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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lester Maddox & Religious Freedom

I made this image to help remind folks that this discussion we are having right now across the country is very similar to the 'property rights' discussion that took place after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It wasn't very popular because it forced business owners to go against certain strongly held cultural beliefs. Lester Maddox, a pro-segregationist owner of the Pickrick was the poster child of the property rights backlash movement. The general argument was, as a private property owner, the government had no say in who he allowed to patron his business. Sound familiar?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Ted Kennedy (1932-2009)

Today would have been Senator Ted Kennedy's 82nd birthday. I spent a lot of my high school years following his career, even before I started collecting political items. So when I decided to start collecting, my history teacher told me to pick a political figure I admired. I picked Ted Kennedy and off I went to building a collection of items approaching near 400 Ted Kennedy items.

Here are some of the typical EMK pins you can find from 1980. The only 6" pin is featured in the middle, and one of my favorites; the Kennedy '80 California pin. In the upper right hand corner is the pin from the Kennedy announcement in 1979.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Power Pop & slapstick 1979 meets 2014

slapstick 1979
Was over at my friend Glen's house last weekend for a party. Great party for Marriage Equality, but that's not really what this about (Great cause by the way). Towards the end of the party as some folks were leaving and others were really just sitting down to start in on some good conversation, someone (either his wife or him) pulls out this nice vinyl EP with two songs on it. Apparently, Glen was in a band back in the late 70s and early 80s. I know from having some musical members of my family that you're pretty legit,  if back then you managed to record an EP, have a nice cover photo and actually get people to buy it.

Here is the first track called Back on the Streets...Again

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I swear these are the last ones...

Lots of great comments over on facebook from fellow fans. There is an element of corny that you have to capture in these. That was the whole idea in school was to pick out ones that were fun so you wouldn't be seen as being sappy.

I think this one is my favorite.

Sinclair knows the meaning of Feb 14.
Mr. Morden
And some more...

And then there were more B5 V-Day cards!

Oh Garibaldi


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vorlon Valentines 2014

Was having a little fun in photoshop. Made some Vorlon Valentines. I'm sure someone must have made some at some point.
I'll post them up this week. While your here; go show the folks at #FreeBabylon5 some love.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Star Trek Contiunes Episode 2 Lolani Review

When I chat with people about Star Trek, I often compare it to Portland's microbrew industry. Star Trek has become so popular that the fans can now produce their own high quality Star Trek productions. Just like fans of good beer in Portland can pretty much open their own little breweries here in the Rose City. The technology has never been more accessible and loads of folks have the talents and skills to make these fan production really good. It mostly comes down to being able to fundraise and organize effectively to do your best. 

Lolani is the second episode from the folks at Star Trek Continues. I reviewed the first episode here. Go watch Pilgrim of Eternity if you haven't seen it yet and then you dive right into Lolani. I have tried not to include anything I would consider 'spoliers'. Mostly I just mention where the cast is used and the quality of the story. Don't read anymore if you really just want to experience the episode before you start to want to talk about it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Go Screen Yourself: Bob's Burgers (Seasons 1 & 2)

The first Go Screen Yourself of 2014 is Bob's Burgers! My sister introduced me to this show back in 2011. I must say, at first I wasn't sure about this show and then I watched the episode Sheesh! Cab, Bob? and fell in love. The first season was only 13 episodes and the second season was 9 so the show took a little bit to find its footing with the audience. Season 3 and 4 both have over twenty episodes.

The basic plot of the show centers around Bob Belcher and his lower middle class family that run a burger joint. The family features the classic rule of three when it comes to kids. Oldest (Tina), Middle Child (Gene) and youngest (Louise). They play well off each other and the various adults and other kids in the show. Linda the wife rounds out the eccentric family.

Bob's Burgers takes place in some fictional coastal town on the east coast. It has all sorts cool secondary characters popping in all the time. Kevin Kline lends his voice to the wealthy local businessman who has his hands in every financial pot (including owning the building the Belchers live and work in). Many times Bob comes to Mr. Fischoeder asking for ways to make extra money and extensions on the rent. Gary Cole, Ken Jeong, Andy Kindler, and Samantha Bee have all voiced characters that have made one or more appearances.

The main cast are voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and Kristen Schaal.  They've taken part in live script readings in front of audiences. They look like they have a lot of fun doing this show and you can see it in the finished product.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Portland Snow!

Well ok, not exactly Portland...but Tigard, that's close. It started about 10 and hasn't stopped. I wonder how much longer this will go on for. Knowing the Portland Metro areas luck the last few years, not long.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Honor Hoffman by Changing Attitudes & Policies

Over the past few years it seems that the world, and possibly Americans have gotten more sensitive to addiction. It could just be the power of social media that people now have the ability to easily express themselves and see responses to events like Philip Seymour Hoffman's death  among their social circles. My friends that have voiced an opinion are saddened and dismayed by his death and the lost of the potential he held to make his life and others better.

I for one would like to not see that potential wasted in death. All of us can name someone famous who left our world too soon from an addiction of some kind. River Phoenix, Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, and many others over the years are just the ones the media highlights. Many of us, provided we have not lived very sheltered lives can probably name someone who isn't famous that is gone.

For some reason the media must think we the public enjoy hearing about those with so much, fail in such a manner. That's one thing about Americans, we love to judge people. Judging people is easier than loving them and helping them. Thousands of people are taken to jail for drug, sex, and alcohol related offenses every day. Many of them non-violent. Many of them struggling with some sort of addiction. There are plenty of things that are addictive that don't get you tossed in jail. Caffeine is perhaps the most common one that comes to mind. What if we started hauling people into jail for drinking too much coffee or soda? For whatever reasons caffeine is treated differently than heroin.