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  1. 2 hours ago, hamradio said:

    The very top right center of the dark Message Board header, you can barely see the shadow of the magnifying glass. You will need a computer monitor to see it.

    That could really use some improvement, if there is indeed anything there at all.  I tried clicking all over that banner at the top, and it is just not there for me.  This is with Firefox 80 - the latest and greatest of their happy horsecrap - and even with add-ons temporarily disabled.  My Chrome derivative of choice is no better (actually it looks exactly the same there).

    So honestly I can't imagine what you might be seeing, other than some residual gack that didn't quite get purged or finished (either way), to make it through to a modern browser.

  2. 32 minutes ago, misswonderly3 said:

    So it sounds like the old "if it ain't broke don't fix it" thing, except in this case, nothing was broken, it was perfectly fine, yet for some reason they decided to fix it anyway.

    What you say just convinces me of something I've suspected all along about "upgrade" and "updates" with computer technology ;  99% of the time it's not necessary,  it's just something the web technicians have to do every now and then to make the software providers happy ?  But that brings us to the question of why the software providers want to change everything all the time in the first place.

    It's just one of those things that exists for the sake of existing and nothing else.  

    Change is good sometimes. It's good when there's some kind of reason to make the change.  But often a change is just an arbitrary action, effected just for the sake of change itself. 

    They could have left the visible display elements alone, which is the part some are complaining about.  There is also underlying code which has plenty of good enhancements over the old this time.  They could have done with just that, but they also chose to get a bit more into the display elements as well this upgrade.  But they left those damn reaction emojis behind.  Just stupid as hell...  :rolleyes:  (my opinion, and opinions are like airhoses...everyone has one)

    Isn't everyone glad I don't volunteer my opinions on here more often?

  3. 1 hour ago, txfilmfan said:

    There probably is a reason to do so.  They buy or lease this software from some provider (they don't write the code themselves).  In order to keep up with the maintenance contracts from the provider, they have to upgrade periodically.  Otherwise, they will not have support for bug fixes.

    Software providers don't want to maintain an infinite number of versions of their software, so they force you to upgrade.  Typically a few versions back are supported, but it only goes so far.  You can stay with an older version, but they won't support it, and they won't fix any bugs you might have.


    See here:


    Or to elaborate a bit more:


    See that was easy, wasn't it??


  4. 5 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    That slide guitar and the mood of the overall song is perfect for what Joe would call Texas twang noir.


    It's certainly a one-of-a-kind sound.  Santo & Johnny hailed all the way from Brooklyn, with their father stationed in the Army in Oklahoma and apparently hearing the "Nashville sound" on the radio.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_%26_Johnny
    Here's an in-studio performance.  Their song "Teardrop" is very similar.

  5. On 8/18/2020 at 6:50 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Invitation is a very moody song done with minor 9th chords.      The movie with Van Johnson,  Dorothy McGuire,  and Ruth Roman is a melodrama.  

    But the song became a jazz standard and one that is fun to play since it has interesting changes.   (as in rhythm changes,,,,   I got music,,  I got rhythm,,,,,).   


    Hey here's something different.  "Saxsquatch".  I'm just posting this song because it shows him to be somewhat of a multi-instrumentalist, all while in costume, that is the impressive part (corona-virus compliant and all - though he did the bulk of these videos before that).  If you have a look at his YT channel, he also does Every Breath You Take.


  6. 4 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

    Silverman went to NBC in the late 70s and had a bad go of it. NBC had a promo campaign called "Proud as a peacock" to extol the network at the time that were close to being bankrupt


    However morale was low among NBC employees and a parody with these lyrics was recorded the same day as the other one, and was leaked to a radio station which infuriated Silverman.....


    Interesting!  In my past I knew a few of the people who did that, they told me first-hand stories about it in later years.  Interesting to finally see it.

  7. 7 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    You did mention "surrealism" which I think is a fair descriptor.  When she first sees that idiot psychiatrist, we do see him and hear his normal voice.  He even explains why his back is to her "so he can take notes".  I own that film on VHS and DVD, as well as the soundtrack, and I've always admired that film.  That does not mean that the film actually makes sense!  Belonging to the Badmovies forum, I have debated for years that despite much to admire about the film, it is kind of BAD.  Not everyone agrees with me that a movie can be BAD and GREAT. 

    Uh-oh, I set off a confused booby trap, and you are about the only one that ever uses them on me.  😁

    I was agreeing with you, but typed that out in a hurry.  To reword that a bit, for reasons we may know or not know (this can vary wildly per individual), some people may choose to overlook sub-par plotlines and bad acting in favor of the aesthetics of "so bad it's good".  Or what I call "cheese".  I am with you on that point, though I haven't registered over on your forum.  I tend to like this stuff too.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Allhallowsday said:

    You did mention "surrealism" which I think is a fair descriptor.  When she first sees that idiot psychiatrist, we do see him and hear his normal voice.  He even explains why his back is to her "so he can take notes".  I own that film on VHS and DVD, as well as the soundtrack, and I've always admired that film.  That does not mean that the film actually makes sense!  Belonging to the Badmovies forum, I have debated for years that despite much to admire about the film, it is kind of BAD.  Not everyone agrees with me that a movie can be BAD and GREAT. 

    Ability to compensate, in order to enjoy the aesthetics, must come more easily (for varying reasons) for some than for others.

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  9. On 8/19/2020 at 9:53 AM, LsDoorMat said:

    My Directv schedule still shows Ramona as scheduled, and in the past it has always been right. I'm recording it and crossing my fingers.

    The on-screen schedule providers only know what they are told, which is through back channels that don't have the same repeating software issues as we see online.

    I did happen to catch a recent instance of the on-screen schedule being wrong, but the online one being right.  I could look through my correspondence with others and track it down, because it was so unusual that we said something to each other about it.  It is not common, but it does happen.

  10. 3 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Generally I agree,  but there is a larger point here;    Does someone that complains about this,  mock others,  like African-Americans,  when they complain that content providers like TCM show films like Gone With The Wind or Birth of a Nation?

    My experience is that they do.



    I didn't see that in this thread, but that is yet another grievance sort of topic to me.  I just don't have the interest to keep track of which posters are masquerading as others, let alone keep track of which poster dropped what bomb on here.  Those are baby games.

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  11. 5 hours ago, mr6666 said:

    (the Wed. premiere of Ramona seems to have disappeared)  :unsure:

    Thurs., 8-20   for                                     SUTS:  William Powell........


    😧 George S. Kaufman. William Powell, Ella Raines, Peter Lind Hayes, Arleen Whelan, Ray Collins, Hans Conried.

    "Wit-playwright Kaufman's only directorial fling turns out quite well, with Powell as Senator whose diary causes embarrassment. Entertaining satire."

    Well considering that The Miracle Of Sound (1940) is just a ten minute short, it is at least clear to me as I type this that there is a Ramona-sized gap.  So it will likely still play.

  12. On 8/16/2020 at 12:03 PM, chaya bat woof woof said:

    Same here.  And for some reason, Van Heflin and Arthur Kennedy.

    That one gets me sometimes too.

    There are also some interesting though unintended look-alike examples to be had over in the Questions section of the forum.

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  13. 1 hour ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Well in this case the jokes at the expense of those white boys.       It wasn't until the 40s that jazz music got some degree of integration;  e.g.  the hiring by Benny Goodman of multiple black artist.   (and this week at the Jazz Forum one of the topics is "Is Goodman hip or corny?".       Anyone that would hire Lionel Hampton,  Charlie Christian etc.. has to be hip!!!



    Or just using his ears.  That can sometimes lead to unexpected results, as you have likely seen on clips from the recent vocal competition TV shows - or not.

    P.S. I arrived at that from my own experiences at operating sound systems, using my ears to tell me what to do, versus using my eyes and looking at the relative positions of the knobs, which won't really convey anything useful on their own.  Even the same performers can cause inputs to vary wildly from performance to performance, just based on little differences in equipment, positioning, unintended or uncontrollable circumstances, etc.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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

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