November 11th, 2016

sucks, penguin5

Friday fanfare: Leonard Cohen, RIP

Because 2016 isn't done fucking us in the ass, Leonard Cohen died this week at the age of 82. *sigh*

Here's some of his best:








And here are a couple of tributes: the Washington Squares' cover of "Everybody Knows":




And the Austin Lounge Lizards' "Leonard Cohen's Day Job":




Rest in peace, good sir.
  • Current Music
    "Leonard Cohen's Day Job" by the Austin Lounge Lizards
politics, Kerry Edwards

Veteran's Day

On this Veteran's Day, I give thanks and praise to all those who have served.

Both my grandfathers served in World War II. My maternal grandfather served as a soldier in the Army in Italy and North Africa (including spending some time in Casablanca). Here he is in uniform:



My paternal grandfather -- who was nearsighted, had flat feet, and was deaf in one ear -- was drafted in 1944. As he joked later, "By the time they got to me, they were done scraping the bottom of the barrel and had picked up the barrel and were scraping what was under it." He knew shorthand, so they made him a court stenographer at a stateside base.
  • Current Music
    "In a Lifetime" by Clannad

in memoriam

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

---Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918), Canadian Army
  • Current Music
    "Dúlamán" by Clannad
bat-rewatch

Holy Rewatch Batman! "Ice Spy"/"The Duo Defy"

The third and final Mr. Freeze in the third and final Mr. Freeze episode, as Eli Wallach takes over from Otto Preminger and George Sanders in the second-season finale. The Bat-rewatch does "Ice Spy"/"The Duo Defy."

An excerpt:
In his autobiography, Eli Wallach tells the story of how he complained to his wife, Anne Jackson, about the fact that Arnold Schwarzeneggar got millions of dollars to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin when Wallach only got $2500. He asked her what he had to do to get that kind of money, and Jackson said, “Grow muscles.” Schwarzeneggar—by then, governor of California—heard about the exchange, and sent Wallach a pair of miniature gold barbells.
  • Current Music
    "Killer Tango" by Canadian Brass