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Modern Old-Fashioned Movie Magic

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Hey Rocky - Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat... Again?!?In this day and age we take for granted that Computer Generated Imagery is likely behind the special effects we see in movies and on television. The video below illustrates how with ingenuity and coordination, riggers and grips can still blow our minds.

You will probably need to view this a couple of times to follow all that is going on here.

Enjoy!

How They Made The Old Spice "I'm On A Horse" Commercial

Published on Jun 7, 2014 Cody Michel

I LOVED this commercial the second I saw it. But what makes so much cooler, is the fact that it was shot entirely practically, except for the stuff in his hand. ps. I'm aware this isn't video of the take they actually used, but it's so well choreographed that it hardly makes a difference. Original Camera Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux4C-...

View the Behind The Scenes Portion Only below.

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TV Catchphrase Collection

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That's All Folks!

wikipedia says:

A catchphrase (or catch-phrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media (such as literature and publishing, motion pictures, television and radio), as well as word of mouth. Some become the de facto "trademark" or "signature" of the person or character with whom they originated, and can be instrumental in the typecasting (beneficially or otherwise) of a particular actor.

According to Richard Harris, a psychology professor at Kansas State University who studied why people like to cite films in social situations, using film quotes in everyday conversation is similar to telling a joke and a way to form solidarity with others. "People are doing it to feel good about themselves, to make others laugh, to make themselves laugh", he said. He found that all of the participants in his study had used film quotes in conversation at one point or another. "They overwhelmingly cited comedies, followed distantly by dramas and action adventure flicks." Horror films, musicals and children's films were hardly ever cited.[1]

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There can be little doubt that some famous catchphrases have been left out of the above compilation. What did they miss? What is your favorite catchphrase to use? Do you have your own catchphrase? Please leave a comment... [smiley::D]

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The Caretakers - World Premiere

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Big Biting Pig Productions

Big Biting Pig Productions Announces
The World Premiere of their latest feature film:

"The Caretakers"

The Caretakers

"You've never seen a vampire movie like this before!"

WHEN?
Saturday - JUNE 28th, 2014

WHERE?
The Ballard Convention Center
605 East Arch Street
Madisonville, KY 42431

THE CARETAKERS WORLD PREMIERE

Advance Tickets Are Now On Sale!

A Gratuitous Promotion By BlogDogIt.com

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On The Top Of The World...

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NASA's Astronomy Picture of the DayNot long ago, I added a new feature to this website called "Astro Pic of the Day." This addition is visible right now in the left-most column of the home page and brings you the daily photo displayed on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day page.

Thanks to some creative coding and the services of InfinitelyRemote.com I have been able to harvest NASA's daily image and present it here. I encourage you to click on those daily images to see them in their High-Rez splendor and read their descriptions for a very interesting look into the universe in which we live. In the words of the NASA source page:

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Today's offering was a very interesting video feed that shows a real-time view of the Earth from the ISS (International Space Station.) Not wishing to lose such an awesome "Window on the World," I have chosen to share it here:

ISS High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment


Live streaming video by Ustream

View the "Where is the International Space Station" Map

***QUICK NOTES ABOUT HDEV VIDEO***
Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.


For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.
Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/917.html

Source:Ustream

Add Astro Pic of the Day to your web page.

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Cuppa or Cup of?

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Tea or Coffee: What Does Your Country Drink to Stay Productive?

Source: ProductivityTheory.com

Tea or Coffee: What Does Your Country Drink to Stay Productive?

by Kayla  [ProductivityTheory.com]

If you’re like me, you probably reach for another cup of coffee on the days when you’re feeling under motivated and under productive. But coffee isn’t the drink of choice for all people seeking a motivation boost, as the graphic [above] demonstrates:

The populations of many countries largely prefer tea to coffee, which makes sense given the historical significance of tea in some Asian countries, as well as the main locations of tea and coffee crop production.

According to the data from Euromonitor International, between 75% and 100% of the U.S. population are avid coffee drinkers, along with Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Canadians reportedly consume more coffee than they do tea, but only 50% to 75% of the Canadian population drinks coffee. Interestingly, the U.K. is the only European country with more than 75% of people preferring tea to coffee.

On the other hand, the large majority of Asian countries prefer tea to coffee, with more than 75% of China’s population drinking tea and between 50% and 75% of Japan’s population choosing tea over coffee. Both Russia and some Middle-Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia  also choose tea first.

There are many benefits to drinking both coffee and tea to boost your productivity. For one, both help keep you awake, but they also contain powerful antioxidants that can help boost your immune system, they both taste amazing and they can even put you in a better mood!

Of course, nothing can substitute for some good old fashioned inspiration and hard work, but a cup of tea or coffee on the days you’re feeling less inspired might help!

Which do you prefer when you need a productivity boost? Tea? Or maybe some coffee? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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NPR To Get Internet (It's About Time)

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NPR 1970s Logo

A memo from 20 years ago...

“The internet is a collection of computer networks that is connected around the world…A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups, but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances.”

via Johnny Kauffman at NPR

NPR To Get Internet

NPR To Get Internet

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Take A Closer Look

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To Get A Close-Up Look Use A MicroscopeA microscope (from the Ancient Greek: μικρÏŒς, mikrós, "small" and σκοπεá¿–ν, skopeîn, "to look" or "see") is an instrument used to see objects that are too small for the naked eye. The science of investigating small objects using such an instrument is called microscopy. Microscopic means invisible to the eye unless aided by a microscope. - wikipedia

Enjoy these images found via schizoides!

Source:

PeymanAbr - Microscope Images Album

 

Microscope Images

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Titled Thumbnail Slides by masodo

Microscope Diagram Source:My Scientific Blog

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Codgertatin' With Creaky

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Codgertation - life, cycling ... and going quietly radical

Today I share a post from our ol' pal Creaky over at Codgertation. Hopefully he will excuse me swiping this content but this is some top-notch Codgertatin' and I'd hate to think the BlogDogIt readers might miss it. The biggest take-away here is: don't you dare forget to follow Creaky as he imparts the pearls of wisdom and observations that result from his "100 Miles of Thinking Every Week."

The Joy Of Self-Delusion
Tuesday, 1st April 2014

Cycling around South Oxon today, in lovely but unseasonably warm weather, I found myself wondering about the distinction between us and rats.

To explain: the latest IPCC report confirms what we already knew – because of climate change, the planet faces a bleak future, and thus so do we all.

It’s that simple. This made top story in some news outlets … for a day. And that’s it. The scale of news media’s response is a good measure of how we are collectively going to respond to this looming calamity. We’re not. We know it’s coming, but it’s not going to set any meaningful national or global agendas. It’s not going to make any significant difference to how we all behave. And then, sooner or later, the problems will force themselves into our lives (if they haven’t already), and then we’ll struggle on, and cope as best we can – or not.

Perhaps some did, but none of the news reports I saw made mention of the screamingly obvious elephant in the room: population growth. If you really want to tackle both the causes of climate change and help mitigate the consequences of it, there would be a world-wide drive to discourage the human population from growing. There’s as much chance of that happening as there is of us all decamping to a new planet to live there happily ever after.

What I did see in the news reports was the inevitable clutching at straws – the mentions of ‘perhaps this report by the IPCC might be alarmist’, or ‘perhaps some crop yields will increase’ or ‘perhaps human ingenuity can come up with solutions’.

Crops in unusually warm spring weather

Perhaps all this unseasonable warmth will mean bumper crops. Perhaps.

Ignoring problems and instead clutching at straws: this isn’t surprising behaviour. It’s akin to smokers believing that they won’t get lung cancer, or the obese not believing it’s what they eat that’s the problem. (Said the over-weight ex-smoker.) There are any number of examples of how humans like to and, more importantly, are able to deceive themselves.

There’s a famous – if pretty grim – experiment from the 1950s by someone called Curt Richter. In a nutshell: if you put rats in jars of water that they can’t get out of, they’ll give up struggling fairly quickly and drown. If you set the same conditions up but take a rat out before it drowns, then put it back in again, it will struggle on for far longer, before – of course- it eventually drowns too. Such is the power of hope.

The distinction between us and rats is that the rats need an external cause to have hope – they need to be rescued (albeit briefly) before they feel they have a reason to struggle on. That is to say, they can’t fool themselves that there’s hope. Unlike rats, we can fool ourselves and have hope despite all the evidence to the contrary. Whether that makes us the superior of a rat or not, I’m not sure.

~

Source: http://www.codgertation.co.uk/the-joy-of-self-delusion/

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An April's Fool

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The FoolSymbolism of The Fool
(Tarot card)

The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind him represents the divine nature of the Fool's wisdom and exuberance, holy madness or 'crazy wisdom'. On his back are all the possessions he might need. In his hand there is a flower, showing his appreciation of beauty. He is frequently accompanied by a dog, sometimes seen as his animal desires, sometimes as the call of the "real world", nipping at his heels and distracting him. He is seemingly oblivious that he is walking toward a precipice, apparently about to step off. One of the keys to the card is the paradigm of the precipice, Zero and the sometimes represented oblivious Fool's near-step into the oblivion (The Void) of the jaws of a crocodile, for example, are all mutually informing polysemy within evocations of the iconography of The Fool. The staff is the offset and complement to the void and this in many traditions represents wisdom and renunciation, e.g. 'danda' (Sanskrit) of a Sanyassin, 'danda' (Sanskrit) is also a punctuation mark with the function analogous to a 'full-stop' which is appropriately termed a period in American English. The Fool is both the beginning and the end, neither and otherwise, betwixt and between, liminal.


Source: Wikipedia

April Fools' Day

April Fools' Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April 1. The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, called April fools. Hoax stories are also often found in the press and media on this day.

Origins

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Springfield - LEGO Style

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The Simpsons

The New 16 LEGO Simpsons MiniFigs!

A new set of characters from The Simpsons have been brought to the world of LEGO. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and in honor of the 25th anniversary of the television series, LEGO has released a series of 16 new character figurines from the iconic animated comedy.

The new Lego cast includes the five family members, Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Ralph Wiggum, Chief Wiggum, Apu, Millhouse, Nelson, Krusty, Itchy and Scratchy.

To top it off, each character comes with their very own accessory.

The entire line of LEGO ‘The Simpsons’ minifigures series is launching in May in major toy retailers nationwide for $3.99 each, just in time for the special LEGO episode of ‘The Simpsons’ that’s premiering May 4, 2014 on Fox at 8/7c.

- By Larry Fire



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Source: FireWire

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Life Stinks for Abigail

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Life Stinks For Abigail?Back in May of 2012 I posted about the "Life Stinks? We Can Help." advertising campaign waged by Tidy Cats™ brand kitty litter, in the BlogDogIt article titled "I Need You To Lower Your Voice." That article featured an embedded YouTube video (The Lobby) that I only recently noticed had been removed (apparently by Tidy Cats.)
 
This discovery set me on a mission to find that video again to restore the post. I assumed that since this advertising campaign / web series was so good that I would have little trouble turning up a replacement; was I wrong? It really took some digging but I finally found the collection on the Kids At Play Media website. I was so relieved to find they had the entire 10 episode series available; I was really beginning to think these video gems would be lost to the world at large. I hope all interested parties will forgive me as I do my bit to continue to share the trials and tribulations of dear ol' Abigail.
 
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Kids At Play MediaFrom Kids At Play: Life Stinks? For Abigail it often does. It seems that no matter where she is or what she’s doing things have the potential to go wrong … hilariously wrong. A hysterical new web series starring Rachael Harris, produced in association with AFG, Principato Young Entertainment, and Electus.  

The Abigail / Life Stinks Logo Image above recovered from:
Internet Archive - Wayback Machine.

 

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Hey Buddy - Lend a Fin?

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YouTube Embedded VideoFascinating underwater footage of human/dolphin interaction:

"A Bottlenose Dolphin needed my help to get a fishing hook and line off it's left pectoral fin" - Keller Laros.

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