Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s classic tale of ambition in the Theater, starring Bette Davis as the aging theater star Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve.
I was inspired to rent this classic from the 80’s, although a viewing proved that I didn’t remember it as much as I thought I did. Starring Jeff Bridges, David Warner, and Bruce Boxleitner.
I love alternate history.
One of my favorite sub-genres within the lands of Fantasy and Science Fiction, I’ve alternate history from Lest Darkness Fall and Guns of the South, and through newer authors like Charles Stross, Naomi Novik and S.M. Stirling.
Another favored sub-genre of mine is space opera and adventure. From Planet of Adventure and Vance’s novels in the Gaean Reach, through Vorkosigan’s adventures, Alistair Reynolds, and others.
Chris Roberson (whose Paragaea was one of my favorite reads last year) has married these two genres in a novel set in his Celestial Empire alternate history, The Dragons Nine Sons. (TDNS). I also, thanks to his kind graces, had an opportunity to first read a prequel story, “The Line of Dichotomy”
The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2007 – The New York Times
“Summer blockbusters and holiday hits make up the bulk of box office revenue each year, while contenders for the top Oscar awards tend to attract smaller audiences that build over time. Here’s a look at how movies have fared at the box office, after adjusting for inflation.”
Take a look at it, play with it!
A thriller about a woman who turns from meek to vigilante in the wake of a brutal attack that claims the life of her fiance. Starring Jodie Foster.
The epic story of Colonel T.E. Lawrence and his efforts to unite Arab opposition to Ottoman rule during World War I. Lawrence of Arabia stars Peter O’Toole,Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, and in one of his last roles, Claude Rains.
The Milky Way is twice the size we thought it was – News and Events – University of Sydney
Astrophysicist Professor Bryan Gaensler at the University of Sydney has determined that the thickness of the Milky Way is actually 12,000 light years, rather than the 6,000 previously thought.
I remember a recent article that posited that there was a dwarf galaxy “embedded” in the Milky Way–a galaxy that ours evidently ate aeons ago. And another article positing that instead of an ordinary spiral galaxy, the Milky Way is really a barred spiral.
It would seem, all of this taken together, that our ordinary and humdrum spiral galaxy really, in the end, is unique and individual.
Celebrating the Semicolon in a Most Unlikely Location – New York Times
This NY Times article about the use of a semicolon in a Transit ad has inspired me today. I am going to unofficially declare today a semicolon day; my goal is to use a semicolon whenever grammatically appropriate and practical.
I know, I know, film at 11. Video on Youtube.
Speaking of Youtube…watch the video behind the cut.
The first in yet another epic fantasy series. (“The Long Price Quartet”) However, it was strongly recommended by Jay Lake (Mainspring). So I thought I would give it a go. Written by Daniel Abraham.