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  1. 12 hours ago, Dargo said:

    Funny thing is, squared steering wheels are actually very popular again, and especially in high-performance sports cars. 

    Here's one of the latest Momo steering wheels available in the aftermarket, and which mimics many of the ones that now come standard in many of the higher priced cars...



    12 hours ago, TheCid said:

    Never have understood these.  Not so much square as flat on the bottom, which means you can lower it to top of your legs if you want.  But then when you turn it full circle the top presses into your legs.  At least it appears that way to me.  Never actually seen one in use.

    Looks to be a bit less comfortable for a "daily driver".  I'll bet somebody somewhere has a car with a steering wheel shaped like bicycle handlebars, but that doesn't make it a good idea.

  2. 1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:

    But you see, TOM, that was all part of the joke!  Hope knew he was way past any "prime" he might have had as a Lothario,   And he did get a lot of comic mileage out of the "creepy old lech" act.  Hope's ego?  Well, I've seen so many film clips and live TV performances which were rich in self deprecation and enough generosity in letting anyone on stage with him look good it was hard to imagine him having that big an ego.


    Ding ding ding.  We have a winner!

    P.S. Hope being "the bachelor" is part of it, he was just a guy who wanted to be left alone.  The other part was the silly generic 1960s housing and the hordes of unsatisfied housewives living in "paradise".  Within the first few minutes I was hooked.  Mmm.  Cheese.

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  3. 3 hours ago, Dargo said:

    I believe the following national anthem of Grand Fenwick is played a time or two in the movie The Mouse that Roared. Once as their fearless warriors march off to do battle against the United States of America, and THEN when said fearless warriors return to their homeland victorious!...

    (...catchy little tune, ain't it)


    I'll bet there is someone out there who wondered how long it would be until somebody else posted this.  With baseball games now going on in empty stadiums, they got that part wrong.  Some other parts are spot-on.  Not bad for a 45 year old film.
    Warning, use of this corporate product may cause sleepiness, delirium, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or intestinal blockage.

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  4. 12 hours ago, Davehat said:

    You are using a blog.  Even Wikipedia would not allow that for a valid citation.

    What you see on my website is just the end result, which is all most wish to see.   Unlike a blog though, none of it is based on opinion.  Behind the scenes there's a very intricate relational database which generates everything, fed by carefully vetted schedule data, assembled and managed by computer professionals, each with different interests and specialties who are also fellow TCM viewers.

    This is another table which does a good job at tabulating TCM's history, with the dropouts in the mid to late 1990s explained by the missing months listed on bottom of the home page.

    Wikipedia, in comparison, is rather irrelevant to our cause here - as I'm sure our work would be to them.  I wouldn't even want my project mentioned there, due to the potential for our work to be misrepresented and misunderstood without my knowledge.

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  5. On 8/9/2020 at 8:33 AM, TikiSoo said:

    25 years ago the band Portishead came out with their first album DUMMY. This first track sets the mood for their uniquely crafted songs to follow:

    The band was interviewed extensively for that 25 year milestone and the  members revealed the mysterious sounding songs were crafted as a soundtrack for a noir spy thriller.

    I was first attracted to Portishead because I'm a Theremin player. Very disappointing to see they "cheat" using a keyboard. I understand... it's nearly impossible to hit all the notes exactly on a Theremin, especially during a performance with others nearby.

    Odd time signature makes it somewhat unnerving/disorienting.

    Since the 1990s, various touring pop stars who like to be seen playing a grand piano on stage bring one with the keyboard and action (all the hammers) removed and left behind.  That all slides out in one piece just like a drawer, and a then a high end digital keyboard is pushed into its place, with the back of it sitting underneath the strings where the piano hammers would be.  They use keyboards this way for consistency.  Also a digital keyboard doesn't need to be tuned each time it is moved.  The piano otherwise wouldn't necessarily need to be modified and can often be returned to normal configuration just by sliding out the digital keyboard and sliding the mechanical action back in.  This is a simple mod - sometimes just one screw on each side of the action holds it in place.  Piano movers and piano tuners remove them all the time.

    Cool clip BTW

  6. 24 minutes ago, TikiSoo said:

    It doesn't matter who is asked to massage the Captain - man, woman, Vulcan, alien-it's still bad form/a violation of rights by 2020 workplace standards. One time the show got it WRONG.

    I love the creativity-on-a-budget props & effects in that era of TV. The Star Trek Studio Tour was charming to realize just how simple some of the props/effects were made:  the "floppy disks" were painted wooden slabs, the back wall of the transporter room was made from moire drum panels, the "spots" were Mole Richardson lights with glass heavy enough to hold a man in a big costume-




    "Futuristic" spray bottles (just introduced in the '65 World's Fair) were prominently displayed in McCoy's lab. Many of the props were just found objects in storage, old RKO  leftovers. A statue in Captain Kirk's personal quarters can also be seen in Citizen Kane and the original is on the Trekonderoga set.

    We definitely have some overlap in our interests.  In my corner it would be vintage stage and production equipment.  I have in fact noticed those very lights on Ebay before.  There is nothing like those, I have contemplated getting a couple myself, in addition to an RCA BX-44 and some other cool things like that.  But there is one problem...back in the 1960s, as you point out, this stuff was just old leftovers.  Now it is collectors items.  I have looked at the prices of these over the last 20 years or so, and they have only gone up.  Same exact thing goes for the gigantic old Goldberg film projection reels, except that was a more recent thing.  Should have purchased that stuff back then, but who would have known.

  7. 3 hours ago, Davehat said:

    No no no.

    You misinterpreted.  Kirk had asked Spock to do it.  The woman reached before Spock could react.

    So if this went to HR the captain would be found blameless.  He asked the male to do it, not the woman.  (And verified by security cam.)  

    BTW Star Trek season 1 is the only thing I have on Bluray because it was the best one.  It had around 30 episodes!  Today we only get 15 per season.  

    Season 1 was written by actual science fiction authors from the literary world.   Season 2 was okay but not worth buying.  (Season 3 was just bad.)

    For me, and I haven't done it yet, I need to get TOS on Bluray just because it has both the new CGI-restored version (as does the DVD), but more importantly it also has the UNRESTORED version where you can see some of the prop wires, gaff tape, and other implements that earlier TV couldn't clearly show.

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  8. On 8/4/2020 at 10:26 AM, lydecker said:

    Lousy drivers is right.  It was a young guy driving a giant SUV who was on his cell phone instead of watching the road (and those damn pedestrians who were crossing the road.) Thank God he (and his daddy) were insured.  But, I've got to say  -- great docs in Anchorage and after ****ing endlessly that "I came all this way and never even saw a moose," on the day before I flew home, I was wheeled out of the hospital, deposited in a car and taken out to SEE MOOSE.  Very nice people at Alaska Regional Hospital.  

    There's a winding section of country road a couple towns away from me where cars often veer off the road.  One homeowner, just after the crest of one of the curves, put up big heavy concrete blocks, set back about 50 feet or so in his yard.  Then he planted some foliage around that to make it look better, obscuring the concrete blocks.  If you look carefully on a sunny day, you can see broken pieces of cars all around that.  It was either that or his house. 

    @lydecker  Just some free association, based on the premise of your post being due to inattentive drivers.

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  9. 17 hours ago, skipd55 said:

    Lately it seems whenever I try to do a title search on the TCM search page, it comes up blank. The only way to search a film on the website is to click a title currently on the schedule. If you're trying to search a title not on the schedule, forget it. What is the problem?

    You talking about searching for a title on the TCBDB page?  That is just a bit slow, I use it at the end of each month to verify a few titles myself, and it still works. 

    It might seem like it is dead, but it just needs a few seconds.  Also it helps to not put the year into it, even if the year matches whatever year they have for it (whether their year is actually correct or not, it doesn't matter).  Using this method, you may need to scroll through a few pages of listings just to get to the movie you are looking for.

  10. 19 hours ago, EricJ said:

    That much, I sort of got the impression of, after "1300 VHS tapes".  🤔

    However, please go and tell Warner you still believe in digital-locker permanent-purchase VOD, have never let your faith in The Future of Home Theater waver, and feel a sense of joy at having your entire library of movies conveniently packed away in digital form in some imaginary space in the clouds because it's so much easier than all those cluttering disks..

    They've been sort of depressed lately, after they tried so hard to sell those ideas to the public for seven years, and LOST THEIR FREAKIN' SHIRTS on it, while everyone else on line was raving over Warner Archive disks...  😈

    HDD recording using a PC.  An average of 800 titles per volume for me, and just now I am rounding out volume #8.  Nice compromise if you can figure out how to do it.

  11. On 7/16/2020 at 7:49 PM, Ray Faiola said:

    SUGARFOOT was available for a while in a beautiful 35mm print on ok.ru but it has since been removed.

    As for DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the reason for the current absence is simple - literary rights reverted to the Miller estate (nearly all of the Kramer Columbia's except for THE CAINE MUTINY had limited rights. Many have been renegotiated. So far DEATH OF A SALESMAN and THE FOUR POSTER are still M.I.A.  I have 16's of the entire series and Kramer's admiration for Harry Cohn is justified. Despite being almost all box office busts, Cohn let Kramer continue because he was impressed with the pictures. And all the money came back with interest on the release of CAINE.

    Fredric March was just wrong for Willy. But Cobb refused to testify before HUAC and Cohn wouldn't use him.  I don't think Miller ever accepted the picture. Aside from Cobb, the picture is also missing two significant originals - Arthur Kennedy (replaced by Kevin McCarthy) and Willy's line "he's crying - why is he crying?". For some inexplicable reason, this line is cut from the feature but appears in the film's original trailer. The film still packs a wallop and the best thing that came from it was Alex North's score adapted for the screen (Robert Drasnin scored the CBS telecast with Cobb & Dunnock). I restored it from scratchy acetates and you can listen to it here:



    It's still there.

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  12. On 7/27/2020 at 3:20 PM, SansFin said:

    It remains so popular that it is a market niche on: Etsy.com:  https://www.etsy.com/market/long_neck_cats

    Hmm... did Etsy go away and then come back?  Their domain registration records indicate otherwise, but I could swear they publicly signed off at one point.  Their home page used to just have a pretty brunette wearing sunglasses, but now she is gone.  Then for a while nothing but a "farewell" message.   Maybe they decided to reboot due to the shutdown, so they could claim what is theirs and is sitting at home all around the country waiting for them?

    P.S. never mind, after thinking about this some more, I think I was remembering iOffer.com

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