Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hello 2010!

Don't know what's ahead but I wish us all the best!
Paul Parducci

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lightning Bolt and Harvey Benshotter

My son who knows all things cool turned me on to this amazing B&W video. Just in time for the Holiday Season!

Paul Parducci

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and Don't Forget...

to take some risks with your left-over sandwiches. Half the country uses the cranberry sauce already- let's really push the envelope this year.
God Bless,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Rest in Peace. I Will Remember.

Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, 55, of Havre De Grace, Md.

Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.

Capt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, of San Diego, Calif.

Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.

Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, of Plymouth, Ind.

Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.

Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, of Tillman, Okla.

Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.

Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah.

Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolinbrook, Ill.

Spc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn.

Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago, Ill.

Chief Warrant Officer retired Michael Cahill of Cameron, Texas.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Autodidacts Rejoice!

I think it is self-evident that learning is best looked at as a life-long endeavor. I for one find myself constantly stumbling along to keep up with what is for me a flood of information. When I'm not doing my best to remember (re-learn?) vast portions of material I'm supposed to already know from College and Grad School I am playing hide and seek with concepts that seem about as clear to me as granite.
Luckily the web (which itself can be an ocean of confusion) is now offering up a growing community of outlets that offer structured, professionally curated knowledge acquisition.
Here is a great resource from Lifehacker.
Paul Parducci

Saturday, October 03, 2009

A Real Hero Passes: Marek Edelman

Marek Edelman, the last surviving member of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has left this world.
Here is his Obituary from the Los Angeles Times.
Paul Parducci
PS: The photo is from Eilat Gordin Levitan's excellent site.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

Nature's first green is gold

Her hardest hue to hold

Her early leaf's a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Here is a Yale lecture on America's own flinty isolator Robert Lee Frost.
Paul Parducci

Monday, September 14, 2009

Louis Prima and Keely Smith

This incomparable duo redifined Vegas entertainment in the 1950's.
Here they are with "Hey Boy Hey Girl."

This weekend I saw the truly terrific show "Louis &Keely Live at the Sahara." at the Geffen Playhouse. It's also directed by one of my personal favorites; Taylor Hackford.
If you get the chance see it.
Paul Parducci

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

This year I am going to maintain constant vigilance! I vow no burned burgers! I pledge not a single curled and immolated hot dog!
God Bless and be safe-
Paul Parducci

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Sunn Classic's Beyond and Back

Remember Sunn Classics?
Here is their famous foray into the question of Life after death.
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Robot Attack!

I am not a Tech Alarmist but is this the first ripple in a Man versus Machine showdown?
Man Attacked by Robot
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

My Favorite Song: Martin Denny's "Quiet Village"

Martin Denny was a giant in the world of Exotica.
Here is most famous piece on the original 45 Record!

Paul Parducci

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ancient Egyptian Electric Light Bulbs?

More fun with Speculation!

Here is a good intro (From an Ancient Astronauts Doc) that includes a demonstration of the Baghdad battery.

And here is a demonstration of how it could have worked.

Paul Parducci

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

Murnau's "The Last Laugh"

As far as I'm concerned this is the most perfectly executed silent film ever made.
It contains exactly one Title card.
Paul Parducci

Saturday, May 09, 2009

JJ Abrams' Star Trek

I was among the throng that went to see this much anticipated re-start of this Sci-Fi behemoth.

After purchasing tickets early in the day I had the privilege of standing in line with my family. I say privilege because the waiting was all part of the fun. In the great hall of my local multi-plex, a party atmosphere was in full effect. (Our line backed into another line waiting for another show.) Kids connected with each other while families goofed and smiled as they balanced vats of popcorn. (My family did the same.)
After twenty minutes the line moved and we took our seats. My wife and I frequently joke that the coming attractions always seem better than the movie we are about to see. There was none of this feeling last night. The trailers were fine but not a single frame held the promise of besting what was to come.
We watched the movie.
Star Trek was always a family thing for me, I absorbed the original series with my father and brothers countless times-its episodes are as much a part of my childhood as Hawaiian Punch and GI Joe. And gratefully it is from the original series that Abrams uses as the bedrock for this fantastic piece of Cinema.
It is heroic without devolving into Character jingoism and action-filled without being exhausting.
The Script, Direction, Acting, Production and Sound design, Special Effects and Music are all prime examples of what this town does best.
Go ahead now to that thing with your fingers.
Live Long and... wait maybe I'll just say "Good Luck." (You'll know why after you see the movie.)
Paul Parducci

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Mother Teresa: There Are No Great Things

This is my favorite Mother Teresa quote:

"There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those."
Mother Teresa
Paul Parducci

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tim Carey's "The World's Greatest Sinner

To my absolute awestruck delight this played on TCM Underground last night.
It is in my humble opinion a work of sheer unadulterated brilliance.
Hopefully soon to DVD-
Tim Carey

Paul Parducci

Here is Sam McAbee's excellent piece on Mr. Carey.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Another Life After Death Post: Howard Storm's Near Death Experience

Howard Strom was an Athiest and an Art History Professor when he maintains he had a genuine near death experience.
What do you think?
Here is a short film on what he says happened.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Time Travel and Special Relativity

Most of us have had the experience of the passage of time as being something less than fixed. But can we move through it?

First off, here is an excellent Lecture from Leonard Susskind on Relativity:

Next go here for Rick Groleau's fast and entertaining Click and move.
Paul Parducci

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Harry Thomason's "Encounter With the Unknown" Beware The Heptagon!

From 1973, narrated by Rod Serling and a fascinating Genre time capsule. What makes this film interesting is Thomason's efforts at exploring the humanity of his characters.
Paul Parducci

Saturday, February 07, 2009

"The ABC's of Diet" a Poem

My brother inspired me to write this poem so please forward any psychic blame for damages to the world of Poetry to him.

A white
bread loaf
dead you.
guts make.
names do take.
perhaps for
quite a
well, an
x-tra special
Zwieback Toast for you to gum in hell.

Paul Parducci

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Put On The Mask! Julian Roffman's "The Mask" in 3D

The first Canadian Horror Film to find wide release in the United States.
It features an amazing early electronic music score by Louis Applebaum

As far as I know its not yet available on DVD.
But as soon as it is...
Paul Parducci

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jim Dine At The Getty Villa

My son started telling me about Jim Dine several months ago. So I was flabbergasted when I saw that the Getty Villa was hosting an exhibition of his right in my hometown.
We finally got over there today and had a great time.
If you're in town try and see it you will not be disappointed.
Jim Dine: Poet Singing ( The Flowering Sheets) is a kind of Neo-Dada Muse gang in a charcoal memory box that you won't soon forget.
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Busy New Year

Hello All!
As usual I have several irons in the fire including work on a new project.
But I will do my best to post throughout.
Paul Parducci

PS: This is a photo of Gene Slaymaker's Typewriter from the Indiana Museum

Friday, January 02, 2009

2009! And My Favorite Gift!

I hope Everybody had a great Holiday season. I know I did.
Now I'm going to tell you about my favorite gift. But first I have to say, I am not being paid for this endorsement in anyway- really.
I drink a lot of protein shakes and this little easy-to-use blender makes the process a breeze. (As in simple to operate and a snap to clean.) I haven't used it to blend anything else but iced lemonade yet but I think an omlette is in the future.
OK, now let's all have a fantastic year!
Paul Parducci