Frederic Raphael, who co-authored the screenplay for “Eyes Wide Shut,” recalls Kubrick questioning whether a film could truly represent the Holocaust in its entirety. After Raphael mentioned “Schindler’s List,” Kubrick replied: “Think that’s about the Holocaust? That was about success, wasn’t it? The Holocaust is about six million people who get killed. `Schindler’s List’ is about 600 who don’t. Anything else?”
From The New Yorker, via Daring Fireball.
The wedding of Charles and Diana accompanied a 15 percent drop in U.K. tourism, while that of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson saw an 8 percent decline from the average for that time of year. Perhaps tourists don’t like knowing they’re officially not the center of attention. On top of that historic bad news, the Department of Homeland Security has announced a travel advisory for Britain during that period because of increased fears of terrorism, so that eliminates Americans, and they’re generally thought to be the ones who care. In additional bad news, the economy is predicted to take a £5 billion hit, dwarfing any uptick in mug sales.
In fact, I’m traveling to London this spring — in May, purposefully avoiding royal wedding season.
Via The Daily Dish.
A story comes to us from Answers in Genesis about the six-year-old son of a Christian family whose “heart has been changed” since they took him to the Creation Museum.
At the end of the show her 6 year old son . . . grabbed one of the cards credit card type, the one you can sign the back of if you make a commitment to Christ and took it home. Later that night, as he was drying off from his bath, he turned and looked at his mom and asked, “Mommy, am I a Christian?” So they talked and prayed because he really wanted to know Jesus. He was so happy after that while he was brushing his teeth, he kept stopping to sing,” I’m a Christian, I’m a Christian!” They went and told his dad then pulled out that little card and he proudly signed his name and dated the card.
It is truly amazing that the museum was able to convince a six-year-old boy that the way to be a good person was to profess the same beliefs as his parents. The Lord is truly working miracles through the Creation Museum by getting young children to make lifetime commitments to things that they don’t really understand.
Via Unreasonable Faith.
If a grizzly bear attacks you, play dead. If it’s a black bear, try to scare it off. If you get caught by a polar bear, you may as well fight because you have nothing to lose.
Unfortunately, neither playing dead nor fighting back works as well against polar bears as against their smaller relatives. They’re often more interested in eating you than in neutralizing you as a threat, so playing dead might just make their job easier. Fighting back is pretty useless, too, but if you find yourself rolling around the tundra with a one-ton polar bear, you don’t have much to lose. As with other bears, try to injure its nose or eyes, and steer clear of those big, swinging paws. A single strike can kill a person.
Via The Hairpin.