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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lunar Eclipse: Blood Moon

blood red moon

I took some video of the Lunar eclipse on 27 October 2015. Since there won't be another one for a while - 18 years I hear, but who's counting - I figured I'd post the video here for posterity and whoever wants a peek. Please be forewarned - it's over an hour of footage. I broke it up into five-minute chunks, you may want just a manageable taste.

First, here is an hour-long version. The moon is tiny, just a red dot that slowly turns white, no photo-lens on this one. Still, it has a certain serenity to it.

After the first one, they are in consecutive order.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Da da da da da da da da da da Ghost-busters!

Living in New York gets you all sorts of perks! Among many other things, it is a huge film location. You are always stumbling over Jack Nicholson or Adam Sandler or Kate Hudson or Robert Deniro (all of whom I have seen personally) or whoever you can think of filming this or that project that will hit the theaters in some coming month. There are no announcements, they are just there when you least expect it, with life flowing around the "set." They often are just part of the crowd, and most New Yorkers (like me) are sophisticated enough to give them their space and treat them like anyone else.

Here are some shots from the set of the new Ghostbusters film, or at least of the Ghostbusters car. They are filming down near Washington Square Park on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan today (15 September 2015). These exclusive shots which you won't see anywhere else actually were taken on a side street nearby. Directed by Paul Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones, among others. If they are filming now, they likely will be out with the film next summer. Incidentally, they are telling everyone that the film is "Flapjack," an obvious code name. They like to film without drawing too much attention in order to ease crowd control problems and keep everything looking "normal."

Yes, it is Ghostbusters.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

9/11/2015 Drone Footage of the WTC

A friend of mine had the wherewithal to take this spectacular footage and nice stills of the World Trade Center lit up on 9/11/2015. As anyone familiar with NYC will easily see, the footage was shot from Battery Park late at night, looking north. This is some of the best night-time footage of New York City that I can recall seeing, it really is a spectacular place when filmed and photographed properly.

Anyway, I'm really impressed by this. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Guy Advice: Meaning of "I'm Fine"

This is just another in my series of helpful decodings of cryptic phrases often uttered in seemingly benign circumstances by those of the female persuasion. In this edition, we address the infamous "I'm fine." This dismissive little all-purpose phrase is often uttered in a seemingly innocuous manner, perhaps imbued with a hint of joviality, accompanied by a brave little smile. But that, dear friends, is all part of the carefully plotted snare. Oblivious to the danger, you then go about your daily chores, convinced that the world is your doggie bone and you are in good hands.

Yes, all is well, bud.

Lulled into a false sense of security, the male of the species often "steps in it" without realizing that "it" is waiting to be "stepped in." Of course, the true meaning does become clear later when he comes home and is greeted with his clothes, guitar and entire vintage cd collection strewn about in the back alley. One imagines that Megyn Kelly, upon entering her abode after moderating that debate with The Donald, was quite quick on the draw with "I'm fine."

Science has not yet found a perfect response to "I'm fine." Unfortunately, something that you said reminded the subject of that incident in 10th grade when she wore her shorts backwards in gym class and the coach sent her back to change, or her first date ended with that flat tire. Taking immediate action is seen as instrusive, and taking no action is interpreted as utter-f'ing-indifference. The best reaction is to pay a visit to that Sports Bar you saw on the way home from work and watch the Knicks get beat again, just to prepare yourself for what awaits.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stupid Decisions

Learn to take a little responsibility once in a while. Everybody reading this makes bad decisions because sometimes we all are stupid about something. Nothing is more boring and dull than someone who is always right, because nobody is, myself certainly included. People will like you more, you'll learn more from your mistakes, and you'll just smile and nod your head in agreement when you see stupid posts like this one.

Yes, you.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Dr. Smith Meets Captain Kirk

The Doctor and the Captain

William Shatner Jonathan Harris
The look.

I don't know what the occasion was, but there was a day on the Paramount Desilu lot in the '60s when the stars of all the different shows of the time got together to meet and greet some fans. Star Trek, Lost In Space, Batman ... they were all there. I am guessing it was some time in 1967, perhaps the fall of that year. But, it just as easily could have been late 1966 or early 1968.

Anyway, the point of this post is just that one photo and the one below. I've posted other shots from that day, such as Adam West with Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Harris and Leonard Nimoy. So, to that collection we add here Jonathan Harris with William Shatner.

William Shatner Jonathan Harris
Angela Cartwright joins the festivities. Notice how she and Jonathan are holding hands, it must have been a good set. Also notice Jonathan's perfect handkerchief in his breast pocket, the man had class.

It wasn't particularly difficult to get them all there. They filmed on adjacent soundstages. However, the juxtapositions are still intense for fans of the show.

If anyone knows what the date and event was, drop me a comment. It was a magical day for fans of '60s television, the true golden age. Since Yvonne Craig was there, and she was on Batman during the '67-'68 season, I am going to take a wild stab and say it was September 1967, to promote the new season.

By the way, I pity the young boy (I think) in the lower right of the top photo, who just missed immortality by being out of frame.