Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009!

Another year over...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Masterpiece #3

Alessandro Turchi detto l’Orbetto, Italian

Jesus Asking Strangers for Directions, 1580

Oil on canvas

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Masterpiece #20

Benedito Calixto, Portuguese

Open Mike at Our Lady Santa Maria de Sao Paolo, 1883

Oil on canvas

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What I Just Finished Reading

Right as Rain Right as Rain by George P. Pelecanos

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is probably my favorite by Pelecanos to date.

If you have read any Pelecanos novel, you are familiar with the area he writes about and the type of world his characters inhabit. His plots are intricate without being overwhelming, the dialogue is sharp and realistic, his characters are human and relatable and the resolutions are realistic, satisfying in some respects and frustrating in others.

I also appreciate how the books can tie together very subtly. I read a lot of "series" by authors I like. I find myself frustrated by picking up a novel that is a DIRECT sequel to another book (that I might not have read) or where the author fills in so much background information (practically cutting and pasting for the benefit of a new reader)you can zone out for a page or two. Pelecanos does such a nice job of being able to hook new readers while tossing long time fans a bone or two. (For this book, there are so many subtle tie-ins, but the one in the last chapter brought tears to my eyes.)

If you have read Pelecanos but haven't read how Quinn and Strange ended up as partners, then this book is for you. If you haven't read anything by Pelecanos yet (WHAT!?!?), then this book is an excellent one to start with.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

In honor of the new movie...

Sherlock Holmes: The Fire Island Years, 1881
Ernst Josephson, Swedish

Oil on canvas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

One more day!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2000s: Top 10 MLB Games

Sports Illustrated has a few new Top Ten lists on their site right now. All of them have to do with Top "Something" of the Decade. I'm not one who really cares about when these "decade" lists come out ("There was no year ZERO!" "A decade literally means ANY ten year period!"), I do like when the Red Sox are on the list.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14 innings)
Game 5, 2004 ALCS

The Yankees got within three outs of a sweep in Game 4, but the Sox rallied against Mariano Rivera. This time, the Yanks got within six outs, leading 4-2, when the host Sox rallied again. Five scoreless innings followed with several missed opportunities, most notably a ninth-inning ground-rule double by Tony Clark that would have given the Yankees the lead had it not skipped over Fenway Park's short right-field wall, and Jason Varitek's nearly kicking away the game with three passed balls on Tim Wakefield's knuckler in the 13th. David Ortiz won it in the 14th with an RBI single. The Sox would become the first team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series, and then break their 86-year title drought with a World Series sweep of St. Louis.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Looks like young Skywalker has a bit of the OCD. I can't decide if this is something Uncle Owen instilled in him, or savagely beat him for while he was growing up on Tatooine. Probably the latter. (Via Unique Daily)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ninjas Hijacked My Mother

There are so many great phrases to use as the title for this post...

from Topless Robot (NSFW) "The Day Job Orchestra -- whoever the hell they are -- decided to redub this clip of Star Trek: The Next Generation based entirely on the actors' mouth movements. As you can see, they got it exactly right, and recreated TNG's dialogue practically word for word. Impressive! (Via Warming Glow)"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day of Infamy

From the address given by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., on December 8, 1941:

"[On] December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific."

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Friday, December 4, 2009


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