Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sometimes she's a fun loving 16 year old girl...

Sailor Moon

Sometimes she's a superhero for the world!

Meatless Monday is coming up

You guys know that I love cooking; hell, I've posted recipes before. Now, while I'm not strictly vegetarian, I do try to abstain once a week (usually Saturday). There's a Meatless Monday movement and that means a lot of folks are trying to go vegetarian for 24 hours.

Oh, but they're all hippies and wusses, right? WRONG.

Hail seitan

Seitan is wheat gluten made to look and feel like meat (sometimes, it even tastes like it). You'll find it in a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Personally, I like it best fried.

Although, to be honest, I'd rather leave it out and just wait until tomorrow to have some real meat.

Hello Kitty + KISS + Toilet Paper

UPDATE: Hasbro has optioned a KISS HELLO KITTY animated series. Just because.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I don't believe in "Television"

"Television", that's interesting... It's a hybrid you see. You see, "tele" comes from the Greek and "vision" from the Latin. It should have been either "tele-rama" or "procul-vision".
--Graham Chapman Out of the Trees

My mom was out of town last weekend, so I was cat-sitting for her. Besides feeding them and checking the box, I sat with them for a bit and combed them, and told them they were pretty cats, and good cats.

I also spent the time watching some TV at her house. She has cable; I do not. Yet, besides watching "Good Eats", and then "Hoarders" (don't do this, by the way. You don't want the memory of a perfect pot-roast recipe ruined by the image of a bucket of dead kittens), I watched very little cable programming.

And, it was while watching Svengoolie's presentation of "The WereWolf of London", that I caught this ad:

What I found really funny was how it was obvious this was a "cable-only" ad. You've seen it, I'm sure, when you catch a half-second of an ad. That's the cable company (or dish, or whoever) playing the "cable-only" ad over whatever the broadcast ad was. Had I been watching this at home, on my antenna, I never would have seen it.

And this made me think about all the ads I'd seen a few years ago talking about the switch to digital. And it made me think about the short films about how to dial a phone, when that switch came in.


Watching something like this gets me nostalgic for the old "future". This was back when you could open a film with a guy at a desk. You'll see a lot of guys sitting at desks in the next few clips.

Remember, the last big thing that had happened to TV was color broadcasts. This was a big deal, and you can read up on how it works. Wait, I'll let this explain it.

2:30 is when things really get going. We don't use this technology anymore, but a lot of the same principles are at work.

This would have done you no good if you had a black & White TV, of course. I do like the guy on brushes. That still would have come across.

Once you had a color TV, you'd have to adjust it. This beats the hell out of color bars (or, as they would have said, "colour" bars). No promises on the sound, however.

And, of course, you had to test things to make sure they were still working. Those British engineering jokes don't write themselves.

The Brits also gave us this fascinating little film (this is just part one). After nightly bombings, I can understand the need for the entire country to sit back and relax. They did had television before the war, but it wasn't the same.

Once color became the thing, folks were more than happy to show it off. That NBC Peacock was all about the color.

There's a song I don't want stuck in my head. I guess it beats what they were doing beforehand.

If you have about 30 minutes, this will tell you why. If you have another 30 minutes, how we got there.

Throw in another 30 minutes to learn about how light works. I'm pretty sure that's Ken Nordine narrating.

I want to know which remote function controls that big, brass, Turkish coffee-pot.

It's hilarious to me, sitting so comfortably in the 21st century, how such a big deal was made about these things as they came out. Granted, I live in an age when my phone can control my TV (or anyone else's).

Granted, I live in an age where most people don't use a TV to watch TV anymore. I mean, you're not watching any of these videos on a TV, are you?

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Haunted Mouth (1974)

This is what happens when you chew too much scenery. (I'm looking at you, Cesar Romero.)