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Thursday, February 13, 2014

CASABLANCA AND WOODY ALLEN

This is an energy and environment blog, but I get sometimes carried away with tangential interests.  Tomorrow I'll return to the core nature of this site by following up on wind energy.  There is a Caltech report that could change the nature of future wind farms.  Here is possibly the largest vertical axis wind energy conversion system that is a clue as to what might come:


Following up on my two recent postings on film nostalgia, I noticed that Casablanca, the 1943 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, is having a special showing at Ward Theater in Honolulu tonight at 7PM.  There is also an attractive price of $7.

This inspired me to yesterday view my first double-bill at home:
  • Casablanca (1942), for I had a DVD which I bought at Blockbuster for a couple of bucks when it went bankrupt.  Rotten Tomatoes gave a 97% reviewers and 95% audience ratings.
  • Play it Again Sam (1972), free on Amazon.com if you are a Prime member.  RT:  97% and 89%.


You've just got to click on both films above to catch the endings.  Please.

I had a gin martini with a lot of crushed ice and four large almond-filled green olives for the first film, and a Lagavulin 16-year-old scotch over ice for the second.  There was so much smoking going on in both pictures, that I was tempted to light up a cigar...but didn't.

I'm in the process of gathering various combinations, and can note that there are eleven Frankenstein films, ten King Solomon's Mine and nine Wizard of Oz flicks.  The next one I'll watch will probably be American Graffiti (RT: 95%/84%)--Where were you in '62?--and More American Graffiti, except it was, indeed, terrible, with RTs of 22% and 34%.

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The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
  1. Medal standings
          COUNTRY                   GOLD             SILVER            BRONZE
    1
    Germany
    7
    2
    1
    10
    2
    Canada
    4
    4
    2
    10
    3
    Norway
    4
    3
    6
    13
    4
    Netherlands
    4
    3
    5
    12
    5
    United States
    4
    2
    6
    12
    6
    Switzerland
    3
    0
    1
    4
    7
    Russia
    2
    5
    4
    11

Here is the joke of the day:  the temperature dropped to 28 F in Atlanta today with snow on the ground and more to come.  Sochi reached a high of 64 F, and will sink all the way down to 50 F tonight, but will again rise to 64 F tomorrow, with a projected low of 52 F.  Here is a photo from Sochi today:


Can you believe this was already Day 8, if you count the day before the Opening Ceremonies, which you should.

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