Their latest comedic offering, Hail, Caesar!, with Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, and Josh Brolin, among others, and due for release this February, looks like fun though. Check out the trailer, and see what I mean. I’m just hoping they haven’t put only the best parts of the film in here…
People with higher credit scores are more likely to be in a committed relationship and stay together
People tend to form relationships with others who have a similar credit score as them
Credit scores are indicative of trustworthiness in general, and couples with a mismatch in credit scores are more likely to see their relationships end for reasons not directly related to their use of credit
There’s much that the unattached can also take from this data as well, especially when it comes to avoiding relationship related financial problems in the first place. Modifying that pick-up line would be a good start, I think. And here’s a suggestion. “So, what’s your credit score?” How do you think something like that would work?
In late 2006, residents of the English town of Ipswich were terrorised by a serial killer, referred to as the Suffolk Strangler, who murdered five women, all prostitutes. Police eventually arrested Steve Wright, a local forklift truck driver, and he was subsequently jailed for life in 2008, after being found guilty of the murders of all five women.
Wright’s neighbours were shocked when it was revealed that he had been charged in connection with the deaths. They were determined however that their community would not be tarnished by his crimes, and rallied together to restore the good reputation of their suburb. Their efforts are the subject of London Road, trailer, by Rufus Norris (“Broken”, “Everyman”).
Based on The National Theatre stage production of the same name, written by Alecky Blythe, the residents’ story is told through transcripts from interviews they later recorded with Blythe, as a musical. I haven’t seen the stage version of the story, so possibly the concept carries better as a live show, but Norris’ adaptation is awkward to say the least.
It has to be remembered that London Road is set from the perspective of the residents, not the victims, or the culprit, or the police, and despite the horror that occurred metres from their homes, attempts to take a positive tack. In opting for dialogue that spontaneously breaks out into often repetitive song however, the result borders on the whimsical and frivolous.
To my mind, this particular format only makes light of the tragedy that befell Wright’s victims. Obviously this is not the intent, on either the part of the producers, or the cast, who, despite the circumstances, put in heartfelt, if sometimes self-conscious performances, but I think it is a method better left for telling stories of a less serious nature.
If there’s a light in a room that makes a statement, it would be a chandelier. And not solely by way of its grandeur either, but also the manufacture, which remains an intensely manual process. Needless to say, they’re not inexpensive, but if it’s a statement you wish to make, then cost should not be a consideration, should it?
Well, last week’s writing break here wasn’t quite as productive as I hoped it would be, but I managed to revamp the disassociated website, come through, take a look, and see what you think, if you’re reading this via syndication. The grey I am now using is called Gray20, a web safe colour, and has been in and out of use on site since the early days.
There’s also a new contact form, the Very Simple Contact Form, by Guido van der Leest, a Dutch WordPress theme and plugin developer, and just the sort of super sleek, minimal, very simple contact form (with spam controls) that had been eluding me for a long time, until I searched for “very simple contact form”. Seek and ye shall find?
So, here’s hoping this week proves more productive.
Interruptions are worse than a nuisance at the best of times, and a lost train of thought occasioned by a telephone call or whatever, may not only mean a lost idea, but can also impact on productivity. And that can begin to carry a financial cost, if it happens often enough. So, what to do? Eliminate interruptions? Good luck with that.
Scientists however think it may be possible, by way of electrical stimulation to the appropriate region of the brain, to counter the effects of interruptions, thereby leaving the brain where it left off, so to speak, and able to process whatever task it was working on, as if nothing had happened. And all, maybe, from the comfort of your open plan office cubicle.
So Blumberg and his colleagues recently decided to apply electrodes over one part of the brain that’s known to be active in shaping attention. And this area – it’s called the prefrontal cortex – plays a very important role in directing how we pay attention to different things. And the electric stimulation gave this area a little boost. The researchers then gave volunteers different tasks, interrupted them and then measured how quickly they could refocus their attention after the interruption.
While New Zealanders are in the process of deciding whether or not to change their national flag, and it’s good to see the Red Peak design is now included as an option, a proposal is afoot to create an alternative flag for the American South, an area of the south eastern United States that was once largely part of the Confederate States of America.
The task: Create a visual identity for the South that isn’t attached to the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag. The goal wasn’t a replacement for the Confederate flag; it was a new symbol that could appropriately represent the South as it stands today.