Sunday, May 28, 2017

'Maradona '86' (2014): Watch the Captivating Documentary About One of the Greatest Footballers

"Maradona '86" (2014) is a short documentary directed by Sam Blair that chronicles footballer Diego Maradona's and Argentina's way to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Even though I'm not a true football fan, I thought this documentary was so captivating and well made when I watched it last year, it didn't matter.

In the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona, the world's greatest football player, reached his apotheosis, redefining what is possible for one man to accomplish on a football pitch. His ability to take control of the ball -- the game -- an entire tournament -- split the world in two.

It was both illuminating and an affront, beguiling and an outrage, and the fervor that surrounded him was unprecedented, bordering on the religious. Constructed from archive material, "Maradona '86" is an ode to this ultimate footballing idol, basking in the operatic intensity of his performance in Mexico as he wrote his name on football history forever.

Watch the documentary:

Get a Filmora Video Editor Lifetime Upgrade for Only $24.99

Through the site Giveaway of the Day, that daily offers free licensed and legal versions of different software products, an offer to buy a free Filmora Video Editor lifetime upgrade plus free continuous resources for only $24.99 (originally priced at $49.99) can be found.

The offer for a free download has expired, but the offer for a free lifetime upgrade is still valid.

Friday, May 26, 2017

'Becoming Bond': How a Car Salesman with No Acting Experience Landed the Role of James Bond

"Becoming Bond" is the title of an documentary produced by Hulu that tells the story about how car salesman George Lazenby, with no prior acting experience, could land the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969).

Watch it on Hulu here.

Come to Sweden: Vintage Swedish Travel Posters

The following Swedish travel posters come from the coffee table book "Come to Sweden : reseaffischerna som charmade världen" (The Travel Posters That Charmed the World) by Jens Vagland and Michael Tjelder. Vagland and his team run the company Come to Sweden that offers vintage Swedish travel posters and additional related products such as notebooks and postcards.

"Have a Good Time" poster by Inga-Greta Solbreck-Möller, 1952:

"The Midnight Sun Hotel, Lapplandia, Sweden" poster by Gunnar Nordgren, 1948:

"Svenska skidspelen, Nässjö, Stockholm" (The Swedish Ski Games) poster by Kurt Netzler, 1955:

"Scandinavian Airlines System" poster by Staffan Wirén, ca. 1960:

"Wintersport in Zweden" postcard by Hjalmar Thoresson, 1938:

"Sälen och Transtrandsfjällen" (The Transtrandsfjällen Mountains, also known as the mountains of Sälen) poster by Gunnar Nordgren, 1953:

"Im Hohen Norden, Schweden" (In the Far North) poster by Olle Skrede, 1940s:

Image credit: Come to Sweden

Parachute Jumps, but Without the Parachutes

Watch as skydiver Luke Aikins jumps 25,000 feet with no parachute and lands in a net.

This jump reminded me about Travis Pastrana's no-parachute-skydive a couple of years ago.

And this is yet another skydive without a parachute – this time by Antti Pendikainen:

Wall Street CEO Barry Sommers Doesn't Miss Out on Transcendental Meditation and a Good Night's Sleep

During the second Fortune Brainstorm HEALTH conference, CEO Barry Sommers from JPMorgan Chase & Co., told the audience that for ten years, Transcendental Meditation and eight hours of sleep every night have made him wake up happy every morning and become more productive.

"I've found in a culture like Wall Street, people are obsessed with how many hours people work," said Barry Sommers, CEO of Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Chase, during Fortune's second annual Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego on Tuesday. "Way too many people are getting out of there as fast as they can because they're totally burnt out."

Sommers decided to take his health into his own hands a decade ago after someone he'd known personally and professionally for 30 years started doing Transcendental Meditation. "It transformed this person's life," he said. "I saw a different person."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

'Like a Money Machine': The PBS Doc 'The Madoff Affair' Tells the Story About Bernard Madoff's Gigantic Ponzi Scheme

The PBS Frontline documentary "The Madoff Affair" (2009) tells the story about investor Bernard "Bernie" Madoff and the gigantic Ponzi Scheme he constructed and operated during many years until it all unravelled in 2008.

In the mid-1960s, Bernard Madoff tapped money from Jewish businessmen at exclusive country clubs with the promise of steady guaranteed returns on their investments. He then set his sights on Europe and Latin America, brokering deals with powerful hedge fund managers and feeder funds from Buenos Aires to Geneva. Billions of dollars were channeled to Madoff's investment firm, and his feeders became fabulously wealthy. The competition wondered how the man could produce such steady returns in good times and bad. There were allegations that Madoff was "front-running" or operating a Ponzi scheme, which the SEC investigated several times over the last two decades. But Madoff remained untouched until Dec. 11, 2008, when he admitted it was all "one big lie." FRONTLINE unravels the story behind the world's first truly global Ponzi scheme — a deception that lasted longer, reached wider and cut deeper than any other business scandal in history.

Watch the full documentary at the PBS Frontline site.

Read More: Bernard 'Bernie' Madoff's Personal Secretary Speaks Out in the Documentary 'In God We Trust' (2013)

IKEA Catalogue Covers from 1951 to 2015

Gizmodo has compiled a great list with IKEA catalogue covers from 1951 to 2015.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'That Was the GDR': A Documentary Series About East Germany

"That Was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany" (1993) is a 2-DVD set that includes seven documentaries that tells the story about the founding of East Germany in 1949 until the German unification on October 3, 1990.

And here is the playlist for the rest of the episodes.

A Bear Cub Helps Out With the Gardening

This is rather cute -- a bear cub helps out with the gardening and planting potatoes somewhere in Russia.

Via Holy Kaw.

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