Nov 302018
 

One of my first hardcover book purchases was Making a Monster, by Al Taylor and Sue Roy. The 1980 book looks at all of the great film makeup effects of the 20th century and the creators behind the effects. I can’t tell you how many times I pored over this book. I still do.

The book has been out-of-print for many years, and copies can be hard to find. Though no doubt illegally uploaded, scans of the book are available on Archive.org. I highly recommend it!

Making a Monster @ Archive.org

Speaking of books on Archive.org, this wonderful book about the making of the 1933 King Kong is also available there. There are newer editions of this book that are in-print and expanded, but this is the original 1975 publication.

The Making of King Kong @ Archive.org

 Posted by at 7:55 am
Oct 292018
 

KISS announced the dates of the first leg of their End of the Road Tour today. They’re playing both Louisville and Nashville. Twenty-five years ago, I’d have already secured tickets for both shows. Today, I couldn’t care less.

From 1976 through 1995, I was a die-hard KISS fan. I was a KISS nut through middle school and high school. One needs only to read my classmates’ scrawlings in my yearbooks to see how big a KISS freak I was. I was lucky to get to see KISS twice in 1977, and once in 1979. I stuck with KISS through the post-Dynasty era, when they’d become a joke, through the non-makeup years, up until the point that they ditched it all to reunite for a huge payday in 1996. They lost me then. I couldn’t care less about the reunion tour, or the Psycho Circus tour, or the Farewell Tour. They kicked out the two best musicians the band had ever had to reunite with two people who could no longer play.

After Ace and Peter had been replaced by Tommy and Eric—both wearing Ace’s and Peter’s makeup and costumes, respectively—I did break down and go see them in 2004 so that my then-15-year-old daughter could see them. It was actually a fun show. I decided to make the trek again in 2009, and again in 2012, when they were touring with Motley Crue. Each show had diminishing returns for me. By 2012, Paul’s voice was shot, the show was stale, and worst of all, they were boring.

I decided then that I was finished, and how I feel about today’s announcement confirms it. I wish I still wanted to go. I still go see Alice Cooper every chance I get. But Alice’s shows are still great.

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Oct 102018
 

A few months back, the NWF Daily News posted 180 snapshots from behind the scenes of the filming of Jaws 2. Because the page is difficult to locate on their site (they keep changing the URLs, and their search engine doesn’t show them), I’ve collected all 180 photos in a single Zip file that can be downloaded here:

JAWS 2 Snapshots from NWF Daily News

From the site:

PHOTOS: Newly discovered Jaws II photos

These photos were shared from a collection owned by David Mann from the set of “JAWS II” filmed on the Emerald Coast and came out in theaters in 1978.

 Posted by at 4:37 am
Sep 242018
 

Due to popular demand—no, really!—I plan to post all of my VAX ProfessionalDigital Systems Journal articles over the coming weeks. I’ve already posted the “MACRO Made Easy” series and the “Writing OpenVMS Privileged Code” series.

I’ve just posted “A DEBUG Register Display Fix,” which was my first VAX Professional article.

2018-09-25: I’ve also posted DCL Command RECALL Extensions and DCL Key Defintion Routines

VAX Professional articles

 Posted by at 8:56 am
Sep 222018
 

Over the past month and a half, I’ve added a slew of stuff to Hunter’s Planet of the Apes Archive. Check it out!

I’ve also uploaded some Apes-related videos of Roddy McDowall to YouTube. They can be found on the Archive, too.

The first video is over an hour of raw footage recorded of Roddy as host of “Apes Week”. The second video is the footage that actually aired, and the third video is footage from when the TV series was aired.

Enjoy, and thanks to the people who sent me that footage many moons ago!

 Posted by at 9:56 am