Monday, November 13, 2017

The first troubled commute of Ted Stryker

On this date in 1957 the film Zero Hour! was released by Paramount Pictures. The film is most noteworthy for being the primary source for parody in the 1980 film Airplane!

Adam-Troy Castro explained in "The Two Troubled Commutes of Ted Stryker" at The Remake Chronicles.

See for yourself in D. M. Wood's "Side-by-side comparison" at YouTube.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stricter Immigration Laws Dept.

Spy vs. Spy, National Lampoon's Mad Magazine parody p. 10, at Easily Mused.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reading Rat - August 2017

Author appearances, lectures, conferences

Friday, Sept 15, 3:30pm, Ted Sider, Rutgers, “Equivalence from a Metaphysical Point of View” University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Philosophy Department Colloquia, Fall 2017, 175 Curtin Hall

Friday, Sept 22, 3:30pm, Geoff Sayre McCord, University of North Carolina, “On a Better Theory of Morality and a Theory of a Better Morality”, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Philosophy Department Colloquia, Fall 2017, 175 Curtin Hall

September 27 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wilkie Collins, “House to Let” (1858, written with Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Anne Procter) and “The Ghost in the Cupboard Room” (1859), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries Great Books Roundtable Discussions, Special Collections, Golda Meir Library

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will be the featured speaker at the October 17th annual dinner of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

Reading Log

2017-08-20 (eclipse eve) Moors Resort & Marina, Gilbertsville, Kentucky: The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination, by Jacob Bronowski; New Haven, CT, Yale University Press 1978; 0300024096 (review by Harris Pastides at Yale J Biol Med. 1978 Sep-Oct; 51(5): 589)

Book Log - acquisitions

2017-08-03 All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI:

The Book of Common Prayer: and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church: Together with The Psalter or Psalms of David: According to the use of The Episcopal Church; New York, NY: The Church Hymnal Corporation 1979

A Hopkins Reader (Gerard Manley Hopkins), Selected and with and Introduction by John Pick; New York, NY: Oxford University Press 1953; ex lib. Father Vojtik, Waukesha, Wis.

2017-08-17 AbeBooks
Robbery under Law: The Mexican Object-Lesson, by Evelyn Waugh; London, England: The Catholic Book Club 1940; ex lib. Colleen S. Laurenth, Mt. Calvary, Wis.

2017-08-19 TextbookRush via Amazon
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, by Rod Dreher; New York, NY: Sentinel (Penguin Random House LLC) 2017; 9780735213296

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Three stop shopping

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Reading Rat - February 2017

The Great Decisions series continues with "The Future of Europe" March 1st, "Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan" March 8th, "Conflict in the South China Sea" March 15th, and "Nuclear Security" March 22nd, at the Franklin Public Library

“The Sojourner” (1950) by Carson McCullers, “Goodbye and Good Luck” (1959) by Grace Paley, “I Stand Here Ironing” (1961) by Tillie Olsen, and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (1966) by Joyce Carol Oates, are the subject of this month's Great Books Roundtable Discussion, March 29th at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Update: If you are unable to access the Joyce Carol Oates story, it is available at Community Unit School District 200.
Update 2: or at Celestial Timepiece.

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will be the featured speaker at the October 17th annual dinner of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

Reading Log:
2017-02-01: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli, Reviews

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tillman’s Poetry Corner: 'On Flanders Fields' by John McCrae

Seth Barrett Tillman at The New Reform Club.
"its meaning has been distorted by the most popular voice and instrumental accompaniment. This new reading of the poem has transformed Flanders Fields meaning. My guess is that this metamorphosis was unintentional, but one and all should work to recover the original public meaning."

Friday, January 20, 2017

'On art in the age of Trump'

Gallery chronicle column by James Panero at The New Criterion.
"It was [Pauline] Kael’s fate for her life’s work as a film critic to become overshadowed by a single political quip: that she couldn’t understand how Nixon won, because no one she knows voted for him. That aphorism, it should be noted, turns out to be somewhat off from what Kael actually said. At a 1972 talk before the Modern Language Association, Kael remarked that 'I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.'"

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Franklin made 'Ballpark Digest'

This was reported locally at the time but just learned of this late summer report from early September by Kevin Reichard that Franklin Approves New-Ballpark Development TIF.

(via Karla Evangelista)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Exit Interview with Senator Mary Lazich

Newsmakers video feature at WisconsinEye
"On December 27, 2016, senior producer Steve Walters conducted an exit interview with Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) in the WisconsinEye studios in Madison."

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Quintessential Law Library and Librarian in a Digital Era

Femi Cadmus, Cornell Law School, at The Green Bag.
"Libraries, like most institutions and industries today, are faced with disruptive technologies that challenge their relevancy in a digital era. As a result, erstwhile notions and nostalgia associated with the quintessential library and librarian are changing rapidly.

"This is a compelling era to reimagine the library, retaining essential traditions alongside the new technologies, which facilitate the preservation, discoverability, accessibility, and delivery of information. It is also an opportunity for libraries to respond creatively and innovatively to change. ..."

Friday, December 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

E-filing: How to Craft Effective Motions and Briefs in the Digital Era

'It’s not just the facts, Ma’am. In the real world, the look of motions and briefs, especially ones that are e-filed, can affect a judge’s reaction to a case.'

Laura Lavey, O’Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong & Laing S.C., Milwaukee, and Chad Baruch, Johnston Tobey Baruch, Dallas, at Wisconsin Lawyer

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Scott Adams said

Saturday, November 5, 2016


New journalism related entries from James Taranto
"'false balance'"
"(i.e., balance)"
"'fact check' genre"
"opinion journalism, often of low quality, with a pretense of authoritativeness"

Friday, September 30, 2016

The missing JS archives and the digital age's great failure

Jay Bullock at OnMilwaukee
"Increasingly, though, when I do go back to my previous online writing, I find lots of what the internet has come to term 'linkrot,' broken links to web pages that are no longer available. Just to make the point, I picked out a random post of mine from 2008; three of five links to specific stories or other bloggers in that post now go to 404 pages. The links have rotted; there is no way for you to judge whether I fairly or accurately characterized those sources at the time."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Franklin approves Ballpark Commons financing

Tom Daykin reported at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The exact location of the planned development has not been clear to me with just the architect's rendering to go by. The article helpfully includes a map at the Graphic: Financing Approved link. It indicates Loomis Road is just past the lower right corner of the architect's rendering. Mixed use and commercial development, shown along Rawson Avenue, is also contemplated for the land between Loomis Road and Crystal Ridge Road. Apartments are contemplated further south of the commercial development along Rawson.