David Knights' Weblog

March 15, 2019

A true hero

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:31 pm
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Man, this is bravery.

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March 11, 2019

A good person

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:58 pm
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Here is the story of someone with God-given talent who is using it to make the world a better place.  I wish there were more such people.

 

March 9, 2019

Super Blues

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:49 am
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Looks like the Blue Angels will be transitioning to F/A-18E/Fs between 2020 and 2021.  This should put an end to speculation that they would move to the F-35.

March 7, 2019

Rick Pitino

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Interesting story on former U of L coach Rick Pitino.

March 4, 2019

An interesting idea

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:00 pm
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A charity wants to acquire the retired USS Nassau (LHA-4), a retired Tarawa class assault landing ship and convert it into a mobile disaster relief ship.  This seems like a good idea to me and one the government and the USN should support.  In addition to all the good work it could do, the ability to call the ship back into service on short notice would be a benefit to the navy.

March 2, 2019

Movie review: Dennis Miller: Fake News, Real Jokes (2018)

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 6:40 am
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I’ve been a Dennis Miller fan since his SNL days.  His signature rants were some of the funniest comedy I’ve every seen.  Miller morphed from a stand up comic into a libertarian radio show host in his later years.  As such his last few comedy specials have taken on more and more political subject matter.  Frankly, I think politics is ruining comedy, but I don’t find Miller’s stuff as troublesome.  I suspect that this is because many of his political attitudes are very close to my own.  His latest stand up special, Fake News, Real Jokes, filmed in 2018 is now out on Amazon Prime.  As he’s gotten older, I think Miller has lost a bit of his edge and is maybe a step or two slower, but then again aren’t we all.  When he is at his best he can make obscure sub-reference after obscure sub-reference and make me laugh hard.  I enjoyed this special and it was 58 minutes well spent. 4 out of 5 stars.

February 28, 2019

May her memory be a blessing

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:53 am
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A great story here.  I’ve been through Goshen, Indiana on several occasions.  I’d never heard this story before.

February 19, 2019

Movie review: The Great Race (1965)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:01 pm
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The Great Race is a slapstick comedy and is an obvious homage to slapstick comedies of the silent era. It is loosely based on the actual 1908 New York to Paris race. The films stars Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon and Natalie Wood, with supporting performances by Peter Falk and Keenan Wynn.  The film is notable in several respects.  First, when it was filmed in 1964, it had the largest budget ever for a comedy, over $12M.  Additionally, though comedies are usually shorter in length than dramas, this film clocks in at 2 hours and 40 minutes.  Make no mistake, this is a slapstick comedy, and has many funny moments.  Its length hurts it, as the film drags in the third act.  Director Blake Edwards (of Pink Panther fame) could have used a good film editor.  30 minutes could have been cut out of the film with little loss.

Natalie Wood is gorgeous, possibly as pretty as she’s ever appeared on film.  She does an admirable acting job in the film, pulling off her comedy bits quite well.  However, in real life, her life was a mess, just having gotten divorced from Robert Wagner.  She reportedly did not want to make this film, and at the end of post production work, she made a half-hearted suicide attempt.

While this movie is by no means, high art, it is worth seeing once, if only to see part of the incredible range that Jack Lemon had.  Here he did slapstick very well, while today he is probably best known for his dramatic roles.  Also, of Kentucky interest, parts of the film (mostly at the beginning) were filmed near Frankfort, Kentucky.

Two and a half out of Five stars.

February 17, 2019

I love this story so much

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:49 pm
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that I’d love to be able to talk with dolphins high on pufferfish.

February 15, 2019

Interesting discovery

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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An amazing discovery at a constructions site in NY.  It appears that the bodies of 11 patriots have been found, soldiers who served during the Revolutionary War.  The news report seems to indicate that it is being handled with the respect that the discovery deserves.

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