John Jude Palencar
The Poop Deck Project: a set of piratical playing cards and prints.
The disappearing face of New York also avaialble in print.
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As you may know, after 8 years and 9 seasons, the U.S. version of The Office has reached it's conclusion. A lot has been written and said about this seminal series, so much, by others more informed than I, so I will say only this to those that have somehow avoided indulging this hilarious, endearing journey; skip the first episode (the second is one of the whole series' best!) and remember that the drama is a much slower burn than the equally brilliant Britsh source material. I was very impressed by the final season which found a way to bring back old friends and round out all the losse ends without feeling forced. We just watched the whole thing from start to finish and I recommend you do too...
Jeebuz those Skeleton's still scare me...
Raymond Frederick Harryhausen
Born: Los Angeles 29th June 1920
Died: London 7th May 2013.
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.
I've just finished and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful British comedy T.V. series The Thick of It, a behind the scenes satire of British government and the spindoctory that ensues. Created by Alan Partridge mastermind Armando Iannucci it begins it's first two (strangely) 3 episode seasons as a kind of People Like Us style ultra dry comedy through the masterful third and fourth seasons with a wicked mix of black humour and genuine high drama. There is an Enquiry that is truly breathtaking. Iannucci's own description that it is "Yes Minister meets Larry Sanders" really sums it up best.
Stealing the show is Government director of communications Malcom Tucker who would scare Deadwood's Al Swearingen.
There is a feature film spin-off, In the Loop and a new HBO series, also by Armando Iannucci called VEEP with an unusually successful translation of the formula over to U.S. politics, which I would also recommend.
This scene doesn't really some up the series but I couldn't resist, see if you can guess the movie he's referencing.