Rest In Peace, Wing Commander Rees


Wing Commander Henry “Ken” Rees passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. He was an inspiration and a legend, even though few of us would know him by name, and his passing marks the end of an era. Via The Telegraph (UK): Wing Commander Ken Rees, who has died aged 93, was the last surviving member [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Living Like Kings”


You know those times when you find yourself watching something really unusual and fascinating, and when it’s done, all you can do is wish that it had been longer? Well, that’s exactly how I reacted to this mini-doc, which probably would have felt too short at three (or 20) times the length: Having visited Christchurch a year [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Columbo”


I’m not recommending a film this week, I’m recommending a TV show. Actually, to be honest, I’m not recommending a show. I’m recommending a performance. A character. Lieutenant Colombo, whose eponymous series is streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective [Read More...]

I Absolutely Love This Picture


Life feels like it’s going about a thousand miles an hour right how, so I’m just tryin’ to hang’ on. And you, dear readers, are bearing the brunt of my survivalist tendencies, because I struggle to come up with compelling content in the best of circumstances. So, here. An amazing image that both sort-of-captures what my [Read More...]

Because Sometimes You Just Want To Be Blown Away


This should do the trick. I’m not a huge solo violin guy, myself. But I make a notable exception for Bach. Especially Perlman-performed Bach. And I picked this particular version because I love watching him perform. The sound quality might not be ideal, but the sheer joy on his face as he plays more than [Read More...]

10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House


A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Technological Threat”


Today’s Avery homage, Technological Threat, might sting a little, especially for you office folks. Just rub some dirt on it and keeping going. Productivity is paramount! An office clerk, fearing replacement by a robot, fights back. [Read more...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Importance of Being Earnest”


I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delecate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did it would prove a serious threat to [Read More...]

Seeking the Magic of One’s Youth


I stumbled across this quote while flipping through the latest edition of The New Atlantis a few weeks ago, and instantly loved it. (Also, it frightens me. I’m afraid of some day realizing that I’ve succumbed to that “blindness of spirit” without even realizing it. I don’t just want childlike wonder; I need it. We all do.) …you [Read More...]

Bacall, Baseball, and an Extraordinary Bit of Detective Work


When the legendary Lauren Bacall passed away last week at the age of 89, a gratifying number of the obituaries and personal recollections that sprang up in the wake of her death referenced a single, star-making moment – “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?” from her first film, To Have and Have Not. This scene: It’s not [Read More...]