‘Malmkrog’ Review: Waging War Between Language and Cinema

Cristi Puiu’s Malmkrog is based on 19th-century Russian philosopher and mystic Vladimir Solovyov’s prophetic Three Conversations, which, through a series of dialectical maneuvers, addresses such topics as economic materialism, nationalism, and abstract moralism. The film takes place on a snow-covered hillside, where a large pastel-pink mansion sits and Puiu turns the philosophical into drama. Sheltered in the mansion’s walls are a small group of aristocrats that includes a politician, a general and his wife, and a young countess. It all has the makings of a game of Clue, but the mysteries here are linguistic. A Christmas gathering stretches on in what seems to be real time, as the party’s high-minded philosophical and political chatter takes on an increasingly strained air. That tension is heightened by the obstacles that Puiu uses to discombobulate his audience. Malmkrog is the Transylvanian village where the film takes place, yet the characters, who speak primarily in French, talk of being in Russia. And as they discuss imminent war and the potential outcomes of violence, it’s as if the film appears to exist outside of time and place. Doorways and mirrors obfuscate who’s invol...

The black sesame seed may be small, but it is a powerful food which the Chinese

The black sesame seed may be small, but it is a powerful food which the Chinese have learnt to use for many health-promoting and anti-aging benefits. Learn about their health secrets, and find out ways to incorporate this little treasure in your daily meals. The Chinese believe that the nutrients in black sesame seeds can help to correct a bodily deficiency (in Ying and Xue of the Gan and Shen) brought about by aging, worrying and the toils of life, which in turn bring about aging-related symptoms like graying hair, blurry vision and ringing in the ears. As such, many Chinese consume black sesame seeds on a regular basis in the hope of delaying, or even reversing, some of these aging-related symptoms. Is there any basis for the link between black sesame seed and anti-aging? Yes, at the very least, the seeds are rich in B vitamins and iron, which deficiencies can lead to the premature graying of hair, poor memory and hearing loss. Abundant in calcium and zinc, black sesame seeds can keep your bones strong and help you ward off osteoporosis. The seeds also provide the body with vitamin E, which is needed for healthy skin. These health benefits of the black sesame can keep you stro...

Roofing Company In Corpus Christi Publishes Informative Blog Post On Metal Roof Coatings

Texas based Galvan Builders, a trusted roofing contractor in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas, has recently published an informative blog post on their website highlighting a number of coating options that can help to extend a metal roof’s lifespan. “Metal roofs, no matter the brand, product type, or color, are only a good one if it is coated properly. Roof coatings serve as a barrier between the elements and the topmost layer of your roofing materials. Choosing the proper coating repels water more effectively, whilst guarding your roof from excessive moisture and corrosion. Roof coatings also prevent UV damage and reflect the heat away from the roof’s surface,” says David Galvan, owner of Galvan Builders. A metal roofing system is preferred by many because of its durability, cost-efficiency, and versatility. However, a metal roof is prone to moisture and corrosion, so choosing the correct protective layer is crucial to ensure its optimal performance. There are three good options for protecting a metal roofing, and they include painting, powder coating, and anodizing. As noted on the blog post titled, “Should I Have My Roof Powder Coated For Extended Lifespan a...

Fossil Gen 5 Review: The Only Wear OS Watch You Should Consider

There’s no getting around the fact that Wear OS as a platform hasn’t evolved much in recent years, mostly because Google and Qualcomm, as the two major players powering it, don’t seem invested. It’s not dead, though, because companies like Fossil are trying to make the most of what’s available and have turned out a number of decent options. With their newest watch, the Fossil Gen 5, I think they’ve actually made a pretty good smartwatch that’s completely worth considering. The Fossil Gen 5 is the newest Wear OS watch and platform from Fossil that will likely spawn a series of similar watches, all with the same specs, but with different cases or styles. It packs all of the currently available specs for a Wear OS watch, like the Snapdragon Wear 3100, 1.28-inch AMOLED display, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, GPS, NFC, heartrate sensor, and a speaker. All of that is wrapped in a metal 44mm case that is 12mm thick with support for easily swappable 22mm watch bands. It has 2 pushers and a rotating crown. The Gen 5 comes in Carlyle and Julianna models, with three colorways or finishes for each. For this review, I have the Carlyle in “Smoke Stainless Steel.” Design: The Fossil Gen 5, as I mentio...

Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Dec. 15 – 21: ‘White Christmas’

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Freeform Sun. 3:25 p.m. Freeform Mon. 1:05 p.m. Freeform Thur. 7:20 p.m. Freeform Fri. 3 p.m. I Love You, Man (2009) ★★★ IFC Sun. 3:30 p.m. IFC Mon. 12:30 p.m. IFC Tues. 3:30 p.m. IFC Wed. 3 a.m. Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) ★★★ Sundance Sun. 11:30 p.m. Sundance Tues. 4 p.m. Sundance Tues. 10 p.m. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) ★★ UNIMAS Sun. 12:30 p.m. KFTR Sun. 3:30 p.m. UNIMAS Sun. 11 p.m. KFTR Mon. 2 a.m. IFC Sat. 4:30 p.m. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) ★★★ EPIX Sun. 6:55 p.m. FX Tues. 8 p.m. FX Tues. 10:45 p.m. Elf (2003) ★★★ KMEX Sun. 8 p.m. AMC Mon. 8 p.m. AMC Tues. 6 p.m. AMC Wed. 8 p.m. AMC Thur. 6 p.m. AMC Fri. 8 p.m. AMC Sat. 6 p.m. The Fugitive (1993) ★★★ Showtime Wed. 8 p.m. Ovation Sat. 4 p.m. Showtime Sat. 5:05 p.m. Showtime Sun. 3:30 a.m. Grown Ups (2010) ★ Paramount Tues. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Tues. 11 p.m. Paramount Sat. 8:40 p.m. Paramount Sat. 11 p.m. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) ★★★ AMC Sun. 4 p.m. AMC Sun. 11:30 p.m. AMC Wed. 10 p.m. AMC Thur. 3 p.m. The Polar Express (2004) ★★★ KMEX Sat. 7 p.m. BBC America Tues. 8 p.m. BBC America Wed. Noon WE Wed. 8 p.m. WE Wed. 10 p.m. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) ★★ BBC Amer...

Online only access is available for as little as $0.99 for a day passOther online only

Online only access is available for as little as $0.99 for a day passOther online only rates are as follows: $7.95 for one month with EZ Pay; $44.99 for 6 months; $79.99 for 12 months. Cornbread baked in the oven in a heavy, black, round, skillet with a large handle. Crumbling a hunk of the cornbread into a glass of cold milk—my favorite way to eat it. Fried potatoes, fried apples, fried eggs cooked on top of the stove in various sized skillets. Country memories of my grandmother Hila cook’in up a storm in her cast iron skillets. My most notable tie to the history, culture, and cookery of Appalachia was family, especially my grandparents, whom we called Mamaw and Papaw. According to Mark Sohn in his book, Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture and Recipes, “cast iron is Appalachian to its core.” Cast iron can be used for frying, searing, broiling, baking, sautéing, braising and stir-frying. And I agree—after spending a lifetime in the company of cast iron skillets and pioneer women. “Cast iron has been around for thousands of years — initially in the form of Dutch ovens or spiders (a pan with a handle and three legs) that could be cooked in a hearth or fireplace. When househ...

MODERN CIVILISATION is built on concrete and steel. Put the two together, though, and you can

MODERN CIVILISATION is built on concrete and steel. Put the two together, though, and you can generate a problem. Reinforcing concrete with steel rods called rebars is the basis of modern construction. But because water gets in through tiny cracks, the rebars rust. This causes them to expand, widening the cracks and weakening the concrete. Hence such structures require constant attention and often have design lives of only 60-100 years. That is pitiful compared with, say, the concrete dome of the Pantheon in Rome—which was completed in 125AD and still stands. Various ways of delaying or preventing concrete cancer, as this corrosion is known colloquially, have been tried. These include recipes for concrete that is less permeable to water, and rebars made from rust-resistant materials such as stainless-steel or composites. Such approaches work, but they can be expensive. This may be about to change. Next year, if all goes well, a pair of footbridges intended to be cancer-proof will open in Geelong, a town 75km south-west of Melbourne, Australia. These bridges, which will act as prototypes for more than 150 others planned for the expanding city, will be constructed using a novel ap...

Machine’s inventor with ties to Watertown died 100 years ago | Local History

Please purchase a subscription to read our premium content. If you have a subscription, please log in or sign up for an account on our website to continue. Checking back? Since you viewed this item previously you can read it again.To enjoy all our content, join now! Margaret E. Knight’s paper bag machine on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian As we prepare to put another year in the bag, it’s an appropriate time to recall Watertown’s connection to the paper sack. The paper bag has major roots in the city. The inventor of one of the first paper bag machines lived here for about three years and the city once made tons of the carriers. Times’ features editor Christina Knott recently came across the Dec. 2, 1919, Watertown Daily Times headline: “Bag Machine Inventor Who Formerly Lived Here Dies.” Charles B. Stilwell died Nov. 25 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The inventor lived in Watertown in the 1800s while his invention was being developed and manufactured at the Bagley & Sewell plant. In 1883, he patented his automated machine, “The Stilwell,” which could make a bag from a roll of paper. According to papermart.com, before the paper bag, “baskets, bowls,...