Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Visit the Digital Public Library of America

About the DPLA:
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements: a portal, a platform and public opinion.

and check out these and other exhibitions:

The History of American Public Libraries

Maps in American Culture

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Off the Cuff Movie Review - Captain America Civil War

Marvel delivers again with another powerful ensemble performance 

I have seen nearly all of the MCU movies, and enjoyed them so last night the family went to see Captain America: Civil War. Right away I can say I enjoyed it. This film has everything - action, suspense, surprise, humor, sadness, tragedy and does not ever descend into message fic while presenting Big Questions. I did not leave the theater happy, but I was satisfied.

Civil War and its titular predecessor, The Winter Soldier have the most realism of any 'superhero' movies I've seen, if one can use the term realism when talking about persons who fly and shoot lasers out of their hands/eyes/heads. Best quotable of the film:
"That thing doesn't obey the laws of physics at all."
I'll leave it to you to guess who says that, and about what. It was a terrific bit of Lampshade Hanging on the un-reality of superhero films. Anyway, back to the realism bit.