Did I mention?........ KING O' THE WEB!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Moblog: Time Stands Still

Is she the last one?
Prior to this the last elevator operator I saw - and knew - was at the judges' booth at Atlantic City Racecourse in 1983 or 4....

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Moblog: A goyische observation

Everybody is a star- I can feel it when you shine on me,
I love you for who you are, not the one you think you're supposed to be...

Moblog: you're gonna make it after all!

Well, it's YOU girl, and you should know it-
With each glance, and every little movement you show it.

Moblog: love is all around

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

Moblog: rapper's delight

Look! NWA with Ice Cube!

Moblog: USA

Modern soldiers waiting

Tex Ritter Comic

John Ritter's dad!
Ever one o' them thar images below is whatcha call a hy-per-link to a bigger pitcher.

Yay, ya var-mints!


From a mouse chewed smelly issue of Six Gun Heroes- March, 1953

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sometimes Ya Gotta Dance, Dontcha?

This first clip shows us a slightly older Rita Hayworth steaming up the screen in the Caribe-noir film The Fire Down Below, costarring Bob Mitchum (the undisputed king of all Calypso) and Jack Lemmon (inspiration for Ol' Gil). While the direction's pretty uneven, that same unevenness provides license for this kind of over-the-top dance number, opportunistically echoing the feverish performers limboing in the opening of the film. I think it's supposed to be "look how evil she is - dancin' all sexy like that - she's tryin' to seduce Mitchum!" but it's more like "huh?!?!?" Regardless- she dances her ass off, it grips one, and is absolutely worth setting your mind free with.

This one is completely different but just as why-you-watch-dance gripping. From Band of Outsiders, it's a means for Godard to set the mood for danger and tension to come by doing the opposite of danger & tension, underscoring the fun of the scene with commentary that abruptly stops only the music, not the wild track, and states in different ways just what tabulae rasa these fools playing at gangster are by describing feelings that have nothing to do with robbery. Quentin Tarantino named the production company A Band Apart after this film and it's easy to see why - Godard plays with the tools that are used to build a narrative in unconventional ways- breaking rules, even by today's standards, in order to step outside the traditional narrative to reinforce it. Plus cool music, and a great dance routine in a bleak mise-en-scene.

Get it here, BTW.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Toy Movie Reconstructed

I bought this years and years ago, and have never seen it, owing to the dearth of 16mm projectors in my life these days. It came in a small orange cardboard box marked Kiddy Toy Safety Film. It was about 5' long (additionally rendering its viewability problematic) and was intended to be viewed in some sort of toy movie viewer/projector.

It's been driving me nuts, wondering all these years what's on the film. The protagonist, named Kitty Cat, bears a striking resemblance to Otto Messmer's Felix the Cat.

I put the film in my scanner, scanned it at 1800dpi or so and dragged each frame through a 720px x 480px window saving each frame and then dropping it all into Movie Maker with properties set at .125 seconds per image. The results are below.

The motivation to experience this stems from years of Kenner Give-a-Show projectors and ViewMasters. There's the insightful bloggish psychological bit.

Lastly, it's a little washed out, because the original is a little washed out.

Looks good? Blow it up & see.
Enhancements did little to improve, but did not really worsen it. I added some music appropriate to the content and voila'. I was urged by my son to not desaturate, and aesthetically, I agree.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

He saw now back then


Have a Phone Wallpaper On Me

I made these for my Britney-approved SCH-U740. Currently I use the Marilyn. Right-Click, Save & mail to phone - set as wallpaper. You R welcome!

Animated Warhol Marilyn:

St. Peter's in 3D-without-glasses style:

Ditto for these Japanese lanterns:

A "Bachelor's Delight" wallpaper:

And finally, the GlyphJockey Angry Robot:

March Cold Phonecam Dump

Been riding around with these. Some Moblog-ish others, no. So, I just figured I'd post 'em:

Friday, March 14, 2008

This keeps up long enough, he may yet get to go.....

Bush "Envious" Of Soldiers Serving "Romantic" Mission In Afghanistan - Politics on The Huffington Post
"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."

"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Joke O' the Day 2 !

As Mrs Lex10 put it with not a little sarcasm: "I'm sure your Frank and Ernest fans will enjoy that...."

Get it?!?! SHAM - PAIN !! Get it?!?!?!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

How Do I Order My 39 Steps? Two Ways

I just read John Buchan's The 39 Steps, and watched the Hitchcock movie of the same name.

Introductory Conclusion (ha!): While not starting out as a project, I would not recommend participating in absorbing both as one. Leave these units sole entities and enjoy them just the same, comforted in the knowledge that both have fallen off the copyrighter's radar screen and are now in the public domain.

The film version, produced by Michael Balcon, who produced one of my favorite films, Dead of Night, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock appears to be an almost completely new invention that utilizes only the main premise and some of the names of characters.

The novel, by proud Scotsman (by virtue of the portrayal of his countrymen and women, the opposite of Hitchcock's portrayal of brutsh stingy Scots) John Buchan, is a an extremely fast paced thriller that pits villains appropriate to today's one-worlder conspiracy theorists, against an improvised adventurer who is enlisted by a spy with several character-shaping pathologies and prejudices aiding his motivation and world view.

Along the way as we follow Richard Hannay the protagonist, there are plenty of Deus Ex Machina situations arising, such as stumbling upon the exact location at which he needed to arrive, accidentally meeting a reviled London colleague 12 hours distance from the city, and kindness from strangers that even Santa Claus couldn't engender.

This is all forgivable owing to the pacing and the tone of the writing. Hannay is the a protagonist in whose shoes on is willing to jump. The book adds up to a short thrill that grips one, and doesn't let go until the end.

Hitchcock's film, while wildly different in plot mechanisms and characters, maintains the best of the book, namely Hannay's pathological ingenuity in staying one step ahead of his pursuers. Equally gripping, with moments that provide a window into an England that is only 20 years and a World War since the original publication of the book, with the same Teutonic treacheries afoot, providing an analogous zeitgeist for the Mise en Scene, awaiting another global conflict, wile enjoying life in the interim.

So, on to the links:

Here's the book in it's entirety

Here's a link to a BUNCH of John Buchan novels I always have to laugh at the NO US ACCESS warnings!!!

Buchan's Wikipedia Bio, (he was a big shot!)

Wa-hey! Here's the Movie, and and here's where you can download it (on the left)and own the friggin' thing!

Radio Drama:
Mercury Theatre of the Air (Orson Welles)

A Criterion Collection obsessed fan's review of the Film.

Enjoy. It's the future - so far.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Attn: Nerds! Let's Join the Science Club !!!!!!

Click on either image for a giant view, dolllllll.....inks! 05/68 It must be 2pt type...tiny. Not as sexy as the record club but cool nonetheless.