Saturday, July 25, 2009

BBT / SBMwS mashup

Friday, July 24, 2009

Teachable moment or GOP attack ad for 2010?

If all three of these men can manage to be humble and see things from each others' perspective, something great could happen.

(P.S. - Tell Al Sharpton and Bill O'Reilly to stay out of it.)

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bonestell art on YouTube

Related to the previous post on "Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow" - Check out this video of the art of Chesley Bonestell:

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Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? - Recommended!

I have said before that I am a short-term pessimist but a long-term optimist. In other words, no matter what the weatherman says, I always take my raincoat to work; However, I think that North Koreans will enjoy the benefits of a free-market, liberal democracy in my lifetime. (Classical liberal, that is.) One of the pillars of that optimism is our society's (and our species's) embrace of technology.

So, let me commemorate the2 recent upcoming 40th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing and the recent passing of the always-optimistic-about-America Walter Cronkite by strongly recommending a new graphic novel, "Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?".

This is by a guy named Brian Fies, who obviously loves science fiction and comic books (you can find references to Flash/Buck Gordon/Rogers, Galactus, the cover of Batman #1, Fantastic Voyage, the ubiquity of super-powered monkeys, and 100 toy soldiers made of durable plastic, each with its own base!) He also loves technology and the oomph that we as a society feel to try new things. The New York World's Fair of 1939, Ed White's spacewalk, The Experimental Prototype Community of Tommorow, Richard Feynman's ideas about nanotechnology, and the illustrations of Chesley Bonestell all feature in the narrative.

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Couldn't figure out the red noses for a minute...

...but didn't care!

Then I found this.

This is the sort of thing that makes this country great! (Oh, wait - They're not from this country. Whatever.)

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Misc. items from around the Web

Several things of interest that I don't think I have posted yet:

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Watch more Sessions Under Cover videos on AOL Video

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Looking forward to Green Lantern animated feature


Started Wikipedia stub for Girl 27

So last week we watched a very very interesting documentary called "Girl 27" about a 1937 rape case involving an MGM sales rep and an underage dance extra. (The young lady's name was the 27th listed on the call sheet for the dance extras that were unknowingly sent out as "entertainment" for the MGM sales convention.)

The other day I started a Wikipedia stub for the film; I was surprised to see that there wasn't anything about the movie, the movie's writer/director/researcher, or the incident itself there already.

One of the big points about this film was that even though it was banner front-page news for a while in 1937, MGM fixers managed to arrange it so that the incident was practically erased from Hollywood's memory, so that today, even film historians had no idea that it happened.

I really have to recommend this movie... It sounds salacious, and certainly by definition it dives deep into salacious material. (It seems like something that James Ellroy would have written about, though I don't believe he has.) My thought was "Well, what if they're just blowing things out of proportion?" - You can never be totally sure, but they present quite a bit of evidence in the doc, and also I see that when writer/director David Stenn wrote his biography of Clara Bow, that he actually debunked as urban legend a certain rumor about Ms. Bow and the entire 1927 USC football team. This suggests to me that he is not one to make explosive claims lightly.

You can watch the whole documentary here on Snagfilms. (Make sure to watch the part at about 29:30 where they show the girls dancing in the 1930s and intercut it w/ J. Lo.)

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

John Hodgman at Obama dinner

Watch this now!

I love the distinctions Hodgman draws between Nerds and Jocks, and the specification that actual athletes are not Jocks. Kind of reminds me of this recent article about a study on how people tend to place their trust. Excerpt: Don Moore of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has argued that in competitive situations, such blind confidence could drive those offering advice to increasingly exaggerate how sure they are. And it spells bad news for scientists who try to be honest about gaps in their knowledge, reports New Scientist magazine.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wiki Wiki Wiki!

New-ish blog: The Wikipedian.

Also - reading "The Wikipedia Revolution" by Andrew Lih.


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Check out Google logo for today!

Happy 25th birthday, Tetris!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Two Tarantino remixes you have to watch

Monday, April 20, 2009

4-20 rolls around again...

Another year, another April 20th, and another president who used the stuff, and yet marijuana use and possession is still a crime in practically all circumstances in this country. I will repeat myself from a couple years ago:
Now we just need to think of clever double-entendre annual dates for protests in favor of minimal restrictions on immigration, abolishment of tariffs, allowances for gay marriage, and decriminalization of prostitution, and then we'll be getting somewhere.
What they need is to make Ron Paul the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I admire this Obama response

From tonight's news conference:

It took us a couple of days [to respond to the outrage du jour] because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.
I'm surprised Obama didn't follow up with "He can go about his business. Move along."


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Story of O ('Reilly)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Speaking of Mr. Welles...

You have to check out this clip from the pilot of Orson Welles's 1978 interview show, never aired or released:

"How do you do, Mr. Welles."

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Beware the itemized lists of March

A beautiful weekend in Chicago! The ♥G♥ and I took Gilbert on two walks. Items:

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Been working on Wikipedia page on Booknotes interviews

For almost 20 years, I have admired C-Span founder Brian Lamb tremendously, and I anticipate that he will remain one of my heroes for the rest of my life. He is such an excellent interviewer, and his whole philosophy is about making ideas and information available to any who are interested. He is very much a demythologizer of political and media processes, and treats Joe Schmoe American with the same respect as he treats heads of state and Nobel laureates.

Lamb hosted the unique author interview show Booknotes for 15 years. The questions and discussion were and are head and shoulders above those of practically any other show -- One full hour (sometimes two), no commercials, serious non-fiction books, no repeats of guests. A good number of the books and authors that I delved into during those years (and in the years since) I was introduced to by C-Span and Booknotes. It occurred to me a while ago (last June, actually) that it would be great to incorporate a list of these authors, books, and topics into Wikipedia, where much has been written about most of them, but never assembled in this context. Soooo... the article List of Booknotes interviews was born. It has taken a bunch of doing (fitting in edits and organization when I had time) but it's actually in pretty decent shape now. You also can see the to-do list at the article's discussion page if you want to pitch in on anything.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Pi Day! (tomorrow)

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