Friday, October 31, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Julia Child Shows You How to Edit Video Tape

I am posting this blog in hopes that someone can help me to find this elusive gem. When I was taking courses at San Francisco State in the late 80s, one of the instructors, who used to work at KQED channel 9 in San Francisco had a copy of a short film called "Julia Child Shows You How to Edit Video Tape" that was made for NET, the network that preceded PBS.

It was hysterically funny short black and white video in which Julia takes out a huge meat cleaver and literally chops a reel of 2" video tape in two. Then, she cuts it in another spots and splices the two ends together with mashed potatoes. Great, funny stuff!!

I cannot even remember the instructor's name who showed this, and I'm sure he's long retired or even dead by now. This was 20 years ago and he seemed to be fairly old then.

If anyone has any information on how to get a copy of this elusive film, I would be forever grateful. I haven't seen it on YouTube, so it's not there.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Writer's Block

You'd think I'd be having writer's block since I don't write on my blog too often. Quite the contrary, I usually think of things to write about, but don't have time to. Recently, I could have written reviews for "Mr. Hobbs Goes on Vacation" or "The Invasion" or "Capote", but I just didn't do it.

I also could have written about my mother's recent death (on October 7), or going through her stuff, or finishing up my book, or doing any number of things that I usually do.

I could even write about that I'll be working at Lee's Comics this Saturday and again the following week at the APE show in San Francisco.

But I just don't have the time. Pity.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Last Week's Sac-Con

Oh well. It takes me a week to write sometimes. Anyway, I went to last week's Sac-Con in Sacramento, CA, upon the invitation of animator/comic book artist Mike Kazaleh. Mike will be drawing the cover to my upcoming book about TTV (Underdog).

Anyway, as I walked in, I sat on a panel about "The Simpsons" that Mike along with fellow friends Bill Morrison and Phil Ortiz was on. This lasted about an hour and was very entertaining. Voice artist Billy West (who does voices for "Futurama") was also on the panel, as were a couple of artists from the recent "Treehouse of Horror" comic book.

Anyway, afterwards I was thrilled when Bill came up to me and asked how my book was coming along. I am happy that he remembered. I told him it was due at the end of November.

Overall, it was a quick 3-hour reunion with people that I admire greatly in the industry.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

No Bailout!!!

Hey I lost money years ago and am still paying for my mistakes. If I can't have a bailout, nobody can. If anything, they should give each and every American regardless if they are working or not $2000 each if you make below $50,000 per year.

It should be sent gratis through the mail or if the IRS has your direct deposit, just put it in. Us poor people will spend it soon enough and it will end up back in the hands of the rich people, but at least we will have a little fun while it lasts and stimulate the economy at the same time!!!

I can't wait....only 110 days left of the worst President ever!!!!