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Someday my prince will come ... after a 24-hour shift of work

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 29, 2011 - 4:23 PM


You might think that outside the queen, the members of Britain's royal family might have a pretty cushy life. Appearances. Charities. Parties. Balls. Living it up.

Well, Prince William turned that idea upside-down Thursday, when he and his new wife showed up to open a new cancer ward for children.

William came straight to the event after getting off a 24-hour shift as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, a shift that included two rescues. According to reports, he covered 1,000 miles: flying a sailor off a ship to see a sick relative and then to get to someone with head injuries. Anyone else, it's time to sack out. But Lt. Wales had his day job to fulfill. Even if they are ceremonial duties, it's hard to let down kids battling cancer.

All that Nicole Richie wanted for her 30th birthday?

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 22, 2011 - 12:07 AM



The former reality star and party princess was settling down even before she turned 30 on Wednesday. Even so, her tweet Tuesday might be a surprise: "My grandma better step it up this year & give me a 10 dollar bill for my birthday tomorrow!"

Ten bucks certainly won't cover a couple of things she tweeted about late Wednesday: A Samsung Galaxy S II and a photo of a stylish pair of shoes with the note: "Gonna be that kind of night."



Future Shoes will not let you run 88 MPH

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 8, 2011 - 2:00 PM

Are these the self-lacing Shoes of the Future we were promised so very long ago? The music gives it away, even if the Nike video says absolutely nothing. Some sources report that the shoes are, in fact, self-lacing. I’ll believe it when I see it. Meanwhile, why don’t you make like a tree, and watch this:


"Planes" from Pixar

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: June 14, 2011 - 2:30 PM

This will pain some people. They need to unclench.





One blog called it PROOF PIXAR IS OVER. Yes, that’s got to be it. A spent force, creatively. Just as the clip below shows they could never do anything like, say, Toy Story 3:




Kids love this stuff. Adults have difficulty imagining the logical consequences of a world populated by sentient machinery, but that’s their problem.

Trailer up for moon-based scary movie

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: February 22, 2011 - 2:22 PM

In space, no one can hear you scream! Unless you're connected by two-way radios, in whihc case they can, and it really hurts your ears. Here’s a preview of a movie that uses that “found footage” trick to nice effect. Why didn’t we go back to the moon? Because of . . . things. Horrible things.



Yes, Apollo 18. They launched that one in secret. One guy had to take the phone calls all day. "A Saturn V rocket thundering into the sky on an enormous pillar of flame, its earsplitting roar announcing its flight for miles around? I don't know what you're talking about."

Huge new animated movie set in . . . Minnesota?

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: December 9, 2010 - 11:54 AM

Part of it, anyway. The studio that made “Ice Age” and other popular CGI movies is making a bird-centric film called “Rio,” most of which takes place in Brazil. But take a look at :30:



That’s right: Moose Lake! Maybe they’ll make more of this when the movie comes out, and hold a premiere in town. The portion of the movie set in Minnnesota looks charming, but the rest of the film looks a bit familiar: a hapless male is thrown together with a smart, capable female bird, and even though they hate each other they have to learn to get along to solve something or other. The longer the trailer goes on, the more you think: should have stayed in Moose Lake.

But it’s just a trailer - could be a fine piece of entertainment. Did you know that Moose Lake "was originally inhabited by the Chippewa poeple, naming it "libaquechawen", which roughly translates to "the wandering lands of sorrow"?" So says Wikipedia.


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