Saturday, September 1, 2012


…Happy Labor Day Weekend.  I hope it's a fun and relaxing time for you.
Here are some random fun things to think about:

-There are 74 million cats in the US.
30% of roaming house cats kill prey--two animals per week--and are linked to the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline.

-How we watch videos of movies and TV shows:
Streaming -52%
Rent DVD  -42%
On-demand service -32%

-Congress is on pace to make history with the least productive legislative year in the post-World War II era, passing just 61 gbills or less than 2% of all bills proposed.

-The number of new credit cards issued to consumers is the highest it's ever been, with 26% of those cards going to people with credit scores of 700 or lower.

-What is most effictive in increasing your loyalty to your company?
Having a good boss -90%
Retirement benefits -87%
Health care benefits -86%
Convenient commute 78%
Flexible time -68%
(Pay rate didn't make the top five)

-The US Postals Service lost $1.2 million by selling only 318 million of the 1 billion "Simpsons" stamps it printed

-Vivid Entertainment offered Prince Harry $10 million to star in a porn film

-While summer movie-going revenue was flat, theaters sold 100 million fewer tickets than a decade ago

-Expenses too important to give up, regardless of financial concerns:
1. Internet connection -57%
2. Driving -44%
3. Pet -39%
4. Cable TV -29%
5. Mobile phone -24%

Largest Hispanic groups in US
1. Mexicans -65%
2. Puerto Ricans -9%
3. Cubans -4%
4. Salvadorans -4%
5. Dominicans -3%

…I recently read an interview with Tommy Lee Jones. 
Here are some of the bits I liked most:

“How do you play someone in a movie?  How do you do that?  It’s impossible—unless you know how.  How do you cut somebody open and take out their appendix and sew them back up and watch them get well?  That’s impossible unless you know how.”

“I’m a believer in belief.  Faith is something that works—it causes people to do things, it has results.  It’s an intangible, indefinable very real thing.  And it moves people, sometimes to atrocity.  And sometimes to survival.”

“Cobb” has one of my favorite lines in all my experience of movies that I’ve worked on, which is when the guy who works for Mr. Cobb when he was older says, “Fuck you, Mr. Cobbs!” That line just rings like a bell in my mind.  It’s poetic.”

“You don’t want to get so excited that you drop the ball.”

“Don’t put it in too soon, don’t take it out too soon.”


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