Buttle's World

2 March, 2011

Ted Gundy

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:48

Watch a WWII vet place a 5″ group — at 1,000 yards.

Now that’s a black hat.

28 February, 2011

Ray Stevens, National Treasure

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11 February, 2011

Have A Valentine’s Day

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Courtesy of Big Fat Whale.

Star Wars Begins

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This is a really terrific documentary. I’ve embedded Part 1 for you. From there you can find parts 2-14. So, yes, it’s nearly 140 minutes. I didn’t think it was possible for someone to find Star Wars behind the scenes footage I hadn’t seen before. I was wrong. Big time.

Oh — and it’s fan-made. Puts many studio docs to shame. See it before LFL has it taken down or something.

10 February, 2011

Severity

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Shock Graphics Show Severity of Proposed Obama Budget Cuts.

Reagan vs. Obama

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:08

Except for the “impeach” part at the very end (for what?) this is a bit of genius.

2 February, 2011

It’s Hard Out There

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Being a Planned Parenthood manager.

Not to sound all world-weary, but I’m at a point in my life where I’m pretty hard to shock.

This left me slack-jawed.

 

 

Spread it around.

 

Argument from Ignorance

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A shout out to one of my favorite media dunderheads for this textbook example of Argument from Ignorance.

In fact, he’s a fine example of just plain ignorance.

31 January, 2011

What lies in the road, a head?

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As Iowahawk put it:

“Paleontologists discover video of three dinosaurs discussing approaching sky fireball.”

28 January, 2011

Charlie Callas, 1924 – 2011

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He died today at a hospice in Las Vegas.

Challenger: Twenty Five Years Ago

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“The future doesn’t belong to the faint-hearted.”

I can’t help but be struck by a tangential thought: This is what it looks and sounds like when a president says what he really means.

Lost and Found

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 10:18

If you aren’t weeping at the end of the latest Radiolab podcast you’re just broken.

I finished it in the car on the way to work, then switched to my music. The first song up was my dead friend, Jeff Mock, playing I Remember Clifford on the saxophone.

It was hard to see to drive for a minute there.

27 January, 2011

What Should Replace Religions?

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Daniel C. Dennett has some very good thoughts on the matter.

19 January, 2011

Hitch on Free Speech

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When Hitch is good, he is very, very good. This is one of the best defenses of free speech and free thought I’ve ever heard. My religious readers will need to be sitting down with their minds open. Just try to fault his logic here.

I’ll give you one potential oversimplification. I think that most Muslim haters of the Jews would be that way even without the New Testament. I do like the “badly plagiarized” comment.

11 January, 2011

Gettysburg Address

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Reports of Lincoln’s voice being high and unpleasant aside, this is nice.

10 January, 2011

As close as I’ll ever get to being in the Harvard Business Review

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I’m glad to have one of my favorite Ed Catmull stories make it to the web.

6 January, 2011

Eviscerating Twain

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Ron Powers grinds his heels on the morons who want to disfigure “one of the most challenging, and instructive works of art ever published.” Powers asks:

Is Twain’s inspired irony really so hard to grasp? And are today’s public school teachers really so enfeebled and so intimidated that they cannot teach it?

I’m afraid the answer is yes.

4 January, 2011

Vivian Maier

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This is a great story.

Crappy Meal

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 12:59

I’m not a Jon Stewart fan, but this is brilliant. And my friend’s kid is in it. (The little boy at 2:30.)

Little Red Riding Hood (+23)

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What do you get if you start with Little Red Riding Hood, and then substitute every noun with the word 23 places below it in the dictionary?

 

The best thing I’ve seen all year.

 

So this is what healthy looks like?

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 150 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,918 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 300kb.

The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 598 views. The most popular post that day was Descriptive Dialogue Track on Pixar Films.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, pixartouchbook.com, iconfactory.com, facebook.com, and thebastidge.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for ruins of detroit, detroit in ruins, buttle’s world, buttle, and stunning photography.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Descriptive Dialogue Track on Pixar Films November 2010

2

The Ruins of Detroit March 2009
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3

How to Own a Gun and Stay Out of Jail March 2009

4

Remembering Michael Monsoor July 2008
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5

Islamic Porn April 2008
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Bowdlerizing Huck Finn

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:20

This is not only stupid and cowardly, but sickening.

“Race matters in these books,” Gribben told PW. “It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”

Words matter, Mr. Gribben. So does accuracy.

3 January, 2011

The Constitution is Very Important

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Just ask young Ezra Klein.

16 December, 2010

Two Californias

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Get a hanky, and read all of VDH’s Two Californias.

I think I know the answer to this paradox. Missing entirely in the above description is the attitude of the host, which by any historical standard can only be termed “indifferent.” California does not care whether one broke the law to arrive here or continues to break it by staying. It asks nothing of the illegal immigrant — no proficiency in English, no acquaintance with American history and values, no proof of income, no record of education or skills. It does provide all the public assistance that it can afford (and more that it borrows for), and apparently waives enforcement of most of California’s burdensome regulations and civic statutes that increasingly have plagued productive citizens to the point of driving them out. How odd that we overregulate those who are citizens and have capital to the point of banishing them from the state, but do not regulate those who are aliens and without capital to the point of encouraging millions more to follow in their footsteps. How odd — to paraphrase what Critias once said of ancient Sparta — that California is at once both the nation’s most unfree and most free state, the most repressed and the wildest.

The “congress-created dustbowl” is plenty obvious from I-5. Hanson’s report from inside the valley is heartbreaking. If this state isn’t dead, it’s awfully close.

Update (and bumped):

At Legal Insurrection William Jacobson says “it can’t last another decade.”

Hanson’s description of modern California would be a fitting updated version of my observations of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s.  The analogy is not exact, of course, because the political and economic systems, and the root causes, are so different.

But the result is the same.  An increasing inability of the economic system to support the agenda of the first world cities and political elites.

The Manslater

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14 December, 2010

Bottle

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 13:03

A sweet, impressive little short that deserves viewing. Wow.

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

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Robert Krulwich wins the Most Awesome Email Ever Award.

It is true that we were cautious in our planning.   There were many uncertainties about how well our Lunar module systems and our Pressure suit and backpack would match the engineering predictions in the hostile lunar environment.   We were operating in a near perfect vacuum with the temperature well above 200 degrees Fahrenheit with the local gravity only one sixth that of Earth.  That combination cannot be duplicated here on Earth, but we tried as best we could to test our equipment for those conditions.  For example, because normal air conditioning is inadequate for lunar conditions, we were required to use cold water to cool the interior of our suits.   We did not have any data to tell us how long the small water tank in our backpacks would suffice.  NASA officials limited our surface working time to 2 and 3/4 hours on that first surface exploration to assure that we would not expire of hyperthermia.  After returning to and repressurizing the Lunar Module, we were able to drain and measure the remaining water in the backpacks to confirm the predicted.

10 December, 2010

Three Cheers for Xerox

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They are making it easy for you to send a thank-you card to a service member in Iraq with their Let’s Say Thanks site.

7 December, 2010

I will make a lot of peace in the Middle East

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6 December, 2010

Walk On

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 15:33

This is really, really impressive.

Read about the making of the spot.

The take that you have seen is the very last take we did at 8pm on the last day of the shoot. Take 40. The tension as we watched Robert do this take was unbelievable. It was such a good take at every stage and so the longer it went on without any fluffs the greater the pressure grew for nothing to go wrong. When he got to the end and I got to call cut there was this huge roar and applause from the crew and agency and I knew we had it.

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