Monday, October 24, 2011


Two film people who I greatly admire, and who are no longer with us, are historian Tony Thomas and composer Jerry Goldsmith.

How about the two of them in the same clip?  Thomas hosts a little spot on the famed movie scorer recording a music cue for The Mephisto Waltz (a fine film from 1971, directed by Paul Wendkos) -- the archival 16mm footage that Thomas introduces is culled from a documentary made in the early 1970s, titled The Score.  Other composers profiled in the original were Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, and Hugo Friedhofer. The doc ended with the Goldsmith segment.

Watch the two men do their thing...

Sunday, October 23, 2011


The Toronto Star has excerpted a section from William Shatner's new book, "Shatner Rules: Your Guides to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World At Large".

Very interesting; at least to "Bill" fans...

Like writer Harlan Ellison, and Woody Allen, Shatner has earned a living exclusively from his chosen field.  Neither one of these men had to work, they claim, at a McJob while pursuing their desired careers.

How many of us can say that?

"Shatner Rules" might be fun reading:  As a matter of fact, "Required reading at the Academy."

The Captain Above the Clouds has just produced a feature-length documentary film...
"The Captains is a feature-length documentary I produced in which I traveled around the world and interviewed everyone who has played a captain with the Star Trek canon . . ."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Hello, dear reader.  I had to go back to the previous design since I was alerted to the fact that a lot of my earlier postings had lighter coloured text -- which all but disappeared against the new white background.  When I get time to fiddle with such details, I will re-update the design.  Again.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Blogspot now offers "Dynamic" pages.  I have decided to try one of them.

In a way, this design (which I will customize further when I get some time) fits the style of what I write about.  Hope you like it, too.

My own favourite display is 'Magazine', but go ahead, display away.

Here's a thought:  Blogspot should offer "New York Times (from 1900)" page design.  It would look great, I think.  And you would have 20-30 stories starting on the front page.  Complete with newsprint background and 'screeny' pictures.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


I started this blog four years ago.  For the most part I've followed a regular pattern of new postings.  Sometimes I'll hear it said "nobody reads blogs" (in general, not specifically my own), and realize that I enjoy doing it; even if my only regular reader were to be my cat when he logs on without me knowing, in the middle of the night.

There are followers to this blog, who I thank, and obviously there are many, many more who would not sign up as a follower, and those who just drop in as part of a general search or surf.

Last week I found out that Blogspot now provides full statistics for their clients.  My reaction after this was with my usual and patented "wow".  Over 15,000 page-views!

My point is, knowing these interesting statistics really makes this whole blog worthwhile.  Thank you all.

Pageviews today: 39
Pageviews yesterday: 39
Pageviews last month: 1,019
Pageviews all time history: 15,237


Here are stats from the last month; the top individual posting hits...

1.  Disturbing Magic Roundabout Theme
(April 18, 2010) - 71 Pageviews

2.  Six Million Dollar Man Coming To DVD
(April 21, 2010) - 69 Pageviews

3.  Motown "Jackson 5" Greatest Hits
(June 26, 2009) - 53 Pageviews

4.  R-7 - Superfine Industrial Design
(May 14, 2011) - 31 Pageviews

5.  N1 Rocketa - U.S.S.R. Moon Shot
(May 14, 2011) - 27 Pageviews

... And from today...

1.  Saturday Night At The Movies (Tonight)
(May 10, 2008) - 2 Pageviews

2.  Motown "Jackson 5" Greatest Hits
(June 26, 2009) - 2 Pageviews

3.  Sun TV Amuse
(Sep 19, 2011) - 2 Pageviews

4.  Happy Canada Day - 2011
(Jul 1, 2011) - 1 Pageview

5.  Six Million Dollar Man Coming To DVD
(Apr 21, 2010) - 1 Pageview