Thanks to Mr. Percifield.
"Seduced by tales of endurance, villainy and adventure, one man attempts to re-trace the romantic voyages of the most infamous fugitives in British naval history. However, he soon discovers he is not alone on an emotional quest to reach one of the most remote islands in the world."
"Rapsodia Satanica was a 1915 silent film directed by Nino Oxilia featuring Lyda Borelli in a female version of Faust based on poems by Fausto Maria Martini."
nsfw: partial nudity
Ghost in the Shell, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:
Logan and the rights to Dune:
"We explore the history of Black Currant in the United States, and we make some wonderful black current candy on a machine from the late 1800's here at Lofty Pursuits."
Forbidden fruit: About the United States blackcurrent ban.
"Culture Club documentary chronicles the band's reforming from early 2014 until the cancellation of their US and UK Tour later in the year."
"Life is short and life is long. But not in that order."
"Predator: Dark Ages is a short fan film. Winner 'best fan film' at the Tri-Cities International Film Festival. Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from."
'The Water, the Earth, The Sun and me... We are Gold...'
Discover a new chapter in the story of J'adore.
From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Director: Stefan Herheim
Orchestra: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
"It took Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky only 44 days to write the score of The Queen of Spades. ‘It seems to me that this is my best work ever’, writes the composer once the score is finished.
"After EUGENE ONEGIN, THE QUEEN OF SPADES is Tchaikovsky’s second adaptation of a text by the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. It is Tchaikovsky’s brother Modest who reworks Pushkin’s short story into a libretto."
Thanks to Mr. Percifield.
The album track:
"In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution."
"Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun.
"For all the '4th Generation of War' intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say … 'Not really': Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us."
Christmas come early: "Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story."
"Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, published in 1959, is aging remarkably well. The tome chronicles the early military career of Johnnie Rico, who fights alien arachnids while clad in a heavily armed exoskeleton. The troopers drop from orbit one by one to wreak havoc on whatever target the Sky Marshal deems worthy of the attention. It's a cool adventure novel with a soldier's eye view that doubles a treatise on modern warrior culture, the limits of military technology, and the awful glories of fighting infantry. There's a reason military academies like West Point recommend cadets read the book.
"Like Sun Tzu's masterpiece, Heinlein's abounds with quotable axioms. You may not hear overly intense car salesman quoting from Starship Troopers anytime soon, but here are six reasons why the book is a practical guide to 21st century warfare."
"It is widely believed that the creation of Scientology was the result of a bar bet between L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein. The story says L. Ron Hubbard dared that he could create a religion all by himself. According to Scientology critic Lindsay this is 'definitely not true', no such bet was ever made, it would have been 'uncharacteristic of Heinlein' to make such a bet, and 'there's no supporting evidence'. However, several of Heinlein's autobiographical pieces, as well as biographical pieces written by his wife, claim repeatedly that the bet did indeed occur. Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land is sometimes claimed to be his attempt at winning the bet."