Archive for February, 2008

Watch This: The Puffy Chair

I am not sure how I first heard about this movie, it may have been at Pittsburgh Filmmakers earlier this year, but I added it to my Amazon wish list which is my new way to keep track of books and movies that look interesting but that I just don’t have time for right now.

I must say I was intrigued by the title and image of the big purple puffy chair, I think it reminds me of this orange chair that used to be in the living room at my mom’s house, it is an ugly orange plaid chair, but everyone loves it so the orange chair still has a home in the basement.

Conveniently, Netflix has hundreds of movies that you can watch online and the Puffy Chair is currently available to watch now. The wikipedia page for The Puffy Chair links to this Wired article about how Netflix has become a distributor of indie films.

This was an absolutely delightful movie – funny and serious at the same time. The actor who plays the younger brother does an amazing job with the character. The movie is less about the chair and more about the relationships of the lead character and his girlfriend. This film has the vibe of a modern day Singles or Reality Bites but just focuses on 3 people. While I think this is a great film, it is not a good choice for a romantic Valentine’s Day movie. The music selection for this movie was excellent – some great choices. More info available on the film’s website.

The Midwest In A Global World

Jim Russell posted a link to Dick Longworth’s interview on Chigago Public Radio about his new book called, Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism. Dick seems to be thinking about a lot of the things I have since I came to Pittsburgh more than 4 years ago. The entire center of the country seems to be slipping off the global map and losing it’s vital connections to the world, right at the moment it needs them most.

The world only seems to be flat for those regions that are interested in actively embracing it and doing everything they can to stay actively linked to it.

Jim posted this on Rust Belt Bloggers.

A Miserable List

Well here is something to be happy about – Pittsburgh is not on Forbes Magazine’s List of the top 10 most miserable cities. We have been talking about this article on the Metrobloggers authors list and everyone agrees that this list extra miserable because the people at Forbes put it into a slide show, instead of just giving you a list. So to save you the trouble of watching a miserable slide show, here is the list:

1. Detroit, MI
2. Stockton, CA
3. Flint, MI
4. New York, NY
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Chicago, IL
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. Modesto, CA
9. Charlotte, NC
10. Providence, RI

Ii am not sure how I feel about the criteria of this list, it is based on a lot of economic data. I know that there are tons of people who live in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles that love it there. Check out the responses from these cities:
Los Angeles

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