Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Remembering Robin Williams, Mork, Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting & More - He Brought Great Joy And Laughter To Others, Rest In Peace


Truly sad news about the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams yesterday at the age of 63.

He brought great joy, laughter and tears to many with his performances.

Here's a small sample of his work



and scenes from two favorite movies - Good Will Hunting



and Dead Poets Society.





More coverage and remembrances of Robin Williams from Andrew Sullivan's The Dish.

Nanu Nanu.

36 comments :

CheshireKitty said...

Do you really think the RI community wouldn't flock to a lower priced market? The residents of RI are no different than residents anywhere else: They want value for their dollars.

Westviewer said...

There would be fewer complaints if the quality justified the prices. Wholesome Factory is no better, e.g., the same boring cheese selection as Gristede's at similar prices.

OldRossie said...

I totally think RI would go for lower prices, as would anyone. Which is why it's awesome to be in NYC... It's not Rikers Island OR Tristan da Cunha - if you need to stock up on groceries then cross the river (either direction). If you want convenience in a pinch don't be surprised to have to pay up for it. It's annoying, but not any different from any business anywhere else.

CheshireKitty said...

This seems a cop-out by the IG. Very disappointed.

OldRossie said...

Sorry, but what are you talking about? Rioting? The question is why would someone who has mobility issues choose to live in the most remote place. No one is being "pushed to the farthest reaches", I'm actually advocating for more centralized living for someone who needs the accessibility and variety.


I made the mistake of falling into your income issues. No one wants to over pay for groceries. However, everyone recognizes they'll pay for convenience. So again, why would RI be different.

NotMyKid said...

So.. I guess I was right all along on the reasons why jones case was dismissed.

A cop out? How so?

OldRossie said...

why do you say exploited?

Westviewer said...

I am referring to the price-gouging at Gristedes, taking advantage of the perception of isolation and remoteness. I am continually amazed at the number of people I run into who do not realize that we have a subway station and are one stop from Bloomingdale's.

CheshireKitty said...

It is one thing to be one stop from Bloomies - but another if we were the same distance away on foot i.e. within Manhattan. It isn't the linear distance, it's the convenience factor.


Maybe one stop away is optimal, but RI is very different from the chaotic street scenes of the most desirable "hottest" neighborhoods at the moment: W-burg, W. Bklyn, Village, etc.


There are also other issues..of course. An area just a stop away from the Village - W-burg - thrives as it seems to represent a new "frontier" that a new generation of kids can shape as they wish. So they flock there, new housing flocks there, clubs flock there, and money flocks there. There's the element of experimentation, chaos, trying out possibilities, the somewhat anti-establishment ethos of the place, with the same crowds of characters that use to crowd the E. Village now thronging the streets and riverside parks of W. Bklyn & Queens. We can't have this on RI, at least not yet, since RI is seemingly "controlled" by a few developers and entities that to many appear "faceless."


So, although we may have a subway station and be one stop from Bloomie's, we're still a world away from NYC. We're like a carefully "nurtured" hothouse plant - maybe gorgeous to look at, but not "authentically" part of the City. It's like, if you get off the train on Roosevelt Is, you "aren't in Kansas anymore..." It's this difference that makes RI seem so very remote.

CheshireKitty said...

OK, now I think I understand what you are trying to say: Why would those who cannot afford to travel frequently to Manhattan or Queens to shop, chose to live on RI, if affordable food is only available in Manhattan or Queens? The answer is: Many who are affected by the high prices cannot easily move elsewhere (can't afford it); moreover, there aren't too many comparably priced affordable apartments left in NYC. That's why residents will fight tooth and nail to keep their homes on RI, even without the availability of affordable food on RI.

Westviewer said...

Yes, you have described some of the reasons for the boringness of this place, but that is still no excuse for the price gouging.

CheshireKitty said...

There's never an excuse for that. We're almost like the Hawaii of NYC - absurdly enough: Food is generally much more expensive on the Hawaiian islands - because of the expense of shipping food thousands of miles from mainland farms.


What is the "excuse" here though? We're attached to Queens by a bridge, although the bridge doesn't immediately lead to a particularly "vibrant" area filled with street life, restaurants, and shops - it leads to an area of mostly light industry, which is mostly "dead" at night - almost mirroring the eerie quiet on RI. RI is an ultra-quiet "bedroom community" - but without food shopping options of other communities where competition/choice can keep prices affordable.

CuriousityKilledTheCat said...

Because "beating to near-death" and "false arrest" are made up accounts. That's why.

MY SON! said...

I could believe this report. They letting cop killers go.

MY SON! said...

And my son's injuries were made up to right "stupid"

MY SON! said...

My son's case wasn't dismissed. You people need to get a real life and leave us alone... move on to the next story. How about all the cop killing in the news...OH,wait those cases were dismissed also...wake up!!!

Westviewer said...

It's only the bridge that counts, not the vibrancy of the neighborhood. The bridge makes it possible and easy to deliver goods to Roosevelt Island. Trucks need to deliver goods to retailers in other parts of the city as well. The vendors do not use the excuse of say, Lexington Avenue traffic, to jack up prices. Our "remoteness" is a contrived fiction.

YetAnotherRIer said...

What happened to the lawsuit that was the reason why the GA did not investigate the allegations?

MY SON! said...

Lawsuit is still processing. We're still looking into that.
We had 3 investigations going on and this is the only report we've gotten back to my knowledge.

NotMyKid said...

Right. I guess the officers had absolutely nothing better to do. Yup. Gotcha.

Marsattacks said...

Who cares what the public safety committee says. The PSC is a joke,made up of people that know nothing about law enforcement. Everything that was "reported" or "forwarded" after the Jones incident was complete B.S.!!!!!!! How do I know,because I use to work for PSD,and as an officer,I was a victim of false accusations. There should be a law against people filling false accusations against officers. I'm a father of three and would never do anything to risk my job or the income I provide for my family. But because of the bs that people come "forward" with and the PSC full throttle pursuit of EVERY situation no matter what,has pretty much become a witch hunt. If it's innocent until proven guilty, doesn't that apply to the officers as well? Whats fair is fair. Not all PSD officers are bad. Many of us have left to bigger depts. Depts that have way more intense and extensive background,physiological, physical,checks. So we aren't just regular Joe's that couldn't get a job anywhere else but Psd. My job now was 4 months of investigation and testing then 4 months straight of training,non stop before I was able to graduate. Point being,not everything you hear about accusations towards Psd. More often then not they are false

OldRossie said...

Is the civil case settled? From an outsider looking in, it's all about credibility, so if this woman is lying in her comments, it would give us a clearer picture.

NotMyKid said...

I think it was settled for $130,000 or so.

OldRossie said...

So you are lying that the suit is "processing" but we should believe you about everything else?

MY SON! said...

Listen idiot I don't have to lie about anything...I said it's still processing. Never said it wasn't settle. PSD have its good officers and it's bad. We are the tenants that pay your salary. We should have a say ..we live here you don't..you just work here.
P.s. if you have any issues with me and my family you need to get over it and move on. I'll pray for you.

RooseveltIslander said...

According to RIOC, the case has been settled. The "processing" concerns payment of the settlement amount.

MY SON! said...

This is why I never got on this blog. People like you always judging and don't know nothing. I have nothing to prove to you. You worry about someone's law suit. REALLY!!!
I have a clear picture of you.

MY SON! said...

You keep guessing...

OldRossie said...

I love how "idiot" precedes your perfect grammar. Your meaning is conveyed so clearly, how could anyone have misunderstood "processing"...

OldRossie said...

Right. Once you get your rally, demonstrations, settlement, and cash, you have nothing left to prove to anyone...

MY SON! said...

Thank you. We will Not be making a announcement of the settlement....This is why.
It's not appropriate to ask what people have in their accounts. I wouldn't go around asking you whats in your account, so please don't ask us. Not Appropriate. Thank you

MY SON! said...

I would love to say it in your face. You hide behind these fake names and emails. You Clearly misunderstood because your questioning if I'm telling the truth.
My grammar is proper when it comes to the ignorant questions people ask....trust and believe me I will find out who you are.
You probably smile in my face everyday and say hello.
There's one thing I can't stand and that's fake people.

MY SON! said...

How dare you. You are a Idiot. I was fighting for my son. Im a mother. I had a lawyer and press conference before PSC agreed to get involved. There are other victim's that came forward things have changed for the better. That was the mission. I have done my good deed what have you done.

OldRossie said...

Tell Dr. Batra all about your good deed.

OldRossie said...

But you're right. I'm being a jerk - your son went through an awful thing - those responsible should be punished and whatever the settlement it can't undo to your son what happened. Moreover, I'm commenting with a "name" and address to stay anonymous. But the subsequent increase in crime and the passive response of PSD are a direct result, I think. Still, that's not your son's fault. I might argue it's YOUR fault, but not your son's. So I apologize for the implication this was all for a payday, but I maintain a degree of cynicism and I do it anonymously because I don't need to be called a racist or a whatever else would likely result from the criticism of this sort of situation.

CheshireKitty said...

Cynicism won't count for much if you are ever in a similar situation to the one Anthony was in - suffering a brutal beating at the hands of the police. Society must emphatically draw a line - end police brutality; end excessive use of force. We cannot just give up and cynically "accept" an unacceptable situation.


You know, after a while, people do get fed up with those who have a knee-jerk response of supporting the cops no matter what they do. Do you also think the Eric Garner killing was "justified?" Human life is very fragile - it doesn't take much to smash someone's head on the sidewalk "accidentally" in the course of several cops arresting a guy who was not even resisting arrest, or "accidentally" choke him to death... for what, because he didn't pay tax on cigarettes? That's how much a life is worth these days? Not as much as a few dollars of cigarette tax?


How can you doubt that Jones was beaten to within an inch of his life? You don't think a collapsed lung that filled blood is life-threatening? A close friend of mine died of a collapsed lung - even though he was rushed to the hospital, they couldn't save his life. A collapsed lung is a highly dangerous condition and thank God Anthony survived.


The point is, a line has to be drawn. Being a cop doesn't give you the right to beat up on detainees, choke or mistreat them, and so forth.


Meanwhile, Jones was doing nothing. He was just standing on the sidewalk. Why did the PSD, under Guerra, become so "wolf-life" so vicious? The result of their ethos at that time was a whole slew of complaints about their callousness and brutality. It's true that all that has changed since the departure of Guerra - but those who were responsible for these terrible incidents, should they "get away with it?"


If any one of us had mistreated another the way RI residents had been mistreated by PSD during the 5 years of Guerra's regime, do you think we would get away with it? Not for a minute - and rightly so. That's why those at the PSD and possibly those that may have been directing the policy of over-enforcement, should be held accountable.


Justice demands it.