Silent Movie Song

A 2010 death I think I neglected to mention at the time was Captain Beefheart. His heavy blues record “Click Clack” starts out by evoking the bizarre silent movie era theme of a villain tying a woman to railroad tracks. “Click Clack” got a lot of airplay on WBCN in Boston when I was in high school, around the same time the J. Geils Band album “Full House” came out, in 1972. Ah, 1972. A year of firsts, starting with my first stereo system.

L.A. Law – Real Estate Edition

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bought weight-loss executive Jenny Craig's horse facility in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., for $18 million. (Preview First | Inset: Getty Images)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bought weight-loss executive Jenny Craig’s horse facility in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., for $18 million. (Preview First | Inset: Getty Images)

This link from the Los Angeles Times is interesting, with a long scrolling list of real estate transactions showing how the top 1% live. I recognize some of the names, but they are mostly rap and sports stars who mean nothing to me.

From Amazon to the Ganges

The prime minister of India? Ben Kingsley as the younger Gandhi? No, it’s Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos in Bangalore at, somewhat ironically, a shopping mall.

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, stands atop a supply truck during a photo opportunity at the premises of a shopping mall in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. © Reuters

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, stands atop a supply truck during a photo opportunity at the premises of a shopping mall in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. © Reuters

Before and Afterthought

Political cartoonists no longer have the influence that they enjoyed for many decades, if not a century, but the ones that remain continue to ply their craft. Jerry Holbert of the Boston Herald did this cartoon, about the recent lapse in White House security, which saw publication locally.

Jerry Holbert

But before it reached national syndication, the editor at Uclick requested a change in wording.

Jerry Holbert

I checked, and watermelon-flavored toothpaste does indeed exist.