A Czechoslovak-designed tankette used by Romania, Sweden and Iran during World War II. The Romanian vehicles saw action on the Eastern Front from Operation Barbarossa to the Vienna Offensive. Twenty vehicles were sold to Ethiopia after the war who used them until the Eighties.
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Our Children’s Section Manager Cristin Stickles is often asked for book recommendations by parents of young feminists. As a public service, she’s listed more than eighty (count ‘em) titles for us. Take it away, Cristin.
Me:Out of ten, so your change is three fifty. Incidentally did you know that Alexander Hamilton wrote fifty-one of the eighty-five essays that (raises voice slightly as customer walks away) comprised The Federalist Papers? (practically shouting across the lobby) Okay enjoy your movie!
the biggest difference between having decent insurance and having medicaid is that even though the latter fully covered the cost of my involuntary stay at an admittedly shitty state psychiatric hospital, it was incredibly difficult to get prescriptions for many psychiatric medications I may have needed that are flagged as dangerous or valuable by the institution, because doctors do not trust poor people. if I had needed pain medication except for like the four vicodin I got after my mouth surgery, it would probably have been impossible.
on “good” insurance that reads middle-class, I get to go to doctors in more suburban areas with infinity sign tattoos who prescribe me klonopin without any question and without looking at my medical records just because I tell them I took it in the past, and say things like “you can take one before bed to help you sleep.” if I “need” inpatient I will probably get sent somewhere private and nice, but I would be paying for it until I died. they likely would not force me to watch videos from the eighties about how I need to eat fewer calories because an obesity crisis is as the root of america’s poor mental health.
Part eighty seven! Sorry for the late and small update, I’ve been preparing for a convention! So they won’t be an update Friday as I will be cosplay Chara (I might post pictures if they turn out well!)
His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement.
“He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’ as he was taken away.”
One of the greatest comedic actors of our time, Wilder cemented his place in Hollywood history with a number of unforgettable roles:
Leo Bloom – The Producers
Wilder nabbed an Academy Award nomination for his turn as hysterical, dreamy accountant Leopold Bloom in the 1968 comedy – his first leading film role. The cult classic was also Wilder’s first on-screen collaboration with writer/director and friend, Mel Brooks.
Willy Wonka – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Wilder beat out hopefuls Fred Astaire and Peter Sellers for what would become perhaps his most beloved role. The actor was hugely involved in developing the eccentric factory owner’s persona for the Roald Dahl adaptation, and agreed to do the 1971 film on the condition that Wonka make his grand entrance as he imagined it:
“When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.”
Jim “the Waco Kid” – Blazing Saddles
Wilder ended up playing the Western satire’s booze-loving gunslinger after actor Gig Young fell ill during filming. It was on the 1974 film’s set that Wilder also approached director Brooks about doing a comedy based on Frankenstein.
Dr. Frankenstein – Young Frankenstein
The 1974 smash hit featured Wilder as a descendent of the notorious Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Brooks and Wilder earned Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations for the Transylvania-set tale.
In 2013, Wilder said that Young Frankenstein was his favorite of all of his movies. “I didn’t even have to think about it. I think I was happier doing that film than any other,” he said.
George Caldwell – Silver Steak
The Arthur Hill-directed comedy-thriller brought Wilder and frequent costar Richard Pryor together for the first time in 1976. In the movie, Wilder plays an unfortunate book editor who winds up being accused of a murder while on vacation.
Skip Donahue – Stir Crazy
Wilder and Pryor delivered one of the best dynamic duo performances of all time in the 1980 prison comedy. The pair quickly became friends and worked on several projects in the years following Stir Crazy, including Hanky Panky and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.
There was a time, decades ago, when the Dungeons & Dragons game (find at Amazon.com*) was in the news. And in the news a lot. You see, in the late seventies and early eighties, D&D
was constantly increasing in sales, and there were groups opposed to
the game. Fortunately, there were also positive news pieces about the
game. Pieces like this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story by Rob Joseph.
What makes this article really stand out, though, is that the author
interviews one player involved in the game, Jeff Grubb. Grubb may have
been just a player at the time, but today you can take a look at Grubb’s author page on Amazon.com* to see just how much he has contributed to roleplaying games since 1979.
[Headline text: “A Fantasy Game For Fanatics – Dungeons, Dragons” By ROB JOSEPH Post-Gazette Staff Writer]
[Article text: “Fantasy worlds have at least one advantage over reality – anything can happen. If you have a pencil and paper, some imaginative friends and a copy of “Dungeons and Dragons,” you can enter the fantasy world of wizards, warriors, elves, dwarfs, vampires and mythological beasts. Last weekend, dozens of Dungeons and dragons enthusiasts assembled to play the game on the eighth floor of the Science Hall at Carnegie-Melon University, at the University of Pittsburgh student unions, and in private homes throughout the area. Dungeons and Dragons is a complex, sophisticated game that has gathered a following, particularly among college students, across the county. Its popularity has grown quickly since the game was first marketed in 1974, and the manufacturer estimates that 150,000 Americans and Europeans play the game regularly. One student at Carnegie-Melon University said some of his fraternity brothers play Dungeons and Dragons for days at a time. Marathon sessions up to 72 hours long have even caused colleagues to fail courses. The game draws together myths, legends and folklore and adds characters from fantasy novels, such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” Players use strategy to avoid hazards they encounter on quests after treasure and glory. Battles and ventures are governed by dice throws and statistical charts, adding chance and realism to the game. One enthusiastic player, Jeff Grubb, explained that the challenge and complexity attracted him to the game five years ago. He said Dungeons and Dragons gives him a chance to relax after he’s done with his work as a surveyor. During the time he has played the game, he has created a mythical continent about the size of North America, he said. On weekend, he gets together with five or 10 friends for an afternoon session of Dungeons and Dragons. His task as “Dungeon Master” is to set the stage for the other players. But why are people willing to play Dungeons and Dragons for days on end? The game never really ends – it just adjourns, Grubb said. This, combined with the meticulous realism of the game (within the context of fantasy) makes sessions difficult to end. Attention to detail shows up in the game-playing procedures, Grubb said. For instance, if one player cannot attend a session, his “character” is left behind on the map while the rest of the party travels ahead. When the player shows up for the next session, he must catch up with the group, and possibly fight monsters or evil sorcerers on the way. The game is a dialogue between the Dungeon Master and the players. A typical adventure might sound like this: Dungeon Master: “You are standing in a corridor. In front of you, 40 feet up the right-hand wall, you see a door. Behind you is darkness.” Player: “I walk toward the door.” DM: “You notice a dim light some distance down the tunnel.” Player: “I try the door.” DM: “It is locked, but weak, made out of thin wood. The light, now evidently a torch, is approaching. You hear footsteps.” Player: “I draw my sword and beat the door.” DM: “Role the dice to see if you open the door.” (The player rolls the dice and the Dungeon Master announces the outcome.) DM: “No good. The door does not yield. You see a dozen orcs come to a halt a hundred feet up the corridor. They notice you, hesitate, and then draw their swords and begin running toward you…” Adventures like this continue for hours. Dungeons and Dragons was invented by Gary Gygax of Lake Geneva, Wis. Initially an amusing hobby, the game has grown to a million-dollar-a-year industry, including a fan magazine, “The Dragon,” and several new editions of the rulebook. Brian Blume, corporate secretary for TSR Hobbies, which manufactures Dungeons and Dragons, said gross sales of the game have doubled each year since it was introduced. The company grossed $1 million last year and will probably clear $2 million in fiscal 1979, Blume said. Also, a series of metal miniatures, modeled after creatures in the game, populate toy stores.”]
Published July 31st, 1979.
For those curious about relative amounts of wealth/profit: $1M in 1978 money is about $3.7M in 2016 money. $2M in 1979 money is about $6.6M in 2016 money.
I guess like for the context if you haven’t put it together:
Right now, my dad, a dumbass, sorry, I’m definitely in stage Anger, has allegedly quit smoking after almost fifty years. He has COPD and is on oxygen all the time and can’t do much. He is going to die from it, probably pretty soon. Unlike my mother, whose mother died in her forties and father in his mid-fifties, my dad’s parents lived into their eighties (grandma is still alive), and his grandmother lived to be over 100.
My mother recently died from lung disease complicated by lupus, a medication that treats lupus that sometimes causes lung scarring, and recurrent pneumonia symptoms possibly caused by environmental factors (she lived and worked in Flint when she died, she had been in and out of Hurley for a few years), but we can’t clarify the third because we didn’t have all the right tests done and we didn’t know last summer that there would come a time when we’d want to consult an autopsy, so we didn’t think we needed to have one done. I watched her fight a ventilator for a week until we took her off of it.
My favorite sister (she’s all our favorite sister so it’s fine) went through a similar thing a few years ago, she has had asthma her whole life and came down with pneumonia and was on a ventilator for a long time. Like, an amount of time way past what most people survive, and we did not think she was going to live–or rather, her husband and my sister did not expect her to live because they were educated and present, unlike me who was checked out and and in denial. But she was relatively young and healthy and didn’t have multiple immune deficiencies and also she had some kind of religious experience while she was under which is why she has seven kids instead of just three or four now?? Idk she’s an aquarius. Her eldest daughter also had pretty bad asthma, they think as part of complications from living in a house around Pontiac when she was little, where she got lead poisoning.
I imagine because his writing reached a lot of people. Before August 1945 he was somewhat well known among left-wing audiences and publications but he didn’t reach a huge audience until Animal Farm. With Animal Farm he was noticed and also began to have quite a bit of money for the first time in his life. Animal Farm sold out so fast that even Queen Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, aka the Queen Mother) couldn’t get a copy. Fame didn’t exactly sit well with Orwell, although he liked the monetary part of it. He kept getting requests to write more and Orwell moved to the island of Jura, off the coast of Scotland, to get away from the constant phone calls and mail.
With Nineteen Eighty-Four he broke through the atmosphere. He spent most of that fame in various hospitals as he was dying from tuberculosis. Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on June 8, 1949 and Orwell died on January 21, 1950.