Two great ARGENTINE TANGO videos

It’s been a while since I showcased some examples of a major obsession of mine: the Argentine tango. Here are two.

All art forms evolve. The tango does too, both the music and the dance. The first music example is from its very beginnings, one of the first true tangos, La Cumparsita, composed by Uruguayan Gerardo Matos Rodríguez. Almost everyone has heard it in one of its many incarnations.

The second example showcases one of the later tango compositions (from 1942!): Así Se Baila El Tango. It incorporated some very modern musical elements that today’s frontline tango composers are still exploring. (The dance shown here also has modern dance fusions – some introduced to tango danza as early as the 1940s in BsAs.)

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GIFTED – wonderful movie about a seven-year old genius

Stories about super-smart kids (or adults) all-too-often portray them unrealistically. As eccentric in some way: socially inept, physically awkward, or downright ugly. The truth is that they are typically pretty much like everyone else. And like most of us have both ordinary and extraordinary needs and problems.

(For more about what very-smart people are really like see my post: REAL GENIUSES: What are they Like.)

The preview below lays out the basic problem the two main characters are faced with: how to bring up a genius.

Frank (played very convincingly by Chris Evans) fears a repeat of what happened to his sister, who killed herself shortly after giving birth to Mary (very believably acted by Mckenna Grace). Grandmother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan in a nuanced performance) fears Mary will be denied her potential by Frank’s insistence that his niece have a normal childhood instead of the intensely intellectual one his sister had.

How the two good people battle to a solution is a compelling story. I was impressed at the many subtle reveals and grace notes of the script by Tom Flynn and the realization by director Marc Webb. Grace also makes an adorable child, good hearted but in some ways too smart and strong-willed for her own good.

Gifted is available as a Blu-ray and DVD discs and streamed.

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Latest VORKOSIGAN SAGA book now in paperback

The 17th and latest volume of Lois McMaster Bujold‘s Vorkosigan Saga is now available in the conveniently sized mass market paperback: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.

In this latest chapter of the Saga Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Vicereine of the planet Sergyar, returns home to the planet. Greeting her is Sergyar Fleet commander Admiral Oliver Jole, an old friend of her and her deceased husband. He finds she has plans in which he may have a part – plans which may send his own plans for the future in unexpected ways.

Miles Vorkisigan, Emperor Gregor’s galactic troubleshooter, learns of those plans and launches himself and his wife and kids on a mission of investigation. To disturbing and comic effect.

For the first few chapters click the image.

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THE BIG SICK engrossing film

My lady friend and I watched The Big Sick this weekend. She suggested it, I was mildly interested. But as I watched it I became really engrossed in the story and the people in it.

There are no beautiful people saving the world from horrible villains or events. No big events, in fact, beyond the main event, which is the main character’s love getting so sick her doctors induce a coma to let her body better fight it. Just ordinary people dealing with several related problems.

The main character, for instance, is a citizen whose family left Pakistan decades ago for a better life. They feel what’s best for the MC is to arrange a marriage with a Paki woman. His love’s parents are horrified to discover she was in love with a foreigner, even though having only known life in the US his values and tastes are wholly American. How he and she and the two families cope with the situations are what make the story. It’s a small story, but I suspect you will have as good a time experiencing it as I did.

The Big Sick is still in theaters but is now available as a disc to rent or buy or stream.

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WONDER WOMAN Blu-ray disc available & news

Wonder Woman director Parry Jenkins has been signed to direct the sequel (for a Dec 13th 2019 release). According to the Hollywood Reporter story she gets oodles of money upfront & box office gross (better than BO net, which with studio accounting can be zero).

In related news the Wonder Woman Blu-ray & DVD discs are available starting today, Tuesday the 19th, in outlets such as Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. According to a review in Batman-news the disc has lots of extras.

To publicize the disc availability Warner Bros. had a 300-drone display light up the Los Angeles early night sky with Wonder Woman images. See the following for the show.


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MACKEY CHANDLER just joined my favorite authors

Mackey Chandler just joined my list of favorite authors. This because of a book and the series it’s in (which I’ve just finished reading). I suggest you download a sample of the first book, Family Law. Click the image to read the first few chapters.

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Here’s the first draft of an interior illustration for my Shapechanger book, The Super Olympian: Mystic Warrior. In it my heroine is asked to help an old friend who’s been captured by terrorists. The baddies are hiding in a jungle, so she changes her skin to blend in with the greenery and dons green clothing and selects a rifle with a camouflage stock.

Why is she showing so much skin? Isn’t that something I’ve knocked comics about? Because I came up a good reason for when bare skin is not silly after all. She has skin which is as hard as rubber when struck by a knife or pistol bullet. Still has to avoid rifle and machine-gun bullets, partly by stealth and partly by having supersenses and super-accurate return fire.

Click the image for an expanded view, and more of my superheroine images, including Katy Perry as superheroine Snow White.


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Latest PENRIC novella by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric’s Fox is the fifth and latest Penric novella. It is the third chronologically, showing Penric early in his career handling a problem that is much bigger than it at first seems.

Click the image to read a Look Inside preview.

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Two interesting FEM TV COMEDY SHOWS

I like books with women main characters more than those with men MCs. Not sure why. Neither of the likely reasons apply. I like being tall, big, male; I’ve no desire to change genders. I am also strictly straight; men’s bodies don’t appeal to me. So there’s no wish-fulfillment working; women’s stories just interest me more.

I suspect it has something to do with the three fems I’ve known and lost: a very dear childhood friend, my infant daughter with a heart problem, and my wife who had cancer. In stories I can find them again.

There are two TV shows I’m enjoying now which you might also enjoy. Both have appealing characters with interesting problems. Both are extraordinarily beautiful in their city exteriors and the interiors and the fashions they inhabit.

In the first episode of Younger 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) attempts to get a job in the field of her dreams: publishing, but has to start at the bottom, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. During her hunt, she meets Josh (Nico Tortorella), a 26-year-old tattoo artist who thinks that they are about the same age. Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza’s best friend, comes up with the idea of giving Liza a makeover in order to pass her off as a 26-year-old. Now she just has to make sure no one discovers her secret. Also stars Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, and Peter Hermann.

The Bold Type is centered around three friends – Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) – who all work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. The show explores their outrageous lives in New York City as they learn to find their own voices and explore their sexuality, identity, love, and fashion.

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GIANT ROCKETS – a new generation

Space exploration and exploitation is now big business, no longer the private playpen of governments. As witness the several new launch vehicles being used and in the works, an example being the Falcon Heavy which SpaceX is expected to launch this year, to take over some of the duties of its workhorse Falcon 9.

A recent report in the LA Times gives details. To read the article click the following image.

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