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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
26th November 1942
The film CASABLANCA premieres in New York City
This romantic drama movie was directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband to escape Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
Story editor Irene Diamond convinced producer Hal B. Wallis to purchase the film rights to the play in January 1942. Brothers Julius and Philip G. Epstein were initially assigned to write the script. However, despite studio resistance, they left to work on Frank Capra's Why We Fight series early in 1942. Howard E. Koch was assigned to the screenplay until the Epsteins returned a month later. Casey Robinson assisted with three weeks of rewrites, but his work would later go uncredited. Wallis chose Curtiz to direct the film after his first choice, William Wyler, became unavailable. Filming began on May 25, 1942, ending on August 3. The film was shot entirely at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, with the exception of one sequence at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.
Although Casablanca was an A-list film with established stars and the best writers, no one involved with its production considered the movie particularly exceptional. It was just one of hundreds of movies produced by Hollywood every year. Casablanca had its world premiere on November 26, 1942, in New York City and was released nationally on January 23, 1943, in the United States. The film was a solid if unspectacular success in its initial run, after being rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. Casablanca won three Oscars: for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, and its reputation grew steadily over time. Its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic. The film is now generally considered one of the greatest movies of all time.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The best thing about this particular point is time-abundance, and the ability to fully experience life rather than be lost in continually doing shit and missing the whole thing. I am profoundly grateful to be at this point - loved, valued, cosy and truly conscious. I can see from here how short, fragile and ephemeral life is and how important it is not to miss it - FEEL it!
I now have a kindly benevolent view of this character, doing the best he can with what he had and knew. His motive was always to love and be loved, and the degree of success in that was dictated by forces beyond his control.
If you're having a human experience, you are going to be thrown into the world with absolutely no information, so you begin by being TOLD how it is. I have observed that most people never get beyond that, choosing a particular "off the shelf" view of life to follow.
This character considers himself most fortunate indeed to have a consciousness capable of developing a perception of his own, tailor-made to be a perfect fit with experience, and continually evolving as experience changes.
The most important truth I have learned is that no individual actually knows what the fuck is going on, however much they may convince themselves that they do. We just don't have the equipment to see absolute reality. We must therefore settle for mental models of the universe unique to each individual. This means that everyone acts according to their own AGENDA. Life then becomes simple: to live according to the agendas of others or create one of your own to live for.
This character has decided that his purpose is NOT to please everyone or serve everyone. His purpose is to live his life his way making a difference to those receptive to that way. This character will aggressively defend that agenda from others that pose a challenge to it.
I don't think anyone really knows what they're doing, but this character at least knows what he has DECIDED to do and is doing it. This character is with himself well-pleased, and so has received life's greatest prize: peace of mind.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Who's agenda are you serving?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout
Fog will descend as the temperature rises after dusk
A moderate westerly will strengthen slightly and swing south-westerly in the afternoon
Max Temp = 10 degC at 7pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 07:53
Sunset at 15:55
Weathertrack: A ridge of warm and mainly dry air will cross the country over the next 24 hours, driven by the Azores anticyclone
Air Pressure: 1017 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I can't find my invisibility cloak! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Hawaii is the only US state that grows and sells coffee
9. ZEN WISDOM
Character can be shaped or etched. It may be true from a medical perspective that our psychological and physiological traits are generally predetermined genetically. Knowing this, however, adds little to our lives. What matters is how we can better ourselves here and now.