October 29, 2010

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Was reading through the most recent email I received from WTTW, the major Chicago PBS station, promoting their programming over the next few weeks.

It was the usual fare of fine art stuff, local interest, and seasonal shows, and then I saw this:
Batman Forever ?

I love Batman and enjoy all of the Batman films for what they are, but when did Batman Forever become a WTTW-worthy film?

WTTW traditionally shows classic films on Saturday nights, if they don't have some other premium programming queued up during subscription drives. WTTW was where I first saw Bringing Up Baby and Charade, which spawned my love of classic films (and made me a Cary Grant fan).

Actually, even though I own the film and can watch it whenever I want, I would be interested in tuning in for WTTW's airing of the Batman Forever. I would love to see how they handle the inevitable intermission followed by the cut to the pledge room for the WTTW hosts to ask for money and tie the need for funding for public television to the "programming you are enjoying on WTTW this evening."

October 28, 2010

Brunetti Halloween Artwork

Not really a fan of Halloween, thought there are some fun diversions that pop up as part of the celebrations of this minor holiday.

To point, the Ivan Brunetti cover for The New Yorker

How many caricatures of famous people - fictional or otherwise - can you figure out?

found via 

October 14, 2010

That Time of the Year


In a few weeks it will be election day and here in Illinois we are supposed to be voting on some major stuff - governor and senators. Ooh.

I'm trying to get interested so I can figure out who to vote for, but the energy to educate myself beyond the nasty little television commercials just isn't there. The process of voting for a candidate seems so futile when it feels like so much of what goes on in governing this country is manipulated and influenced by forces other than the people pulling the lever in the voting booth.

Sure my vote might actually count in putting one person over another into power. But how much does that one vote actually go towards influencing that candidate to follow through on responsibly representing me at that level of government?

It's a depressing and frustrating question to contemplate.

I usually vote - and I'm sure I will again this November, but I expect to walk out feeling like heads just turned up on my coin flip again.

October 08, 2010

They Haven't Seen Nothing Yet

Since installing Star Walk on my iPad, my kids have taken a keener interest in the night sky.

I've tried explaining to them that while it may seem like there are a lot of stars in the sky at night out in Aurora, that experience is nothing like being out in a rural area at night.

I haven't had the opportunity to gaze into the night sky while out in the deserts of Arizona or the open spaces of Montana, I have been to rural parts of Minnesota and marveled at how the sky is filled with stars.

Hopefully I can get my kids out to a rural space some night so they can really appreciate what I have been trying to explain to them.

[image via Gizmodo]

October 07, 2010

Always Batman

One of the reasons I love Batman as a character so much is that he is so adaptable as a character.

You can put Batman in a detective story, science fiction, adventure, comedy - he works everywhere.

And that flexibility in character applies to his iconic symbol.

The following artwork has been making the rounds on the web recently. Basically a collection of the many different Bat symbols that have been used by Batman.

I see the one used from Batman Begins, the Tim Burton Batman films, the Batman animated series, the Batman TV show starring Adam West, and the others I recognize from different comic books series that featured the Dark Knight.

What is so great is that you can look at any one of these pictures and immediately identify it with Batman.

So many ways to interpret him and his symbols, but it's always immediately recognizable as Batman.