Archive for the ‘film & TV’ Category

Requiem for the American Dream

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Someone has uploaded a copy of the film Requiem for the American Dream. In it Noam Chomsky explains the process by which wealth inequality destroys democracy, how fantastic riches are not just intense concentration of wealth but of power, which then further speeds up the cycle of returning ever greater wealth to the rich through the deregulation of the economy that the rich demand.

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The women of the cast of Hair on Broadway, 1968

Monday, July 4th, 2016
Female cast members of Hair on Broadway 1968 - in Esquire Mag

Back row standing: Suzannah Norstrand, Melba Moore, Marjorie LiPari, Lynn Kellogg, Emmeretta Marks. Middle row: Natalie Mosco, Lorrie Davis, Diane Keaton. Front row sitting: Shelley Plimpton, Leata Galloway

Progress isn’t a straight line, so feminism isn’t on a straight line either. There is something in this photograph that now seems entirely lost.

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Dance number from Adavi Donga that makes Lidsville look less drug-induced

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The 1985 film Adavi Donga, with Chiranjeevi, Radha, Sharada, Rao Gopal Rao. And various animals. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao.

A favourite among my many favourite Indian film numbers.

And if you don’t know what Lidsville is…

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You make a grown man cry

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and the other very excited nerds at the Windows 95 launch.

Fitting because I was helping my mother with her work PC earlier and it was really was like going back in time.

Bill’s little hop.

I like the comments:
“Gates is flapping his hands like a seal.

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No one believes you

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

No one believes you, YouTube.


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Endangered 5000 year old ancient practice of making silk made from mollusc slime

Friday, January 15th, 2016

“Haste doesn’t live here,” says one sign on the door. Another inside says “Nothing in this room is for sale.” An Italian woman named Chiara Vigo is the last living master of the ancient textile tradition of spinning “baysuss” or silk produced from the fibres exuded by a giant mediterranean mollusc. The craft is referenced in the holy books of more than one religion and is said to go back 5000 years.

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