Saturday, September 27, 2014

Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

Or as we say in America...


The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, is a 2010 film by Luc Besson, based upon a French comic of the same name. Starring Louise Bourgoin in the title role, Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec is set in 1911 Paris and features a lady adventurer, her unlucky twin, a fortunate dog, a pterosaur, an eccentric scientist, a posse of revitalized mummies, a smitten grad student, an evil nemesis, a clueless police detective, and a bumbling professional hunter. Yeah, it's that good. It riffs on Tin Tin, the Indiana Jones saga, and the Brendan Frazier Mummy movies, but its dialogue is more witty and its production values are stunning. Available as a NetFlix watch instantly option, the PG-rated The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is must see for anyone able to read the subtitles.





Saturday, September 20, 2014

I Read Some Blogs Too

When time permits...


Here are some interesting recent posts from my reading list.

BPS Research Digest - Blogging on the Brain and Behaviour

The 10 most controversial psychology studies ever published

NIOSH Science Blog

Accurate and Efficient Assessments of Working Posture

Mind Hacks

Problems with Bargh's Definition of Unconscious


The Aviationist

F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a Pilot’s Perspective

NeuroLogica Blog

How to Be a Science Denier

Safegrowth - Inspire Neighborhood Futures

What's Happening to our Police?

Universe Today

SpaceX Commercial Resupply Dragon Set for Sept. 21 Blastoff to Station – Watch Live

Oh Say, Can You See

That Canadians observe the bicentennial of the War of 1812 differently that we do...


CBC Radio's, Ideas, with Paul Kennedy, is one of my favorite podcasts. From time to time over the past couple years they've presented episodes examining the War of 1812. Their September 15, 2014 show, Oh Say, Can You See? is a fine piece of radio journalism. The detailed story of Francis Scott Key and the experiences that lead to his writing the poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry" which in time became our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, alone is worth your time.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, 
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? 
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, 
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. 
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? 

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, 
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, 
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, 
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? 
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, 
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore 
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, 
A home and a country should leave us no more! 
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. 
No refuge could save the hireling and slave 
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand 
Between their loved home and the war's desolation! 
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land 
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. 
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, 
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

Play ball!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ignore The Netflix Movie Poster

Absentia is a thoughtfully creepy horror film...



Due to mixed reviews and a three stars Netflix rating I wasn't expecting much from the 2011 horror film Absentia. I was pleasantly (or is that unpleasantly?) surprised. The acting by Courtney Bell and Katie Parker was genuine, production values were real world. The pacing was measured, slow but never plodding. The story builds patiently toward a shocking and sad resolution. What I found most compelling is that Absentia can play as a psychological thriller dealing with the unexplained loss of loved ones, or as the worst sort of horror film, in which families, relationships, and lives are shredded through no fault of their own by merciless and implacable forces against which there is no defense. Absentia is not for everyone, but serious horror fans will enjoy it.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Heart of the Matter

One of the three best songs on End of the InnocenceDon Henley's best album...


"I got the call today, I didn't wanna hear
But I knew that it would come.
An old true friend of ours was talkin' on the phone
She said you found someone.

And I thought of all the bad luck and all the struggles we went through
How I lost me and you lost you.
What are all these voices outside love's open door
Make us throw off our contentment and beg for something more?

I've been learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes.
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning them again.

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore.


These times are so uncertain, there's a yearning undefined
And people filled with rage.
We all need a little tenderness, how can love survive
In such a graceless age?

And the trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
Are the very things we kill, I guess.
Pride and competition cannot fill these empty arms
And the work they put between us, you know it doesn't keep me warm.

I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you, baby.
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I'd figured out, I have to learn again.

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
But everything changes and my friends seem to scatter.
But I think it's about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore.

There are people in your life who've come and gone
They let you down, you know they hurt your pride.
You better put it all behind you babe, 'cause life goes on
You keep carryin' that anger, it'll eat you up inside, baby.

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me.

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
Because the flesh will get weak and the ashes will scatter
So I'm thinkin' about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me.

Forgiveness
Forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if you don't love me anymore..."

Yeah, it's been a very long weekend.

PS, The other two great songs on the album were New York Minute and The Last Worthless Evening.  Back in the day I had no idea these three songs would become part of my life's soundtrack.