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I Will Forever Crush On Bettie Page

December 11, 2008

For as long as I can remember I have been enamored with Bettie Page — like so many others. The impact that the sultry, yet sweet, Miss Page made on the world as a pin-up phenomenon cannot be denied. Perhaps it was her seclusive nature over the past half century that added to the mystique of the raven banged beauty. Regardless, she raised “cheesecake” to a bona fide art form with a mixture of innocence and flirtation.

According to her Obituary Press Release posted on the official Bettie Page web site

Los Angeles, December 11, 2008 – Bettie Page, sweet-smiling legendary 1950s pin-up queen with the killer curves and coal-black bangs, died today of pneumonia at a Los Angeles area hospital. She was 85 years old. She suffered a heart attack one week ago and never regained consciousness. Her popularity as an underground, guilty pleasures phenomenon has continued to soar despite the fact that the reclusive Page disappeared almost a half century ago, leading many to believe that one of the most photographed individuals of the 20th century was already dead.

I can honestly say that Bettie Page served as one of my muses on many occasions. Often when writing female characters, especially strong-willed and sultry femme fatales, I would often imagine Bettie Page in the role of the character. While her hair might be a different color and style the character of Alpha Bettie was created with the pin-up queen in mind — right down to her name.

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Hopefully, someday artist and Alpha Bettie co-creator Chris Noeth and I will be able to share the adventures of Bettie Swift of Alpha Squadron with the world. And, when we do it will surly be dedicated to the muse, Bettie Page.

Thank you, Bettie. Gone, but not forgotten.

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5.8 Earthquake Rocked My World About 15 Minutes Ago

July 29, 2008

Well that was fun. An 6.8 earthquake occurred at 11:42 AM local time. A few items fell off of shelves and off of my computer monitor. There was some rolling, a big jolt, and then additional rolling. It seemed to have lasted about 10 or 12 seconds. The dog barked like crazy. The cat is in hiding. There doesn’t appear to be any damage. Don’t smell any gas leaks. Details below:

Magnitude: 5.8 – local magnitude (ML)
Time: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11:42:15 AM (PDT) Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 18:42:15 (UTC)
Distance from: Chino Hills, CA – 3 km (2 miles) SW (235 degrees), Diamond Bar, CA – 8 km (5 miles), SE (127 degrees), Yorba Linda, CA – 9 km (5 miles) NNE (23 degrees), Pomona, CA – 11 km (7 miles) S (178 degrees), Los Angeles Civic Center, CA – 47 km (29 miles) ESE (103 degrees)
Coordinates: 33 deg. 57.5 min. N (33.959N), 117 deg. 45.1 min. W (117.752W)
Depth: 12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Location Quality: Good
Location Quality: Parameters Nst=144, Nph=144, Dmin=8 km, Rmss=0.42 sec, Erho=0.3 km, Erzz=1.3 km, Gp=18 degrees

April Fools’ Day

April 1, 2008

Remember — today is April Fools’ Day. Be wary of what you hear and what you believe. No one appreciates the effort put into a good thought-out practical joke that really gets the folks buzzing with speculation more than I do, but it just seems that nowadays I don’t have the time to really enjoy them.

But, do point me in the direction of any good and entertaining scams that you do happen to come across.

Three Point One

March 27, 2008

Just as last night’s South Park episode was coming to a conclusion the house shook and and the windows rattled. Right away I knew it was an earthquake — not the “Big One” but a quake nonetheless. No damage that I’m aware of, but the dog and the cat were a little freaked out.

A minor earthquake occurred at 9:28:49 PM (PDT) on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. The magnitude 3.1 event occurred 3 km (2 miles) NE of Newport Beach, CA. The hypocentral depth is 8 km ( 5 miles).

Magnitude: 3.1 – local magnitude (ML)
Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 9:28:49 PM (PDT)
Distance from: Newport Beach, CA – 3 km (2 miles) NE (55 degrees), San Joaquin Hills, CA – 4 km (3 miles) WNW (299 degrees), Costa Mesa, CA – 5 km (3 miles) SE (138 degrees), Newport Coast, CA – 6 km (3 miles) NW (308 degrees), Los Angeles Civic Center, CA – 58 km (36 miles) SE (144 degrees)
Coordinates: 33 deg. 37.8 min. N (33.630N), 117 deg. 52.5 min. W (117.875W)
Depth: 7.5 km (4.7 miles)
Location Quality: Good
Location Quality Parameters: Nst=107, Nph=107, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.44 sec, Erho=0.4 km, Erzz=0.9 km, Gp=54 degrees
Event ID#: ci14358316

It turned out, the epicenter was about two miles east from my house, as displayed in this nifty Google map.

Angry Fanboy – 3

February 12, 2008
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Tell Them I’ve Gone Fishing

February 11, 2008

royscheiderjaws1.jpgAnybody that knows me knows that my all-time favorite movie is Jaws — there’s no debate, there’s no doubt. It is my belief that Jaws is the best movie ever made. One of the elements that made Jaws stand out was actor Roy Scheider‘s portrayal of Amity Island police chief Martin Brody.

Roy Scheider passed away February 10, 2008.

Jaws is considered by most as the first “summer blockbuster” and one of the first “high-concept” movies. The 1975 film was directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, and also starred Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint. (It’s no coincidence that my cat is named Quint.)

It’s my opinion — that I share with many others — that Jaws was much more than just a “popcorn thriller” about a monster shark. Jaws explored the male psyche, and Scheider’s portrayal of Chief Brody played a significant role in the film’s success — not only as a blockbuster, but as an important movie in the history of cinema. At it’s core, Jaws is about three different types of men — the adventurer Quint, the dedicated scholar Hooper, and the everyman Brody. Most want to be like the rugged Quint, some want to be like the knowledgeable Hooper, but we’re all like Brody — a man on an island with a respectable fear of the ocean. In the end, however, it is the “everyman” Chief Brody that saves the day.

(Associated Press) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie “Jaws,” died Sunday. He was 75.

Scheider died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said. The hospital did not release a cause of death.

However, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital’s Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for the past two years.

He was nominated for a best-supporting actor Oscar in 1971’s “The French Connection” in which he played the police partner of Oscar winner Gene Hackman and for best-actor for 1979’s “All That Jazz,” the autobiographical Bob Fosse film.

However, he was best known for his role in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, “Jaws,” the enduring classic about a killer shark terrorizing beachgoers and well as millions of moviegoers.

Widely hailed as the film that launched the era of the Hollywood blockbuster, it was also the first movie to earn $100 million at the box office. Scheider starred with Richard Dreyfuss, who played an oceanographer.

“He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call ’a knockaround actor,”’ Dreyfuss told The Associated Press on Sunday.

“A ’knockaround actor’ to me is a compliment that means a professional that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn’t’ yell and scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can,” he said.

In 2005, one of Scheider’s most famous lines in the movie — “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” — was voted No. 35 on the American Film Institute’s list of best quotes from U.S. movies.

When You Wish Upon A Star…

February 8, 2008

eisner-ears.jpgI haven’t posted about the Writers Guild of America Strike in awhile. It’s not because I’ve given up on the cause, forgotten about the people it is affecting, don’t care who “wins or looses,” or sworn off television because I’m being denied my last and final episode of Scrubs. But, according to former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, “It’s over.”

Speaking live on CNBC’s Fast Money, Eisner stated, “They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. It’s going on Saturday to the writers in general.” But, is it it really over?

According to United Hollywood, the WGA members still need to digest the language of the contract and vote. A meeting is being held on Saturday.

Which Race To Watch?

February 1, 2008

speed-and-trixie.jpgMany Californians were watching the Obama-Clinton debate from Hollywood last night. I wasn’t one of them. It’s not that I don’t care about the presidential race, it’s just that I was more interested in another race — that race being “The Fire Race,” episodes 16 and 17 of the original Speed Racer series.

You see… “The Fire Race” (parts 1 and 2) deals with the country of Kapecapek that wishes to close its borders to the outside world. This in turn does not sit well with the League of Countries, which demand that the borders be open. Of course a car race is declared to be the deciding factor as to Kapecapek’s foreign relations. If Speed wins the race the sequestered nation will be open to visitors. And, if that wasn’t enough pressure… the race takes place in the lava tunnels of an erupting volcano. Now that’s a race!

Yeah, I could pass on watching the debate guilt free. I’ve already made my decision and sent my mail-in ballot off last week. Now that’s about as political as my blog will ever get.

Heath Ledger 1979-2008

January 22, 2008

ledger-joker.jpgThis seems to have come from out of nowhere to catch everybody by surprise. Actor Heath Ledger, Oscar nominated for his role in Brokeback Mountain, has been found dead in a New York apartment. According to reports, he was found in his bedroom with pills present when a masseuse arrived at the apartment for an appointment. Police do not suspect foul play. Heath Ledger’s last released motion picture was I’m Not There — a bio-pic inspired by the life of iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Set to debt on July 18, 2008 is The Dark Knight in which Ledger plays iconic Batman villain, The Joker — a role that was surely set to define an already accomplished acting career.

News of Heath Ledger’s untimely death hits me at the very same time that I’m working on a script about “young Hollywood.” I didn’t know the actor personally, but… I don’t know.

Ledger was 28-years old.

W00t, There It Is!

December 12, 2007

Merriam-Webster’s world of ’07 — “w00t. That’s not a typo. The spelling is w-zero-zero-t. “W00t,” a hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an exclamation of happiness or triumph. Apparently “w00t” topped all other terms in an online poll to best sum up 2007. “W00t” comes from “l33t speak” — which is “leet” when spoken, short for “elite.”Gamers use “l33t speak,” commonly substituting numbers and symbols for the letters they resemble. So there you go, n00b. Now you’ve got 19 more days to work “w00t” into your conversation, online and off.