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    Cinema vs. Television

    Yesterday I dared point out the obvious by posting the following (I won't say where to spare you the eye-rolling aftermath): Predictably the reaction wasn't very kind ("unfair," "an unrepentant snob," "ridiculous," "pedantry"), and apparently one never lives a solitary life by choice, but...
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    Travel Guide to Washington, DC (Shutdown-Free Edition)

    Amid all the moaning about the dilapidated state of our national parks and the disappointment of DC tourists right now I drafted the following sans-(mostly) Smithsonian travel guide of sorts a week or two ago to accommodate any current/incoming visitors to our nation's capital. Obviously it...
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    A brief history of the chaotic beginning of the Open Era...

    With respect to the Gamegate(?) from the women's USO final. Posted this earlier in another forum (don't ask) and frankly thought it too good to be buried among the deluge of hyperventilating rigmarole where it's no doubt headed, so here it is. (Consider that my way of filing it under the "Former...
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    Brazil's National Museum engulfed in flames....

    I'm truly at a loss for words. How do you begin to recover from such a monumental disaster? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-fire-museum/massive-fire-tears-through-rios-200-year-old-national-museum-idUSKCN1LJ00L The (absolutely infuriating) money quote: The Brazilian pols need to...
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    Tennis on Charlie Rose

    While I was just updating my old OP on Ashe's interview with Charlie Rose I noticed that the show's official site now provides full transcripts. As you may know Rose was a self-proclaimed tennis maven who invited many prominent players to his show over the years, and as someone who's seen most...
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    Jeanne Moreau, 1928–2017

    The French New Wave icon was 89 years old: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/movies/jeanne-moreau-dead.html (I'm sure there are other remembrances worth reading but am linking to this one out of appreciation for the Gray Lady's indefatigable gang of obituary writers, the recent subjects of...
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    Weiner sure takes his family name most seriously...

    and Huma Abedin has finally had enough of his d-bag hubby: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/huma-abedin-announces-separation-husband-anthony-weiner-n639421 This post I saw by a certain arriba65 (on the ABC News message board, not on the NBC site) just about sums it up: "Weiner: It cost you...
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    Looks like Rios police isn't all that trustworthier than Lochte....

    Who woulda thought? http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/21/investigation-ryan-lochte-rio-olympics-authorities/89082232/ When the public turned on Lochte last week I suspected the media were too eager to paint him and his teammates as a typical gang of irresponsible...
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    Truly Awkward/Uncomfortable/Cringe-Worthy Moments...

    So I get home after a hard day's work, and since I'm too fatigued for serious activities I decide to channel surf thinking there might be some holiday shows being aired. And lo and behold, after skipping The Sound of Music I stumble upon Miss Universe entering its last stage. Now I've never...
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    Name your favorite ground bass

    I was gonna post this in the "What are you listening to?" thread but since some of you seem to be pretty knowledgeable in music I thought I'd ask you to name a few outstanding examples that I may not be aware of. First a primer: http://www.britannica.com/art/ground-bass And let me start off...
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    Tell Us About Your Last/Favorite/Memorable Concerts/Performances

    Now that the new concert season is upon us (here in 'Murica) I thought I'd ask you guys about your most recent/all-time favorite/especially memorable performances you've attended over the years. Really anything goes except for the movies (which as you know we already have a popular thread for)...
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    Best Performances of Non-GOATs

    I was going to post this on the "highest level of tennis" thread, but then I created this list with the express purpose of celebrating the best performances of players who are NOT tennis demigods. So no Becker, Nadal, Sampras, Federer, Lendl and the rest on this list except as losers. Also I'm...
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    Arthur Ashe's Brief Assessments of His Rivals and American Upstarts

    As I noted on another thread, Arthur Ashe appeared on Charlie Rose's show not long before he died of AIDS-related pneumonia on February 3, 1993 (the interview is dated 10/28/92, so just over three months prior), and during the lively tête-à-tête he made the following observations on the game's...
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    Why the (classicist) disdain for Rafael Nadal?

    Before you start ranting away, let me make one thing clear: I'm really not interested in the wars between the Federer and Nadal fanatics. Like other social groups this board is bound to have its share of factions, and their behavior is fairly easy to explain and dismiss. Nor am I interested in...
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    Greatest Serves of All Time

    I've noticed that among the zillion GOAT threads in this forum there isn't a single comprehensive one ranking the greatest serves ever (for real), and since the serve is this sport's one shot that's least affected by outside variables (including racquets and strings) I've decided to create a new...
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