Daily Archives: April 27, 2011

Writer Dennis Potter

Seeing him differently as he talks about seeing differently, from his final interview:

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Norman Mailer Interviewed By Martin Amis

Well, this is a find. From a low-res VHS over-the-air recording of the BBC, but it can still be watched. Volume is low in part one so crank up the speakers.

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A Collection Of Writer Videos

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Put Down Your Work

Look what I’ve stumbled across on YouTube:

The Horse’s Mouth (1958)

In Ronald Neame’s film of Joyce Cary’s classic novel, Alec Guinness transforms himself into one of cinema’s most indelible comic figures: the lovable scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. As the ill-behaved Jimson searches for a perfect canvas, he determines to let nothing come between himself and the realization of his exalted vision. A perceptive examination of the struggle of artistic creation, The Horse’s Mouth is also Neame’s comic masterpiece.

And it has a convenient Playlist.

I don’t feel bad linking to this. Because afterwards:

1) You will want to buy it [Criterion, Amazon]

2) You will want to read the book [paper-only: Amazon; disgracefully, neither B&N nor Borders has it!]

So I consider this link doing my pimping bit for it.


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God’s Worst Enemies: His Believers

One More Reason Religion Is So Messed Up: Respected Theologian Defends Genocide and Infanticide

And he said that as long as God gives the thumbs-up, it’s okay to kill pretty much anybody. It’s okay to kill bad people, because they’re bad and they deserve it… and it’s okay to kill good people, because they wind up in Heaven. As long as God gives the thumbs-up, it’s okay to systematically wipe out entire races. As long as God gives the thumbs-up, it’s okay to slaughter babies and children. Craig said — not essentially, not as a paraphrase, but literally, in quotable words — “the death of these children was actually their salvation.”

Hey, all you eejits who think you can get into the Mind of God: Isaiah 55:9


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Why Does Yahoo Hate Opera?

Via email: Yahoo! Mail is upgrading: What it means for you.

Dear Mike Cane,

Thank you for being a Yahoo! Mail user for the past 10 year(s). We look forward to bringing you an even faster, safer, easier-to-use Yahoo! Mail very soon.


You can upgrade now to the newest Yahoo! Mail if your browser is Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Safari 4, or Chrome 5 or newer.

Given posts I have seen in the Opera Support forum, there is some sort on ongoing battle between Yahoo and Opera. Why, I have no effin idea. But people have posted that YMail does not work with Opera after the YMail upgrade.

Hey, Yahoo! This is supposed to be the world wide web. You should work with every browser. Fix it!


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Messages Via Sputnik?

NSA Document Admits ET Contact

On October 21, 2004, the NSA approved for release to the public a portion of their NSA Journal Vol. XIV No. 1. This is a report of a presentation given to the NSA by Dr. Howard Campaigne regarding the decoding of extraterrestrial messages that had been received “form outer space”. Apparently, these messages had actually been received via the Sputnik satellite, but no one had any idea how to decode them at the time.

Here is the PDF link (which seems to go to the official NSA site).

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