Thru the Mœbius Strip

February 24, 2006 at 6:19 pm (Animation, movie)

There is a wonderful animated feature film by Moebius AKA Jean Giraud called, Thru the Mœbius Strip, that was just shown at the Cannes film festival in December so it can’t be long till it comes to us here and I will predict in May. It is a sci-fi tale about a physicist who becomes trapped on a distant planet after crossing a space-time portal and eight years later his son Jac finds the entrance and proceeds to rescue him and help his dad’s alien benefactor regain his throne. Mark Hamill is the voice of the father for the boy in the film and Michael Dorn (Worf) of Star Trek: The Next Generation is King Tor’s voice. I posted about Mr. Giraud before here.

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Here is a brief synopsis from the website…

This is a story about the coming of age of a brave, resourceful 14 year old boy who grew up refusing to accept the loss of his father.

Out of the strength of his conviction, he reaches the Planet Raphicca, 27.2 million light years away, to find that his father is prisoner in a kingdom of giant aliens who believe in magic and a medieval code of chivalry.

In the midst of a raging battle between good and evil, Jac rescues his father, his new found family of aliens, the planet of Raphicca, and ultimately, the Universe.

I couldn’t believe that no one had updated the Wiki about this so I added the movie title in there but have no idea how to add URL to it properly. Someone needs to add a whole wiki page about the movie itself but I am scared to attempt it. The whole process of reading how even is daunting and convoluted in such a way as maybe to keep people from actually doing anything. I tried asking for a page to be made for it and found out I couldn’t without looking for the right page discription in a sea of them and I gave up.

By the way…
The Möbius strip or Möbius band (pronounced /ˈmøbiʊs/) is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. It has the mathematical property of being non-orientable. It was co-discovered independently by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858.
A model can easily be created by taking a paper strip and giving it a half-twist, and then merging the ends of the strip together to form a single strip. In Euclidean space there are in fact two types of Möbius strips depending on the direction of the half-twist: clockwise and counterclockwise. The Möbius strip is therefore chiral, which is to say that it is “handed”.

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A young guy from Minnesota

February 8, 2006 at 10:02 am (Jokes)

A young guy from Minnesota moves to Florida and goes to a big “everything under one roof” department store looking for a job. The Manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?” The kid says, “Yeah. I was a salesman back in Minnesota.”
Well, the boss liked the kid and gave him the job. “You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.” His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down. “How many customers bought something from you today? The kid says, “One”.

The boss says, “Just one? Our sales people average 20 to 30 customers a day. How much was the sale for?” The kid says, “$101,237.65”. The boss says, “$101,237.65? What the heck did you sell?” The kid says, “First, I sold him a small fish hook.
Then I sold him a medium fishhook. Then I sold him a larger fishhook.
Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Expedition.”

The boss said, “A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a BOAT and a TRUCK?” The kid said, “No, the guy came in here to buy Tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing.

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Original Pee-wee

February 7, 2006 at 10:00 pm (Youtube)

Before Pee-wee Herman had his childrens show there was an adult version done at a theatre in Los Angeles called the Roxy Nightclub. All was well for Pee-wee until he was arrested for indecent exposure at an adult movie theater. A decade later he was arrested again though, charged with possession of child pornography.

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Gigglesnort Hotel

February 4, 2006 at 7:22 am (Uncategorized)

I was Googling for Hardrock & Coco & Joe – The Three Dwarfs, which is a Chicago cartoon that was played on TV around Christmas time during the 60’s and 70’s. I then found a link to one of my favorite shows back then called Gigglesnort Hotel or BJ and The Dirty Dragon I’m not sure what it was called now. My father remembers having to put a special antenna on our roof in Kangley, IL. just so this show would come in so I could watch it.

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Here is a really good quote about the hardrock cartoon though…

On December 28, 1953, children’s eyes brightened as they watched Garfield Goose
& Friends

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on WBBM-TV (originally WBKB-TV) and were introduced to two charming characters: Suzy Snowflake came “tap, tap, tapping on every windowpane” and Frosty first ran “over the hills of snow.” Three years later, The Three Little Dwarfs, Hardrock, Coco and Joe, became the third and final portion of The Classic Holiday Trilogy.

Peter Cottontail was also produced, but failed to gain the staying power of the Trilogy’s characters. These heartwarming creations of Centaur Productions in 1951, also known as “song cartoonettes,” were produced using two types of animation.

The Three Little Dwarfs and Suzy Snowflake were created in black and white, stop motion animation, which is the cinematic process that brings a figure or puppet to life on the screen.

The technique is accomplished by moving the figure in increments while filming one frame per increment. When the frames are put together in the final film, and projected, the puppet appears to be moving.

UPA animation brought Frosty the Snowman to life. UPA (United Production Artists) pioneered the technique of using “limited” animation, which uses abstract art, symbolism, and limited movement to create the effect of movement. This form of animation was developed for cost-cutting, rather than artistic reasons. In later years, The Classic Holiday Trilogy became a Chicago holiday tradition, shown on WGN-TV’s Garfield Goose & Friends, Ray Rayner & His Friends and Bozo’s Circus, bringing joy to millions of Chicagoland viewers throughout the years.

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Peanuts

February 2, 2006 at 12:33 am (Jokes)

A tour bus driver is driving with a bus full of
seniors down a highway when he is tapped on his
shoulder by a little old lady.
She offers him a handful of peanuts, which he
gratefully munches up.

After about 15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder
again and she hands him another handful of peanuts.
She repeats this gesture about five more times. When
she is about to hand him another batch again he asks
the little old lady why they don’t eat the peanuts
themselves.

“We can’t chew them because we don’t have any teeth”,
she replied.

The puzzled driver asks, “Why do you buy them then?”

The old lady replied, “We just love the chocolate
around them.”

It pays to be careful around old people.

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Performancing for Firefox

February 1, 2006 at 9:40 pm (Bloggging Software)

Well I went looking for a way to post to this blog with more features like my Blogger account.
I found it after scoping out the FAQ’s of this site and a person named Marc commented about this Firefox Extension called Perfomancing which is great by the way.
I first tried out the recommended one by the name of w.bloggar which didn’t get me very far. I got as far as trying to input the URL’s that send the data that look like this… xmlrpc.php at the end, but it just didn’t work. The Performancing extension is so much more also as it has access to Technorati and Delicious bookmarks. Of course I wouldn’t be able to be adding these link codes as easily on the WordPress GUI as I am right now so that is a big plus. This charming little extension sits on the bottom of your browser in the form of an icon made out of a notepad and pencil.

I tried to add a cropped screenshot of the area that shows the Icon but it was to small to make out.

Then tried to get rid of the picture from the post and it wasn’t having it. I found that you could resize the image by dragging it around but it only distorted it. I finally got it to off the post by dragging it to limbo, I think, However now I have a “read the rest of this post” link that doesn’t add anything when you click it. I guess they are trying to keeping the cost down here maybe. Meanwhile the picture in question is still sitting in the cache next to the other one of me and I haven’t a clue how to get rid of it.performancing.jpg Read the rest of this entry »

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First Post

February 1, 2006 at 8:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Well after hearing much bally-who about WordPress over at Digg, I decided to join the bandwagon and see what it was all about. So far I am a little daunted by the layout for posting but I will probably get use to all the features in time. Before this I have had little exposure to blogging with the exception of my blog over at Blogger which is Google owned. Right away I see that there isn’t alot of features to edit posts like blogger but I hope to find them. Maybe after I click on the button “Save and Continue Editing” there will be more to this.

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