The Picture a Day today is the street outside my apartment building, during our snowfall today.
A trippy low budget movie about future soldiers on alien planets in war, starring Kurt Russell.
An action/police procedual movie “inspired” by the work of Issac Asimov, and starring Will Smith.
Obsidian Wings: Read It And Weep
A collision with a semi-trailer truck seven years ago left 52-year-old Deborah Shank permanently brain-damaged and in a wheelchair. Her husband, Jim, and three sons found a small source of solace: a $700,000 accident settlement from the trucking company involved. After legal fees and other expenses, the remaining $417,000 was put in a special trust. It was to be used for Mrs. Shank’s care.
Instead, all of it is now slated to go to Mrs. Shank’s former employer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Two years ago, the retail giant’s health plan sued the Shanks for the $470,000 it had spent on her medical care. A federal judge ruled last year in Wal-Mart’s favor, backed by an appeals-court decision in August. Now, her family has to rely on Medicaid and Mrs. Shank’s social-security payments to keep up her round-the-clock care.
If I wasn’t already not shopping at Walmart, this story would cause me to stop.
Another descent into film noir, starring Jeanne Crain, Paul Betz and Michael Rennie
Back in the 80’s, there was a line of choose your own adventure books called “Plot your own horror series”. I had a couple of these and remember them vividly.
I found a couple used, recently and decided to map out the choices. This is especially easy since, unlike the normal Choose your own adventure books, these had no tangling branches.
So I set to mapping out Craven House Horrors:
Its really only visible in the largest size (click on it for a link)
There are 29 endings in the book.
10 lead to unambiguous escape.
1 leads to an escape of sorts
The remaining 18 are deadly…ranging from being bitten by a poisonous snake, to being locked in a freezer, to being turned into a statue.