I have heard it said that springtime at Shuangxi is yet lovely. I intend to sail there in a dainty boat.
by AnotherChris  July 24, 2008 9:25 am

First, a Dark Knight review: Awesome, what I saw of it. I got sick and pretty much missed the last 45 minutes. Haven’t been able to make it back to see it yet.

And now the important news! Someone posted pics over at Hisstank.com of the upcoming ‘Matt Trakker’ (from M.A.S.K. you heathens) in the G.I. Joe line. Will this lead to a 3 3/4″ M.A.S.K. line? Likely not. But if they did I’d kiss every single person that ever worked for Hasbro (probably even the dead ones). Here are the pics:

Matt Fucking Trakker Card

Matt Fucking Trakker Figure

by AnotherChris  July 3, 2008 9:46 am

So, yesterday was Wednesday and that means some things happened. Looking back on it from so much time now, three things really stick out. Come along with me on a journey of sentimental reflection, won’t you?

Thing #1: The great penny robbery!

One cent coin

I went a lot of places yesterday: work, a gas station (x2), the post office, the library, Taco Bell, St. Mike’s… And with the exception of the library, the post office, and St. Mike’s, everywhere I went I was shortchanged by the cashier. By exactly one cent. I’m not sure how everything I purchased ended up leaving me with some amount of change, plus a penny, but it did. And without fail the cashiers made a single cent error in their favor. I feel that this is a disturbing trend that perhaps some sort of government regulators should look into. Or maybe the Department of Homeland Security. Are they stealing my pennies to fund the border fence? Whatever the cause, I think there must be some completely sensible reason for this blatant theft of change. Aliens, maybe, or Sasquatch.

Thing #2: Adventures in Swing Dance Lessons!

SWing Dancing

I decided to embark upon learning something new last night. (Well, actually I decided it a couple of weeks ago but bronchitis kept me sidelined for a while.) After talking with some people I know -post June Rollerderby match- I found out that some of the same folks were involved in teaching swing dance lessons. Now, let’s get one thing straight, I do not – have not ever danced. But I love swing music and I’m getting too old to not be trying new things. So, with my lack of skill in place, I wandered that way. There weren’t a lot of people there at first and, given my awe-inspiring lack of social development, I decided not to bug the people that were there that I knew. So, I watched a bit of rugby and MSNBC and nursed a refreshing pear cider.

Eventually more people showed, some of which I knew, and things got started. My initial plan was simply to observe for my first time out and see if it was something I was even capable of doing. However, no one would hear of that and soon I found myself partnered with a very nice young lady by the name of Keegan. (Probably spelled incorrectly.) Needless to say it was odd, since she was probably a third of my age… ok, half, ok maybe not quite that.  Still, I felt like a clumsy old fart. In the end, she proved to be quite a good teacher and for a first attempt I ended up doing… not entirely embarassing. I also managed to pick up the Charleston, which is one of my favorite parts of It’s a Wonderful Life. With the exception of an ill-timed practical joke by someone I know, I enjoyed myself immensely and look forward to learning more as time goes on.

Thing #3: Louise Brooks!

Louise Brooks

It was an odd string of internet browsing yesterday that brought me to Louise Brooks. I was looking for a copy of picture from Life magazine taken in the late 30’s or early 40’s that featured most of their stars of the time. It’s a pretty impressive picture that I’m sad to say I failed to locate a decent copy of. Not because it doesn’t exist on the web, but because I got distracted. From looking for that picture, I ended up running across a site that showcased Film Noir. Being a Noir lover, but far from knowledgable on the subject, I settled down to read all I could. From there, I got led to one of my favorites – The Big Heat. Now, somehow I forgot that Gloria Grahame was in that and she’s obviously also in another of my favorite films – It’s a Wonderful Life.

The Noir site I was on had quite a lot of information on Gloria and seemed to really love her in a film called Human Desire, also starring Glenn Ford. A boxed set of Noir classics that was only released in Japan was about the only way to get the film. So, I started looking for that. Amazon Japan has it, but no one else seemed to.  Could eBay save me? The answer, in short, was no. Posters and photos could all be had, but not the film itself. I decided to check out one of the seller’s who seemed to have quite a collection of repro-classic film posters. Clicking that link proved to be my undoing. I saw Louise Brooks. They were selling 8x10s of her and I was hooked. Like just about anyone who has ever set eyes on her, I was a goner. I entered research mode and kissed a productive afternoon goodbye.

As a latecomer to Louise Brooks, I’m not going to sit here and detail her existence like I actually know anything. I have three books about her (one by her) and a stack of DVDs on the way. I’ve started her biography and hopefully by the end I’ll know a little more about her. Just so you, the faithful reader (are there any?), aren’t left in the dark, I’ll give you a little info. Louise Brooks was a dancer, silent film actress, and later a writer. She was thoroughly her own person and seemed to refuse to conform the standards some people (and most of her bosses) would have preferred. She has been called the quintessential flapper and her distinctive bob cut, though worn by others of the day, has indeed become one of the most influential hair styles in all of recorded history. An excellent resource for information about Louise Brooks is the Louise Brooks society, which can be found at http://www.pandorasbox.com/.

I, for one, have neglected my duty to delve into the realms of silent film. There are numerous stars of yesteryear that await being discovered by audiences of today. Unfortunately, estimes place the amount of silent films lost to time at 80-90%. It’s a shame that so much cinematic history has been lost. But I intend to devour as much of it as I can get my hands on though, that’s for sure.

by AnotherChris  February 6, 2008 2:27 pm

Even though it was two weeks ago, I’m still cobbling together an after action report for this year’s FX Show in Orlando. In the mean time, in order to prove I am still alive, here are some pictures.

(Thanks to “Aether” for the TF images.)
Upcoming Transformers Classics
Powerglide looks awesome!

TF Classics 2.0
TF Classics 2.0

Upcoming Transformers Collectors Club Exclusives

TF: Animated Arcee

Look! A Crystal Skull!
I wonder what kind of guy would go on a crusade to raid a temple for this thing.
(From Movieweb.)

A crystal skull of some sort.

Did you guys see the Wall*E trailer from the Super Bowl? Pure genius!

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by AnotherChris  August 22, 2007 9:32 am

Gentle readers, you may have noticed that Mr. Yuk is sitting up on top of this page glowering at you. Some of you more youthful folks may not remember Mr. Yuk from his heyday of the 1970s and 1980s. He hasn’t disappeared in the intervening years, in fact he’s still going strong. First, a little background from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh…

In 1971, Mr. Yuk was created by the Pittsburgh Poison Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Since then, Mr. Yuk has been used to educate children and adults about poison prevention and to promote poison center awareness. In addition, Mr. Yuk has raised awareness that poison centers are available 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year to assist in the management of poisoning emergencies.

Every Mr. Yuk sticker contains the name of the nearest poison center and the national toll-free poison help telephone number—1-800-222-1222.

It may interest you to know that Mr. Yuk has a theme song and was featured in numerous television ads. I myself remember seeing a safety video in school projected from what was even then a battered old 16mm projector. Indeed it was this same projector who introduced me to the delights of Donald in Mathmagic Land which was thankfully finally put out on an affordable DVD. But I digress. If you’d like to hear the Mr. Yuk theme song in all of its glory, click here: Mr. Yuk is mean!

For more information on Mr. Yuk or to learn how to get Mr. Yuk stickers or wristbands, please visit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh information page here.

Finally, check out this great classic Mr. Yuk commercial from those long ago days!

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