Another Insane Lego Ball Machine

April 18th, 2014

A while back I featured this Lego ball machine from Japan.

Well, this one (also from Japan) is twice as insane.

It may even be from the same guy.

(Hat tip: Lou Anders‘ Facebook page.)

Lubrary Additions: Two Books, One Signed by Gilda Radner

April 17th, 2014

Every now and then you see an item outside your sphere of collecting interests at a good price and go “I want that!” This is one of those times.

  • Radner, Gilda and Alan Zweibel. Roseanne Roseannadanna’s Hey, Get Back to Work! Book. Long Shadow Books, 1983. First edition trade paperback original, a Near Fine copy with a few small sports to page block edges. Inscribed by Radner and Zweibel: “Thanks/a lot to/Tim/Gilda Radner” and “”To Tim-/You just brought back/a million great/memories when you/handed me this book./Al”

    Bought in a lot with:

  • Zweibel, Alan. Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner: A Sort of Love Story. Villard Books, 1994. First edition hardback, a Near Fine copy with a clipped price. Early Saturday Night Live writer’s memoir of working with Radner.

    Roseanne Roseannadanna's

    Radner Sig

  • Among the areas I occasionally contemplate starting book collections in are the early history of Apple Computer and the original cast of Saturday Night Live. (Warning: Get off my lawn ahead.) I know that Saturday Night Live is about as edgy as a bowling ball these days, but the original SNL was groundbreaking, daring and funny as hell. So when I saw this in that 70% off sale I bought so many SF books in, I snapped it up. Bought for $40.49.

    Though Radner was the best female cast member in the original cast, the Roseanne Roseannadanna character was far from her best bit (see the Judy Miller Show, where she plays a hyperactive girl for that), but she died young enough that books signed by her are not particularly common.

    Two tidbits on Alan Zweibel:

  • On Weekend Update, the Roseanne Roseannadanna character would often read letters written by “a Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey” In fact, there is a real Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey, who was Zweibel’s brother-in-law.
  • Zweibel wrote the young adult novel North, upon which Rob Reiner’s famously horrible movie of the same name was based.
  • Trailer for Cold in July

    April 16th, 2014

    Here’s the official trailer for Cold in July, the film based on the Joe R. Lansdale novel starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnston.

    I hear Joe himself is pleased with it, and his daughter Kasey has a song on the soundtrack.

    Pretty promising.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Lights That Change’s “Beautiful Soul”

    April 13th, 2014

    Lights That Change is a neo-Shoegaze band out of the UK. With “Beautiful Soul” they offer up a bright, gauzy, floating slab of prettiness with some great female vocals.

    Sadly, it seems that vocalist Lisa VonH has already split with the band.

    PAX Coming to San Antonio in January 2015

    April 12th, 2014

    Penny Arcade Expo is coming to San Antonio January 23-25, 2015. No venue was announced, but I can’t imagine they can hold that monster in anything smaller than the convention center, since PAX Prime in Seattle has drawn as many as 70,000 participants.

    This is what they call “a big deal.” And unlike Worldcon, expect most of the attendees to be under 30 rather than over 50…

    Mike Judge Has A New TV Show: Silicon Valley

    April 9th, 2014

    The creator of Office Space, Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill has a new (live action) TV show on HBO called Silicon Valley.

    The first episode is up free:

    I’ve seen about half of it. It’s reasonably funny, but some of the geek characters are a bit too cliched…

    File Under: Technical Proficiency

    April 7th, 2014

    Given that 2Cellos‘s first video here already nearly 15,000,000 million hits, there’s a good chance that you’ve already seen the bad boys of Croatian classical music cover AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” If not, you’re in for a treat:

    But only about half a million have seen their equally impressive (if less showy) cover of U2′s “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

    Shoegazer Sunday: Terminal Sound System’s “Lords Of The Living, Masters Of The Dead”

    April 6th, 2014

    Terminal Sound System is the latest incarnation of Skye Klein, who I first encountered A Beautiful Machine, whose “Breathe in Space” has been ensconced in my personal top 10 list ever since. On “Lords Of The Living, Masters Of The Dead,” the heavy side of A Beautiful Machine (see, for example, “Home”) get’s slowed down for a doom-laden piece hailing from the netherworld between Shoegaze, Post-Rock, and Doom/Depressive Metal for a sound that reminds me of Talking heads’ “The Overload” with a bit of acid rock thrown in for good measure.

    A most appropriate sound for a band whose name suggests the end of all things (though I could do without the hippie ashram bit in the late middle…).

    Swell Documentary on the Making of Paul Simon’s Graceland

    April 3rd, 2014

    Dwight’s linking of this piece on accordions got me listening to my favorite album featuring accordions, Paul Simon’s Graceland, one of the all time great albums. I was vaguely aware that a 25th Anniversary edition had come out, and poking around online I find that a documentary on the album had come out last year, all of which is available online.

    If you like the album, ths documentary is well worth your time.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Center of the Sun’s “Home”

    March 30th, 2014

    There’s still some Sunday left, so here’s Center of the Sun again with “Home”.