Animated cartoon classic that couldn’t be made today: Be Human with Betty Boop
Sep01

Animated cartoon classic that couldn’t be made today: Be Human with Betty Boop

It’s now a cliche to say “this movie couldn’t be made today,” or “this cartoon couldn’t be made today,” but usually it entails something such as a racial stereotype. But the 1936 Betty Boop theatrical cartoon short “Be Human” would be an unlikely candidate to be produced as a theatrical short today. To be sure, its message of animal cruelty would be welcomed. But the brutality...

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Things you can do that you couldn’t before digital photography and Photoshop!
Aug31

Things you can do that you couldn’t before digital photography and Photoshop!

As a photographer for nearly 50 years I have been known to miss the “good old days” of film.  Below is a scanned 2 1/4 negative.  A good picture except for one serious flaw – the dreaded white sky. In an attempt to salvage the photo  I used Photoshop  to turn it into a color night scene and replaced the white sky with a partly cloudy full moon  sky. If you look closely you  can see I also added some lights to the...

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Weekend Photo
Aug30

Weekend Photo

When I first arrived in Bavaria as someone who was from the recent Pacific Northwest the thing that amazed me was how I was surrounded by very old structures and...

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The Real Me
Aug28

The Real Me

My dear friend Dr E tells me that the “real” me is is found in my photographs not my words.  So in the future perhaps fewer words and more...

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The Talented Fans of Doctor Who, Part 3
Aug24

The Talented Fans of Doctor Who, Part 3

Another one of the creative endeavors mentioned in the Doctor Who special about their world tour to celebrate Peter Capaldi’s premier as the Doctor is The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra. A collaboration via the internet of fans from many countries, it is a joy to watch as well as listen to. Here is their 50th Anniversary suite. Cross posted at The...

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The Talented Fans of Doctor Who, Part 2
Aug24

The Talented Fans of Doctor Who, Part 2

Another amazing piece of work done by a fan went viral and was so good that the producers of Doctor Who actually decided to use it for the titles of the show. This article on The AV Club goes into detail concerning how Billy Hanshaw created it and how it became the actual title sequence for the show. Cross posted at The...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch Take Ice Bucket Challenge; Gotham; True Blood; Minority Report; Dating Naked
Aug24

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch Take Ice Bucket Challenge; Gotham; True Blood; Minority Report; Dating Naked

We now have a new regeneration of the Doctor, a redecorated TARDIS, and a new title sequence on Doctor Who. Unfortunately the plot of Deep Breath was not very good. There was the return of the droids from The Girl in the Fireplace. Unlike the challenge of not blinking in Blink and other stories with the Weeping Angels, the challenge in this episode was seeing how long you could hold your breath. There was plenty of humor between the...

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Doctor Who Returns This Afternoon
Aug23

Doctor Who Returns This Afternoon

Doctor Who first airs at 7:50 London time, so I’m about to make sure Hola unblocker is working fine, and then hooking it up via the HDMI port to my big screen television. For those who are more patient (or won’t be out to dinner as I will be at the time) BBC America is showing it at 8 p.m. Using Hola to make it appear that my computer is in the U.K. will also come in handy to watch Doctor Who Extra which will be showing on...

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Shaun Mullen’s New Book Is Now Available On Kindle
Aug22

Shaun Mullen’s New Book Is Now Available On Kindle

A character in the Doonesbury comic strip once called the 1970s “A kidney stone of a decade,” and compared to the 1960s and 1980s, it indeed was. It was a period of economic and political decline and, of course, abuses of power with Watergate being the worst but by no means only scandal. Decades get demythologized; it is a quintessential part of the Great American Meat Grinder, but nobody has bothered to demythologize the...

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Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years
Aug21

Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years

Sarah Palin – still delusional after all these years By Richard K. Barry The Hollywood Reporter ran an excerpt recently from a new book about Saturday Night Live. It’s actually an update of an old book. Live From New York is by James Andrew Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television critic Tom Shales (due out in September). It adds a couple hundred pages of original material to an earlier history of the...

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A selfish reaction: Remembering Robin
Aug18

A selfish reaction: Remembering Robin

I’ll be honest, it has been fascinating watching the reaction to the death of Robin Williams. This piece by Andrew Sullivan is probably the most interesting and I agree with it to an extent but, unlike Andrew, I feel effected in some way by this death. And I find the extent of my sadness strange – I find my reaction to be very selfish. I’ve known for some time that Robin Williams was an alcoholic and drug addict, but like many...

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Uh, Guys? You might want to rethink that headline …
Aug17

Uh, Guys? You might want to rethink that headline …

I suppose that they are inured to it in Missouri. But this conjures an entirely inappropriate image to mind. click here for the original But allow me to make one thing perfectly clear … Besides, Watergaiety certainly seems in step with the zeitgeist. Courage. Nota Bene: It’s on the newspaper’s site, as well, but that link will expire soon. This is cross-posted from Mr Williams’ “lively” blog: his...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Interstellar; Star Trek 3; Star Wars VII; Sex in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Batman; Robin Williams; 24; Cristin Milioti; The Amy Pond Show; Community; James Corden; Craig Ferguson
Aug17

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Interstellar; Star Trek 3; Star Wars VII; Sex in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Batman; Robin Williams; 24; Cristin Milioti; The Amy Pond Show; Community; James Corden; Craig Ferguson

Doctor Who returns next week. Here is the official trailer for the first episode, Deep Breath, the first episode staring Peter Capaldi. A spoiler-free review can be read here (but avoid if you want to be totally surprised while viewing). There is also an official synopsis for the second episode, Kill List: A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy,...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug17

Remembering Robin Williams

I am still reeling from the loss of Robin Williams. Just came across one of the shortest, yet most touching tributes to “my...

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Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs
Aug16

Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs

Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs Tyrades! By Danny Tyree If you’re frustrated by the skimpiness of “fun-size” candy, wait until you hear some “fun-size” songs. On August 1, Calgary Top 40 station AMP Radio became the first station in the world to switch to the new QuickHitz format. Developed by Vancouver-based SpakNet Communications, QuickHitz (without having to consult with composers, singers...

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Weekend Photo
Aug16

Weekend Photo

This is a beautiful photo by TMV commentor...

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Parkinson’s May Have Played A Role In Robin Williams’ Suicide
Aug14
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World Cartoonists Remember Robin Williams
Aug14

World Cartoonists Remember Robin Williams

Cartoonists around the world are continuing to offer their tributes to comedy and acting great Robin Williams. Here’s a cross section: These copyrighted cartoons are licensed by Cagle Cartoons to run on TMV. Reproduction without licensing is strictly...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug13

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams by Michael Winship Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. He came bearing bagels. Lots and lots of bagels. He was, as a colleague said last night, a mensch. The first time...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Robin Williams
Aug12

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Robin Williams

OF RELATED INTEREST: --Fox News makes blunder in reporting Robin Williams’ death (wrongly identified footage — and Shepard Smith called Williams a “coward” and had to apologize). –Robin Williams Committed Suicide by Hanging Himself, Police Say --Furor over graphic details of Robin Williams’ death –Robin Williams and depression: We all wear a mask Mike Peters is recognized as one of our...

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