You wouldn't like him when he's angry | Image: Universal Pictures
For some, the holidays aren't necessarily all sweetness and light. With immediate and extended family gathered and the discussions of world events and politics that can produce; with some worn thin working odd hours with cranky coworkers; and travel by plane, train and automobile, tensions can run higher than usual.
But that doesn't mean we can't keep our own emotions in check. As "they" say, you can't control others, but you can control how you react toward them — and often, that makes a significant difference in the moods and behaviors of those around you.
This well researched article offers suggestions on how to communicate in tense situations as well as diffuse and keep reign on anger that gets a start simmering beneath the surface. Check it out; you may be able to use a technique that makes the inevitable refugee, presidential candidate and "who's eating the last slice of pie" discussion smooth sailing, and make your holiday season even more enjoyable.
You wouldn't like him when he's angry | Image: Universal Pictures
Philip Seymour Hoffman in a publicity still from The Talented Mr. Ripley
Image: Paramount Pictures
Fans of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman were floored and saddened when the actor died of a heroin overdose in February of 2014. It inspired some to go back and review the titles from his impressive film career, which spanned from 1991 until the year he died.
Beginning as a scene-stealing character actor and ending up as a commanding presence who often carried the movies and theater productions in which he starred, no one could say that, as an actor, Hoffman was a "one trick pony."
As such, Hoffman played widely varied character types: from a gay crew member of porn films in Boogie Nights to a privileged, preppy snob in The Talented Mr. Ripley. From a secretive Catholic priest in Doubt to a lonely obscene phone caller in Happiness.
Refresh yourself with every film title from the late actor's body of work and see how a writer from Vulture ranked each with his opinions of worst to best here.
Ah, Barbarella. How many ideas sprung from its seminal influence (Dr. Durand Durand, anyone)? Roger Vadim's 1968 film based on the French comics was the flop that launched a thousand concepts. Now a cult favorite, it starred Vadim's one-time wife and American acting dynasty family member Jane Fonda as a sexy star traveler.
This iinked collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Barbarella catches Fonda, Vadim and the easy-on-the-eyes, mostly French cast at the height of their glamour and beauty. See photos of Vadim and Fonda together, with his son, her about to spacesuit malfunction out of being dressed, a video clip of the opening titles, and more here.
Image credits: unknown (Via Dangerous Minds)
Vadim cuts Fonda into (or out of) her costume
A past episode of BrainStuff – HowStuffWorks explains that odd, sorta-Brit/sorta not accent that some American actors, politicians and other notable names used to affect. What we're hearing is known as the Transatlantic (Mid-Atlantic) Accent, which was taught to actors, media types and students alike, mostly prior to the second world war.
What's funnier than the accent itself is the way some actors spoke that way consistently throughout their early films and then dropped it in their later years, thus rendering their voices practically unrecognizable. Mia Farrow in, say, Rosemary's Baby vs. her later films comes to mind. Via Laughing Squid
PlayMID and Eduardo Cajal's production Porta Estel·lar (catalan for "Star Gate") was created using the fuselage of an old airplane as container and stage for a light show made more immersive by the close quarters. The show makes great use of the contours of the fuselage such as the windows and rounded body.
The creators intend Porta Estel·lar to be suggestive of
"the idea of interstellar travel, audience flies to outer space in an intense trip, from departure and takeoff to the sighting of comets, planets, galaxies and alien worlds, until finally returning safe to earth."
Héloïse Weiner is a mom to sons William, almost 3, Ezra, 18 months, and newborn Nino. Anyone presented with that information can easily gather that she has her hands full. Héloïse documents the joys and occasional sorrows of motherhood with entertaining, well written comics, some of which are featured above and below.
The humor in her work has helped her deal with serious issues such as postpartum depression, a condition Héloïse has suffered from in the past. She says it makes her happy to share her work with parents who can relate.
California-based artist Noel Cruz (previously at Neatorama) continues his fine work repainting celebrity dolls, which seldom look very much like their real-life inspirations, to look more realistic. Cruz not only does amazing paint jobs on the dolls and transforms them into near photorealistic works of art, but he also lists many of them for sale.
See his latest listings and work at his Deviant Art site.
Three-year-old Hadley teaches the family dog (who looks to be a poodle mix — possibly a Goldendoodle) how to offer his paw to shake. Her father looks on as the lesson progresses, with both teacher and student apparently feeling confident in their performances. Via Viral Viral Videos
You've understandably been counting down the months, and the time is finally here. Yes, it's time for the release of the 2016 New York City Cab Drivers Calendar. For three years running, cab drivers in the Big Apple have been showing their sensual sides for a good cause. In that time, they've raised more than $50,000 to benefit the city's University Settlement. The organization assists immigrants and working families with securing housing, education and literacy efforts.
Don't let those pretty boy firemen rule the charity calendar world. Check out more hot shots and place your order at the calendar website.
Via My Modern Met | Images: New York City Taxi Drivers Calendar
In episode 43, the latest Anglophenia video, host Kate Arnell discusses fact and fiction regarding British influence and more in the origin story of our American Thanksgiving holiday. How many of us have misconceptions when we envision those who partook of the first Thanksgiving and the circumstances surrounding their arrival in the new world? Hear this interesting take on their trip over, their early experiences and other facts. Via Laughing Squid
American realist painter and Manhattan resident Edward Hopper created many iconic images of life in America, both urban and rural. Hopper generally painted simple, restrained scenes, yet he worked during some of the country's most chaotic, tumultuous times; throughout the Great Depression and both world wars.
In this video, YouTuber the Nerdwriter analyzes one of Hopper's most recognized paintings, Nighthawks. Learn some interesting facts and circumstances surrounding the creation of this painting, as well as insights about the artist in general that shed light on his works. Via Esquire
The Island of Doctor Moreau | Image: New Line Cinema
Sometimes "movie magic" can only be considered so because the onscreen action belies horrible conditions behind the scenes. Whether the director and actors are at each others' throats, one or more members of the cast are making diva/divo demands, environmental conditions are unbearable or other difficult circumstances are present, things on the set can turn miserable on a dime.
Take, for example, the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau. Add together the following: warlocks, puma pee, treehouse demands, jungle escapes, and that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Get the full story, and that of five other films that were hell behind the scenes, at Cracked.
Spanish photographer Guido Gutiérrez Ruiz posts to his Instagram account images that are so arresting it's hard to believe that they are captured with his phone. A true testament to the saying "It's not the camera but the person behind it," Ruiz and his work might make some rethink their plans to get that expensive camera in order to produce interesting vacation photos.
See more landscapes, travel documentary and architectural shots by Ruiz on his Instagram account.
In this "keep a Kleenex box on standby" video, social media darling Manny the Frenchie, a very vocal French bulldog whose human is no stranger to philanthropic gestures, visits a fan of his in New Orleans. Joycelun, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, recently underwent a double lung transplant. Her stepsister contacted Manny's owner to let him know about Joycelun and her love of the canine celebrity.
In this video footage, under the guise of an interview about her disease, Joycelun is surprised and thrilled by a visit from Manny and is presented with other surprise gifts as well. Via Uproxx
Home Alone cast | Image: Twentieth Century Fox
It's been 25 years since audiences were introduced to Kevin McCallister. Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, was the mischievous boy on punishment who was left behind by a large group of his immediate and extended family when they were in a rush to get to the airport for a Christmas vacation. What have Culkin and the members of his screen family been doing in the interim? The linked article provides a roundup.
One unusual development is in the life of bullying McCallister brother Buzz. Actor Kevin Ratray made a documentary about his love for Condoleezza Rice, entitled Courting Condi.
See the trailer for that beauty and the rest of the updates on the Home Alone gang here.
This group of glamour shots from the 1950s may create a nostalgia in viewers for times when beauty standards for women allowed for slightly heavier, curvier models. These bodies have no sharp angles; they are soft and roundly shaped. Their poses and particularly their facial expressions seem attempts to convey innocence and a sort of sweet naiveté not found in modern photography of this type.
See a collection of glamour photos circa the 1950s at Vintage Everyday.
Images via Glamour Daze
If you haven't yet seen this hilarious viral footage of an Irishman touring Las Vegas who had his GoPro camera focused on himself instead of outward for the duration of his trip, don't miss it. Joseph Griffin went with his wife to Las Vegas, and prior to his departure, his son Evan presented him with a GoPro camera with which to record his adventures. He recorded them all right... and the viewer gets to see exactly the way he reacts to every sight. So much for the luck of the Irish (unless one interprets the saying as meaning bad luck). Via Viral Viral Videos
This video provides ten handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows. I think most readers who use Windows will find one or more tips in here that they find useful. In the video are shortcuts including reopening a closed tab in your web browser, pasting text without formatting, quickly snapping windows to the side, instantly screenshot to a file and more.
For Mac users, the makers of the video also have a similar one for Macs on their YouTube channel, HouseholdHacker. Via Laughing Squid
Envision the last time a fellow passenger on an airline flight you took annoyed you. What was their infraction of your personal airline passenger code of conduct? Prior to reading the linked list of Expedia's picks for most annoying people on the plane, I thought of a few behaviors I can't stand seeing from airline travelers. Not all made it on this list, but the majority did.
Yet by the time I read to the end of their list, I was still looking for the jerk who clips his fingernails/toenails during the flight and, worse yet, without any concern for where they land. But where do you stand on the following item? Let me know — and add any rude behaviors you think should be added to the list — in the comment section below.
9. SEATBACK GUY
To recline or not to recline: Emotions run high around this question, and 32 percent of those surveyed can’t stand the ones who do. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of Americans say they would either prefer to have reclining seats banned entirely or at least restricted to set times during short-haul flights. Yet only 31 percent refuse to recline their own seats. Among the larger percentage who do lean back, 30 percent do so when they plan to sleep, 28 percent recline if the flight exceeds three hours, and 13 percent do so immediately after takeoff. Thirteen percent recline when the passenger in front of them does, domino-style, and 26 percent would recline their seat punitively if the passenger behind them was aggressive or rude. Twelve percent would still recline if the passenger behind them was tall, and 10 percent would recline even if the passenger behind them was noticeably pregnant.
St. Louis, Missouri-based artist Cayce Zavaglia (featured previously at Neatorama), working out of her home studio, creates these unique and intricate embroideries that from a distance look like fine art paintings. That Zavaglia works out of her home is appropos, considering her portraits are exclusively of her friends and family.
The former painter takes approximately 100 photos before embarking on a portrait project, in order to select a facial expression she wants to capture. After she chooses the image, Zavaglia uses one-ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen as her media.
The artist has a New York exhibition of her work that's currently showing at Lyons Wier Gallery from November 5th until December 6th, 2015. Watch a video interviewing Zavaglia about her process above, and follow her work on social media via Instagram. Via Beautiful Decay
Miller's "winning photo" in her fight for FSM religious rights
Image: American Humanist Association
Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Massachusetts, a self-described Pastafarian, has won her fight to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver's license photo. Arguing that her chosen headgear was part of her right to freely express and practice her religion, Miller was granted permission by the state of Massachusetts motor vehicles division on appeal, after their initial refusal.
The Massachusetts RMV's website writes that drivers may not wear hats or head coverings in their drivers' license photos unless the clothing items are “for medical or religious reasons.”
Miller says she wore the strainer to show her devotion to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The French illustrator working under the name "Catsass" originally drew these comical images of cat sleeping positions in French, for website Topito. Shown here are the images with the captions translated into English, and the humor isn't lost in translation.
Which of these drawings is most representative of your overall napping-with-cat experience?
Dale Kerstetter | Image: Unsolved Mysteries via Wikia
The public has spent collective millions on surveillance cameras in private homes, public areas, retail establishments and the like. The goal is to have video footage as backup in case of accident, theft or other emergency. Sometimes these videos pay off, perpetrators are apprehended and once unclear circumstances are understood. Yet occasionally the video footage not only doesn't clarify things, it deepens the mystery. Such is the case with the following story.
"In 1987, 50-year-old Dale Kerstetter was employed as a security guard at the Corning Glassworks plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. On the evening of September 12, Dale arrived at the plant to work the graveyard shift. The following morning when another security guard showed up to relieve Dale, he was inexplicably missing.
Dale’s truck was still in the parking lot, and his keys and other personal items were left behind. It was soon discovered that $250,000 of platinum pipe had been stolen from the plant. The situation became even more perplexing when investigators checked the plant’s security tapes.
Surveillance footage showed that an unidentified masked man had entered the plant sometime during the night. At one point, Dale was seen leading this man through the building and staring directly at the camera. Upon first glance, it seemed like the intruder was forcing Dale to take him to the area where the platinum was stored, but the footage made it impossible to determine whether Dale was under duress or working in conjunction with the thief.
Dale was in debt at the time, so there was speculation that he may have been involved in the heist and skipped town with his share. The plant’s management seemed to think that Dale stared directly at the camera to taunt them. However, Dale’s family never believed that he was involved and suspected that he was an innocent murder victim.
Indeed, the surveillance footage also showed the masked intruder wheeling a large bag out of the plant, which could have contained Dale’s body. Whatever the truth, Dale Kerstetter has not been seen in nearly 30 years."
Teton Gravity Research, described on their website as "an action sports media company committed to fueling progression through its films and website," was filming pro skier Ian McIntosh in the Neacola mountain range of Alaska when disaster struck.
McIntosh, 24, set off from his perch at the top of a mountain with an incredibly steep drop. All was well until he fell into a five-foot trench during one of his turns, which led to a 1,600-foot long tumble down the mountain, during which he was unable to stop. According to TGR,
"TGR Co Founder, Todd Jones, says [the accident] “was the most terrifying crash I’ve ever seen.” While filming for Paradise Waits up in the Neacola range of AK, Mac dropped into a line he thought he had studied thoroughly enough, only to fall into an unseen five foot deep trench on one of his first turns.
'From there, my slough took over and their was no way to stop, I pulled my airbag to help prevent against any possible trauma injuries as I tumbled to the bottom,' he said. While attempting to regain his footing, Mac lost a ski and cartwheeled over 1,600 feet in under a minute."
This is Spinal Tap | Image: MGM
The Writer's Guild of America, both western and eastern divisions, recently created events centering around member voting for the 101 funniest screenplays of all time. The resulting list, though heavy on titles from the 80s, names films young and old. How many of these comedies have you seen and what belongs or doesn't belong on the list, in your opinion?
The delightfully sarcastic and occasionally twisted humor of Gemma Correll's comics is on display here as she shows us examples of less tasty holiday beverage fare. Are you one of the much media hyped, yet rarely seen in natural habitat crows who has a problem with certain red holiday beverage cups and their contents? Try out some of these creations and see how they compare.
There are four remaining Correll holiday beverage concoctions: see them here.
Via Laughing Squid
What if our universe is just a projection on a wall being watched by a giant Shia LaBeouf in another universe— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 11, 2015
On Tuesday, eccentric actor Shia LaBeouf announced that, as "performance art," he would take over a theater at New York City's Angelika Film Center and watch as all 27 movies he's acted in were shown in reverse chronological order. The "art piece" was to be open to the public, free of charge.
LaBeouf wasn't kidding. He camped out in a seat in the theater, which filled up with onlookers curious about this Shia show. The actor's expressions as he took in his films were live streamed as well. Though the movie marathon ended Thursday, the live stream is available on repeat. LaBeouf ignored any attempts to communicate with him during the showing.
One bunch of people who paid close attention to the event was the so-called "Twitterverse." Some examples of their amusing reactions are above and below; see a collection of reaction tweets here. Tweets can be searched under hashtag #allmymovies.
How do you think Shia found a jacket that matched the color of the glow of a movie screen reflected in his eyes so perfectly?— alix (@alixmcalpine) November 12, 2015
James Franco must be so sad that he's been trying to reach this level of bizarre for years and Shia just owns it effortlessly #allmymovies— Simone Richardson (@simonemoann) November 11, 2015
The "Don't" example model is on the left; the "Do" lady is on the right
Would you believe that in 1937, one Allan Gilbert founded "Gilbert’s School of Undressing" in Manhattan? The institution of higher learning instructed women on how to undress for their husbands, with the claim that removing their clothing in an unattractive manner destroyed marriages.
The linked excerpt from Life magazine documents some of Gilbert's insights. Such a school must have been desperately needed, as this concern was right up there with all of the pressing, post-depression, pre-war issues of the day. Instructing wives on how to properly undress was crucial.
I wonder if Gilbert shared any tips for husbands as to their behavior when their wives showed off this newfound expertise? "Sit back in silk pajamas and a smoking jacket with a pre-strip, wife-mixed cocktail in hand," perhaps? I'm looking forward to that lost article being unearthed.
In the meantime, enjoy these wifely strip tips. (I would call the photos SFW, but be warned that some of the lady parts are just barely covered.)
Images: LIFE magazine via Vintage Everyday
“Nightgown technique is the high point in the Gilbert course. Here Miss St. Clair adroitly gets into her nightgown and drops her lingerie all in one magic motion."
“A prime principle of artful undressing is to keep the hands graceful at all times. Here Miss Fonzlau clearly demonstrates what a knot some women make of their clothes.”
Smithsonian’s National Zoo is home to Bei Bei, a 3-month-old giant panda cub. In this footage, Bei Bei's doting mother looks on as the cub takes his first — albeit unsteady — steps.
In the part of the video that elicited an "aww!" from me, Bei Bei's mom, seemingly as a reward for the cub's brief adventures in independence, scoops him up like a human would with a baby and gives him a big (panda) bear hug.
Keep up with Bei Bei and his mom at the Smithsonian National Zoo's live panda cam. Via Uproxx
Fans of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film starring Gene Wilder are sure to appreciate this interview of former cast members by the Today Show for NBC News.
See what the actors who played Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Charlie Bucket, Violet Beauregarde and more look like now, and hear anecdotes from the filming, which took place a staggering 44 years ago! Via Laughing Squid
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