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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ghosts of Rick

A while back I was looking up Jon Bernthal on IMDB when watching the Dwayne Johnson film Snitch (you may also know Jon as Shane from The Walking Dead), and I noticed that he played a character with a very interesting name in the movie "The Ghost Writer."  Rick Ricardelli.  What a tremendous name.

Having never seen The Ghost Writer, nor even reading the plot summary on Wikipedia (I don't want to spoil the movie in case I see it later!), I don't know how prominent Rick's role is.  I don't even know if the movie is any good, but it got a 77 on metacritic.

All I know is that I like that name.  So, thanks to The Rock for luring me into watching Snitch, recognizing Jon from The Walking Dead and then checking IMDB about him.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Two Claps and a Ric Flair

Perhaps you've seen that one of the Indianapolis Colts players does a Ric Flair impression in the locker room.  The Nature Boy himself has responded.  



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rick's Brewery

Rick's Brewery is...well, let me just show you what they say on the website.

Rick’s Brewery is likely the last remaining residence brewery in the state of Iowa. A residence brewery is a small brewery where the brew-master and family have living quarters in the brewery. Built by German immigrants in the 1850′s and styled after Brewery’s of that era from back home in Germany. This property was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1999. The current owners are doing the best they can to preserve and restore as much of the original brewery as is possible and protect the property from future flooding events.

The website includes some photos of the site, history of the site as well as a few posts about some maintenance that has been done. It also notes that they don't give tours, so don't go trying to visit.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Houdini

The amazing Harry Houdini, or ERIK WEISZ (or about a half dozen other spellings of Erik and or/Weiss...maybe the amazing part is why no one figure out his real name for sure), was famous for his escape acts.   He got out of tanks of water, shackles, straight jackets, chains, just about anything he could find to bind him.

Last fall History Channel had a mini-series about the life of Houdini, with Adrien Brody playing the title role.  I thought it was an interesting show, worth the 2 two-hour segments.

Not sure if the videos from the show's website are showing up for everyone, but they have a handful of clips with commentary at http://www.history.com/shows/houdini/videos