Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Random Thoughts 4/12/11

  • KU recruited another big man, a 6-8 Canadian player named Braedon Anderson.  He's a late bloomer and might be a project, but who knows.
  • Texas is working on a law to increase the speed limit on some highways to 85 mph.  You've got to be kidding!  Who needs to drive that fast?  Once I'm going 75-ish, I lose that feeling that I need to hurry down the road
  • I recently watched Gallipoli (2005), a documentary on the WW1 campaign of the same name (and not to be confused with the early Mel Gibson movie, which is also pretty good).  The documentary was depressing but it's one of the better ones I've seen, telling the story of the British and Australian soldiers as well as the story of the Turkish soldiers. If you need a feel for the tone, listen to the song "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda."  [lyrics here] The 100th anniversary is coming up in a few years and this film would be an excellent place to start for students of the First World War.  To my surprise, the documentarian happens to be Turkish. 
  • Happy birthday, Craig.
  • So Mitt Romney is running for President again.  Hmmm…  He would be the front runner by a mile if not for Romney-care back in Massachusetts.
  • The new Hobbit movies are being shot by director Peter Jackson at 48 frames per second.  At this speed, double the norm of 24 or 30 fps, motion looks more real than ever.  A lot of movie nerds are hoping this will become the new standard, and movies will look better than ever.  We've been at 24 fps for almost 90 years.

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