Monday, June 04, 2007

Daily Random Flickr Blogging, #9726

The kids from Howard Roark Elementary were having a grand old time until the bullies from Code Enforcement and the Zoning Commission showed up. I tell ya, it's just no fun building sand castles in Taxachusetts, grumble grumble.
(Image originally uploaded by enticx; Random Flickr Blogging invented by Tom Hilton.)

I'm still marshaling my thoughts on The Assault on Reason, sorry, and I know I won't be able to finish them off today; the Howler is supposed to be on the case this week, though, and if there's anybody suited to talk about the fate of reason in our media age, it's the Howler.

Update: in comments, my good friend jules notes:

From the Wiki link:

The 1946 motion picture Without Reservations stars Claudette Colbert as the author of a novel in a similar tone as The Fountainhead who meets John Wayne on a train bound for Hollywood where her novel is to be made into a movie and actively pursues him for the lead. He reads the novel and openly mocks it as ridiculous nonsense.

Heh.

Yeah, I thought that sounded like fun, too! That might have to go on my Netflix list. The thing I really want to see, mind you, is The Tenth Level, a 1975 made-for-TV movie loosely based, apparently, on the infamous Stanley Milgram "Obedience" experiments and starring...oh, I can scarcely type the words...William Shatner. With John Travolta tossed in for added curiosity value, and Ossie Davis for seasoning. It's been unavailable for a long time, but I did manage to find this rather ratty 21-second clip on YouTube:

The music alone makes it all seem worthwhile.

By the way, in the narration at the end of "Obedience," Milgram's own classic short film about his experiments, there's an absolutely awesome pun:

Human nature cannot be counted on to insulate man from brutality and inhumane treatment at the command of malevolent authority."
Ha ha, insulate, get it? Oh, that Stanley Milgram—such a whip.

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From the Wiki link:

The 1946 motion picture Without Reservations stars Claudette Colbert as the author of a novel in a similar tone as The Fountainhead who meets John Wayne on a train bound for Hollywood where her novel is to be made into a movie and actively pursues him for the lead. He reads the novel and openly mocks it as ridiculous nonsense.

Heh.
 
Great random Flickr.

The Gary Cooper Fountainhead is one fo the few films I've walked out on in my lifetime. Such tripe.

But I did see The Tenth Level on tv way back in 1975. And I loved it. So it's terrific for 12 year olds.
 
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