Friday, June 3, 2011
We're all fluent in this modern language. It's what we use when we want to exaggerate a little bit on our resumes or applications. It's also what we adopt when we're looking for a new person to join our company -- or not. Here's one interpretation of this secret labour code that appears in classified ads, cover letters, and resumes:
"ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION:" You'll be making under $7 an hour.
"ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION IN AN UP-AND-COMING COMPANY:" You'll be making under $7 an hour; we'll be bankrupt in a year.
"AN UP-AND-COMING SOFTWARE COMPANY:" We want you to get your hopes up, but there's no chance in hell we'll be the next Microsoft.
"PROFIT-SHARING PLAN:" Once it's shared between the higher-ups, there won't be a profit.
"COMPETITIVE SALARY:" We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
"JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY:" We have no time to train you; you'll have to introduce yourself to your co-workers.
"NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LEADER:" Inc. Magazine wrote us up a few years ago, but we haven't done anything innovative since.
Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy. The skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.
House of Dracula - 1945
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Onslow Stevens, John Carradine and Lon Chaney Jr.
Release Date: 7 December 1945 (USA)
Dracula arrives at Dr. Edelman's office asking for a cure to his vampirism. However, this is a ruse by Dracula to get near Dr. Edelman's beautiful female assistant and turn her into a vampire. Meanwhile, a sincere Lawrence Talbot, AKA the Wolfman, arrives seeking a cure for his lycanthropy. When Dr. Edelman's first attempt fails, Talbot tries to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, but instead finds a network of underground caves where Frankensteins Monster is in stasis. Chaos ensues as the three monsters fight for dominance of each other.
Runtime: 67 min
Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Colour: Black and White
- All things are possible except skiing through a revolving door.
- The only perfect science is hind-sight.
- Work smarder and not harder and be careful of yor speling.
- If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.
- If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
- When all else fails, read the instructions.
- If there is a possibility of several things going wrong the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
Playa Papagayo – Spain
The Playa Papagayo is a virgin beach that attracts a lot of people from across the globe. The beach can only be reached through a dirt road and therefore not many people prefer to come here but it still gets the most number of votes during destination and tourism surveys.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Often words in a modern society take on new, different and somewhat humorous meanings.
Barbecue: A line of people waiting for a haircut.
Beauty Parlour: A place where women curl up and dye.
Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
Boycott: Somewhere to keep male babies.
Bouyant: A male insect
Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
The original Brothers Grimm fairy tale gives no names for Snow White's dwarf companions, but in Disney's film version they are known as Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy.
Other dwarf names that were reportedly considered for use in the film include Awful, Biggo-Ego, Busty, Chesty, Dirty, Hotsy, Hungry, Jumpy and Shifty.
In 1960, the largest stained-glass window in the world was at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It was on the American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high. The window was dismantled in early 2008
Sweet Charity - 1966
Music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Dorothy Fields;
Book by Neil Simon, based on film Nights of Cabiria, by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano.
Song List ..... Sung By
You Should See Yourself .... Charity and Dark Glasses
The Rescue ..... Passers-By
Big Spender ..... Nickie, Helene and Fan-Dango Girls
Charity's Soliloquy ....... Charity
Rich Man's Frug Career Girl, Ballplayer and Patrons
If My Friends Could See Me Now .... Charity
Too Many Tomorrows ...... Vittorio Vidal
There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This ..... Charity, Nickie and Helene
I'm The Bravest Individual ...... Charity and Oscar Lindquist
Rhythm of Life ..... Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck, Brother Harold, Brother Eddie and Worshippers
Baby Dream Your Dream ..... Nickie and Helene
Sweet Charity .... Oscar Lindquist
Where Am I Going ..... Charity
I'm A Brass Band ..... Charity and Brass Band
I Love To Cry At Weddings ..... Herman, Mike, Nickie, Helene, Girls and Patrons
New York : Jan.29, 1966
PALACE THEATRE; 608 performances.
Directed & choreographed by Bob Fosse;
Costumes, Irene Sharaff ;
Cast: Gwen Verdon (Charity Hope Valentine), John McMartin (Oscar Lindquist), Helen Gallagher (Nickie), Thelma Oliver (Helene), James Luisi (Vittorio Vidal), Arnold Soboloff (Johann Sebastian Brubeck), Ruth Buzzi (Good Fairy), Barbara Sharma (Rosie).
London: Oct. 11, 1967
PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE; 476 performances.
Cast: Juliet Prowse (Charity Hope Valentine), Rod McLennan (Oscar Lindquist)
The initial concept of the musical was as a one-act play with the second half of the evening devoted to a new work by Elaine May. Eventually director Bob Fosse abandoned the second one-act musical in favor of expanding the first one into a two-act production. Initially Fosse himself did the adaptation of the Fellini film, then Neil Simon was called in. The musical version changed the Roman prostitute to a NY dime-a-dance hostess at the Fan-Dango Ballroom. Charity's romantic, trusting nature gets her involved with an ltalian screen star and a square named Oscar whom she meets in a stuck elevator at the 92nd St. "Y." Later they also get stuck on a Coney Island ferris wheel: Though Oscar promises to marry Charity, he backs down and our heroine must return to living "hopefully ever after."
1966 Tony Award® Best Musical Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Produced by Fryer, Carr & Harris Inc [nominee]
1966 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields [nominee]
1966 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical Gwen Verdon [nominee]
1966 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Musical John McMartin [nominee]
1966 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Musical Helen Gallagher [nominee]
1966 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design Scenic Design by Robert Randolph [nominee]
1966 Tony Award® Best Choreography Bob Fosse [winner]
1966 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical Bob Fosse [nominee]
Sweet Charity - 1969
Universal, 1969, Color, 148 minutes
Producer: Robert Arthur
Director: Bob Fosse
Screenplay: Peter Stone
Music Director: Joseph Gershenson
Musical Score: Cy Coleman
Song Score: Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Choreography: Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon
Set Decoration: Jack D. Moore
Costume Design: Edith Head
Shirley MacLaine (Charity Hope Valentine),
Sammy Davis, Jr. (Big Daddy),
Ricardo Montalban (Vittorio Vitale),
John McMartin (Oscar Lindquist),
Chita Rivera (Nickie),
Paula Kelly (Helene)
2 My Personal Property
3 Big Spender
4 Rich Man's Frug
5 The Pompeii Club
6 If My Friends Could See Me Now
7 There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This
8 It's A Nice Face
9 The Rhythm Of Life
10 Sweet Charity
11 I'm A Brass Band
12 I Love To Cry At Weddings
13 Where Am I Going?