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Friday, November 30, 2007

Random Returns To the Studio

After a prolonged, unplanned sabatical to visit hell on Earth, Frank Random dropped by the LikeTelevision studios for a brief visit the other day. As you might recall from a previous post this summer, Frank has had a very difficult year - basically getting as close to death as I have ever seen a person get, and yet somehow, Frank was able to pull out of it. How close? Well - it was bad enough that I found myself standing over him in the hospital and asking God to please take the poor man back home. I asked a priest to come by and give him extreme unction, which is a sacrament in the Catholic church, now called annointing of the sick. Some folks associate it with Last Rites, but it is now given to people who are just very sick, not always on their death bed. But back then - Mr. Random was indeed very much on his death bed or so it seemed.

But thank God - Frank made it out, and I am pretty sure he had some divine help getting out too. It made my day, my week and my month to see Frank in the studio. Now, before you expect him to crank out 50 new shameless showcases - just chill. He still has a lot of rehabilition to do. But if all goes well, he should be coming in more frequently and once again, do what he does best, which is to bring a smile to your face and a little joy to the world. I hope everyone has a great weekend and that you find yourself feeling like you have an Angel on your shoulder too.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I Am Legend Redux

Here it comes again, like a freight train full of hungry zombies. On December 14, 2007 Warner Brothers is releasing another version of sci-fi master storyteller Richard Matheson's I am Legend, starring Will Smith as Robert Neville, the last man on Earth. You might remember the 1971 film Omega Man with Charleston Heston in the lead role. And a few years later, Heston was in another flesh eating drama called Soylent Green, but I digress.

But in truth, you really need to watch the original I am Legend movie, The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price to judge which version is the best. For me, Uncle Vinnie in the 1964 classic is still the best of the bunch. I'll check out the new one when it hits the big screen and give you my gut feeling. If you'd like to watch the original, The Last Man on Earth - which is the Alpha version of the Omega Man Legend - check it out and watch the whole movie for free online at LikeTelevision. (or grab the embed code and offer it to your blog readers if you like). In addition, we just recompiled the download for this film and made a very nice looking MPEG-2 download for our subscribers or for those intrepid viewers who want to download the movie a la carte. It is encoded at half-D1, which means the window size is 352x480. The 352 width gets stretched to 704 when played in a DVD player. I regret that if you watch it in a windows media player, it doesn't want to make the strectch correctly but hopefully, this shortcoming won't surprise you. (tweak to MS developers, get with the program material).

Friday, November 16, 2007

More Classic TV Downloads

Jack Benny was one of the funniest characters in the early days of television. His humor was dry like a perfect martini, and his penchant for being the cheapest cheapskate was legendary. So to honor Jack, we added some new Jack Benny episodes to the download library. First up - The Letterman, starring special guests The Letterman as Jack's college roommates. And one of my favorites, Jack Goes To New York. An amazing cast of characters, including Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy, Tweety and a million other cartoon characters as the plumber deom E-Z Plumbing.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Great Internet Smoke-Out

As most of our regulars know, LikeTelevision has been hemorrhaging on the bleeding edge since fortran was the need to know computer language. Nope, there's nothing common about our gateway interface. Back when it wasn't cool, we declared ourselves as the first smoke-free web site on the planet. (If we had known we were depriving little kids in Oregon free healthcare we might have reconsidered, but we didn't know at the time). And unlike most major media outlets, we really try to be as unbiased as we can - offering no dogmatic punditry for fear we might enter into the hopeless catatonic state of a closed mind. (See the current political discourse for a better understanding of our fear). In any event, when we decided to become smoke-free, we were adamant in our need to provide an opposing view. So dear blog reading net denizens - you decide. You make the call. Will LikeTelevision be a smoke free site on the client side, or not. No hidden additives are transferred via server includes and crammed down in a hidden nicorette cookie. This little comedy bit has always been one of favorite clips at the site. Many thanks to the incomparable Bill Hicks for his acerbic wit.

In the event you are a smoker and looking to quit - we strongly recommend the books by Allen Carr. They worked for me. Smoke free for over 3 weeks now. Hey, back off. As Mark Twain once said, quitting smoking is easy. I have done it 1000 times.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Harper Lee Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

On Monday November 5, 2007 Harper Lee, author of classic American novel To Kill A Mockingbird was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This award is the highest award a US civilian can get and recognizes contributions in the arts, literature, science, and the cause of peace and freedom. At last count, over 30 million copies of the book have been sold and I suspect another 30 million pages have been written by high school kids as part of school work. Now usually the book is 100 times better than the movie, but in this case - the movie is pretty darn impressive. OK, not as good as the book - but Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Brock Peters as Tom Robinson give you amazing performances. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three. Check out To Kill A Mockingbird - it is as good as you remembered, maybe even better on the second or third viewing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Holy Chute! Skydiving is fun!

A few weeks ago, my buddy Randy asked me if I wanted to jump out of plane and go skydiving. Sure, sounds like fun - but give me a five or six days because we are moving the servers next week and as such, I had way too much going on to enjoy it. But that week came and went, the move went as smooth as warm butter, and Randy got back to me and said, OK, let's do it on Sunday Cot 28th, I am already booked at 11:00AM. He was convinced I would chicken out, but in truth - i was really looking forward to it so I called the place and made my reservation. Now times have changed a lot since college 30 years ago - when parachuting meant jumping out solo with an old WWII surplus silk parachute. Back then, training included practice jumping from a hayloft and learning to land - HARD! Today - training involved listening to a lawyer on a videotape telling you that you had signed all your rights away, and even the rights of your family and your employer. There was no way you, or they could sue, no matter what happened, even if it was their fault. You understand? That was our training. We were not jumping alone this time, but a tandem jump with a certified instructor, who is highly skilled in the art of skydiving. In short, it was a great experience and I plan to go skydiving next spring when the weather warms up a bit. Check out the video and see what it is like.

Monday, November 5, 2007

One Step Beyond - More episodes!

Look out Sci-Fi buffs, because that wacky pyscho sci-fi afficiando, John Newland is back in town. He's much more frightening than Mack the knife, who also came back to town. Why? Because Newland uses all kinds of psycho kinetic E.S.P. to put the wang doodle on you. He's been known to use bi-location, premonitions, love potions, voodoo, and ghosts, and even magic mushrooms to explore the unknown. Okay... so we have a writer's strike in Hollywood. So they'll be no new episodes of recycled humor that are presented with less class than when they got when the writers were kids. Don't worry folks. Newland is back in town and more One Step Beyond episodes are on the way, to save the day for mankind.

Today we have a really fun episode, where things work out well. It is about that weird pyschic communication that goes on between identical twins. One of my personal favorites called The Trap. Have fun and don't get too scared.