Little Red Lighthouse

July 5, 2015 at 2:00pm • Zero comments

Best ’80s movies

Time Out New York gives us their list of the best movies from the ’80s.

Action movies, sci-fi thrillers and horror classics all emerge from this decade, as does a corporate slickness that marks the era’s entertainments (often charmingly). Still, it’s undeniable that the ’80s produced some major films, important and influential. Sometimes these were huge summer blockbusters, sometimes they were new things called “indies.” All of them add up to an essential picture of a transitional decade.

And I’m sure that most of them will be, or already have been, fodder for remakes or reboots, because Hollywood is all out of original ideas.

June 29, 2015

What time was the kiss?

Astronomers from Texas State University and Iowa State University analyzed the iconic V-J Day in Times Square and pinpointed the exact time the photo was taken.

“Every tall building in Manhattan acts like the gnomon of a sundial,” the authors explain in the article.


By working out what structure caused the shadow, the scientists could compute the sun’s position, and thus the time the photo was taken. With a topographical analysis of Manhattan’s layout at the time, they concluded that the shadow was cast by a sign atop the Hotel Astor and across the intersection from the Loew’s Building.

I like to imagine that the astronomers were wearing a deerstalker and smoking a pipe while working this out.

June 27, 2015

Infographic of where same-sex marriage is legal

In light of today’s Supreme Court decision, the Washington Post published an infographic showing the states where same-sex marriage is now legal.

June 26, 2015

Seinfeld ranked

Vulture has ranked every episode of Seinfeld.

In the interest of both helping novices prioritize and reminding veterans about forgotten jewels, we’ve ranked every episode in the series from worst to best. The ratings are based less on cultural significance — you’ll find many recognizable episodes fairly low on the list — and more on the density and quality of jokes, the inclusion of multiple strong narrative arcs, and, to a lesser extent, how well the comedy and stories have aged.

For personal reasons, I haven’t watched Seinfeld in about 6 years, but after watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and the cast sort of reunite on Curb Your Enthusiasm, I think I’m ready to start watching it again.

June 25, 2015

Mets fans are the worst

The Wall Street Journal had Grammarly evaluate MLB fans and found that Mets fans make the most spelling and grammar mistakes.

The second-most mistake-prone fan base belonged to the Mets’ NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. These results should come as no surprise to anyone who has sat in the upper deck of a late-night Mets-Phillies game. Typically, by the seventh inning of these games, the rival fan groups have forgone the English language to grunt and throw peanuts at each other.

Seventh inning? That’s how Phillies fans sound all the time, amirite?

June 24, 2015


If you long to have your photos rendered like a Commodore 64 would, c64yourself is perfect for you. Just drag a JPG or PNG on it, and it spits it back out in all that 8-bit goodness.

Here’s its take on my Grand Central Terminal photo.

June 24, 2015

The end of a dive bar

Lens, the NY Times photo blog, brings us the final days of The Subway Inn by Timothy Fadek:

“This is representative of everything that depresses me about New York City,” Mr. Fadek said. “The loss of Times Square, all the great bars, CBGB’s, independent diners. All gone and replaced by chains.”

I used to live not far from The Subway Inn, and it’s neon sign was welcoming when coming out of the subway late at night.

May 31, 2015

Grand Central Terminal

April 26, 2015 at 6:00pm • Zero comments

Men and Women’s buttons

The Atlantic looks at why men and women’s buttons are on different sides.

For a corollary to that, we can thank, again, Napoleon. That hand-in-waistcoat pose? Women, apparently, used to mock the emperor by mimicking that pose. One theory (which, warning, I can’t find much corroboration for, but I put out there for your consideration) holds that Napoleon ordered women’s shirts be buttoned on the opposite side of men’s to end all the fun-making at his expense.

That theory makes the most sense to me because Napoleon strikes me as that kind of guy.

April 8, 2015