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My Favorite Poem

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Over at Vox, today’s Vox Hunt—a variant of its Question of the Day feature—asked us to scour the web for examples of our favorite poem.  I don’t usually play this game, but how could I resist the chance to see how Dorothy Parker’s Résumé was represented on YouTube?  I couldn’t.  And I found some good examples, including this one, which I’d forgotten, from Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.

If you prefer Angelina Jolie to Jennifer Jason Leigh, try this version from Girl, Interrupted.  Some other YouTube finds: a creepy man’s bathroom-mirror version and a pretty adorable animation.

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July 28th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Posted in Books,Film,QOTD

Mid-Week Reading?

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As promised, it’s time for some mid-week links:

  • In honor of tonight’s All-Star Game, as well as all the recent hoopla about San Francisco Giant Tim Lincecum (including a Sports Illustrated cover story that called him”The Freak”), you can check out video of his trés efficient pitching style right here.  (Link via Kottke)
  • I’m still getting myself ready for the Beijing Olympics (sadly, as a spectator and not as a team handball player), and part of my preparation involves reading about the tricky politics of being an athlete from Taiwan.  Oh, sorry, that’s Chinese Taipei.
  • Atheist and journalist Jeffrey W. Haws runs a very cool blog called The Atheocracy.  In this provocative post, he discusses what it would mean if science somehow proved that God existed.  Among the possibilities: God is uncaring, or incompetent, or even sadistic.  Whether you agree or not, it’s interesting reading.
  • According to a BBC News headline that, er, grabbed my attention: M&S [that’s department store Marks & Spencer, of course] “defends ‘tax on bigger bras.'” Really.  When I visited the site, it listed several “related” stories, too, including one about Shakira’s bra and another about a woman who tried to hide an iguana in one.  One has to keep informed, you know?
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me! is an exhaustive website for lovers (like me) of mystery novels.  The site lists over 2,500 authors with—and this is absolutely crucial when you’re starting a new series—chronological lists of their books.  Here, for instance, is the page for one of my favorites, comic mystery writer Joan Hess.  (Link via Citizen Geek)

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July 15th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Weekend Reading

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  • Do you have Olympic fever yet?  I do, and I’m feeling all nostalgic about Olympic baseball and softball, since it looks like this is the last time they’ll be official Olympic sports.  In those sports, and others, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the Olympic tournament.  This NYT article on China’s baseball team suggests, well, that the Chinese aren’t taking their chances too seriously.  Oh, and American baseball-isms don’t translate into Chinese all that well.
  • If you’re wondering whether a website is down, or if the problem is with your own set-up, Down for Everyone or Just Me? may be the answer.  Warning, though: The site always tells me that Amazon is down.  (Link via NYT)
  • It looks like the Discovery Channel is going to devote a little attention to beer.  Isn’t it about time the Food Channel offered up an entire series on beer?  I’m available for hosting duties….
  • Planet Earth is running out of indium.  And several other elements, including gallium, hafnium, and even zinc.  There’s not much copper left, either.  If you like TV screens, solar panels, and computer chips, this is bad news.  (Link via Kottke)
  • Do you like your murder mysteries to have, er, a spiritual bent?  Then check out Clerical Detectives.  I’m going to check out the Rabbi Small mysteries.  (Link via Thousand Voices)

I have a backlog of cites, so look for a very special midweek edition of Weekend Reading soon.  If I get my act together….

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July 13th, 2008 at 4:03 pm