July 18, 2005

Karl Rove Meets Gilbert and Sullivan

Greetings. The latest short MP3 audio "DayThink" feature attempts to help cut through the controversy surrounding White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and leaks regarding CIA employees.

This is also the first DayThink segment that comes complete with a lyrics sheet.

With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan, and to "light opera" fans around the world, DayThink presents:

Karl Rove Meets Gilbert and Sullivan:
"I Am a Leader of the White House Staff"

The MP3 audio performance -- and lyrics -- are available for your edification and enjoyment.

The main DayThink page as always is:

http://daythink.vortex.com

Thanks very much.

--Lauren--

Posted by Lauren at 06:58 PM | Permalink
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July 15, 2005

"Rocky and Bullwinkle" Live from 1982

Greetings. I appear to have somewhat underestimated the number of Rocky and Bullwinkle fans out there. As an aside in a message to Dave Farber's IP mailing list, I recently mentioned the availability of a recording of the guests from my Jay Ward Film Festival at UCLA back in 1982.

This included a live R&B script reading by Bill Scott (Bullwinkle, etc.), June Foray (Rocky, etc.) and other guests. This was followed by a fascinating Q&A session in which they explored not only their own shows in depth, but also the past and "future" of television more generally -- and many of their predictions have now come to pass.

After I sent that message, everything was relatively quiet for a couple of days, but word has been spreading, and now the number of people listening to that almost hour-long recording (which I've had online with no fanfare for almost ten years!) is suddenly a hot item and keeping ye old Internet pipe pretty solidly filled at the moment.

But the more the merrier, so if you're interested in the classic animation works of Jay Ward, and Rocky and Bullwinkle in particular, you can easily burn an enjoyable and informative hour over at:

http://www.vortex.com/av#JayWard1

It's an event that I remember most fondly.

--Lauren--

Posted by Lauren at 08:10 AM | Permalink
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July 06, 2005

Life Imitates Art at 130 Feet

Greetings. In London, a 15-year-old girl was spotted by a passer-by, sleeping high in the air on part of a construction crane. (Nope, the massive web of London surveillance cameras apparently didn't help at all on this one -- they're primarily of use for tracking malcontents and feeding the data back to the "Ministry of Information" for their databases.)

Apparently the girl was sleepwalking from her home near the Dulwich site. All's well that ends well, and she was brought down safely.

But wait a minute. Haven't I already seen this story? Indeed, in the classic Fleischer Popeye cartoon, A Dream Walking (1934), Olive Oyl the somnambulist takes off on a stomach-churning walk high up on the beams and machines of a nearby construction site, with Popeye and Bluto in hot pursuit.

Well blow me down.

--Lauren--


Posted by Lauren at 09:42 AM | Permalink
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