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Thursday, June 7, 2012
A fund has been set up by members of the CRLS community to help the Holmes family. If you would like to help, please send a donation as soon as you can. The CRLS community is hoping to give Charlene's family the donations collected at the end of the day Monday June 11.
Checks should be made out to: CRLS Holmes Family Fund and sent to:
CRLS Holmes Family Fund Cambridge Teachers Federal Credit Union 20 Felton Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Donations in any amount are very welcome. Thank you in advance for your generosity as our community reaches out to the Holmes family in this time of terrible grief.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Okay, so he was just taken off the air by Fox last month, right. So the Beck-ster folks are likely extra riled up. Like, even more than usual. And they like conspiracy theories, and numbers, and making connections between things that only they can see because they are way smarter than we are, and can see things that we can't.
And guess what the date was yesterday: April 19th! And what's so special about April 19th??? Well, here are a few choice things that happened on April 19th:
1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.
1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.
1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.
1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.
Do I need to draw this all out on a blackboard for you, or do you see why followers of Glenn Beck might have been buying gold this week?
Oh, yes, and to add some extra fun: today is Hitler's birthday.
Always here to help,
PS - Forgot the most important April 19th reference: on April 19th, 2011, Skynet became Self-Aware!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"Please strike Mrs. Blankenship with a fatal illness and remove her from the cast of #madmen. She's awful."
"I understand why Don has an old hag as a sec'y & value of comic relief, but Blankenship is almost slapstick; wrong tone for the show."
Here is my response:
I hope all your livestock is well.
When Mrs. Blankenship first appeared, I felt like you do, that she was a weird and disconcerting and didn't fit at all. But then, as the episodes progressed, I changed my mind.
Yes, that character would have been completely wrong in the Mad Men we've come to know. But, Mad Men is changing as the years progress. To me, Mrs. Blankenship seems like she was dropped in from some late sixties comedy thing, like Laugh-In or Monty Python. She's one of the discordant things popping up in Don's life, and the show, like the Rolling Stones suddenly thrusting themselves into the soundtrack.
The shots are different in parts of the show now. That whole fake-out scooter bit seemed like it was out of a Richard Lester film, especially Peggy doing donuts in the empty, rented studio. And all the Don journal voice-over stuff looked like the Graduate mixed with Goddard.
The parts of the show that still look like the original seasons are the scenes with Betty and home life with Joan, both of whom are still stuck in the old culture, though Joan is having to confront the new culture at work.
So, that's my two cents.
PS - So, how's the book coming?