January 26, 2015

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
Charles Lamb

"We are not the members of a democracy, Father. We are the members of an order."
— Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), The Mission (1986)

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (part 1 of 19)
  • Andy and Red's opening chat in the prison yard - in which Red is pitching a baseball - took 9 hours to shoot. Morgan Freeman pitched that baseball for the entire 9 hours without a word of complaint. He showed up for work the next day with his arm in a sling.
  • Morgan Freeman's favorite film of his own.
  • In the scene with Andy arriving in the library as Brooks' assistant while Brooks' crow Jake is squawking, Tim Robbins had to time his line, "Hey, Jake. Where's Brooks?", so that the crow wouldn't squawk over him since the bird could not be trained to squawk on cue. Robbins was able to adapt to this and time his line perfectly by learning the bird's squawking patterns, for which Director Frank Darabont praised him. Robbins' improvisation is noticeable as he watches the bird carefully while approaching it, waiting for it to squawk, and doesn't begin his line until after it does so.
  • Although a very modest hit in theaters, it became one of the highest grossing video rentals of all time.
  • Stephen King sold the film rights for his novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, for $5,000. He never cashed the check. Years after Shawshank came out, the author got the check framed and mailed it back to the director Frank Darabont with a note inscribed: "In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve."

  • In life, I have been more disappointed with the things that I haven't done than the things I have done and failed at.
    Sheanna Davis

  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.
  • Bernard Clemmens of London managed to sustain a fart for an officially recorded time of 2 minutes 42 seconds.
  • The longest street in the world is Yonge Street, which starts in Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and winds its way north then west to end at the Ontario-Manitoba-Minnesota border.

  • When is the best time to have lunch?

    Yogi Berra
    You can observe a lot by watching.
    Yogi Berra

    “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

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