The Hundred Best Lists

The New Yorker best of list here… I am a sucker for lists.

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Finally playing soccer again, thanks Alexa.  However, I forgot how difficult it is to get into acceptable cardiovascular shape in order to play a full soccer game.  It is interesting because I have been lifting weights and jogging regularly since December.  By doing my regiment I have successfully gained 15 pounds of muscle.  This regiment has not helped much in sprinting up and down a soccer pitch.  Now, my goal is to find another soccer league to play in so that I can be in ridiculously good shape.

Monday

2012 James Beard Award Winners

Largest United States oxycodone dealers now in federal pound me in the ass prison:

“The cash piled up despite the brothers’ free-spending ways. Jeff George bought a monster truck, multiple Lamborghinis and a Mercedes Saks 5th Avenue Edition. There were only five of those cars made, and George liked his so much that when he totaled it, he bought himself another, according to a friend.

Jeff George assembled a small navy, including a 36-foot racing vessel, a 39-foot sports boat and two yachts, 38 and 55 feet in length. He also bought the shopping plaza housing his favorite strip club. The purchases were a convenient way to launder money, according to the indictment.”

I’ve had an awful lot on my mind.  The last six months have definitely had a profound impact on the rest of my life.  For a while there, I felt like I was starring into an abyss with no way out.  Thankfully, there have been great people I have been fortunate to meet in order to dissuade my feeling about people in general.  I felt as if all people were horrible and it put me in a state of great despair.  I had no where to look or go and felt hopeless.  In these last few weeks I feel as if there are shimmers of light in the abyss and that things will actually get better.  Life has been incredibly hard, but times like these will only make me stronger.  I wish I could talk about some of my life events here, but it is not possible.  Alas, this is all I can write about and will hope for a better tomorrow.

Tuesday

Ebert’s Top Films of All Time

Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
Citizen Kane (Welles)
La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
The General (Keaton)
Raging Bull (Scorsese)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
The Tree of Life (Malick)
Vertigo (Hitchcock)

There are a few films on this list I haven’t watched (The General, Tokyo Story, The Tree of Life).  However, Space Odyssey tops for Kubrick, Raging Bull for Scorcese and Vertigo for Hitchcock? C’mon Ebert.

Personal favorites for Kubrick, Scorcese and Hitchcock are Dr. Strangelove, Taxi Driver and Rear Window, respectively.