Another reminder that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weren’t the only visionaries behind the personal computing revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.
I’m going to come out and say that this is in poor taste. This isn’t the end of the world. It’s not even “an outrage”. But it is in poor taste.
A hologram of a long-dead historical figure—Abraham Lincoln or Alexander Hamilton—might be interesting. Whitney Houston, however, passed away less than a decade ago. She’s still very much within living memory.
And while yes, there is a case to be made that a celebrity belongs to the public domain, there is also something to be said for respecting the dead.
Just because technology can do something, doesn’t mean that it should.
I had a View-Master in the 1970s, along with a small collection of reels. A Christmas gift in 1976, I believe.
The Frankenstein reels (screenshot below) made a special impression on me.
These were cool toys, especially given the immersive effect they provided with minimal technology. No electronics, no silicon chips required.
I was glad to see that the View-Master is still available on Amazon.
Don’t think for a moment that the present generation of helicopter parents are going to allow their teens an unsupervised space of their own on social media. Parents nowadays track their progeny’s movements with smartphone apps, after all.
It will be only a matter of time before the parents overrun TikTok, just like they overran Facebook. The barriers to entry aren’t that high.
In the 1980s, we avoided parents the easy way: We went outside, sans electronic gadgetry.
Better, simpler times to be a kid.
I rewatched this one tonight. (I saw it for the first time circa 2005, shortly after the movie was released.)
This is a fun movie. Not anything that is going to leave you pondering the world in a new way for days, or awake for many nights with the lights on. The Grudge relies on atmospherics, jump scares, and classic Japanese ghost story tropes. The characters are the stock types you expect in a movie of this kind.
That said, there are a few genuinely creepy moments. If you wake up at night and suspect that there is something under the covers with you in your bed, you’re officially advised not to look. What you see may be more than you can handle.
If you are in the mood for some 17th-century French drama (and why wouldn’t you be?), then you can’t go wrong with Tartuffe, by Molière.
And you don’t even have to read French. This translation by the American poet Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) is excellent, and quite probably an improvement on the original French version.
I’ve written about Richard Wilbur before on this site. His poems are probably the best examples of American poetry written during the twentieth century. Wilbur brings all of his skill to bear in his translation of Tartuffe.
Lee Child’s Night School:
I’ve read this H.P. Lovecraft story several times over the past 30 years.
It isn’t a bad story…but some of the dialogue sure is:
“It come from that stone . . . it growed down thar . . . it got everything livin’ . . . it fed itself on ’em, mind and body . . . Thad an’ Mernie, Zenas an’ Nabby . . . Nahum was the last . . . they all drunk the water . . . it got strong on ’em . . . it come from beyond, whar things ain’t like they be here . . . now it’s goin’ home. . . .”
Lovecraft excelled at story concept and description. His principal weaknesses were characterization and dialogue.
If you aren’t familiar with the Miskatonic reference, then you clearly aren’t a Lovecraft fan!
12 Debut Novels To Pick Up In August 2019. I love Patterson, Grisham, and King as much as anyone. But I also like discovering new talent and new voices. From The Nerd Daily.
6 Good Books From Goodreads To Jumpstart Your Fall Reading List: a video from CBS San Francisco
While tracking down information about his long-deceased father in rural New England, Jack Reacher becomes embroiled in several local conflicts.
Past Tense is filled with action, mystery, epic fight scenes, and–of course–plenty of plain black coffee.
A fun book, like most in this series.
I am not surprised. The Star Wars franchise has grown stale in recent years (as in–the last 20 years).
As I’ve written before, I remember watching the first Star Wars ever, at the cinema with my dad in the summer of ’77.
I was nine. My dad was twenty years younger than I am today.
The first three movies–Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi–were true originals. Absolutely amazing, in that time and place.
But they should have stopped in 1983, with the last of those three original films. Everything they’ve done since then has detracted from the power of what was done in the 1970s and 1980s.