Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fred Katz, The Wasp Woman and Frank Zappa

(2:01)  Roger Corman's 1959 The Wasp Woman with soundtrack by Fred Katz.  (And no, unfortunately, she never turned into a giant wasp with great makeup-- doesn't she just look like a monstrous insect who's also a cosmetics tycoon?)

I recognized Fred from his work with Ken Nordine, but he had a long career doing a lot of other things, including teaching.  This music accompanies a montage of a police search.  (See if it sounds like anything else you might have heard.  Zappa could have called it "Variations on a Theme by Fred Katz.")

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kinky Turtle: Mary Worth

What do you think about this cutup idea-- extra content:

the link

I like the simplicity.  And it doesn't have to be a perfect copy of the original-- obviously, it was drawn by someone else.  But for sheer silliness-- I mean, the guy in the second panel does have a fish on his head, and, yes, it is attached-- and the brilliant thought of tacking on, in effect, a punchline panel, it's a nice little piece of work.  Thanks, Kinky Turtle!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

tax break

I'm at work right now.  I do taxes for a living and it's kind of busy up through April 15.  Might post later tonight, but if I don't get back to it today, always remember...the something-something is, uh...I did have a question though-- has anyone else noticed that Windows seems to have eaten a bad update?  It used to be that when a cursor was blinking in a box, it meant the box was ready for input; like putting your zip code into the computer, you'd see that little blinking vertical line, and know you could start typing.

But in like the last 2 or 3 months, Windows seems to have switched over to showing blinking cursors. and the box isn't open for data-- you start typing and nothing happens.  If you have more than one application open, the other can actually be the one that's selected to work on, and the one you think you have, where the box is supposedly waiting for you to start typing, isn't the active application-- even though the cursor is sitting there, blinking, like it's ready. 

This is a new thing.  Windows didn't used to pretend that you could start entering data in applications that weren't ready for it.  I figure it's a bad update.  They should just junk Windows and go to a flat operating system.  Whatever that is.  (Sorry, tax thinking creeping in.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charles Keating: Come Join the Fun

(2:39) World-renowned Los Angeles news announcer George Putnam, on what has become a big, big business.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Low Profile Production Music

First off,
weird radio production music of the 1960's, courtesy of WFMU:


which sounds like the music of Henry Mancini, arranged by a blender...

And musical salvage--
the opening titles for They Shoot Horses Don't They, with as much non-music cut out as I could.  Still a few artifacts in there.  The melody is "Easy Come, Easy Go," arranged by Johnny Green.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Firesign Theatre: Microorganism State Park

(10:19) Speaking of Mr Bretman and his cronies, here's a kind of cut and paste reader's play from their avant-garde religious radio program, Dear Friends.