Archive for September, 2006

Nanook of the North

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #33: Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North. This is the third time now that I’ve seen Nanook of the North. I’m currently rewatching films I’ve already seen but not reviewed that are on the Criterion list. Despite the fact that Nanook of the North is filled […]

Beer and Grassroots Activism

I was at Edison’s last night meeting with some neighborhood folks about a possible synergy between the larval Tremont Civility Project and a possible mentoring program to bring together new residents, long-time residents and even longer-time residents. I also got pretty drunk. Rogue Brewery’s Dead Guy Ale This ale was moderately hoppy with a thick […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #23: Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. This is a good time to explore the Criterion Collection’s mission statement, since I know plenty of people think that having RoboCop on a list with The 400 Blows and 8½ is an abomination. The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important […]


Yesterday was a terrible day to be heading west on I-90. I hit Buffalo right after the Bills game got out, had torrential downpours all the way to Cleveland and arrived back in town right when the Browns game finished. People were driving and not-driving like jackasses in the rain. The people pulled over on […]

Beer and Sushi

I’m in Kingston, Ontario, Canada at the moment and just got back from the Kingston Brewing Company Limited where I had a Dragon’s Breath Real Ale, which is an English-style ale, non-carbonated and hand-pumped from the tap. It was thick and grainy like you’d expect from an English Ale, and very smooth to drink, especially […]


The night before last I met a relatively new Tremont resident for beer and tacos at the Lincoln Park Pub. We spent nearly two hours chatting about the various places we’d lived in Indiana, job prospects and how to fix Cleveland. Yesterday I was going to write more about this, but due to a power […]

Round VII – Second Night of Interviews

Last evening was the second night of interviews for the seventh round of Neighborhood Connections grant-making. We had six interviews on the schedule, but one cancelled due to illness. The other interviewees presented on beautification programs, safety programs, and educational programs. One thing that I’ve started to notice, from attending the Tremont Strategic Investment meeting […]

The Sword of Doom

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #280: Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom. As I watched this, I kept thinking that if Samuel Fuller had been Japanese, he would have made The Sword of Doom. This film has the curious mix of shlock and art, brutality and grace that Fuller was known […]

Some Deal

I’ve got so much web-based work to do that I’m considering dropping the $50/mo it would cost to have internet access at home again. The redesign of Tremonter is moving fitfully, I’m having to teach myself much mySQL, and Drupal‘s documentation assumes a certain level of developer expertise that I’m just now getting. The interactive […]

Round VII – First Night of Interviews

The first night of interviews for Round VII of the Neighborhood Connections grant program was last night. I didn’t have to haul ass out to Mt. Pleasant this time, since my group was meeting at St. Ignatius. We were supplied with coffee and tea which was great since I was fighting some sinus stuff. We […]

This Is Spinal Tap

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #12: Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap. This will be short since I don’t know if I’m capable of speaking critically about a film that is so near and dear to my heart. In a sense, its execution was prescient, though rockumentaries like The Song Remains […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #332: Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana. Viridian comes from the Latin viridis, meaning green, but color has little to do with Buñuel’s Viridiana. He took the name from the life of a St. Viridiana [Feb 1st], but that is tangential to the action of the film. It is […]

Notre Dame versus Penn State

I went to the home opener this weekend, and in true football fan fashion I can barely speak today. I drove to my Uncle Corbin’s on Friday and had a flatiron steak and a baked sweet potato for dinner, and we got up the next day, rendesvoused with some of his friends and headed to […]

Fall Grant-Making

The Neighborhood Connections grant-making committee met again last night to start the fall round of grant discernment. We had delicious food from Luchita’s. This round only had about 60% the number of proposals compared to the spring round. This is, apparently, typical. But it means that you have a better chance of being funded if […]

The Browning Version

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #294: Anthony Asquith’s The Browning Version. Summer is over and since all the children are heading back to school I thought I’d better pick up where I left off 4 months ago and start watching Criterion Collection films again. This film happens to take place at […]

Vegetable Stew

I made my first fall pot of vegetable stew this weekend. I pretty much eat stew all winter long.