Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thinking Renovation 24 August







Just For Fun 24 August





More Bumper Wisdom


  • A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.
  • A clean car is a sign if sick mind.
  • A day without sunshine is like, night.
  • A fool and his money are a girl's best friend.
  • A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind
  • Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy.
  • According to my best recollection, I don't remember.
  • According to my calculations, the problem doesn't exist.
  • Adrenalin is my drug of choice.
  • Adults are just kids with money.

Movie Review ... Evil Dead


evil-dead-movie-poster-2013The horror movie genre is sometimes likened to religion.  As faithful acolytes eagerly devour each new production, the anticipated scares are what they most crave. It’s a brave film-maker remaking such spooky classics with some charged with cinematic blasphemy.  ‘Evil Dead’ is a loose re-dux of the original Sam Raimi-directed trilogy, with its determination to maintain its predecessor’s rough and ready charms an answer to fan’s prayers.

Mia (Jane Levy) aims to cure her drug addiction with the help of some friends.  Along with her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and three others, they encamp to a remote cabin in the woods.  Anticipating a harsh time of withdrawal and anguish, when they discover an ancient book containing dark spells, all hell breaks loose.  Unleashing pure evil and battling demonic possession, they fight to the death to escape unending doom.

Having the courage of its gory convictions, ‘Evil Dead’ basks in its bloody escapades.  Whilst it doesn’t descend into the ‘torture porn’ that defined the genre in the ‘00’s, it uses grisly happenings to further the plot.  The way it uses Mia’s addiction to mirror the savagery of breaking free of personal demons is effectively mixed with the percolating shocks.  There isn’t anything particularly deep occurring but it adds something new than being an out-right rehash of the original film.

While agreeably free of humour and full of pure dread, ‘Evil Dead’ suffers from poor characterisation.  Apart from Mia, the rest are very broadly sketched making you care little for their fate.  Interest is generated by the use of psychological as well as physical terror although sequences are often telegraphed in advance.  The cinematography is a major plus as it captures the eerie atmosphere of the sinister-looking forest to good effect. 

‘Evil Dead’ should allay fears it may sully its predecessor’s horrific reputation. It doesn’t although it may go the way of the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Friday the 13th’ remakes and become over-shadowed by those influential shockers.


Movie Review Rating out of 10:  6

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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Cool Images 24 August







A Jeanne Crain Moment


Jeanne Crain





Trivia Bits 24 August


  • The only English word that ends in mt is dreamt and also any of its derivatives such as undreamt.
  • The middle name English author Jerome K Jerome is Kapka.
  • The meat from a deer is termed venison.
  • Jane Fonda played the title role in the 1968 movie Barbarella.
  • Butterfly is a stroke in the sport of swimming.
  • Gertrude Ederle became the first women to swim the English Channel in 1926.
  • The host city for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games was Turin in Italy.
  • The Walt Disney character Goofy was first called Dippy Dawg.
  • Odontophobia is the fear of going to the dentist.
  • The Poet’s Corner is a famous part of the British landmark building Westminster Abbey.
  • The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup is presented annually in Melbourne to the winner of the Men’s singles championship at the Australian Open tennis championships.

Vintage Photoplay Covers


Photoplay April 1932





Quotables 24 August


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Thinking Renovation 23 August







Just For Fun 23 August





An 8th Grade Education … 1895 Style




Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.

2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.

3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph

4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,''play,' and 'run.'

5. Define case; illustrate each case.

6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.

7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time: 1 hour 15 minutes)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cents/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tariff?

4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000.. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?

5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. of coal at $6.00 per ton.

6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?

8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.

9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?

10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided

2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus

3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

4. Show the territorial growth of the United States

5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas

6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.

7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?

8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.

6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.

8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.

9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.

10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?

2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?

3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

4. Describe the mountains of North America

5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco

6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each..

8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?

9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.

10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.

Gives the saying 'he only had an 8th grade education' a whole new meaning, doesn't it?!

No wonder they dropped out after 8th grade. They already knew more than they needed to know!

Have fun with this ... pass it on so we're not the only ones who feel un-educated!

Christina Bianco Sings 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'


Christina Bianco Sings Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' as if it were sung by 19 other divas, including Adele, Cher, Celine Dion, Shakira, Barbra Streisand, Gwen Stefani, Liza Minnelli, Britney Spears, Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Andrews and many more.

More Classic One Liners


  • Drilling for oil is boring.
  • Energizer Bunny Arrested; charged with battery.
  • I tried to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
  • I used to be indecisive, now I'm not so sure.
  • I used to be schizophrenic, but we're all right now.
  • When I was young, I just wanted a BMW. Now that I'm older, I don't need the W.
  • I wouldn't touch the metric system with a 3.048m pole!
  • If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.
  • A dog has an owner. A cat has a staff.
  • We are all prawns in the game of life.

Stairways To …….






Movie Review ... Kick-Ass 2


kick_ass_2_posterBased on the popular comic book, the first ‘Kick-Ass’ film came out with guns blazing.  Violent, funny and very in your face, its savage heroism created controversy.  ‘Kick-Ass 2’ continues its foray in fierce realism mixed with high octane action.  As well-crafted and performed as the first the sequel skilfully continues the adventures of unlikely avengers saving the day in a fast and furious world.

Resting after his ferocious battle with Red Mist’s, (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), father, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) yearns for a normal existence.  Sharing this is Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who wants to retire her vicious persona.  Unfortunately their idle is interrupted when Red Mist plots a terrible revenge. Creating a super-villain army, his plans are challenged by a group inspired by Kick-Ass’s exploits.  Donning their costumes one more time, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl leap into the fray with customary force.

Although delivering amazing action and over the top super-heroics ‘Kick-Ass 2’ feels mechanical.  Whilst the first had a free-wheeling approach in its ode to comic book styles the sequel goes through the motions.  It lacks the forebear’s clever depth with the follow-up’s theme of ‘a hero being more than a costume’ used repeatedly.  Director Jeff Wadlow seems more interested in spectacle than characterisation with new additions given short shrift.

It’s still quite violent although the darkly comedic aspects which made them palatable in the first are missing. This makes those scenes nastier than they need be despite the good CGI.  The fight sequences are well staged and the performers certainly earn their money.  How their characters handle the consequences of their actions provides some interest even if it’s somewhat heavily handled.

‘Kick-Ass 2’ isn’t as engaging of the first with an unfocussed narrative and weak direction.  The great action isn’t enough to sustain the heroics with creative apathy becoming Kick-Ass’ true villain.


Movie Review Rating out of 10:  5

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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Cool Images 23 August


 Whips and Saddles  






Circus-themed photographs by Bertil Nilsson



Bertil Nilsson is a Swedish photographer who lives and work in London and who takes inspiration from the human form and collaborates with circus artists and dancers. This is some of his work.






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