Tuesday, December 14


THIS is how you do multiverse. 

A film from Daniels [Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert -ed.] and starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., with James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – In Theaters March 25, 2022.

Tuesday, November 30

10E2675: Giving Tuesday: Friends of the Acton Libraries


Giving Tuesday.  Money or time??  My sidegig is volunteering as a board member [don't be coy - President! -ed.] for the Friends of the Acton Libraries. They have a unique remit among 'friends' groups in that they are dedicated to the support of the towns school and public libraries. That is 10 in all....

Starting now (8:00:00am EST US) on this “GivingTuesday” Meta/Facebook will match your donation amount through their fundraising tool. This uses Paypal for your convenience. Click here to use that PayPal slush fund if you feel inspired... All donors will get a READ sicker by mail for the back of your Subaru...

Reading, writing, and digital literacy skills are essential to children's success in school and beyond. In 2021 we were able to write checks for over $12,000 to local libraries. Please join me in keeping every library a valuable resource. Feel free to email or DM me directly with questions - and thank you! 


Thursday, November 18

10E2674: 3 Days of the Condor - repost - The Uniform

A great advertisement for reading... 

“He wore one outfit through the whole picture!” says Sydney Pollack (director), when asked about Robert Redford’s wardrobe in Condor. It may look like a simple getup, but Pollack’s brother, Bernie, a wardrober, says they created the ensemble with care to define Redford’s character, a deskbound CIA researcher in unaccustomed peril. “We wanted an intellectual East Coast thing,” Bernie says. “Some sort of jacket, a chambray shirt with a wool tie—not a silk tie but a wool tie, which gave him a bit of a rougher, kind of college-professor look.” -via GQ

Just a great movie... plot: a reader for the CIA misses getting whacked, as out picking up the office lunch. Goes on the run. Uses all the tools he has learned to outwit the hired guns

"I am not a spy. I just read books! We read everything that's published in the world. And we feed the plots - dirty tricks, codes - into a computer, and the computer checks against actual CIA plans and operations. I look for leaks, I look for new ideas... We read adventures and novels and journals."

Versatile outfit too; herringbone tweed jacket, sawtooth chambray shirt, wool tie, hiking boots, jeans then peacoat. Faye Dunaway, a Landcruiser, an IH Scout, 1st Gen Ford Bronco, a Brady bag (guessing) and a Doxa Sharkhunter round out the accessories.. 


See also in praise of wool ties... 

Thursday, August 5

10E2673: RIP Mayflower Poultry Co. (Inman-ish location)


For the Boston transplants... via  EATER

"In East Cambridge, not far from Inman Square, there is no sign more iconic than that of poultry and meat market and wholesaler Mayflower Poultry. For over 75 years, the sign has aggressively advertised the shop’s “live poultry” that is “fresh killed” with bold black letters (in several different fonts) over a bright yellow silhouette of a chicken. (Live poultry hasn’t actually been processed onsite in many years, but the sign has lived on, delighting some and angering others.)

The sign’s time has come. Mayflower Poultry is moving on from its longtime home — the property at 621 Cambridge St. has been sold, and the sign is going up for auction August 26, owner Jim Gould told the Cambridge Chronicle-Tab. Its design, trademarked since 2005, will be included in the sale..."

Thursday, July 29

10E2672: Prince Of Muck


"Retired patriarch Lawrence MacEwen is beginning to live out his final days. As Laird of the Isle of Muck [a small island south of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland - ed.] it has been his mission in life to preserve the fragile society on the Scottish island for future generations. It seems to have worked…but at what cost?"


Prince of Muck debuts at the Edinburgh Film Festival in a few weeks.  Tickets. "Dutch filmmaker Cindy Jansen captures a uniquely cinematic portrait of a place and a person haunted by the past and struggling to maintain their relevance for the future."  View trailer.

Monday, June 28

10E2671: 1977 Spielberg CEOT3K Interview

Neat interview with Steven Spielberg during filming on Close Encounters of the Third Kind about why gu'b'ment didn't care to discuss them (fear of confusion over ICBM being one aspect).  Close Encounters filmed quickly after Jaws - Spielberg STILL wearing his rope bracelet from JAWS location filming on Martha's Vineyard.  Good look.   WATCH
As alluded to in the video, the "third kind" terminology comes from a system of classification codified by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek.  The early CEOT3K posters listed the encounter 'kinds".

Monday, June 7

10E2670: Roardrunner | Bourdain


"Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him."   Trailer here.   To be released in US cinemas on July 16th.

This doc has an almost impossibly high bar to clear but I cant wait...

The food may have just been an excuse to meet the people in the travel shows - but a fantastic one.  If you worked any food service certainly on the East Coast in the 80s/90s his first book Kitchen Confidential should be essential reading.  Highly recommended for everyone else too...  

#whatdoyouknowaboutme #whatdoyouknowaboutmeat


Thursday, May 27

10E2669: Outdoor Archives Discussion Hosted by RANGE

"Outdoor agency, forecaster, and media publication, Range, hosted a conversation with archivists, researchers, and historians about the importance of gear history and preservation. Panelists included outdoor historian and professor, Dr. Rachel Gross, Carhartt historian and archivist, Dave Moore, and commercial photographer and non-profit founder, Brian Kelley."


I am late to the party on this podcast series... fascinating intro to the kick start of 'the outdoor industry' post-WWII, the mythologizing of white masculinity (and consumerism) in the process... and geeked out materials discussion too. Great academic intro.

This is part of a much larger podcast series The Highlander Podcast,  a collaboration between Outdoor Product Design & Development (OPDD) and Utah State University Student Media (Aggie Radio) to share conversations with industry partners from the OPDD program including designers, developers, founders, product line managers, as well as local people involved in promoting local outdoor recreation opportunities in Cache Valley, Utah. 

Thursday, April 1

10E2668: Kinco Gloves and THAT Material...

Direct from the KincoGloves insta' - and shame on me for never asking the backstory before...  what is the striped 'ticking' type material used for their workgloves? 



The Otto Story - Part 1

The Otto™ striped fabric is not just any old fabric – it’s a fabric woven with history and friendship. This story begins in 1986 when Bruce Kindler, Kinco®️’s founder, was visiting a glove factory in Hong Kong at the same time as Mr. Otto Schachner, a fellow glove distributor from Denmark.

During their visit Bruce was in the process of developing Style No. 1927®️ – a unique style during that time because it was one of the only styles that combined the lining of ski glove and the design of a work glove. Simultaneously, Mr. Schachner was using the now well-known red, white, and blue striped fabric on several styles distributed throughout Denmark. Knowing of Mr. Schachner’s success using this fabric, Bruce decided to use it and asked the factory to incorporate the fabric into his new style.

In order to identify this new fabric, Bruce decided to call it the “Otto” fabric to honor Mr. Schachner. Once the 1927®️ was on the market, Bruce discovered the only way he could protect his special fabric was to trademark the design, including its colors, so it couldn’t be copied without legal repercussions. Since Mr. Schachner was already using the fabric on his gloves and had trademarked it in Denmark, Bruce figured he should be able to trademark it in the U.S. as well. Bruce asked Mr. Schachner if he could buy the trademark and apply for rights in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Schachner gladly obliged and Bruce bought the rights for $1.00 USD!


These gloves, (now I know and will never forget) model 1927 are a 10E fave for work&ski outings of any kind... Absolutely bring them everywhere.

Saturday, January 23

10E2667: (Robert) Burns Night | January 25th

January 25th is earmarked in Scotland as Burns Night, an evening to celebrate the writing and life of poet/bon vivant (and other not as complimentary words depending how you read history) Robert Burns. You may know him from such works as Auld Lang Syne or  My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose? Many of the poems he helped popularize are practically impenetrable to non-Scots speakers (or even scotch-speakers as the evening wears on...)  but they have gradually become part of western cultural traditions.

Burns Supper is the name of the specific celebratory dinner held on Burns Night - with readings and a convoluted order of ceremony, from grace to speeches and a specific menu...

Haggis from McSween's in Edinburgh; gold standard.

‘The Selkirk Grace’

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.

The poetry of Burns is all well and good (though Burns only adapted, didn't write the traditional The Selkirk Grace that we love), but any excuse to eat haggis is the real draw here. Contrary to the usual BS, haggis is no more formidable that game sausage, or black pudding, i.e. all good stuff. On the side you will be served mashed turnip (‘neeps’) and potatoes (‘tatties’).

OK, run that sheep's stomach bit past me again? There cannot be a dish so famously (and completely unfairly IMHO) reviled as haggis... Actual ingredients are sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and lots of pepper -wrapped in a sheep's stomach as casing, that part is not eaten. Our family trick is to bake it, don’t boil it... Also, a good gravy is a must as it is very oaty/crumbly and needs something to stick with the mashed potatoes.

The other great thing is the day after, you ball-up the leftover haggis and potato and whatever else is left and fry it in a pan. Add a fried egg and it is (whisky) breakfast of champions. The snag is that is near impossible to get real haggis in the States. Lung is not allowed in foodstuffs here... and that is a component of the ‘great chieftain’.

Just as parents tell stories of the 'tooth fairy', the story told to children (or more often unsuspecting tourists) is that the Haggis is a 4 legged beast a bit like a hedgehog, that has 2 legs shorter than the other so has to run round hills in one direction... and to hunt them one simply chases them the other way so they roll down the hill... 

Friday, January 22

10E2666: Lupin | Gentleman Burglar




Follow this French gentleman thief Assane Diop (Omar Sy of Intouchables fame) and his deep layered wardrobe of vintage mod tops in LUPIN - taking inspiration from the French gentleman thief of early 1900s Arsene Lupin.  He is a one man Oceans11 with a LockStock underground clubhouse.  5 episodes, no gore. Got teens taking French at school? Easy win.   


The original author LeBlanc was obv a next level troll, calling one book VS Herlock Sholmes which is not a typo but result of some friction with Arthur Conan Doyle...