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‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a masterpiece of moviemaking. Presented as if it were one continuous flowing shot, it gives a tremendously heightened sense of real life, of the seer inside us who follows paths — hallways, staircases, sidewalks — and...

Historical Jesus: ‘A Marginal Jew’: Volumes III & IV

Historical Jesus: ‘A Marginal Jew’: Volumes III & IV

As someone who's made a regular hobby of studying the Bible for about 30 years and counting, I find it hard to express how enjoyable the John P. Meier book series A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus has been to read. Chapter by chapter, Meier peels away...

SC Johnson headquarters tour, Racine, Wisconsin

SC Johnson headquarters tour, Racine, Wisconsin

The SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin is a peculiar little enclave. The company's heritage campus includes its iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower and Administration Building, as well as the Golden Rondelle Theater, transplanted from the...

‘Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson

‘Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson

My sister recently gifted me with a copy of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, published last year by Simon & Schuster. At 571 pages plus notes and index, it's a hefty volume, and Isaacson's plain and linear telling makes the book seem daunting at first...

Price of gas when Obama took office: $1.81

Price of gas when Obama took office: $1.81

  $1.81: The price of gas when Obama took office.In the past few days, I have seen this meme spreading on Facebook — and back in September, Michele Bachmann was saying, "The day that President Obama took office, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon." Many Facebook...

Bob Dylan autobiography: ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

Bob Dylan autobiography: ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

On my living room bookshelf, next to a few other books about the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, was an autobiography from 2004 I had bought some time ago, but not yet read. Chronicles: Volume One is a hardback of moderate size, containing 293 rough, deckle edge pages...

Mark Twain tried surfing in Hawaii

Mark Twain tried surfing in Hawaii

Preparing to visit Hawaii for the first time a decade ago, I read Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, a collection of the Sacramento Union writer's dispatches in 1866 from what were then known as the Sandwich Islands. Twain's letters are an enthralling portrait of...

Dry Bones song: Ezekiel cried, ‘Dem dry bones!’

Dry Bones song: Ezekiel cried, ‘Dem dry bones!’

Dry Bones, the video above by Dan DiFelice, is something that showed up in my Vimeo inbox the other day and caught my eye. It does not use the Dry Bones song. However, both this short film and the Dry Bones song share the same inspiration: the Old Testament's Book of...

Sound of a chipmunk: Weird chipmunk noise

Sound of a chipmunk: Weird chipmunk noise

The chipmunk noise in this video was recorded on our front doorstep a couple of years ago, but we have the same situation in the backyard today. After weeks of air conditioned cabin fever during the Heat Wave of 2011, the windows are finally open here at the...

Racine history: 1861 Joshua Pierce home

Racine history: 1861 Joshua Pierce home

e were talking gardening with our neighbor Katie last month when she mentioned that her daughter, Mary, has an interest in Racine history and has been researching our neighborhood's past online. I handed Katie my business card and told her I would...

Jackson Browne, ‘The Barricades of Heaven’

Jackson Browne, ‘The Barricades of Heaven’

bove is a YouTube video of Jackson Browne performing "The Barricades of Heaven" at the Glastonbury Festival in southwest England in June of 2010. The song — originally released on Browne's 1996 album Looking East — has been my constant earworm...

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

ictured here is the original idea — purple Liatris spicata spikes paired against orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) blossoms in one of our backyard flower beds. Both attract butterflies, both are easy-to-grow perennials, and both have...

Blizzard of 2011: Snow storm video, Racine, Wisconsin

Blizzard of 2011: Snow storm video, Racine, Wisconsin

Here's our YouTube video of the Blizzard of 2011 as we experienced it here in Racine, Wisconsin. 23.5 inches of snow fell here from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning (February 1st and 2nd), the greatest snowfall anywhere from this storm. If we sound dead tired,...

featured

An index of blog posts tagged ‘featured’ here at MarkCz.com.

‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a masterpiece of moviemaking. Presented as if it were one continuous flowing shot, it gives a tremendously heightened sense of real life, of the seer inside us who follows paths — hallways, staircases, sidewalks — and...

Historical Jesus: ‘A Marginal Jew’: Volumes III & IV

As someone who's made a regular hobby of studying the Bible for about 30 years and counting, I find it hard to express how enjoyable the John P. Meier book series A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus has been to read. Chapter by chapter, Meier peels away...

SC Johnson headquarters tour, Racine, Wisconsin

The SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin is a peculiar little enclave. The company's heritage campus includes its iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower and Administration Building, as well as the Golden Rondelle Theater, transplanted from the...

‘Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson

My sister recently gifted me with a copy of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, published last year by Simon & Schuster. At 571 pages plus notes and index, it's a hefty volume, and Isaacson's plain and linear telling makes the book seem daunting at first...

Price of gas when Obama took office: $1.81

  $1.81: The price of gas when Obama took office.In the past few days, I have seen this meme spreading on Facebook — and back in September, Michele Bachmann was saying, "The day that President Obama took office, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon." Many Facebook...

Bob Dylan autobiography: ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

On my living room bookshelf, next to a few other books about the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, was an autobiography from 2004 I had bought some time ago, but not yet read. Chronicles: Volume One is a hardback of moderate size, containing 293 rough, deckle edge pages...

Mark Twain tried surfing in Hawaii

Preparing to visit Hawaii for the first time a decade ago, I read Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, a collection of the Sacramento Union writer's dispatches in 1866 from what were then known as the Sandwich Islands. Twain's letters are an enthralling portrait of...

Dry Bones song: Ezekiel cried, ‘Dem dry bones!’

Dry Bones, the video above by Dan DiFelice, is something that showed up in my Vimeo inbox the other day and caught my eye. It does not use the Dry Bones song. However, both this short film and the Dry Bones song share the same inspiration: the Old Testament's Book of...

Sound of a chipmunk: Weird chipmunk noise

The chipmunk noise in this video was recorded on our front doorstep a couple of years ago, but we have the same situation in the backyard today. After weeks of air conditioned cabin fever during the Heat Wave of 2011, the windows are finally open here at the...

Racine history: 1861 Joshua Pierce home

e were talking gardening with our neighbor Katie last month when she mentioned that her daughter, Mary, has an interest in Racine history and has been researching our neighborhood's past online. I handed Katie my business card and told her I would...

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