Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from the Internet...
...The 100 Essential New England Books is an interesting list. (Click the title of this post.) I've read half a dozen of the top 21...
...There's a promo video on YouTube for the upcoming BBC production of EMMA. (Thanks to Mrs. Happy Housewife for the tip.)
...I still can't believe the incandescent light bulb ban will take effect here in a couple years, given the myriad problems with CFLs. I hope the ban is repealed.
...Katie has a nice post up at Obscure Classics celebrating the five-film partnership of Robert Montgomery and Madge Evans. I've seen LOVERS COURAGEOUS (1932) and FUGITIVE LOVERS (1934). Three to go!
...The initial reviews of the new Disney documentary WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY (2009) were quite positive.
...A political roundup: Rich Lowry of National Review on "An Obama Speech in 13 Easy Steps"; John Hinderaker of Power Line on "Sycophancy Has Its Rewards"; Melissa Clouthier at Pajamas Media on "It's All Academic: The Detachment of President Obama"; Sarah Palin on "Barack Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health Care"; and Thomas Sowell on "What Obama Says Vs. What He Does." Each of these articles is a sobering analysis of what's currently happening in Washington.
...I recently linked to a recipe for a Skillet-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie. Here's a recipe for Fudgy Skillet Brownies. (Illustration from Martha Stewart's EVERYDAY FOOD.)
...I was unfamiliar with the Accelerated Reader program for students and found the information in this New York Times article disappointing. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is worth twice the "points" of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY? SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is worth three times the points for HAMLET? I'm glad my children haven't had to deal with Accelerated Reader.
...MousePlanet has video of the long-delayed debut of Murphy, the reluctant dragon of Disneyland's Fantasmic! show.
...My family got a kick out of It's Just Some Random Guy's humorous video take on the Disney-Marvel deal.