Sunday, May 28, 2017

I'm crazy with lust.

For the superb 1949 stop-motion film Mighty Joe Young, Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien designed a stop-motion puppet whose armature was based on the skeleton of a real gorilla. Four 16-inch-high models were made, each with 150 aluminum parts. The designs were turned over to long-time collaborator and machinist Harry Cunningham, but Cunningham delegated the actual work to an unknown associate.

The first armature had hing joints in the shoulders. O'Brian preferred hinge joints: Ball-and-socket joints had a tendencey to lock up, requiring repair. The rubber musculature also had a tendency to pull on the armature as it shrank under the hot lights, which could lock up ball-and-socket joints. Harryhausen also preferred the hinge joint, and named this armature "Jennifer". The three other armatures all had ball-and-socket joints.

Sculptor Marcel Delgado designed and sculpted the exterior. Harryhausen did a bust of Joe based on Bushman, a gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. But it was Delgado's exterior which was used. Delgado packed cotton around the armature and then layered rubber over it. This gave the impression of muscles moving beneath the skin. For the fur, Delgado got rid of the rabbit fur that had been used since King Kong, and used fetal calfskin. Fetal calfskin had much finer hair, and movement of the fur (as the animators moved the puppet) did not show up nearly as much on the Joe figurines as it had on the Kong models.

Taxidermist George Lofgren treated the hide to make it even more lifelike. The skin was stretched on a frame and the hair combed. The skin was then immersed in hot wax, and the wax allowed to cool. Bettles were then allowed to eat away the skin, leaving only the the roots of the hairs sticking out of the wax. Rubber was then applied to the hair, forming a new "skin". Because the hair was embedded in the rubber at a certain angle, it "bounced back" into its original position -- even if touched.

To further speed up production, five-inch and ten-inch Joe models were also made, which allowed for shooting of scenes which did not require as much detail. A hips-and-up model, 15 inches in height, was also built but never used.

Delgado also constructed three lions, two horses, and a wide range of human armatures. These included an eight-inch-high Jill and a nine-inch-high cowboy. (These were later acquired by stop-motion animator Jim Danforth, and the Jill armature used to animate the Lucille Ball puppet at the beginning of Here's Lucy in 1968.) O'Brien sold the two horse armatures to the production team working on The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956).

I knew a guy once who was short, very skinny, and endowed like an ox. He had almost no sex drive. But when his cock got hard, it was painfully so and his erection lasted for hours. A true eight-incher, he was so short that his erection reached almost to his rib cage.

I once had the honor and pleasure of seeing him come back to his dorm room drunk as shit, and horny like no one's business. In time, he collapsed on a bean-bag cushion on the floor, naked, caressing and fondling his huge penis and moaning, "It's so big, it's so hard... oh, god, it's so big and hard, it hurts, oh it's so big..."

It was like that scene in Total Recall where this monstrous alien comes out of the man, and takes over his body. That's what this guy's dick was like: Something that completely dominated him, and turned him into a raving masturbator.

My oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my.... I don't normally like muscle, but I will make a HUGE exception in this case.

"Madman" Gianforte is right!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

It's Memorial Day weekend in the United States, a time when we honor war dead. (We honor living veterans on Veterans' Day in November.)

This is the USS Maine Mast Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. The USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, Cuba, on February 15, 1898. Most sources say the ship carried 354 crew, but the numbers range from 327 to 375. The number of dead is also unclear. Most sources say 252, 260, or 266, but it could be as high as 274.

Most of the dead were buried at Colon Cemetery in Havana. Some were inexplicably taken to Key West, Florida, and interred in a civilian cemetery there. (The number buried at Key West ranges from 19 to 27, although most say 24.)

In December 1899, the Cuban dead were moved to a large field behind a quarry at Arlington National Cemetery, at which time they were given a massive state funeral.

From 1910 to 1912, the U.S. Navy engaged in a salvage operation to raise the wreck of the Maine. Additional dead were discovered at this time, and interred at Arlington. Congress funded a memorial to the Maine dead during this time. Dedication of the Maine Mast Memorial by President Woodrow Wilson occurred on May 30, 1915, as part of larger Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.
I suddenly find that I need to have sex with this guy...

I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that the Executive Residence of the White House complex contains a Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and a Third Floor which is almost hidden from view on the roof?
I suddenly find that I need to have my sidewalk worked on...

Friday, May 26, 2017

I suddenly find that I need to own a fish tank.

Lion-Man is the very first African-American superhero to ever appear.

He made his debut in All-Negro Comics #1 in 1947. It was the only issue ever published, and his only appearance. Lion-Man was created by writer=penciller George J. Evans, Jr.

Lion-Man's real name was never given. He was said to be an American-born, college educated scientist. The United Nations sent him to the Gold Coast (Gulf of Guinea in west Africa) to guard the "Magic Mountain", which contains the world's largest deposit of uranium. His job is to stop anyone from taking the element.

Lion-Man had a sidekick, a big-headed caricature of a black youth. His name was Bubba, and he was a war orphan.

Peter Cushing
(26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994)

See the image above?

I love shots like that.

Yesterday, news leaked about the new DJI Spark, a new small camera drone that is priced about $500. The only reason why I'd get a drone like that is to take shots like the above.

Now that's what I call a drydock!

A man after my own heart.

Look at that bulge. I'll say it just this once: Colin Kaepernick has a huge dick.

I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that almost nothing is known about the early years of White House Chief Usher Howell G. Crim, except that he served in the U.S. Navy for a while and worked at the Veterans' Bureau for 11 years?
I'll tell you what makes me furious: Insecure women who accuse every male around them of "mansplaining" when they are wrong.

A friend of mine has had numerous precancerous cells removed from his skin. He's interested in using much more sunscreen now. One of his friends, a woman who is a licensed esthetician, claimed that SPF factors in sunscreen tell you "how long it lasts". She also recommended a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

I do not want my friend listening to her half-assed advice and getting cancer. So I said that she was correct in advocating a broad-spectrum sunscreen. I said that SPF does not indicate "how long the sunscreen lasts"; sunscreen does not break down in sunlight. Rather, SPF is a rating system that explains what percentage of UVA rays the sunscreen will block. Moreover, I said, sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun (in order to allow it to soak into the skin), should be reapplied no matter what every two hours, and if a person is sweating or has been swimming should be applied every hour.

She accused my correction as (a) mansplaining, and (b) a copy-and-paste job from some Web site.

I'll tell you what also makes me furious: Insecure people who can't put five words together in a sentence, and who accuse me of copying and pasting simply because I take the time to (a) be informed, and (b) write well.
I've seen The Lost City of Z. It sucks. Charlie Hunnam can't act his way out of a wet paper bag if you cut a hole for him first.

But he is pretty to look at.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that Nathan C. Wyeth was an architect who designed some of the best-known buildings in Washington, D.C. -- including the West Wing of the White House, the Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac River, the USS Maine Mast Memorial, the D.C. Armory, and numerous private homes (many of which now serve as embassies)?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ah, the naïveté of youth. Especially cute, rural, muscular, well-endowed youth.

I hate unicorn drinks.

I laughed out loud at this for two minutes today.

I knew a guy like this once. Something about that face that is very recognizable, but hard to describe.

It's my new favorite thing!

Remembering Gene Anthony Ray
(May 24, 1962 – November 14, 2003)

He was best known for portraying Leroy Johnson in the 1980 film "Fame" and the 1982-1987 television series "Fame".

Ray was born in Harlem in New York City, on May 24, 1962. His father abandoned him, and he was raised by his mother, Jean Ray, and his grandmother, Viola (Lilly) Ward. Ray grew up on West 153rd Street. He showed a fondness for dance as a child, and began performing on the street and at block parties. His formal dance training included a year of dance at the New York High School of the Performing Arts (the inspiration for the film "Fame") and a class at Julia Richman High School.

While at Richman, Ray skipped class to audition for the film "Fame". His exquisite physique and good looks made him a star on the subsequent TV series, and he became fast friends with dancer-actor--choreographer Debbie Allen. Their impromptu dancing was electric. His natural athleticism and talent meant that he could out-dance almost anyone -- without any rehearsal. He was immensely charismatic; nearly everyone who met him said his mere presence charged a room.

In 1982, Ray purchased a home in rural New York for his mother and grandmother. It was torched by racists four times.

In 1983, Ray's mother, three aunts, three uncles, and grandmother were both arrested for selling drugs -- even on the set of "Fame". Jean Ray was later sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Gene Ray himself was in trouble, too. While he could be charming, sweet-natured, generous, and gentle, he also had a temper that could lead to physical violence, massive insecurities, a cruel streak, and a near-complete inability to deal with criticism. A near-alcoholic in his teens, Ray began heavily abusing drugs and alcohol during the series' run. When drunk, he was arrogant and vicious. At one point, Ray was suspended from the show for several months in 1984 for skipping 100 days of work.

"Fame" was cancelled by NBC after a single season. It was a huge hit in Europe, however, and went into syndication. It was cancelled again in the spring of 1987.

From then on, Ray barely worked. He was in a few commercials, he was in a play or two, he was a background dancer in a few films and TV shows. But no one wanted to take a chance on his addictions.

Although Ray butched it up on screen, off-camera he was flamboyant and camp. With friends, he was remarkably open about his homosexuality and his extremely active sex life; with the press, he remained frustratingly private.

By 1993, Ray had blown his life savings on partying, drugs, and alcohol. He was homeless for much of the time, sleeping on park benches. He was rarely sober.

In 1996, Ray was diagnosed HIV positive. He'd often fall ill with one disease or another, spend time in a hospice, and then seem to recover.

Ray managed to get to Europe in 2001, where he'd enjoyed the greatest success of his life. A dance school he tried to start in Milan, Italy, fell apart. He started a male stripper review to make money. A TV crew caught up to him in 2002: He was gaunt and somewhat incoherent.

Ray returned to the United States in 2003. He had gained weight and seemed healthier, and filmed a "Fame" reunion video. He moved to New York City, to be closer to his mother (who was released from prison in 1999).

Gene Anthony Ray suffered a stroke in June 2003. It's unclear what effect it had on him, but he seemed to recover. He suffered another stroke in November, lingered two or three days, and then died on November 14, 2003.

And to think, I never used to be a leg-man...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Then there was that time on Teen Titans where Beast Boy forgets that he sleeps in the nude, and shows up for training with Raven all nekkid...

Phyllis Thaxter as Martha Kent in 1978's Superman.

58-year-old Thaxter was producer Ilya Salkind's mother-in-law.

For my money, the "leaving home" scene is one of the best in the film. Thaxter plays the melancholy Martha Kent to a perfect "T".

The location was just as much a character as either Jeff East or Phyllis Thaxter in this scene. The Kent farm was on Range Road 264 near Blackie, Alberta. Contrary to published reports, the farmhouse and barn are actual buildings erected in the 1920s and 1930s by a homesteader. The farm was still in production, but the barn and house not lived in by the 1970s. The production company cut down a huge swath of trees and bushes in front of the farmhouse to give a clear view of it from the road. They painted the barn and house, and added a dormer to the north roof to give Clark's bedroom a view of the outside. After filming ending, a huge number of shrubs and trees planted to restore the front of the property.

The Smallville cemetery scene was filmed in a canyon near Beynon, Alberta.

John Williams' "Leaving Home" segment begins eerily (with a bit of the Close Encounters chorus), and moves to a wonderful, sweeping, emotional moment as Martha Kent gives up her son to whatever destiny awaits him. Her love drives her to reach out to take his hand, but she dare not. It's heart-rending to see her lose him.

The camera work as the shot ends is astonishing.

The Kent homestead in Superman (1978).

The Kent homestead in 2013. It's privately owned.

The Smallville Cemetery establishing shot in Superman (1978).

The Smallville Cemetery establishing shot in 2013. Although the grain elevator is no longer there, the annex (green structure) was moved to a new location a short distance away.

The Smallville Cemetery main shot in Superman (1978).

The Smallville Cemetery main shot in 2013.

The Smallville Cemetery reverse shot in Superman (1978). The church in the distance was most likely a prop.

The Smallville Cemetery reverse shot in 2013.