Thursday, July 31, 2014


Good Morning!
I hope none of you, humans, thought I was calling you creeps!

The bots are creepy.

You, my dear friends, are a true blessing to me.

Here is a story 60 minutes did on the Data Brokers.
This is the huge business.
This is why Facebook and Instagram and Twitter can charge billions of dollars for their Internet companies.  Because of the data that is gathered on their sites...and sold to advertising.
It baffles my mind.  But it is the truth.



Delicacy with Audrey Tautou

Delicacy is a charming French movie.
I absolutely adore Audrey Tautou.
I could watch her in anything.

But here is my confession. 

I have a hard time watching subtitled films.

I want to watch.  I don't want to read.  It does not come naturally for me to do both at the same time.
This must not be hard for all people.  Or maybe it is.

But oh my I wish these movies were dubbed into English for me.

The foreign language films I am attracted to are visually gorgeous like Amelie.
The fact that I can not be looking the whole time frustrates me.

It's work.

I'm gonna keep practicing tho.  Maybe it gets easier with practice?
Do you think that is possible?

I'm gonna try!



  1. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Here I am, old faithful - just sitting down for an late afternoon cup of coffee.

    I know what you mean about subtitles - they can be cumbersome at times.

    It sort of reminds me of learning to read music, both staffs at the same time - something I tackled when 10 years of age.

    I never achieved much success, musically - but I think it's good training for the brain.

    Sometimes I watch Amelie without subtitles just to enjoy the beauty of the scenes.

    Speaking of subtitles, they are totally required by me whenever watching anything BBC or otherwise British. Mumbled, hurried proper British English is almost as indiscernible as French for me!

    hugs from Munich,

    1. Anonymous11:15 AM

      It took me about six episodes of the BBC "Sherlock" before I could quit straining to understand the speaking and enjoy the show. It was worth it. :)

      Sandy C.

  2. Anonymous10:57 AM

    P.S. just watched the clip - I have not heard of this film, but I'm pretty out of touch - what a sweet movie! She is adorable. Thanks Donna!


  3. Anonymous11:03 AM

    I am able to read things really quickly, so I don't usually feel distracted by subtitles. I just glance at the words and I'm good. But I hate when they use a bad color for the actual subtitles....when there is poor contrast between the text and the image on the screen. The last time I had trouble was the Swedish versions of the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". I had such headache from squinting at the screen the whole time after the first one that I debated whether I even wanted to see the others.

    Have you watched "Welcome to Sweden" on NBC? (The sitcom with Amy Poehler's brother Greg?) It's funny but half the dialog is in Swedish with subtitles. It's pretty amazing to see subtitles on a network show but I'm sure it won't ever catch on...

    1. I have seen commercials for Welcome to Sweden. I didn't know it was already on... I'll have to look it up. It looks funny and odd.

  4. I had never heard of it either. It's very sweet. Your music reading story encourages me. I can learn this!!! Yes. Those Brits can be tricky to understand. I am nearly proficient in fancy English talk ;o)

  5. Audrey Tatou is such a wonderful actor and Amelie is my all-time favorite movie.......

  6. I think my comment disappeared? Trying again...

    My mom is deaf, so we had closed-captioning on the TV when it became available. I learned quickly to read and watch at the same time. I'm a visual learner, not auditory so perhaps that helped me. Now when I watch a program or movie that is difficult to understand (typically shows with heavy accents, such as Downton Abbey) I will intentionally turn on the closed-captioning.

    I had not heard of Delicacy, but I think Audrey Tautou is lovely.

  7. Cyndi K G1:51 PM

    My husband loves foreign films: I like them ... but it is difficult to knit if I have to be watching the screen to know what has just been said! However, we both love the (subtitled) German (I think) film "Mostly Martha" about a chef who becomes the guardian for her niece when her sister is killed in a car accident. It is delightful!

    1. I like the German rendition best too. Did not like the American version.

  8. I love Audrey Tautou! Amelie is one of my favorite movies. Have you seen A Very Long Engagement? Thanks for this recommendation - I have it in my dvd queue on top now.

    I have a friend who has a difficult time with the subtitles. I don't mind it so much, really. I can't stand closed-captioning when it's in English so go figure!

    1. I watched A Very Long Engagement last night and this morning.
      It was beautiful. I am not a fan of war movies and this one tested me.
      But I hung in there and am glad I watched it.
      same director as Amelie and I could see the similarities. Some of the cinematography was so beautiful it made me cry. Carrying her on the shoulders with the red umbrella....walking thru the field. boy.o. boy.

  9. I have not seen it. Is it good?

  10. Absolutely agree, Donna!! I thought it was just me. It's exhausting to my eyes and brain to read subtitles. But I'll have to check out this movie anyway!

  11. This article is involved, but worth the read if you're interested in understanding how companies know things about you based on what you buy.

    This article talks about Target. The father of a teenaged daughter was livid when Target sent her coupons for pregnancy-related items. He complained to Target about sending inappropriate coupons. It turns out that his daughter was, in fact, pregnant and hadn't told her father yet. Scary, how Target could essentially guess, with pretty good accuracy, that she was expecting based only on what she'd be buying lately.

    The article concludes with some good advice: Pay in cash. :)


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