Archive for December, 2013

Are Hobbits Human?

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , on December 30, 2013 by phanteana

Are Hobbits Human?


Slate Magazine examines our possible genetic connection to these magical beings. it seems there are quite a number of similarities between hobbits and modern day humans.

Mr. Bilbo enjoys reading the Dear Prudence column. it gives helpful advice on how to deal with unexpected visitors randomly showing up at his door and eating all his food.


the lost art of silent films

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , , on December 29, 2013 by phanteana

the lost art of silent films

the art of preserving silent films really is a rarity…according to the Library of Congress, approximately 75% of films dating between 1912 and 1929 are lost or damaged. many were released on 35 mm film or other formats, and only about 11% of silent films continue to exist either in foreign language versions or on lesser quality prints. therefore, it is crucial for film archivists to initiate new methods of conservation and preservation so that these treasured classics will last another century.

in recent years, a wave of Hollywood films have paid tribute to the silent era. two of the most notable mentions are The Artist (2011) and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011). the latter in particular looks at the life of Georges Méliès (1861-1938), who is regarded as one of the forefathers of early cinema. his most famous film was A Trip To The Moon (1902), which was quite ahead of its time and even by today’s standards, still is.

the lord of the ringing in our ears

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 24, 2013 by phanteana

Christopher Lee wishes everyone Happy Holidays with a new take on some festive classics and proves that, at age 91, a person is never too old to accomplish anything.

l’amour looks something like you

Posted in Music with tags on December 21, 2013 by phanteana

l’amour looks something like you

a very clever Tumblr blog dedicated to one of England’s most recognizable voices


here, there be dragons

Posted in Film with tags on December 16, 2013 by phanteana

an interesting essay pertaining to dragons in 20th Century film, plus a video featuring clips of some of the most famous on-screen flying creatures.

VIDEO ESSAY: Dragons in Movies | Press Play.


the trees like torches blazed with light

Posted in Film with tags on December 14, 2013 by phanteana

no more pencils, no more books…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2013 by phanteana


library school is done!

Alice Cooper* sings now.



*i had the pleasure of meeting Alice Cooper in 2010. he said i was worthy.