Ramblings & ephemera

Perfect Score Achieved on Pac-Man

From Twin Galaxies For the first time in video game playing history, a perfect score was achieved on the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man. On July 3, 1999 at 4:45 P.M., taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat — on one quarter — Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce manufacturer visiting the famous […]

A museum I definitely want to visit

From Best Undiscovered Museum of Americana: It’s hard to imagine how anything so big could be such a well-kept secret, but there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who haven’t heard of the Shelburne Museum , and those who rave about it. I’m one of the latter. Situated on 45 acres […]

Amongst family and friends

From "The Producer" in the 15 October 2001 issue of The New Yorker, an article about the Hollywood producer Brian Grazer: His creation achieved its brilliant apotheosis a few years ago, when he reconceived Brian Grazer as a form of performance art. He started putting photographs of himself, grinning like a pixie, in dime-store frames […]

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Go here. Make yer own. ’nuff said.

Sinatra’s footprints

From a review of Sinatra: The Life, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, in today’s New York Times: When it snowed, one writer observed, “girls fought over his footprints, which some took home and stored in refrigerators.”

Secret movies in the Paris underground

From Jon Henley’s “In a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema” (The Guardian: 8 September 2004): Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital’s chic 16th arrondissement. Officers admit they are at a loss to know who built or used one of Paris’s […]