what’s it all about, alfie 2…

Dear diablog,

In Part 1 we concentrated on the Zagato, now the turn of the beautiful Giulietta Sprint.


which showed direct contrast to Glynsky’s rather shabby (but much loved) later version – though still a 1300.

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Despite a number of shared characteristics, the pristine one had a dropped nose, plexiglass rear window and the obligatory lack of bumpers as befits a full race…


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Real Time with Bill Maher

Dear Reader,

It is Sunday, do you have time for a slightly longer post?

Recently, to my big surprise, Glynsky posted on diablog a piece with a video from Real Time by Bill Maher.

Side note, Bill Maher’s intro:

is the second best I know. Absolutely brilliant. And for as long as I owned a TV, Bill Maher was what I considered “must see TV”.

Bill Maher is controversial. He is a comedian in line with the often mentioned George Carlin. Like Carlin, Bill Maher is not PC as in politically correct. His previous TV show actually was called Politically Incorrect. It got canceled, because it wasn’t PC enough.

His current show is 60 minutes long. Maher starts with a stand-up comedy segment about current affairs. Then he interviews a guest, and I really mean interviews, not just delivering cues for sound bites. Then he hosts a panel, which always includes people with controversial opinions. He regularly invites the intelligent, right-wing Ann Coulter. And finally comes a funny segment called “New Rules”.

Why else do I like Bill Maher?

He favors freedom over security, I agree.

He is against the current inequality in wealth distribution, I agree.

He thinks religion is bullshit, I agree.

And there are issues, where I disagree with Bill Maher. For example he is a pothead, I am not. Maher is in favor of the death penalty, I am not.

And Bill Maher has been wrong continuously, when it comes to the internet. After his 60 minutes show, he continues with something called “Overtime”. There, the panel discusses questions send in via the internet. And it is published on the internet.

Yet for as long as he is on air, Bill Maher has been against the internet. He and his TV station, HBO, are violently trying to keep his show off the internet. And then he joins Youtube. This is how Bill Maher promotes his channel:

Bill Maher has been defending the old media business and its fat cats for ever. And he does not see the cognitive dissonance in using the internet at the same time.

For years, people would upload recordings of his show for people without HBO. And Maher and HBO in a rat race issued DMCA take-down notices to get the files deleted. What a farce.

I stopped watching Bill Maher. Because in this case, he thinks he can have the cake and eat it. His support for the MPAA, which should be called MAFIAA, is plain stupid. How stupid? Have a look.

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AP Archive

Dear Reader,

Diablog loves archives. Whether it is Glynsky’s relative, who provides inside into the days after WWII, see treasure chest, or Asian art, or the NYC Dept. of records, movies, culture, we love all of it.

The internet was built, to make information available. And we all made a big step forward.

The Associated Press, AP, the oldest and largest news cooperative, publishes its film and movie archive online. Find it all here:


Or, if you prefer, watch it on Youtube:

along with the British Movietone:

Browse history in moving pictures. Maybe during the next rainy weekend?

Stay tuned,

Engine Room


you’re ‘avin a larf…

Dear diablog,

To continue with extra long items that drive Engine Room into a frenzy, try this from Erika –


yes, it is long but truly excellent and very funny and good for a Summer weekend.

though originally a ‘March’ episode.

Whilst I think I am against the current discussion to prevent the BBC from providing ‘entertainment’ (er, what else does it do?) HBO does seem to have a possible alternative to the present UK structure but why change what is not broken? That people stream and buy boxed sets (that don’t have a hint of cardboard) there is still place for the old fashioned – which I, for one, don’t mind at all.

Yours, diablog, with square eyes



the feet have it…

Dear diablog,

Along with Engine Room I suffer from irregular sleep patterns and occasionally wake in the small hours when there is little to do than listen to the radio.

As a Radio 2 addict I have often heard the excellent, and eclectic, Huey Morgan (of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals)

giving it large and rambling (sometimes incomprehensibly) about all sorts.

In amongst the gems he had dug up last week was (ignored til now by diablog) the redoubtable…


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English generosity

Dear Reader,

A few days ago I stumbled upon the following online:

An English man and his wife walked past a new, posh restaurant.
“Did you smell that food?” the wife asked, “wonderful!”

Being the kind, generous English man, the husband thought,
“What the heck, I’ll treat her!”

So he walked her past it again.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room