Sunday, September 19, 2010

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...

...Here's an interesting new book: CHARLIE CHAN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE HONORABLE DETECTIVE AND HIS RENDEZVOUS WITH AMERICAN HISTORY. The author is Yunte Huang. A review is here.

...The Daily Mail rehashes the long, sad story of the decades-old feud between Oscar-winning sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. I don't think anyone can really attempt to capture the full truth other than the two ladies involved...

...Riding the High Country and Sidewalk Crossings each reviewed a terrific Western in the last few days, YELLOW SKY (1948).

...Cin-Eater takes a look at PERSONAL AFFAIR (1953), starring Gene Tierney, Glynis Johns, and Leo Genn. This film is in my collection, and I hope to watch it before too long.

...And here's a tribute to the women of ON THE TOWN (1949), via Movie FanFare.

...Leonard Maltin reviews TWO GUYS NAMED JOE, mentioned here last June.

...It's been a dreary year for the Dodgers, and the future doesn't look any better between the appointment of the inexperienced Don Mattingly as next year's manager and the ongoing divorce feud between owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. However, the story of John Lindsey's trip to "the show" after 16 years in the minors is a real hartwarmer. Now if only the McCourts will follow the advice of former owner Peter O'Malley and sell the team...

...WAIT FOR ME! is the name of the upcoming memoir of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. The Mitford sisters are a fascinating subject; here's a 2007 post I wrote on Mitford-related books.

...I hope the Better Use of Lightbulbs Act succeeds. It attempts to repeal the crazy requirement that Americans buy only toxic mercury-filled "made in China" CFL lightbulbs starting in a couple years.

...Speaking of environmental crazes, over the last few weeks we've thought our dishwasher was broken. Our dishes are all coming out covered in a gritty white chalk and the stainless and metal dishes are discolored. An appliance repairman tipped me off: it's because this summer Cascade took phosphates out of their dishwasher soap. I started talking to other people and discovered my mother was also having dishwasher problems, and the mother of one of my children's friends actually called out a dishwasher repairman! If your dishes are now emerging from the dishwasher looking worse than when they went in, write Procter and Gamble...and your state legislators, if your state has banned phosphates. (Update: Via Instapundit, the New York Times published a story on this yesterday, which starts "My dishes were dirtier than before they were washed...")


...There's lots of pictures of Disney's California Adventure construction in this MousePlanet update, as well as previews of HalloweenTime.

...Ending this roundup on a cheerful note, there's a great little photo post at Classic Montgomery.

Have a great week!


Blogger Carrie said...

Just finished the "Touching History" book - great read, especially if you have an interest in aviation.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for the feedback, Carrie. I'm interested in reading it.

Best wishes,

6:18 PM  
Blogger panavia999 said...

I've never had a dishwasher, when there's a white residue on the dishes, it means the creek water is getting hard! (Like this time of year when water levels are low.) My solution is to put a splash of distilled vinegar in the rinsewater and it clears off any residue. Isn't there a way you could add some vinegar to the rinse cycle? A quarter cup would be plenty. I always put a bit of vinegar in the clothes rinse cycle too. I read that the State of Washington had passed a phosphate ban a while back so people living in Eastern Washington were going to Idaho for their detergents. Sometimes friends or neighbors chip in and bring back a couple cases for the group. Backfire!

3:35 PM  
Blogger panavia999 said...

Re: Olivia and Joan, it sounds like they would have been estranged even if they had not become stars. The animosity is due to their own personalities and a poisonous mother, and probably an absent father. So often, it *because* people are related that they cannot get along.

3:48 PM  

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