Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.
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Saturday, October 03, 2009
I was tickled to hear my six-year-old granddaughter Leanna is going to be Supergirl this Halloween.
I remember taking Lea's then seven-year-old mom to Supergirl when it was released at Thanksgiving in 1984. Sara says she doesn't remember seeing it in the theater, but the movie made a big impression on me. The plot and direction were wincingly bad, but Helen Slater was perfectly cast in the title role, it's one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores, and the flying sequences were simply phenomenal.
Remember, this is pre-cgi stuff. Flying was done with wires, with the Zoptic front projection system, and with some surprisingly primitive tricks. For example, the effects crew resorted to using a full-size photographic poster cutout for the scene when Supergirl flies out of the ocean. They couldn't think of any other way of doing the shot without Ms. Slater getting thoroughly and un-photographically drenched.
I remember seeing Christopher Reeve on The Tonight Show shortly after the film's original release. At the time, his relations with the producers of the Superman films were strained, and he had refused to appear in Supergirl, even in a brief cameo. Despite the bad feelings, Reeve praised Slater's performance and said the flying sequences were superior to those in Superman and Superman II, especially the wire work in Supergirl's "aerial ballet." There are a number of flawed shots in the film, and scenes where the wires from the flying rig are visible, but the two segments below were flawless and, while slightly two-dimensional, can hold their own with modern cgi efforts. In particular, watch the shots with the wild horses near the end of the first clip. It features beautiful sun and lens flare effects and represents the best flying effects shot in the entire Superman series.
Friday, October 02, 2009
And you thought dogs were bad...
Thursday, October 01, 2009
The Democrats could switch to Geico and lose money....
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Happy birthday, Madeline...
Madeline Kahn's most memorable role, the teutonic- uh- bombshell Lili von Shtupp.
Monday, September 28, 2009
My daughter Sara snapped these shots of changing foliage a few days ago during her family's mini-vacation to Mt. Davis and the surrounding countryside. (Trivia: Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania at 3,213 feet, is still lower than the lowest point in Colorado: the Arikaree River, at 3,315 feet.)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Meat Loaf is 62 today
It has an entirely different flavor when presented by persons older than 17. The original version is here.
According to Wikipedia, Meat Loaf's 1977 Bat out of Hell has sold more than 40 million copies. 32 years later, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually. The album stayed on the charts for over 9 years.
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The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address is now something other than email@example.com saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used firstname.lastname@example.org as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that email@example.com was no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but rather email@example.com which is longer than firstname.lastname@example.org and more letters to type than email@example.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than firstname.lastname@example.org but actually just as functional as email@example.com? I sent e-mails from the firstname.lastname@example.org address to just about everybody I knew who had used email@example.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the firstname.lastname@example.org change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which email@example.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for firstname.lastname@example.org would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that email@example.com no longer is the firstname.lastname@example.org they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. email@example.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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