July 10, 2007 at 2:18 pm (Horror, Movies)

Alfred Hitchcock is widely recognized as one of the greatest suspense-film directors ever. Since my early “education” was remarkably deficient in Hitchcock’s work (outside of North by Northwest and references to him in The Three Investigators series), I’ve made a point in my “adult” life of hunting down his best known, most critically acclaimed works, on the assumption that I would not only be entertained, but also educated, in the process. So far, I can’t complain: I finally saw Notorious, Psycho and Rear Window, and since my wife has no idea what Hitchcock’s best known films are (old films aren’t really her thing), she’d also pick up for me any Alfred Hitchcock movie she could find, and I’ve ended up watching a number of his less well known films, with (sadly) less memorable titles, from his early days as a director. But I’d never gotten around to seeing Vertigo, in large part because our local Blockbuster didn’t have a copy, and it bothered me. Well, we broke down last week and started the Netflix free trial, and Vertigo was the first film I chose. Read the rest of this entry »


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Adventures in Riesling

July 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm (Humor, Travel, Wine, Writing)

Note: This entry is a fuller description of a story synopsized elsewhere in the blog. Please forgive me repeating myself as I play around with storytelling.

During a recent trip to California’s Central Coast region, my wife and I dined at a well-known restaurant, the name of which I feel inclined to withhold. This isn’t because our meal or the service was in any way lacking; in fact, the opposite was the case. It just seems more… polite, if you will, to grant the sommelier in question a certain amount of anonymity, since the experience, in the final analysis, wasn’t negative, just rather bizarre. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Creepy Week

July 1, 2007 at 2:29 pm (Computers, Horror, Humor)

There was a lot of creepy news this week, and mostly not the good kind of creepy.  No, I’m not talking about the events over the weekend in the UK, although those are indeed terrifying, and my heart goes out to everyone across the Pond right now.  No, I’m talking about that more subtle kind of terror, that gradually sneaks up on you, when you think everything is normal, or at least under control, and then you realize that it isn’t.  Take, for example, this story from Wired, which comes to you courtesy of the boys at Penny Arcade.  It’s  a long read, I’ll grant, but nothing will prepare you for the last two paragraphs.  It’s absolutely fascinating, at the same time that it’s thoroughly disturbing.  Or check this out, from Bryan at Infocult, about the recent Benoit murder/suicide story:  Apparently, someone posted a note about his wife’s death on Wikipedia, hours before the police found the body.  Ugh.  It sends shivers down my spine.

Luckily, even with creepy, there’s a bright side.  Anath at Applegeeks directed me to this choice tidbit, on page 10 of Something Aweful’s most recent Photoshop Phriday.  Wait for all the images to load, and then scroll down to the bottom.  All ten pages worth of images are pretty funny, if thoroughly offensive (maybe that’s why they’re funny!).  But, imho, this last one takes the cake.  Storytime, anyone?

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