i was never a huge fan of ny cosmos striker giorgio chinaglia but was sad to hear that he died of a heart attack today.

he was a prolific goal scorer but i didnt appreciate his style of play. i guess when you are 10yo players strike your fancy or they dont. maybe it was his self-serving "italian" demeanor but more likely he lacked the flair of the brazilians or the industry of the dutch and german players.

but i did attend his soccer academy when i was in sixth grade and somewhere have a picture he took with all the campers. that was his sole interaction with us, coptered in, sat for photos and off he went.

and off he goes....

busy night for the dvr. game of thrones returns as does the killing on amc. i had vowed to bail on the latter of the two but will give the two hour premiere a go though one reviewer i generally like says its only a slight improvement over last year.

still vying for my attention tonight... mad men, shameless, the fox animation block and house of lies. thats 7 1/2 hours of tv which is probably more than i can find the rest of the week worth recording.
Race, as John C. Calhoun discovered, turns all whites into a ruling class:

With us the two great divisions of society are not the rich and poor, but white and black; and all the former, the poor as well as the rich, belong to the upper class.

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Miss NYC? Russ and daughters delivers fe overnight. We just got this.
Aw xerox art
apron strings of savannah - edgar oliver
cat + baby
Dear Hitch,
until today, i was pleasantly unaware of a movie called the human centipede. wtf? i really wish i had yesterday's brain back.
Any chance recipe for famous MB mac&cheese can be posted...?

thanks you...
Cool sketchbook iPad app, Paper. Check out the video which features a split second of the iconic (?) NYC view from our alley.
long national nightmare blah blah blah...

Hogans heroes (1965) clearly drew from stalag 17 (1953) and the great escape (1963) But today Tcm ran a Brit film from 1962 called the password is courage that seems even closer to the tv show In it's sense of humor, plot and character identities.

From HH wiki entry:
The producers of the 1953 feature film Stalag 17, a World War II prisoner of war film released by Paramount Pictures (which now owns the DVD rights to Hogan's Heroes), unsuccessfully sued Bing Crosby Productions for infringement.[15][not in citation given] In his book, My War, Andy Rooney, who was a friend of Don Bevan and Ed Trzcinski—the authors of the original Stalag 17 play—relates that "...someone at CBS apparently ripped off their idea and made a television series called Hogan's Heroes of it. The television program had too many similarities in character and plot to be coincidental, and when Don and Ed sued the network they won a huge award."[16]
Breaking Bad, season 4 episode 10. Wow!
500 years of trees in painting.
Screened call follow up.
One of the criticisms of solar I've heard is "But what about at night, huh?"

"Wow, you're right! Good thing peak usage of electricity is during the day."
as i was standing in line at the duane reade pharmacy yesterday i noticed that candy was going for $1.40 which seemed ludicrously expensive and this article backs me up on that. they used an average price of $1.14 for candy today which would translate to $.78 in 1979 (around the time i was a candy buyer) when the price was 25 cents.
Cooper is smart enough to be a coward. He knows what was true then and, sadly, is still true today. Will white consumers abandon a product once its brand is too black? Yes, they will. Will black consumers abandon a product once its brand is too black? Yes, not wanting to be stereotyped, they will. Even as multicultural image campaigns rightly lobby for more and better black representation in commercials, and as much as America now embraces the endorsement of certain black celebrities, the politically incorrect truth is that there’s a tipping point. The moment a product is “ghetto,” white consumers are gone—and then black consumers are gone, too.