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January 2010

January 31, 2010

"You Can't Just Buy This $350,000 Car: You Have To Be Chosen"

"Take that, Ferrari! Ka-pow, Lamborghini! Not just anybody can buy an LFA, the greatest Toyota ever created by humans on Earth."

"The 10 Most Iconic Opening Scenes in Cinema History"

Some very good ones on this list.

January 30, 2010

"40 Gut-Busting Restaurant Challenges for Free Food"

With arresting pictures.

"Ride It On"

Mazzy Star, with the enigmatic Hope Sandoval on vocals.

January 29, 2010

We're soon going to be bugged to fill out our Census forms . . .

. . . so it might be a good time to revisit a classic SNL sketch with Tim Meadows and the truly inimitable Christopher Walken on responding to a census.

(Here's Kevin Pollack doing Walken. Here's one of my favorite Walken moments, "A man can be an artist . . .")

"100 Best (Free) Science Documentaries Online"

Skip numbers 1, 4, 52, and 54, but some of the others are good and others sound good.

It's number two but it tries harder

Interesting piece about K2, the second tallest mountain in the world. While zillions of people have summited Everest these days, only 296 have climbed K2 and the fatality rate is much higher than on Everest.

January 28, 2010

A piece of my distant past pops up

So I'm in the grocery store and the PA starts playing a song that stops me dead. A song I hadn't heard, even on golden oldies and "classic rock" radio, for a long, long time. High school, maybe before.

I think it's so groovy now
That people are finally getting together
I thinks it's wonderful and how
That people are finally getting together

A few seconds spent with the magic that is Google and I find that it is "Reach Out of the Darkness" by Friend & Lover. From 1968, the year after the Summer of Love and the year before Woodstock. Very catchy chorus and a nice flash of remembering being 12 years old. But look at some of the lyrics--could there be any better summary of the thinking of the hippies?

I knew a man that I did not care for
And then one day this man gave me a call
We sat and talked about things on our mind
And now this man he is a friend of mine

. . .

Don't be afraid of love
(Don't be afraid) don't be afraid
Don't be afraid to love
(Listen to me)
Everybody needs a little love
Everybody needs somebody
That they can be thinking of
So reach out

I can't find a legal copy on the Web for you to listen to, but you can hear a sample at Amazon because it's on the album, "One Hit Wonders". (Which contains a few other holy-cow-do-you-remember-that beauties. "98.6"! "Montego Bay"!! "Come On Down to My Boat" by Every Mother's Son!!!)

"10 resume mistakes that turn off employers"

Sample:

2. Not respecting the employer's time

The easier you make it for a hiring manager to read your resume, the more likely you'll get on their payroll. Resume reviews are as exciting to a decision maker as yesterday's stale coffee. Your resume should - in 20 seconds or less - show how you'll make or save money, generate new business, resurrect and retain existing clients or customers, expand and build relationships, and just make their world a safer and more pleasant place. Don't ever assume an employer knows what you're communicating.

"Only the dumb or loyal will pay"

Henry Copeland doesn't understand the New York Times's plan to charge for content. Me, either.
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