started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143
- he's about half way through now. [more inside]
The Three Languages of Arts and Cultural Funding
: It is a truth universally acknowledged that the public funding of arts and culture will cause political strife. Reasonable people just do not agree on this, and can be surprisingly quick to accuse others of ideological warmongering.
An Australian application of The Three Languages of Politics
[interview: podcast and transcript] by Arnold Kling
Via The Conversation
Elvis Costello and The Attractions on tour in 1978, go grocery shopping with Geraldo Rivera.
What does the yellow light mean?"
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…." [more inside]
: "I remember at a party I met these chaps from Viacom, who said they were working on a new Fawlty Towers
. My ears pricked up at the sound of cash registers and said, 'That's wonderful, are you going to change anything?'. They said, 'Well we have changed one thing, we've written Basil out'. And that's absolutely true, they took Basil and Sybil's lines and gave them all to Bea Arthur." The resulting effort was a 1983 ABC series called Amanda’s By the Sea
which could charitably be described as a fiasco. [more inside]
Forty years before "Modern Family" and "The Bachelor", ABC was... well, you can see for yourself: A thirty-three minute promo for the American Broadcasting Company from 1974
Kevin Rudd has visited Yarralumla and has asked the Governor General to issue the writs for an election to be held on September the 7th.
The ABC's coverage starts the coverage with Vote Compass
- Where do you stand (as if you already didn't know)?
Faifax has offered this handy ready reckoner
News Corp Australia? Well they are calling on the services of Col Pot
to ensure that Voting compasses and ready reckoners point in only the right direction, and to ensure that News' editors - rely on their instincts
For the first time in Kitchen Nightmares
history, British chef Gordon Ramsay walks off his own show.
In the segment that aired this week, the difficult owners of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, AZ - Samy and Amy Bouzaglo - are shown stealing tips from their waitstaff, admitting to firing more than 100 employees over a one year period, firing a waitress for asking a question, telling a customer who had been waiting over an hour for his food to go fuck himself (yes, the police were called during filming
), and passing off frozen, pre-made raviolis and desserts as if they were homemade
. The couple was so resistant to criticism that even the typically steadfast Ramsay decided he couldn’t help them and shut the show down before beginning the rehab phase. [more inside]
In August of last year, mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki reported that he had solved one of the great puzzles of number theory: the ABC conjecture (previously on Metafilter
). Almost a year later, no one else knows whether he has succeeded. No one can understand his proof.
The ABC of Architects.
A bouncy animation of 26 well-known buildings.
On November 28, 1976, ABC televised the premiere of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour
. Few who saw it would ever forget it. [more inside]
Based on Robert Kennedy's book
Thirteen Days, with a stunning cast
and a riveting screenplay
, broadcast a scant 12 years after the event...
The Missiles of October
. [more inside]
Ever since the first televised general election presidential debate
was held on September 26, 1960, between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee the vast majority of moderators have been men. "Why haven’t women moderated a presidential debate in the past 20 years, especially when women vote more than men
?"* [more inside]
There are some TV shows that last for years and years, and when they finally go away, they're barely missed. And then there is the phenomenon of the TV show that dies quickly but leaves an indelible mark. Ten years ago, ABC fielded such a show: My So-Called Life
, produced by the thirtysomething team of Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, premiered on Thursday, August 25, 1994 -- and was quickly reduced to ratings rubble by another new 8 p.m. series, NBC's
Friends. But in 19 sublime episodes, Life left a lasting pop-culture legacy. Not only did it launch the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto, it defined the modern family drama -- and has influenced an entire generation of television writers. Says Greg Berlanti, the creator of The WB's Everwood and Jack & Bobby, ''It's the most painfully honest portrayal of adolescence ever on television.''
Is “The Bachelor” racist? [Salon.com]
"A new lawsuit claims the show discriminates against African-Americans in its casting choices -- and, it's right. Yesterday, two African-Americans from Tennessee, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, announced that they are filing a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination
against the most sentimental of reality TV shows, ABC’s long-running ‘The Bachelor.” (Just scroll through this photo gallery of about five seasons’ worth of participants
to get a sense of just how white “The Bachelor” is.)"
"I miss Tucson. The Mountains. Blue Skies. Even the heat."
ABC News has documented the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords from a gunshot wound sustained in January, in conjunction with the release of "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
", written by Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. [more inside]
In a regular spot on the show called The Pitch, ABC Television’s The Gruen Transfer
) this week asked two ad agencies to come up with a pitch for why religion should be banned. Here are the pitches
in SYTL format.
Your NFL team probably has cheerleaders. But this team's cheerleaders had a movie
made about them. And because they're from a place where they like to do things big, when that movie was broadcast, it was viewed on 60% of the televisions in use at the time
. [more inside]
GQ: Teats Out: An Oral History of the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of "The Dana Carvey Show." "Steve Carell. Stephen Colbert. Louis C.K. Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel. Some of comedy's greatest minds got one of their biggest breaks on the short-lived but much-loved "The Dana Carvey Show." Fifteen years later, in this exclusive oral history, the players recount the brief but fertile life of a truly unusual show"
, all eight episodes of which are available on Hulu
. (Previously) [more inside]
The story that lead to the creation of The Critic
is an interesting one, starting as an idea for a behind-the-scenes show with a focus on the make-up lady for a morning talk show, which transitioned into the animated series that ran for two seasons on two different channels, plus 10 online shorts (on the blue, previously
). If this is all news to you, you can peruze an old fansite
and, or watch all 23 episodes online
, plus the webisodes
in two sets
. Bonus: the Simpsons/Critic crossover
, which did not amuse Matt Groening
Influential Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan's
100th birthday would be on July 21st. To celebrate, Australian national broadcaster ABC has launched The McLuhan Project.
It includes rare footage, an interactive timeline of his life, and the Tweet like McLuhan
The Australian ABC's Limelight
magazine has put together a potted history of music
, with video examples (40LYTP). [more inside]
Victoria (Australia) had moderate flooding last week, which journalists were keen
to report. Perhaps too
keen. Full story here
“We strive for a future that we cannot touch, and memories of our life’s past leave traces that form a road behind us.
When we stop, there are no traffic lights and no give way signs; only ourselves in the here and now.
” -Here and Now
: Sonia Yee [more inside]
is a weekend-only night-time music video show on Australia's ABC
1 that started back in 1987
. The presentation was minimal, with an intro
, hours of music videos, and then the outro
, no adverts, and a few variations from this no-frills format. The format remains largely unchanged to date, and you can check the archive of playlists
(back to 1998) and see a mix of local talent and international hits, but one thing was missing: the videos. Enter the rage YouTube playlist generator
. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Learn how to operate the world's first fully electronic digital computer in this helpful instructional video
. No, not ENIAC
- the Atanasoff Berry Computer. Here's an operator's manual.
about the reconstruction.
was one of the great graphic designers of modern times, designing among other things, logos for Westinghouse, ABC, IBM and UPS. The website has galleries
of book design
, and much more (open images in new tab or window to see the full-sized image, some books have image galleries, look for a "see inside" button). You can also read his thoughts on design
, watch interviews and videos about him
, and follow the many links to interesting online Randiana
Jezebel has released the full official LOST epilogue
from the Season 6 DVD bonus features.
In 1982 John Marino first organized The Great American Bike Race
(now known as Race Across America, or RAAM
.) The rules were simple: start at the Santa Monica Pier
and end at the Empire State Building
2,968 miles with a small support team. Along with Marino were three other riders: Lon Haldeman
, John Howard
, and Michael Shermer
(a decade later being a founding member of Skeptic Magazine
.) Haldeman won with a time of 9d 20h 02m with second place, Howard coming in 14 hours later. ABC covered the race that first year as part of their Wide World of Sports [part 1 of 10]
. [more inside]
April 26, 1979, Andy Kaufman performed for a sold-out crowd in Carnegie Hall, who were welcomed to their seat by a "press kit" containing a bag of jelly beans, a program and flier for the show, and other copied material
, supposedly put together by Andy's mother. The show starting off with an impersonation of Tony Clifton
and ending by taking the audience of 2,800 out for milk and cookies
. About 10 months later on February 20, 1981, Kaufman hosted an episode of Fridays
, ABC's attempt to duplicate the success of NBC's Saturday Night Live
. Instead of performing the show as rehearsed, he took the entire cast and crew, the studio audience and a nation of television viewers hostage
. Video links and more details inside. [more inside]
There will be a 12-14 minute epilogue
on the Lost
complete series collection that will reveal a little bit of two characters being a "great number one" and "great number two". Also, a round-up of some amazing post-Lost
finale observations from around the Web, beginning with a Bad Robot intern's pontifications on the finale and the meaning of the series
. More inside ... [more inside]
On the cusp of the long-awaited series finale of Lost
, people are understandably confused. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to catch up, from the fan compendium Lostpedia
to the 2-hour ABC recap tonight at 7:00 EST to YouTube summaries of Seasons 1-5 from ABC (in 8:15)
and from costumed fans (in five minutes)
. As for longtime fans, why not reminisce by revisiting the show's infamous bookends -- the artfully inscrutable scenes which introduce or conclude each season? Look inside for these and more, along with a cavalcade of interesting fan videos and other fun stuff. [Warning:
Spoilers (for everything but the series finale) inside] [more inside]
Fox News is the most trusted news network in the United States
, according to a new poll [.pdf]
of 1,151 Americans conducted by Public Policy Polling
(a polling firm with a mostly Democratic and progressive list of clients
), the most trusted news network among Americans is FOX News, which was trusted by 49% of respondents (beating out CNN, MS-NBC, CBS, NBC, and ABC (though PBS was not included in the survey)).
The pollsters conclude:
“A generation ago you would have expected Americans to place their trust in the most
neutral and unbiased conveyors of news,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy
Polling. “But the media landscape has really changed and now they’re turning more
toward the outlets that tell them what they want to hear.”
"I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology."
In a blistering letter that calls out some church lies, "Crash" director Paul Haggis quits Scientology after 35 years over its support for Prop 8. He says he was also influenced by this acclaimed St Pete Times series
. The high level defection comes as ABC began running a multipart expose of the church
that included choice video
of Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis storming off when asked about the alien lord Xenu.
, the Man from 93 Crater Crescent, the Moon, turns 50 today
. Created by cartoonist and puppeteer Norman Hetherington, who would take children's scribbles and then craft it into a drawing
, Mr Squiggle
, along with friends Gus the Snail
, Bill the Steam Shovel
and the ever grumpy Blackboard
(whom Mr Squiggle would use as an easel, being told to "Hu-rry u-p, hu-rry u-p
" as he did) has been something of an institution for generations of Australian kids. Relive some of the magic
After four years researching for the documentary, Azam told "Good Morning America" that oral sex is as common as kissing for teens and that casual prostitution -- being paid at parties to strip, give sexual favors or have sex -- is far more commonplace than once believed.
“Let’s get real here. Let’s get Dr. Phil-real here. These new fall shows? We’re going to cancel about 90 percent of them. Maybe more.”
At ABC's annual Upfront
meeting with advertisers and press, late night host Jimmy Kimmel had a breakdown/"Jerry Maguire" moment/opportunity to use blackmail photos, and rips into the whole practice. Via (the predictibly gleeful) Gawker.
"How do black women fight crime? They have abortions
." "How do you stop a poofter from drowning? You take your foot off his head
." These and other 'jokes' featured in an advertisement on The Gruen Transfer
, an Australian television program focusing on advertising. The ad, part of a segment called 'The Pitch' which usually produces humorous ads, was banned by the ABC, but the national broadcaster has still allowed it to be viewed online, and hundreds have now seen it. The ad was designed to sell "fat pride", with creator Adam Hunt explaining his motivation behind the ad being to say "if you discriminate against somebody on the basis of their shape then you are no different to someone who is racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic." Debate has raged online if the ad is offensive and discriminatory
, as the ABC has declared, and whether or not it was effective. Watch the ad and judge for yourself