Sunday, June 30, 2013
Here are our six 'High Schools of the Week,' let's start with Ragsdale High School in the Greensboro-suburb of Jamestown, NC..........this is not the place the settlers landed, that would be Jamestown, Va:
1) Ragsdale High School (pictured top): Nickname: Tigers. Jamestown, NC. Principal: Dr. Kathryn M. Rogers. Notable alumni: Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC). The school is also well-known for its marching band.
2) Bluefield High School. Bluefield, W.Va (there is also a Bluefield, Va., on the other side of the border). Nickname: Beavers. Principal: Michael Collins. Colors: Black and White. Enrollment: 650 students Main Rival: Graham High School.
3) Conway High School. Conway, SC. Nickname: Tigers. Principal: Steven Fitch. Colors: Green and Gold. Enrollment: 1,577.
4) Floyd County High School (pictured center). Floyd, Va. Nickname: Buffaloes. Principal: Tony Deibler.
5) Science Hill High School. Johnson City, Tenn. Nickname: Hilltoppers. Principal: Melanie Riden-Bacon. Notable alumni: Matt Czuchry (tv's "Gilmore Girls").
6) Clairemont High School (pictured bottom; the school was the inspiration for the 1982 film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High;" the late actor Ray Walston played Mister Hand): San Diego, Calif. Nickname: The Chieftains. School newspaper: "The Arrow"
SIDEBAR: If anyone is interested or cares, there are 170 calories in a pack of Milk Duds!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Blogging in 3.5 Minutes or Less: Our Favorite High School Films That are NOT from the John Hughes Era
In 1988, I myself graduated as valedictorian* from Ragsdale High School, in Jamestown, NC,** a suburb of Greensboro, NC.
Here is our list, in order of release year as opposed to preference (James Dean and Natalie Wood are pictured above from the film "Rebel Without a Cause").........ahh, we forgot about the late-70s gems "The Wanderers" and "Over the Edge"......oh well!:
"Rebel Without a Cause" (1955)
"American Graffiti" (1973)
"Cooley High" (1975)
"Dazed and Confused" (1993)
*-This is a bold-face lie, I was not valedictorian
**-I did not go to Ragsdale High School, but we hear it's a swell place
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Greetings to our blog readers in Mexico, New Zealand and Peru.
We wrote 'Cities' as opposed to Cities in the header because most 'cities' in Wyoming have a low population unlike major cities.
We found out today that the state flower of Wyoming is the Castilleja Linuriifolia (hurray, it looks like we spelled it right; cartoonist Keith Knight calls these things 'life's little victories).
This flower will be in view at the upcoming Crested Butte Wildflwoer Festival in Crested Butte, Colo., from July 8-14th.
Here are the six largest 'cities' in Wyoming, a state where it is very difficult for Democrats to win elections; it is after all the home state of Dick Cheney (biting my tongue):
1. Cheyenne (the capital) 59,446
2. Casper 55, 316
3. Laramie 30,816
4. Gillette 29, 087
5. Rock Springs 23, 036
6. Sheridan 17,444
SIDEBAR: Since we are, for some reason, popular in El Salvador, I wanted to congratulate their under-21 national soccer team for stunning Australia 1-0 in Trabzon, Turkey, yesterday, where the U-21 World Cup match was played.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Greetings to all our blog readers in El Salvador, Finland and South Korea.
Here are the six largest cities in Brazil:
1. Sao Paulo 11.23 million
2. Rio de Janeiro 6.33 million
3. Salvador 2.7 million
4. Brasilia (the capital) 2.563 million
5. Fortaleza 2.5 million
6. Belo Horizonte 2.4 million
Monday, June 24, 2013
Our question today is which one of these board games was our favorite game during our youth.
And, greeting today to our blog readers in South Africa, Israel, Dubai, Malaysia and France.
Is the answer:
B) Trivial Pursuit
Sunday, June 23, 2013
But, it seems like "Freaks and Geeks," a dramedy about high school outcasts, has now surpassed the show about popular kids, in terms of pop culture popularity. The show, which came on the air in 1999, is frequently aired on IFC.
Amazingly enough, three of the show's male leads, James Franco (pictured top), Seth Rogen and Jason Segel have become A-list actors. None of them have actually been in a movie with Kevin Bacon that distinction does belong to the show's female star Linda Cardellini was in the film "Super" (2010), a superhero parody with Bacon.
Franco is two degrees removed from Bacon as he starred in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) which also featured Sanjo Bennett who was in the Atom Egoyan-directed film "Where the Truth Lies" (2005) with Bacon.
John Francis Daley, who was played Sam, the youngest main character on the show, was in "View from the Top" (2008) with Mark Ruffalo who was in the steamy film "In the Cut" (2008) where Meg Ryan bared all; that films also featured Bacon.
Joe Flaherty (pictured bottom), who is now surprisingly 72 years old, was a star on the Canadian skit show "SCTV" in the 1980s, played Sam's father on "Freaks and Geeks." He was in Nothing Personal (1980) with Maury Chaykin who was also in "Where the Truth Lies."
Lastly, Rogen was in "You, Me and Dupree" (2006) with Matt Dillon who was in "Loverboy" (2005) with Bacon.
SIDEBAR: We were shocked and saddened to hear that Joe Bankhead (1941-2007), a Salt Lake City, artist, writer and chess enthusiast died only a few months after we met him at the Coffee Garden by the Tower Theater on 9th Street. Tragically, Bankhead died while he was blogging as his trailer , unbeknownst to him, was leaking carbon monoxide. Bankhead was the subject of a blog entry here way back on May 30, 2007.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Our apologies to all our blog readers in Sofia and Varna (those of Bulgaria's two largest cities, we think!).
Friday, June 21, 2013
The three images above are of: 1) Soap actress Nadia Bjorlin of "Days of Our Lives" fame (she is apparently not on the show right now, but she has come back twice); 2) Police officers in Troy, Montana, and 3) Local televangelists from Reidsville, NC, we are actually using their image to go with a tweet about Kansas. We do have to thank friend and fellow blogger Chris Knight as he used the image of the Men in Grey on his blog initially. We believe this two tv preachers are associated with the very radical Rev. Johnny Robertson from Martinsville, Va.
1) Nadia Bjorlin @RealNadiaB: "Happy Friday! First day off summer and I'm off to Vegas!"
2) Raleigh News @RaleighNews: "Two pizza delivery drivers robbed minutes apart in Raleigh."
3) The Denver Post @Denverpost: "Ironman triathlon coming to Boulder in August 2014."
4) Wall Street Journal @WSJ: "Montana is the first state to require police get a warrant before tracking a suspect through a cell phone."
5) The Seattle Times @seattletimes: "Got big plans this weekend? Beware of traffic impact
from Saturday's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon"
6) Rolling Stone @rollingstone: "Gun nuts, anti-abortion zealots and free-market cultists are leading Kansas toward disaster."
7) ABC 11 WTVD in Raleigh, NC @ABC11-WTVD: "Report: 2 cannons raised from Blackbeard's ship."
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The first try at posting this entry was accidentally deleted, so those of you in Paris, Istanbul and Dubai should tell all your friends to check out this blog.
Here are a look at movies showing in West Coast cinemas this weekend.
Let's start in St. Louis, even though it's pretty far from the west coast, where one can see the outstanding Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy film "Before Midnight" at the Tivoli (a Landmark theatre) at noon; 2:30; 4:45; 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
In the Mile-High City, one can see a documentary called "Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie" about the late right-wing tv host (pictured bottom) at the Denver Film Society Colfax at 7:20 and 9:30 p.m.
The Salt Lake Film Society in Salt Lake City, Utah, is screening another documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" which profiles the far-left founder of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (pictured top) at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m.
At Cinema 21 in Portland, Ore., one can see the latest film from director Joss Whedon ("The Cabin in the Woods") called "Much Ado About Nothing," yeah, we're not sure how much it has to do with William Shakespeare either!
In San Francisco, one can see perhaps one of the most unique documentaries playing anywhere as the Roxie Theatre screens "I Am Gay and Muslim" as part of the cinema's gay-lesbian film festival with shows at 7:00 p.m. The Dutch film from director Chris Bellami, which lasts 59 minutes, profiles gay men in Morocco.
Lastly, in L.A., one can see another documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" at the Landmark.
For listings of showings at east coast arthouses (and, this is where we effed up before) go to our sister blog "The Daily Vampire" at http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
From top, we have the late French mime Marcel Marceau, though I suppose we could have used Jerry Lewis (the American actor is very popular in France) or Asterix the Gaul as well, former Turkish Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel, who is still alive at age 88, and Mexican actress Selma Hayek, best known for playing artist Frida Kahlo.
Here we go:
London 5:00 a.m.
Paris 6:00 a.m.
Helsinki, Finland 7:00 a.m.
Middle East region
Istanbul 7:00 a.m.
Haifa, Israel 7:00 a.m.
Dubai 8:00 a.m.
Asia and Australia
Hong Kong 12 p.m. (noon)
Singapore 12:00 p.m.
Sydney 2:00 p.m.
Mexico and Central America
Mexico City 11:00 p.m.
Antiqua, Guatemala 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
San Jose, Costa Rica 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The phrases are pregnant women, jazz (Dizzy Gillespie, picture top), cuckoo clocks, cold pizza, Angry Birds, Air Canada
Here we go:
"Little Marvin was playing Angry Birds on his hand-held device while waiting for the Air Canada flight from Toronto to Montreal when his father told him that he should eat the rest of his personal pan pizza from an airport Pizzaa Hut kiosk as it would surely go cold. Marvin ignored his father, which was in his DNA.
Marvin's father decided not to argue with him and listen to jazz on his I-Pod. He had tried to educate this son about jazz: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Kenny G, ok, the later was a mistake. Marvin's father then noticed a pregnant young woman without a boyfriend, fiance or husband. She was actually reading a book. Even though it was a fluffy romance novel, Marvin's father was impressed.
Suddenly, the cuckoo clock in Marvin's father's head went off. There were now only 20 minutes until the flight was scheduled to depart. But, there appeared to be a long delay. Marvin's father then noticed a dark-skinned woman, perhaps from Syria or Egypt, wearing a hijab, now sitting beside the pregnant woman. Marvin's father's mind then drifted towards impure thoughts, and then he heard it was time to board the flight. He gently tapped Marvin's shoulders, but, of course, his son was going to play Angry Birds until the proverbial last minute possible."
Monday, June 17, 2013
Turkey is a land caught between the Hijab and the Bikini, and Islamist conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose regime is at the center of the chaos, has manipulated his conservative base in central Anatolian cities, like Yozgat, Konya and Sivas, to counter the protests even as it is likely to further divide the country and cost Turkey millions of lost revenue in the tourism sector.
The BBC is reporting that a lone standing man who stood alone in silence in Taksim Square earlier in the day in Istanbul has become a symbol for the Turkish people in their collective stand against an oppressive government. He has been identified as 'The Standing Man of Istanbul."
With that in mind, we are looking at what exactly the definitions of the hijab and the bikini are, as well as the ever intriguing burqini fashion trend in the Muslim world, which we suspect might be popular along the beaches of Dubai and Algeria:
Hijab: A veil which covers the head which is particularly worn by a Muslim female beyond puberty in the presence of non-related adult males.
Bikini: This is a type of women's two-piece swimsuit designed to provide minimal coverage of the body. One part covers the breasts and the part that covers the groin and part or the entire buttocks.
Burqini: A swimsuit for Muslim women designed by Lebanese Australian Ahena Zametti. The suit covers the whole body, except the hands, feet and face,
http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com (Our sister blog "The Daily Vampire" which features the same topic, but different text and images)
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Bulgaria is one of ten countries, we think disgraced Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should escape to; the other five are listed on our sister blog "The Daily Vampire" http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
Here we go:
1) Uzbekistan (pictured top): This former Soviet Republic is Sunni Muslim and has close ties with Turkey and lots of open spaces; it is also supposedly a dictatorship. Erdogan should be at home there.
2) Morocco (pictured middle): Unlike other Erdogan critics, I think the prime minister's traveling to Morocco at the height of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul wasn't a mistake. His faux pas was returning from there!
3) Bulgaria: Why not?!
4) Sudan: Lots of desert, and the dictator of Sudan has a solid partnership with the current Turkish government. In normal times, this was an outrage and embarrassment to those of us of Turkish heritage. But, now if Sudan takes Erdogan, all of us will jump for joy like children at the zoo in Gulhane Park in Istanbul. Oh! I forgot. Erdogan had that demolished.
5) Tunisia: The second country Erdogan visited on his north African tour. Perhaps, he stayed at a hotel in Tunis that he can imagine spending 30 years in.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
We suspect that our blogs might be blocked in Turkey as we have been very critical of the Turkish government, but hopefully, this can perhaps reach someone in neighboring Bulgaria.
Here is today's word of the day:
'Megalomania" (from Wikipedia): " This is a psychopathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasiesof power, relevance, and omnipotence.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Air Canada serves 178 destinations and the airline has 27,000 employees.
The hubs for Air Canada are: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
This blog has always received many hits from Canada, and we are grateful for that. Hopefully, the weather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is awesome today!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
It makes this initial entry on our ten favorite comic strips from the Sunday pages, along with "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy" in which 'our hero' must be fight to save planet Earth from an alien insectoid invasion, and "Dilbert" in which a bald-headed executive gives workplace strategies to Dilbert.
By the way, there is a UFO Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, of all places, not far from where the Gezi Park protests, against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian prime minister of Turkey.
Here are the Top Ten, in alphabetical order, as opposed to order of preference:
1) "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith"(John Rose is now the cartoonist of the strip)
2) "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy"
4) "Doonesbury" (this one was really awesome!)
5) The Duplex
7) "Knight Life" (Keith Knight continues his 'Life's Little Victories' series)
8) "Mother Goose and Grimm"
9) "Non Sequitir"
10) "Speed Bump"
http:///www.ufoevidence.org (not an endorsement)
Friday, June 7, 2013
Other films include the western "Winchester '73" with the late Jimmy Stewart and early film appearances from the late Rock Hudson and the late Tony Curtis (billed as Anthony Curtis), Gene Hackman reprising Popeye Doyle in "French Connection II" and Jean-Luc Godard's "Made in USA," which has only been allowed for public viewing in the USA since 2008 due to a copyright issue.
Here is the list, we got the idea from "Film Comment:"
1. "The Projectionist" 1971. dir-Harry Hurwitz
2. "French Connection II" (pictured top) 1975. dir-John Frankenheimer
3. "Winchester '73" 1950 dir-Anthony Mann #
4. "Made in USA" (France) 1966. dir-Jean-Luc Godard
5. "Car Wash" (pictured center) 1976. dir-Michael Shultz
6. "The Graduate" (pictured bottom) 1967 dir-Mike Nichols #
7. "Happymorethankyouplease" 2010. dir-Josh Radnor
8. "The Avengers" 2012. dir- Joss Whedon
9. "Bridesmaids" 2011. dir. Paul Feig
10. "The Cabin in the Woods" 2011. dir-Drew Goddard
#-Films we had previously watched before
Thursday, June 6, 2013
A Random Top Ten List of English-Language Films I've Seen Multiple Times..........(except "The Godfather)
1. "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
2. "Five Easy Pieces" (pictured, 1970)
3. "The French Connection" (1971)
4. "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
5. "The Landlord" (1970, a film I had not seen until last year!)
6. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
7. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)
8. "On the Waterfront" (1954)
9. "The Exorcist" (1973)
10. "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962)
SIDEBAR: Earlier today, an article I wrote about the political turmoil in Turkey was published on a high volume blog based in Washington, DC:
With that in mind, we focus on the three female leads for "9 to 5" (1980), which was turned into a tv sitcom and a Broadway musical. The film starred Jane Fonda (pictured top), Dolly Parton (pictured bottom) in her film debut and Lily Tomlin.
None of the women have actually been in a film with Bacon, and each of them are two degrees removed from his.
Fonda was in "Stanley and Iris" (1989) with Robert DeNiro and he was in turn in "Sleepers" (1995) with Bacon.
Parton was in "Miss Congeniality 2" which I reluctantly saw at a movie theatre in Guatemala City, Guatemala, with Stephen Tobolowsky who was in "Murder in the First" (1995) with Bacon.
Tomlin was in the Woody Allen film "Shadows and Fog" (1991) which co-starred Peter McRobbie who was in "Sleepers" with Bacon.
Parton will be performing in Portland, Ore., on June 8th for Dolly Parton Hoot Night (we are not making this up!).
Amazingly enough, Bacon is also only two degrees removed from early film star Lillian Gish and Shirley Temple, who hasn't made films since she was a child star. But, he is a full three degrees from Mary Pickford, a star in the 1920s, and Turkish actress Turkan Soray, who is known as the queen of Turkish cinema.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
We asked Google who the woman was, and all we could find was an article in "The Daily Mail" (UK) explaining how many students in the same vicinity as the woman in red were also targeted by the police.
The protests in Turkey have made headlines around the world: "The Hurriyet Daily News" in Turkey quotes President Abdullah Gul as saying the protests were more like Occupy Wall Street than the even more massive Tahrir Square protests in Egypt (yeah, we aren't buying that either). "The Jerusalem Post," an English-language newspaper in Israel, looked at the nuanced differences between the Turkish and Egyptian protests, one of which is that Erdogan is a democratically-elected leader. And, "Dutch News" reported that people of Turkish heritage in the Netherlands held demonstrations in both Amsterdam and The Hague.
With that, we turn our attention to Erdogan, whom we feel is more or less as coniferous as this great white shark from South Africa pictured, who made the following dubious quote about the protests: "This is a protest organized by extremist elements," he said. "We will not give away anything those who live arm-in-arm with terrorism."
SIDEBAR: Those who might be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland, here in the United States, can partake in glimpses of sandbar sharks and giant Pacific octopuses/octopi; we are not sure if any of the octopi are predicting the outcomes of weekend Major League Soccer games this weekend.
Here is his quote:
"However and wherever we are, we must live as if we never die."
SIDEBAR: A few months ago, I saw this tweet from John Robinson, the former editor of "The News and Record" in Greensboro, NC, who now teaches at the University of North Carolina. It was regarding 'cannibalism' in Jamestown. At first, I thought he was referring to Jamestown, NC, a suburb of Greensboro, but I realized he meant the Jamestown colony in eastern Virginia.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
There is one tweet here Ceylan Ozbudak, who is a female reporter for Al Arabiya, which seems like the Fox News off the Middle East as she actually defended the corrupt Turkish Prime Minsiter Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a time of tremendous national unity in opposition to the government in Ankara. The BBC is reporting that police have left the Gezi Park area where the protests originated:
1) ATAA (the main Turkish-American assembly): ATAA CALLS FOR RESTRAINT FROM ALL SIDES DURING PROTEST AND POLICE CLASHES IN ISTANBUL.
2) Emre Kizilkaya: "I saw that the people at #occupygezi are 'ordinary' people young and senior. They're the 99 percent.
3) Ceylan Ozbudak: "Those who think this a protest for democracy know what you are supporting. Communist flags all over Taksim" (she fails to mention that both the the secular right and secular left as well as political centrists are united in opposition to Erdogan).
4) Jose M. Calatayud: "I saw many ATMs damaged. Actually, I have ran out of cash and couldn't anywhere near near the centre."
5) Jeffrey Gibbs:"Yes, yes, but it seems Turkey just passes from one violent hand to another. If Erdogan goes, what comes in his place?" (Though this is a valid point, we differ with the opinion as any government would be better than the current far right Islamist regime)
6) Laetoli: "Access to Facebook in Turkey is blocked right now, we're afraid that Twitter may be blocked soon."
7) Haaretz.com: "Protestors defiant as #Turkey unrest goes into third day; more than 900 arrested ad 1,000 injured so far."
NOTE: The above image if a TRT (Turkey Radio Television) test pattern that was used whenever tv coverage went down during the 1970s and '80s.
This above photo is of Istikal Caddesi, the main street in Beyoglu, the cultural hub of Istanbul, which is in close proximity to Taksim where the initial protests against the right-wing government started, but those protests spread into Istikal Caddesi.
The main issue raised by the protestors is that Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey into Islamic fundamentalism, which is in direct conflict with the foundations of the modern state set by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.
These protests also originated as an environmental protest to preserve Gezi Park, the only remaining open space in Istanbul. Ironically, there are reports that both Turkish liberals and Turkish secular nationalists have set aside differences to form a coalition in the protests.
Here are the tweets:
1. BBC News: "Fresh clashes in Ankara and Istanbul. Turkey's two biggest cities between anti-government demonstrations and police."
2. Today's Zaman (an English-language edition of the conservative Turkish newspaper "Zaman"): "Stability guaranteed by upholding freedoms, US says on Gezi Park protests."
3. Najwa Mekki: Was in #Taksim #Turkey last weekend and saw riot police but couldn't figure out why. Now I get it. #OccupyGezi
4. Osman Kaytazoglu: "Police is not stepping back heavy teargas use."
5. A Tzanakopolous (A Greek tweeter; Turkey and Greece have been traditional ethnic rivals, but there is no sense of that here): "Our brothers and sisters in Istanbul brutally attacked for defending their city."
6. Gizzy MagicPants (We have no idea what this person's real name is): "This time yesterday, police attacked sleeping protestor in Taksim Gezi Parki and started a chain reaction."
7. Can Yeginsu: "As the crowds surge into #Taksim, Turkish tv refuses to broadcast the popular unrest, a dark day for the press #taksimgeziparki