An insightful video essay about Chuck Jones

I loved this video essay by Tony Zhou about Chuck Jones, the genius behind many of the Looney Tunes cartoons. I absolutely love the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts. New ones are still being made but sadly, they fall quite short of the mark set by the original ones made in the 40s, [...]

Something wonderful happened last night

I want to share something with you, something wonderful that happened last night. Read on, it's worth it. Around 4 pm, the water company turned off the water for the entire city due to emergency repairs. Late at night, they turned it back on but it was full of silt and mud, so we let [...]

Mel Blanc: the man of a thousand voices

I found and watched a documentary about Mel Blanc today, entitled "Mel Blanc, Man of a Thousand Voices", and I wanted to share it with you as well. This one man has given me and countless other people so much joy over the years, that I can't thank him enough. He's gone, but knowing the [...]

How about a real Apple TV (an Apple tablet)?

Ligia and I were watching cartoons in bed this morning, on my laptop, and I realized Apple still hasn't capitalized on the opportunity to create a real Apple TV. Here I was, after having ejected my external drives, disconnected the laptop from its peripherals, taken it off its stand and put it on our bed, [...]

What cartoons are your children watching?

This is a question I keep asking myself every time I turn on the TV and look at the Cartoon Network, or The Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon these days. It's unbelievable how much thoughtless, cheaply made programming they shove into their slots, with little or no thought for substance, style, quality and most of all, [...]

Sometimes you need to use a book the right way

There's a Looney Tunes cartoon from 1944, entitled "Brother Brat". It stars Porky Pig and speaks eloquently about child discipline. In it, Porky becomes the unwitting baby sitter for a Rosie the Riveter type super-woman who's pulling long shifts at the factory, helping out with the war effort. When she leaves her brat, Butch, with [...]

The Raccoons

I recently re-discovered a show I used to watch and love as a kid: The Raccoons. I can't remember if I saw it in the US or in Romania as I grew up, but I remember the characters quite well. My wife remembers watching the show as a child, too. Now, thanks to Boomerang, I [...]

Another point of view about ferryboats

Nowadays, people think a ferry is a romantic way to get over a river, but in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, people used to think otherwise. For a great look back in time, watch "Bridge Ahoy", a Popeye cartoon released on May 1, 1936. In it, Bluto overcharges passengers for rides on his ferry, [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-21

Bumpy whale fins set to spark a revolution in aerodynamics http://tinyurl.com/34tpf3 # Fraud Due to a Credit Card Breach http://tinyurl.com/2pb4y4 # Maritime Mascots: 1923 http://tinyurl.com/2up26e # Bring on Carnivale! http://tinyurl.com/3axtmf # Apple brings back Leopard feature with update, but users report problems http://tinyurl.com/38vwqb # Stingray strike results in sunbather's death http://tinyurl.com/yr4fck # Wacky Airplane Security [...]