Category: nostalgia

Good, Better, Best

[In the Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 4, 1939. p. 12]

Good, Better, Best Streets

Consider Good street, Better street, and Best avenue. The first two ran east from Aberdeen street one and two blocks respectively south of Polk street. They were only a block long. The first was rechristened Hope street in 1935 and is now known as Cabrini street. Best avenue [named Wilton avenue in 1937] is two blocks long running south from Diversey next east of the elevated railroad.

Walter B. Smith

It looks like Better street is now known as Arthington street.

ok, hipsters

Here are some things that are not just okay, but great, transgressive, brilliant, amazing, and should be entirely legal:

And, here is something that is awful, horrible, embarassing, exploitative, and should be illegal:

Anyone want to step up and explain the difference to me?

chicago outdoor film festival 2000-2005

Ebert picks the highest rated season since the inaugural, and the youngest season ever. Also the first season without a musical.

Movie Year IMDB Rating IMDB Rank AFI Rank
Citizen Kane (b/w) 1941 8.7 10 1
Annie Hall 1977 8.3 89 31
My Darling Clementine (b/w) 1946 8
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 7.7 25
The Night of the Hunter (b/w) 1955 8.2 119
The Hustler (b/w) 1961 8 190
Star Wars 1977 8.7 12 15
Mean 1963 8.2
His Girl Friday (b/w) 1940 8.2 141
The Birds 1963 7.8
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (b/w) 1939 8.4 64 29
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967 7.5 99
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (b/w) 1956 7.8
Roman Holiday 1953 8 225
Guys & Dolls (musical) 1955 7.2
Mean 1953 7.8
It Happened One Night (b/w) 1934 8.3 100 35
A Night at the Opera (b/w, musical) 1935 8.1 166
On the Town (musical) 1949 7.7
In the Heat of the Night 1967 8 231
Only Angels Have Wings (b/w) 1939 7.6
Pillow Talk 1959 7.3
Rear Window 1954 8.7 17 42
Mean 1948 8.0
Some Like It Hot (musical) 1959 8.3 63 14
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (b/w) 1964 8.7 18 26
A Hard Day’s Night (b/w, musical) 1964 7.5
Carmen Jones (musical) 1954 7
Horse Feathers (b/w) 1932 7.7
Vertigo 1958 8.4 41
West Side Story (musical) 1961 7.8 61
Mean 1956 7.9
An American in Paris (musical) 1951 7.4 68
A Streetcar Named Desire (b/w) 1951 7.9 222 45
Top Hat (b/w, musical) 1935 7.8
Auntie Mame 1958 7.5
The Maltese Falcon (b/w) 1941 8.4 51 23
A Patch of Blue (b/w) 1965 7.7
Meet Me in St. Louis (musical) 1944 7.7
Mean 1949 7.8
The Wizard of Oz (musical) 1939 8.3 67 6
Casablanca (b/w) 1942 8.8 6 2
The Philadelphia Story (b/w) 1940 8.2 109 51
Singin’ in the Rain (musical) 1952 8.5 40 10
North by Northwest 1959 8.6 30 40
Mean 1946 8.5

sad news

The Detroit Free Press:

February 7, 2005, 10:15 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Karl Haas, who brought classical music to millions of daily listeners through his syndicated radio program, “Adventures in Good Music,” has died, according to the station that produced his program.

Karl Haas was a regular guest at my family’s dinner table when I was young. Usually when we’d just finished eating, just after clearing the plates, we’d sit at the table and the opening chords of his show’s theme would begin to play. There’d be a moment when the three of us would fall silent and just listen.

greencards, greencards

I feel badly for Prof. DeLong, who is battling comment spam (and wrestling with Movable Type) over at his semi-daily journal. He’s currently swearing by MT-Blacklist, but I read another recent blog posting which complains that MT-Blacklist isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and can even trade your spam problem for a server load problem.

The article goes on to suggest darkly that Google hasn’t acted against comment spam because of their financial stake in Blogger, but I think this is unlikely — I think it’s just a very hard problem. Staying ahead of a motivated attacker is nearly impossible, as countless computer security experts will attest — close one hole and a motivated attacker will just find another. I looked for a reference to this idea on Bruce Schneier’s site, but I couldn’t find one.

It’s the evil-Universe doppleganger of Open Source software development: not only do we have “given enough eyes, all bugs are shallow,” but also “given enough spammers, all opportunities will be exploited.” It’s the same everywhere — a truly determined attacker, no matter how many holes you plug, will find a new hole.

It’s not enough to blacklist commenters, to bayesian sort your email, to digitally-rights-manage your music, to X-ray every bag at the airport. Motivated parties will find a new way, a new method, a new weakness to exploit. There just isn’t a long-term technical solution, as far as I can see.

I shrugged it off, back in 1994, but maybe spam is going to turn out to be a big problem.

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