So it was some interest last night when I downloaded a minisynthesizer app for my iPhone for the princely sum of $2. Hey! It's not bad... Last night I hooked it up to my car stereo and played around with it and made the usual swooshing noises synthesizers made. It has two oscillators and various filters, attack and delay controls, echo and some other features, all realized in software. It is monophonic. Of course it is nothing like the Radio Shack Moog, but it's a lot of fun to play with. For only $2! On my cell phone!
After a trial of a few weeks I got rid of the Time magazine reader app. I knew it would prove to be a left-of-center publication, but thought it might be nice to read an article now and then. What galled me, however, was when a Time journalist called George Bush "crass" for referring to North Korea as the "axis of evil." Excuse me, anyone who can open a newspaper or who is in any way aware of world events knows that North Korea is a miserable, corrupt, totalitarian government that strips its citizens of not only their liberties and rights, but food and the basics of life as well. It appears that most of the government's energy is spent sabre-rattling and enforcing an exceedingly heavy-handed personality cult for that wretched man-child Kim Jong-iL. If that isn't "evil," what is? Enough of Time, and enough of their namby-pamby, slanted journalism. App deleted.
I mentioned the highly regarded British crime film Get Carter yesterday... other than being soulless and pointless (which are acceptable characteristics for nihilistic films noir), it uses that hokey-looking magenta fake blood. You know, that theatrical blood that just doesn't look right... it isn't the proper shade of scarlet. I've seen this in other films quite often - it must have had something to do with the Technicolor consultant determining a shade that came out looking right taking into account the film processing and the characteristics of the projector systems - I don't know. But on a DVD you see a scene with it and you don't think, "Gah! Blood!" you think, "Film!"
As Get Carter was a British film, it may have used an early form of a fake blood trademarked as "Kensington Gore." (I was going nuts trying to remember that phrase the other night.) Certainly, by the time Stanley Kubrick required thousands of gallons of it for the famous elevator sequence in The Shining (1980), the stuff looked like real blood. Kubrick, celebrated as being a perfectionist who endlessly re-shot scenes, would have never have accepted magenta blood!
(Ah, I see I have blogged about Kensington Gore before. I shall not re-tell my story about seeing the elevator scene as a trailer for the first time, then. I shall merely refer you to this.)
I do have something new and rather eerie to add about Kubrick's elevator sequence, however, which I came across when trying to find the phrase "Kensington Gore." It appears that if you look carefully, you can see that something falls out of or appears at the left elevator door during the shot. This web site looks at it in detail. Once again, Stanley Kubrick was a celebrated visual perfectionist and this is no mistake. It must be intentional. But what is it? (Fear not... it's not one of those pages that says "Look here carefully" then throws a ghoul face and a loud scream at you. It's legit.)
More of Gettysburg: It's funny... as I pointed out in my photographic essay, every year at the Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade my pard Don gets his photo taken with one of the various Robert E. Lees strolling around. (You can't swing a dead cat by the tail without hitting a couple.) He used to do bunny ears behind them, but doesn't any more. "I'm maturing," is his comment. We thought this past Saturday was a Three Lee Day, but as it turned out it was really a Two Lee Day. As you can clearly see, Lee #2 is the same guy as Lee #3. Oddly, neither Don, nor Lee#2/3 nor I realized that we were shooting the photo that we had already taken earlier in the day!
But wait! Being reenacting, it gets weirder. The Lee from last year was the very same guy as last weekend! This poor guy probably thinks we're stalking him... Don Tracey: Stalker of Lees! Hahaha! This is why I love reenacting...
Final Note: The best-looking Lee, in my opinion, was the one we chatted with last year, this guy. He was in town to testify at a local public meeting as to whether or not to let a casino into town. The motion failed - no casino in Gettysburg. (Hooray!) Don and I reflected that he is one Robert E. Lee who won the Battle of Gettysburg!