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Earthrise

The Holidays are full upon us and Ben is now out of school for the Christmas Break. This will be the last full entry for the blog this year – I reserve the right to still blog if I feel the muse – but I am working to get everything in place for January 9th. The studio is ready now. I am still trying to replace my main computer, but even if I don’t get that done, it will just be a minor inconvenience. So hang tight just a couple of more weeks and things should be back to whatever passes for normal around here.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Years! May 2017 be filled with joy and thrills for each of us as we begin another orbit around our local star.

122116-297755main_gpn-2001-000009_fullOn Christmas Eve 1968 mankind did something it had never done before. Apollo 8 entered orbit around the moon and for the first time in history man was able to see the incredible view of the Earth rising over the moon. The iconic and moving photo was taken by astronaut Bill Anders who was supposed to be shooting pictures of the lunar surface, but when he and the Frank Boorman and Jim Lovell saw the Earthrise, knew that they had to shoot it and in color. One of the most turbulent years in history ended with the most amazing sight we’d ever seen. Now, using 2016 technology, the way that photo was taken has been re-recreated so that all of mankind can be a part of that moment. I really don’t care what else you do today, but watch this video. It’s six minutes you will treasure. And it will remind you of how small our problems really are on the cosmic scale… Read the rest of this entry

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Just Use The Standard Talk Show Thought Process

Everybody keeps telling me how horrible 2016 was. Celebrity deaths, violence, the cancellation of The Jim Gaffigan Show. I get it, it was a bad year.

It’s hard for me to think in those terms. In January, I couldn’t walk without horrible pain. In February I went to Seattle for my Uncle’s funeral. While there it was clear that I could hardly stand up, let lone walk for more than a minute without swelling and the most intense pain I have ever had. I say that as a man who has gone through a shattered hand, three bouts of kidney stones and an infected pilonidal cyst (trust me, do not Google that). By the end of February the pain was – up to that moment – the worst I have ever had, and had essentially crippled me. Read the rest of this entry

Get Over It

I suppose that it’s de rigueur for the political right to be angered over the message that the cast of Hamilton had for VP-Elect Pence on Friday night. Sorry… I’m not feeling it.

This is America. Politicians go out in public. The public, regardless of profession, get to say whatever they want to them. It’s called “Free Speech.” Are there potential consequences? Of course. I’m certain that there are people who will now not buy tickets to see Hamilton. Conversely there are also people who now will buy tickets to see the show.

groucho-marx-duck-soup-e1434598275998The statement made by the cast member was hardly the stuff of legend. It wasn’t really all that tough or biting. It wasn’t as rude as what Groucho Marx had to say to Calvin Coolidge. If I were to take the time and go through the history of Actors and performers saying rude things to politicians I wouldn’t get anything done for at least a week.

For whatever it matters, VP-Elect Pence didn’t seem bothered by it at all, and other than an obvious trolling om twitter (I told you he would be… interesting) by the President-Elect, the whole tempest seems to be over.

But in the future, if the Political Right doesn’t know by now that most actors are hard left progressives, unlikely to cheer them, then they are ToTaLly out of touch with reality. Read the rest of this entry

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