The Best Football Movies of All Time

August 27, 2018 – Excited for for the upcoming football season?

Here is a list of the 30 greatest football movies ever made courtesy of Fandango to wet your appetite.

My favorites are Invincible from 2006, Friday Night Lights from 2004 (although I enjoyed the series more), and Brian’s Song, the television tearjerker from 1971.

Go Eagles!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

August 24, 2018 — This week’s photo challenge is look up.

Look up at the Philadelphia skyline to see a mix of the past and the future. Until recently, Philadelphia had an ordinance that buildings in the downtown area could not be taller than City Hall, constructed in 1871.

First came the Liberty Place buildings (left) and then the recently-completed Comcast Towers (right), the new tallest buildings in the area.

 

Weird Things About Traffic

August 20, 2018 – Traffic is a real head scratcher.

You’re driving along at a normal speed, and all of the sudden you’re moving slower than a three-toed sloth. There’s no indication why. No merging. No accidents. No school busses. You try to figure out the physics behind it, but you’re only fooling yourself. You were never good at math or science anyway, so you simply accept that traffic will always be a complete mystery.

Once upon a time I enjoyed getting caught in traffic. Between working and raising my son, my traffic time was my alone time. If traffic moved at the pace of a sloth, it meant more time listening to music or spending time with my thoughts. Now, he’s grown and I still have a hefty commute each day. Traffic is no longer what I desire, but it is a little more understandable thanks to this list of weird things about traffic from Listverse.com.

Not Your Father’s Disney

August 13, 2018 – Think you’re the ultimate theme park connoisseur?

If you’ve been to Disney more than 10 times you probably are. You may also want to seek help for your addiction and admit it’s time to broaden your horizons before you plan your next theme park excursion.

Why not consider one of these 10 Bizarre Theme Parks from Around the World courtesy of listverse.com, the people who love compiling lists as much as I do.

It may be too late to plan your summer vacation to one of these oddly fascinating theme parks this year, but look at the bright side. You’ll have plenty of time to plan next year’s trip. Between the 10 stages of hell, Vlad the Impaler, a crucifixion, and war mongering, there is something for the entire family.

Intolerance

August 6, 2018 – Flipping through television channels one night, I came across a feature on Turner Classic Movies, a silent film from 1916 scheduled to run from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

How intriguing that a silent movie from 100 years ago could run that long. The three and a half hours in length alone was enough to make me pay attention.

After I hit the information button, I learned the name of the movie, ”Intolerance”, which also piqued my interest and compelled me to watch a little longer, is considered one of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Not that I am an expert on silent films, but I had never heard of it before.

Directed by D.W. Griffith, the film tells the story of several events that highlight intolerance throughout history, from the Babylonian Empire to modern day crime and redemption up to and including the Ku Klux Klan. At its release, it isn’t surprising that it was a colossal failure.

It held my attention for about 25 minutes, but that’s about all I could take. It’s more of a revelation that hit me while I watched. I’m amazed that with everything this world has been through since the beginning of time, and all of the intolerance we’ve faced, we’re still no better off than we were a few thousand years ago. It’s as if we’ve learned nothing. Things may have improved slightly for now the United States and other countries around the world have better laws in place to fight against intolerance, but we’re still divided, with politics and racial tensions especially, and other social issues drawing attention to our differences.

When I was younger I used to cringe every time one of my parents would say that the world is a pretty terrible place and it used to be so much better in the 1950s. This drove me crazy, and I didn’t want to believe it because the present time they spoke negatively about was all I knew.

In an odd way, my revelation made me happier, and proved my parents wrong — at least about the world not being any worse off than it was in the 1950s, or in ancient Babylon for that matter.

We still have a long way to go, and if history is doomed to repeat itself, I can’ help but wonder if we’ll ever get there.