Monthly Archives: April 2020

A Couple of Stirling Moss Stories

With the news that Sir Stirling has passed away at 90, Motorsports lost a motor sports icon and a true gentleman.  It has been said that he was one of the greatest drivers who never won a Formula 1 championship.

Of the 528 races that he started, he won a remarkable 212.

It was said that he never won the F1 title because he was too much a gentleman.

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The mysteries of Javascript

Posted By Lex, on October 11, 2003 at 2:29 PM

Squatting at the edge of the technology fire, looking in, eyes aglow…

So. Got the new ‘puter two weeks ago, coolest one I could reasonably afford (ed: who’s reason? – Hush). Now what to do with it? Got a good deal on Final Cut Express, which the helpful salesman at CompUSA informed me was a much more powerful tool than the installed iMovie.

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The Mighty Eighth

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Last year, I screened The Cold Blue, which was an amazing film. In WW2, 5 famous Hollywood directors, William Wyler, John Huston, John Ford, George Stevens, and Frank Capra went into harm’s way with small film crews and documented the war. John Ford, for example shot – I believe- the only footage of Midway as it was being attacked.

I’m in danger of swaying into this fascinating story, but I will say one thing. The war affected them all, and it can be reflected in their post war work. George Stevens, for example, having seen so much death and destruction in Europe, in making Shane, thought gunfire and being shot should be portrayed realistically, a first for a Hollywood Western.

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Dead Like Me

It was said in the early 2000s that we were in the golden age of television. At last on the cable channels. Not the big screen, not the networks, but on shows like HBO, Showtime…

If you were a screenwriter, the place to be was here.

Not wanting to spend $150/month out here to get those channels, they passed me by.

But, the good thing is that many of these shows are now available to stream.

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A Carroll “Lex” LeFon Primer

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Who was Carroll LeFon?

The best description of Lex that I’ve heard is “Imagine Hemingway flew fighters…and liked people.

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Strange Times

If you asked me 3 months ago if I would be looking for toilet paper for 4 days and then waiting behind 2,000 socially distanced fellow costumers at our Costco to get some, I’d have thought you were nuts. And then, like a happy Muscovite of the 70s, I was able to get some.  Because you can do without a lot of consumer items, but toilet paper isn’t one of those items.

Of course things were different for a Muscovite under the Communist Party versus here. In the Soviet Union, if people saw a line, they automatically got into it because they knew there was something worth waiting for.

And here our shelves are full , other than paper items and hand cleaner.

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