Friday, May 30, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Sydney Pollock

Though a lot of people know him for his minor role on the television show Will and Grace, actor / director Sydney Pollock had accomplished quite a lot by the time he was on the small screen as the proud parent of his gay son. I watched one of his masterpieces, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? when I was taking a film class at Rutgers. (That film provided the inspiration for the episode of the Gilmore Girls titled They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? Same theme, naturally. He was also brilliant in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives - yet despite so many years of hard work, I can't help but feel that there was the potential for much more had he been given the time.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Vampire Bear Hay...

Hay there... it may not be a shampoo or line of beauty products anymore, but the hay is still out there, waiting to be piled up and used on the farm. Our darling friend Vampire Bear summons all the might in his body to pitch the hay onto the back of the truck and now we use the illustration to help us remember the letter "Hey" in the Hebrew language. Vampire Bear reminds us that mnemonics are especially helpful when you are learning anything, especially since he has been using them to teach us all about reading the Hebrew language. He is quite the lovable bear, isn't he?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - AC Slater

He loved to call Zack a preppy, didn't he? I never really understood why, being that they clearly attended a public school and Zach didn't look like any of the kids at Peddie to me - that was my prep school. I guess preppy kids are different on the West Coast - or maybe AC thought that, compared to how he dressed, Zack was a preppy. He was quite the dancer - and seeing how well he did on Dancing with the Stars clinched it for me, though I knew he was awesome just by the way he danced at the diner. He always had a way with women though Jessie seemed to have a special place in his heart. I don't know about you but I used to want to touch his hair; just because.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Cereal For Dinner

I really do.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Portable Tape Deck

Many men (and women) were and currently are able to walk with this device, which did not necessarily mean that they were or are even now walk men and walk women. I personally was super jealous when my friends got newer models than me with all kinds of fancy functions whereas mine seemed to be older and came from sales of the garage variety. I was actually looking for one earlier today - it has a special function that allows it to record via an internal or external microphone. That's a special kind of tape deck.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Lucille Ball

Strangely enough, my fondest memory of Lucille Ball comes not from I Love Lucy but from a later show she did - I can't seem to find any information about it, of course. In the episode, the store where she's working gets a computer and she puts up a list of reminders about the computer using a magnet and the last item on the list is to keep magnets away from the computer since they will erase the hard drive. Oh, how poignant. I really did love Lucy. She was a genius and her comedy is fresh even today.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Vampire Bear Moon

Darling little Vampire Bear is checking out the moon, much like Juliet in the classic film Juliet of the Spirits and the one touching scene in Enter the Dragon. (You know that we here love Bruce Lee, right?) This button comes right from the letter mem hebrew lesson from Vampire Bear's increasingly popular series, Learn to Read Hebrew with Vampire Bear. I can't help but wonder what he is thinking about while looking at the moon - maybe he's thinking about how peaceful it looks.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Jennifer Keaton

Even thought I was a wee child when my family started watching Family Ties and Jennifer was a teenager, I found that I could relate to her character in a way that I couldn't relate to the others. Being the younger sibling probably had something to do with that. I was amused by the jealousy issues Jennifer had when her younger brother Andy was born just a few years later and I was a bit closer to being a teenager myself. She certainly was a lot more level-headed than her older sister but she wasn't nearly as serious as her older brother Alex. You had to love her, though.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Speedy Recovery, Senator Kennedy

In my prayers and thoughts.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Transistor Radio

You're not going to be able to hear Howard Stern on this radio. There's no Martha Stewart channel, either. This is the kind of radio that people used to listen to Guiding Light, when it was a radio soap opera. People listened to all kinds of dramatic recordings on the radio - still do in the UK and other countries. I wonder if there are people out there listening to This American Life on this kind of radio. It may not be commercial free but it also doesn't come with an annual subscription fee.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Humphrey Bogart

Some people know him best for his role in Casablanca. Other people are more fond of him in The Maltese Falcon. I suspect that few people nowadays know that Mr. Bogart made his acting debut on Broadway, and even fewer people know that he attended the Phillips preparatory school in Andover - which I'm sure I would have attended had I not grown up in New Jersey. It was most likely his being expelled from the Phillips Academy that ultimately led to his acting career - from going into the navy to finding his family's fortune vastly no longer existent, he went from one job to another until he became a stage manager. Being a stage manager got him his first acting role - and the rest is history.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Vampire Bear Eeeee!

Imagine the scene, if you would; you're just minding your own business in a cave, perhaps trying to find treasure like in Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy. Suddenly you find yourself face to face with a flame breathing monster. What do you do? Vampire Bear chose the "flight" option of "flight / fight" - he's a lover (of baked beans), not a fighter. I'm finding it a little hard to believe that he really thought he'd find baked beans in that cave. In any case, he decided to use this image to help people learn about the ee sounding vowel for his Learn to Read Hebrew with Vampire Bear series. Check it out.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Sea Urchin Sushi

Not everyone is fond of the creamy consistency and a number of people are quite put off when they find out what part of the sea urchin is used to make sea urchin sushi. Let's keep this a family friendly site and not mention it too explicitly. This particular piece of sushi looks a little devilish, almost as though he is daring you to eat him. Some might say he is amused that he knows his true nature while everyone is sitting around eating him, oblivious to this.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Zack Morris

Believe it or not, I didn't really watch Saved by the Bell all that much when I was growing up. The series ended while I was still in high school and I certainly wasn't interested in watching a show about high school then. It wasn't until years later that I started to see reruns and got to appreciate it for its silly goodness. Where else are you going to find high school students who can so regularly fool the principal? I somewhat identified with Zack, always trying to get the upper hand and many times failing to do so. Oh, Zack.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Turntable

When I was a young lad, my brother and I would take really old records from the cheap bins at the Princeton Record Exchange and make scratch experimentations with them. We wanted to be like Run DMC but we usually sounded like two white kids in West Windsor, scratching cheap records.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Vampire Bear Vacation

Straight out of lesson four of Learn to Read Hebrew with Vampire Bear, we have our dear VB on vacation, relaxing and enjoying a warm day. You can tell he's not an evil vampire because the sun doesn't even bother him.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Audrey Hepburn

Although her acting career began with an educational series on learning Dutch, Audrey Hepburn is a bit better known for her roles in films such as Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She remains an inspiration to men and women around the world. Have you seen Breakfast at Tiffany's?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Daily One Inch button - Fatty Blue Tail Sushi

That is some fat blue tail sushi. Not that anyone has ever complained about weight issues due to the consumption of blue tail sushi - that I'm aware of, anyhow. How do you like your blue tail sushi? It's scrumdidlyumptious.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Alex P Keaton

For me, Alex Keaton was a hero. He stood up to his parents when he felt that he was in the right and, at an age when I was constantly trying to come up with businesses that would "make it big", Alex was there to say, "Hey; Capitalism is Awesome." Would he have voted for GWB? I somehow doubt it. This is the first in the Family Ties series.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Old Style Phone

For some people, this mobile phone is the definition of old. For most of us, this style of phone was not used in our lifetimes. When I was a kid we actually owned a rotary phone but it certainly wasn't like this one. What a cheerful phone it is, though.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Vampire Bear Bee!

If you're following the series Learn to Read Hebrew with Vampire Bear, you'll surely see that the latest lesson involves the letter beis and this scary bee that is there to help Vampire Bear teach you about the letter. Vampire Bear is easily frightened, apparently. Then again, the thought of a bee sting scares me, too.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Sammy Davis Jr.

Did you know that up until 1967, interracial marriage was illegal in thirty-one states? Sammy Davis Jr., one of the founders of the Rat Pack and one of the hardest working people in show business, endured tremendously from racist attacks; this was especially the case after he married May Britt. This did not detract from the fact that he was a brilliantly talented musician and performer and is one of my favorites.