Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Patrol's Boats

In a post from February, [Whatever Floats Your Boat] I posted a few photos of boats I had come upon while walking along the beach in Cangmating, Sibulan. Among those photos were two photos of a small boat that had the words "Sibulan Seaborne Patrol" painted on the side. Walking by the same spot this morning, I came upon a different boat - a little larger than the first - sans outriggers, with nearly identical markings.

Eco Oil

Back in August of last year, I remarked that my photo of the Star Oil gas station, located near the airport, had received over 30,000 views. Since then, the number of views for that particular gas station has topped 56,000. As I mentioned at the time, that total number of views for a gas station boggles my mind.

Equally mind boggling to me is the news that my photo of the FilOil gas station located not far from the airport as well, has become my second most often viewed photo, with over 70,000 views.

Driving through that area this afternoon, I noted that the FilOil station gas changed to Eco Oil. My photo with the 70,000 plus views is of a business that no longer exists.

My first thought was to edit the FilOil location on Google Maps to show it as a closed business, and then add the Eco Oil as a new business. This however, if successful, would eliminate my photo of FilOil with it's 70,000 views. I decided, instead, to edit the FilOil location with a simple name change. This edit is currently pending review with Google Maps. I've uploaded a few Eco Oil photos to help with the review.

Calling a Spade a Spade

Contrary to what I wrote in last Tuesday's post, I did not wait until I had finished reading Swann's Way before beginning Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. As a matter of fact, after reading The Maltese Falcon I went on to another of Hammett's works - also available at fadedpage.com - The Adventures of Sam Spade and other stories.

For the most part, The Maltese Falcon film, with Humphrey Bogart, follows the novel rather well.There are a few differences, however. For example, the character portrayed by Peter Lorre - Joel Cairo - is openly homosexual in the novel. More surprisingly, in the novel, Joel Cairo has a homosexual relationship with Kasper Gutman's flunky, Wilmer Cook.

Other difference in the novel is the appearance of Kasper Gutman's daughter Rhea and Gutman's murder by Wilmer.

The wikipedia article covering Hammett says Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time". Unfortunately, Hammett does not live up to that praise in The Adventures of Sam Spade and other stories. The seven short stories in this 1924 collection are not, by any means, on the same level as The Maltese Falcon. Of course, following the The Maltese Falcon, I couldn't resist reading his earlier stories. I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Maltese Falcon (Novel)

Back when I was a kid - you know, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth - we were only able to get 3 channels on our television. Now, many years later, we're able to get more that 100 stations; and we're in a third world country. Imagine the number of channels available in a first world nation.

Still, even with more than 100 channels to choose from, there are only a handful of stations that I care to watch regularly.

One of those channels is TCM - which, at one time, stood for Turner Classic Movies. I enjoy watching the old films - most in black and white. For good or bad, the TCM channel available here in Philippines will repeat movies several times through out the month. This month, I'm given plenty of opportunities to watch one of my favorite oldies - The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart. After watching the movie again last night, I thought I'd look online for information about the novel on which the movie is based.

The novel was published in 1930, and I discovered that the book is in the public domain in Canada and available for download at a Canadian website,fadedpage.com.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm currently reading volume one (Swann's Way) of Proust's multi-volume, In Search of Lost Time. I'll finish reading this volume before beginning The Maltese Falcon, but I won't wait to finish the other six volumes. I'll go on to volume two of Proust's work after I've read the Dashiell Hammett crime novel.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Having -finally- finished reading all eight volumes of Alexandre Dumas' Celebrated Crimes, I've begun reading another multi-volume classic, In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.

The seven volumes of are available at Project Gutenberg Australia. At the time the work was originally translated into English, the title was translated as Remembrance of Things Past. The title In Search of Lost Time, a literal rendering of the French (À la recherche du temps perdu), has gained usage since D. J. Enright adopted it for his revised translation published in 1992.

I am currently on the first volume, Swann's Way.