Ricky Jay is one of my favorite magicians. I’ve watched Deceptive Practices–a documentary about him–several times and I’m entranced every time. Listen to him discuss his art with Jesse Thorn on Bullseye.
The designer of the F-16 explains what a terrible idea the F-35 is. This is such a weird topic to me but I’ve seen as many articles about how bad an idea the F-35 is as I’ve seen articles about how bad an idea a World Cup in Qatar is.
Whatever the truth of the matter is, it’s enlightening to hear a designer elaborate on exactly why another idea is bad. TL;DW: bureaucracy fucks everything up.
“There’s a scene where she [Natalie Portman] and Jason Schwartzman are lying on the bed, and there’s a backlight on them but I didn’t have anything to fill them in, so I just took a pillowcase and put it over the lens to bounce light back into their faces,” chuckles Yeoman. “I enjoy shooting that way. We came up from low-budget independent movies where you never had the money and you were forced to come up with your own homemade solutions to things, and that’s pretty much what Chevalier was all about.”
I knew a few of these. But this is an incredibly helpful list of empowering books for boys and girls. It’s a strange thing how early gender roles get enforced. At 3 and a half, my niece said to me, “That’s why girls shouldn’t fight” while watching Mulan which seemed like the wrong takeaway from that movie. (My brother assured me this was an aberration; she’s usually totally into Mulan.) As a comic book fan, I’m always looking for female heroes to show her so she doesn’t accept the old tropes of princesses and damsels-in-distress. I’m glad to have lists like this to consult.
Back in January, we went on a quest for the Pirate Tower at Laguna Beach where Bette Midler used to live. We didn’t have great directions so we parked where we thought would be the easiest walk to the Tower. Then we realized we were a good distance away. When we drove closer, we couldn’t find parking. We had a great day on a beautiful beach anyway.