If Horses Were People
: an equestrian sketch comedy series. [more inside]
During the late 1970's and 1980's, Glen A. Larson's lighthearted television dramas were incredibly popular: Knight Rider
. B.J. and the Bear
. The original Battlestar Galactica
. Quincy M.E. The Fall Guy
. Magnum, P.I. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Larson had hit after hit and it seemed he could do no wrong. But he did produce three flops in the 80's, (and another in the 90's that managed to last two seasons): Automan
, The Highwayman
and Night Man
. [more inside]
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts:
From 1958-1973, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (Previously on MeFi)
played live, educational concerts with the New York Philharmonic that were televised nationwide on CBS. Tapes of the broadcasts were eventually syndicated to 40 countries, introducing an entire generation of children to a wide range musical concepts, styles and composers. The first concert to air was "What Does Music Mean.
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"Now, my friend Adams was accused of a crime he didn't commit, so he escaped into the mountains, leaving behind the only life that he ever knew."
In 1977, three years after the popular movie The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
introduced the story of John "Grizzly" Adams to the public, a TV show of the same name premiered. [more inside]
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
YouTube user ultramanvszetton
makes oddly compelling Ultraman movies
using action figures, stop-motion animation, and sound effects, such as The Return of Ultraman
and Ultra Seven Vs. Bado Alien.
YouTube user Goji73
has created an entire series of web videos
using action figures called Godzilla and his Amazing Friends
(there is some crossover between Godzilla and an Ultraman spinoff called Daikaiju Battle
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
Late last month, after vocally anti-gay evangelical author and blogger Jonathan Merritt
's essay defending Chick-Fil-A
appeared in The Atlantic, Azariah Southworth outed Merritt on his blog.
with Merritt about his sexual orientation. Follow-up column from Southworth: Why I outed a Christian star
. [more inside]
"So why do all the girls have to buy pink stuff and all the boys have to buy different color stuff?"
Little Girl Getting Pissed Off At Gender-Specific Toy Colors (via)
CN Turbo Train Part 2
, part 3
, 1970 Film.
Canada Off the Rails
: You know the story of the Avro Arrow, now discover how Canada fell from leader to laggard in another
cutting edge, vastly profitable, globally relevant transportation industry, where Canadians had held a strong lead, until this Canadian homegrown industry was derailed; high-speed de
CN Turbo Train - "3:59" - The Lost Film
(the high speed rail flickr pool is recommended viewing)
. [more inside]
, starring Natalie Kim and Trevor Zhou, is a new webseries about a couple ordinary, mid-level superhero fraternal twins, Karin and Kai, who are always at odds with each other. When we meet this brother/sister duo, it seems they've fallen on not-so-super times. Can they become awesome again? Here's episode 1, SuperTwins Super Losers?
So you're me
and you're in math class
and you're learning about graph theory
, a subject
to be included in most grade school's curricula
so maybe you're in some special program
or maybe you're in college
and were somehow not scarred for life
by your grade school math teachers
. [more inside]
F for Fake (French: Vérités et mensonges) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a professional art forger; de Hory's story serves as the backdrop for a fast-paced, meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art. Loosely a documentary, the film operates in several different genres and has been described as a kind of film essay. [more inside]
GBH was a seven-part British television drama written by Alan Bleasdale [previously1] [previously2] shown in the summer of 1991 on Channel 4. The protagonists were Michael Murray (played by Robert Lindsay), the Militant Labour leader of a city council in the North of England and Jim Nelson (played by Michael Palin), the headmaster of a school for disturbed children. The series was controversial partly because Murray appeared to be based on Derek Hatton, former Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council - in an interview in the G.B.H. DVD Bleasdale recounts an accidental meeting with Hatton before the series, who indicates that he has caught wind of Bleasdale's intentions but does not mind as long as the actor playing him is "handsome". [more inside]
DIY medicine on YouTube:
A G&M article with plenty of links that I could click on. [more inside]
December 9, 2001, at a singular event called Muppet Fest
, Muppet performers and special guests came together to perform a very special edition of The Muppet Show - a live performance
. Until now, those of us who could not attend were only able to read the script
, but recently a (slightly edited) video of this unique performance has turned up on YouTube: Part 1 [more inside]
How to hypnotize a chicken
(and for advanced hypnotizers only: the shark
) (YT, annoying new age music)
A brilliant industrial design
(IMO) for a slimline UK power plug. The UK plug
is an exceptionally chunky and large lump; a real pain in the computer satchel. This video shows what appears to be a manufacturable design that turns it into an elegant device. SLYT. [more inside]