Lego Ghostbusters: More than you might want to know…

LEGO-Ghostbusters…but still engaging.

The recent release of the “Official Lego Ghostbusters” set inspires a writer to trace the history of the actual Ecto-1 car used in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie. To be honest, I didn’t finish reading “Ecto-1 and the Working Cadillac” because it’s getting late — but what I did get to was interesting.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit…


Bugs enjoy Christmas

…with an old silent film — but notice the special effects! VideoThe Insects’ Christmas (“Rozhdestvo obitateley lesa”) [The update adds the soundtrack from “Edward Scissorhands.”]

Filmmaker Ladislas Starevich was ahead of his time in creating this 1913 film — using stop-motion effects involving dead insects. Well, the dead insect thing didn’t exactly catch on, but the stop motion did (California Raisins in Claymation Christmas, anyone?).

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Halloween Fun

face on face

How well this works for Halloween would depend a lot on what you start with.

I will not be doing this for Halloween. It involves way too much looking at my own face. And I don’t want to scar little children for life.

If you’d like to follow along, though, this young lady posted a video to show how she did it.

Bonus: This “Fifty Shades of Grey” couples Halloween costume was used last year, but how many times did you see it? Maybe you can get away with it this year, and streamline the steps even more, to put together a last-minute costume (punching holes in the samples and putting them on a string?).

If you prefer to just “consume” you entertainment rather than create it, here’s a new take on “This is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” – the best Halloween-Christmas movie ever, I would venture to say.

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Think different … No, more different

Think more different

But officer – I was just charging my iPhone so I could call a cab!

Exciting news, especially for drunks with dead cell phone batteries. Scientists have devised a cell-phone battery powered by urine. Just right for those emergencies when you drunk-tweet way too much and then need to call for a ride home.

This is also good news for the 19 percent of people who drop their phone in the toilet. “No problem, just charging my cell phone. If you can hand me a couple of those paper towels…”

And here’s one more reason why I didn’t end up in an advertising job: First thing that comes to mind when I hear about this, is an advertising tie-in or cross-promotion between two very successful brands (so far, so good), Apple and Snapple. Their ad campaign could feature a new mega-size SnApple® (not legal in New York City) that could fully charge your iPhone, when used with the optional iPower® (uPower®? pPowe®r?) attachment.

At left is a non-artist’s rendering of celebrity spokesperson Mark Wahlberg charging his iPhone at an available ipWahl®.

SnApple® – for when you really, really, really need to go … online!

(I have to note that someone first did this back in 2005, but that battery was only usable to make one call, and maybe was more cumbersome than the current version, which is only the size of a car battery.)

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If you really, really want to live in the ‘Friends’ apartment, or at the Gilmore Girls’…

TV floor plan - Gilmore Girls

… thanks to the Internet, Etsy and an interior designer with a possibly unhealthy obsession with TV, you can. Well, as long as you have the money, time and energy. It’s up to you to remodel the inside of your house to duplicate the set of How I Met Your Mother, or to build that duplicate of The Simpson’s house you’ve secretly craved/lusted after.

Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, an interior designer from the Basque region of Spain,  created floor plans of homes from famous TV shows, including Friends, The Simpsons, Golden Girls, I Love Lucy and more. (Also from movies, including Holly Golightly’s apartment from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and houses from Totoro and Up.)  She will sell the floor plans to you via Etsy. And there you have it.

You can join the discussion of how accurate these plans are — The Gilmore Girls house did have another room added upstairs during season six, the question mark room in Friends was Monica’s junk room — at Happy Place. (This is a “lost” post that was scheduled to publish in May, but somehow did not find its way to the web.)

TV floor plan - I Love Lucy TV floor plan - The Simpsons

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Semi-Literary Trivia #7 – Rod Serling


“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”

Almost 40 years after Rod Serling died, a well-known producer has bought the rights to his final script.  J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is said to be trying to develop it into a miniseries.

Rod Serling was a very successful TV scriptwriter — but he was probably more famous for his voice. As the host of  The Twilight Zone on TV, he introduced each week’s episode — at first with voice-over narration, then in front of the camera.

Serling also lent his voice to radio ads for a candidate who entered the presidential primaries as an underdog. Which candidate was it?

  1. John F. Kennedy – versus Adlai Stevenson, 1960
  2. Robert F. Kennedy – versus Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968
  3. Nelson Rockefeller – versus Richard Nixon, 1960
  4. Harold Stassen – versus Richard Nixon, 1968
  5. Eugene McCarthy – versus Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968
  6. Ayn Rand – versus Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, 1960
  7. Norman Mailer – versus Myra Breckinridge, 1968

Answer here

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Drink Beer for Big Ideas, Coffee to Get Them Done…

Coffee versus beer graphicAt least that’s what this item at lifehacker says. I haven’t had coffee since early afternoon, so I don’t have the mental chops to properly evaluate these claims. And I haven’t had a beer today, so I can’t come up with a brilliant response. A few take-aways, though:

  1. It says that one time you would do better without either coffee OR beer, is when doing ” detail-oriented or analytical projects like your finances.” No wonder I hate balancing my checkbook, or doing taxes.
  2. “Eureka moments” come from a certain part of the brain — “a small spot above your right ear responsible for moments of insight.” For some reason, that reminds me of the old TV cliche where a character gets hit on the head and loses his memory, and someone has to hit him on the head again for him to regain it (I think it was usually a guy).  How many boys tried this and left a companion with irreversible brain damage, I wonder? (As a former boy, I have to believe it would be a boy thing to actually try this, rather than a girl thing). Also, why did this occur to me? And please don’t hit me above the right ear to help me discover the answer.
  3. To get the benefits described in the article, it says to use coffee and alcohol “always in moderation.” That doesn’t sound very writerly. At least not fiction writing. Or advertising writing.
  4. People sure seem to have a lot of fun in comments sections.
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