Fat Tuesday Antics from the Susanka Seven


The boys are gearing up for Lent with their usual enthusiasm. The Furious Five Eldest spent a lively breakfast hour engaged in “Give-Up One-Upmanship,” where each vies with the others in an attempt to come up with the most outlandish sacrifice. “I’m going to give up the iPad during the day!” Well, I’m going to give [Read More...]

SSF: “Le Gouffre”


Two travelers undertake the construction of a gigantic bridge in order to cross a gulf blocking their way, inspiring with their courage and determination a rural community living nearby. I’m a sucker for these “painterly” CGI types of films because they’re such an encouraging bridge — Heh! — between the hand-drawn work I love so [Read More...]

SVS: “It Happened One Night”


Alexander Andrews: Do you love her? Peter Warne: A normal human being couldn’t live under the same roof with her without going nutty! She’s my idea of nothing! Alexander Andrews: I asked you a simple question! Do you love her? Peter Warne: YES! But don’t hold that against me, I’m a little screwy myself! Today’s [Read More...]

My Dinner with David


The following is a nearly verbatim account of the (mostly one-sided) conversation between David — most frequently described as the Fourth Susanka Boy – and myself last night around dinner time. Sometimes, Papa, I realize that I’m asking myself all these questions that don’t even have answers. Like “Do your eyes see things differently than my eyes do?” Or [Read More...]

Seven Inspirational Sports Movies That Would Be Worthless Without Their Scores


This post could just as easily be named “Jerry Goldsmith Is THE MAN,” but I’d already mentioned Goldmith’s spectacular efforts on behalf of Hoosiers last week, and I’d hate to be repeating myself so soon. Besides, that would have been a clear violation of Listicle Day. (OK, fine. So that was last week. But I want in anyway, [Read More...]

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“So it was a tale come true; A mighty oak from the acorn grew.”


Taking a few minutes to slow. Things. D.O.W.N…by way of this astonishing little video from Neil Bromhall, who runs a plant identification site called RightPlants4Me: The acorn was collected in September and filmed in an underground set using a 2-hour interval between exposures. The acorn split soon after it was planted and continued to split during [Read More...]

SSF: “White Whale,” Featuring Orson Welles


I stumbled across a fascinating clip of the incomparable Orson Welles reading from Melville’s “Moby Dick” a few days back, and was reminded that it is (sometimes) good that the InterWebs exist. Welles at his mesmerizing best, really, and a great reminder that a striking backdrop and hi-tech audio work and images are all well-and-good. But not necessary. …at least [Read More...]

6 Weird Tricks to Spending More Time with Your Toddlers (#3 is CRAZY!)


In the throes of motherhood, it can be easy to feel that we’re not spending enough time with our littlest ones. Especially when there are school projects and deadlines looming ahead, piles of laundry that may or may not be actually impeding traffic in the hallway, and yes, Virginia, they DO want dinner. (What, again???) Missing [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Music Never Stopped”


Today’s Streaming Video Suggestion (SVS) features an incredible performance from the ubiquitous (but rarely-headlining) character actor J.K. Simmons, a ton of great music — music that, unlike the vast majority of soundtracks, plays an essential role in the story — and conflict. Lots and lots of conflict. And it’s not Whiplash. It’s The Music Never [Read More...]

Imitation, Flattery, and Moths


Mimicry in Nature is nothing new. But this has got to be one of my favorite examples. That’s a Hornet Moth or Hornet Clearwing (Sesia apiformis), and it’s a great example of what’s know as Batesian mimicry: the “most commonly known and widely studied of mimicry complexes,” wherein “a harmless species has evolved to imitate the warning signals [Read More...]