time Oscar winner, and creator of the famous animated short, The Man Who Planted Trees. From the LA Times obit: Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant [Read More...]


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