I came across a mention of this film in a movie magazine recently (I think it was Empire), and it came recommended, and so I decided to check it out — it’s a Shudder original film. I ended up really enjoying this. At first there was sequences that I disliked because it felt like an illogical thing for a character to do (like keeping something hidden from another character that it made no sense to keep hidden), but in the end it didn’t really matter because I thought the story they told wa...
Tags: Travel, Film, Spiral, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020

Wicked City

Something I haven’t done so far as part of these October horror marathons is watch something animated, nevermind anime, and so I decided to look up a few things I could watch, and this came up. I do remember that this existed, with the reputation of being one of those “dark and dirty” animated films from Japan, but can’t remember if I ever actually watched it or not. Well, despite this being included in lists of horror anime films, this ended up being much more porn-y (with even a tentacle...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Film, Anime, Wicked City, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020

Spiral (Uzumaki)

Watching Shudder’s Spiral film reminded me of the 2000 Japanese film Spiral (Uzumaki), itself an adaptation of the excellent Junji Ito manga, and so I decided it would be fun to revisit it. This is such a strange film, and not just because of the story (which is strange as fuck) but because of the way the film is made, including an odd cast, eccentric maybe even wooden acting, color correction that gives the entire film a somber green-ish tint, and an all-together old school feel (not some...
Tags: Travel, Film, Spiral, ITO, Debaser, Movie Marathon, Junji Ito, Uzumaki, October 2020

House II: The Second Story

As I mentioned in my write-up of the first House film, I wanted to see the sequel, and now realize what a mistake that was. This is not a good movie, to a point where I was barely paying attention during the second half. It leans even more in the comedy side of things than the first one, but it’s not funny, caught somewhere between an uninspired Jumanji and Gremlins. The one fun thing was in some of the casting though, and that’s for the inclusion of John Ratzenberger (who replaces his Che...
Tags: Travel, Film, House, Jumanji, Bill Maher, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020, House Ii

A Masterpiece for Venice at Gallerie dell'Accademia - First Up: Lorenzo Lotto's Sacred Conversation

Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (Sacred Conversation) by Lorenzo Lotto (1526-28) (Venice, Italy) A Masterpiece for Venice is a new initiative that brings exceptional works of the Venetian Renaissance home from abroad for a limited visit. The first painting to sojourn at the Gallerie dell'Accademia is Lorenzo Lotto's vibrant Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (Sacred Conversation) on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The A Masterpiece ...
Tags: Travel, Vienna, Madonna, Jesus, Venice, St Petersburg, Thomas, Venice Italy, Veronese, Intesa Sanpaolo, Gallerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Cat Bauer, Saints Catherine, Lorenzo Lotto, La Pietà

Guest Post: Sarah Lammey Webb

  Hi There**  My name is Sarah and I have been gifted with the invitation from Corey to tell a little about me and my life. I am a flight attendant this month I start my 33rd year. To some that is a lot but to me it seems like yesterday when I was 25 I received the call from Piedmont airlines to come for an interview. Being a flight attendant is like no other job you will ever have few quit. Flying gets in your blood. I have been through numerous mergers, have had salary cuts, I also...
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These Are the Best National Parks for Stargazing

There are so many reasons to love our national parks, including the natural beauty, the history and the parkitecture. But the opportunities to take advantage of them don’t end when the sun goes down: several national parks are also great spots to take in the night sky. But which ones are the best? Read more...
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Extract from an email that I’ve received about Grattan’s bad report

This extract is self-explanatory. ==EXTRACT== Seeing my fellow Victorians in collective delusion has been very upsetting. I am ‘on the left’ and often am scared to speak. The misuse of agent based modelling, throwing around terms like ‘the science says’ and backing it up with ‘this super computer has a fair bit of grunt’ has […]
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Open letter to the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria

The word document, here. The HTML below: ==LETTER== Dated 18 October 2020 Dear Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance I address you not by name but as the head of a major Victorian institution, the Treasury. Please do not take this letter as a reflection of any of your personal actions but as […]
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Yarmouth My Home Town - Part 11

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Stay Open aims to transform unused commercial space into pod hotels and co-living centers

What's going to happen to all those unwanted office buildings, which are likely to remain unused after the pandemic subsides? An LA-based startup called Stay Open plans to transform unused commercial space into "pod hotels" and co-living properties. According to a release, Stay Open's "pod hotels" will have "private modular rooms each with 4 to 8 private sleeping pods, high-end shared restrooms, large common areas for work or play, food and beverage outlets, and locally-inspired amenities. — ...
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Top 5 Gruesome Halloween Food Ideas!

Are you the Scream Queen of Halloween? These Halloween treats are not for the faint of heart. They're five of the most gruesome, realistic Halloween foods that I've made over the years! Brace yourself for some ghoulish fun and have some smelling salts ready!
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Email re: BOGUS PCR tests – I think there is much merit in such claims. Will Dr Trevor Douglas and CSIRO speak up?

I’ve discussed this here: EXTRACT FROM EMAIL RECEIVED I have been critical of the covid “pandemic” narrative since March. I have been studying among other things the RT_PCR test allegedly the “Gold standard” for diagnosis . After some months of study i have found a South Australian blood Microscopist Dr Trevor Douglas. He was […]
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Russia, #Saudi Step Up Oil Diplomacy Before OPEC+ Committee Meets - Bloomberg

Russia, Saudi Step Up Oil Diplomacy Before OPEC+ Committee Meets - Bloomberg:Russia and Saudi Arabia held a second, and unusual, phone call this week to discuss the OPEC+ agreement after officials from the group warned on Friday of the potential for a weaker oil market in 2021.President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman spoke Saturday in what the Kremlin said was a continuation of an Oct. 13 conversation. The two discussed the OPEC+ cooperation “extensively,” the K...
Tags: Travel, Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Kremlin, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, OPEC Committee Meets Bloomberg, OPEC Committee

Tweets vs Blogposts

Hola! If you are a longtime reader of this blog (or blogs in general), you would know how blogging as a hobby has been sort of replaced by things like Instagram, tweets, and so on and so forth. Both in general and for me. And how blogging is now a lot more "content marketing" where companies pay peanuts to desk monkeys to churn out words that trap those search engine spiders logs. And how the "content" that is created does not really do anything good to any reader, even if they may want to read ...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, Instagram, Blogging, Chicago, Rant, Harry Potter, Mumbai, Krishna, Kevin Kelly, Twitter and Instagram, 1000 True Fans

Keeping the Costs Down on Road Trips

Road trips can be expensive. Of course, going to stay elsewhere can be too, particularly when you need to rent accommodation, but there are ways to cut the costs of the journey itself. This could be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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We're Still Not Allowed to Cross the Border Into Canada, So Don't Try

For a brief period, it looked like travelers from the United States would be able to visit Canada for the first time in months, starting on October 21, 2020. Then Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made some remarks during a radio show earlier this week that seemed to indicate that would no longer be the case.…Read more...
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Enter to Win a 2-Week Whiskey-Drinking Road Trip Through the US

If you’ve been entering—excuse us, applying for—all of the recent “dream job” travel contests lately but haven’t had any luck, we’re back with another one for you. This time, the “position” is “chief of discovery” and involves a photo contest, a van from 1978 and whiskey. Here’s what you need to know.Read more...
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The world's best restaurant, located in the beautiful French Riviera, was forced to close when the pandemic began. Take a look at how it has successfully reopened, including picnic-style courses eaten in a garden and ceramic bowls full of hand sanitizer.

Mirazur's head chef Mauro Colagreco in the restaurant's garden. Matteo Carassale Mirazur is a three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the town of Menton, France, that was ranked as the World's Best Restaurant in 2019. After the restaurant was forced to close in March for the country's 55-day lockdown due to the pandemic, head chef Mauro Colagreco spent time in the restaurant's gardens to develop a new reopening menu, says head sommelier Benoît Huguenin. Chef Colagreco designed...
Tags: Travel, Chef, Japan, France, Restaurants, Singapore, Trends, Strategy, Italy, Michelin, Provence, Fine Dining, Nordic, Mediterranean Sea, Languedoc Roussillon, French Riviera

Germany, France push for digital sovereignty to mitigate American dominance

The German government is pushing for Europe’s digital sovereignty and the Bundestag is discussing how to influence EU’s impending Digital Services Act to that effect, Thomas Heilmann, a German parliamentarian and a member of the German Digital Agenda Committee, said. France, too, is actively working on achieving sovereignty in the digital space, Marine Guillaume, the Deputy to the Ambassador for Digital Affairs in the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs said. Both of them spoke at different p...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Usa, News, Sweden, Fcc, Greece, Microsoft, Putin, Australia, France, China

S&P Follows Suit in Downgrading #Oman for 2nd Time This Year - Bloomberg

S&P Follows Suit in Downgrading Oman for 2nd Time This Year - Bloomberg:Oman’s sovereign rating was cut for the second time in 2020 by S&P Global Ratings as lower crude revenue and the virus pandemic take a heavy toll on the country’s finances.S&P took Oman a notch lower to B+, four levels into its non-investment grade scale, according to a statement Friday. The outlook on the rating is stable. The Gulf nation had already been downgraded twice this year by both Moody’s Investors Service and Fitc...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Oman, Gulf, Fitch, Moody 's, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Moody 's Investors Service, Downgrading Oman

Belgian regulator finds fault with business practices of Google, rivals in adtech market: Reports

Business practices of Google and other players in the digital advertisement market are reportedly under the lens of the Belgian privacy regulator. The country’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has found that the consent-seeking mechanism with which these companies collect personal data of users is not compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch reported. The Belgian DPA had been acting complaints about the use of personal ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, News, France, India, US, Eu, European Union, House, Netherlands, Wall Street Journal, Sundar Pichai, European Parliament

Govt issues notice to Amazon, Flipkart for not displaying country of origin of products

The Consumer Affairs Ministry on Friday sent notices to Amazon and Flipkart asking them to explain — within fifteen days — why action shouldn’t be taken against them for not displaying the country of origin in some product listings. In July, the Ministry had notified e-commerce rules for consumer protection, which mandate platforms like Amazon and Flipkart to display the country of origin alongside the products they offer, among other things. Mint first reported this, and a copy of the notices w...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Supreme Court, China, India, US, E-commerce, Flipkart, Ministry, Delhi High Court, Medianama, Country Of Origin, Amazon Flipkart, Rahul Narayan, Ministry Of Consumer Affairs


Here are more of the grapes in that abandoned vineyard parcel out back. They're pretty much the only grapes left out there since the harvest. Because the vines are overgrown and untended, the bunches aren't as full as they should be, and the grapes themselves are small. Still, they make for pretty photos. Food for the wildlife. They sure are pretty, but not very useful. I picked what I think will be the last of the tomatoes for this year. Just a small number, but we'll use them for something. ...
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Nearly a quarter of all office space lies vacant in #Dubai - Arabianbusiness

Nearly a quarter of all office space lies vacant in Dubai - Arabianbusiness:The importance of the physical office is unlikely to be diminished in Dubai as many businesses see a loss of productivity during the current "work from home" era caused by the coronavirus crisis, according to experts.Robert Thomas, head of agency at real estate consultants Core, said that although the work from home will remain prevalent within hybrid models, it has also created problems for some businesses."While the in...
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Exclusive: OPEC+ fears second virus wave could lead to oil surplus in 2021 | Reuters

Exclusive: OPEC+ fears second virus wave could lead to oil surplus in 2021 | Reuters:OPEC and its allies fear a prolonged second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and a jump in Libyan output could push the oil market into surplus next year, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters, a gloomier outlook than just a month ago.A panel of officials from OPEC+ producers, called the Joint Technical Committee, considered this worst-case scenario during a virtual monthly meeting on Thursday. In Se...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Opec, Reuters, Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Joint Technical Committee

Govt publishes ‘clarification’ on 26% FDI in digital news media

News aggregators will have one year to make sure that their foreign direct investment doesn’t exceed 26%, the government said in a “clarification” issued on Friday. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade had last August announced a 26% FDI limit for digital media (which is the limit of foreign ownership that print media companies are subject to). But it did not clarify what digital media constituted. Now, this is what it has to offer: “The decision of permitting 26% FDI thro...
Tags: Travel, News, Youtube, India, Information and Broadcasting, US, Digital Media, News Corp, News Aggregators, Hindustan Times, Fdi, Siddharth Varadarajan, Prakash Javadekar, Dailyhunt, Amit Khare, Digital News Publishers Association

Hawaii is Open – Here’s what you need to know!

Hawaii is open and the state’s quarantine exemption has finally begun! Quarantine-free travel to Hawaii is now reopened to visitors and returning residents able to provide an approved negative test for coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival. After nearly seven months since the March 26 implementation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine and repeated delays of […] The post Hawaii is Open – Here’s what you need to know! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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