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Thursday, January 31, 2008

TV Guest Star Bonanza

In 1960s, Bonanza was a cool show - because it was broadcast in color, a huge deal at one time when I was just a kid. Yes, it's true. Like many kids, each week we'd wait and look forward to watching Bonanza because it was in color. And we had a color tv which was wow cool man - like today if you had an iPhone and a 46" 1080p LCD flat panel tv. Back in the 1960s, if you had a color tv - That was cool!!! Each week on Bonanza you’d get some cool guest stars, stars from other tv shows, movies and broadway. Anyway - here’s some of my favorite Guest Stars on Bonanza episodes. Watch these free tv shows

1) The Ape w/ Leonard Nimoy.

2) San Francisco w/ Richard Deacon and David White

3) The Avenger w/ Vic Morrow

4) Silent Thunder w/ Stella Stevens and Albert Salmi

5) Day of Reckoning w/ Ricardo Montalban as an Indian?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Boy Scouts Turn 100

Happy 100th Birthday to the Boy Scouts, which began in Britain on January 24, 1908. That would make the Boy Scouts 100 years old today! Woo Woo, makes me want to go on a jamboree with Dunder Mifflin branch manager, Michael Scott, Survivor Man. Check this interesting newreel about the founding of the Boy Scouts by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, including some terrific old film of Boy Scouts from decades ago from many different countries. Here's to the Boy Scouts - Happy 100th Birthday.

More on the Boy Scouts

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Office - Survivor Man

One of the final episodes of The Office before it went on hiatus due to the writer's strike was Survivor Man. Michael (Steve Carell) goes out to the back woods as Survivor Man after he doesn't get invited on a camping trip. Imagine Bear Grylls meets Donald Trump's toupee or whatever that thing on the Donald's head is... in a carefree outing of wilderness gone corporate desperation. I won't say anything else to spoil it for you - but this free episode of The Office is one of the funniest half hour shows in tv history. Also kind of interesting is this short bio on Bear Grylls - and the negative feedback on the Discovery Show Man vs. Wild, explaining that a lot of the super mondo survivor guy stories are faked.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

MLK - Perchance to Dream

Whenever I hear the word dream - my mind almost always jumps to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's I have a dream speech and also, to William Shakespeare, specifically to Hamlet's soliloquy that begins, To Be or Not To Be. And this year - given all the recent race baiting and crying wolf over a poor choice of words and downright silliness related to race, I wonder how Dr. King might be resting in peace, to sleep, perchance to dream. And as Hamlet continues, ah there's the rub. For those not versed in Hamlet, he has just learned that his uncle has killed his father. Worse, his mother will be marrying him shortly. It is just an awful situation and he wonders whether life is worth living, hence to be or not to be is Hamlet considering whether he should live or die by his own hand. As he muses about being dead, he says:

to die, to sleep, To sleep perchance to dream, ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause.

And so i found myself wondering, Was the great Dr. King resting in peace, or was Dr King having bizarre dreams related to what was unfolding at present in the election process. How some old hippies who were there in the Civil Rights days, were now tweaking the race issue for their own ambitions. How sad. And how, a black man can run for President without a lot of concern about the color of his skin with one exception. It sometimes seems like many people want to vote for Obama because he is black. I do not know anyone who is not planning to vote for Obama because he is black.

At this point in history, not many people really care about a person's skin color. I remember Bob Marley's song, War, and think, we are almost there. We are almost at a time in history when the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. Yikes, my mind teleports... to visions of Sinnead O'Connor with a buzzhead and a bluetooth microphone on SNL singing War, really really angry.... and Britney Spears juxtaposed doing a duet with Sinnead. War? I think not. My perchancey dreams are scary enough. Give me Peace.

So - here's some content you might consider this weekend. Check out Vincent Price in Theater of Blood as a murderous Shakespearean actor. Yes, he even does Hamlet's to be or not to be speech. And Johnny Carson does a spoof of Hamlet here - very funny stuff, followed by a somewhat tawdry section featuring Jane Fonda. And by all means check out short video of Dr. Martin Luther King and the I have a Dream Speech. And in case you wondered where i found that picture of Dr. King as the Jack of Spades, I just searched google images using these words - liketelevision martin luther king and found a nifty deck of cards. And if all these emotional and mental gyrations are too much for you - well just disappear, Somewhere in Dreamland.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Office, More Episodes

Just in time for the long holiday weekend - check out some of the best episodes from the award winning NBC show, The Office starring Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and John Krasinski. There's Money, The Launch Party, The Negotiation, and a bunch more.

More cool tv episodes on the way. Be patient, as we are off to NY for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend for a wedding related bash.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Poll Dancing Mishaps

There's a part of me finds great joy when the major media outlets look like monkeys, and yesterday the MSM pulled a mondo sized flub. We were told time and time again, that Barrack Obama had already won New Hampshire. It was a done deal. Mrs. Clinton was toast. And on and on until yammering knuckleheads got red in the face, yada yada. What can I say other than - get a life. It was fun to see Huckabee turn into Huck-a-who? Is it just me or is the polling commentary really annoying?

Now, go turn off the talking heads and grab a cold beer. If you want to check out the Poles, that is, something Polish that is interesting, may I suggest a few titles here in the library. 1) Knife in the Water, an early work of Roman Polanski that is in Polish with English subtitles. A good film, with a very tense romantic creepy group of people on a boat. 2) Escape from Sobibor, one of the best stories you propably never heard of. It is a tale of human courage and triumph in the face of total evil and hellish circumstances. Stars Allan Arkin and Rutger Hauer. 3) Circus of Fear, starring Klaus Kinski and Christopher Lee, who plays a Polish lion tamer from the circus. And finally - though not Polish in origin, check out Fake News, which is part of the Dubious Lampoonery section. It seems appropriate and should be a gentle reminder that news often gets it totally wrong.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Iowa Caulk Us zzzzzzzzz

Allow me to yawn at the Iowa Caucus - tonight we get our first peak behind curtain as to how people might actually vote for the who is the next commander in chief of the USA, el Presidente. Is it just me, or does anyone else see this trend. A trend where, only a total knucklehead would want to put himself and his family through the process of getting elected. And as I look at the current slate of candidates, it almost seems like I have proved my case without it even meriting an argument. We got a big pack of lovers and liars. Huckabee and the I didn't know about the cross, the Clinton dynasty again after the Bush dynasty redux, and don't get me started on John Edwards - he was our NC Senator and promised till he was blue in the face he'd do his job in the state first and never run for president while in office. Guiliani and the tawdry closet full of skeletons and ex-wives, and Romney just kind of gives me the creeps, Obama scares me too as his rhetoric is way too emotionless and smooth to have honesty. No, Ron Paul ain't my guy either. Sorry - have I upset everyone who cares about this stuff called politics? Sorry, in all honesty - folks around here really don't care much one way or the other. We banned all I hate Bush commentary, no I don't hate him banter because it was a waste of time and based on foolishness for those passionate enough to spend time yammering on it. The only guy I kinda like is Fred Thompson (and I speak for myself only, not a company endorsement). Why - because he seems like he has many other better things to do than run for office. And I always enjoyed Law and Order - now that's a good way to pick "your man", or woman if you want the Clintons back in town. Actually - my true test is - who would I like to have a beer with. Anyway, may the good people of Iowa pull out the caulk guns and tar and feather the group as they see fit. Ballots, not bullets is still the way to go. Let's make that a Pakistani slogan for their upcoming election. (and an observation that makes me curious - how is it that the Pakistani Democratic people's party decides their next candidate by picking somebody else in the same family. That's called a monarchy, not democracy).

But enough of politics already. Here's a very short list of my favorite political videos on LikeTelevision. Frank Capra's Meet John Doe is terrific. So is Angel on My Shoulder. Another interesting political drama you might have missed is the Scarlet Pimpernel. Merle Oberon is very beautiful, wow! Need something lighter? Popeye for President is good for a few chortles and chuckles, and if you are looking for something more global, check out Battle of Algiers, but please put the guns away and stop the threatening emails. (it seems the commentary, yes mere words on a page, on this movie description rankles some people).