DrWeb’s Top Ten Christmas Movies… updated 2018


See the above link, reposted this list today with an update to the list..

[originally published 12/24 in 2004, from my old blog]

Here’s my favorite Christmas movies, with links to see more about them at the Internet Movie Database..

I know I said top ten, but I’m adding a movie to the mix this year, let’s call it an extra listing #11.. see below.. if you haven’t seen the “Office Christmas Party,” settle in for some hilarious, over-the-top spoofing of holiday parties and office culture…

enjoy the holidays…



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Source: Listen and create ambient sounds easily

Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian

“For the sociologist Eric Klinenberg, a vision of the good city begins in the local library. It’s a place where a huge amount of knowledge is available permanently, free of charge. It’s a computer centre; it’s a place where everyone goes, including the marginalised young and elderly. Security is light-touch – “you rarely see a police officer in the library”.

“It is adaptable in a crisis. During Hurricane Sandy, a branch library in Staten Island became the place where local people sheltered and where relief was coordinated. In north-west Bangladesh, libraries float on moored boats in flood-prone areas. All this passes almost unnoticed. Libraries are closing across the UK and the US at a scarily rapid rate (nearly 130 have closed in the past year, it was recently revealed). The public library is not, and inherently never can be, a market, and so, Klinenberg writes, “If it didn’t already exist, it’s hard to imagine our society’s leaders inventing it.”

Source: Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian

Library of Congress National Film Registry Turns 30 | Library of Congress

#Movie #Poster Jurassic Park (1993) 667x1000

“Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady” and the rocking sounds of “Monterey Pop.” Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.”

Source: Library of Congress National Film Registry Turns 30 | Library of Congress

Home | Libraries Ready to Code

“The Ready to Code Collection provides resources and strategies for coding and computational thinking activities that are grounded in research, aligned with library core values, and support broadening participation.”

An initiative of the American Library Association (ALA)…

Source: Home | Libraries Ready to Code

How to Watch Live As NASA Lands on Mars Today | Travel + Leisure

NASA image

Courtesy of NASA

“How to live-stream Insight’s landing on Mars. You can watch InSight’s attempt to land on Mars live on NASA TV. On Monday, Nov. 26, NASA TV will broadcast the landing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST/2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. There will then be a post-landing news briefing no earlier than 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. You can also watch the landing on YouTube and UStream.”

Source: How to Watch Live As NASA Lands on Mars Today | Travel + Leisure

U.S. House Leadership.. Think Outside the Box?

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know there’s a discussion and some say a challenge to the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Here’s some of what is showing up on “Google News” for her as a topic:


This story also talks about Nancy and the upcoming vote for House leadership:

The Democratic leader has personally courted disgruntled members and deployed her sprawling network to bolster her, all but overwhelming her critics.

Source: With honey instead of vinegar, Pelosi steadily inches toward the speaker’s gavel – The Washington Post

So, I started thinking, hmmm, I wonder how the House leadership works, its history and rules, etc. You can see more about that at the Wikipedia page noted below:

Source: Speaker of the United States House of Representatives – Wikipedia

Thinking Outside the Box

Which brings me to the idea that they can make rules, so they can change their rules.

With the new 2018 Midterm election bringing in more voices, more diversity, more women, more people of color, more younger and energetic members, they should think outside the box a bit.

Why not give these voices a chance to be heard? Why not include them in “leadership”?

Why don’t they have a New Voices Co-Speaker? Why don’t they have a New Voices Leadership Team that provides advice and counsel to Nancy or whomever is Speaker?

Rather than leaving them out, include them.. practice inclusion. Take advantage of this new political energy and voices, listen, learn, change, adapt, grow.

Having these new leaders more visible and allowed by rule changes to be more active and involved, would provide a new vitality to the U.S. House. It would be something to point to at a 2020 election and say, look how we grew, look how we are different, look how we changed…

It might win some votes, too…


So Do We Want To Know What Britain Is Really Like For 14 Million Of Its Citizens?

Very surprised by this news.. UK needs new leadership…

Tish Farrell


Last week, 16 November 2018, Professor Philip Alston, international lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights made his statement on the shameful state of Britain. He began by pointing out that the UK is the world’s fifth largest economy, yet one fifth of its population live in poverty. Of these, 1.5 million are destitute. The reasons for this, he says, are largely ideological, and government ministers are so fixed on their agendas, they are refusing to acknowledge the evidence presented to them, or acknowledge the consequences of their policies. The problems, Professor Alston states, are set to grow worse, and especially for the most vulnerable: CHILDREN.

14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials. The widely respected Institute for Fiscal…

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