Re-showing Lawrence of Arabia

Yesterday was a day for the movies, we went to see Lawrence of Arabia. First time I saw it was on the small screen, and I thought it was OK but there was a lot of sand and camels. Then I saw it on the big screen and understand better. I’ve seen it three or more times since then and always enjoyed it more each time.

Today was a big fuss because much of the traffic, things strange timing, parking, driving too hard, and in my tabs expired. There were cramps too and kind of just didn’t want to go, but only keep reminding myself, “it must be on the big screen, and it comes to the big screen seldom; you like it every time to see. “

So at last we all get and start overture, and think, “Ah, Yes, this movie is so good!”

Then there is the scene Ali and Lawrence first, and I think, “Ah Yes, I forgot as much as everyone. Also it was kind of hot in the theater.”

Then start the Omar Sharif, I don’t know, doing things and as my soul is slow poaching and it is difficult to breathe because it is way, way too beautiful, his clothes are too beautiful, his eyes are too beautiful, and so in love with Lawrence, and from God, Lawrence is too beautiful; I am not talking about O’Toole here (although it is quite beautiful), but what the fuck t. e. Lawrence; This is the saddest most fucked up man in all of existence, and this here is the saddest, most fucked situation in all of existence, and its still fucked up; Wow, the whole world really fucked I cannot even deal with any part of it. It is not how much I enjoy this film; Anything about this subject are extremely painful and difficult; It’s been a good video in literary way – arcs – but they are based on real events; Aims–but they are based on real people; It is amusing, and that makes it the worst. The absolute worst.

2017 Watching

So far I am very happy with the new Nashville series. I was concerned that a second will Lexington, but it was the main focus at this event, so Rae! In addition, Juliet is difficult (and Juliet is best) and Rayna and Deacon are grating on each other which is good. I am bored and because they are boring characters though their music is probably the best roadside Juliet. This is also shown more drama, less music, which is not a bad thing. The other station was sometimes almost as much music as pitch.

Don’t know if anyone else is watching this. I suppose if more people could have stayed on ABC.

Georgian Weddings and Folk Art

We were invited to a friend’s wedding in Georgia a couple of summers ago. And it as the first time I was there. All I can say was that it was a fantastic experience.

One thing that stood out was the procession from the wedding venue, the detail that was placed in the whole thing. The attention to detail didn’t let up either. A number of local artists, who’s names I do not have, provided some of the decorations to the reception venue. I am not sure if they were known, or only known to the family, but it created this breath taking atmosphere that helped make the whole thing feel like you were visiting your family. Which I wasn’t I was just the guest.

I don’t know if it is due to that part of the country, or if it is unique to the family but I couldn’t envision a wedding that fulfilled so many young girl’s dreams.

After the I Do’s had been said the and the couple left the church and got into the limousine that was waiting for them all the male members of the family piled into their cars to follow the wedding car.

My SO explained to me that it was seen as an honor to the the first car behind the wedding limousine. And you can imagine that young men can be rather brash so each car was doing its best to force its way to the front of the queue.

While I watched the spectacle I realized that Georgians have a “relaxed” attitude to traffic rules at the best of times. When you add in family pride, well the wedding procession ended up with a convoy of 20-30 cars, at least 3-4 cars abreast most of the time, all blasting their horns and swerving across the road.

It was really a sight that I can imagine is only feasible in Georgia. The convoy was encouraging oncoming cars to cede right of way (erhm, pushing oncoming cars into ditches etc). All at 50mph+ for mile after mile. Don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous on a car journey in my life, and I was never more thankful to get out of a car as that day. But it was certainly memorable!

There were a lot of things in the wedding that were new to me and came across as unique. For example they had an MC or sorts that was organizing the wedding, which seems to be simi common. I know people have DJs all the time at weddings, but he was somehow more animated. I don’t know how else to explain it but he did a great job keeping everyone dancing and having fun. Which almost never happens at other weddings that I attend. My SO says that most of the weddings in GA are like this, but I always saw people down south in Georgia as being laid back and relaxed. They even had this slightly reserved British girl there that the bride had met while she was a foreign exchange student and she got in on the fun. Needless to say we drank a lot, I stuck to wine but the guys broke out a keg pretty early on. I thought that I was doing a good job pacing myself, they were small glasses, so it came as a huge surprise to me how drunk I was when it was time to stand up.

They had these beautiful wedding center pieces on the table, I assume that they were also from the local artists and I kept playing with them all night.

The wedding ceremony itself was lovely, it really was, there was a lot of symbolism and I almost cried. That is almost. At the reception there was a mix of traditional music and modern. Some of the older family members were what I would call incredible with guitar and harmonica. Later when the men put up their instruments the DJ/MC just rolled it over to pop music which made the younger wedding guests happy.

The food was amazing, it was catered by somebody from The Knot but it didn’t feel like it. They had course after course and lots of it so worth pacing yourself. I learned to respect the Southern kitchen that night. It was so delicious. And the cake was just absolutely plate licking good. I got to eat my SO’s piece since he stuffed himself on three plates filled to the breaking point.

We were out a bit, it was rural, rustic, but that didn’t mean we didn’t have a lot of the comforts that I would have thought I took for granted. Still, the community might be slightly more traditional, and yet the wedding showed that they deserved every bit of their well-deserved reputation for hospitality.

I’m glad that I agreed to go, I sure had a good time.

I Listen To NPR At Work

I have the good fortune to be able to listen to the radio at work. This coupled with my lifelong affinity to NPR means that I have been able to put together a list of my favorite shows.

Favorites

  • Fresh Air
  • Morning Edition
  • Tal
  • Wait Wait

Possible Picks

I would like to listen to these more and some others but my station doesn’t carry them. Also I think On Being is great and under appreciated.

  • 99pi
  • Radio Lab

Honorable Mentions

  • Codeswitch
  • NPR Music
  • PCHH (anything with Linda Holmes really)

Least Favorites

  • Bet Your Garden
  • Animal House

People who want to call into a radio show instead of take their pet to the vet and the host ALWAYS tells them to take the animal to a vet! Which they probably won’t do if they haven’t already, sadly.

Why Does Water Expand When It Freezes, Because It’s Special

When the water freezes need line up in a particular pattern of the molecules. Because they have the shape of V this pattern really takes up a lot of space. Compare this to liquid water, where chaotic arrangement, moving constantly, allow the water to better “fill the holes”.

Water is quite special because it Is the relative abundance of hydrogen bond on the outside. On “normal” temperatures in liquid form, the water molecules bouncing much hydrogen bonds and a little “squishy.” Thus, as a whole, closer together, because they are all wringing their hands around each other. (Side note, since they are still bond, and hydrogen atoms are doing a lot of strange flopping around and attract each other, that is why there is liquid water cohesion and can form small droplets, or get sucked plants).

All energy and making the molecules bounce around when cold water, getting lower and lower, therefore, water acts “normal” come denser and closer together, until about 4 degrees c. below which is when water reaches strange. When energy/temperature is too low, it is not enough to make the movement of molecules hydrogen bond strength of suppression. So on that point that hydrogen bonds-shaped external all take over, all gaps separate molecules, pushing away from each other because of the payments associated with bonds.

A settlement would otherwise normally in space is slightly further apart than the molecules. They actually even slightly further apart than the molecules in when they are at room temperature. So in the end ice less dense than water, and floats.

Other facts, the width-related, but sort of related because it highlights how cold and essential water is life: the hydrogen bonds, as I mentioned, is responsible for “Save” water to other water. So plants can move water through their stems, roots leaves. As the water evaporates from leaves, the water chain a little light can be seen along, continually moving up “sticky” like a little conveyor belt sticky water. This leaves to all life as we know it happens.

Also, imagine a world where there were more intense than the liquid water frozen water. When ice forms on the surface, ice would sink. Then there would be more ice would form on the surface. And zinc. Repetition. It would not be able to support life freshwater lakes. Nothing but layers and layers of sunken ice for most of the year, or all forever. Maybe even the oceans only all ice, with sinking and forming ice caps all drainage water from the oceans continuously.

The Current State of Global Warming

As it currently stands, it is still a little debate on whether things have arrived or not. However, it started to lean more and more according to the position of the scientific community in General. As noted, this is because we have gone above 400ppm which measure the CO2 in the atmosphere.

Now in season, stating which countries actually work to address this, it can be difficult to rely on some cases. Generally speaking, most countries in the Western world at least made some efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. However many of these countries still significantly depends on fossil fuels and generate a significant amount of CO2 and others have made great efforts to counter climate change at all. In the meantime has many other countries across Asia, South America and Africa, is taking steps to reduce their own emissions. The issue is that many countries in Asia and Africa are either in the middle of industrialization, or industrialize and will lead to a significant increase of CO2 emissions is beginning. Countries such as China, which is growing in CO2 emissions, likely are going to be hit the hardest by the effects of global warming.

So to put things simple, yes the change to green energy too slowly has reached the point where perhaps seriously we will be back.

Serenity Found

I stumbled across, Serenity Found which is a series of essays on the television series Firefly and movie Serenity edited by Jane Espenson. It was a rather mixed stack them. My initial thoughts, having read the first two, was that the writers tend to be rather over-state their case. I believe that Firefly was one of the best drama series of the last decade, however, that does not mean I believe it represents a giant leap forward either inserts social commentary to TV SF or in representation of women in the genre of shows.

However, I have been mesmerized by a trio of essays which form almost certainly unintentionally dialogue with each other. Freedom interpreted in Unfree world by p. Gardner Goldsmith Firefly and Serenity as libertarian political path, one that drew the allegorical connections to the American civil war, the South situation as one object to the excessive Government meddling. Mal content by Alex Bledsoe focuses on the character Malcolm Reynolds and specifically rejected the idea that it was some sort of libertarian hero, stressing similar teenager refuses to accept any authority over him, any criticism on its own authority or indeed any other responsibility beyond that in its nearby instead. Bledsoe’s theory is that it is only towards the end of that Mal Serenity are motivated by any kind of principles beyond self-absorption and mindless rebellion. Bonnie Brown flag by Evelyn Vaughn examined direct civil war allegory and tried, although I am convinced have succeeded, to address the issue of slavery annihilation of the allegorical story. This drew attention to one aspect of essay and Goldsmith me troubled. Painting the South as libertarian heroes, heroic freedom fighters and underdogs and push completely sidelined the issue of slavery rather shows, I felt, one of the shortcomings of libertarianism – its failure to account for the way in which privileged tend to rise to the top in an unregulated environment and human kind unfortunate tendency to assume that people with superficial differences are either count , or to be happy on their world. It is difficult to consider side which was part funded by owning slaves and motivated by a desire to defend the practice, even if it was not primarily include slave owners, as role models suitable for heroic freedom fighters and I suspect that, somehow or other, that was the intention of the Whedon. It seems more likely that he found the case of the South in the American civil war allegory for convenient knee-jerk rebelliousness Malcolm Reynolds.

But, ultimately, it must be said to me come from the essays less happy with Firefly stories than I went. Although I accept that slavery was far from the only issue involved in the American civil war, I am uncomfortable that the series can be read as a vindication of the position of the South, it provides a way for people to remove the issue of slavery by the conflict and, as a result, let us they look at Confederates as heroic freedom fighters and , in essence, good people. I also think that libertarians should find themselves better heroes.

Beyond Star Trek

Finally watched Star Trek to Beyond. It wasn ‘ t terrible but it was almost all action so the characters were kind of telegraphed. Idris Elba was wasted. It was better than Star Trek Into Darkness though. Some friends said they didn’t want to see it in because they were too sad about Anton Yelchin. I thought they were very sensitive to the time, but actually watching the movie he is always front and center at the helm and it is hard to forget that he’s dead. I think that sucked a little fun out of the movie too.

On the film itself, I am still unsure what to do about it. It was an enjoyable tour, certainly. But the plot was incoherent at times touching, a lot of script juggling balls and perhaps trying to juggle them too quickly. Or perhaps it was only Justin Lin. I’ve never seen any movies & Furious fast, but I suspect that they may feel a good deal like Star Trek: beyond, and so far I doubt how appropriate that is.

On the other hand, was their least removes many difficulties to darkness. Kirk is much less of a sleazeball, have excessive cynicism last video gives way to much more optimistic vision of the future of humanity, if ultimately less so near its future, and if it appears that they will keep this nonsense Spock/Uhura, minimum length took relatively little screentime it. In fact, the use of video is good the entire cast, especially with a few show & Spock McCoy to flesh out important dynamics of the original show, and Simon Pegg about script resulting in everyone having a lot of fun with Scotty.

On the whole, I think this is a case of realizing the franchise it diverges down the wrong path and therefore are now trying to trace his steps. Who knows, perhaps you will recover in full the next film. Even if the loss of Chekov was going to be hit hard.

Inside Edith Garrud’s dojo (1910-11)

By March of 1910, jiujitsu instructor Edith Garrud was becoming increasingly involved with the radical women’s rights movement, teaching her “Suffragettes Self-Defence” classes at Leighton Lodge in Edwardes Square, Kensington and performing politically charged demonstrations in which she defeated men dressed in police uniforms.

You can read more on bartitsu.org about this incredible woman who was teaching self-defense to your women more than a hundred years ago. Bartitsu, as word combines the Surname of Edward William Barton-Wright (who combine it of all fighting art tradition that it can get its hands on, as far as we can tell) and Jujitsu and was one of its major components.