Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Rarely did such an emotional photo emerge from a war. It was taken in the Haktong-ni area of South Korea by career combat news photographer Al Chung on August 28th 1950; the photo showed a grief-stricken American infantryman being comforted by a comrade. The details about his grief were a matter of debate. Some said he just learnt his best friend had been killed, while some say it can be attributed to a more banal reason–he just learnt that his replacement as a radio operator had been killed.
The photo was also a study in contrasts: in the background, it also showed a corpsman sifting through casualty information and filling in the name of the newly fallen, ignoring the emotional outburst besides him as if he was giving his comrades a moment of privacy. The photo was featured in Edward Steichen’s celebrated “Family of Man” photography exhibit in 1955 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and subsequently been reproduced in many newspapers, magazines, books and museums.
Hawaiian Albert Chang covered three wars; as a dockworker in Honolulu, he saw the attack on Pearl Harbor and afterwards served in the Pacific. He photographed the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. His other famous images included a Vietnamese family driven by oxen cart on a road leaving Saigon that is filled with bustling US tanks and a group of Saigon residents detaining and beating a suspect in a parade bombing who was thought to have belonged to the Viet Cong.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yo (expletive), I feel like I can lead off tomorrow.David Ortiz, shouting across the clubhouse at Terry Francona.
Mike Lowell: "He looked good running the bases. When he smells it he runs a lot harder. Maybe we should put some chicken nuggets out there."
Only three American League hitters have at least one triple in each of the last 11 seasons: Johnny Damon, Carlos Guillen, and David Ortiz!
"I'm an athlete, man."
Monday, August 23, 2010
When Nan and I met, we discovered we both had an unrealized love for Mystery Science Theater 3000. Not having cable at the time, we didn't get to watch many episodes....until we discovered that my parents had cable and were willing to record each episode for us (on VHS!) and mailed them up to us.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Speeding up Obi Wan and Darth Vader's fight really makes it a more intense and interesting scene...
Friday, August 20, 2010
I have yet to see "Inception" and have only seen bits of "Star Trek" (though I now own a copy so that will change soon) but this trailer looks cool.
Apparently re-making older movie trailers with an "Inception" theme is a big to do right now...
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really like these books. I like the idea that there is someone who loves this country so much that he is willing to be the CIA's secret weapon against the rest of the world. I know things aren't black and white in the world, that so much is gray, but Mitch Rapp is a black and white bad-ass.
My only quibble is that some of the character names are too similar. I am not a very close reader and at times I had trouble keeping track of who was the terrorist's dyed in the wool leader and who was trying to be the voice of reason.
I can't wait for the next book....
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I have never seen a trailer for a book before. As Mr. Cullen writes on his own blog, this trailer gives you a "concise summary of the book and also of the killers."
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
It was announced that Olney grew up in a town here in Vermont that is home to several distant relatives of ours, so I dropped some names and had a good laugh with Buster.