About the Michael Hanna

My name is Michael Hanna, although regular readers of fantasticdrivel might know me better as Hank Talbot or the Pigskin Prof. I'm a graphic designer, author, composer, inveterate nerd, and advocate for crazy people everywhere. I haven't posted as much recently as I've been hard at work on my novel, The Humble Grocer.

Bringing Up Baby

Welcome to Week 1 in the Saturday Cinema series! We are watching our way through a diverse list of 40 films, selected in a five-round cinema draft. You can view the list, ratings, and latest comments on IMDb: Saturday Cinema Draft 2016.

I was lucky enough to draft first. I chose the 1938 Howard Hawks classic “Bringing Up Baby” starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

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I find it ironic that, although I use too many semicolons when writing English, I quite often leave them out when writing code. Which is the greater sin? I suppose it depends on which social circles you run in.

The Strunk-and-White crowd would likely be more offended by my overuse of the semicolon. They might also object to the grammar in my “social circles” sentence. As the old saying goes:

Run in is better than run on, unless you are ending a sentence with run in; everyone knows you don’t end a sentence with a preposition.

I like very much that the old saying uses a semicolon. It puts the Strunky/Whitey folks in a tough spot.

As to my other bad habit (omitting semicolons from code), it usually means my code doesn’t work. I spend hours “debugging” (read: swearing at my computer) before I pinpoint the problem.

pinups, prohibition, and the greatest discovery of the 1920s

Dita Von Teese

the scandalous Dita Von Teese
from pinups

pinup girls on Pinterest

let’s get low-brow

I actually have a very well-curated Pinterest board devoted to pinup girls. Not surprisingly, the title of the board is pinups. I know, it’s not very creative. But it’s all lowercase so that makes it cool. Currently the board has 331 pins, and I’ve #hashtagged most of them with the artist’s name; sometimes the title and year, as well.

Since my pins come through on the facebook news feed, I occasionally get “likes” or comments about a pin that catches someone’s eye. A couple of folks expressed some surprise at the scandalous pin of Dita Von Teese (at right). I believe the exact words used were something to the effect of “I didn’t see THAT coming.” A sentiment promptly seconded by another friend.

I’ll admit: the photo of Dita with riding crop is a bit risque. In the larger context of my pinups board, however, I think it’s not too far off the beaten path.

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