Excruciating rhymes

I was watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and I was struck by this rhyme (from the song  “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch:”) You’re a nauseous super naus!You’re a dirty crooked jockey, and you drive a crooked hoss    — Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas I tried to see what other particularly excruciating…

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Disney princesses: an attempt at a complete list

Last time we examined the “Disney princess” status of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This time I attempt to give an exhaustive list of all Disney princesses together with a very short summary of their status. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Snow White Queen’s Daughter; Queen? Prince’s Girlfriend; Prince’s Wife? Disney Princess…

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Disney princess pedigree: Belle

Is Belle a Disney princess? The case in favor As is clearly established in the opening monologue, the male lead is a prince. Only his outward form is temporarily changed by the nasty enchantress who entraps him into refusing shelter (as if this was a crime.) Nevertheless, he retains property rights to his castle and…

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Blown movie lines – Torn Curtain

In the underrated movie Torn Curtain, American scientists Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and Sarah Louise Sherman (Julie Andrews) meet up with East German scientist Gustav Lindt (the excellent actor Ludwig Dorath) to pump him for a secret formula (the MacGuffin.)They’re at an upscale party and a waltz is playing.  Lindt is a little tipsy and…

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Sample – WASAPI exclusive-mode event-driven playback app, including the HD Audio alignment dance

Attached to this post is a sample WASAPI exclusive-mode event-driven playback app, including amd64 and x86 binaries, source, and a modification of the ac3.wav Dolby Digital test tone to include a “fact” chunk. >play-exclusive.exe -?play-exclusive.exe -?play-exclusive.exe –list-devicesplay-exclusive.exe [–device “Device long name”] –file “WAV file name”     -? prints this message.    –list-devices displays the long names of…

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Blown movie lines – Casablanca

Ah… Casablanca.   Arguably the best movie of all time.  And yet a blown line?  How could I be so bold? The line: Play it [As Time Goes By] again, Sam. — Casablanca Wow… that line, blown?  Am I way off base here?  Arguably the best line of arguably the best movie… blown?  How so?…

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Blown movie lines – The Matrix

In the first Matrix movie there’s a very interesting character called Cypher.  If you go along with the theory that the Matrix series is a rough retelling of the story of Christ, Cypher is the closest analog to Judas Iscariot, who is one of the earliest very-interesting-characters. Unfortunately I personally found that the actor kind…

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