Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt inspired me to look for vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving’s Day Parade photos. The parade began in 1924 and features lots of huge balloons of popular characters. Here’s some from the 1930’s.

 

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1937 macys

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Which one is your favorite?

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The Story of a Cheat

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The Story of a Cheat (1936) is a delightful comedy by Sacha Guitry, whom I’d never have discovered if it weren’t for my New Year’s resolution to watch old movies. In T he Story of a Cheat, Guitry plays a suave man who falls into one incident after another where he winds up stealing or conning someone. As a boy, he stole some money from his father’s shop. He got caught and was forbidden to eat the mushrooms served for dinner. As all his relations get poisoned, he lucked out and thus the confusion over whether honesty is the best policy ensues. No matter how bad things get, there’s always some silver lining and this hero winds up doing alright – as long as he’s dishonest. Whenever he’s honest, he gets in trouble.

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It’s a fun, entertaining French film told almost entirely through flashback and voice over. Big no-no’s for movies, but this does work. The Criterion Collection provides a nice essay on Guitry’s career.

eBook: Ragged Dick

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I’ve adapted the Horatio Alger, Jr. novel, Ragged Dick for English language learners. You can get it for just 99¢ on Amazon.com. The story’s got humor, history and adventure.

Why Are Some Countries Poor?

By The School of Life

What do you think? Why are some countries poor?

Travel Theme: Colorful

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Breckinridge, Colorado

Kid's ride, Jinan

Kid’s ride, Jinan

Buddhist Stupa, Thailand

Buddhist Stupa, Thailand

Strawberry pie

Strawberry pie

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Each week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? challenges bloggers with a creative word. This week we’re to post photos inspired by “Colorful.”

What do you find colorful? If you want to join the fun, follow these steps:

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Check out Where’s My Backpack for more photos interpreting “Colorful.”

Silent Sunday

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Shandong Art Museum

Shandong Art Museum

Palace, South Korea

Palace, South Korea

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Chicago Skyscaper

Chicago Skyscraper

 

1. Each week, we’ll prov ide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (daily post)

 

What’s the Consensus?

It’s odd being off in China when all this news about Bill Cosby has broken. My friends and I don’t know what to think. What’s true? What isn’t? It’s a he said, she, she and she said situation.

The internet can offer so much information, but is it good? Is it reliable?

What made this come out now?

I welcome civilized comments.

Sepia Saturday

This week’s prompt is of a silhouette artist preparing to create some silhouettes. Thus I thought I’d see what silhouettes I could find.

First the Library of Congress had this one of a debutante lighting a cigarette by a window. She looks like someone out of The Great Gatsby, doesn’t she?

Debutante, 1920

Debutante, 1920

The Library of Congress also has some paper silhouettes (i.e. not photos) such as these of Gerry Mulligan’s parents. (Mulligan was a jazz musician.)

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Price Check

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I wanted to like Price Check starring Posey Parker, but it was just unwatchable. The plot revolves around a dull pricing department filled with people who slog through their lives getting a new vivacious department head with no common sense. She shakes up these folks,  particularly a man who’s content to just lay low in his life. This guy’s married with a young son and his home life seems fine. The film tries to be zany and stir people up so they “live it up!” I really felt it was a poor copy of Office Space or The Office with less heart, laughs and satire. I stopped watching after 25 minutes when Parker’s character invited herself to the man’s son’s Halloween party at school and took the stage. I knew that Parker is seen to be someone with trouble with boundaries, but I just felt “so what?”

Price Check will not endure the way Chaplin’s The Kid or Modern Times has.

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