Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The Ballad of a Blade Runner (aka Blade Wrapper)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Head Over Heels: Literal Video Version

Gosh, I wish I had thought of this. But one worry I have is they'll ruin the original music memory of these songs, kind of like Monty Python and the Holy Grail ruined watching King Arthur films for me forever!

And these two songs are some of my favorites, too. There are lots of imitators on YouTube now. But these are the best I've seen. And clean too. No vulgarity or obscenities. Just plain funny. 

White Wedding: Literal Video Version - watch more funny videos

Saturday, March 21, 2009

TAF Journey by sea

Some of the small party and fishing boats moored along the inlet. 

Airstreams can be found anywhere in the world, it seems. 
At first glance, this could be near Palisades Amusement  Park
with the GWB in the background. 

A fine day for a ride aboard the yacht.  

First Mate Mick standing by as I steer the yacht leeward. 
(seriously, we were the only passengers on the large ferry. 
Day before a national holiday, go figure! )

Land ho!! Tokyo Big Site looms up. 
The Battleship Yamato exhibit by Tohokushinsha. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MAD MACHINES!!! Intermission! by The Cinemated Man

The Cinemated Man discusses the movies in this month's 

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Rock and Roll, Discovery!

Space shuttle Discovery launched on-time at 7:43 p.m. EDT and NASA flight managers confirmed mai
n engine cutoff. The shuttle has reached orbit, flying at 17,500 miles per hour.

Commander Lee Archambault will lead Discovery's crew of seven, along with Pilot Tony Antonelli, and Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata on mission STS-119 to the International Space Station.

The Discovery crew members are set to fly the S6 truss segment and install the final set of power-generating solar arrays to the International Space Station. The S6 truss will complete the backbone of the station and provide one-fourth of the total power needed to support a crew of six.

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Friday, March 13, 2009


The station put up some old color tinted photographs of the town during this Sakura viewing period. 

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Astronaut shines as JAXA’s first to live in space

Excitement is building for the upcoming STS-119 mission to the International Space Station, especially within Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. The S6 truss and solar arrays will be delivered, as well as Koichi Wakata, JAXA’s first astronaut to live and work on the orbiting laboratory.

“This is a very big milestone for Japan’s government, as well as for the Japanese people,” Hiroki Furihata, deputy director of the JAXA liaison office at Kennedy Space Center said. “The JAXA engineers working on the Kibo elements for a future mission are excited, as well.”

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Toys, Nostalgia and the Difference Between Men and Women

On WABC Saturday Night Oldies

Host Mark Simone read my theory Toys, Nostalgia and the Difference Between Men and Women over the air, needless to say, it sparked some interesting comments.

If no player, listen here  or go to original post

"I have a theory. Don't get mad, but it goes something like this:

Men are romantics. Women are realists. Men generally live in the past. Women live in the future. Men love their old toys. Women rarely seem to share this passion ("Why do you want that old thing around the house?")

Old toy shows and old toy trading and collecting businesses are usually run and attended by men (happy men!) 90% or more. Nostalgia is primarily a male emotion.

Men are the romantics, dreamers. Women are the realists, planners. Neither can live without the other, both need the other.

There are exceptions, but I think many can agree with this. Especially those who are married. ;) "

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

James Doohan

James Doohan
played on Coast to Coast AM. (first couple of seconds missing)
If no player,  listen here.

James Doohan would have been 89 today. 

On Coast to Coast AM, George Noory played a clip of James to illustrate what a kind and gentle soul he was, and how something like a 'silly space show' was able to make a difference in someone's life. 

(This is from an interview done in 1997) 

Here is the transcript of that interview: 

I got a fan letter from a young lady. It was a suicide note. So I called her, and I said "Hey, this is Jimmy Doohan. Scotty, of Star Trek. I'm doing a convention in Indianapolis. I want to see you there." I saw her, boy I'm telling you, I couldn't believe what I saw. It was definitely suicide. Somebody had to help her, somehow. And obviously, she wasn't going to the right people. Anyhow, I said to her, "I'm doing a convention two weeks from now, in St. Louis. And two weeks after...she also came to New York. She was obviously able to afford to come to these places. And this went on for two or three years. Maybe eighteen times. And all I did was talk positive things to her. And then all of a sudden, nothing. I didn't hear anything. I had no idea what was happening, because I never really saved her address. Eight years later, I get a letter saying, "I do want to thank you so much for what you did for me. Because I just got my Master's Degree in Electronic Engineering." You know, to me, that's the best thing I've ever done in my life. And it brings tears to my eyes every time I even talk about the story."

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