Published on: November 4, 2011
I can’t believe I missed this.
Harold Camping, the 90-year-old former civil engineer turned minister turned radio host who got so much attention earlier this year when he predicted that the Rapture would happen on May 21, only to live to predict another day, apparently has more recently been saying that the Rapture would actually happen on October 21.
reports that Camping is not apologizing for his mistakes, but is saying that he needs to do further research. “I am checking my own notes more carefully than ever,” he said in a message recorded for his Family Radio Network. “There is other language in the Bible, and we still have to look at very carefully ... We should be very patient about this matter.”
My mother used to tell me that “patience is a virtue,” but she was missing the big picture. In Camping’s case, patience apparently also is profitable. CNN
reports that “Camping’s followers donated more than $80 million from 2005 to 2009” to his ministry.
Camping now has a new marketing strategy - saying that when the Rapture comes, perhaps nobody will notice, saying, according to Slate
, that non-believers will “quietly die…the true believers will quietly receive the new heaven and the new earth. I really am beginning to think as I restudied these matters that there’s going to be no big display of any kind."
Unless, of course, you count his bank account...
I found fascinating the recent story I saw in Fast Company
about how the American house is evolving ... according to a survey done by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) of designers, architects and manufacturers, the expectation is that by 2015, “the average single-family home is likely to drop to 2,150 square feet from 2,400 square feet today, probably as a result of tough economic times and rising energy prices.
“That drop in square footage will lead to the living room disappearing altogether, instead being swallowed up by the kitchen or family room to form a single ‘great room.’ Other features that may become increasingly uncommon include sunrooms, dining rooms, media rooms, mudrooms, and skylights. Laundry rooms and walk-in closets aren't going anywhere but on the whole, it looks like Americans will scale back.”
It sort of sounds like a really great loft ... which is exactly what I’ll be in the market for in a couple of years.
I know I’m a total geek about this stuff, but I can’t tell you how happy I am to learn that the new James Bond film, entitled Skyfall
, goes into production next Monday...with Daniel Craig returning as 007, Judi Dench as M, and an estimable supporting cast that includes Albert Finney, Javier Bardem, and Ralph Fiennes. The director is Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for American Beauty
, and the move is going to be shot in the UK, Turkey and China.
According to the producers - one of whom, Barbara Broccoli, I actually went to film school with back in the seventies, though we did not know each other - the 23rd Bond film is about how "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her, and MI6 comes under attack.”
Sounds totally cool ... and it will be released next November, 50 years after the first Bond film, Dr. No
, was released.
I’m ready to buy my tickets right now.
A show that I’ve really grown to like - though its recent ratings have not been very good - is “Bored To Death” on HBO, which is about a white wine drinking writer named Jonathan Ames who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. Ames is well played by Jason Schwartzman, but the real treat is the supporting cast - Zach Galifianakis, as a very weird cartoonist who is Ames’ best friend, and Ted Danson as the semi-depraved George Christopher, a publishing magnate who has spent too much smoking dope and carousing with women.
“Bored To Death” is charming and offbeat, and benefits from being shot in and around New York ... I wish it would generate more of an audience, because I’d hate to see it go away.
BTW ... Danson is doing double duty these days, also playing the new head investigator, DB Russell, on the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” I’d stopped watching “CSI” because it simply got too dark and depressing, but Danson has brought a real charm to the proceedings - he’s much warmer than his predecessors (William Petersen and Laurence Fishburne). So many actors get heavy and ponderous as they get older (Harrison Ford comes to mind), it is nice to see an actor who in middle age has retained the youthful bounce of earlier performances. in both roles, Danson looks like he’s having a good time, and it is infectious.
I’m very proud of myself. I have not read one word - not one
- about these Kardashian people who seem to have found a way to dominate the national dialogue. I know nothing about them, don’t want to know anything about them, and intend to not waste one minute on them.
I have some beer and wine suggestions for you this week....
I love both the Rogue Dead Guy Ale and the Rogue Portland State IPA (the latter of which is named after the university, which also has a Rogue brewpub on campus, which has to be a college student’s dream).
And, we had a wonderful wine the other night - the 2005 Catena Malbec, which was wonderful with a lamb and artichoke stew that I made. (The stew was pretty good, too.)
One other thing. Thanks to all of you who wrote for the birthday wishes...and especially thanks to Graeter’s for the fabulous ice cream. You’re the best.
Well, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday.