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August 9, 2011

Gulp! Stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8.

Filed under: art, pictures and videos — Tags: , — skeptisys @ 12:20 pm

This stop-action short film was made entirely using a smartphone.  Created by SumoScience.

When I was a kid, we used our phones to open walnuts.

April 13, 2009

A bad day for my childhood innocence

Filed under: life & death — Tags: , , , , , — skeptisys @ 6:13 pm

This afternoon I learned three icons from my childhood died.

Marilyn Chambers, Harry Kalas, and Mark Fidrych have all very sadly passed away at young ages.

Marilyn Chambers was the first mainstream adult movie star of my awareness.  I have never seen any of her movies, but she was on TV, written up in newspapers, and even had a hit disco single (No nudity in this video, but it’s very suggestive).  Marilyn Chambers was only 56.

Harry Kalas was the voice of the Phillies as long as I can remember, and had the most memorable voice in Sports.  I still get chills when I hear his voice, bringing me back to when Dave Cash and Greg Luzinski were my heroes.  Harry Kalas was only 73.

Harry Kalas (on right) with Richie Ashburn

Harry Kalas (on right) with Richie Ashburn

Mark Fidrych died in an apparent accident, at age 54.  Mark was a star sensation in 1976, about which I recently wrote in this article.

These three icons will be missed by all their adoring fans.  My heartfelt condolences go out to their families.  Hopefully they will gain some solace realizing the joy their loved ones spread to millions in their shining past.

At least Abe Vigoda and Mason Reese are still with us.

Mason Reese was a big star.  no really.

Mason Reese was a big star. no really.

Update:

The video for Marilyn Chambers’ Benihana was apparently removed (thanks to Marcy for the alert).  I was able to find a replacement clip with the song, but for some odd reason the video refers to serial killers.  Perhaps even more disturbing is that I now sing along with Marilyn.

February 2, 2009

Roundhay Garden Scene: The Director’s Cut

Filed under: art, Cool other, humor, pictures and videos — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 2:59 pm

Filmed in 1888 by Louis Le Prince, “Roundhay Garden Scene” is known to be the world’s oldest surviving motion picture.  Louis was not given full credit for his work at the time, because he ‘disappeared’ on the way to demonstrate his work.  When Louis’ son, Adolphe, protested Thomas Alva Edison’s claim of inventing the motion picture, he too died mysteriously – by gunshot.

Louis Le Prince’s Mother in Law, the first ever movie star, died just 10 days after filming.  No cause of death can be located, but the rumors that she died after a cocaine induced orgy with Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle are probably unfounded.  Her demanding and critical personality was ahead of her time, for a star actress as well as a mother in law.

Luckily, the hard working team at somethingawful have unearthed the deleted scenes from this 1888 classic, which have been lost for over a century.  Just goes to show what you can find at a yard sale.

Here it is for your enjoyment, Roundhay Garden Scene: the Directors Cut:

April 6, 2008

It is now safe to take the gun from Charlton Heston’s hands

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — skeptisys @ 10:45 am

Charlton Heston primate love

Charlton Heston, who held a rifle over his head and scremed that his perceived 2nd amendment right to carry and own a gun would only be taken “from my cold dead hands!”, quietly let us know it was time to take his gun rights away.  The extremely vocal and popular actor died yesterday at the age of 83.

Heston spent over 50 years at the forefront of American culture, from his initial film stardom of the 1950’s in Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments to his unfortunate final years of hip replacement, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and being spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA).

For the younger generation, whose only exposure to Charlton Heston is through his emotional racist statements from Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine or his fierce words in defense of guns and weapons, it will be difficult to perceive that he actually fought against racism in the 1960’s.

Heston was always in the public spotlight because he was a tall imposing man who used his deep imposing voice to make strong statements with conviction.  Whenever he spoke, people listened, whether he lectured for racism or against it, for peace or against it.

I will always remember him fondly from his stunning performances in El Cid and Planet of the Apes, and I am truly sorry to see him go.   We are all damned dirty apes, and Charlton Heston was one of the leaders: “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

Ape giving the finger

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