Friday, January 23, 2004

The beloved Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo, has passed away at age 76.

"[His] series first aired in October 1955 and continued until 1985, making it the longest running children's series in network history."

Read more. I grew up with him. And with all due respect to Mr. Rogers, the Captain had a better sense of humor and imagination.
Here's bad news for those of us who stream original content on the Web:

"California-based holding company Acacia Research claims they hold patents on streaming, downloading and just about every form of digital audio and video distribution out there—including pushing MP3s from peer-to-peer groups, streaming newscasts from Internet radio sites and delivering movies through cable networks.

Read more here. If Acacia gets its way, Apple, Real and even Microsoft could be liable.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Apple Computer's i-Movie continues to make an impression in the world of independent filmmaking....

At the Hollywood level, Final Cut Pro debuts as a feature editor with Cold Mountain. Who's onboard next, I wonder.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

John Podhoretz:

One of the most peculiar elements of the anti-immigrant intellectual movement is just how many of its members are themselves immigrants - John O'Sullivan, John Derbyshire and Peter Brimelow from England, and George Borjas from Cuba. I once found myself in an argument with a few of these gentlemen at a conference and realized that I was the only person speaking with an American accent.

I how wonder how the editors at National Review are going to respond to this.

I think Podhoretz is right.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

The most experienced swordsman on the silver screen? Errol Flynn? Douglas Fairbanks?

(He's still alive.)