acroyear: (bad day coyote)
Left this on a comment at another blog, but it basically repeats something I wrote on FB when it happened:

I’ve got all of the Looney Tunes golden collections (then hunted on youtube the rest until they get officially released), though from there I ripped them all into individual ones I can shuffle so it is more like what Saturday Morning (when the BB-RR Show was 90 minutes long) was like when I was a kid. Thus, I’m already selective of which ones I’ll include, leaving most of the black-and-whites and some of the Tex Avery’s and Bob Clampett’s out.

One thing that bothered me is their repeat of gags that really just weren’t funny. It isn’t just that they were wrong (though they were), it is that they weren’t funny. Especially when they were totally out of theme of the rest of the material.

Case in point, a bit totally not in the original book of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, that Clampett added to the 1942 cartoon – at one point as the boat crosses the ocean to take him to the circus, a fish sees it, goes “now I’ve seen everything”, and quickly pulls out a revolver from nowhere and blows his head off. I’d forgotten it was there, as it had been cut from syndicated versions since the late 80s so Cartoon Network’s broadcasts never had it.

And it all happened faster than I could react to stopping it before my 3 year old daughter basically saw her first on-screen suicide (her first on-screen death was the dinosaurs in Fantasia, but I was there to talk her through that *before* it happened, making it clear that not all dinosaurs are nice like Buddy and Mr. Conductor ;-) ). The most I could do was repeat “it’s not funny” a few times and then start talking about the plot as it took over from there, because it’s true. It isn’t funny.

It is a gag that the Termite Terrace used at least a dozen times in those early years, and it has never been funny. I honestly have no idea why they thought it was funny enough to keep repeating over and over, and worse still, stick it into a Dr. Seuss work where it absolutely didn’t belong.

No wonder (besides the war and a few other projects) it would be more than two decades before Seuss was willing to let someone animate his work again.

In any case, not every aspect of the Termite Terrace years is bad because of stereotyped racism, or overt sexuality. Silly gun violence is one thing, but un-funny suicides are something different and deserve just as much a warning as the rest.
acroyear: (each must dance)
Archbishop Bans Pop Music at Funerals - NYTimes.com:
On Thursday in Australia, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne announced a ban on the playing of pop music at funerals, which, he said, are not to be described as “a celebration of the life of” the deceased.

According to the new guidelines published on Archbishop Denis Hart’s Web site:

Secular items are never to be sung or played at a Catholic funeral, such as romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs.

Melbourne’s Herald Sun reported that the theme songs of sporting teams are among the most popular requests fielded by Australian funeral directors. The newspaper added:

Other popular songs included, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman and Bette Midler’s version of “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”

A list of more unusual songs played at Australian funerals, according to a cemetery contacted by The Herald Sun, includes: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Highway to Hel,” by AC/DC and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The guidelines also address secular readings, which are allowed, within certain limits: “an appropriate poem or reflection may be read after the eulogy, provided it is in accord with the Christian hope of eternal life.”

A spokesman for the Catholic Church said the ban has received a mixed reaction in Melbourne, the BBC reported.
Dear Mr. The Archbishop.

What you want, or don't want, played at *your* funeral is your own damn business.

What is appropriate for anybody else's really is not, regardless of what building it is happening in. 

That a funeral isn't, in your eyes, a "celebration of the life" merely means we need fewer funerals and far more celebrations.

Trust me, when you go, we will be having a "celebration".  'Til then, go back to your rock and hide under it.

For myself, I want my wake to be held where most of my friends' have been these past few years: in a pub.
acroyear: (wondering)
Dumbass Quote of the Day : Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
And why is his focus solely on this Islamic center? After all, those evil Muslims attacked the Pentagon that day too. And guess what? We've got Muslims worshiping openly at the Pentagon four days a week!
acroyear: (schtoopid)
Audit: NASA paid $66 per person for 'light refreshments' at procurement confab | person, audit, procurement - News - Northwest Florida Daily News:
The nation's space agency paid the out-of-this-world price of $66 a person a day for bagels, cookies and juice at a conference, a new report found.

The subject of the NASA conference? It was a training session for its procurement officials -- the people who do the buying with taxpayer funds.

During the three-day conference, the 317 attendees snacked on ``light refreshments'' of soda, coffee, fruit, bagels and cookies at a cost of $62,611, according to a NASA Inspector General report. That's $66 a day per person.
acroyear: (literacy)
Consider this two-part law of how stuff ends up in your inbox:

(1) There are people out there who have never seen some moldering viral video, say "JK Wedding Entrance Dance." They were not among the video's 41 million-plus YouTube viewers, they did not see it replayed infinitely on the morning shows, they did not visit the couple's hyped Web site, they missed the "Divorce Entrance" spinoff, and they were oblivious to the tribute on "The Office," which garnered 9 million viewers. When they eventually find it, they assume they have discovered a brand-new thing.

(2) They forward it to you.
 
 
acroyear: (foxtrot saving time)
Those ranting against amazon's price-fixing (not the dropping of the macmillan titles, which was stupid, but the $9.99 price point that amazon wanted rather than letting the publishers have full control over the prices) are totally missing one key point: if amazon can't offer a cost difference between what they offer and what iTunes offers, then the fight between kindle and ipad will be strictly on the technology, and THEY WILL LOSE.

As PotC clearly stated:

"You know, I could beat you in a fair fight."

"Well, then, that doesn't exactly give me an incentive to fight fair."

Amazon has money, and some good developers, but if technically its device is behind the ipad, then it can only compete by lowering prices on the whole user experience. If the kindle and the ipad and all these others were ubiquitous, that would be one thing, but at this early stage, just like moving console game machines, until there is a killer title that sets the REAL price point, then controlling the costs of the games and keeping them low was how you entered the market until you had a comparable share, then you let the publishers go back to the standard price point.

the publishing industry is looking only at their books and making price models comparable to paper. this is *backwards thinking*. This ignores the hardware itself which is too much of both the user experience, and more importantly, the company's ability to even move the titles in the first place. the publishers in the bigger picture don't care about ebooks because they still have a market without them.

but to amazon, bn, and apple, they are having to play this out just like atari, coleco, mattell (intellivision), the zillions of 6502 platforms of the 80s, and the modern console world of xbox, ps2/3, and wii. until you have a killer app, a killer title, or some serious value-add, you don't move consoles where other consoles already exist if your total user experience price point (for the first year or so) is comparable to what is already in the market.

so amazon is competing against paper and it is competing against the ipad which has SERIOUS value-add: color, a 2 year history of 3rd party apps, and The Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field. they only way to compete against that platform is to show a lower price for the user experience, and given that the kindle itself still has a minimum price point to make up for the r&d, that means cheaper titles.

this is what the publishing world, "the authors" don't get. They look at this like xbox/wii/ps3 AFTER the 3 years of competition and undercutting and who's got the killer app fights that got to this 30-30-30 world we have today, that got to the point of ubiquity. they think an ebook is an ebook because to them, it is. they see a game title run at the same price on all 3 platforms and think that's how they should control it.

they totally are ignoring history. the platform wars for ebooks are *just starting*. the devices aren't done, the market isn't anywhere close to having a set of ubiquitous platforms. controlling the prices is one key form of competition, especially where unlike SEGA in the early years, you can't really get away with exclusivity licensing contracts because the publisher always has that other outlet: paper.

authors know words. publishers know editing, books, and paper.

neither of them know a damn thing about the e-gadget world, and i'm getting sick of their rantings from ignorance.

wah eeh?

Feb. 27th, 2009 02:56 pm
acroyear: (schtoopid)
Pharyngula: Say what?:
Speaking of incessant, grating whines…here's another Minnesota pest, Michele Bachmann. She spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (by invitation…how deranged have the Republicans become, anyway?) and offered this jewel of logic:

I just wondered that if our founders thought taxation without representation was bad, what would they think of representation WITH taxation?

Don't even try to comprehend the strange thoughts that flit through that tiny brain.
Meanwhile in other "conservative" states...

Pharyngula: Who is buying all that porn?:
An analysis of the consumption of internet pornography found that there are only small differences between states, but that there are some patterns. The patterns will not surprise anyone.

The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users; Montana bought the least with 1.92 per 1000. "The differences here are not so stark," Edelman says.



Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election - Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama.

So Republican states gobbled up more nekkid pitchers than Democratic states… but of course, one could argue that it was just the few Democrats in Utah who were slavering most obsessively over porn, while the Republican Mormons were being upright (no, wait, maybe that's the wrong word…) Montana is a conservative state, too, but maybe the ready availability of all those cows helps slake their forbidden lusts.*

What about those good Christians?

States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage," bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behaviour."

Heh. Now we all know what "values" is a code word for.
I sometimes wonder if the only reason the Religious Right keeps trying to make certain behaviors illegal (like porn, sexual practices and preferences, alcohol consumption, good tv, gambling, and of course fiscal discipline and minority voting) is because they really can't help themselves.  Everything about the Gospels is all about taking control of your own life and your own choices, and since they can't do it, they keep trying to fall back on the nanny-state to do it for them, just like their interpretation of the old testament says it should.  They want to have THE LAW make the rules for them rather than actually live to the code they espouse by choice.

Well, hate to break it to you, but THE LAW did nothing to stop drinking during prohibition and did nothing to stop adultery among puritans and did nothing to stop "teh gay" from being about 7-10 percent of the population at any particular moment in the history of mankind.

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