I needed to get a better understanding of some design principles and tools so that I could connect with and manage my creatives a little bit better in my professional world. So, I taught myself how to “photoshop” pics of me into existing images.
Have you ever gotten that weird feeling of displacement when you meet a recent immigrant from another country and they are working a service level job and then you find out that they were like a scientist or doctor in their old life? They tell you that they came here to have a fresh start for their families, but find out that they have to start all over again and work their way back up?
I get those feelings all of the time (and fully expect it to happen to me next) and then I can’t help but imagine what that old life was like. This is what goes through my mind when I meet recently arrived people from Russia.
The 80s invented the Music Video. Sure there were music videos earlier than that, in different forms, but the 80s collated them and made them a thing. And then the videos not only killed the Radio Stars. They murdered them. Publicly. And left their bodies in the public square on display.
They were ill advised murders, because the majority of music videos of the time were unequivocally terrrible. But that didn’t keep those videos from digging down into our youthful brains and implanting themselves like those earwig monsters from Star Trek: Wrath of Khan.
And they are still there. Here are my top 5 favorite terrible music videos from the 80s. In no particular order.
How do I know that I am mostly culturally white? Simple. I love Rich Little. That is also how to tell that I am getting old.
This is the whole show from 1978. It is by no means good, but it is also perfect and wonderful.
It stars, of course, Rich Little as W. C. Fields, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, Laurel and Hardy, Richard Nixon, Humphrey Bogart, Groucho Marx, James Stewart, Peter Falk, Jean Stapleton, Truman Capote, Peter Sellers, James Mason, George Burns, John Wayne, and Jack Benny.
Merry Christmas to all and to all, well, you know…
It has been a very long year, and it is almost Christmas. Let’s take a moment and give thanks for a wonderful piece of public domain literature that doesn’t know how to stop giving.
Charles Dickens had no idea what he was creating at a farthing per word. Nor that he would feed undeserving families for what is approaching two centuries. So without further ado, here are my favorite adaptations of his classic, A Christmas Carol.
Once upon a time I found a cool free Face Swap app from Microsoft (that is unfortunately no longer available). We went on many adventures together. Here we are running wild through a series of classic paintings just for the heckuvit. Ahhhh… the good ole days…
In my early years I was a huge sketch comedy fan. I even planned, at one time, to run off to Chicago and join Second City after I graduated from High School. I didn’t, obviously, and I am a lesser person because of it.
In remembrance of that lost dream and the importance that filmed sketch comedy had on me as younger person, here are Five TV Comedy Sketches That Changed My Life. Continue reading →