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Substitute the word “Communist” with “Socialist” and I could see this happening today all the same….

Under the Mountain Bunker

Yesterday vs. today:

1947 FBI Memo Re: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

With regard to the picture “It’s a Wonderful Life”, [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists. [In] addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.”

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The A-Team 2010. Seriously.


So, I learned about this today. And was giddy like a schoolgirl after watching the trailer (below).

Made of awesome. Full of win. Nothing more needs to be said.

New A-Team Trailer Increases Nostalgia Factor by Roughly 300 percent

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Watch Frontline This Week (Second Life)


It appears that Tuesday’s episode of Frontline will deal, at least in part, with Second Life. The trailer (embedded below) has some good bits in there about the use of SL for collaboration and both business and social/pleasure stuff. So, check your local PBS listings and set yer tivos and stuff!

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The Golden Age Of Video


“We came, we saw, we kicked it’s ass!”

Trust me, it’s catchy. Watch it twice.

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Sloth and Goonies and ugliesttatoos.com


From an entry on ugliesttatoos.com(site is somewhat NSFW but this entry isn’t):

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That said, in a few years there will be a generation of adults for whom The Goonies is not the nostalgic icon that it is for us. And those people are going to ask you why you have a tattoo of a retarded pirate on your arm. If there are any measures you can take to prepare yourself for this outcome, you should probably do it.

…and that’s sad.

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Farewell Analog Television: Flipping the Switch


My fellow blogger, Scottoway took a moment to eulogize the passing of analog television when it happened earlier this month.

I just happened to come across a pretty neat video via snapstream blogs and that fine stand-up character Mike at 1000 monkeys that tells the story in a more direct way.

Here, the author recorded the transitions on several channels, and put them together in this montage. It’s pretty neat (in my opinion) to actually watch them flipping the switches.

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Tiny House


Here’s a blast from the recent past. One of my favorite commercials ever.

“This is kinda awesome…”
“I just want to make an omelet!”

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The Matrix


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So, many of you readers will know that I never saw The Matrix. Yes, one of the defining movies of geek culture, and I never saw it. It was released while I was terribly busy with school, so I missed out on the initial hype for the first few years. After that, It almost became a bit of a point of pride that I had never seen this movie, but every one of my peers had.

Well, it all came to an end this past Wednesday night. After a long day of work (I’ll get to that in another entry, I suppose), I was spending the late hours of the evening on second west at MIT. I had decided not too long ago that at some point I was going to give in and watch the movie. Special thanks go out to Tammy for having the “let’s watch a movie” idea at around midnight, and to Marti for going down to the dorm desk to rent it.

So how was it? I thought it was pretty awesome. Somehow, I had escaped finding out too much about the plot, or any spoilers in the past 8 years or so — so I was able to mostly experience the movie in a pure, untainted way. But, I guess this is one less thing that I’ll be able to say I’ve never done.

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The Matrix


So, many of you readers will know that I never saw The Matrix. Yes, one of the defining movies of geek culture, and I never saw it. It was released while I was terribly busy with school, so I missed out on the initial hype for the first few years. After that, It almost became a bit of a point of pride that I had never seen this movie, but every one of my peers had.

Well, it all came to an end this past Wednesday night. After a long day of work (I’ll get to that in another entry, I suppose), I was spending the late hours of the evening on second west at MIT. I had decided not too long ago that at some point I was going to give in and watch the movie. Special thanks go out to Tammy for having the “let’s watch a movie” idea at around midnight, and to Marti for going down to the dorm desk to rent it.

So how was it? I thought it was pretty awesome. Somehow, I had escaped finding out too much about the plot, or any spoilers in the past 8 years or so — so I was able to mostly experience the movie in a pure, untainted way. But, I guess this is one less thing that I’ll be able to say I’ve never done.

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Flight of the Conchords


So finally, several months after folks started pestering me about “this show that I absolutely neeeeed to watch,” I acquired all 12 episodes of the 1st season of Flight of the Conchords.

The show centers on the antics and exploits of two gentlemen from New Zealand (Bret and Jemaine), and their manager (Murray — also a deputy attache at the New Zealand consulate), as they try desperately to break into the U.S. music scene. Bret and Jemaine are actually played by Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement as a fictional version of themselves. Prior to the show on HBO, the real-life duo Flight of the Conchords played at various comedy stages and folk festivals.

This is really funny stuff. I watched it for about 3 hours straight last night to finish up all of the episodes I hadn’t seen yet. My favorites are:

  • Episode 3 (“mugged”): Primarily for the “Hip-Hopopotamus vs. The Rhymenocerous” song
  • Episode 6 (“bowie”): The sheer hilariousness of Jemaine playing an imaginary / dream David Bowie coming to Bret in his sleep, and then going out into space for a musical interlude
  • Episode 7 (“drive by”): Brit and Jemaine confront supposed anti-New-Zealander racism, and learn how to “flip the bird”
  • Episode 11 (“the actor”): There’s an awesome Lord of the Rings musical video number in this one. I was falling off my chair.

If anyone needs a copy of the season, let me know. I have it out there on the internet and can give you access to download it if you ask nicely.

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