New Mac Ads For The Holiday Season

It's that time of year again, time for companies to make profits to carry them throughout the rest of the year. Apple has been busy, introducing new iPods, releasing their new operating system: Leopard. Oh don't forget, Apple's new ad campaign to ridicule Microsoft's Vista OS.

To see the collection of ads at Apple's site go here.

Give Up On Vista

The Pr Lady

The Boxer

At The Podium

Microsoft iPod Parody


Bill Scott & June Foray aka Bullwinkle J. Moose & Rocket J. Squirrel

I was over at Mark Evanier's blog News From Me and I was so delighted with the June Foray and Bill Scott news clip I found there that I just had to share it here. Enjoy!


Writers Guild of America on strike: Perspectives

This was originally posted at http://harlanellison.com/heboard/unca.htm

- Sunday, November 11 2007 11:58:36


I got out here in 1962, very soon after the WGA strike that damn near bludgeoned into poverty every screen/tv writer I knew ... including the magnificent, dear Robert Bloch, who loaned me $300 to find a place to live upon my arrival. Three hundred bucks Bob did not have, nor could he afford to loan out. It took me six years to pay him back.

I have been through every strike since that time, sat on prelim negotiating committees, sat on the WGAw Board of Directors for two tough terms, have worked on policing committees whose purpose was to keep the Alliance honest, and I have written "pr" voicing the writers' position for all manner of mediums...many many times.

And I must tell you, from a clear and high view of the past, THIS strike is singular. It is unlike any OTHER strike of the writers I have ever been witness to. In the following way:

The general public...all of YOU who come here...totally uninvolved and essentially unaffected people in Wisconsin and New Jersey and Montana and even Hawaii...you all GET IT!

Miraculously, unbelievably, no amount of AAMPT badmouth of writers in general ("MILLIONAIRES PICKET FOR MORE $$$") is making any inroads. Heaven only knows what it'll be like in a month or two, but RIGHT NOW this is perceived by the general public and (to my amazement) the Internet as a gestalt, as a RIGHTEOUS WORK STOPPAGE!

As one who has unrelievedly been a growl and snap pit bull about the Internet, per se, I humbly and a bit embarrassedly thank you all for your yeoman support.

And you may post this everywhere, anywhere, it makes you feel good to have a committed viewpoint tug its forelock in public.
I ain't saying I have come to love trolls or scammers or YouTube jackasses...but gee whillickers, folks, I am impressed as hell by your sagacity and solidarity.

With considerable respect,

Yr. Pal, Harlan

The above video, while not directly related to the WGA strike, is a concise, succinct, and clear explanation of why the writer should be paid for what the writer does best: write. The clip is from Erik Nelson's documentary, "Dreams with Sharp Teeth."
go here for more.

I've been following Mark Evanier's unique perspective on his "News From Me" blog and I recommend that you enter "WGA Strike" in "Search."

WGA Rally at Fox Studios 2007/11/09


"Family Guy" from near failure to pinball classic

Chris Bucci's "My Gameroom" review of the "Family Guy" pinball machine. To learn more about Chris go to http://www.buccisarcade.com or to http://www.youtube.com/user/spida1a.

"Family Guy" Pinball review, part 1

"Family Guy" Pinball review, part 2

Other views of "Family Guy" pinball.

Game-in-game Stewie mini-pinball

Dark Dreamer: Harlan Ellison

Stanley Wiater interviews Harlan Ellison about being attacked by his heart, would-be-writers, and the craft of writing. For more info go to http://www.stanley-wiater.com/

Dark Dreamer - Harlan Ellison, part 1

Dark Dreamer - Harlan Ellison, part 2

Dark Dreamer - Harlan Ellison, part 3

Stumbling across "Star Wars"

I came across this video on YouTube, followed the instructions and watched the show. I've condensed the instructions below. Enjoy!

While this may or may not work in other versions of Windows, I know it works in XP. Go to "Start" then select. Go to "Run" then select. Type "Telnet" and click enter. Type the letter "o" and click enter. It will drop down a line and ( to ) will appear on the screen. Now type "towel.blinkenlights.nl" and click enter. Three screens of credits will appear and then "Star Wars: A New Hope" will appear, rendered in askii.