Monday, March 8, 2010

This 'n' That

Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is writing and directing a Doc Savage movie!
Sez Rose. Isn't that enough? It was for us ... we both love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Doc Savage. Ok, here's more.

The Great Prayer Project - End Abortion
From my inbox comes this link for what seems an excellent project:
The Great Prayer Project - End Abortion is simply this, starting March 25, 2010, we hope to have one continuous year of prayer to end abortion. The way we plan on achieving this objective is by allowing individuals to sign up for 20 minute time slots and pray for an end to abortion during that time period.
Pulp Fiction in Motion Graphics
More properly, a choice bit of dialogue in type ... perfectly done and hilarious. Remember, we're all about type. However, remember this is from Pulp Fiction. Practically every other word is explicit so don't click through if that's gonna bother you.

It's Like Roy H. Williams Knows My Life
Such as here, where people add up 2 and 2 to get 14.
Violent crime in America declined each year from 1993 to 2004. Then just about the time the iPod became popular in 2005, violent crime began trending upward.

CONCLUSION: iPods cause violent crime. Or at least that was the conclusion of a 2007 report published by The Urban Institute, a research organization based in Washington. (I swear I’m not making this up.)

Bad advertising strategies stem from just such logic: “Since one event precedes another, the first event must be the cause of the second.” This fallacy of logic is so common it has a Latin name: Post hoc, ergo, propter hoc, "after this, therefore, because of this," referring to the mistaken belief that temporal succession implies a causal relation.

Most business owners look around, observe their circumstances and then try to make sense of it all. Their thoughts and plans are guided by what they see. But any scientist will tell you correlation and causation are not the same thing.
Which also can relate somewhat to that iceberg thing I mentioned last week.

He does it again here.
Not once did they ever say, "Wow. Thanks for caring enough to share that with us."

I knew the bands were delusional. I just never realized that I was, too.

Strangely, I never quit advising people. In fact, I made a career of it.

But a good friend told me something that has saved everyone a lot of pain. “Unsolicited advice is abuse,” he said. So I no longer offer unsolicited advice.
Which is a lesson I most definitely am trying to learn.

Read them both. Or listen if you like. I prefer the podcast but it is Lent, after all, and I am still fasting from spoken word podcasts. Which leads to the last bit of this 'n' that for the moment ...

I Read a Lot More Books When I'm Not Listening to Podcasts All the Time
Yes, I know. Obvious. But its fun to rediscover the fun of whipping through a book every day or two. I've also rediscovered the many ways you can prop books in our kitchen for reading while washing dishes, cooking meals, and so forth. That's why I have bookweights in several rooms of the house, not to mention one at work.

Addictive personality? Tell me something I don't know. At least the Dallas Public Library has an excellent selection so we don't go bankrupt. So far I've still managed to keep my resolution of not buying any new books in 2010. It has been touch and go a couple of times but I've held on.

Here is what I'm reading now. Here is what I've read so far this year. My numbering on when I read some of them is a bit erratic as I found some duplicates, but that's not the point really.


  1. Tante Leonie3/8/10, 10:36 AM


    hahaha! Loved the Pulp Fiction motion graphic!!!

  2. Thanks for the Doc Savage news! You made my day!

  3. Ah your list reminded me to put Princess Bride on my "To Read" list.

    Here is my list of books read in 2010 which includes both audio (12) and physical (21).

  4. AHA! I found some interesting looking audio projects in your list. Must stash at least one away until after Easter...