Friday, May 31, 2013
Here are some tweets regarding the May 31st events in Istanbul. Let me make one thing clear here: I am a Turkish-American and in no way can I be objective here. I am absolutely support the protestors, and I hope this movement brings an abrupt end to the corrupt right wing leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
1) Hurriyet Daily News @HDNER: "Crowds cross #Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge to the European side in the early morning hours, marching in #Taksim.
2) Bianca Jagger @Bianca Jagger #Istanbul awake since yesterday morning. Police has been using tear gas & water against people for 24 hours.
3) Claire Berlinski: Okay, exciting as all of this is, I've got to get some sleep. Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of "Turkey Loses Its Marbles."
4) Alya Albayrak: Protests took and are still taking place in over a dozen Turkish cities. Thousands still on the streets. Extraordinary. #Gezi #Istanbul
5) BBC News (UK): "Turkey branches for fresh protests."
6) Asli Sonceley: Los Angeles for Istanbul right now.
7) Bruce Willis (yes, that Bruce Willis): "Let everyone know...Press in Turkey is not working....Is people dying on the streets. Turkey is suffering.
Monday, May 27, 2013
We got this idea from "Film Comment" magazine; I expect there will not be an intellectual examination of the film "The Devil and Max Devilin" with Bill Cosby and Elliot Gould for quite some time (forgive the film connoisseur humor).
Here they are:
1. "Humpday." 2009. dir. Lynn Shelton
2. "Gigi." (pictured top) 1958. dir. Vincente Minelli *@
3. "Pretty Persuasion" 2005. dir. Marcos Siega
4. "The Devil and Max Devilin" (pictured center) 1981. dir. Steven Hilliard Stern.
5. "The Deer Hunter" 1978. dir. Michael Cimino @
6. "The Landlord" 1970. dir. Hal Ashby *
7. "East of Eden" (pictured bottom) 1955. dir. Elia Kazan.*
8. "The Chosen." 1981. dir. Jeremy Kagan *
9. "Far from the Maddening Crowd" 1967. dir. John Schlesinger.*
10. "The Great Gatsby." 2013. dir. Baz Luhrmann
Tripucka is the son of former Notre Dame men's basketball star and NBA player Kelly Tripucka. The Blue Devils had lost the ACC championship to their rivals_ the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
SIDEBAR: Since my late stepfather Donald Sullivan (1918-2003) was a World War II veteran, we thought we would recognize those who lost their lives while serving in the American military. Though Donald was fortunate enough to come home, many were not and that was especially true for troops from Bedford, Va., where the National D-Day Memorial is located. Donald was fortunate to visit the memorial before his passing.
Here was a tweet from the D-Day Memorial today which talked about those who came to Bedford today: "Over 1,000 came to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our nation."
It is interesting that the D-Day Memorial has the flags of all the countries that were allies in World War-2, this happens to include not only familiar friends like France, both also countries such as Norway and Greece.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There are no Google Doodles to commemorate this; our assumption is that this might because Wagner's scandalous anti-Semitic views.
But, since "Rigoletto" is one of our favorite operas, we thought we'd quip Wagner for this occasion:
"One Supreme fact which I discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy-imagination that creates. Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality."
We saw a tweet from the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh in regards to Wagner's birthday, and the Met Opera in New York has been performing Wagner operas in honor of this milestone.
One can also listen to the delightful American public radio series "Performance Today" which we assume will run a Wagner tribute today; the shows airs on WFDD-FM, a public radio/NPR station in Winston-Salem, NC.
And, of course, it is also our civic duty to remind young people that Richard Wagner (they would probably pronounce his name like Robert Wagner not Vagner as is the proper way) is not the one who sang the 1981 hit song "Jessie's Girl." That distinction belongs to Rick Springfield.
THE WHOOPS DEPARTMENT: We just realized that only is "Rigoletto," not a Wagner opera, it's not even German! It is a work by Verdi, so therefore it's Italian. But, as Kevin Spacey said in "Swimming with Sharks:" "Never apologize; it's a sign of weakness."
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
But, we can leave you with an image of a stuffed animal octopus (we got the idea from Bing, since they used a jellyfish today).
The plural for octopus is either octopi or octopuses.
Assuredly, one can see a real octopus at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
And, we are wondering if the descendant of the late Paul the Octopus in Germany, who accurately projected Eskisehir's 2-1 win over Antalyaspor in Turkish soccer over the weekend, is picking DC United in its home MLS game against the Portalnd Timber this weekend.
Ok, we need to get in our Subaru Outback now (that is the unofficial car of Maine, not Vermont, actually).
Monday, May 20, 2013
1) Elena Poptodorova, 52, is the Bulgarian ambassador to the United States; she took office in 2010.
2) Cong. Ralph Hall (R-Tex.), 90, a former Democrat, is the oldest active member of the House of Representatives; Cong. John Dingell (D-Mich.), 86, is the oldest Democrat in the House.
3) Cong. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), 30, is the youngest member of the House.
4) Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 70, is the current mayor of Washington, DC. The office was previously held by Adrian Fenty.
5) Coach John Thomspn III, 47, has been the head coach of Georgetown University's men's basketball team since 2004. Thompson, the son of legendary Hoyas coach John Thompson, previously coached at Princeton University, his alma mater.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
So, this got Javier the Intern* thinking about a good post idea for today, and that is: "What sports can we learn on Bing today?"
Here is what we found out:
1) Thomas Vermaelen, 27, of Belgium, (pictured) is the current captain for Arsenal, though the English club's star player is arguably English national Theo Walcott. Thomas wears #5 and he previously played for Dutch powerhouse Ajax Amsterdam.
2) Siem de Jong, 24, of the Netherlands/Holland is the current captain of Ajax Amsterdam, a team that just won its 32nd domestic league title. Siem wears #10.
3) Ken Dryden, 65, of Canada, is the NHL goalie who has won the most Stanley Cup titles. Dryden achieved his with the great Montreal Canadiens teams of the 1970's as he won cups in 1971, 1973, 1976-79. Dryden was also a member of the Liberal Part in the Canadian Parliament.
4) Grant Hill, 40, an alumnus of Duke University who plays for the Phoenix Suns is the oldest active current player in the NBA though his team did not qualify for the quarterfinals.
5) Mallory Hagan, 24, is the current Miss America. She represented New York state. Yeah, we know beauty pageants may not qualify as a sport, but hey we need the hits!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Here we go:
1) William Shatner. Captain Kirk (pictured above): Montreal, Canada
2) Joan Collins (pictured above): London, England; she was a guest star in the episode "City on the Edge of Forever," considered to be the best episode on the original show.
3) Mari Dusay: Hays, Kansas, USA; she was a guest star on "Spock's Brain," which is widely considered to be the worst episode on the original show.
4) Sadri Alisik#: Istanbul, Turkey, he played Tourist Omer in "The Turkish Star Trek" (1973)
5) George Takei: Los Angeles, Calif., USA; he is the original Mr. Sulu.
6) Leonard Nimoy: Boston, Mass., USA: Mr. Spock, we presume.
7) Patrick Stewart: Mirfield (Yorkshire), England
8) Malcolm McDowell- Horsforth (Yorkshire), England
9) Ricardo Montalban#: Mexico City, Mexico
10) John Belushi#: Chicago, Ill., USA
11) Jim Carrey: Newmarket (Ontario), Canada
12) Nichelle Nichols: Robbins, Ill., USA
Belushi and Carrey played parodies of Captain Kirk on tv.
*-Javier the Intern is a fictional character
#-Actors who are now deceased
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Well as Porky Pig would say: "That's All Folks."
Ok, I got to go help mom wash the dishes; it is Mother's Day after all.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
They were both in the good, but campy, film "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
Friday, May 10, 2013
First of all, let's go over the images:
1) A fineral limo- the French film "Holy Motors" (film #1) has some of these, email Javier the Inern for an explanation.
2) The burqini- we are bascially doing this for our reades in Cairo, Doha and Dubai, for the film "Spring Breakers," (film #6) not to be confused with the 1983 teen sex film "Spring Break." We assume both films are hard to find in Eqygt, Qatar and Dubai.
3) A brass teapot for "The Brass Teapot," (film #10) a new indie film with Juno Temple that screened recently at the River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC; we need to ask Ken Farmer of "Antiques Roadshow," an auctioneer from Radford, Va., how much this teapot is worth. Actually, we'll ask Javier to do it!
Here is the list:
1. "Holy Motors" (France. dir-Leos Carax. 2012)
2. "Cosmopolis" (Canada. dir-David Cronenberg. 2012)
3. "Elmer Ganry" (dir-Richard Brooks. 1960)
4. "The Day of the Dolphin dir-Mike Nichols. 1973)
5. "This Is Not a Film" (Iran. dir-Jafar Panahi 2011)
6. "Spring Breakers" (dir-Harvey Korine. 2012)
7. "Alfie" (the Michael Caine version; UK. dir- Lewis Gilbert. 1966)
8. "The Company You Keep" (dir-Robert Redford 2012)
9. Wake in Fright (Australia. dir-ted Kotcheff. 1971)
10. "The Brass Teapot" (dir. Ramma Mosley. 2012)
*-We are not actually in Hartford, but we are in the same time zone
**-Javier the Intern is a fictional character who has 'been working' for us for four years now
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Well, as it turns out, there are some more 'things to do' that we were not aware of:
1. Buy groceries
2. Decide on Cat's Cradle shows (music venue near Chapel Hill, NC)
3. Look up comic books values
4. Read, compare and contrast "The Nation" and "National Review"
5. Read, compare and contrast "The Weekly Standard" and "Mother Jones"
6. Make some Counter Culture Coffee
7. See what the weather in Istanbul, Turkey, is like
8. See what the weather in Trenton, New Jersey, is like
9. Avoid Blacksburg, Va., at all costs, as Virginia is having commencement this weekend
10. Let the freaking cat in
2. Work-out on a bicylce
3. Take down the garbage
4. call dentist
5. Look at Sunday "Washington Post" (they have a series called Date Lab, which is why we have a photo of a cute annoying young couple)
6. Look at computers
7. Read "The Chosen"
8. Look into going to Asheville, NC
9. Look into going to Iceland
10. Possibly watch the Chelsea-Tottenham Hotspurs English soccer game today
Saturday, May 4, 2013
We made a big (insert English or Turkish obscenity here) goof last week when we said Fenerbahce was playing Swiss team FC Basel in the UEFA Europa League while English powerhouse Chelsea was playing Benefica of Portugal.
In actuality, Chelsea was playing Basel, whom they defeated, and Fenerbahce alas fell to the Portuguese side in Lisbon 3-1, which eradicated the Yellow Canaries' 1-0 win a week prior in Istanbul. Of course, since this blog is based in America (our executive editor Tilly Gokbudak, who is me, is a Turkish-American), we aren't quite sure how the aggregate system works in soccer, and we think there should be a best 2 out of 3 system instead.
Of course, Turkish futbol blogger Ahmet Bob Turgut, one of our favorite people to follow on Twitter, would have never made this mistake.
Before we go into our dated scores from last week, let's explain a few thing, starting with the twins: Hamid Altintop of GalataSaray (formerly with Read Madrid; pictured top) is the twin brother of Halil Altintop of Trabzonspor (pictured bottom). They are both 30. If for some reason, we got the two mixed up, hopefully, Ahmet Bob Turgut will correct us.
And, we have two new scores from today (Saturday): First, Kayseri upset Trabzonspor 2-1, so we image Halil is not in not in a happy mood right now, but hopefully he'll have a great olive and feta cheese Turkish kahvalti/breakfast (it's 7:30 a.m. and Sunday in Turkey as we are writing this).
We found out that Kayseri, a central Turkish team, has Icelandic national Gretar Steninsson, we presume he is one of the few Icelanders in the TPL.
But, our beloved BursaSpor doubled up on struggling OrduSpor 4-2 with two goals from Slovakian Stanislav Sestak.
The logo in the middle is of Sivasspor which beat bottom-dwelling Istanbul BB last week, but tomorrow, they have the daunting task of facing Burak Yilmaz, Didier Drogba and league-leading GalataSaray.
In leagues standings, these are the top four teams:
1. GalataSaray 65
2. FenerBahce 58
3. Besiktash 52
4. Bursaspor 50
And, here are the results from LAST weekend:
1. BursaSpor 1 Akhisar 1, tie
2. Trabzonspor 2 Ankara GB 0
3. Elazig 1 Karabukspor 0
4. Sivasspor 4 Istanbul BB 1
5. Mersin 1 Antalyaspor 1, tie
6. Besiktash 2 OrduSpor 0
7. Fenerbahce 2 Kayseri 1
8. GalataSaray 1 GaziantepSpor 0
9. Eskisehir 2 Kasimpasha 1
We are also going to arbitrarily mention Turkish Airlines in the hopes that they will give us a free plane ticket from JFK (New York) to Istanbul.
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Friday, May 3, 2013
The Montreal Impact are standing strong in the Eastern Conference, which includes teams from Houston and Kansas City (?!), but at least the San Jose Earthquakes play in the West. They won a home game over the Chicago Fire by a 2-0 score in the NBC Sports Network Game of the Week. We actually watched a tape of the game, but we can't recall who kicked the goals.
But, the Imapct feautre the likes of Matteo Ferrai (pictured top), and Italian player who also played for the Turkish team Besiktash, Dany Arnaud, an American national who is the captain, and Sanna Nyassi from Gambia.
All the way over in Portland, Ore., the Portland Timbers, a team that is in third place in the West, featured another Gambian player Mamadou Danso and a roster of players from over 15 countries, including Diego Chara (pictured botton) who is one of four Timbers players from Colombia.
Amazingly enough, DC United, one of our favorite teams and the winner of four MLS championships, is in dead last in the east with a mere 4 points, and a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew didn't help matters.
Here are the standings:
1. Montreal Impact 16
2. New York Red Bull 14
3. Houston Dynamo 14
4. Sporting Kansas City 14
1. FC Dallas 20
2. L.A. Galaxy (pictured) 14
3. Portland Timbers 14
4. Chivas USA (Los Angeles) 11
5. Real Salt Lake 11
Montreal 2 Chicago 0
Vancouver 2 Dallas 2, tie
Houston 1 Colorado 1, tie
LA Galaxy 2 Real Salt Lake 0
New England 2 Philadelphia 0
Chivas 2 San Jose 2, tie
Portland 3 Sporting Kansas City 2
Columbus 3 DC United 0
Here are the current standings:
1. Juventus 80
2. Napoli 69
3. AC Milan 62
4. Fiorentina 61
5. AS Roma (pictured middle) 55
6. Udinese 54
7. Inter Milan 53
8. Lazio 52
These are the scores from LAST week's games:
Udinese 1 Cagilari 0
Napoli 3 Pescara 0
Parma 0 Lazio 0, tie
Atalanta 1 Bologna 1, tie
AS Roma 4 Siena 0
Genoa 1 Chevo 0
Juventus 2 Torino 0
Fiorentina 3 Sampdaria 0
Palermo 1 Inter Milan 0
AC Milan 4 Catania 2
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Hmmm.....yeah, I suppose if Rush Limbaugh is reading this, he will call for a boycott of Green Arrow, well we really don't care.
In Gotham (New York City), Midtown Comics is celebrating Free Comic Day with guests like Jim Lee, of "Uncanny X-Men" fame, Scott Snyder from "Batman," Nate Cosby from "Green Hornet" and our good friend (well, we have actually conversed online) Chris Eliopolous, who has a great underground comic strip called "Desperate Times." Gosh, we sure hope we spelled your name right, Chris (especially since you are of Greek heritage, and I am half-Turkish)!
At Midtown Comics, Jamal Peepers and Alex Simmons from Archie comics, which produces many children's comic books besides the usual Archie and Jughead standards, including "Sonic the Hedgehog."
Other comic book stores celebrating the occasion are Casablanca Comics in Portland, Maine, (the other 'Portlandia'), B & D Comics in Roanoke, Va., and Chapel Hill Comics in Chapel Hill, NC, which will also host comic strip artist Tom Batiuk of "Funky Winkerbean" on June 8th.
SIDEBAR: Since our hits go through the roof whenever we quote Che Guevara, we will post one of his quotes here. It should be pointed that while we politically support most center-left positions, we are not in favor of radical revolutions, especially if firearms are involved!
Here is one of Che's more famous quotes; we are not sure if he said this the day he was executed in Bolivia in 1968:
"The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."