Rose Lake

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  1. Happy Birthday to Alon Tsin

    Your Facebook page says that your birthday is on the 28th (?). Anyway, Happy Birthday! Now or then.
  2. Happy Birthday to jasonlockwood

    Happy Birthday!
  3. Chiropractic Treatment: Bunk or Legit?

    I have not tried a chiropractor, but waited 2 months to see a popular Physiatrist (an M.D.), whose latest prescription is for acupuncture.
  4. Sarah Vaughan -- Lover Man

    I tried, but I just can't choose between the two (Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan singing Lover Man). Glad I don't have to - both so beautiful. Immobilized (from the EF thread) is an apt description of what happens to an appreciative listener. And thanks so much for the reference to the EF documentary. I wonder about a good Sarah Vaughan documentary. I read that she was married and divorced three times. Anyway, I have a memory that when I saw her (after her last divorce), she was singing that song (I'm Glad There Is You) to/for the man who was playing bass. I had the impression that they were married, but apparently not. I suppose they were just very good friends (and/or lovers). From Concord Music's website - Info on Sarah Vaughan Just a couple of comments, among others:
  5. Sarah Vaughan -- Lover Man

    Aside from her recordings with Clifford Brown, and a few other excellent recordings I purchased over the years, I had found it difficult to find the material of hers that I love. Finally, just two months ago, I hit the mother lode with regard to those recordings, made from 1944 - 1950. I looked for twenty years for a particular record, which I'd had on vinyl, and (regretfully) gave away, thinking that it would soon become available on CD. Nope. Anyway, I finally have the recordings that were on that record, and much more, in this INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL collection, which has more and better songs than I ever dreamed I would find. Young Sassy I popped these four discs into our 5-disc-carousel CD player when they arrived and they're still there. I haven't wanted to put anything else in the player. I was lucky enough to see her sing at Blues Alley (a small club) in Washington DC in the 1980s. She was absolutely wonderful, and after seeing her sing "I'm Glad There is You" there, that song became my favorite by her. Luckily for me, it was one of the songs she recorded with Clifford Brown, so that I was able to buy a recording that could live up to the experience of seeing her sing it live in that intimate setting. I'm Glad There Is You - Sarah Vaughan & Clifford Brown
  6. Happy Birthday to Joss Delage

    Happy Birthday Joss!
  7. Happy Birthday to alann

    Happy Birthday Alan
  8. Happy Birthday to AdamM

    Happy Birthday Adam!
  9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    Well, I liked the film (with major reservations) and I think this is hilarious. Never noticed myself of course. I have no memory of either scene, though. The part of the film that I liked best (aside from the visuals and style, which are primary) was the story between the two older characters. I thought I had their names right in a previous post, but who knows: Michelle Yeoh and Yun-Fat Chow. The story of the younger characters I didn't like so much. Anyhow, it's been a long time. I've never been able to get myself to re-watch it, even though I have it, and think it's a beautiful film, visually -- probably because of the ending, which I hated.
  10. Do we have the government we deserve?

    But it doesn't matter if you're right or wrong in your conclusion. The poster has the right to hold whatever ideas he does hold. He does not have to prove a negative to anyone, i.e. that he does not hold bad ideas. So long as he does not attack reason, Ayn Rand, Objectivism, or Objectivists (none of which he has done yet), he has the right to hold whatever ideas he holds, and to ask questions.
  11. Do we have the government we deserve?

    However: The poster referred to someone he grew up with as "somewhat of a mentor" which to me implies the past (unless the poster is still a child), as well as a desire to qualify the adult's status as mentor. Also, I don't see anything wrong with expressing a desire to know if and how it's possible to legally avoid paying Social Security. And referring to Social Security as a Ponzi scheme is common enough, and accurate, IMO.
  12. Do we have the government we deserve?

    I don't see that the post necessarily "gave away" that the poster still agrees with an old mentor's ideas. It is not even clear exactly what ideas that mentor had, whether or not all of those ideas were bad, nor was there a statement about whether the poster still agrees with any particular ideas, good or bad. The post was a reference to the past, and whether or not there is still agreement with any particular ideas has not yet been established by the poster. One should ask what ideas this mentor had, and which of those, if any, the poster may still share, rather than making unsubstantiated allegations.
  13. Happy Birthday to JMartins

    Happy B-day to you!
  14. Iran's Counter-Revolution

    Unfortunately, I don't think it was intended as a joke. I think that someone else guessed a troll, though, so, who knows. It struck me as pretty 'off' for a post on the Forum. The posters are supposed to be Ayn Rand Fans, so... your guess is as good as mine, if, whether, how, or why such an individual considers Ayn Rand's work to be a value. Maybe he or she finds the new AS dust-jacket appealing.
  15. Objectivist ethics and a political career

    My understanding is that the ultimate goal of his work is to have a political career. Whether he is right or wrong about the need for it in his lifetime, his intention is to be prepared for political change, because he argues that when it does come, it can occur very, very quickly. And by forming a party (in his case, in Canada, the Freedom Party) he intends to be ready for mass disaffection from established political parties, by establishing an alternative political party to which those looking for rational change can migrate.
  16. Love stories on film

    SPOILERS FOR TOMBSTONE Apologies. I had just edited the first section to streamline some formatting, and forgot to add the qualifiers and disclaimers back in, which had been there before. It was not a sexual love story, but otherwise a love story involving the characters' deepest feelings. Each man is betrayed by the woman he has chosen, which I ascribe to the fact that neither relationship (Wyatt/Mattie - Doc/Kate) was a proper romantic one to begin with. And Wyatt never does "go get that spirited actress and make her [his] own" until after Doc is at death's door and begs Wyatt "if you ever had even the slightest feeling for me" to leave him. However... I had to see the movie a lot of times before I identified it as, basically, a love story between those two -- so I know that it's just my own take on the matter.
  17. Love stories on film

    Tombstone (1996). The best movie love story I can think of is this one, which is between the two men, Wyatt Earp (played by Kurt Russell), and Doc Holiday (played by Val Kilmer). Laura (1944) contains my favorite romantic relationship as well as my favorite movie love-scene (the interrogation scene), which I find quite [!!!]. Dark Passage (1947) with Bogart and Bacall, particularly the scene where they're waiting for the taxi to come. It's hard to think of ever having seen two people more in love with each other on film. I suppose that their real-life feelings for each other didn't hurt the success of that scene, exquisitely played. Really an amazing feat they pulled off there, i.e. somehow expressing the most intense feelings, by means of not expressing their feelings. Notorious (1946). I like the Cary Grant / Ingrid Bergman conflict/relationship. Play it with subtitles and check out the scene near the beginning, after the party, where Agent Devlin plays the recording of Alicia (it's nearly impossible to clearly understand what she is saying on the recording without subtitles). My interpretation of the film is that Devlin fell in love with Alicia before he ever met her, by listening to that recording. The rest was merely uphill sledding. North by Northwest (1959). I also enjoy the Cary Grant / Eva Marie Saint relationship in this. Good love-triangle movies: Casablanca (1942) Unlike some, I find both Bogart and Heinreid very attractive in this film. (Bergman too of course, just not in quite the same way). Wife vs. Secretary (1936) Jean Harlow is really sexy in this, and really a great actress too. I never saw her or Clark Gable in better roles. Gable is perfect. He IS that character, and the relationship between him and Myrna Loy is fun to observe until.... Anyway, the unfortunate (if accurate) title practically promises that this will be a stupid movie. However, it's not. Reap the Wild Wind (1942) A truly interesting love triangle. Out of the Past (1947). Strangely enough -- the last thing I expected from this film on a first viewing -- it has a pretty good love story. However, telling who loves whom, and how the viewer finally knows that, would constitute a major spoiler. Some straight drama/romances which I think are worth seeing: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) Jennifer Jones and William Holden. Random Harvest (1942) Greer Garson and Ronald Coleman. Note: The man in the story is not important in himself, but only insofar as he is the person that this incredible woman loves. The World of Suzie Wong (1960) William Holden and Nancy Kwan. Maybe not most people's idea of an old-fashioned romance, but that's what it seems like to me. Mystery type w/ romance: The Lady Vanishes (1938) Hitchcock's last film made in the U.K. To Catch a Thief (1955) Hitchcock-lite. Grace Kelley is gorgeous, and sports a stunning new outfit in almost every scene. Thomas Crown Affair (1999) Beautiful people, clever plot, great production. Adventure/Romance: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour. A lot of fun, and quite romantic. Drama, wherein romance isn't the main point, but still, an important and enjoyable aspect of the story. The Winslow Boy (1999) For the girls (or boys who are so inclined) - that character played by Jeremy Northam is -- mmmmm. Romantic Comedies: Emma (1996) Moonstruck (1987) When Harry Met Sally (1989) You've Got Mail (1998) Romantic Comedies: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) His Girl Friday (1940) Libeled Lady (1936) A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) My Man Godfrey (1936) The Philadelphia Story (1940) Romancing the Stone (1984) Comedies (with a little romance): My Cousin Vinny (1992) Groundhog Day (1993) Great films that I love, without loving the nature of the romances which feature so prominently in them: Gone with the Wind (1939) . Still, great flick. To hell with the romance. Bring on that smarmy cousin, and the the always-cuddly Mrs. Danvers! Bwahahaha! Sabrina (1954): Let's see... The lovely Audrey Hepburn, good screenwriting, great acting -- these are some of the reasons I can think of off-hand for why I like this one. It's more a coming-of-age story than an actual love story (similar in that way to Phantom I guess). Unsure how to categorize: Enchanted April (1992) Finally out on DVD. Happiness and love are main themes. More than a love story, with a love story in it: Cinema Paradiso (1988) I've never thought much of Dr. Zchivago, which is generally considered to be a great love story: A guy who has voluntarily married a perfectly nice woman who loves him (not a Lillian), and under circumstances conducive to such a thing, falls in love with someone else. A bad situation, but typical naturalism, albeit, with a war/revolution thrown in to (try to) make it interesting. Snorefest, alleviated by beautiful cinematography, and a pretty, haunting musical love-theme. And too bad that (IMO) no good production of Pride and Prejudice has ever been done, which is a good love story, and so much more. Some people (not me) really love / swear-by the Colin Firth / Jennifer Ehle TV mini-series version (1995).
  18. Iran's Counter-Revolution

    ARF Forum = Ayn Rand Fans Forum not Anti-Reason Fans Forum
  19. The moral status of the typical average man

    The use of the phrase "indulge myself" is interesting. Nothing wrong with letting off steam, but I believe that AR had some advice about this kind of feeling (contempt, or it may have been revulsion -- the two are often related). I wish I had access to the Objectivist Research CD-ROM on my current computer (Mac), but I don't. However, from memory, I think I am recalling something said about the feeling becoming dangerous to those who feel it too often. I think it may have been in AS, perhaps something that Dagny says to Cherryl, or is simply thinking about -- unsure. Anyway, I love this bit of levity on the subject -- from My Little Chickadee, starring Mae West and W. C. Fields. It really helps to see the delivery, but even if one has not seen or cannot recall this particular scene, if one is familiar with Mae West's style, his imagination should suffice to paint the picture. Judge: Are you trying to show contempt for this court? Flower Belle Lee: No. I'm doin' my best to hide it.
  20. My Standup Comedy Debut

    Yay! Congratulations Betsy. I figured you'd do well. I was originally going to say "knock 'em dead," but I thought that it sounded too violent! Anyway, you killed 'em instead. Way to go!
  21. Say! I was going to post this link, but you beat me to it! I found the first part kind of boring, but it was worth reading to the end, as it got a lot better. I had to laugh at the "God went 'poof'" part. Pretty funny.
  22. Happy Birthday to Jim A.

    Happy Birthday Jim! Enjoy your day
  23. Me too. His articles should be syndicated and printed all over the place.
  24. Happy Birthday to ifatart

    Happy Birthday Ifat!