The Daily Broadside


Posted on 11/12/2022 5.00 AM

JCM 11/6/2022 2:17:24 PM

Posted by: JCM

Occasional Reader 11/12/2022 8:20:41 AM

Happy Saturday.

So I watched the new All’s Quiet… on Netflix recently. Overall, I’d recommend it, it’s well made, brilliantly photographed, and powerful. I o find some of the director’s departures from the novel odd, though. [PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD]. E.g., having the protagonists joining up in 1917, instead of at the start of the war; and cutting out the scenes of training, and Paul’s alienation when he’s on home leave. And one thing that annoyed me was changing the plot so that Paul is mortally wounded literally in the closing seconds before the Armistice takes hold. That seems rather… Hollywood.

lucius septimius 11/12/2022 10:34:54 AM
Started going through a bunch of old letters from college that were in my mom's attic.  I've decided to throw out the ones from her specifically; others I'm keeping for sentimental reasons.  A bunch of people in there I kind of wish I knew where they went.
Kosh's Shadow 11/12/2022 11:01:53 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 1:
It has been close to 50 years since I read All Quiet on the Western Front, but IIRC, he did die very close to the armistice taking effect. Maybe not seconds, but close.

When armies mixed mustard and gas and relished war. (Firesign)

Occasional Reader 11/12/2022 11:40:11 AM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 3:

IIRC he’s depicted in the novel as being killed some time in October 1918.

In this movie, it’s at like 10:59:45 on 11/11 that he’s mortally wounded.  A bit over the top. IIRC.

In other news, my P365 is now clean (in anticipation of a class tomorrow). 

Kosh's Shadow 11/12/2022 11:54:33 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 4:

As I said, I read the novel quite some time ago, in high school, and my 50th reunion is coming up next year, so my memory of it is a bit foggy.

But while we are on the subject of The Great War, here is a a video of the most produced WWI tank

I note some interesting points - the tanks came in only two genders.

And they were quite miserable inside but better than being shot at in the trenches.

lucius septimius 11/12/2022 12:43:14 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 4:

"He fell in October 1918, on a day that was quite and still on that whole front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence:  All quiet on the Western Front. (Im Westen nichts neues).

"He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as thought sleeping.  Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long; hs face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come."

CyberSimian 11/12/2022 2:11:23 PM
I'm not sure if I should admit to never having read that one...
Occasional Reader 11/12/2022 2:57:39 PM

Greetings from the Kennedy Center roof Terrace restaurant, where, I really must sayI have the prettiest date in the room.

Alice in Dairyland 11/12/2022 3:01:34 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 8:

Well don't tell us, tell her!

CyberSimian 11/12/2022 3:13:05 PM

In #9 Alice in Dairyland said: Well don't tell us, tell her!

Maybe she's the one who told him that...  ;)

JCM 11/12/2022 3:17:55 PM

2 Planes Crash Mid-Flight During Airshow in Dallas

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed to the ground at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow around 1:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the FAA.

Alice in Dairyland 11/12/2022 3:56:28 PM

In #10 CyberSimian said: Maybe she's the one who told him that...  ;)

Or maybe they're the only ones there.  I guess he'd be the most handsome guy in the room too then.

Occasional Reader 11/12/2022 4:34:26 PM

Reply to Alice in Dairyland in 12:

well, obviously…

Alice in Dairyland 11/12/2022 4:41:09 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 13:

well obviously what?  You were the only ones in the room, or you were the most handsome guy in the room?  Hope you are having a nice time with the prettiest girl in the room.  You said "date" but I'm going to guess it's a girl.

Kosh's Shadow 11/12/2022 4:46:59 PM
There is a pub thread tonight
Occasional Reader 11/12/2022 4:59:17 PM

Reply to Alice in Dairyland in 14:


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