Archive for the ‘Video – Online’ category

R.I.P. Actor Robert Prosky

December 11, 2008

Robert Prosky: actor

Robert Prosky was probably best known for his anchoring role in Hill Street Blues, the New York police drama. Despite appearing in nearly 40 films, numerous television series and more than 200 stage plays on Broadway and in Washington, he was one of those actors whose face is much better known than his name.

He was the craggy but loveable police sergeant in Hill Street Blues; the television station owner in Mrs Doubtfire (1993) and the corrupt judge in The Natural (1984). He appeared as a priest on trial for murder in The Practice, a TV legal drama; the experienced executive who is sacked in Broadcast News (1987); and a death-row inmate for Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking (1995). In all, he appeared in more than 250 plays, films and TV shows.

You might not know how good an actor this guy is, if all you’ve seen of him is in Hill Street Blues.

Here is the most chilling portrayal you’ll ever see, from the classic movie Thief:

The Mousehunter Book Trailer

December 9, 2008

I rarely post book trailers because so many are just so awful.

So you know this one is worth seeing.

The Curse of Mousebeard Trailer

Go to Alex Milway’s Mousehunter website.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #466: Taleb #2

December 7, 2008

This next video is of Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

He’s a frikkin genius.

His first book, Fooled by Randomness, is one of the Immortal Works. And if you haven’t read it, you are walking around blind and intellectually malnourished. Correct that ASAP.

I’ve been screaming Doom for nearly twelve months.

And now I have to confess that this video scares the living shit out of me. Moreso than anything else I’ve posted here.

— from Great Moment in Journalism: “Thud”

Previously here:

What Thing Will Happen To Us?
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #346: Taleb

Gerry Anderson New Scarlet Videos

December 6, 2008

There are several videos dealing with Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet now up on Youtube. I suspect at least one of them came from a UK DVD of the series. But since that series is not for sale here in the USA …

By the way, check whatever HDTV service you are using. New Scarlet has had sporadic airings on some here in the US. You might get to see it.

New Captain Scarlet – Behind The Scenes

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The Raging Hypocrisy Of Oprah

December 2, 2008

Everyone knows Oprah.

Oprah, who prattles on about “service” and “sharing your abundance.”


Oprah, who did a game show called The Big Give, where generosity was the central ingredient.

And then there is the real Oprah. The Oprah who sicced YouTube on me, with this little surprise email:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Harpo, Inc claiming that this material is infringing:

Oprah Kindle Briefly:

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

YouTube, Inc.

Here is a screensnap of that:
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The video in question is one I used in this post: Debrief: Oprah And The Abominable Kindle

Surprisingly, even though it has been deleted from my YouTube account, it is — at time of this posting — still playing very well as an embed.

I don’t think that will last, however.

Look at what a big criminal I am:


— a whopping thirty-eight seconds out of a program that runs at least forty-four minutes.

Oprah has a Channel on YouTube. It’s filled with vapid shit. And no clip from her Kindle show. Not that it would matter — because none of the videos are allowed to be embedded anywhere else!

If Oprah is going to be all tight-sphinctered over thirty-eight seconds, maybe she’ll go ballistic seeing these shot-by-shot screensnaps from those thirty-eight seconds:











There you go, Oprah. You now have what your lawyers can claim as at least ten counts of Copyright Infringement!

I am inviting you — here and now, openly and publicly — to sue me.

Because your DMCA Takedown claims are full of shit.

I freely and openly admit I did use 38 seconds of your show. That is called Fair Use.

Come on — take my Copyright Violating Ass to court so you can get an Official Judicial Education about Fair Use.

You can intimidate Google/YouTube, but I’m not afraid of you!

Instead of creating enemies like me, why not join the 21st Century?

Here is what I suggest instead of your damned DMCA Takedowns.

1) See what clips are being unofficially used

2) Create an official clip

3) Send “violators” an email such as this:

Hi, there! We just noticed you’re using a clip from our program. We appreciate you spreading the word. But there’s a little problem. You see, we’d like to know how many people watch our clips and that’s not possible with unofficial ones. We’d like you to swap out the clip you’re using with this one [URL]. We know it doesn’t exactly match, but it would be a big help to us. If this is a problem, please contact us and we’ll see if we can arrange an exact match for you.

You see, Oprah, you don’t get to squawk about the minor expense that would incur.

Because it’s called sharing your abundance.

Now just do it!

Previously here:

Abominable Kindle And The Oprah Effect
More On Oprah And The Abominable Kindle
Oprah With Kindle In Hand
Oprah To Flog Abominable Kindle?!
Oprah: Let Sarah Palin Speak!
Rhonda Byrne’s Law Of Greedy Attraction
R.I.P.: Randy Pausch
Today’s Oprah: Women And Money Is Repeating!
The Trinity Of Hell
Oprah Uses Skype
“The Dreams Will Come To You”
Memo To Steve Jobs: People DO Still Read!
Oprah, Get A Sony Reader!
Reminder: Free Suze Orman eBook
Today’s Oprah: Women And Money
Today’s Oprah Is Worth Watching

Cagney & Lacey

November 30, 2008

One of the hottest shows on CBS Monday night at 10PM was Cagney & Lacey.

It turns out it has an official website.


And producer Barney Rosenzweig has written a book.

(I must go off on a tangent here. He originally did it POD with iUniverse and there’s a frank discussion of what that was like. I’m hoping Rosenzweig will investigate the possibly of an eBook edition — for people like me who can’t deal with paper any longer.)

I’m pretty sure I watched the entire Daly/Gless series when it aired — or at least once it was parked in that Monday at 10PM spot. Some TV series become “appointment TV” — and Cagney & Lacey was one of those for me.

And now, the great opening titles:

Mumbai: S.A.S.-Like Counter-Attack

November 28, 2008

Massacre in Mumbai: Up to SEVEN gunmen were British and ‘came from same area as 7/7 bombers’

Around 20 masked officers had raided the centre this morning, dropping from helicopters onto the roof, in an operation dubbed Operation Black Tornado.

Time for me to repeat a favorite video of mine, from the movie The Final Option:

Previously here:

God Bless The S.A.S.!

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #441: Nash V. Smith

November 26, 2008

A Beautiful Mind (Adam Smith was wrong)

The blonde is all outstanding global debt: National, Corporate, and Consumer.

If everyone wants repayment, no one is going to get it.

Nations, societies, and the world we have known all fall.

If everyone ignores the blonde — all debt is forgiven — everyone prospers.

All Sink or All Swim in a nutshell.

No Twitter For Hitler

November 23, 2008

Things have been grim around here, so it’s time for the Nazis to be laughing fodder for us.

This is a classic movie clip that’s been used over and over. This time, it gets the Twitter Treatment.

Some subtitles go by quickly, so read fast.

No Twitter For Hitler

— via Twitter from redstarvip

Video: The Time Traveler’s Guide

November 21, 2008

Really, take ten minutes to watch. Well done.

The Time Traveler’s Guide (A tribute to time travel movies)