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I wear the helmet because I look good in it…

On this historic Inauguration Day, a day of inclusive celebration, we might spare an applause cycle for the voluntary shut-ins among us, those copter-capped, pocket-protected keyboard tappers we all know and love.  Finally, corporate America has taken nerds’ needs into account.  Finally, a product that they…  we… can love.

Seal Shield, a Jacksonville, Florida manufacturer of “infection control solutions,” has at last created the ultimate answer to a geek’s prayers:  a line of computer peripherals and remote controls that are not just water- (and Mountain Dew-) proof, but also dishwasher-safe!

The Ergo Mouse (which is not only dishwasher-safe, but also anti-microbial)

See the entire line here.

As we pop those tops with impunity, we might spare a thought for David Llewelyn Wark “D. W.” Griffith, a father of cinema, who arrived in Los Angeles on this date in 1910 in search of a sunny climate and a range of scenery.  With a stock company that he brought with him (including such future luminaries as Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish), Griffith began producing one- and two-reelers for Biograph.  After shooting over 450 shorts for Biograph, Griffith struck out on his own to make his powerfully-influential– but equally-powerfully controversial– Birth of a Nation (1915).  On the heels of the criticism (and in some quarters, riots) that greeted this history of the Civil War and the Ku Klux Klan, Griffith made Intolerance (1916), meant to prove his opposition to racism; at $2.5 million, Intolerance was by far the most expensive film made to-date– and ruined Griffith financially.  But he rebounded, and in 1919, co-founded United Artists with Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin.  To this day, the highest honor bestowed by the Directors’ Guild of America is “The D.W. Griffith Award.”

D.W. Griffith

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January 20, 2009 at 1:01 am

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