Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Amazing that the first movies parents took their tots to in the 30s and 40s were the early Disney features. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo all exploited childhood traumas. Parents disappear or die; stepmothers plot the murder of their charges; a boy skips school and turns into a donkey. Kids were so frightened by these films that they wet themselves in terror. Bambi, directed by David Hand, has a primal shock that still haunts oldsters who saw it 40, 50, 65 years ago.
Pa. man awarded nearly $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages
By Matthew Dolan Sun reporter
The brokenhearted father of a Marine killed in Iraq won a long-shot legal fight today after a federal jury in Baltimore awarded him nearly $11 million in a verdict against members of a Kansas church who hoisted anti-gay placards at his son's Westminster funeral.The jury's announcement 24 hours after deliberations first began was met with tears and hugs from the family and supporters of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, whose March 2006 funeral was protested by members of the Westboro Baptist Church with signs including "Thank God for dead soldiers."Snyder's father, Albert, won on every count of his complaint, as well as $2.9 million for compensatory damages and $8 million for punitive damages.
Over the past week, the civil trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore turned into a constitutional debate over how far the First Amendment should extend to protect the most extreme forms of expression. The groundbreaking verdict is believed to be the first time the fundamental Christian church from Topeka that is composed mainly of family members has been successfully sued for its shock funeral protests.One legal expert worried that the initial size of the compensatory judgment, which was awarded first, could be a setback for those who believe in broad free-speech protections."The award -- $2.9 million -- is an awful lot of money for compensatory damages," University of Maryland law professor Mark Graber said today. "This was in a public space. While the actions are reprehensible, the First Amendment protects a lot that's reprehensible."U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, who had sealed the church's financial documents, said from the bench that the compensatory damage award would already eclipse Westboro's assets.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Have a great Halloween everyone.
Monday, October 29, 2007
al-tarda sleeper cell, the terrorista of neighborhood toilet papering, or just putting road cones in Morty's driveway at 3am.
The Kreton Militia is everywhere...and nowhere...and dangerously stupid.
So I found this super cool blog here that is all about the history of the 19th century mustache. As we all know, Dr. Whitby (social climber) is all about the well-groomed handlebar. Thus, I present to you this fine link to educate you, the clean shaven heathens, on the beauty of mustaches and mustache history.
LINK: Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century
Friday, October 26, 2007
I never thought that America, the great humanistic and enlightenment success story that it is, would ever be chock full of fundamentalist lunatics the way it is. I never thought that evolution would be challenged as being a myth. I never thought the GOP, the party of less government, would be high-jacked by politically correct evangelicals who want more government in your life. I never thought I'd see a political debate where the candidates for president would have to raise their hands to show whether they believe in evolution. I never thought I'd see museums that create dioramas of hop-a-long Jesus riding his wild herd of dinosaurs across the plains. I never thought I'd see people my age and younger who could look at me with a straight face and tell me the world is only 6000 years old. I never thought I'd see my freedoms dwindle and my patriotism questioned by people unqualified to make such a judgment. I never thought I'd see an era where scientific progress is shunned because it flies in the face of Christian values. I never thought I'd see a nation of Christians who have forgotten what it is to actually be a Christian. I never thought I'd see the federal government draft a mandate commanding someone to stay alive against their wishes. And worst of all, I never thought I'd see an age filled with people who seemingly never think...period.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
As many of you know, I'd rather take an icepick to the forehead than listen to U2. However, as I tivo'd through VH1's Nocturnal State last night, I caught a U2 video I may actually grow to like for a song that I might actually be able to stomach.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Warren Thomas, Director of the City Zoo, fired a cartridge-syringe containing 297 milligrams of LSD into Tusko the Elephant's rump. With Thomas were two scientific colleagues from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Louis Jolyon West and Chester M. Pierce.
297 milligrams is a lot of LSD — about 3000 times the level of a typical human dose. In fact, it remains the largest dose of LSD ever given to a living creature. The researchers figured that, if they were going to give an elephant LSD, they better not give him too little.
Thomas, West, and Pierce later explained that the experiment was designed to find out if LSD would induce musth in an elephant — musth being a kind of temporary madness male elephants sometimes experience during which they become highly aggressive and secrete a sticky fluid from their temporal glands. But one suspects a small element of ghoulish curiosity might also have been involved.
Whatever the reason for the experiment, it almost immediately went awry. Tusko reacted to the shot as if a bee had stung him. He trumpeted around his pen for a few minutes, and then keeled over on his side. Horrified, the researchers tried to revive him, but about an hour later he was dead. The three scientists sheepishly concluded that, "It appears that the elephant is highly sensitive to the effects of LSD."
In the years that followed controversy lingered over whether it was the LSD that killed Tusko, or the drugs used to revive him. So twenty years later, Ronald Siegel of UCLA decided to settle the debate by giving two elephants a dose similar to what Tusko received. Reportedly he had to sign an agreement promising to replace the animals in the event of their deaths.
Instead of injecting the elephants with LSD, Siegel mixed the drug into their water, and when it was administered in this way, the elephants not only survived but didn't seem too upset at all. They acted sluggish, rocked back and forth, and made some strange vocalizations such as chirping and squeaking, but within a few hours they were back to normal. However, Siegel noted that the dosage Tusko received may have exceeded some threshold of toxicity, so he couldn't rule out that LSD was the cause of his death. The controversy continues.
As my legions of loyal fans know, Megaton Maynard is down with the ladies. And nowhere is he more down than in India, where Megaton Maynard was the 2006 recipient of the David Hasselhoff Ambassador to the World Award. India has become almost a second home to me now that my Bollywood film is in theaters this Christmas. Now if only I can meet Calcutta superhero sensation Raja-Raja McClooney.
Check Out Maxim Magazine's List of the 12 Hottest Indian Babes Here
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How old is the world?
Most people would say: "Nobody knows."
But the author of the book frequently described as the greatest history book ever written, said the world was created Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. – making it exactly 6,010 today.
In the 1650s, an Anglican bishop named James Ussher published his "Annals of the World," subtitled, "The Origin of Time, and Continued to the Beginning of the Emperor Vespasian's Reign and the Total Destruction and Abolition of the Temple and Commonwealth of the Jews." First published in Latin, it consisted of more than 1,600 pages.
The book, now published in English for the first time, is a favorite of homeschoolers and those who take ancient history seriously. It's the history of the world from the Garden of Eden to the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.
Of course, there will be those who disagree with Ussher's calculations of time – especially evolutionists who need billions of years to explain their theory of how life sprang from non-life and mutated from one-celled animals into human beings.
Ussher's arrival at the date of Oct. 23 was determined based on the fact that most peoples of antiquity, especially the Jews, started their calendar at harvest time. Ussher concluded there must be good reason for this, so he chose the first Sunday following autumnal equinox.
Although the autumnal equinox is Sept. 21 today, that is only because of historical calendar-juggling to make the years come out right.
If you think this is a startling fact – an actual date for Creation – you haven't seen anything until you've pored through the rest of Ussher's "Annals of the World." It's a classic history book for those who believe in the Bible – and a compelling challenge for those who don't.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Other than that, production's going pretty well. A little bit behind schedule, as always, but everyone is turning out great work. We're presently designing ep. 39, editing the animatic and coloring for ep. 33, storyboarding eps. 37 & 38, and we're set to record ep. 36 this week. I'm looking forward to being a full-time director and having my nights free for a while, but post-production will be starting up in about a month and a half, when we start seeing footage from Korea--screengrabs of which I'll undoubtedly post when the time comes. We've never edited HD footage before (did I mention The Venture Bros. is being made in HD this season?), so it should be interesting and full of unforseen technical dilemmas.
Now that I can look back on a full 13 scripts, I can truthfully say it will be a weird season. We dug deeper than we have before, told richer stories, took some chances (we'll see if they pay off), and, as promised in the commentary for the Season Two DVD, made no intentional Star Wars references. I think we managed to hit just about every semi-important character who's appeared before (with the exception of Baron Ünderbheit--might as well tell you now), including some Season 1 favorites who didn't get much play in season 2. And we introduced plenty of new ones, adding multiple layers of backstory (and forwardstory) to the Team Venture saga. And though we wrote more "stand-alone" episodes than usual, there is definitely an arc to this season. Long time viewers will undoubtedly get more out of it than newer ones, who we'll probably alienate altogether. One thing I can promise you is this: if you're a fan of the show, and at some point mid-way into this coming season you start wondering to yourself things like "How come they never __________ anymore?" or "Whatever happend to __________?"...just wait. It's coming.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
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We knew something DARK KNIGHT related would be happening in December. Most of have already assumed it would be something attached to the only genre Warner Bros release of the month, I AM LEGEND. Until now, it was common belief we would be seeing our first theatrical trailer (not a teaser) but it may go beyond that, says Omelette. They're reporting that Warner Bros is planning a 7-minute prologue featuring the Joker (Heath Ledger) attached to the IMAX edition of I AM LEGEND on December 14, 2007.
Hopefully, we shall get a confirmation soon on whether this 7 minute preview hits standard theaters as well for the flick.
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By: Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2007
How long has the sci-fi series JOHN CARTER OF MARS been in development hell? A long time, readers. A very long time...Not anymore thanks to Pixar and Disney. They're developing a trilogy based on the series with the first film adaptation to hit theaters sometime in 2012. More may be coming after the trilogy since this is based off an 11 volumn series. Here is what ERBZine is reporting on the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs series.
"The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura Blvd. Pixar's Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the 'John Carter of Mars' film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos," says the site.
The site adds, "All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books."
Plot Concept: Centers on a Civil War veteran whose retreat into a cave to avoid capture by Apache Indians takes an otherworldly turn as he's transported via time portal to the planet of Barsoom and taken prisoner by 12-foot-tall green men.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Please note the disturbing face of one Skippy at left who has the look of one who has just blasted a fecal bomb at the Squid, who's expression is classic. However, with Quatto and Skippy, Squid and Divari, Naked Bob and Coach and Yours Truly...I couldn't help but notice that something was missing. Or more appropriately, someone. See if you can find the missing stooge:
Did you see it? No? Well consider this image then.
Granted it would appear as though some of us are becoming a little too comfortable with one another...and Skippy looks as though he is about to barf while Divari is having a fit of hysterics...but where is the Mort? Try looking again:
Did you see Morty shooting his wicked cool eye lasers and almost killing Naked Bob!?!? And note how Quatto has cleverly taken his Monty Python lessons of Not-Being-Seen to heart?
Ah friendship. So here is a toast to all my sick and twisted comrades out there who have served as a constant reminder of what 20 years of "you zero have ambition" will get you.
(The images above are copyright 2007 by Andi Williams. Any unauthorized reproduction or distribution of the images above will get your ass shot)