The public radio show This American Life recently offered a segment that indicated a trend sure to escalate in our wired-in world…
The following link will direct you to the page for the Christmastime Episode #371: “Scenes From a Mall” (still free at this writing, but will probably becomes a 95-cent download by the time you read this). Continue reading “The New Incivility”
Some months ago, the cartoonbrew blog posted a YouTube video that had unearthed a long-lost pilot for a Howdy Doody cartoon film series, made on spec for “Buffalo Bob” Smith and NBC by animator Gene Deitch (“Tom Terrific” among many others). That film was thought lost for many years until someone unearthed a copy and posted it to YouTube. Continue reading “The Hobbit Condensed”
At least not even in my relatively upscale neighborhood. As the wife and I were driving past Ogden Avenue, right on the border between Downers Grove and Westmont, we saw the lot of a car repair shop that had parked on its lot corner: a Mercedes, and Jaguar, and… a Rolls Royce. Continue reading “There’s something you don’t see every day”
So two weeks ago we suffered through a major blackout caused by the storm through Downers Grove that was only later defined to be a Tornado. While we only lost a few tree branches, not even the worst storm damage our trees had suffered, parts of the village were ripped up pretty good. The park near us had so many downed branches being pushed to the sidewalk, it looked for a while like you could pretend to be walking along the tops of the trees in a rain forest. Until the leaves started to wither away, revealing the ugly torn branches underneath.
Continue reading “Whadya got when ya got no lights?”
So, I’m still not Wi-Fi enabled and mobile. But I expect to be shortly. And I’m thinking now of locations to hide or hang out while wasting time surfing the net doing my important writing.
My detached garage has no electricity, though it might be within reach of my Mac Mini’s Air Port. But let’s say you just want to go someplace away from the usual coffee shops and just sit in a quiet spot?
#1 College Extension Campus Buildings
My current temp assignment is at the “Naperville Campus” of Northern Illinois University
. A nice big, recent building along one of the many Corporeta lining the tollway. During the summer its practically empty except for the occasional seminar. You can be it’s Wi-Fi enabled. And it has plenty of lounging areas besides the classrooms. Pretty much anyone can walk in, and there’s a small cafe, too.
Now I haven’t tested the Wi-Fi, and it may be you need to be a registered student to access it, so you might be SOL if you want free internet, or have a data plan handy. And while there are a few of these “Campus” buildings in local downtowns, I’m thinking a lot of them are a bit of a drive from anybody’s residence. But of you really need a few hours of peace and quiet, here’s a possibility.
Another Warner Brothers military film rediscovered: The Cartoon Brew site discusses this film.
Much lesser-known than the Pvt. Snafu, cartoons for the Army, the Grampaw Pettigrew character was thought to have been created by the UPA studio for Navy training films, but Brew researchers found the first of these was definitely Warner Brothers, probably Frank Tashlin directed, definitely Carl Stallings music. Continue reading “Another “rediscovered” Warner Brothers wartime cartoon”