Monthly Archives: March 2012

Videos That Make You Smile: “My Daughter Doesn’t Like Me Because I’m Fat”

This one you have to watch for yourself!

Have you heard of Ray William Johnson? No? Then where the hell have you been! Go to his blog now and find out how awesome he is!

Good bye Penny: Canada Gets Rid Of The Penny

So, it’s official: Canada is saying good bye to the penny. No more will I will receive a worthless Canadian Penny when shopping. OKAY, I will still get them but eventually they will disappear all together! I can’t laugh at the sad leaf on the back or how worthless it is. It will be gone! Today is a sad day indeed . . .

PS: Please don’t get rid of the US Penny – I like them hanging out in my Lucky Kitty Bank!

Why the U.S. Penny Won’t Die Like Canada’s Just Did

By Karen Weise on March 30, 2012

Poor little guy. Starting in the fall, Canada’s government will stop producing the lowly Canadian penny. The fact that pennies are expensive to make and are virtually worthless in today’s economy led them to fall victim to Ottawa’s budget cuts. The government says the measure will save around $11 million a year because each new penny costs 1.6 Canadian cents to produce. (One Canadian dollar is essentially equal to $1 in the U.S.) And a Canadian penny buys you only about 1/20th of what it could when it was introduced in 1858: A penny that could hypothetically buy a whole loaf of bread then would only buy a few bites of bread now.

Canadian consumers will be able to use the 1¢ coins indefinitely, but the government is encouraging businesses to start rounding to the nearest nickel. Lest people forget their arithmetic lessons, the government has put out a fact sheet on proper rounding techniques.

The Canadian move, which cites costs and inflation, follows the long-held logic trumpeted by many economists to get rid of 1¢ pieces in the U.S. Economist Stephen Dubner alone has nearly 20 entries on his Freakonomics blog begging for a U.S. penny death. “Can we please be next?” he wrote this morning after learning of Canada’s move.

A 2008 New Yorker article lays out the counterarguments that have prevented the penny’s seemingly inevitable extinction. There are objections to rounding, which one economist estimated could cost U.S. consumers as much as $1.5 billion over five years. Also, cutting out the penny may just put more reliance on the nickel—which is even more expensive to produce. In the U.S. loses 1.4¢ on each penny it makes and 6.2¢ on each nickel, according to Coin Update, an industry news source. Plus, plenty of Americans like pennies and their Honest Abe heritage. Those enthusiasts, along with industry lobbies, have rallied to support the coins when there has been movement to kill them.

President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal includes plans to let the U.S. Mint change the composition of coins (page 173) so it can use less-expensive metals. It has changed materials before; pennies now are almost entirely made from zinc, not copper. But tinkering with metals isn’t so easy. Just check out the description in the budget:

“Such factors may include physical, chemical, metallurgical, and technical characteristics; material, fabrication, minting, and distribution costs; materials availability and sources of raw materials; durability; effects on sorting, handling, packaging and vending machines; and resistance to counterfeiting.”

If changes to the Mint, including the metal switcheroos, make it through the inevitable budget revisions, the savings could be more than $75 million in the 2013 U.S. fiscal year. It took a Canadian budget battle to kill that country’s 1¢ coin, but even in these economic times, don’t hold your breath for Congress to take down the penny soon.

Weise is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Videos That Make You Smile: The Sleeper Car

As always, Improv Everywhere comes up with the most interesting scenarios to throw at people. This one is no exception.

Today’s video was made by Improv Everywhere!!! To learn more about them and this event, please go to their site. Enjoy!

“He Who Walks Among Us” Blocked

You may remember the posts about the script, “He Who Walks Among Us.” (If you don’t please follow these two links: 1st post, 2nd post) Well, forget it.  At least for now. CBS has blocked it. They have sent a cease and desist to BOTH the New Voyages & the original author of the script. Mind you, they had no rights to the script and should have actually contacted CBS about it. Mr. Spinrad had sold the script with it’s rights years ago. And while it was unproduced, it was still owned by them.

So, for now, the project is stalled. It may even be stalled indefinitely. Who knows! Only time will tell . . .

 

A ‘Trek’ Script Is Grounded in Cyberspace

By THOMAS VINCIGUERRA

Published: March 28, 2012

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/arts/television/cbs-blocks-use-of-unused-star-trek-script-by-spinrad.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

For “Star Trek” fans it was like finding a lost Shakespeare play — only to have it snatched away by the playwright’s heirs.

From left: William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy in the original “Star Trek.”

Last fall an unused script for the cult 1960s television show turned up after being forgotten for years. Its author, the science-fiction writer Norman Spinrad, announced it would become an episode of a popular Web series, “Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II,” which features amateur actors in the classic roles of Capt. James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and other crew members of the starship Enterprise.

But then another player stepped in: CBS, which said it owned the script and blocked a planned Web production of it. Trekkies were appalled. “These executives should be phasered on heavy stun,” said Harmon Fields of Manhattan, who called himself “a ‘Star Trek’ fan of galactic proportions.”

There is more to this conflict, though, than the dashed hopes of fans in Starfleet uniforms and pointed Vulcan ears. At issue is the extent to which fans can participate in a franchise that has yielded more than $4 billion in merchandising as well as 11 feature-length movies that have grossed some $1.5 billion.

The story begins in 1967, after Mr. Spinrad wrote an acclaimed episode of the original series, “The Doomsday Machine.” “I did ‘The Doomsday Machine’ fast,” Mr. Spinrad, 71, said by phone from his home in Greenwich Village, “and then they said: ‘We’re in a hole. Can you write something in four days?’ ”

The result was “He Walked Among Us,” which the producers envisioned as a dramatic vehicle for the comedian Milton Berle. His character is a well-meaning but messianic sociologist whose conduct threatens to destroy the planet Jugal. The crew of the Enterprise must remove him without disrupting the normal development of the culture.

Mr. Spinrad was paid about $5,000. Then, he told the CBS-owned startrek.com, the producer Gene Coon “rewrote it into an unfunny comedy,” and at his insistence, the “Star Trek” executive producer and creator, Gene Roddenberry, killed the project.

Dorothy Fontana, a former “Star Trek” story editor, said, “I do remember both Genes saying, ‘It’s not working.’ ”

Mr. Spinrad soon donated his sole copy of “He Walked Among Us” and other papers to California State University, Fullerton. With several other drafts of the script, it lay in the archives for decades. Sharon Perry, the university’s archivist and special collections librarian, said she had received only one inquiry about “He Walked Among Us” in her 27 years there.

But in October, at the annual New York City Collectible Paperback and Pulp Fiction Expo, a man seeking Mr. Spinrad’s autograph showed up with a copy of the script, which he said he found at another convention. A few months later Mr. Spinrad began selling the script on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, and the producers of “Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II” learned of it.

Based in Ticonderoga, N.Y., “Phase II” is one of numerous fan-generated “Star Trek” Internet series, this one named for “Star Trek Phase II,” Mr. Roddenberry’s failed 1977 attempt to revive his creation for television. This Web series is distinguished by its fidelity to the original’s sets, costumes, props, music and other elements, as well as appearances by some original cast members and new stories by writers like Ms. Fontana.

Over the years CBS gained the television, online and merchandising rights to “Star Trek.” But because the “Phase II” cast and crew make no money from their work, the network usually allows them to indulge their hobby.

Around the time Mr. Spinrad offered “He Walked Among Us” online (confusingly he published an unrelated novel with the same title in 2010) he arranged with the “Phase II” senior executive producer, James Cawley, who also portrays Captain Kirk, to film it. The writer said he was “blown away” by the series and planned to direct the episode himself next fall.

But this month, Mr. Cawley said, CBS asked him in an e-mail to cease and desist. CBS also contacted Mr. Spinrad, who withdrew “He Walked Among Us” from the Internet.

The network said it was now “considering opportunities to offer licensed copies of the work.”

“We fully appreciate and respect the passion and creativity of the ‘Star Trek’ fan and creative communities,” CBS said in a statement. “This is simply a case of protecting our copyrighted material and the situation has been amicably resolved.”

By all indications CBS is within its rights. In the entertainment industry the paid writer of a teleplay generally cedes the rights to the material, even if it remains unproduced.

And Mr. Cawley said: “I’m not going to do anything that might be questionable. I have such a good relationship with CBS that I can call them anytime and ask, ‘Is this a problem?’ ”

Still, in interviews fans said they were dismayed that the network had scuttled a heartfelt homage to a beloved program.

“I can understand their legal rights,” said Erik Pless, a lawyer in Green Bay, Wis. “But it strikes me as heavy-handed. No one is profiting on this.”

Other fans pointed out that “Phase II” has already produced an unused script, by David Gerrold, the author of the humorous 1967 “Star Trek” episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” In 1987 his “Blood and Fire” was shelved by “Star Trek: The Next Generation”; he reworked and directed it for “Phase II” in 2007 and never heard any objections.

“I don’t understand CBS’s thinking on this at all,” Mr. Gerrold said. “They didn’t care then. Why do they care now?”

Mr. Gerrold predicted a Trekkie backlash. “ ‘Star Trek’ fans,” he said, “are not a sleeping dragon that you want to poke.”

Videos That Make You Smile: Superman VS The Elite Official Trailer

I hope to see this movie soon . . .

I found this video on my own, so no links today!

Escher Girls: Sexy Starfire

Someone on Escher Girls decided to draw Starfire as a man. The rest is history . . .

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Videos That Make You Smile: This is what Magic will do to you.

It will turn you into a big five year old!

This link comes from RWJ’s blog. He found it and I loved it. Ain’t live grand? Click here to view his site

Mommy Trolls

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Videos That Make You Smile: Creepy Hidden Camera Prank

This is so British . . .

Have you heard of Ray William Johnson? No? Then where the hell have you been! Go to his blog now and find out how awesome he is!

Never Cheat On This Woman!!!!

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