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Huis Clos, Edition Galactique– avec pop-corn!

Existentialist Star Wars (in French!)

Star Wars with a French Existentialist twist. Almost all the subtitles (except for little things like “Despair!” and “I die!” and a few others) are actually quotes from Jean-Paul Sartre. And obviously this will make no sense if you understand French. If you do know it, hit yourself in the head repeatedly before watching this. And then hit yourself repeatedly when you’re done watching.

More from creator OneMinuteGalactica here (Do be sure to check out “Luke Skywalker- Worst Scout Ever“)

As we steep in ennui, we might recall that it was on this date in 1889 that the Eiffel Tower opened to the public.  The spire, now iconic of Paris, was designed by Gustave Eiffel (who also created the armature for France’s largest gift to the U.S., the Statue of Liberty) and served as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair.

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Every Picture Tells a Story…

2m40 (“Un blog impactant”) is devoted to chronicling the problems that develop when truckers fail to heed the warning sign at the mouth of one of Paris’ tunnels.  The site is in French…  but then, the pictures do speak for themselves.

As we watch our heads, we might recall that it was on this date in 187 that the Mobro, a garbage barge, left Islip, Long Island, on what turned into a six-month odyssey.  It stopped in several other states and three other countries, looking for a place to dump the 3,200 tons of garbage it was carrying– but was turned away each time.  Eventually, it sailed back to Islip, where space was found.

source: Macrobuddies

Written by LW

March 22, 2010 at 2:02 am

Sunday at the Opera with Enrico…

From the Caruso Archive in Denmark, a set of digitally-remastered recordings of Enrico Caruso, “The Golden Voice of the Century,” available for free download.

Bravo!

As we clear our throats, we might wish feliz cumpleaños to Caruso’s (rough) contemporary, Pablo Picasso, born on this date in 1881…

Modigliani, Picasso and André Salmon (l to r) in front the Café de la Rotonde, Paris, 1916

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Written by LW

October 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

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