Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Storing Cowboy Hats and Police Headgear In Vegas Late 50's

Vegas S01E08

This is exactly the sort of picky historical detail that is  probably accurate  because it seems so weird. However the problem with depending on the  historical research on the makers of historical drama is the that there was no Russian roulette in Vietnam despite the depiction in The Deer Hunter.

Understanding The Drinking Writer

I think that anyone who writes and likes a drink creates an romantic relationship between alcohol consumption and creativity.

Pete Brown, Beer Writer.

When a beer writer says something like that you have to take it as given.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ultraman Vanquishees Japanese Rubber Suited Monsters

I went into a trance watching this. The flashing lights, the repeated phrases, the flashing lights, the amazing special effects put me a trance that I only woke up from later.

"Pig Man sacrificed his life for man kind yet you continue to feel sorry for yourself."

Be Doctor Who as a Couch Potato

This, The Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote, is both what I have always wanted in the whole world and a disturbing commentary on our world. The episode The Power of Three looks at normal life without the Doctor, playing bills, watching TV, living sequentially in the same timeline as the rest of the planet. TV, the couch potatoing, munchie snacking, channel changing/flipping/grazing is anti-Doctor. TV is maybe how we connect to his life, but we want to live in his world not ours.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Turn Your iPad Into Desktop Computer

The iLuv Workstation Pro is a docking station that turns the new ultra modern latest iPad into the desktop computer of the past. It is available from Neiman-Marcus. The basic design from the cube farms of yesteryear, the screen plopped on the box. The screen is also about the same size as in the olden days when 386 was a exciting new number.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Internet - a Definition

“A most ingenious innovation, like…the greatest library in the world, yet accessible from your desk, yet also current matters, a newspaper, a gazette, a…”

Christopher Nuttall 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tales of Action From "Spaceship House"

A friend, Tim Carter, made this film to promote his campaign in Alien Swarm, see Reduction Campaign as well as this and this post. Now it seems that this video has gone from nearly nothing, 300 hits, to over 6000 overnight. This could be the next viral.

I would like to respond to some the comments to the video, since one of many aliases also was involved in the making of this film.


My response
What would interstellar aliens be. It is common in wartime dehumanize the enemy even when it is a civil war or between closely related countries, like the Scandinavians. If we dehumanize human enemies why wouldn't we do the same to nonhuman enemies.

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My response
Not everybody has foley artists at their beck and call. Sometimes you have to make sound effects "old school".

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Car Ad as Lego Racing Game

What it says on the tin.

A Communist, Evil, Faithful, Deluded or Stupid

On Marketplace today there was a story,  An old friend of the party assesses China's new leaders, about an American member of the Chinese Communist party, or as I like to call them the "ChiComs", An old friend of the party, the First American member, assesses China's new leaders. Sidney Rittenberg is over 90 at this point and has spent more than a sixth of his life in ChiCom gulags. He is still a committed communist. That takes faith. After the Cultural Revolution he got out jail and was repatriated to the US. But he still believes.

The message of his life and Johnny Walker Lindh is that some religious/political conversions should be considered the equivalent of voluntary abandonment of citizenship. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Buy Your own Reproduction Panzer on Ebay

Earlier this year I posted a story about a Russian built Panzer replica, Modern Day Russians Build German Panzer. The above is from Ebay, German Panzer V "Panther" Ausf A Full Size Tank - MAKE AN OFFER! There is a number of videos attached which are listed below. 

However you have only 9 days, or less, to buy this Panzer.

Look how this video seems to be from an alternate timeline.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Roman Equivalent of Afghanistan = Scotland

According to the movie Centurion, it was another "asshole of the world". Take a look a some the screen shots. It all very grim isn't it.

A Good General

I never saw generals so beloved of their men. 
Quintus Dias, Centurion

In training he is our scholar. At a feast he is our father. In the ranks he is our brother. And in battle he is the god pray to save our souls.
Centurion of the 9th Legion

Conversation in Centurion

Friday, November 16, 2012

Doctor Who / James Bond Mashup

In a thread on about how to fit all the plots of the Bond movies into one storyline, Rationalised James Bond Universe, there is a link to something else. Lavanya Six provides a link to a story, Recap, by Adrian Tullberg. It explains all of the  inexplicable details of Mr Bond.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Calvin and Hobbes Costumes

I know Halloween is already over but this a perfect set of costumes.

Originally posted at reddit. I discovered this from a link at American Digest which led to My Modern Met which led to the original reddit thread.

Friday, November 09, 2012

ChiCom Censors As Just Another Form of Executive Meddling

Read an interesting article in Foreign Policy about a journalist and her censor, Me and My Censor. I have read many other stories, historical and fictional, of censorship in the past, Newspeak and Stalinist airbrushing being the most notable. This story show something else, it makes scary ChiCom censorship as something no worse than Executive Meddling, see TV Tropes, which is pretty bad itself.

However we before start having positive feelings for soft and cuddly commies is that there worse things that resistance to executive meddling can cause such as unemployment/underemployment. Communists on the other hand play hard ball in very hard and nasty ways. See an earlier post at this blog, Death of a Communist Hitman 40 Years Ago. Check out this talk by a KGB infiltrator, Soviet Subversion of the Free World Press, 1984 - Complete.We need to remember that Commies are evil, and if they are not they are stupid, check out Odd Definition of Loyalty / Treason Among America's "Civil Rights Community" which explores Paul Robeson's moral blindness.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Definition of the Term "Minor Celebrity"

I can't ask Wil Wheaton to leave, he's a minor celebrity. Once you explain who he is many people recognize him.

Dr Sheldon Cooper
 defining "minor celebrity",
 Big Bang Theory S06E07

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

How To Be a Good Guest

...I would really like to avoid killing anyone in here. It would get in the way of me being released.

Victor Sirko,
 trying to make stay at a Florida resort
 as trouble free as possible,
Dexter S07E06

50 50 Florida

Screen scrape from Real Clear Politics election night coverage at 21:40 

Sunday, November 04, 2012

How to Get Along with Teenagers and Others Weridos

My husband was a great traveler and I spent many nights without understanding a word. The thing is to keep smiling and never look as if you disapprove.

The Rt. Hon. Violet,
 Dowager Countess of Grantham,
 Downton Abbey S03E08

Don't Ask Don't Tell - Downton Abbey

I cannot lie that I find your situation revolting. Whether or not you believe I am not entirely unsympathetic. You have been twisted by nature into something foul. Even I can see you did not ask for it. 

Mr. Carson sacking Mr. Barrow
 for things that will not be named
 and giving him a good reference, 
Downton Abbey S03E08