Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cake: Frank Sinatra

Barack Obama learns the hard way: Don't Mess With Texas

DeBlasio's New York: Welcome to Manhattan

Advice for the New Graduate: How to succeed in business by lying...

Elizabeth Banks Rule 5

Welcome to Manhattan: Standard Hotel in NYC bars naval officer from the lounge during Fleet Week and Memorial Day Weekend

If you are not letting Sinatra go to the lounge, why would you want to go in the first place!

Frank Sinatra: Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather is a Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler standard that has been performed by many artists. Frank Sinatra has to my knowledge recorded it three times. Each of these versions are very different from each other, from Sinatra's treatment and age/quality of his voice and the orchestration. The first from 1944 is haunting, the second from 1959 poignant, the third from 1984 is a more upbeat musical version of a lyrically sad song, as if the passage of time has soften the blow.

The 1944 recording.

The 1959 recording.

The 1984 recording with Quincy Jones for LA Is My Lady, a later Sinatra-Jones collaboration after Sinatra at the Sands

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
Dispatches from the Camp of the Saints Sinatra,
Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swinging’ world.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Anne Meara RIP

Arlington National Cemetery 2015

Game of Thrones: The Gift: Season 5: Episode 7

Yes there are spoilers, so if you haven't seen it and don't want to know, stop reading now.  As Game of Throne episodes go, this is one of the best.

There were a number of significant plot twists that are deviating (a bit) from the books.

This is the biggest: Daenerys and Tyrion finally meet
Where will this go?

Cersei, like Barack Obama, learns it is dangerous to empower religious fanatics (with Marxist tendencies):

Bronn learns that a good singing voice and a complement will get you what you really need:

No, not that…

That is a beautifully framed shot

Following the disturbing marriage of Ramsay and Sansa, friends in the North are on the decline right now (how will they deal with Sansa, Stannis, the Boltons and the Battle of Winterfell)…

Winter is Coming (is Stannis, Brienne, or Littlefinger)?

Or will Sansa, in response to Ramsay, stand up for herself and take her fate in her own hands?

Rule 5 and FMJRA

EBL: Sand Snakes of Dorne

Never Forget

Thank You

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Giotto di Bondone: Pentecost

Giotto: Pentecost (1306)

Ed Morrissey: Sunday Reflection

Mathematician John Nash, RIP

Mathematicians in the Movies: John Nash on the set of A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe and Ron Howard

New York Times: John Nash dead at 86

American Power Blog: John F. Nash, Jr. RIP

How about some erotic Hillary Clinton?

Bob Belvedere has Fifty Shades of Hillary, Erotic Writing for Leftists 
(do I have to mention trigger warnings)

DaTechGuy and Jonah Goldberg have an important point…

Michael Walsh: The real Stephanopoulos Scandal (and how the NYT just loathes Hillary)

Memorial Day