Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cup Finals: Game 3

The Penguins finally played their brand of hockey and captured a 3-2 win last night vs Detroit. Through the first half of the first period, Pittsburgh looked like they did during stretches of games 1 and 2: generating good pressure, but kept from getting good shots off by Detroit's tough D. Then something in the Pens clicked. They controlled play for most of the game until about 10 minutes left in the third period when Detroit went on the attack again. The first two goals by Crosby were what the team needed to get back on track. It not only got Crosby into the series, but I think provided a little push to Malkin to step up his game. And to have the game winning goal scored by grinder Adam Hall was just the icing on the cake.

Hopefully this win will keep the Pens up so they win again in Saturday and head back to Detroit with the series even at two.

Update: I forgot to mention the great play of Brooks Orpik. Just check out the highlights below!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Centennial Bond

Today is the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming's birth. Sandra Parshall of Poe's Deadly Daughters has a post about Bond's longevity. has lots of good links dealing with the centennial and the new Bond novel "Devil May Care".

Time to sit back and enjoy a Vesper Martini.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cup Finals: Game 1

Well, Game 1 has come and gone. Detroit wins 4-0. I don't think the game was as out of hand as the score implies. The first period was relatively balanced, with Pittsburgh controlling the play for long periods of time. The score was 0-0 after one. The second period was almost completely dominated by the Red Wings (as evidenced by the 16-4 shot total in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings capitalized on a bad line change and finished the period up 1-0. The third period saw a couple sustained attacks by Pittsburgh, but they were few and far between. Detroit did what they have done all year and capitalized on any mistake by their opponent. A "not too smart" pass by a Penguins player and two passes later, the puck was in the back of the net.

Here's hoping for a better result in tomorrow's Game 2. But I have a feeling Detroit might win the series in six.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jazzy List

Another cool list I stumbled upon is The New Yorker's list of 100 Essential Jazz Albums. There are other lists of this type (see WBGO), but it's always interesting to see new lists and what is included and what is not. I'm still trying to figure out how The New Yorker's list organized. It's certainly not ranked (given the high numbers next to Brubeck's Time Out, Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Miles Davis's The Birth of the Cool).

My Amazon wish list just got a bit longer. :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Movies, Movies, Movies

I stumbled across this post on Thirteen Rule-Breaking Movies the other day. The author states that this is not intended to be a definitive list, but mainly a starting point. As with a lot of these lists, there are a lot of good movies I've seen, and a lot of movies I want to see. The first movie mentioned, Time Code, was one that I remember wanting to see when it first came out, but never tracked it down. And I'm glad to see Kubrick's masterpiece Paths of Glory make the list.

One movie I'd never heard of is 2002's Russian Ark. The sheer planning of creating a single 90-minute take must have been huge. I always like when filmmakers try something audacious. Another example along this line is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies Rope, which was shot in ten takes (ranging from 4 minutes to 10 minutes in length).

I'm going to try to track down copies of Time Code and Russian Ark.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


There's not going to be a new post up tomorrow and I'm not sure about Monday. I'm going out of town for the weekend and coming back late Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Killer Year

I recently finished the short story collection Killer Year: Stories to Die For. For the few blog visitors who don't know, Killer Year is a group of crime/suspense authors who had their debut novels published in 2007 and banded together as sort of a cross-promotion deal. As one of the neater things they did (along side the website and blog) was assemble a collection of short stories submitted by each debut novelist.

All the stories have their own charms. Each provides, one would assume, a taste of their own particular writing style. The three stories that really grabbed my attention were "Perfect Gentleman" by Brett Battles, "Bottom Deal" by Robert Gregory Browne, and "Gravity and Need" by Marcus Sakey. After reading just the story's second and third paragraphs (about love at first sight), Sakey's debut novel The Blade Itself jumped all the way to #2 or #3 on my TBR pile.

Another one I'd like to mention is Sean Chercover's "One Serving of Bad Luck". It didn't blow me away like some others in the collection, but I am definitely interested in picking up his novel.

I only singled out a couple stories, but there's lots of good stuff in here. Something for everyone. Let me know your favorites.

Monday, May 5, 2008