Wathcya watchin'?

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby RocRizzo » Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:30 am

I haven't been watching much of anything lately, because I have been busy volunteering as a projectionist at my local theatre. A collective here in Rosendale, NY recently purchased it from a family who has been running it for about 56 years. We want to do music, and stage presentations, as well as films. We are also adding the old 35mm system, with a digital system.

Learning how to run a 35mm projector is something that I have wanted to do since I was a kid. As a lifetime gadget freak, it has been on my life's "to do" list. One would be surprised at how much is involved in being a projectionist. You don't just run the film. You splice the film, rewind the film, and maintain the machine that shows the film. You also are responsible for the posters in the lobby, and front of the theatre (at least in this place).

It's also good to learn from someone who has been doing this for several decades.


I do wish to see Fair Game, and Tron. I will not get to see them in our little theatre in town, so I guess I'll just have to go see them elsewhere.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:07 pm

Who are you? hehe

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:48 pm

Finally, a documentary about creative writing and why some people should just not attempt it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raWLS2_PEfI

Pass this to Sarah Palin.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby RocRizzo » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:45 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Who are you? hehe


I'm the new guy on the block. Are you the Frank I was warned about?
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Moderator » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:24 am

RocRizzo wrote:
FrankChurch wrote:Who are you? hehe


I'm the new guy on the block. Are you the Frank I was warned about?



He learns quickly, this one does.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby RocRizzo » Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:13 am

FrankChurch wrote:Finally, a documentary about creative writing and why some people should just not attempt it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raWLS2_PEfI

Pass this to Sarah Palin.

Not just Caribou Barbie, but to many who cannot write.
My special peeve is spell checkers. I hate it when people use spell checkers, and STILL CANNOT SPELL! They use the a homonym of the word, and don't bother to check the context, or are just too stupid to realize that they have used the wrong word.

With that, I give you one of my Internet Faves, "Ode to a Spelling Checker"

Ode to a Spell Checker

I have a spelling checker
I disk covered four my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.
Eye ran this poem threw it.
Your sure real glad two no.
Its very polished in its weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a blessing.
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays comes posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore wee rote with checkers
Hour spelling was inn deck line,
Butt now when wee dew have a laps,
Wee are not maid too wine.

And now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
There are know faults in awl this peace,
Of nun eye am a wear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

That's why eye brake in two averse
Caws Eye dew want too please.
Sow glad eye yam that aye did bye
This soft wear four pea seas.

--Author Unknown

I didn't write it. I just give it to people who consistently spell poorly, and ask them to read it aloud! Try it some time for some grins and giggles.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:56 pm

Note to this newbie: the rest of them are crazier than me! Shhh.

To be fair to spellers, even Thomas Jefferson was a bad speller. Look how far he went?

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:57 pm

RocRizzo, Noam Chomsky, yea or nay?

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby RocRizzo » Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:12 am

FrankChurch wrote:RocRizzo, Noam Chomsky, yea or nay?


Considering that I was crowing, after shaking his hand last spring at the Left Forum, in NYC, I would have to say yea.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Moderator » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:02 am

Gig last night. I curled up in the "green room" with my video player and watched A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA and the TWILIGHT ZONE episode The Invaders.

From the ridiculous to the sublime.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Steve Evil » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:13 am

The closet scene from A Night in Casa Blanca is pure gold.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Moderator » Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:07 pm

Steve Evil wrote:The closet scene from A Night in Casa Blanca is pure gold.


The entire scene -- packing/unpacking, switching places -- is hysterical.

You have to wonder how much was scripted, and how much was invented on the spot.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:19 pm

Roc, I am highly envious of you.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Rick Keeney » Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:33 pm

THE WIRE: SEASON 3

Indeed.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby RocRizzo » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:14 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Roc, I am highly envious of you.

Well Chomsky is not a god. After all god is only dog spelled backwards, nothing more. He's a nice guy, with a quite superior mind, but one boring speaker. Don't get me wrong, he makes great points, and backs them up quite elegantly, but to listen to him for an hour and a half, can put most people to sleep. You can see the keynote speech here: http://vimeo.com/10819418 Be sure to have your favorite caffeinated beverage close at hand.

There are a couple of other notables that I have met. David Amram is one of the most versatile musicians alive. He can play any instrument... ANY instrument. His arrangements put new meaning to the word 'awesome.' He can have four standards being played on different instruments, but, because of his arrangements, they sound great. Oh, did I tell you, he's 80?

While we are on the topic of senior citizens, perhaps I should let you know that the Seegers, Pete and Toshi, are very good friends. I would pretty much call them family. Pete is the most humble human being I know. He has accomplished so much, and doesn't think much of it. Though he has his head in the clouds most of the time, his wife Toshi is his grounding force. They are great folks, bar none.

I have many stories I can tell about the antics I have had with Pete in the past 30 years, perhaps I'll tell some of them at a later date. Pete has been a sailing buddy, a journalism critic, a cheerleader, and a dear friend of mine.

Leave it to say, though these four senior citizens may be considered gods by many, they are just plain folks. Plain old down to earth human beings like any of us. No more, no less.
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