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Oct. 15th, 2014 @ 03:13 pm questions i can't post on FB without opening a s*storm #27,385
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Why are the conservatives so happy about passing on this NYTimes thingy that Iraq may have actually had chemical weapons, when it would be their administration's pentagon that suppressed that information in the first place? If GWB, Inc. really wanted to save face in light of the lack of evidence for WMDs, why didn't they come forward with this 5-10 years ago?

No I don't want answers to why GWB etc did nothing about this (if it is even true), I want answers to why Conservatives are so gloatful and completely missing the hypocrisy of their own administration throughout this entire time frame.

In other words, the great unanswerable question.

Hence, I'm not bothering to post this on FB.
Sep. 27th, 2014 @ 09:44 am On "viewer discretion advised" warnings for classic cartoons
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Left this on a comment at another blog, but it basically repeats something I wrote on FB when it happened:

I’ve got all of the Looney Tunes golden collections (then hunted on youtube the rest until they get officially released), though from there I ripped them all into individual ones I can shuffle so it is more like what Saturday Morning (when the BB-RR Show was 90 minutes long) was like when I was a kid. Thus, I’m already selective of which ones I’ll include, leaving most of the black-and-whites and some of the Tex Avery’s and Bob Clampett’s out.

One thing that bothered me is their repeat of gags that really just weren’t funny. It isn’t just that they were wrong (though they were), it is that they weren’t funny. Especially when they were totally out of theme of the rest of the material.

Case in point, a bit totally not in the original book of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, that Clampett added to the 1942 cartoon – at one point as the boat crosses the ocean to take him to the circus, a fish sees it, goes “now I’ve seen everything”, and quickly pulls out a revolver from nowhere and blows his head off. I’d forgotten it was there, as it had been cut from syndicated versions since the late 80s so Cartoon Network’s broadcasts never had it.

And it all happened faster than I could react to stopping it before my 3 year old daughter basically saw her first on-screen suicide (her first on-screen death was the dinosaurs in Fantasia, but I was there to talk her through that *before* it happened, making it clear that not all dinosaurs are nice like Buddy and Mr. Conductor ;-) ). The most I could do was repeat “it’s not funny” a few times and then start talking about the plot as it took over from there, because it’s true. It isn’t funny.

It is a gag that the Termite Terrace used at least a dozen times in those early years, and it has never been funny. I honestly have no idea why they thought it was funny enough to keep repeating over and over, and worse still, stick it into a Dr. Seuss work where it absolutely didn’t belong.

No wonder (besides the war and a few other projects) it would be more than two decades before Seuss was willing to let someone animate his work again.

In any case, not every aspect of the Termite Terrace years is bad because of stereotyped racism, or overt sexuality. Silly gun violence is one thing, but un-funny suicides are something different and deserve just as much a warning as the rest.
Sep. 26th, 2014 @ 09:31 pm photo blog time
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Current Music: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That. I got a kid, what do you expect...
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Finally started a formal photography blog. Mostly "pic-of-the-day" kinda thing, where I highlight either a recent shot or one from years ago that I re-polished. Some of you know this from FB, but hey, one blog should always plug another.

A few of the shots may have actually been taken by faireraven. I try to credit correctly.
Sep. 4th, 2014 @ 08:56 pm woah, a post...
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Current Music: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood in the other room...
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So what did I do at Dragon*Con 2014? hmm...

lets see what I remember...Collapse )

so, 3 panels, 1 photoshoot, about 3 hours just costume-watching in the marriott, 2 hours costume-watching in the Americas Mart 1, 1 hour in line at starbucks (spread over 2 days), and 7 autographs plus 2 pictures. less than some do, more than others. for having to watch a 3 year old in all that, not too bad. Everything on my "checklist" was achieved (except perhaps meeting Koenig, but he had a long line when he was in the Walk), and that is enough.
Jun. 6th, 2014 @ 11:10 am On yesterday's sad events in Seattle...
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Not saying anything more about yesterday's sad events other than there was also clear evidence that the blanket declaration, "the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" (12/21/2012), was proven false.
NRA and gun supporters: you are welcome to use facts (as many do including some of my friends on FB), but when you start making blanket rhetorical statements like that above quote, others now have a clear reason not to believe you.

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the temptation to put this on FB was quite strong, but I resisted.  that said, someone else say anything and I'll surely bring it up.
Oct. 31st, 2013 @ 06:32 pm Thriller Free Zone 2013
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  • Warmed up the system to various Pink Floyd

soundtracks

  • The closing credits suites from Pirates 3
  • "Obliviate" - the opening music from Harry Potter 7.1 (painful scene, that...)
  • Abduction of Barry - Close Encounters
  • The Conversation - Close Encounters
  • The Dress Waltz - Jerry Goldsmith's score for Legend
  • Gentle Giant - Ben Bartlett, from the score for Walking with Beasts (the giant being the 25 foot tall Indricothere)
pop 80s time
  • As the World Falls Down and Within You - David Bowie from Labyrinth
  • Invisible Sun - The Police
  • Synchronicity II (many miles away) - The Police
  • Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode (enjoy dawntreader90 )
  • Loving the Alien - David Bowie
  • Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics

now some rock

  • Emminence Front - The Who
  • I Burn For You - Sting (Bring on the Night version)
  • A Recurring Dream within a Dream - Alan Parsons (a mash-up of Dream/Raven from the classic '76 album)
  • No Quarter - Led Zep (the Song Remains The Same version)
  • Space Dye Vest - Dream Theater (forgot how cool this was)
  • 3 i 2 - ProjeKct One

and we'll wind it down with the classic Steve Hackett halloween trilogy

  • The Steppes
  • Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite
  • Darktown

and 2 more just to keep things going while i pack up the lights

  • Home by the Sea - Genesis ('93 live version)
  • Sheltering Sky - King Crimson

so in spite of hunting the classical down, i didn't play any today. oh well...

Aug. 22nd, 2013 @ 09:38 pm Eilean Donan Castle
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Originally uploaded by Me!

testing single image sharing.

Aug. 22nd, 2013 @ 09:36 pm Personal Favorites
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Gardens at Skylands Manor, NJGardens at Skylands Manor, NJIMG_0057Shenandoah National ParkFlying over Shenandoah NPIMG_0677

IMG_0044IMG_2881Cades CoveIMG_1456C&O Canal SunsetGrand Canyon, Watchtower View

Kolb Studio, Grand CanyonGrand Canyon, Hopi PointGrand Canyon, from El TovarGrand Canyon, from El Tovar on a Cloudy EveningGrand Canyon, from El Tovar on a cloudy eveningZion National Park

Zion National ParkZion National ParkZion National Park SunsetFramed.  Zion National ParkShade and Light100_2994

Personal Favorites, a set on Flickr.

(testing this...)

Aug. 8th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm good grief...
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Dear Mr. Matt Gaetz (rep, florida).  Under no circumstances are you or your ilk EVER allowed to call anything done by your opposition, "reactionary".  It does not mean what you think it means.
Stand Your Ground is, itself, the reactionary law.  Reforming it to limit the scope and the burden of proof required for it to be applicable is progressive.
signed, someone who paid attention in high school civics.
Feb. 25th, 2013 @ 07:55 pm On yesterday's Dumbest Tweet in History...
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cross-posted from my FB:

I am not giving up on "The Onion". One really stupid idiot made one dumb post in the one and only context they have where stuff can get out without an editor's approval (their "live-tweeting" of events). They sincerely apologized, a real "yes, we screwed up" apology, not the typical "I'm sorry you took it wrong" that we usually get from comedians (and politicians) these days. They are taking action to prevent *anything* from getting away without editorial control again.

To continue to punish them would be the same as continuing to blame CBS and the NFL (and every CBS affiliate) over the 'wardrobe malfunction' - one person did one thing really stupid and ignorant, but everybody associated with them is to blame? I refuse to live like that. I refuse to treat whole companies like that when they have acted with honesty over their mistakes.

I believe the situation has been dealt with to the best it could be and that it won't happen again. Most importantly, this situation does raise awareness that the C word just isn't funny, EVER, and is perhaps the key event needed so that we can just excise it from the language for good.

When it comes to misogyny, there are more important fights to have than one guy who can't tell a joke and the company that's likely already fired him.