Jeeves and Wooster S01E01: “Jeeves Takes Charge”
(The scenes that I grabbed today equal 10,500 individual frames to be giffed. That’s a lot. I’m tired. Here’s a present.)
No doubt it is true that there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repented than over all the saints who consistently remain holy, and the rare, sudden gentleness of arrogant people have infinitely more effect than the continual gentleness of gentle people.
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
Sooo like a true history peep, I take notes on random bits of historical history. This week, carriages! :D (forgive me if I made a mistake!)
CALASH (also name for folding top on BAROUCHE, CHAISE and VICTORIA)
CHAISE (CHAY, SHAY)
CURRICLE (TYPE OF CHAISE)
No roof for driver = COUPE DE-VILLE
Coupé de-ville with folding top = LANDAU
Coupé de-ville with folding top over passenger =LANDAULET
HANSOM (BASED ON CABRIOLET, A TYPE OF “FLY”)
- "Fly" = A cab (short for cabriolet) for hire, hansom replaced hackney
- A hackney of a more expensive or high class was called a REMISE
VICTORIA (PHAETON BUT CLASSIER)
Do books matter? Do they change minds — or do we just read into them whatever we want to know? We live in the most literate age in human history, yet many people today find few things less useful than books, and no books as useless as those of the philosophers. Many scholars today take for granted that philosophy is a technical discipline concerned with questions that can make sense only to a cadre of professionals trained to a perfection of irrelevance. The wider public, meanwhile, tends to think of philosophy as a place to stash all the questions that well up wherever our knowledge runs completely dry: the meaning of life, why there is something rather than nothing, the existence of the supernatural, and all that. Of the many attributes that seem to mark America’s Founders as residents of a foreign time and place, probably none is more astonishing today than their unapologetic confidence in the power of books — and in particular the books of the philosophers.
Matthew Stewart, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (BOOK | KINDLE)
The Burning of Washington
Two hundred years ago on August 24 and 25, 1814, British troops occupied Washington, DC and burned the Capitol, the President’s house, and other public buildings during the War of 1812.
Not President Mitt Romney does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with help from Not Vice President Paul Ryan.
The best part of this is Romney’s deadpan, robotic, “That is cold,” after Ryan dumps the water on his head (while he wears a business suit!). But I would have donated everything I have to fighting ALS if Romney had just let loose and screamed some horrible, shocking, obscenely profane language after he got soaked. Also, did Mitt Romney’s hair just magically reshape itself into perfect condition after he ran his hand through it? I mean, that was impressive. Maybe we should have elected him President if he has magic hair; Mitt Romney might be one of the X-Men!
"Washington Monument as it stood for 25 years," 1860. Photograph by Mathew Brady