That's what gets me double and triple and more stressed about the future: where and how to live so as not to be so fundamentally vulnerable... beyond the fact being human and not being able to actually control your own destiny, that is.
In any case, I wonder how expensive the same product was a few months ago.
I learned what a standard soldier for the Roman Empire carried, wore, and trained for at various points in history. Not very applicable to me, but it was interesting.
I was reading 20th century history of Ireland on wikipedia, (because why not?) when I came across this nastiness. Effective at getting attention to the protest, but still nasty.
Don't recall which book it was, and don't feel compelled to go look. I think it's just called "The Roman Empire". Picked it up cheap used at a local bookstore. Some good information, but something about the writing style annoys me. The intro was "the Romans were really cool - yeah, they had slaves and were brutal in war, but they were really cool" for several pages.
That glistening balloon and glistening ass are actually in same color
I learnt that my bathroom fan needs fixing...makes an awful sound and sometimes doesn't even run.
A faint idea of who was Viotti.
I just learned my favorite singer Greta Salpeter/Morgan started a new band called Gold Motel. Been listening to her stuff all day. Sounds like The Pipettes, much lighter than her very dark Hush Sound stuff. Good that she is in a better place. The shocking part is she is younger than me.
Jethro (though he addresses Jed as his uncle) is the son of Jed's cousin, Pearl Bodine. He drove the Clampett family to their new home in California and stayed on with them to further his education. The whole family boasts of Jethro's "sixth-grade education" but nevertheless feels he is a bit of an idiot. Jethro is simply naive in the first season of the show but becomes incredibly ignorant and pompous as the series progresses. He often shows off his cyphering abilities with multiplication and "go-zin-ta's," as in "five gozinta five one times, five gozinta ten two times," etc. The tallest student in his class in the town of Oxford (so named because "that's where the oxen used to ford the creek") because of his age, he is often impressing others that he graduated "top of his class at Oxford." In Beverly Hills, he decides to go to college. He manages to enroll late in the semester at a local secretarial school due to his financial backing and earns his diploma by the end of the day because he did not understand what was going on in class and was too disruptive. This was an ironic in-joke - in real life, Max Baer, Jr, has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University (he also minored in philosophy).
Many stories in the series involve Jethro's endless career search, which include such diverse vocations as a millwright, a brain surgeon, street car conductor, double-naught spy, Hollywood producer (a studio flunky remarks Jethro has the right qualifications for being a producer - a sixth-grade education and his uncle owns the studio. The in-joke gag of Jethro as a movie producer was replayed in the 1981 movie), soda jerk, short order cook, and once as a bookkeeper for Milburn Drysdale's bank. More often than not, his overall goal in these endeavors is to obtain as many pretty girls as humanly possible. Of all the Clampett clan, he is the one who makes the most change from 'country bumpkin' to 'city boy.' Another running gag is that Jethro is known as the "six-foot stomach" for his ability to eat: in one episode, he eats a jetliner's entire supply of steaks; in another, Jethro tries to set himself up as a Hollywood agent for cousin "Bessie" - with a fee of 10,000 bananas for Bessie and 1,000 bananas for Jethro. At one time Jed mentions Jethro was the only baby he knew born with a full set of teeth "just like a beaver". Jethro appears in 272 episodes; he is not in the third- or second-to-last episodes, but Baer of course remains billed in the title credits. Baer claimed he only auditioned for the role of Jethro for fun and never expected to get the part. Supposedly, he clinched the part largely because of his grin.
I learned today that stove hood is an elegant being
^^^Something I learnt(learned) a while ago is that Max Baer Jr. (Jethro) directed and produced "Ode to Billy Joe" about a kid who throws himself off a bridge after he has gay sex.
I've seen the movie, Pete.
Despite the fact that the critics hated the movie, I actually found it a pretty good movie. Of course, I remember the song when I was a little boy, and during those years we always wanted to know what they threw off the bridge, and why Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the bridge in the first place. The movie gave us a plausible answer.
I learned that Ode to Billy Joe was filmed at Sidon, Mississippi and Google Earth tells me that Sidon has an amazing billabong (which a geography teacher told me a long time ago is a sure sign of a river in its senescence)
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda...
^ that's an inane tune with twisted lyrics and ridiculous plot which is more indicative of the Irish peasant settlers than about my country IMO.
Besides, how can a great country and its people be summarised in one song?
I learnt(learned) that Robby Benson is all grown up now since he did "ode to billy joe" 36 years ago
that one bottle of water leads to a whole lot of time heading to and from the bathroom. water makes everybody piss a lot right? i know i'm not alone on this one. everybody says the same thing.
and it makes me feel cold too. i would drink tea but tea doesn't like me too much. i'm not trying to do number 2 more than once a day.
one thing about the closet/you don't have to hurry/it will be bad tomorrow/so brother, don't you worry
^ Those over-emotional, braindead, fantasy-loving, Irish peasants produced too many bogans in my country.
At least the Marseillaise and Rule Britannia have good tunes. I don't know Spain's national anthem.
She remarked that she never foresaw the controversy that her song caused, and certainly not people's fascination with it after all those years. What I found most intriguing is the fact that she never meant to portray any mystery on the matter of why he jumped off the bridge, or anything concering what was thrown off the bridge.
Rather, she noted,she intended to make a statement about the insensitivity of people, passing biscuits around the kitchen table, gossiping about trivial matters, while a major tragedy had just occurred.
Insiders have revealed that Robbie Benson is and was one of the nicest, gentlest men they have ever met. In a town full of narcissistic bastards, I think it's refreshing to hear that not everybody there is an asshole.
Today I learnt I can't resist straight porn (and that it never fails me...)
... So who knows a good shrink?
The woman who lands Robbie Benson is a lucky, lucky gal. (I don't think he's gay or bi)
“[Dona Maria] saw that the people of this world moved about in an armor of egotism, drunk with self-gazing, athirst for compliments, hearing little of what was said to them, unmoved by the accidents that befell their closest friends, in dread of all appeals that might interrupt their long communion with their own desires.”
― Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thankfully we're about to have a country-wide Royal Commission which may root out the decades of pedophilia and coverups within the Catholic Church. And hopefully it may bring some honesty into this massive organisation with all its propaganda, emotional blackmail and mind-control.
One can find quite a few people of Irish descent in Boston, but to be honest, I don't know much about them except what I've heard from other people.
I can say that, based on what I have read, the country of Ireland seems like the least progressive nation in the European Union. If I recall correctly, Ireland still sees abortion--even in the case of saving the mother's life--as a punishable crime, and until recently, couples could not legally divorce. Other people have told me that in the countryside, people still widely believe in the existence of fairies, leprechauns, and wood nymphs. I don't know if my sources have the correct information about that, but if they do, it shows a culture that does not seem to have progressed very far.
I personally can't get past the drinking thing, but you must understand I've been taught since the time I was an infant about the perils of drink. I cannot overcome those deeply-ingrained sentiments.
I don't know much about Irish-American culture. It might bear no resemblance at all to that of its mother country.
^ I was corresponding with Criostoir about these issues and he acknowledged the dependance on alcohol
There's an excellent Irish gay writer named Colm Toibin. He says his people have been INFANTILISED— first by the English landlords, secondly and most importantly by the Catholic Church, and thirdly by the EEU subsidies
^Do you share my discomfort for the EEU?
Even from the date of its inception, I have never felt comfortable with it. An Englishman is not a German, who is not an Italian, who's not an Irishman, etc, and now innocent people have to pay the price for an act of idealism. I think the UK exercised most remarkable prudence when they chose not join the Euro.
To be fair, I can look at this situation from the viewpoint of an American. I only hope the very best for Europe. A big part of my heart lies in it; I care very much about its welfare. Right now, however, the situation looks pretty grim.
Europe 2012 = Roman Empire 312
USA = "Byzantine" Empire
Great Britain = Ancient Syria
Of course the values and, therefore, the equations, are false, but for lazy, "common" people who want quick impressions ignoring the capital, decisive, differentiating, stressing details, there they have it.
I always said that the EU would end up like this (I was so happy to find it that I commented on the vid back in 2009 or so):
but I still need an iconic representation of Britain laughing at The Continent for falling down from the same ground they all are sharing....
^ That movie was so funny !
I had the idea it was more of a global thing... you know... subprimes... China's yuan...
Eventually I suppose EU will have benefited some countries or (economic) classes of people, and failed others and that opinions about it will differ depending on where one belongs...
It's only 55years old, there IS room for improvement, when it's inhabitants realize the need for thinking globally first, locally second... or at least doesn't make them opponents...
During the past millennium there has been a movement of social and economical expansion based on capitalism and democracy, but even the sloppiest analysis will show that it is being used to be reverted to the previous state of oligarchy... that is more "naturally" (for those who are fond of the "natural" and "more universal" state of things) found outside the Western world in the past five to ten centuries.
The EU is not 55 years old: it is as old as Europe itself. You are taking the trademark and the managing system for the actual product.