Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Evolution of Slang

Here's a passage from a 1930's British crime novel*:

"I had made no arrangements as to where I was going to stay, so I took a taxi out to Hampstead.  Some years ago I had rooms there in Fellows Road and I knew the landlady was an obliging sort--so I knocked her up and got her to take me in."

Obliging indeed!

*Bude, John The Cornish Coast Murder. London: The British Library, 2014 p. 225.( First published in 1935.)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Roses are Blooming

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This year I got a tomato plant, even though I only get light half the day.  I hope I get a tomato.

It's a nice day to relax.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's Better to Have Gifts Than Receipts

Rosemary returned from her trip with some cool stuff for me: socks, a Golden Gate Bridge magnet, and chocolate from San Francisco.

A spirit frog from Alaska.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Cars of Black Mass

Yesterday I took snaps of many 70s-era cars with 70s-era license plates.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Cambridge St. Dressed up as 70s South Boston

Late last night the Black Mass crew shot a driving scene.  I was too tired to check it out, but this morning I did notice that several shops had new signs.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moviemaking is a Slow Process

Rosemary and I chatted with this production assistant for Black Mass.   He says he gets plenty of work in Mass., even though he is freelance.  Check out the badge the crew wears.

Part of the story takes place in Belfast, Ireland.  They fixed up Warren St. to portray Belfast.  Here's some 70s-era IRA graffitti.

Here they are shooting at night.  The director, in the upper left, wore a Ghostbusters tee shirt.

The people in the window had a great view.  The white building in the background shows up so well because they had bunches of lights in its parking lot pointing up.  We wondered why they wanted it to show up.  My theory is that the extra light made it look as though there were bunches of tall building out there, like this little neighborhood was on the edge of a thriving metropolis.  If you have other theories, please share them.

 A man makes a call in a phonebooth, then walks up the street.  You can see him on the right.  He's wearing a suit.  They did about one million takes.

This woman is ready for Johnny.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Neighborhood Black Mass

As many of you already know, the Black Mass crew turned a building in my neighborhood into a copy of Whitey Bulger's South Boston bar.

Today they were actually filming--indoors.  They made a black tarp-tent over the front.

There were a bunch of people standing around.

NECN sent a reporter to report. See his report here.

Many people were watching the proceedings, but none had seen Johnny Depp.  Rosemary said that the people at Coco's said Matt Damon was hanging around watching the filming.