Remembering Harry Dean Stanton

It is almost impossible to be a fan of many cult classic movies and not know, or at least not recognize, veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton.  From his humble roots in rural Kentucky, Stanton went on to have a part in many big films popular today. Stanton was always a welcome face for many fans, and he was “that guy” that instantly added a touch of quality to anything he was in. Even film critic Roger Ebert was a fan of his work, as he defined his “Stanton Walsh Rule”:

No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.

From his memorable roles as the singing convict in “Cool Hand Luke” to his lead performance in “Paris, Texas”, Stanton played a variety of characters. But it was his forays into Science Fiction that I remember best, being part of the ill-fated Nostromo crew in “Alien” and Brian in John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York”, for starters.

Through it all, Stanton’s humble beginnings stayed with him and kept him grounded. As he told the Observer in an interview about his life and many roles in film and TV,

In the end, you end up accepting everything in your life – suffering, horror, love, loss, hate – all of it. It’s all a movie anyway.

Even though Harry Dean Stanton died September 15, 2017 at the age of 91, I think a part of me will still half-expect him to show in movies in the future. While that is probably not going to happen, it would certainly be welcome. And that is probably his greatest legacy.

Thank you for entertaining us, Harry Dean Stanton.

 

Giant Puppets Roamed Burning Man 2017

Well, this is not something you see every day. At Burning Man 2017 you could find the unexpected – like a Giant Girl String Puppet. (Well, unless you were expecting exactly that, to each their own.) But for those who didn’t know, this massive puppet had to be 25 feet tall, and required a crane to hold it up. Yes, it was THAT big.

Giant Puppet At Burning Man 2017 (Video by Chris Corsello)

Of course, a stately figure of this magnitude require a name, and hers was Euterpe. The giant figure talked to the audience, leading them to a wedding that was taking place at the event. Chris Corsello was there, and captured the event on video for our viewing pleasure. With that said, be sure sure to be nice to Euterpe. After all, she is one puppet that I look up to…

 

Search Safer, Search Anonymously, with Duck Duck Go

In today’s online world, Google is the king. And for good reason, since they have a mature product that serves up a lot of results. But there are times that you want to search without it being added to your personal data collection. And for that, consider using DuckDuckGo.

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DuckDuckGo may be lacking in the extraneous things that Google does, but it is a quality no-frills search engine. You will still find basic web searches, images, and video results, making it a valuable alternative for those times you want to search without it appearing in your life history and marketing choices (thanks, Google).

The Apple Campus Headquarters Update January 2017

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook last year. employees should expect to start moving into its new $5 billion campus by January, 2017. While that date might be a bit optimistic, the complex is making big strides in becoming the home for Apple’s future. Currently the time schedule is to wrap up construction in first quarter 2017 with landscaping to finish soon after. We first talked about the Apple “Spaceship” campus back in 2011 with an infographic, so it’s good to see it come together.

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We are afforded a bird’s eye view of the construction in progress thanks to video photographer (and drone pilot)  Matthew Roberts. Let’s take a peak.

Apple Campus 2017
Matthew Roberts / Youtube

The auditorium is almost in place. We should expect this year’s iPhone 8 announcement to happen here.

Apple Campus 2017
Matthew Roberts / Youtube

Solar panels now occupy about 60 percent of the Apple Campus roof.

Apple Campus 2017
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The atrium will be a gorgeous opening with a view to die for, no doubt.

Apple Campus 2017
Matthew Roberts / Youtube

Inside the Apple Campus ring we have continuing construction. This will have a lot of landscaping done once it is finished.

Apple Campus 2017
Matthew Roberts / Youtube

And speaking of landscaping, we can see some of the trees awaiting placement into their new home in the interior of the Apple Campus.

Apple Campus 2017
Matthew Roberts / Youtube

The tunnel and parking is almost a small city in itself. Employees are already taking advantage of these structures while they finish the campus.

Now, view the video itself below:

 

2016 – The Horror Movie

I’ll be honest – 2016 has not been my favorite year. Now, I still consider myself fortunate, because it could have been much, much worse. But I am still entitled to my opinion, and my original summation stands – 2016 has not been my favorite year.

So, with that said, I took a special delight in the short produced by Friend Dog Studios. Imagine, if you will, that 2016 wasn’t just a typical year of random events. Instead, what if there was a pattern to it all. What if 2016 wasn’t a thing. Or, in the vernacular of the film, “It’s not  a what. It’s a when.” <Insert creepy music here>

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Watch the trailer as a happy couple rings in 2016, only to be stalked by it for the next 12 months.

There has to be a pattern.
There isn’t.
George Michael, Rickman, Wilder, Prince, Bowie, Ali.
There’s no pattern!
Ah! – What happened?
I tried to call for help and my phone exploded.
What?
My phone literally exploded in my hand.
England just left Europe.
Why?
Nobody knows, they just left.

2016 – the horror movie of the year. Literally…

 

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2016

2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

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