Thursday, July 31, 2008
End theme from part II added to part one credits.
Sadly this was poor Jonathan's first screen role. His last was "Bad Girls at Valley High" Released in 2005 two years after ended his own life by hanging himself. "Bad Girls..." was also Janet Leigh's final film.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It was obvious something was wrong moments after detonation.
The Gnome Nuclear Test Site is the location of a 1961 underground nuclear test conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission. This was the first test in the Plowshare Program, a program to develop peaceful uses for nuclear weapons. The Lawrence Radiation Lab (which later became Lawrence Livermore National Lab) designed this test, which was to have many physical experiments associated with it, including the collection of isotopes, and to study the possibility of using nuclear explosions to generate electricity.
The test, one of two large-scale underground nuclear tests in New Mexico, was conducted 1,200 feet below the surface in a salt deposit. The nuclear device was placed at the end of an underground corridor over 1,000 feet long.
When detonated, the device created a cavity 164 feet long and 72 feet high.
A stream of radioactive smoke and steam flowed out of the shaft and ventilation lines, and formed a radioactive cloud that traveled northwards (and was detected, by some, as far away as Kansas).The Gnome device was detonated at noon local time with a yield of 3.1 kilotons. Although it had been planned as a contained explosion, the detonation resulted in venting to the atmosphere. Smoke, steam and radioactive material began venting from the top of the access shaft (1100 ft southwest of the underground detonation) 2 to 3 minutes after the detonation. Significant venting continued for about 30 minutes and then began to decrease gradually. Even though workers entered the chamber just a few months after the blast, the cavity remains highly radioactive to this day. The surface of the test site is now used to graze cattle, and the same salt formation is now the location of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, eight miles north of the site.
How to Get There
From Carlsbad, New Mexico, go south on U.S. Highway 285. Before reaching Loving, New Mexico, go east on Route 31. When you reach the Route 128 Junction, make a right and head east. Proceed for 7.3 miles then make a right on Eddy County Road 795, also called Mobley Ranch Road. After 6/10's of a mile you'll notice 795 makes a dead end fork to the right, ignore it and continue straight ahead. After 4.4 miles a small dirt road appears on the left. Turn there and proceed east about 1/10 - 2/10's of a mile to the marker.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Equally as entertaining (read BORING) as the movie is the video for the title track of this hideous film. Limahl, AKA "Goo" of Kajagoogoo roots around in someone's basement trying to figure out where all the dirty pipes go. In the process he finds his male counterpart in the guise of a female muse. Soulmates forever in a basement full of session players and those mysterious dirty pipes.
Thrilling! What you can't see in the video is the large yellow sign blinking NO EXIT.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Each Wednesday I'll focus on a nuclear test. Today's test is the Apple II shot.
Yield: 29 kilotons
Location: Nevada Test Site Area 1
Yep. This is the one test that was used as a plot device in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
For this blast the FCDA constructed a typical American community, complete with two double story and three single story houses, an electrical transformer station, a radio station, a propane tank filling station*, a weigh station and other small buildings. The houses were furnished with clothed mannequins placed inside. Several American-made cars and trailer homes, also with the consumer accurate mannequins, were positioned at various distances and angles from ground zero to measure the effects of the nuclear test.
The houses were constructed of different building materials with varied exteriors and were heavily instrumented to measure the blast and over pressures from the nuclear detonation. Finally, canned food products were placed in the homes and outside in the trenches. The day before the test, frozen food was flown in from Chicago and placed in the kitchens.
To this day Apple II homes still stand in the Nevada desert and are a highpoint of the public tours that explore the Nevada Test Site.
The two-story homes were subjected to a pressure of about 1.7 pounds per square inch during the blast.
To get an idea on how many people were there during the test, how close and what they were doing, please feel free to read this sanitized report.
*I'm pretty sure they did this just because it could make for a damn cool explosion.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
A fine idea for the next election. Use a comic book to illustrate how much you hate. I hope he gets all the votes he deserves.
Click here to see it all!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Dear god this was a bizzare show!
Holy cow the skipper on the LOVE BOAT? Nancy Kulp? Really? She made it to the love boat too?
And this is where alphabetical cast lists fail where animals are concerned...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Finally after 115 minutes on hold and 30 minutes with a tech rep i get "I'm sorry we couldn't resolve your issue.
I asked them to put a prepaid phone in a cab and send it to my house. she laughed. I didn't.
If you have this morning it may be too late.
The upgrade will lock your phone and you'll have nothing but a brick and a lot of questions.
Apple servers crashed because they couldn't handle the expected rush of people eager to update their phone. What will happen is you can download the upgrade. it will then wipe your phone clean and restore its factory settings then it will attempt to gain access to the crashed servers and finally give up. your phone is now just a 911 enabled piece of shit.
Thanks APPLE! I've been on hold on a borrowed phone for over an hour meanwhile reading the message boards and people are reporting that the server outage could be over 24 hours.
I need this damn thing for work. Every second I wait on hold is another fucking needle I want to push in their eyes.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I think Ricardo's "what?" is very sincere in this next clip.
(A side note: Ricardo is an amazing actor. A nasty polo accident left him with a rather serious limp. He is actually acting the limp away and doing a very good job at it. )
On September 3rd 1993, Herve, accompanied by his significant other Katherine Self, would attend a screening of The Fugitive at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood. They would later enjoy a dinner at a restaurant near their North Hollywood home at 11537 Killion Drive.
In the early morning hours of September 4th 1993 his common-law wife would find his body. It seems Herve had written a suicide note, grabbed his tape recorder and proceeded to his cluttered backyard. He turned on the tape recorder and spoke into the microphone, "Kathy, I can't live like this anymore. I've always been a proud man and always wanted to make you proud of me. You know you made me feel like a giant and that's how I want you to remember me" After a bit more rambling he said "I'm doing what I have to do...I want everything to go to Kathy...I want everyone to know that I love them."
In a sitting position, Herve leaned back, placed a pillow against his chest, and fired the pistol into the pillow. The bullet would travel through Herve's chest. The tape recorder caught the sound of Herve cocking the pistol just before the deadly shots rang out. As he lay slumped against the glass door he mumbled, "it hurts, it hurts...Im dying, I'm dying."
Kathy immediately rushed Herve to the Medical Center of North Hollywood. At 3:40 in the afternoon, Herve Villechaize was declared deceased by the attending doctors.
He also wrote a note.
What it seems to say is:
3 Spt 93
I have to do what's right. At 6 years old I knew there was no place for me. Who believed my (illegible) best friend girl will not call my mom to answer the Q's. I hope she does not hurt. I'm still alive. Please know Kathy has the right of attorney over my health and my belongings belong to Kathy Self including the right to a script and movie and writings, etc. I love you all too much, it's one of just of my problems. Mom! My brothers you didn't exhist to my heart you never care only about yourselves since 1955, you remember??? Kathy did her best, you didn't so she deserves everything.
It goes on for a bit...
3am I can't miss with a dum dum bullet - Ha! Ha! Never one knew my pain - for 40 years - or more. Have to do it outside less mess.
Go here to listen to his hit EMI release
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Click on the photo for one hell of a paranoid account. Do this only if you have a good hour to waste. I was about to leave a comment on the picture and tell her to stop suckin the glass dick but I'm sure she'd think that was some sort of CIA code.
The cult favorite has just undergone the "It's a wonderful life" treatment and is now in full blown color.
I'm a fan of Richard's film so I had to ask whats up with this color version. It is indeed a new process done by Legend Films. They have been screwing up black and white films for years but they got their big break on the Aviator. They colorized old stock footage and it was included seamlessly into the film. Now they are using their new colorization process on THE FORBIDDEN ZONE.
Be the first to see THE FORBIDDEN ZONE now in color.
8:00 PM WEDNESDAY JULY 30th at the Egyptian Theater.
Richard Elfman will be there along with some "special" guests.
This is a 2k digital screening in six channel surround.
For those of you that have never seen this film:
Danny Elfman cut his filmscoring teeth on this one. This is his first film score.
Forbidden Zone's Queen Doris is noted to be the favorite role of actress Susan Tyrell.
There is a nice homage to Forbidden Zone in A Nightmare Before Christmas.
It was a no budget film.
It was made into a stage musical.
Bette Midler's husband is one of those guys in the jock straps pictured above. Not sure which one as they look the same to me.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
A while ago I posted about the mysterious place that popped up at the corner of Glendale and Glenoaks. That post is here.
It is indeed a Laser Tag center.
Well that place is now open so I decided to go take a look. This is no high tech place. In fact the Laser Tag is oddly downplayed. Upon entering you get the feeling you are in a dentists office that has a giant ball pit in the waiting room.
This is no place for a child. Something is wrong here. I walked from the front door all the way to the back without even being asked a single question. On my way back to the front door I was finally asked "Are you here for the party?" The woman who asked it was oddly upbeat with a little twinkle in her eye. The same twinkle I get when I find money in my jeans when I'm taking them out of the dryer.
I told her no and her twinkle vanished. Her cataracts returned and she went back to doing whatever it was she was doing. I asked if they had brochure and she made clicking sounds with her tongue which was a code for a very young girl to get the info for me. She went to the front desk and it took her a few minutes to dig out a stapled xeroxed two page booking sheet for this place.
One glance and I actually said "blog" out loud and left.
This is the most kid un-friendly place I have ever seen. What she gave me was a booking sheet that contains prices and rules for parties.
Here is what you get if you pay $525.00 for a two hour party for 20 kids and 22 adults:
Two pizzas (for the kids only)
drinks (for the kids only)
Cups plates forks
A birthday present for the child (better be a PS3!)
A Jungle birthday cake.
15% tip to be added onto that price.
$75.00 if anyone in your party shows up 10 minutes or more before the party.
$75.00 if anyone leaves 10 minutes late.
No presents are to be opened on the property. (Wait what?)
No outside food is allowed. (That includes anything you might need for an infant like...formula.)
Everyone must wear clean socks. (They will check.)
For an additional $125.00 the adults can have sodas and a Greek salad. (That is called Fun Package #2)
You must book 6 months in advance and fork over a nonrefundable cash deposit of $200.00
$15.00 for each additional child.
$10.00 for each additional adult. (considering they get nothing and can do nothing this seems... fair.)
Additional hour is $150.00
If you have any " Themed paper party goods" you wish to decorate with, you must drop them off 3 days prior to the party and they must not be placed on the walls. (so... what happens to them in the three days they are there? I can't arrive early to put them up. Wait... I cant even put them up.)
The last party on a Saturday must be over by 8:30pm yet, for some odd reason, they are open til midnight.
Sounds like fun. I wonder how much money gets laundered there?
Friday, July 4, 2008
Now he is invisible and can float through walls and hide under your bed. You'll know he is there by the telltale scent of strawberries and urine.
RIP Larry Harmon you nightmarish son-of-a-bitch.