Friday, April 28, 2006

Jon's Saturday Morning TV Party!

Before I get into the videos I'm sharing today, let me just say that my opinion of the parks and recreation people who have been so much of a frustration for me at work hasn't gotten any better... and even my supervisor's getting ticked at them!

Anyway... Saturday Morning TV Party Time!

To start, here's the opening of Speed Racer, which was one of my favorite childhood shows... it's a poor quality video, but there you go!

At least two volumes of Speed Racer are available on DVD, and if there's a third, obviously I haven't seen it or I would've bought it already!

Up next... two 1960s JLA cartoons from Filmation! These were part of a revolving spot in the Aquaman show (the others were Teen Titans, and solo adventures of Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Atom), and I've got a bootleg video tape with all of these... but still, if Warner and whoever has the rights to those videos got some kind of agreement worked out so all of Filmation's DC cartoons could come out on DVD, I'd buy 'em in a heartbeat!

Before the next JLA cartoon, here's a vintage 1960s Mattel Toy Commercial with Popeye

Speaking of Filmation, did you know they did a Shazam! cartoon on NBC, as part of the "Kid Super Power Hour"? This was after the live-action show had ended, and it's not a bad version of Shazam! It's certainly close than the live-action version. This, too, is missing on DVD, although a pair of video tapes had been released some time ago.

From that show, here's "The Incredible Shrinking City"!

Part 1

Commercial break! Here's a commercial for the Remco Engergized Spider-Man toy!

Part 2

And that's all for now! More cartoons and commercials next Saturday, unless I forget! And maybe tomorrow, I'll have some real blog content for ya!


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fab Four Friday!

OK, so I'm writing this late Thursday night.

Not much about me this week, is there? Before I get into Beatles stuff, here's what's happening:

Jessi and I are still working out details for the wedding. Wedding planning is stressful... or at least it can be. If you're going to be planning a wedding in the near future, trust me: Don't make decisions based on what you think other people want. Decide based upon what you and your future spouse want.

And have lots of money ready to spend on it.

Work is work... sometimes during the day, things are going great, and I feel like I'm producing some real cool ads... and then there are those customers that would make me pull my hair out if I wanted to become bald.

Take for example a local parks and recreation organization. Every three months, I work on their guide for the coming season (in this case, summer). I get a buttload of photos (rarely named so that I can tell what they're supposed to accompany), a bunch of text and/or Word files with what they're offering in classes and events (many of which don't even have scheduled dates, instructors, or prices yet), and I have to cram it all into a 24-page book, each page of which is 5.5 by 8.5 inches or so. I have one spot color to work with throughout the thing, with full color on the cover and the centerspread -- and the centerspread is used to promote their special events, in this case Fourth of July stuff and movies at the golf course.

It usually takes at least four or five proofs before it's okayed... and they add stuff in, yank stuff out, and bitch at me about the formatting of text (because they can't decide from one quarter to the next what's supposed to be bold, italic, or bold and italic), and won't let me keep the book looking good.

I mean, you know, I am a graphic designer. It's my job title. It's what I trained for, and what I do. I know what's going to work well, and what won't -- and I know what will take less space without sacrificing legibility.

I knew they were adding a bunch of crap this time around, and so the first proof I gave them had the text formatted to two columns per page. This allowed me to put a photo or graphic with nearly every event or class, and in some cases, two. Everything fit where it needed to, and it looked great.

They didn't want two columns... they wanted one column. And they wanted to add a few more classes. And didn't like where some things were. I warned the sales rep that I'd have to lose at least half the photos going to one column, but that's what the customer wanted.

Things get progressively worse with each proof that comes back. I've had to reduce the text from 10.5 point to 8 point in order to fit stuff in, had to completely rework several pages because it takes them three or four proofs before they're willing to tell me what they want... and frankly, at this point, I'm about ready to tell my supervisor I want no part of this after this issue is completed.

So... anyway... here's some very cool Beatles videos (I know, adding "very cool" before "Beatles" is highly redundant):

Beatles "For You Blue" from "Let it Be"

Beatles performing "This Boy" on TV

The Beatles perform "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on Ed Sullivan

The Beatles perform "She's a Woman" in Japan

The Fab Four perform "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"

The Fab Four perform "Can't buy Me Love"

The Beatles perform "From Me to You" – poor quality, but there it is

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from "Yellow Submarine"

"Hey Jude" from "Let it Be"

Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There" – video from different performances

Beatles Cartoon – "Paperback Writer"

Enjoy the videos... I'm going to work on some "Cover Stories" columns!


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Jon's TV Cartoon Party!

Well, it was another fairly uneventful day... so here's some more videos for ya!

When I was a kid, I used to spend every morning before going to school watching J.P. Patches, who was a clown who lived in the junkyard and showed cartoons between funny bits... and one of the cartoon series he showed was Trans-Lux Productions Mighty Hercules!

One cartoon series they never showed in my area (at least, that I'm aware of) was the 1960s Marvel Super-Heroes cartoons, which I never saw until they came out on videotape (and when the heck are they going to do a DVD of these?). Here's Captain America's origin:

Time for a commercial break! This was a toy that my brothers and I used to have.

Here's a 1960s Spider-Man cartoon, which thankfully has been released on DVD!

Time for another commercial!

Now, it's time for Schoolhouse Rock!


Revised Info on Godzilla Movie Showings

Sheesh... get a DVR, and suddenly you can't keep track of what channel anything's on!

The Godzilla movies aren't being shown on either TBS or TNT... they're on American Movie Classics and Sci-Fi Channel!

Here's the days and times (Pacific Time for these listings):

• Godzilla (1954)
AMCP, Wed Apr 26 04:30am PDT
• Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
SCIFIP, Thu Apr 27 03:00am PDT
• Godzilla vs. Hedora (1971)
SCIFIP, Sat Apr 29 03:00am PDT
• Godzilla vs. Megalon (1976)
SCIFIP, Mon May 01 03:00am PDT
• Destroy All Monsters! (1968)
SCIFIP, Fri Apr 28 03:00am PDT

And to make up for the lack of useful info in the earlier post, here's the trailers for the first Godzilla movie and the last one!

Godzilla 1958 Trailer

Godzilla Final Wars Trailer


Monday, April 24, 2006

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

So, not much of substance happened to day to blog about.... so here's some clips from both the British and American versions of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" If you've seen the show before, you know what to expect... if you haven't seen the show before... you're in for a treat!

YouTube has over 100 Whose Line clips and even entire episodes!


Whose Line Is It Anyway? Clips

Busy - Tiring Weekend

OK, it's been a few days since I last blogged... time to catch you up!

If you want some musical accompaniment, you can play this video of The Fab Four performing "Good Day Sunshine" -- The Fab Four are a Beatles tribute band, and you might recall my mentioning them back in December, when I bought one of their Christmas CDs. They're a very good Beatles tribute band!

Anyway... the weather was great all weekend... sunny, warm, etc. Saturday morning began bright and early, as always, with Weight Watchers. Both Jessi and I had a loss this last week (she had more than I did), and it was a good meeting, as they usually are. From there, it was time to meet our fellow dog-walkers over at the Department of Ecology, but when we got there, there was a helicopter taking off and landing, so we couldn't walk there! So we went to our back-up location, at the Lacey Community Center... but there was something going on there, too! So just for the heck of it, we went back to Ecology... and the helecopter had cleared off, so we were able to get our walking in.

Home from the walk, we had breakfast, and then it was time for some yard and garden work. Jessi finished the planting in the garden (we have lots of tomato plants this year -- yay for me! -- but so far, no onions... but lots of squash, cucumber, strawberries, spinach, beans and peas) while I weeded the flower garden at the back of the house. Once we were done with that, I mowed the lawn, and then we did some preliminary housecleaning. We were both fairly worn out after that -- it was a lot of work! After that, we made a run to visit with Jessi's "adopted parents," stopping at our friends Dan and Amanda's house on the way (Dan lent me his TPB of V for Vendetta, which I've started reading), and after both visits, we did a wee bit of grocery shopping. Between all this stuff on Saturday, we watched episodes of House, Cold Case, Monk, and the various Law & Order shows.

Sunday, we walked the dogs again (no helicopters that time), did breakfast, and then Jessi and Amanda went on a 20-mile or so bike ride while I stayed home and continued the housecleaning. When Jessi got home from that, we both relaxed for a little while until her friend Sarah came over to pick up her bike. At that point, the three of us went on a bike ride -- although Sarah veered off as we got to where she had to turn to get home. Jessi and I did about 15 miles, equivalent to my previous longest ride, but I made the mistake of not taking into account the warmer weather, and got pretty ill from dehydration before we made it all the way back (I didn't bring enough water for me). Fortunately, Jessi had plenty of water, so I was able to be revived enough to make it home.

After getting home from that, we had to move quickly to get cleaned up because my brother Jeff and his wife, Kristi, were coming over for dinner. We had a very enjoyable evening with them, as we always do. Jeff agreed to be my best man again, and Kristi's taking over the organization of the wedding cake (one less thing for me to do!).

After they left, and Jessi went to bed, I wasted away my evening looking for stuff on YouTube. Here's a few interesting things I found for your amusement:

Super Friends Opening

Frankenstein Jr.

Bewitched Commercials

Hopefully, you'll enjoy those as much as I did!