Friday, December 23, 2011
The film by John Huston staring Katherine Hepburn and Humphry Bogart would go onto receive 5 Oscar nominations. Bogart would win his one and only Oscar for this film.
Monday, December 19, 2011
The film about the trial of Nazi war judges in 1948 was directed by Stanley Kramer and is a gripping and powerful film.
The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The film would win 2 Oscar, best lead actor (Maximilan Schell) and adapted screenplay (awarded to Abby Mann).
Other acting nominations included Spencer Tracy (also lead actor), Montgomery Clift (supporting actor), and Judy Garland (supporting actress).
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The film musical would go on to be nominated for 8 Academy Awards including best picture would go on to win 3 (best cinemotography, best scoring [to John Williams], and best sound).
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here's some potential questions to get your thoughts going...
- Perhaps you can create a chronology of all costume's you've ever had?
- What's a favorite costume?
- What's the worst costume you've ever had?
- What was something you wanted to be as a child that you weren't?
- Have you ever won a costume contest? Share the story.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
- How did you respond to Jobs death?
- When was the first time you heard of Steve Jobs, what was the context?
- What was your first Apple product you used? purchased?
- How do you think Steve Jobs will be viewed 10 years from now? 20? 100?
Sunday, October 2, 2011
All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers
to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the
hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.
-- Thomas Wolfe
October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin
anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks
-- Thomas Merton
Upstate New York in the middle of October. You can't get more beautiful than
-- Paul Reiser
Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
- 55 years since Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time (September 9, 1956)
- 20 years since Tajikistan gained independence from the Soviet Union (1991)
- Adam Sandler turns 45 (born 1966)
- Statehood day in California
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
- Thoughts on the signing of the Budget Control Act
- Does congresses debates help put real thought into a political problem with real solutions or is it just politics?
- What impact will this debate have on you?
- What impact will this debate have on how you vote?
- If you live outside of the United States how do you interpret this event?
- Thoughts on personal debt - what if people had a debt ceiling?
Monday, August 1, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
- Favorite Summer event so far?
- End of summer bucket list -- what haven't you done you want to accomplish?
- Favorite foods of summer?
- Reasons your looking forward/dreading fall?
- How is this summer different from summer's past?
- Summer recipes to share.
- Summer activities for friends and family.
- What makes summer special where you live?
Sunday, July 24, 2011
- Moral Lessons from Captain America: The First Avenger
- Considering the sequelability of a stand alone Captain America film as well as repeat roles by the cast of Captain Planet in a follow up feature.
- Book review on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as well as a film preview
- Sandra Bullock's turn 47 this week (Born July 26, 1964)
- Food as an expression of individualism, potentially exploring ideas of isolation as well as the transition from choice/personal preference to conviction.
- The debt ceiling and whether or not it's appropriate to compare the American financial situation to individual household budgets.
- Response to the 30 Rock episode "The Bubble" (season 3) regarding attractive people.
- Further exploration on concepts of giving
- The "Christian" film industry in 2011
- Christmas in July
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Why not blog about it today!
The Dark Knight Rises is set for United States release on July 20, 2012.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
- What magazines does your household receive that are "display worthy?" Maybe you leave them on coffee tables, magazine racks, or bathrooms.
- What children's gifts have you received that are winners & losers?
- What item in your house are you surprised you still own and think it's outlived what you initially intended?
- What's your next big spending events (a birthday, a holiday, a vacation maybe even Christmas)? How do you prepare for your big spending events?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
- Brian Grazer, co-founder of Imagine Entertainment (co-f0unded with Ron Howard) turn 60. Imagine Entertainment produced acclaimed films including Apollo 13 and a Beautiful Mind. Imagine Entertainments 2011 projects include: Kids in America, The Dilemna, and Cowboys & Aliens.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Two of these Actors Have Won Oscars!
- American Actor Chris Cooper turns 60 (born 1951)
- American Actor Jimmy Smits turns 56 (born 1955)
- American Actor Tom Hanks turns 55 (born 1956)
- American Actress Kelly McGillis turns 53 (born 1957)
- American Child Actor Fred Savage turns 35 (born 1976)
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Do they ask questions like -
- "Why do people read your blog?"
- "Who reads your blog?"
- "When do you have time for that?"
- "Where do you get the ideas for what you blog about?"
- "What made you want to start blogging?"
So, why not answer the quesetions for your bloggers! Or at least one of these.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
What are thing's you've started but haven't finished? Be general. Be specific.
Some ideas -
- Classes (school classes, art classes, clubs)
- Projects (novels you've started, paintings, house projects)
- Blog post (it seemed like such a good idea...but as you got going....)
Sunday, June 26, 2011
- Marketing: Companies know your IP address and what you are looking for and looking to buy.
- Marketing/Dentist: Tons of dental advertisements coming to our home. What factors make you chose a dentist? These ads sometimes have pictures of their office, pictures of the people who work there? Or maps to the location. What works?
- Summer Movies: What films have you seen, haven't seen, want to see?
- Holidays: Fourth of July's coming, how do you get ready the week before?
- Pop Memorobilia: Michael Jackson's Thriller Jacket Fetches 1.8 million. Thoughts?
- BET Awards: You watching them? And how relevant in today's world is a TV station (or award show) dedicated to "Black Entertainment" when celebs like Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes entertain more than just black people?
Monday, May 2, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I thought this would be a good chance to create a snap shot of Taylor's most watched and highest rated films based off the internet movie database (imdb.com) as of today, the day of her death.
Today's a great day to blog about Taylor. Perhaps a memory or a favorite film.
Elizabeth's highest rated films according to imdb.com as of today, March 23, 2011:
(The first number indicates imdb.com user rating)
1. (8.20) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
2. (8.00) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
3. (7.79) A Place in the Sun (1951)
4. (7.70) Giant (1956)
5. (7.68) Jane Eyre (1943)
Elizabeth's most rated films based on votes as of today, March 23, 2011:
(obviously time and the current online systems date plays a role. The first number is parenthesis indicates the number of imdb.com who have voted providing the film it's rating)
1. (28,110) The Flintstones (1994)
2. (21,844) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
3. (15,301) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
4. (13,160) Giant (1956)
5. (8334) Cleopatra (1963)
Monday, March 21, 2011
Clicking on the trend topic shows that more or less a game has started on twitter for a short period where people are creating reality shows built around Christian or religious themes. The list below will help you catch the theme of the trending topic. The goal is clearly comedy and creativity.
This could inspire your own blog post based on a vision for a real or humorous church reality show. You might also think or look at these ideas and make some conclusions about what is being implied or what image the church has to the world (or at least the twitter world).
Here are some of the tweets of imagined Church Reality Shows.
- Jerusalem Shore
- So You Think You Can Shout
- 16 & Purified
- MADE: To Be Jesus
- Who Wants to Be a Mennonite
- My Super Sweet Baptism
- Pimp My Ark
- Pastor's Wives
- Sin Busters
- All-Nite Prayer (uncensored)
- Faith Date
- Are You Smarter Than A Scientologist
- 42 and Not Pregnant
- Extreme Makeover: Church Edition
- The Real Housewives of Westboro Baptist Church
- Nazarene Idol
- Queer Eye for The Pastor Guy
- Man vs. God
Friday, March 11, 2011
You see, some people celebrate it (if they celebrate it at all) on his birthday.
Johnny Appleseed was born September 26, 1774.
But the March 11th date is a preference to many because of it's proximity to the planting season.
Any ideas on how you would celebrate Johnny Appleseed? How about a Blog Post?
Here are some ideas to blog:
- What's your first memory of learning about Johnny Appleseed?
- What about Johnny Appleseed makes him an American hero in your eyes, his creation of the modern apple, his generous spirit, his missional attitude?
- Do you think Johnny Appleseed is under or over rated (aka do you think the "holiday" should be acknowledged, or does the sheer idea make you laugh)?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
- Actress Olivia Wilde turns 28 (born 1984)
- Musician (and American Idol winner) Carrie Underwood turns 29 (born 1983)
- Actor Jon Hamm turns 40 (born 1971)
- Actress Sharon Stone 53 (born 1958)
- Extremist Osama bin Laden turn 54 (born 1957)
- Director/screenwriter/producer (and Oscar winner) Paul Haggis turns 59 (born 1953)
- Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris turns 72 (born 1940)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
- Books I started but haven't finished...
- Reviews of others people's blogs ("Things I like I About Your Blog")
- My Favorte Tweets this Week
- The article of clothing that describes me best
- Fruit & Vegatable Co-Ops
- Cell Phone Protocol
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
February 23, 632: The date that is believed to be the last sermon of the prophet Muhammed, this is called the Khutbatul Wada'. There is no definitive text of this sermon, as it apparently was quite long and various people have contributed to text that have been attempted to be meld into one teaching.
February 23, 1455: The traditional date for the publication of the Guttenberg Bible. In addition to being the first Western book printed with moveable type it also made the bible accessible for many more people to read than had ever had the opportunity before.
Idea 2 Blog:
- Although hundreds of years ago, have either of these events impacted your life? If so, how.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
- 6 years since the NHL (National Hockey League) canceled the 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs due to a labor dispute (2005)
- 11 years since Hezbollah is founded (1985)
- Rapper and actor Ice-T turns 53 (born 1958)
- Actor and Reading Rainbow host LaVar Burton turns 54 (born 1957)
- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il turns 70 (born 1941)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Here's three blogs I know of where spouses blog together. These people share their love together through their blogging projects:
* Our Marriage Project
* He Said/She Said
* Colorado Dreamin
- Statehood Day in Arizona and Oregon.
- Communist Martyr's Day (observed by the Iraqi Communist Party)
- Actor Freddie Highmore's birthday (he turns 19, born 1992)
- Oscar nominated actress Meg Tilly's birthday (she turns 51, born 1960)
- Magician Teller (of Penn & Teller) celebrates his birthday (he turns 63, born 1948)
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrate his birthday (he turns 69, born 1942)
Sunday, February 13, 2011
February 13, 1970 the album Black Sabbath is released. Viewed to be the first heavy metal album ever. So for those keeping score, 41 years of Heavy Metal since the release of this famous album.
The album released February 13 in the UK, was later released in the USA on June 1, 1970.
Some ideas to blog:
1. What's your thoughts on heavy metal music, and how have your perceptions and interest changed over time?
2. When was the first time you were exposed to music of this nature and how did that impact you?
3. Ozzy Osbourne, the vocalist for Black Sabbath, has had quite a career spanning far beyond his Black Sabbath roots. What connotations do you have with Ozzy and would you consider him a hero, icon, cultural detriment, or something else?
Friday, February 11, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
For the rest of us, here's some other goings on to talk about.
It's 20 years since Haiti's first democratic election, and Jean-Bertrand Aristide is sworn in (1991). Questions to ponder: How has democracy impacted Haiti? How does democracy impact Haiti in dealing with crisis, such as the earthquacks from a couple years ago?
2 years since the busfires in Victoria Australia left 173 dead, the worst natural disaster in Australian history (2009). Questions to ponder: How do you respond to a natural disaster of this nature, especially if it is a long way away? What types of disasters are you most likely to be personally or emotionally impacted by?
Friday, February 4, 2011
- 109 years since the birth of Charles Lindbergh (he died 1974, born 1902)
- 105 years since the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (he died a maryr in 1945, born 1906)
- 98 years since the birth Rosa Parks (she died in 2005, born 1913)
- 75 years since Radium (automic number 88) is made synthetically, making it the first radioactive element to be made in this way (1936)
- Famous Zombie director George A. Romero turns 71 (born 1940)
- 70 years since the USO (United Services Organization) is created to entertain American troops (1941)
- Former Vice President Dan Quayle turns 64 (born 1947)
- Musician Alice Cooper turns 63 (born 1948)
- Musician Clint Black turns 49 (born 1962)
- Boxed Oscar De La Hoya turns 38 (born 1973)
- Musician Natalie Imbruglia turns 36 (born 1975)
- Gavin DeGraw turns 34 (born 1977)
- 7 years since Facebook launched. It's initial launched and limited to students at Harvard (2004).
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Think it's crazy? Here's some ideas to blog.
- Do a little research into the origin of the holiday.
- When it comes to groundhogs day we usually think about Punxsatawney Phil in Pennsylvania, but did you know there's also Stormy Marmot, Chuckles, Queen Charlotte, Dunkirk Dave, Spanish Joe, and Sir Walter Wally. If you had a groundhog in your front yard, what would his name be and what would his weather prediction be?
- What weather are you hoping for at this point in the year - are you hoping for an early spring or are you crossing your fingers for a few more extra weeks of winter?
- In the 1993 Bill Murray film Groundhogs Day Bill Murray is forced to relive one day of his life over and over again until he gets it right. Is there a day of your life you wish you could relive again in order to get it right?
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Portia de Rossi turns 38 (born 1973)
Minnie Driver turns 41 (born 1970)
Anthony La Paglia turns 52 (born 1959)
John Lyndon (lead singer for the Sex Pistols) turns 55 (born 1956)
Nolan Ryan turns 64 (born 1947)
Phillip Glass (composer) turn 74 (born 1937)
Ernie Banks turns 80 (born 1931)
Note: In addition to baseball greats Ernie Banks and Nolan Ryan sharing a birthday, Jackie Robinson's birthday was January 31st as well (born 1919). He died in 1972 at the age of 53.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
It ranked in the US at the number 1 position for 15 weeks, the longest of any female solo artists album.
At the Grammy's the following year the album would go on to win Album of the Year, Carole King would win best female vocalist, record of the year went to her single "It's Too Late", and song of the year went to her track "You've Got a Friend."
King wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, but some became famous when other artists sung them, including Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Carol King's sung songs that would hit number 1 on the charts include "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move."
Ideas to Blog
1. If you were alive when this album came out, what do you remember about it? Did this album have any influence on your life?
2. What quality does a female vocalist have that is different from a male vocalist and how does that impact your own personal music interests?
3. "It's Too Late" was covered and made popular by James Taylor the same year King's record came out. In 2010, Taylor & King have made a circuit of tours together (The Troubadour Reunion). What relevance do you find in the music of artist like Carole King and James Taylor 40 years after such peaks in their musical career?
Friday, January 28, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
What a change this would have brought to society and our modern world?
Phillip Roth explored this idea of Charles Lindbergh being a president of the US and having more hospitable relationships with Hitler in his revisionist history novel The Plot Against America.
Some related ideas to blog:
1. What events in history of the past 100 years do you find the post important?
2. What political relationships in retrospect are super positive for the country you live or which bounds do you wish were weaker?
3. Charles Lindbergh is an important "character" from the early/mid twentieth century. What associations about him are the strongest for you?
4. What's your thoughts on revisionist history novels like The Plot Against America that tell the past in different ways?
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Here's some questions to ponder and blog about...
(1) What about Heath Ledger's death made it have this defining characteristic?
(2) 3 years after his death, what type of legacy did Ledger leave behind?
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
This post has inspired me to think of other name related post, including the following questions:
- Do you like your name?
- Do you find that you are similar to other people that share your name?
- If you were to have named yourself, what name would you have given yourself?
- How do you think your name impacts the way you are (and have been) perceived?
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
- English singer Pixie Lott turns 20 (born 1991)
- English actress Gemma Arterton turns 25 (born 1986)
- Comporary Christian music artist Jeremy Camp turns 33 (born 1978)
- Melanie Chisholm (aka "Sporty Spice" of the Spice Girls) turns 37 (born 1974)
- Heather Mills, model and former wife of Paul McCartney, turns 43 (born 1968)
- American heavy metal rock legend Rod Zombie turns 46 (born 1965)
- Jeff Bezos, founder and chairman of Amazon.com turns 47 (born 1964)
- American Actor Oliver Platt turns 51 (born 1960)
- Shock Jock Howard Stern turns 57 (born 1954)
- Conservative radio host actovist Rush Limbaugh turns 60 (born 1951)
- Former Heavy Weight Champion Joe Frazier (Smokin' Joe) turns 67 (born 1944)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Here's some "Eleven" types of things - put some creative juice in and I bet you can write an 11 posts. Of course, you can also make 11 predictions for 2011, or 11 hopes for 2011, or 11 of whatever you want for 2011 as well.
Other Eleven-y things:
- 11 is the atomic number for Sodium (Na) on the periodic table of elements.
- Soccer, Field Hockey, and Football teams all have 11 players on the field at a time.
- Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to the moon.
- There's that famous "Eleven-y" film: Oceans 11 (in fact two, the Frank Sinatra original and the George Clooney remake)
- An important Canadian number, with 11 points on the Canadian maple leaf
- In the card game Black Jack an Ace can count as a 1 or an 11
- The term "11th Hour" an expression that means at "a time that might be too late"
- The 11th Hour was a documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio about ecological issues which was released in 2007.
Monday, January 10, 2011
- 235 years since Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense (get the Common Sense eBook free here) (1776)
- 141 years since John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil (1870)
- 91 years since the Treaty of Versilles takes effect, ending WWI (1920)
- 21 years since Time Warner is formed by merging Time Inc. and Warner Communications (1990)
- Singer Rod Stewart turns 66 (born 1945)
- Heavy weight boxer George Foreman turns 62 (born 1949)
- Musician Shawn Colvin (Grammy Award Winner 1998 for record & song of the year for "Sunny Came Home") turns 55 (born 1956)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
What was your favorite supporting actress performance of 2010?
Contribute your own post to this blog-a-thon.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
- January Jones, famous for her role in the TV series Mad Men, turns 33 (I've always wondered if she was born in January, looks like she was) (born 1978)
- Marilyn Manson, the controversial musician turns 42 (born 1969) (Manson's birth name was Brian Hugh Warner)
- George Tenet, CIA director CIA director under Bill Clinton & George W Bush (1997-2004) turns 58 (born 1953)
- Actress Diane Keaton turns 65 (born 1946)
- American talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose turns 69 (born 1942)
- American actor Robert Duvall turns 80 (born 1931)
- Walter Mondale, Vice President under Jimmy Carter turns 83 (born 1928)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
- 515 years since Leonardo Da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine (1496)
- 490 years since Martin Luther was ex communicated by Pope Leo X in the Decet Romanum Pontificem
- 119 years since the birth of J.R.R. Tolkein author of the Lord of The Rings trilogy
- 100 years since the birth of film director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape)
- 86 years since Benito Mussolini announced taking power over Italy
- 55 years since the top of Eiffel Tower is damaged by Fire
- 50 years since the US ends diplomatic relationship with Cuba
- 49 years since Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro
- Eli Manning, Quarterback of the New York Giants, turns 30 (b. 1981)
- January 3 is the Christian feast of St. Genevieve, patron saint of Paris