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  1. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    A thread for people who wish to get smarter, or just learn some trivial facts to impress their friends. Enjoy!
  2. MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP It has been suggested that I create a musical thread of "my" own. And so I have. Music, as movies, has had a profound influence upon me throughout my life, as I suspect it has for many others. So the "Me" in the title really refers to any one of "US" posting here. My intention for this thread is to provide numerous music links to a host of songs that "We" grew up with and fondly remember. And because we each have been exposed to many different kinds of music I imagine that there will eventually be quite an eclectic list of songs within this thread. And personal anecdotes, information or trivia, about any of the music posted here is both welcome and encouraged. Music like movies is influenced by many things, including social events, politics and war, so though I intend this thread to be relatively apolitical and personal, it may stray into the politicized arena every now and then if that is what the music is about. But please no political rants. As others have pointed out, Musical taste is highly subjective and one persons favorite may be "lousy" to someone else. And that's okay, so long as we respectfully agree to disagree and politely allow each of us an opportunity to share as much or little as they choose. I may not personally like some of the music that others will be posting here, but I welcome exposure to different things. And I enjoy being informed and enlightened by the experience of others. And I hope that you will likewise. The music posted will not be in any chronological order of life, but rather bounce around a bit. Allow the music to lead where it may, from one song and life experience to another. So it may jump from post to post, from a silly childhood tune, to songs that our parents used to frequently play when we were kids, to songs recalled from adolescence, and beyond. Songs that made us laugh, songs that made us cry, and songs that made us think about other possibilities. Songs that consoled us, and music that inspired us. Any song or music that we had (or still have) a personal connection to is welcome.
  3. Stephan55

    Watch TCM Films not loading

    Yeah me too, I'd seen it a few times before, but just had a hankering to rewatch. But that was the last WATCH TCM ON DEMAND movie that I have been able to see that I have wanted to see since Thursday night. TCM went kaplop (for me & Win 7 Pro & Firefox) last Tues-Wed., then everything worked again for Thurs (Valentines Day), and Friday practically eveything refused to load again (just like in your OP). All except 16 movies which I had already seen numerous times, and half of those (that haven't yet expired) have also stopped loading now. Nothing "new" added since last Friday on will load, and so No WATCH TCM (except live streams) since last Friday. I am paying for nothing. And TCM doesn't give a rats Azz. So I am afraid I am cutting TCM out of the cable tier that I pay for (since I'm not getting it anyway) and going down to basic by next TVSP bill day. It has to be a Win 7/Firefox glitch at the TCM end, since no one else except those of us that haven't gone over to Win 10, are being screwed by this. And since there are still a diminishing handful of "playable movies left, and the Live stream still works, I know that it isn't an adobe Flash conflict, or really even a total Win 7 conflict. I've changed nothing before or since this happened at my end, so it's just TCM behaving very badly again. But this time I have really reached my limit and the only power i have is to stop paying to be an unserviced TCM subscriber. Anyway, good for you, for now. But beware as the past "norm" had been for TCM to mostly screw the various app and alternate device users, now it appears to just be us old-timers still using a PC with something older than Win 10. So adios amigo. And don't take any wooden nickels.
  4. Stephan55

    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Great remembrance story Swithin. And the narration and vintage photos reminded me of something right out of a PBS documentary. That song is a classic and I've never heard it sung just like this before. Very sweet, almost like an homage to a bygone era. Thank you, and please share again.
  5. Thanks again Mike, I'm all for Open Source Everything (Down with DRM, Up with Open Source). Yes, even good ole Firefox uses some of the "good" stuff from Google... I'll take the good stuff, I just don't want to be strapped by their lousy telemetry spyware anymore than Microsoft's. Firefox and Linux has stripped that crap out. I think I told you about back when I still occasionally used Google Chrome for troubleshooting. What happened is Googles persistent spyware wouldn't stay contained in the Google browser, it escaped and infected every other browser on my PC. It was a real hassle finally getting rid of it. Same'O when MS covertly started loading their Win 10 OS on my machine. I read up that they were were doing it to others and after I learned where the "hidden" MS files were located I was shocked to find that they were doing the same damn thing to me. Another pain getting all that crap outa my machine and blocking all of the so called "security" updates that allowed them to do it again. And that was just the tip of the ice berg. After that No more trust in either Google or Microsoft. I remember back in the day when "Just Google it" was synonymous to doing a web search. I stopped saying that a few years ago, Now I say "Just DuckDuckGo it."
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Andy Williams and Roger Miller - (In The Summertime) You Don't Want My Love (1960) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRuzBp7eIP8 Thanks Princess, I remember the song, but not much about the history around it, so I just checked it out. In 1960 the song, written & performed by Roger Miller, was also recorded by Andy Williams, and The Chordettes, Skeeter Davis, and Teresa Brewer in 1961. But the lasting impact was not held by either Miller, nor any of the female artists, but as you said it was good old Andy ("Moon River") Williams. BTW, I fell in love with "Moon River" off the radio, long before I ever saw Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was another song that I liked so much that I memorized. Moon River - Andy Williams Audrey Hepburn - Moon River (Best Version)
  7. My daughter recently turned me on to this character who goes by the name of Randy Rainbow. Yes, he is evidently quite "gay" (in both the literal and metaphoric sense), but don't let that stop you from watching and listening any further (unless you happen to be a die-hard "trumpie" with absolutely no sense of humor), as this guy is also extremely talented, creative, musical and very entertaining. And he has chosen one of our "favorite" subjects to parody. I found these little "shorts" addictively funny and much too good to not share here. And so, without further adieu, I present the original, the one (and perhaps the only).... Randy Rainbow! Trump's Favorite Things! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody
  8. THE GAMBLER - Parody | Don Caron
  9. Who Is Steve Bannon? – Former White House Chief Strategist Narrated by Rob Corddry | NowThis
  10. Okay, just so things don't get too stale, I'll mix them up a bit. YES! WE HAVE NO STEVE BANNON! ?????? - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Ha ha, I remember that one, thank you so much. A year or so later these songs came out and for some reason I kinda have them all jumbled together with the Rooftop Singers (in an appealing way). They were so catchy that I even memorized the lyrics to King of the Road and Flowers On the Wall. Roger Miller - King of the Road - With Lyrics! (1965) Roger Miller "Dang Me" (1964) Roger Miller - England Swings (1965) The Statler Brothers - Flowers On The Wall 1966 (Country Music Greats) Daddy Sang Bass By The Statler Brothers
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Too funny Nipper, These Perry Como songs were often on the radio when I was a kid. (I ended up memorizing the lyrics of the last two). Perry Como - Catch a Falling Star (Audio) Perry Como - And I Love You So (Lyrics) Perry Como "It's Impossible"
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Great string of nostalgia there CJ. I fondly remember each as if it were yesterday, thanks Imagine, almost sixty years ago, two little kids, one on the west coast, and 2,500 miles away, another over on the east coast, and they may have been listening to the exact same music at the same time. Probably both humming, whistling or singing the same tunes, with their little transister radios held up to their ears. I do believe that music can create a bond of "sameness" that transcends all distances and boundaries.
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Missed one I just edited in (at the top of my last post above) enjoy
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    for Princess, Yardbirds - For Your Love (1965) The Yardbirds- Over, Under, Sideways, Down Rod Stewart (with Jeff Beck) 1984 Infatuation - LIVE! Rod Stewart - All Right Now (Vinyl) Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck - Our Prayer / Child Is Father To The Man / Surfs Up
  16. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Kuleshov Effect Lesson The Kuleshov Effect & Cinematography in Game of Thrones (40.05 min) Feelin' Smarter yet???
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    The Kuleshov Experiment The Kuleshov Effect Tested The Kuleshov Experiment - "The Kuleshov Effect"
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Hitchcock's Pure Cinema- "The Kuleshov Effect" Rear Window Kuleshov Effect Kuleshov effect - psycho KULESHOV EFFECT
  19. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Great, Thank you Sarge for introducing an interesting and very relevant subject (esp. for an "off-topic" movie website) And after reading the Wikipedia write up on the subject (since it is, after all, about video image juxtapositions) I present a series of non-textual illustrative adjuncts. The Kuleshov Effect Kuleshov Effect / Effetto Kuleshov The Kuleshov Effect - Everything You Need To Know The Kuleshov Effect- A Silent Experiment
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Great aerial views of classic "Star" forts. The design offers an adequately manned fort to present overlapping fields of fire on each side. For their day and age, they were as close to impregnable as the word implies. Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sébastien_Le_Prestre_de_Vauban
  21. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    What a bleak future for humanity this portends. Let us hope that this thread, tiny and videocentric as it is, may offer one small candle to enlighten the darkness upon which we tread.
  22. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Plate Tectonics
  23. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Continental Drift
  24. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    A Brief History of Geologic Time
  25. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    I understand where you are coming from. And as a sole source of "information" I do agree with you. And I too dislike the embedded "ads" in several of the more lengthy YouTube video's. That said, however, I've discovered that once a video has been linked elsewhere, such as a thread in these boards, that any associated disruptive ad does not follow it. And too, anybody can say anything, which is why all things need to be fact checked from reputable sources. But as a "teaching" tool it is pretty difficult to beat video as it stimulates two of our most receptive senses (sight and sound). And again, the subject matter on a video may already have been well researched and authenticated by the viewer, but presented in both an entertaining, informative and reaffirming way. I am thinking that in some of the videos that I will link here that you will already be well informed about the subject and in full agreement. And if not, pause, and web search the topic and present a counter-argument, or expansion upon the subject matter. I suspect when I begin posting some of the more controversial "debated" topics, that there may be many such posts.... And I welcome them as that is part of the learning process. The dino videos, I posted are easily verifiable by any who care to check. Unless one attempts to counter that evolution is a mere theory which lacks substance of any kind. Or if one happens to be a member of the 'Flat Earth Society' which requires quite a bit of information often presented in simplistic albeit accurate terms to make it digestible. BTW, I have a few more little map/videos that are rather concise, but very informative in an an audio visual sense. I will follow this with a link or two that I'd planned to save for later, but as examples of what I am talking about. I know that You possess critical thinking skills, and I welcome any inquisitive and informed discussion about anything. Hang in there with us, Sarge. You may find some of this stuff to be pretty good.

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