Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

America’s National Parks on NatGeo

July 30, 2016

While I love nature shows, there are unfortunately a lot of poorly made ones (sometimes melodramatically narrated, or artificially sensational, or just downright boring).

This is not one of them. This series highlights just how wild certain spaces in these parks still are. Highly recommend for nature lovers.


RIP Prince

April 21, 2016

“And if the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy. Punch a higher floor.”

Miss that plane

March 31, 2016


“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

December 6, 2015



October 2, 2015

“I dunno what to tell you, Marge! I don’t think about things. I mean, I respect those who do, but… I just try and make the day not hurt until I can crawl back in with you.”

~Homer Simpson

Empathy versus Sympathy (RSA Shorts)

December 15, 2014


June 30, 2014
                   Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the
                   theatre business.  The natural condition is
                   one of insurmountable obstacles on the road
                   to imminent disaster.

                   So what do we do?

                   Nothing.  Strangely enough, it all turns
                   out well.


                   I don't know.  It's a mystery.

~ from Shakespeare in Love

The Bill Watterson Interview (Comics Journal, 1989)

April 22, 2014

If you loved Calvin & Hobbes half as much as I, you might enjoy this rare interview with its creator, Bill Watterson, from 1989.

And if you’re an aspiring artist of any stripe, this excerpt from the opening of the interview might be helpful.  Compared to other roads to success, Watterson’s was fairly short.  Yet even he, and his beloved comic strip, had to pass through (at least a little) failure and rejection before finding success.

From the interview:

“Upon graduation in 1980, he became the political cartoonist for The Cincinnati Post, an experience he remembers as relentlessly depressing but mercifully short. Unable to fulfill his editor’s fuzzy notion of what an editorial cartoon should be, Watterson was fired before the end of his first year. For the next five years, Watterson submitted comic strip ideas to the syndicates. Six were developed; six were rejected. United Features Syndicate was the most encouraging, and Watterson’s seventh development contract, this one with UFS, resulted in Calvin and Hobbes. Ironically, UFS declined to distribute it, saying they didn’t think it would sell. Universal Press Syndicate snatched it up and launched it on November 1985.”

Thanks for not giving up, Mr. Watterson.


The Eagleman Stag

March 3, 2014

Rather than watch the Oscars yesterday, I went to the theatre and watched all the animated short films nominated for Best Animated Short.  (I highly recommend this substitution, though I suppose it’s not an either-or type of thing.)

They were good, no doubt, though my favorite in recent memory is still The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please.  Gorgeous, surreal animation, along with a meditation on the nature of our perception of time that is provocative if a bit unsettling.  If you’ve got 8 minutes and 55 seconds….

The Lack of the Persistence of Memory

February 23, 2014

ON VIDEO:  We're in an empty parking lot on a cold, gray day.  
Something is floating across from us... it's an empty, 
wrinkled, white PLASTIC BAG.  We follow it as the wind carries 
it in a circle around us, sometimes whipping it about 
violently, or, without warning, sending it soaring skyward, 
then letting it float gracefully down to the ground...

Jane and Ricky sit on the bed, watching his WIDE-SCREEN TV.

                   It was one of those days when it's a
                   minute away from snowing.  And there's
                   this electricity in the air, you can
                   almost hear it, right? And this bag was
                   just... dancing with me.  Like a little
                   kid begging me to play with it.  For
                   fifteen minutes.  That's the day I
                   realized that there was this entire life
                   behind things, and this incredibly
                   benevolent force that wanted me to know
                   there was no reason to be afraid.  Ever.

A beat.

                   Video's a poor excuse, I know.  But it
                   helps me remember...  I need to

Now Jane is watching him.

                   Sometimes there's so much beauty in the
                   world I feel like I can't take it... and
                   my heart is going to cave in.

~ from American Beauty

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