All posts tagged: death

EPIC tribute to Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The 86th annual Academy Awards may be done, but I think here at The Nostalgia Blog we still need to give out our own “Oscar”…a recognition of excellence for the career and life of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. As if we needed to be reminded about how absolutely legendary Hoffman was as an actor, editor Caleb Slain has put together this video, P.S. Hoffman, as a tribute to the man and his many varied roles. This montage is over 20minutes long and covers 47 of his roles. It will only take seconds until you realize how awe inspiring Hoffman truly was. Of course there was his 2005 Oscar winning role in Capote, but it’s some of his secondary roles and cameos that capture you attention. Enjoy this video and I strongly suggest you go back and re-watch some of his classics: Boogey Nights, Owning Mahowny, Doubt, The Master, Capote, and Charlie Wilson’s War.

North American Ice Storm of 1998

In retrospect of the minor (read: very minor) ice storm Ontario just experienced, I wanted to shed light on the massive ice storm that crippled Quebec and parts of Ontario, Eastern Canada and even areas bordering New York and Central Maine in January of 1998. I need not explain the intricacies and unpredictability of the weather, so I won’t. All you need to know is large amounts of freezing rain fell for a very long time, coating affected areas with upwards of 120mm of thick ice. What follows are some pictures demonstrating the damage: Power was lost in some areas for up to a month. Roads were impassable. Hydro lines completely iced over and in some cases brought to the ground. Trees were toppled, vehicles immobilized in place and thousands of humans frozen in their tracks – including 25 fatalities due to hypothermia. The Canadian Forces deployed over 15,000 personnel to assist in the recuperation process. It was the largest deployment ever of military personnel in response to a natural disaster and most in general …