Sunday, December 28, 2014

Creepy Broadcasts, Strange Signal Anomalies and Interruptions

Interested in stand out Strange Broadcasts, Unexplained Signals and Hijackings?

Screenshot from the 1987 Max Headroom Incident

Then pull up a chair:


Southern Television Broadcast Interruption 1977
(A Purported Alien)


And the Very Creepy 1987 Chicago Incident:


Russia's UVB-76
(This is from RT- I know-but it's pretty straight forward)



The Backwards Muci Enigma:

Now Imagine a creepy burst of static- 
Later,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Only "Run Run Rudolph" (Run Rudolph Run) Post You Will Ever Need


Quite possibly the greatest Real Rock and Roll Christmas song every created.
Here's the skinny from Song Facts.



Many have covered this Yuletide Rocker Staple here are some stand outs leading to the Original from 1958:


Dave Edmunds:



Joe Perry:


Sheryl Crow:


Keith Richards:



 And the man himself Chuck Berry:



Merry Christmas!
Later,
Paul Parducci


Thursday, December 18, 2014

"The Interview" (The First Time I Did it.)

All this talk of Sony's "The Interview" reminded me of my directorial debut, the Festival Film I made back in 2000 also entitled "The Interview." Shot in beautiful 16 mm Black and White!
Here it is:

Later,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dog Suicide? Is It Possible?


There is a Bridge in Scotland you might want to know about:
 From Dangerous Minds

Here is a Video from Strange Mysteries:


And one from  Stranger Than Fiction:

Later,
Paul Parducci
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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Is the Hollywood Sign Haunted? The Tragic Story of Peg Entwistle.

Hollywood sign as it looks today




Peg Entwistle was an aspiring actress who lept to her death from the sign in 1932.
There are many who maintain that her ghost lingers.
Catch up on Peg:
From Seeks Ghost
From Findadeath
From OnThisDay
From Prairie Ghosts

Peg Entwistle

Hollywood sign as it looked in 1932
Here's a Video from 1989 which includes an eye witness account:

Later,
Paul Parducci

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Real "Black Friday"


Before being irrevocably linked to Post-Thanksgiving shopping, "Black Friday" referred to Jay Gould's attempt to corner the Loose Gold Market in 1869.

These Three links should get you up to speed before you head out to that concrete box.


From History.com

The New York Times

1800's History



 Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, November 24, 2014

Is Gettysburg Haunted? This Post is a Good Place to Start.

Is the a Ghost?

It is not difficult to find true believers regarding the reality of Ghosts at the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Overview From Prairie Ghosts
 Photos from Ghosting Gettysburg

Some Proposed Video Evidence:








Visiting?
From Penn Live The Top Ten Ghost Heavy Spots at Gettysburg
Something strange from Roadtrippers.
Happy Haunt Hunting-
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Lilyhammer: Guns , Snow and The Weekend Ahead.

I'm a big fan of this show.
Steven Van Zandt is terrific as Frank Tagliano. 
So I'm excited that Season Three starts today (Nov 21st) on Netflix. At least that's what the Billboard said on LaBrea-
Of course that means the whole season appears magically on my Roku all at once.
I love the new order of things!
I know what I'm doing this weekend!
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Strange Drowning of Elisa Lam


Enhanced Security Cam Footage of Elisa Lam's final moments


It's been almost two years since the  body of Elisa Lam was discovered in the rooftop water tank of a Los Angeles hotel that had seen better days.

The Story is shocking:
A young Canadian woman tragically dead-
A hotel with a serial killer and suicide-laden history-
The consumption of human remains-
A malfunctioning elevator-
Apparent strange behavior-
There has been much speculation online, much of it focused on the possibility of her being murdered by a ghost or some kind of malevolent force.
from Ghost Diaries.
 and Art Bell
Vigilant Citizen

Others focus on the genuine and down-to-earth Human tragedy.



Elisa Lam just before her death.

More:
From the LA Times
And USA Today.

We'll probably never know the specifics of what happened. But what we do know is that  this young woman's life was cut tragically short. And her family has suffered a loss from which they will never fully recover.
Rest In Peace Elisa.
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Exactly is Kabbalah? Start Here.


 Out here in Los Angeles, spiritual adventuring is a way of life. And Kabbalah is one of the most popular destinations.
So I thought it was time to Blog about it.
I think this post will give you a practical three step start-


1) Steve Ernest's  Solid  Clear,Time-Saving Basic Overview (Thank's Steve!)




1A) Diagram
Kabballah Tree of Life

2) Documentary Secrets of Kabbalah:




3) ZOHAR Online

Okay then-
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On Luck


What is luck?

Definition from Merriam-Webster

We have a complicated relationship with this term as evidenced by this exchange between the Ubersuccessful Howard Schultz of Starbucks and Oprah of (The Oprah Universe):



Oprah's stance on luck is well-known (She doesn't believe in it)  here is a discussion from Yahoo

I myself belief in Luck. I have been lucky many times in my life. I enjoy  being a working actor and Filmmaker but I am keenly aware of the happy accidents that have put me in the right place at the right time over and over again.
Now I won't deny that I am engaged always in a continuous process to improve my skills. I also work daily at advancing my projects and interests with massive (and what I perceive to be) intelligent actions. But I know many people who do the same and have not been able to crack this town.
In short I am a Lucky Guy!

From Practical Ethics

Here is an excellent piece on "Luck" from Professor Michael Mauboussin on HuffingtonPOST

Another thing to consider- Am I Lucky because I think I am. Has this thought turned into a core belief? Is it embedded so deeply in my psyche that I cause lucky occurrences to happen? (ala The Placebo Effect)
The word itself (meaning the visual interplay of the letters) seems to have a certain kind of happy quality. Or maybe that's just a a programmed cultural response I carry. Anyway...
Let's try something:
I am going to attempt to spread "Luck" This is a lucky digital talisman I have made feel free to take it and see if maybe Good Fortune can be spread.
"Luck" from Paul Parducci

Later,
The Very Lucky,
Paul Parducci

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

James Whale's "Frankenstein" Original Trailer (1931)

German Expressionism was the dominant influence on the look of this James Whale Horror classic which starred Boris Karloff in the role that would forever define his career.
Here is the Original Trailer from 1931 via Re-Release by  Joseph Harris and Jack Broder's  Real Art Pictures.



Probably the fullest overview of this film is from the TCM site here.

Later,
Paul Parducci

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

LA NOIRE Update- Paul Parducci aka "Walter Tyler" Living in the Other Place.

Paul Parducci as "Walter Tyler" in LA Noire
A while back I blogged about this very cool Video Game I did called LA Noire.
This is the original post.

The image capture for this project was intense.
This is me in this alternate universe. (It's strange because this too is some kind of existence in another place.)
Later,
Paul Parducci


PS The LA NOIRE WIKI

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Dream of Green Lantern

This comes up from time to time. Yes I was hired to voice "G'hu" on "Green Lantern." 
 I say Voice because like many of the Lantern Characters the Visual was CG.
I was excited, my brother Jim who is a major Comics Industry guy was excited. But alas...
my character never made it to the final cut. I did have a great time working on it however. 
 Here I am on set with GL's amazing director Martin Campbell. (In case you don't know Martin directed "Casino Royale" one of my all time favorite Bond films.)
Later,
Paul Parducci
PS:
Here's what Gh'u looks like-

Friday, October 03, 2014

Blog Released Film "Geometry" Continues to Seep Into the Interverse.

Thanks for the continued support of my
 little creepy, crawly, viewer controlled feature length portion of Cinema.
Here is a screen shot:

Jocelyn Saenz as Susan Trent in Paul Parducci's Geometry

The film in it's entirety can be found for ever and for always HERE.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Abandoned Subway Tunnels and Secrets of the Deep and Dark


There is something inherently fascinating about traveling underground...
Without the comfort of daylight and underneath a vast thick crust of earth and rock it gives this Blogger that lonely mist in the bones feeling.
How about you?


Cincinnati has an Abandoned Subway.


 Very Cool New York Subway URBEX Documentary
  UNDERCITY:




From Urban Ghosts

Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, August 25, 2014

Is That All there Is?


 In last nights episode of  "The Leftovers."
Recap here.

 Kevin Sr. advises Kevin Jr. to stop seeking more...
Telling him and I'm paraphrasing-"This is it so cut the crap."
This yearning, this buzz of existential discontent  spikes I think for most of us from time to time.

From James Wood at the  New Yorker: Is That All There Is?

And of course Peggy Lee:



Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, August 11, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Robot Danger?

 Are we playing with fire?
Will the geometric expansion of Memory and Logic Programming create a future conflict between Man and Machine?
 Here are a few things to look at to get the wheels turning-

Two AI "Chatbots" having a conversation:





 Steven Omohundro's :

ROBOT UPRISING

Later,
Paul Parducci

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Channeling Continues: No Dearth of Speakers From the World of Spirits


Since stumbling upon Jane Roberts who began the Channeling Craze way back in 1970 I find that I can't get enough of the fact that there are a huge group of people (Some would say) making an excellent living talking in a funny accent and presenting more or less the same scientifically unproven (ie; in magnetism two positives always repel each other) Law of Attraction formula.

Anyway here is (a modern Channeled Spirit?) Bashar:


Later,
Paul Parducci

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Candy Darling Can't Swim

 One of the most Famous and Tragic Personalities to emerge from Andy Warhol's Factory
Was the self-created Classic Movie Star Candy Darling.

 Here is Candy in an Interview:



Highly recommended is the Tragic, Fascinating and Well-constructed Documentary "Beautiful Darling" from James Rasin.
(I just watched on NetFlix.)
Here is the Official Trailer:


The title of this post highlights what I consider to be the marrow of the sadness of this short driven, complex life.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bang! Bang! The "Mafia" Video Game Series


For an overview here is the Mafia VG Wiki
 I am  really proud to  be part of this nerve-rattling Crime Netherworld.

I got the chance to work on Mafia 2 doing a bunch of Gangster Voices under the direction of the great Jack Scalici.
Here we are in the Booth.
Actor Paul Parducci and Jack Scalici in the booth for  Mafia 2
Gamers love this one and for good reason. It is loaded with great characters, excellent dialogue and a robust period world.
Here 's a Review Boatload from MetaCritic

Mafia 3 is being prepped now so I have my fingers crossed!
 (No better way to work off stress then spending a couple hours a day getting to play a real bad guy.)
Here is probably the best place to stay up to date on all things M3
Have a Great Day-
And Don't Rat on Your Friends-
Later,
Paul Parducci

PS: I will ever be grateful to the  Very Stand-up Guy Brian Bloom for recommending me for this job!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

My Brother Jim's New Book is Out!


 Hey All-
If you are a Fantasy fan or interested in becoming one then
read my Terrific brother's Fantastic new book!

"The Magic of Morekind is a new novel which will take you from all you have known on Earth to all the hopes and dreams which one might achieve, if they are lucky enough and brave enough, on a new world. A world of myth and magic, of love and pain, of sacrifice and hope. Welcome to Morekind, where the hearts beat strong and where the adventures challenge them. Welcome to a world very different from the one you have known."

The Magic of Morekind is available exclusively on Amazon in the Kindle store.  You can get it right here.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Morekind-James-Parducci-ebook/dp/B00I70Q58Q/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391887759&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=agic+of+Morekind



Read it and add to your world.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Banana Post or "The Only Banana Resource You Will Likely Ever Need."

Confession-
I love Bananas.
High in Fiber
Low in Calories
Rich in Potassium
They are in many ways a perfect food.
But I'm not the only one.
Here is a veritable avalanche of links to some of the best Banana Information on the web.
From Food Matters.
The Great Folks at LIVESTRONG.
From Huffington Post we have unusual uses for Bananas.
From one of the most famous names in BANANADOM.
WISEGEEK has something to say on the subject as well.
And from Underground Health.
Finally from MDHealth.
Okay then at this point you are well on your way to being a world class expert in the uses and benefits of this noble yellow fruit.
I wish that you all Top Banana status!
Later,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"The Happiness Two-Step" or Follow These Two Steps and You Will Be Happy

Having reached the Half-century mark I have learned many things the hard way.
At this point I am confident in offering the following:



THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

ONE: FORGET ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT.

(If you are even remotely like me-you don't even really know what it is. The best I have been able to muster is a strong suspicion based on the constant programming foisted upon me by the materialistic society I live in.)


TWO: DO YOUR BEST TO BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS.

People around you right now are in pain. They need comfort, hope, help to the restroom, a ride, a sandwich... the list goes on and on. No matter where we are in our own struggles we are in better shape than others in some way.


Of course a Spiritual attitude helps with both of these steps. But even if you don't believe in a Higher Power-(An overlying All-knowing Force of Love and Law.) These two steps will work.

And by "work" I mean they will bring you PEACE.

And PEACE = HAPPINESS

God Bless-
Later,
Paul Parducci

Friday, January 24, 2014

Paul Parducci: The Naked Truth!

I was listening to KFI here in Los Angeles the other night and they had the excellent Actor/Writer Fred Stoller on talking about his new book- which I will link at the bottom.

Fred was discussing the life of a perennial Guest Star in Hollywood. (Something I have some experience with!)

It takes great courage and candor to discuss the actual workings of a career in this business where most of the time Brand Management is the top priority.

In any event Fred's take on his work inspired me to do a little reflective thinking. I'm usually the kind of guy that's always looking forward.("What's Next." Is my Motto)  My career has never overly impressed me. But I do Love to Act and still get a kick out of being on sets and working in front of the camera. (And Hope of course springs eternal! I will  get to my experience with Pilots in another post.)

Although I've been lucky enough to have worked frequently, many times with interesting parts in association with very talented artists, I always felt that this kind of work-a-day Hollywood stuff was kind of boring. The life of a Character Actor (And I'm proud to call myself one) is more a life of usefulness to projects rather than  being the heartbeat of a project itself. (I'm seeing at this point that I will have to explore this  at length in another post also or we'll be here all day. See I already think you're bored.)

Anyway-at one point Fred mentioned Guest-Starring on The Naked Truth this is a show I Guest-starred on as well, playing one of my mainstays a bully named Doug Keller.  (So I went to the script pile I keep in the corner of my office and pulled out my script from somewhere near the bottom.) Flipping the pages brought back  fond memories of this experience not the least of which was meeting the fantastic character actor Norman Fell  and working with the charming, beautiful and whip-smart Tea Leoni. The episode was also directed by Robby Benson. (Who I found to be unusually gifted in getting to the kernel of scenes-not easy to do in the fast-paced world of Sitcoms.)

I have enclosed a pic I had snapped with Norman as well as the cover and cast page from the episode I Guested on.

Here is Fred's book.
Later,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Aeschylus: On Gaining Wisdom

“He who learns must suffer;
and even in our sleep
pain that cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
and in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
by the awful grace of God.”
― Aeschylus


Considered the father of Tragedy

PS: He also said:
“Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”

Later,
Paul Parducci