Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Board No More

I'm really bummed.  IMDB closed their message boards.   They tried to blame it on trolls - but ya know, those can be dealt with.  Lazy shits.

Moi, being a foreign and vintage movie lover, never saw them.  The trolls evidently hang where the newer movies are, and never bothered with movies that were over their heads.

While IMDb’s message boards have never been a paragon of challenging critical discourse, they have offered an accessible platform through which to have fun talking about cinema. They represented a lively and often bellicose online community that for many will be missed. Film blogger and cinema studies master’s student Caroline Madden has been an active member of the boards for 11 years, first using them as a teenager when she didn’t have friends who shared her passion for film.
“I made friends on the message boards over my favorite film and actor at the time, Moulin Rouge and Ewan McGregor. We would trade fan-fiction ideas, our favourite parts of the film and generally fangirl about Ewan McGregor.”

I remember many actors and crew members posting on the boards themselves.  This is history, just GONE.   The actor from Uncle Nino posting on the board for his movie, and for his own actor's page board....crew from a 1940s Bette Davis movie giving the can't replace this.  Shame on them.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thai, Anyone?

I'm learning to cook Thai.  Discovered there is a pretty good restaurant near my son's school, and I'm sold.  Hub is ok with it as long as it's not real hot - which at least I can control.

Anyone with suggestions of good dishes - or online resources you particularly like - I appreciate your input!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What Is and What Isn't Fake News

I like this chart.  I hope you can read it - some of the news sources are kinda small print.  But it's good for when people say, "I read it on Breitbart!" and you can show them just how much trash that really is....

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THIS is Medicaid

The Huffington Post has just printed the best article explaining Medicaid that I have ever read.

Chances are, you probably know someone who benefits from Medicaid:
  • Your child’s classmate with cerebral palsy might rely on Medicaid for crutches, physical therapy, and transportation to get to and from medical appointments and after-school programs.
  • Your elderly neighbor’s primary form of health care might be Medicaid, helping her to stay in her own home and volunteer in your community.
  • The woman with intellectual disability working as a part-time bagger at your local grocery store might use a Medicaid personal care attendant to help her eat, bathe, dress, and get to work.
Can you imagine if your child’s classmate, your elderly neighbor, or the worker at your local grocery couldn’t get medical care, or was forced into a nursing home or institution because they couldn’t get the services and supports they need?

I think I might cry, the rest is so good.  I want to shove it down a few people's throats, too.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Heart is Broken

I was planning on going to his concert here next month.........
Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 76.
His death was announced by his manager, Joe Gordon, who said that Mr. Jarreau had been hospitalized for exhaustion two weeks ago. On the advice of his doctors, he had canceled his tour dates and retired from touring.
Mr. Jarreau did not begin a full-time musical career until he was nearly 30, but within a few years he had begun attracting notice for a vocal style that was both instantly appealing and highly unusual. Critics were particularly taken by his improvisational dexterity, in particular his virtuosic ability to produce an array of vocalizations ranging from delicious nonsense to clicks and growls to quasi-instrumental sounds.
Sad, sad Monday.  Here is one of my favorites, which I got to see him perform live from about 20 feet away in Philly back in '79.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Keep These in Mind

This is a list of those Republican senators who voted for DeVoucher, who are up for nomination in 2018.  These are the people we need to work AGAINST.

None of them are close to *Moi state, of course.  But I will donate to their opponents and do anything else I can.


Flake- AZ
Wicker- MS
Fischer- NE
Heller- NV
Corker- TN
Cruz- TX
Hatch- UT
Barrasso- WY