Sunday, October 2, 2022

POTD: Grand Café De Kroonprins

From 2022 07 03 Amsterdam

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Amsterdam. Why the Grand Café of the Crown Prince would have the Statue of Liberty over its door was never discovered. The outdoor seating area offered great views of the street scene. We just had appetizers and dessert. Bitterballen was new to us. Apple strudel wasn't, but it is hard to imagine improving on the Grand Café's version.

Bonus photo after the jump.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

POTD: Canals and Bicycles

From 2022 07 03 Amsterdam

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Amsterdam. It captures many aspects of the Amsterdam experience in one photo: canals and canal houses, bicycles, and views of church steeples. Look at how those bicycles are parked. A side benefit of getting cars off the streets is that not only do you need less pavement for cars to drive on, you also need fewer parking lots and garages to park them. Amsterdam remains one of our favorite cities.

Random Thoughts: The Most Effective Frog Boils are the Slowest

Tweets from September, 2022:
  • 2022-09-01: The most effective frog boils are the slowest.
  • 2022-09-02: I can't see Jason Villalba's tweet because he has me blocked (no idea why) but it must be something good.
  • 2022-09-03: NASA Scrubs Artemis I Launch to the Moon Again." Again. The moon doesn't want us to come back.

After the jump, more random thoughts.

Friday, September 30, 2022

TIL: The Best Form of Government

What's the best form of government? Winston Churchill reportedly arrived at the answer from the opposite end of the spectrum. "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." That settles the question. Or does it?

In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik reviews Jedediah Purdy's book, "Two Cheers for Politics: Why Democracy Is Flawed, Frightening-and Our Best Hope."

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story (2022)

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

Remember Me (2022): Biopic of Mahalia Jackson. Could use more room to let scenes play out. Mother, aunts, husband(s?), business manager, MLK, each come and go in a hurry. Best thing by far about the movie is Ledisi's singing. More of that, please. C+

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

WAIW: Sitting on a Swing

Where Am I Wednesday?

Fifty points to the first person to identify where this photo was taken.

Answer is after the jump.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The U.S. and the Holocaust (TV 2022)

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

The U.S. and the Holocaust (TV 2022): Heroism and sacrifice are here, stories America likes to tell itself, but also here are xenophobia and the failure to do more. No matter how much you know, watch this. And have every generation of kids watch, too. Our sins live on today. A+