Sunday, January 11, 2015

FREE TICKET!

    While rummaging around looking for something unrelated to what I found, I came across a ticket stub. This was for the observation deck of the World Trade Center on January 1, 1976. I shot some Super 8 movie film of the visit including the long line leading to the elevators. You definitely felt the pull of gravity during the speedy trip up. Due to the frigid nature of January in New York and the wind at that height, the outside observation deck was closed that day but I had a pretty decent view from all four sides of the inside deck. 
    The towers cast a long shadow across the neighborhoods below especially on the clear sunny day I was there. Actually, WE were there, the other person being my high school friend Herb Meuther. I still had five months left in the Air Force while Herb was finishing up college. 
    I still have the Super 8 footage of the trip which I'll post as soon as my film transfer capability is set up. The tour guide passed along such tidbits of information as the wind created by the elevator shafts blowing paperwork around offices located near them. Also, the the high winds aloft made the towers gently sway but we were assured that the builders had planned for this. I wonder if the builders could have planned for the events of 2001 but that tale is still being fought about 14 years later.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

In Your Face 2014!

Here's hoping that 2015 turns out better than 2014 did. Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Gif-fing Christmas

Here's a new gif for the holiday. Just 8 drawings manipulated in Gif Animator. Strange that this doesn't work on my iMac but the PC handles it. I guess Steve don't like no old programs.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Life For Old VHS

   While looking for Christmas-themed short cartoons with the classic characters (Popeye, Casper, Woody Woodpecker, etc.) I came across a VHS edit I did in the 1990's. I took an audio cassette recording I had of Mae Questel (Betty's most famous voice) and pieced together scenes available from a couple of VHS collections of Boop cartoons. I managed to find enough clips to complement the lyrics and make it a complete music video. There was one line where I couldn't find a scene that worked so I grabbed the shot from the Fleischer Color Classics "Christmas Comes But Once A Year". Betty Boop's Grampy stars in that film so technically it's all in the family.
   Have a look:

   Another 1990's VHS edit was unearthed as a result of my seeing the coming attractions trailer to the Dwayne Johnson film "San Andreas". This is a disaster film set in California with a title that pretty much tells it all. While the aftershocks from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake were still rumbling around the area, I had my VCR set for KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles and recorded several reports from the staff in the field. I intercut them with appropriate scenes from "Superman: The Movie" and got a five-minute clip of Superman's efforts to save Lois and Jimmy and LA from the quake.
   You can check that out here:

   There are other edits I've found but one in particular could be a problem. It involves Walt Disney's "Bambi". You see, I found out who killed Bambi's mother. However, knowing how litigious the Disney Empire is, I hesitate in posting the clip. I haven't even transferred it to the computer since they probably have software that can find me anywhere in the world. I'm picturing a SWAT team with little Mickey Mouse badges kicking my door down and dragging me off for waterboarding on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Don't need that hassle.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

World AIDS Day: GET REAL!

    I try to avoid the political rants of most blogs, vlogs and websites but had to speak up when the mainstream media continued their disinformation campaign regarding AIDS with their coverage of World AIDS day. Here's a Link to a YouTube video that pretty much sums up everything that you'll never hear on the networks or most other accepted news outlets. Skip the video if you're squeamish about profanity. There's a lot of it here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7P4iFg048k

Saturday, November 29, 2014

HERE WE GO AGAIN

   The pumpkins have been smashed or turned into pies and lattes, the turkey has been consumed and excreted. Now all roadblocks have been cleared to Wal*Mas, I mean, Christmas. With gas prices lower than they've been since before 2008 we can spend that money on gifts dammit! In fact, the relationship between gas prices and the gift-buying economy is so obvious it's lost on all the blowhards in the media and government. So get out there, people, buy some good stuff this year! Especially for me! I want the 1966 Batman series (either one season at a time or, if you're really not using much gas, the whole blasted box set!). That way, when the scoundrels who control the gas prices finally wake up, I can sit snugly on my sofa watching colorful, stylized violence and not have to travel anywhere. Enjoy the season, kiddies!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Unfinished Sin-phony

   Aside from the lung problems mentioned previously on this blog, there were several other situations keeping me from my creative projects. This animated music video was started in 2009 shortly after i bought a new iMac. "Come A Little Bit Closer" is a story song that I wanted to interpret in animation and began assembling gag sketches to synchronize with the audio. I was even able to take some animated gifs I made in Gif Animator and insert them in the timeline. Unfortunately, whatever bit of computer magic that allowed that got lost somewhere because I haven't been able to convert any newer gifs to use in the video or anywhere else.
     The main character started out as a slim cowboy but I soon thought that the 1984 incarnation of Prince was funnier. Not only would his outfit be out of place in this seedy bar but I thought he would be outlandish enough to French-kiss a latin thug in front of his girl friend. The name of the bar is a bit of Spanish slang I picked up over 40 years in California. Although its a rather vulgar thing to say, there's an elegant sound to my Anglo ears so I thought it made a nice name for a club.
   I suspect that YouTube and it's corporate partners will come down on my use of the soundtrack so check out the video before the gildersleeves come for me.