It puts the lotion on its skin, err, calendar

It puts the lotion on its calendar?

At the left is a screenshot of Jorte Calendar’s settings menu. Click the thumbnail to enlarge it.

First, let me say that I love Jorte Calendar. It’s one of the first things I’m sure to install when I get a new Android device. It’s currently on my HTC Amaze 4G, ASUS Transformer and was on my Kindle Firebefore I factory reset it and gave it to my mom.

This is what Jorte looks like on my HTC Amaze 4G's homescreen.

What’s the best thing about Jorte? The full-month calendar widget rocks! It has add-ons that give you extra fonts and colorful icons for events, but I prefer the clean look of it without them:

However, When I saw this, all I could think of was the unforgettable The Silence of the Lambs and creepy Jamie Gumb, the cross-dressing serial killer masterfully played by Ted Levine, holding his poodle and peering into the pit at his captive.

Who can forget his detached voice intoning, “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again”?

Not for the faint of heart, that movie, but so good!


While we’re watching, have a laugh at these two TV clips referencing that famous scene. First, Craig Ferguson’s monologue:

And here’s a clip from Live! With Kelly, featuring Science Bob and Neil Patrick Harris:

I just heard a voice say, “It starts its work. It starts its work!”

Gotta go!

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One of the other things I like is how so many of the deals are for small, locally-owned businesses. It’s a great way for them to get the word out about their services. They also have nation-wide deals, though; my latest score was three movie rentals from Redbox for the price of one. Redbox has a terrific business model, by the way.

With everything moving toward streaming content, I suspect their window of opportunity is closing, but for those who don’t want to subscribe to something like Netflix and prefer DVD’s, they are wonderful. We do have the disk-a-month and unlimited streaming Netflix, but sometimes it’s nice grabbing a brand-new DVD release for only a buck. In this case, I’ll get 3/$1.00 — Woohoo for a bargain for me!

Check out Groupon and let me know what you think. Share your bargain stories!

WWII in HD and pictures of the American homefront

Howie and I recently watched the excellent documentary series WWII in HD on the History Channel. Aside from a few war movies, novels, and what little we covered in high school, I was quite ignorant of many battles and events of the war.

The majority of the footage the filmmakers used was original full color film. They told the story through the eyes of a dozen people who were there, so the viewer saw the unfolding events from the individuals’ points of view.

In addition to soldiers, they featured a journalist and an Army nurse. Using narratives from the peoples’ journals, letters, and other writing, the stories unfold. Some surviving participants were filmed as they recollected their experiences; the old footage was narrated by actors playing the young versions of the people. As a result, it was very easy to be drawn into the stories.

There is graphic footage of wounded and dead soldiers and civilians, so exercise caution if you’re squeamish. As sobering as it is to view such footage, it is an unvarnished, un-Hollywood opportunity to learn about World War II. It also made me incredibly thankful that we have not had war on home soil since. I can’t imagine living through that and my heart goes out to people who live in countries where war and terrorism is an everyday occurrence.

I ran across the following photo gallery from Life Magazine’s  website, their sole means of publishing since they ceased print publication. These photos of the American homefront during the war are fascinating to me.

You can view the gallery at Life’s website, too, along with hundreds of other photos from the era. I would like to hear from others who watched the WWII in HD documentary, especially those who lived through those war years. What was your everyday life like? What got you through?

Tell them I’m a mermaid

I stumbled upon Filmstripman’s great collection of vintage 1970’s and 1980’s 16mm educational films tonight. Wow, what a resource!

This particular film, Tell them I’m a Mermaid, is particularly interesting. In it, seven women – all physically disabled in one way or another – share their stories via song and spoken word. Originally begun as an acting workshop, it evolved into this complete production. The playright, Nancy Becker Kennedy, sings and acts in it as well. She is the woman who is quadriplegic.

What a great message these strong women give. All three segments are below. Let me know what you think!

Part 2/3:

Part 3/3:

I thought this was awesome! Each woman challenged me in some way.

The NY Times published a feature about it on December 5, 1983. There’s a great line about them in it: “The women are interesting because they are interesting women.”

Jeff Bridges, bridging the gap between actor and photographer

I didn’t know Jeff Bridges is a shutterbug. What’s more, he’s good! I learned about this from Phil Coomes’ BBC The Viewfinder blog.

Bridges shoots with a Widelux camera, interesting in itself; the camera does extreme wide-angle, panoramic shots. I wonder if that’s the kind of camera the photographer used who did the group picture of my 8th grade trip to Washington DC.

The camera rotated to get in the group standing before the White House. One teacher, standing on the far left, waited until the camera panned past him, then ducked and ran over to the other side of the group; consequently, he shows up on both ends of the group! I wish I could find that photo.
But enough nostalgia. Back to Jeff.

515M699S2QL._SL160_His series Making Iron Man includes a lot of cool shots showing how costumes were made and how models and effects were done in the movie Iron Man.

He also documented the making of the film The Amateurs in the series Making The Amateurs (alternately titled The Moguls in the UK release).

He published a book, too, called  Pictures by Jeff Bridges

I really enjoy black and white photography, plus it’s interesting to see behind-the-scenes views of movie productions.

Great description of a puppy

This is an excerpt from the delightful Maeve Binchy novel, Tara Road.

She had come to introduce the new element in her life, a puppy of indeterminate breed. Even the children, who loved animals, were puzzled by it. It seemed to have too many legs, yet there were only four; its head looked as if it were bigger than its body, but that could not possibly be so. It flopped unsteadily around in the kitchen and then ran upstairs to relieve itself against the legs of the chairs in the front room. Annie reported this gleefully and Brian thought it was the funniest thing he had ever known.

This bit about Nora’s puppy just tickles me. I love her style and look forward to reading more of her books! This is the first one of hers I’ve read. We did see the movie Circle of Friends several years back, based on her  novel of the same name. I especially want to read that one.