Saturday, September 19, 2009

Arghh, Matey! It's been another long week -- a fast thunderstorm gave us some drama, and brought out the first of the Autumn leaves, knocking some off the trees in the process.
Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day also.

Sitemeter Sez: Phoenix, Arizona; Kailua Kona, Hawaii; Naperville, Illinois; Sundsvall, Sweden; High Wycombe, UK; Hempstead, New York; Merrick, New York; Levittown, New York; City of London, UK; Staten Island, New York; Lund, Sweden; Staten Island, New York; Carle Place, New York, and Anchorage, Alaska.

The Mime Troupe Saga continues: Theater X-Net

Starring: Ida Rubinstein Belle Epoch Russian/Parisian beauty.
Ida's Places in Paris -- from my first jet-lagged day by the Seine.
Read more about Ida in Sisters of Salome by Toni Bentley

Many thanks to Toni -- she sent me an autographed copy of Winter Season; A Dancer's Journal (1982) for making a video of her presentation at Harvard University about Ida!

Visit: Michael's Montana Web Archive
Theater, Art, Flash Gordon, Funky Music and MORE!
MORE UPDATES! Outre Space Cinema -- Featuring: 1930's Rocketry, Spitfires of the Spaceways and especially Cellulose to Celluloid, Even more Flash Gordon comparisons from the Saturday Matinees and Sunday Comics.

Many thanks to Jim Keefe (Visit his Website) -- the LAST Flash Gordon illustrator of the 20th Century, and Flash's FIRST illustrator of the 21st, for including my efforts on his Flash Gordon Resources Page -- along with actual creators like Alex Raymond, Al Williamson, and others!

Charity Alert: Play the FreeRice Game -- improve your vocabulary, and donate food to the United Nations. Check into Terra Sigilata blog -- donate $$$ to cancer patients just by clicking onto the site. Keep that Resolution to click on The Hunger Site every day. BTW -- is a bit simpler than FreeRice Game.

News and Events at Flathead Community College New website for the Hockaday Museum.

Then and Now -- Disappearing Glaciers of Glacier National Park.

Tears and Laughter about our broken health care system HERE

Media Watch: Silly-ass jokes about Roswell, New Mexico on Trash A Go Go III (So You Think You Can Dance) -- they were auditioning "weird" contestants in Phoenix, Arizona, which isn't exactly far from Roswell, but hardly near it either. I'm glad they're not wallowing in the failures anymore. The audience learns a little something during each show about the world of dancers. BTW -- The late singer/songwriter John (Denver) Deutschendorfer was born in Roswell about the time of the UFOs. He was from a military family associated with the air base there, and died in an ultra-light airplane accident near Monterrey, California. (see below)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) -- on a gold DVD, licensed for a presentation to Phi Theta Kappa, our campus honor society. Damn! That movie is so funny on so many levels. Plot and cohesion are rarely in play, but I can't say I even care. What a talented ensemble! I'm happy to say that an audience of young adults laughed their asses off almost two generations after the release of the film. It was a success in the USA during its first run, although most of the country was unfamiliar with the group, or their BBC TV show, at the time.

Ch-ch-changes: Mary Travers of Peter, Paul, and Mary passed away after a long fight with lukemia. She sang lead on their hit single Leaving On A Jet Plane, written by John Denver (see above). They helped make Folk Music very popular, and blazed the way forward for Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, and others. When I was in Junior High School a neighbor of mine, Margaret Butterfield, sang Peter, Paul, and Mary songs around the Salt Lake area, and sang them very well indeed. Her younger peers, like me, picked up electric instruments a few years later and tried doing the same with Rolling Stones and Beatles tunes, mirroring the international pop music scene on a much smaller scale.

No knights on this day -- PIRATES ONLY!

My pirate name is Capt. Olaf Laughslast Laughsbest.
(We're all captains on THIS SHIP!)