July 25, 2008

"Farewell, My Lovely": a quick review

Farewell, My Lovely Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
PI Philip Marlowe never better...



On my list of books to read and then see the movie.



The story has actually been made a film 3 times; the 2nd one seems to be the "original" film, and easiest to find to rent. Misguidingly titled "Murder, My Sweet", it took me a little work to find it, but it's sitting in my queue at the moment.



Prediction: book will be far and away better. It was made early in the era of Film Noir, a genre that was still trying to figure out its style. Though based on strong material, it's likely that the producers decided to lighten it up--in dialogue, in mystery, in sin--for the sake of reaching greater audiences.


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July 15, 2008

take me out to the ballgame

in honor of tonight's all-star game, here's a little sing-a-long from Chris Thile and friends, The Punch Brothers.







close call

whew, good news.  we're not losing any local Starbucks in Silicon Valley, at least in the first wave, which is a relief since I don't know whether or not I could survive if I had to walk a few more yards to another coffee shop, likely another Starbucks.

and a shout out to the SC... that is, the real SC.  congrats on not losing any! :)