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Dec. 19th, 2014 @ 09:00 pm About JWS :: How should I show the Classics to a Kid?
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lemme sleep
i've always wondered how to handle the aspect of showing classic shows to the kid (currently 3 and a half). we grew up (or more recently, grew older) with certain things happening in a certain order. our parents, too.

my parents had to patiently wait and hope for that next Beatles album. we had to patiently wait for that next Star Wars film, that next (and eventually last...sigh...) MASH episode. as we grew older, that next Harry Potter book and movie. That next (and eventually last) Star Trek episode from a series that didn't suck. What introductions we had to things before us still came from TV - the episodes were only day-to-day on repeats (who knew if they ran them in order, and shows never really had finales in those days except The Prisoner), the movies were seen only when they just happened to come up on a saturday afternoon.

so how do we introduce those to someone much younger (say, my 3 year old), who has today all of that, every movie and ever episode of every series that has ever existed (if it survives) at the click of a remote (and the parents paying for a netflix subscription etc etc)?

do we try to recreate that anticipation we had with seeing it week by week, day by day (or you have to wai three years to see the next Star Wars film), or just get on with it in a huge marathon viewing, the same way we adults catch up to a show we realize we like, and see what the world comes up with that will be this tiny generation's "gotta wait and see..."
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Dec. 17th, 2014 @ 01:00 pm and queue the far right 'obama is a commie' outrage machine in
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sick of politics

Dec. 13th, 2014 @ 10:45 pm About JWS :: Living in the Cloud
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foxtrot saving time
tl;dr summary: I like & use Google Drive, OwnCloud, PicasaWeb, Flickr, Amazon Cloud Player, Subsonic, PlexTV, Feedly, Pocket, Disqus, and especially Trello. I hate Amazon Cloud Drive for photos now, and rant about Adobe CC's business model. Links in the original blog...

As a modern techie, I do tend to keep quite a bit of my life on the cloud (or web 2.0, or just "the net", because in the end, isn't it all the same at heart - I have a client, somewhere there's a server, and they talk to each other and exchange data).

So not that anybody's asked, but here are my personal favorite cloud-based applications and services (some self-hosted, some only exist "out there"), for the media and things I tend to keep.

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So that's it. My cloud lifestyle in a nutshell.
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Dec. 13th, 2014 @ 12:26 pm About JWS :: Home
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A 40-something geek (and husband and father), typical of many though I'm not much of a gamer. Professional software developer for 21 years, specializing in library design and user interfaces. Current focus is on html5 technologies. Past experience includes Java/J2EE and PHP/MySQL.

Hobbies include landscape and event photography (no, I'm not for hire - support your local professionals), morris and scottish dance, celtic music, renaissance faires, contemporary classical (anything Debussy and beyond), progressive rock, some (not all) sci-fi/fantasy genre works, and classic and (some) modern PBS kids shows. In a retro mood, I do still listen to classic 80s and acoustic new age guitar.

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Yeah, I think the personal home page is finally done. 'Bout time...

Dec. 12th, 2014 @ 10:56 pm About JWS :: As we get closer...
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folk process at work
as we get closer to the 25th, the seasonal albums that aren't just tolerable, but i absolutely love countdown...but not in any order, so nyah.

  • Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio

  • December - George Winston

  • A Celtic Heartbeat Christmas - various

  • Jethro Tull's Christmas Album

  • A Scottish Christmas - Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway, Bonnie Rideout. (Maggie's Music has lots of good holiday albums, including a new one this season just announced, but this particular one strikes me the most)

  • A Winter's Solstice - Windham Hill artists (the first one remains the best)

  • If On A Winter's Night - Sting (though I prefer his mid-80s version of Gabriel's Message more than the one on that album)

  • A Collection of Recycled Gifts - Marillion (my copy's still on its way, but I know most of the tracks already...)

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Dec. 12th, 2014 @ 08:50 pm About JWS :: Interview with a Dragon...
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don't go there
Colbert Report's Interview with a Dragon is quite possibly one of their best moments ever. Way to go out on a high note...
About JWS :: Interview with a Dragon...
Oct. 31st, 2014 @ 05:58 pm The Thriller Free Zone begins (2014 edition...)
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Current Music: what the post says
Soundchecking - 5:30pm
  • Flock of Seaguls - Nightmares
  • Depeche Mode's Policy of Truth
  • Frankie's Welcome to the Pleasuredome
  • Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  • Eurythmics - Who's That Girl
  • Eurythmics - Here Comes the Rain Again
  • Kate Bush - Experiment IV
  • Kate Bush - Running up the Hill
first kid at 6:35
  • Madness - House of Fun
  • Madness - One Step Beyond
  • Men at Work - Who Can It Be Now
  • Men at Work - Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde
  • Missing Persons - Destination Unknown
  • Modern English - I Melt With You
  • Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
  • Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party

only my second kid (and Wiggles is on her way out now). by the way, this is my 11th year, 10th anniversary of the first TFZ!

  • Planet P - Static
  • Planet P - Why Me
  • B 52s - Channel Z
  • The Cars - Moving in Stereo
  • The Cure - Lullaby
  • The Cure - Fascination Street (Mix-up extended version)
  • Big Pig - I Can't Break Away
  • Peter Gabriel - I Don't Remember
Now switching into classic rock mode
  • Alan Parsons - Recurring Dream within a Dream
  • Moody Blues - Lost in a Lost World
  • Keep Talking - Pink Floyd
  • Careful with that Axe Eugene - Pink Floyd (Pompeii version)
  • Sting - I Burn for You (Bring on the Night version)
  • Spirits in the Material World (heard this one at lunch) - The Police
already feeling like it has slowed to the end. only 8:18 and maybe 16 kids total. :/
  • Invisible Sun - Police
  • Veteran of the Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult
  • Home by the Sea - Genesis (yes, both parts...)
  • Mama - Genesis
  • Osmosis - Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Nighttime Birds - The Gathering
and I think we'll call it a night, as far as broadcasting outdoors goes...
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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bad day coyote
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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photo album time
Current Music: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That. I got a kid, what do you expect...
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.