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The Great Race

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The Competetors

Claire and Brodyn racing their invisible cars in a single lap feature. Winner take all!

Luckily Papaw had his camera on hand to capture
this sibling showdown!


[Stop-Motion Animation Above is 150X113 scaled to 350X339]

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Bitten by the Big Pig

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When I headed off to Fandom Fest I was on the lookout for a story. With video camera in hand I was able to collect enough shots of the event to give some indication that there was a lot going on. [see: FandomFest GrabShot] There were tons of people in attendance and you never knew what might be in store for you around every turn.

First glimpse - Big Biting Pig Productions Turning around at one point I spied the word "lucid." emblazoned on a jet-black tee-shirt being worn by the red-headed gal that was manning the Big Biting Pig Productions booth. At that very instant I remembered that "lucid." was the title of an indie horror film that I had every intention of seeing. Having lost track of the schedule of events and fearful that I might have missed the screening I inquired at the booth and was told the film was showing "at this very moment," that it probably just started and if we hurried, my brother and I would not miss much (if any) of the feature. The helpful exhibitor in the "lucid." tee added, "I probably should be there too,  seeing how it's my film and everything... I have no idea where it is screening though."

Having scoped out the screening rooms earlier in the day, I knew exactly where it was and said, "if you follow us we will take you right to it." (It was just downstairs from our present location.) Making our way to the screening room we entered the darkened space where the magic was already in progress upon the glowing screen in front of the more punctual attendees. Our red-headed tag-a-long stopped us in the back of the hall and whispered, "this is what you've missed..." and proceeded to explain the scenes we had missed and the development of the plot to this point, then kindly offered us to please have a seat and enjoy the film.

It would not be until the rolling of the credits at the end of this clever bit of cinematic thrill ride that I would learn the name of our friendly host and usher - PJ Woodside, Writer, Director, Producer and more! This was my introduction to Big Biting Pig Productions. This was the story I needed to tell...

The new standard for independent Horror Films

The new standard for independent Horror Films

STEVE HUDGINS & PJ WOODSIDESTEVE HUDGINS is the founder of Big Biting Pig Productions, Steve is not only an accomplished actor in front of the camera and on stage, he is also a director and an award winning writer.
In addition to writing the screenplays for "Maniac on the Loose", "GoatSucker", "Hell is Full" & "Spirit Stalkers" and directing those movies, he also co-wrote the stage play "Killer Cast Party" with creative partner PJ Woodside and directed the World Premiere in 2009.
Steve Hudgins was recently referred to by Friday the 13th writer Victor Miller as a "Horror Meister to reckon with."

PJ WOODSIDE, a co-producer with Big Biting Pig Productions, has won awards as a director, actor, and sound editor. "Lucid", her latest film, featuring Bill Johnson of Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, [has just been released.] She is also the writer and director of the films "The Creepy Doll" & "Widow" and has written several stage plays. Her first screenplay, "Cajun P.I." was selected from thousands of entries to be performed as a Radio Play at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY.
She holds an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and has published in both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to partnering with Big Biting Pig Productions, she runs her own video editing business, PJ's Productions, which produces book trailers, music videos and other projects. You can find her work at www.pjsproductions.com

The Movies The Movies


LUCID (2013)



HELL IS FULL  (2010)





This Old *censored* Makes Horror FlicksRead PJ Woodsides Blog

Excerpts from "worm in my mouth"PJ and Worm

My worm scene was only added AFTER I’d been cast.  Steve Hudgins, the writer and director of this one, said he’d done a revision to the script, and would I, WOULD I, mind putting a worm in my mouth.  Only one.  How could I say no, right?
I will tell you what worms taste like.  Dirt.  That’s not too surprising, since they come from the dirt.  But wait.  Worms actually make dirt.  And how do they do that?  By processing organic matter through their bodies.

That’s right.  Dirt is worm shit.  And so when you put a worm in your mouth and it tastes like dirt, basically the worm is doing what all your sworn enemies wish they could.
We got what we needed in about ten takes, and honestly, I would have done it twice as many if asked to.  Once I got the hang of it, it was kind of fun.  The worm and I bonded.
... [ Read It ]

Source: http://www.bigbitingpigproductions.com

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Open Culture - Free Media Resources

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BlogDogIt brings you even more of what you're looking for:

Open Culture - The best free cultural & educational media on the web
The best free cultural & educational media on the web

What is Open Culture’s Mission?

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.

Who is Behind Open Culture? [ Read More... ]


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FandomFest GrabShot

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Fandom Fest - (Louisville Comic Con)
Some Random Scenes from Across the Event

Basement Jaxx selections from Rooty
Shot by masodo on Friday, July 26, 2013.

See Related Story: Bitten by the Big Pig

some related links:
95ers:ECHOES (Indie Film Project) 95ers.com/engage/
Bender Comics www.bendercomics.com/
Big Biting Pig Productions www.BigBitingPigProductions.com

BlackWyrm Publishing (experimental fiction) www.blackwyrm.com
Bloodsucka Jones (Bad Ass) facebook.com/bloodsuckajonesthemovie
Body Count Zine bodycountpodcast.com
Butch Patrick (Actor) presents Munsters.com www.munsters.com
Classic Horrors - Steven J Bejma www.classichorrors.info
ComicBook.com Fandomfest Cosplay & Celebrity Photos
David "House" Greathouse (MakeUp/SFX) www.imdb.com/name/nm0337306/
J. M. Dragunas (Author-Illustrator) The-Book-of-D.BlogSpot.com
Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution www.jordansBrains.com
M.B. Weston (Author/Speaker) www.mbweston.com
Michael Rooker (Actor) www.michaelrookeronline.com
Primo Cardinalli www.facebook.com/primo.cardinalli
Samuel Scott Osborne (Producer/Actor) www.imdb.com/name/nm0651743/
Sir Geoffrey Forge (seeking link)
Synapse Films synapse-films.com
Zombie-Guide Magazine www.zombie-guide.com

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Stencil Noob - Fabric Painting

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Soon after deciding to attend Fandom Fest (Lousville Comic Con) I started to ponder what I might wear to such an event. The "geekiest" shirt I own is my TauDay T-shirt which I considered, but did not much relish getting drawn into a lengthy debate with some mathematician eager to instruct me on the error of my ways. (This of course assumes that a Comic Con would attract those of superior mathematical prowess.) My son suggested that I dress up as Green Lantern and while the very thought may seem apealing at first, the reality is that I would not subject the general public to such a creation.

After announcing on BlogDogIt that I would be making a "personal appearance", I got it into my head that I should use the event as a vehicle to promote my blog. I had enough badge making supplies to produce a handful of BlogDogIt "tags" to use as some sort of geeky bartering currency - this was a good start. I decided however, that I must have a BlogDogIt shirt to wear and set about plotting how to bring this idea to fruition.

By some stroke of dumb luck I located my original PhotoShop file for the design of the BlogDogIt logo so I was able to enlarge and incorporate this into my design. I saved the graphic as a 150dpi TIFF (to size) and found myself at a crossroads; how do I get from "camera ready" to the runway (so to fashion-speak?)

I had thought about taking this to a custom shirt printer (I imagine they must exist) but to produce a one-off product would surely be outside of my (virtually non existent) budget for this project. I have connections to a vinyl cutter and considered reproducing the graphic as a cut vinyl stick-on but thought it would end up just looking goofy and desperate. I know there are iron-on solutions that use the vinyl cutter but I did not have ready access to the appropriate media. It was a short hop to start thinking of the cut vinyl in terms of a stencil and my internet-based research took a turn down fabric paint alley.

There was a lot of discussion about fabric spray paints and in fact we have several colors available in our crafts arsenal already but I wanted to do white lettering on black fabric so I needed to pick up some "white  something" to do the job. I looked into Stencil Fabric Spray Paint which looked promising. It goes on thick and opaque but seemed a bit too "clunky" to apply (based on the few videos I spied.) I did not want to risk messing this up; since it was down to the wire I had to get it right on the first try. I settled therefor on hand-painting the stenciled fabric with Liquitex Titanium White Opaque Acrylic. My neighborhood JoAnns did not have the Jacquard brand paint - which seemed to be a favorite among many stencil painters - so I went with the closest competing product from their shelf stock rather than turn this into a wild goose chase for the sake of a particular brand name.

My Wife and Daughter volunteered for the hazardous duty of buying the shirt for me - they actually enjoy shopping... me? not so much. They brought back a really cool black-on-black Hawaiian print, silk, button-down that fit all the supplied criteria. Being unsure how it was going to turn out, I was anxious to get this show on the road and wasted little time setting the stage.

 [ Please Continue Reading This Fascinating Tale... ]

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Bigfoot Project Revealed

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A Friend's Facinating Footage is Found

     Perhaps it may seem a tad bit gratuitous to post about Bigfoot. I mean, the mere mention of Sasquatch and all SEO bets are off. The internet is chocked full of Bigfoot "this" and Yeti "that", but I could not just sit on this discovery any longer.

Image Source: I Spy | Nature For Kids

Bigfoot spotted on twitter.

     A year or so ago while visiting the web site of our friend Jonathan Chapin [JonnyChapps.com] I noticed - in his twitter feed - the mention of a vimeo video purporting to be about Bigfoot.  Although Jon's tweet was intended for one of his twitter followers, I reason that if he did not want anyone to see the video he would not be discussing it in such a public forum.

     I must admit to being a big fan of the "Controversial Documentary" genre (you know, UFOs, Ancient Aliens, Crop Circles and so forth.) So let me tell you, when I found myself in front of the video player with the chance to virtually tag-along on an amateur Bigfoot reconnaissance mission I did not have to think twice about hitting the play button. What followed was an adventure into the Cascade Mountains that I will not soon forget. This is a brilliant bit of documentary and it would be a shame if this footage was never mentioned in the same sentence as the Patterson film - so there.


The Bigfoot Project (Okanogan Expedition)

Viewer Discretion Advised

The Bigfoot Project (Okanogan Expedition) from JonnyChapps on Vimeo.

First episode - Okanogan Expedition.

The Bigfoot Project heads to the Okanogan Forest in the Cascade Mountain range located in Washington State to begin their search for Sasquatch.

The Bigfoot Project was created by Jonathan Chapin and Bob Johnson to document their travels to prove the existence of Bigfoot. Armed with night vision, trail cameras and audio and video equipment they will scour the areas in America with the most reports of this mythological beast to document once and for all the existence of Bigfoot. 


 SD .MP4 file (640x432 / 239MB)

Bigfoot Photo Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson-Gimlin_film
Frame 352 from the Patterson-Gimlin film, alleged by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin to show a Bigfoot,
and by some others to show a man in an
ape suit.[1]

Binocular Source Image: Nature For Kids

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Dave Schmarder's - Make A Radio

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Crystal Radio

BlogDogIt Note: Before I was bitten by the computer bug I had quite the facination with radios - particularly crystal radios. I discovered Dave Schmarder several years ago as I searched the internet for sites relating to my all-but-forgotton hobby. Dave's website is a treasure trove of information and entertainment - a true labor of love. This article goes up as my way of thanking Dave for sharing his art with the world. Please visit his extensive website. ~ masodo

Crystal Radios

Crystal Radio

Remember that crystal set you made with your dad or grandpa? I remember my experiences to this day. In early 2002 the crystal set bit me again. This time I really got excited and started building one set right after another. I was going to stop when I built a couple of radios that would display well. But there was no way I was going to quit. So here I am at 78 radios and counting! I hope you find one that you would like to build. See what I have made to show you.


Tube Radios

Tube Radio

Soon after I started building crystal sets, the lousy summer band conditions convinced me that I should expand my activities in to active devices. Encouraged by my web visitors, I built a bunch of tube radios to experiment with. I didn't build regenerative radios when I was a kid, so this was new territory for me. I am pleased with the outcome and I hope you are too. So, I proudly present my tube radio main page.


Solid State Radios

Solid State Radio

Transistors? Bah humbug. But I've heard that they have become popular and more and more people have switched from tubes to transistors. So far there is only one radio, but I hope to add more. So please accept my meager attempt for now

Audio Amplifier

Tube Audio Amplifier

I love tube amplifiers. But as my solid state section, my amplifier section has only one example to show you. It is a nice small, low powered audio amp. Several others have built this design and are quite happy. So check out my amplifier section and encourage me to make more!

Loop Antennas

Loop Antennas

Loop antennas have been in my family since I was a little guy. I still have the big red loop that my dad built and that started my interest in these magical devices. I built some smaller loop antennas to connect to my old time radios to improve my reception. My loops are beautiful!


 Dave Schmarders Crystal Radio Sets

 Dave' s Own Crystal Radio Collection


On the verge of mental stability.

 Source: Dave's Homemade Crystal and Tube Radios at makearadio.com.

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Thimble Full of Cosmology

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A Thimble Can Hold More Than You Might Realize.What I don't know about Cosmology could fill an entire Universe(s) - all but perhaps a timble full.

If you are just starting out, then you might even want to know the meaning of the word. According to The Free Dictionary - [By Farflex]...

cos·mol·o·gy  (kz-ml-j)

n. pl. cos·mol·o·gies
1. The study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space.
a. The astrophysical study of the history, structure, and constituent dynamics of the universe.
b. A specific theory or model of this structure and these dynamics.

meh?... it'll do.

For me Cosmology is, on the one hand,  a study generally relegated to Mathematicians, Theoretical Physicists, Astrophysicists and such; on the other hand, enough mystery exists to elicit work by Artist, Philosophers, Theologians and abstract thinkers in general.  

Calabi Yau SpaceThanks in no small part to the patient works of Carl Sagan (Cosmos) and Brian Greene (Fabric of the Cosmos) I have been lured out onto the ledge of Cosmological understanding and have learned enough to know I should likely climb back inside my comfort zone, but the view from here is awesome. 

It makes my head hurt to even attempt to grasp the theories and concepts with which today's scientists grapple. Ah, but no pain no gain. Why bother? Well, when a person with the intellect of Einstein goes to his grave longing for a "Grand Unification Theory" I say, it must be important. We should probably see what we can do about that. By we of course I mean humanity.

Just when I start to almost (maybe, at some level) get a handle on String Theory and Super String M Theory, I get hit splat upside the head with Brane World theory. [See the The Official String Theory Web Site.] It is not the purpose of this article to educate anyone on these concepts. I only hope to convey that I do have a genuine interest in these subjects and would encourage anyone to exercise their mind by investigating the science of reality. There is no shortage of information available for anyone looking to understand such complex research.

I was not actively seeking enlightenment when I happened upon The Trenches of Discovery website. I was impressed with the site enough to shine the BlogDogIt Spotlight on their efforts. You see, the thing about the BlogDogIt Spotlight is, these are blogs that I am genuinely taken with and am actively following. When I am so moved I will comment and participate with these folks in a constructive manner in an effort to show my support for their labors. That for me is the essence and appeal of blogging.

Shaun Hotchkiss of The Trenches of Discovery was providing on-the-scene coverage of "The universe as seen by Planck" (conference) in Helsinki, Finland. It was in the course of this coverage that I offered up a very disjointed question regarding the implications to Brane Theory and its associated "Big Splat Theory" by way of the much improved CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) data provided by the Planck Satellite Mission. I asked the question simply because I favor "Big Splat." The reason I support the theory is that as complex as the concept is, I comprehend it even better than "Inflation Theory"; it just feels right to me. (I realize this is on a par with saying I root for the Green Bay Packers because I like their uniforms - it is what it is.) I genuinely wanted to know if the experts had found any supporting evidence for my pet extra-dimensional thought exercise.

Not only was my question taken seriously but the evidence seems to indicate that Shaun took "virtual me" along with him to the conference. I was honored that he not only took the time to answer the question I put forth but introduced me to a couple of folks of like mind to myself (albeit of greater intellect.) I have my resarch cut out for me now. [I appreciate that Shaun.] Please read the following excerpt and be sure to frequent The Trenches of Discovery - they really are on the front-lines of discovery!

Excerpted from: Cosmological perturbations post-Planck - wrap up - By Shaun Hotchkiss

"The big splat"

A commenter (masodo) asked me a question during the conference about something called "the big splat". Now I have to admit that I'd never heard of "the big splat" before he or she asked this question, but google tells me that it is another name for the "ekpyrotic/cyclic" universe, which I definitely have heard of (I think the "big splat" name is before my time).

Masodo wished to know what the implications were from Planck for the big splat and whether it was discussed at the conference.

Firstly, the ekpyrotic universe is a replacement for inflation, but not the big bang. In the ekpyrotic scenario the fluctuations in the universe's density, etc are created during a contraction phase, but then the ordinary big bang still happens after that. Nobody in cosmology doesn't believe in the big bang any more (sorry for the double negative). Nobody. Even the people who used to work on steady-state models now work on oscillating models that are "steady-state" (i.e. periodic) in the long, long, long term. The temperature and polarisation of the CMB has within it evidence of sound waves that were rippling through the universe 14 billion years ago when the universe was ~1000 times hotter than it is now and they look exactly like the big bang predicted they would decades ago. We will definitely gain new understanding into how the big bang happened, what started it, what came before it, etc, etc, but it did happen!

Regarding the "big splat" it wasn't discussed during the conference in a scientific context. Not too many people work on it. If one of those people had been at the conference I'm sure it would have been discussed, but none were. It was discussed a little bit at the coffee breaks but only because Hiranya Peiris (one of the conference guests) was having a public debate with Paul Steinhardt (one of the creators of the ekpyrotic model) over skype and she was canvassing people's thoughts.

The people who work on the ekpyrotic universe (e.g. Steinhardt) have claimed that Planck shows evidence that favours this scenario over inflation. This is not the consensus.

Moreover, both paradigms have issues. Inflation has a problem with initial conditions; that is, the universe has to be in a specific state in order for inflation to begin. It's hard to quantify what a "generic initial universe" should look like so most cosmologists don't worry about this problem. Once that problem is ignored there do exist complete models of inflation that can take us from an inflating universe all the way to today. The ekpyrotic universe is less well developed, but its major problem is that it requires the universe to go from a contracting phase to an expanding phase. I haven't studied the model in detail and the creators of the model have speculative ways for how this could happen, but it does make the paradigm less compelling. Note that there is a qualitative difference in that, once inflation has started, it does work, but this change from contracting to expanding has to happen after the fluctuations in the universe have been generated, so it is a more pertinent problem for the ekpyrotic universe than the initial condition problem is for inflation.

Given this, until evidence does arrive that favours the ekpyrotic universe over inflation the "most probable" paradigm is inflation (at least according to my priors). However, until evidence arrives that overwhelmingly favours inflation, research into alternative paradigms is definitely still worthwhile. No matter how compelling we find it, inflation might just turn out not to be true.

Thanks masodo for the great question!

Fire away if you have any more!!


 Thimble image by Llangefni

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Spotlight[Living]: Unhappy Dan

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BlogDogIt Note: I have been running into Unhappy Dan for several years now in my travels across the interwebs. I was very glad to run across him again on Technorati, in my search for another stellar blog to shine the BlogDogIt Spotlight upon. Unhappy Dan is primarily a vlogger (video blogger) whose YouTube channel known as SearchForHappy is chocked-full-o-goodness. He has also recently started a new channel called Geeky Inside. Pay a visit to poor ol' Unhappy Dan and he'll take you along for the ride as he travels through life, living the dream...
There is an update to this story
please see the comments below!

People say I am mean, cruel, stubborn, etc. I say I am just Unhappy. This blog chronicles my being Unhappy and everything that comes with it. It includes to a Video blog of me and my family, useful links, and unique posts reviewing my daily experiences and point of view.


Today we go shopping for hobby supplies. We went looking for airbrush cleaner and some inks but we end up finding some nifty things along the way. We tried out Michaels and a Ben Franklin craft store and end up being pretty dissatisfied on their pricing for airbrush stuffs compared to DickBlic Online. Both stores had some pretty neat deals on other items but they don’t seem to be the place to go for your airbrush needs.

Source: UnhappyDan.com


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IP Range Blocking

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Evil Hacker Dood

We are fast approaching our One Millionth Hit To The System here on BlogDogIt.com so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss our efforts to reduce spam and hacking traffic. These measures have been taken in order to better legitimize the hit-counter so that we might get a feel for the actual human visitors to this site (as opposed to the robotic invaders from outer space.)

I have been using GUS (Geeklog Usage Stats) and Geeklog Ban plugins here since a little before taking our one-half-millionth hit. This system, along with its integral connection to http://whois.domaintools.com/, has allowed the analysis of web traffic and has lead to the identification of cyber-attack sources to this innocent little website. Any particularly persistent brutalizers have been blocked by their specific IP address. As time passes and the list of "bad guys" grows it becomes obvious that an inordinate amount of attacks emanate from within a particular range of IP addresses. When such trends have been discovered, measures have been taken that prevent huge blocks of IP addresses from infiltration.

Are you trying to hack me?

Ever since instituting the CAPTCHA system on posts and comments the amount of spam making it into the data has all but vanished. There are still some human powered spam submitters but by having all post held for review those are easy enough to find and destroy.

Thanks in no small way to these efforts, I will take pride in knowing that when the hit counter strikes 1,000,000 a very high percentage of those request were made by real live human beings visiting BlogDogIt.com on the off-chance they might find what they were looking for. With any luck they will also discover what they were not necessarily looking for, to wit: This labor of love made available to the masses. That is unless their IP address happens to belong to one of the following blocked ranges of IPs:



The percent sign (%) in the above denotes any matching string.

Get a complete CSV file of every IP Address blocked by BlogDogIt.com (as of 6/6/13.)

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