Vertigo

We’re late and we know it. But there’s a good reason for it, which will be explained within. Also, we note the passing of Jackie Mason, Rank Punditize® billionaires in space, remember a certain game show from the 70’s and give some thoughts on Black Widow. 

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  1. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks
    @jameslileks

    Great image! But why use Hitchcock when Vertigon would reproduce the actual typeface? He said, to the annoyance of all

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  2. J Ro Member
    J Ro
    @JRo

    Yes, “For 50 years” NASA has been trying to nurture a private sector spin off for space travel. It’s the positively opposite, all American version of Amtrak, which was a government takeover of private railways.

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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    James Lileks: He said, to the annoyance of all…

    Not all.

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  4. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    I was hospitalized for only about 20 or 22 hours in total, including sleep and morning gallbladder surgery and recovery, coming up on 2 years ago now back in Phoenix.  (Hard to believe that, next week, I will have been out of Arizona for a whole year.)  It didn’t take anywhere near 18 hours to get ultrasound and CT scans.  Maybe 3 or 4 hours.  Banner Health was pretty good.  Fortunately I was admitted as an “emergent” case or I might have had to endure the pain for another week or longer while arranging for outpatient surgery etc.

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  5. TallCon Coolidge
    TallCon
    @TallCon

    John must be suffering from vertigo. Scarlett Johansson never had a Russian accent. Elizabeth Olsen has had an accent in a couple of films and yes it comes and goes.

    The sister left the US when she was like 6? 4? And then went to be brainwashed into a super assassin. You can’t imagine picking up an accent there?

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  6. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    JPod’s criticism of the sisters’ inconsistent accents in Black Widow is poorly founded.  

    He forgets that, when they meet in adulthood, they have spent 20 years living entirely separate lives; with one sister hanging out with the Avengers in the West, and the other with the mostly Russian-speaking “Reds” in the East.

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  7. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    I’ll probably never see the movie, but I end up wondering, if Scarlett’s “Black Widow” never went back to Russia for super-assassin training, how could she have been a Black Widow?

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  8. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll probably never see the movie, but I end up wondering, if Scarlett’s “Black Widow” never went back to Russia for super-assassin training, how could she have been a Black Widow?

    The film shows both sisters being taken for special training in the East.  In the comics, I gather that the character has collected several biographies over the years, but they all agree that she defected as an adult, after “graduating” from training.

    There’s a funny scene in the film,  in which the girls’ “father” claims some credit for getting his “daughters“ started on their successful careers:  “And you, why, you became the best child assassin in the world!”  (Approximate quote.)

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  9. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll probably never see the movie, but I end up wondering, if Scarlett’s “Black Widow” never went back to Russia for super-assassin training, how could she have been a Black Widow?

    The film shows both sisters being taken for special training in the East. In the comics, I gather that the character has collected several biographies over the years, but they all agree that she defected as an adult, after “graduating” from training.

    There’s a funny scene in the film, in which the girls’ “father” claims some credit for getting his “daughters“ started on their successful careers: “And you, why, you became the best child assassin in the world!” (Approximate quote.)

    Sounds like ample time for Scarlett’s version of a Black Widow to pick up the accent too, although if she never had it then she never had it.  And not having it would make it easier for her to blend in, too.

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  10. Z in MT Member
    Z in MT
    @ZinMT

    I had a similar incident of vertigo three years ago. Pretty scary as the room felt like it was spinning every time I opened my eyes for about 48 hours. Took about two weeks to feel okay on my feet and a month to feel normal again. There was physical therapy exercises that really helped. @roblong if you haven’t seen a physical therapist for your vertigo, I would recommend it.

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  11. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll probably never see the movie, but I end up wondering, if Scarlett’s “Black Widow” never went back to Russia for super-assassin training, how could she have been a Black Widow?

    The film shows both sisters being taken for special training in the East. In the comics, I gather that the character has collected several biographies over the years, but they all agree that she defected as an adult, after “graduating” from training.

    There’s a funny scene in the film, in which the girls’ “father” claims some credit for getting his “daughters“ started on their successful careers: “And you, why, you became the best child assassin in the world!” (Approximate quote.)

    Jane Smith (of Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is the best female assassin in the world . . .

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  12. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Stad (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll probably never see the movie, but I end up wondering, if Scarlett’s “Black Widow” never went back to Russia for super-assassin training, how could she have been a Black Widow?

    The film shows both sisters being taken for special training in the East. In the comics, I gather that the character has collected several biographies over the years, but they all agree that she defected as an adult, after “graduating” from training.

    There’s a funny scene in the film, in which the girls’ “father” claims some credit for getting his “daughters“ started on their successful careers: “And you, why, you became the best child assassin in the world!” (Approximate quote.)

    Jane Smith (of Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is the best female assassin in the world . . .

    But, not a child…

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  13. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

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  14. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Meanwhile, one way of creating some confidence of successfully producing two podcasts in a month, is to not wait until halfway through the month for the first.

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  15. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    kedavis (View Comment):
    Meanwhile, one way of creating some confidence of successfully producing two podcasts in a month, is to not wait until halfway through the month for the first.

    New one later today. In life, timing is everything.

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