Saturday Link Dump

  • Podcasts for a fee? Don’t worry — mine will always be free. I’m not really worth paying for – I know that much. The hook here is that you’ll pay for them through iTunes. There are already podcasts you need to pay for — many radio shows and stations already offer those.

  • 15 Most Influential Games of All Time.

  • ReactOS: The free software Windows XP emulation project.

  • Of all the crazy Mac rumors floating around these days, this one is either the craziest or the most brilliant.

DVD Podcast #51 – 27 Dec 2005

It’s a short one this week, folks. About 2.5 minutes.

This is the 51st DVD podcast:
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Read about this podcast in PODCASTING HACKS.

Where to find release lists: DVDJournal’s release list – monthly release list

Where to find more information on these movies: Internet Movie Database

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Friday Link Dump

A moment of silence, please

This came in too late to make the link dump, but I can’t just ignore it.

The Dunkin’ Donuts baker has died.

Michael Vale, the actor best known for his portrayal of a sleepy-eyed Dunkin’ Donuts baker who said “Time to make the donuts,” has died, his family said on Tuesday. He was 83 years old. Vale’s long-running character, “Fred the Baker,” became a cultural icon. The ad campaign lasted 15 years, until Vale retired in 1997.

Holiday Week Notice

Various and Sundry Politics is on vacation this week, but will return on the first Tuesday in January.

This website will be updated daily throughout the holiday week, although it’ll be minimal posting — usually only one post per day.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your support this year. And I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

New releases, 27 Dec 2005

The folks at have a full release list. I have some highlights.

American Pie: Band Camp (unrated) (widescreen) (2005) American Pie: Band Camp (R-rated) (widescreen) (2005)

I’ve lost all track of these movies. The last one came out this year? Hunh.

Dark Water (2005)

Wasn’t there a “Dark Water” animated mini-series about a decade ago? This ain’t it. This is that remake of the Japanese horror flic that came and went earlier this year.

Nowhere Man: The Complete Series

I talked about this a little bit last week. It’s a paranoid conspiracy thriller show. Lots of fun, starring Bruce Greenwood. Its creator had an internet presence back when the show was first on, making him one of the first TV producers to recognize such a thing could be good. And the final episode did wrap up the series.

Think THE PRISONER, but set in the real world without umbrella-toting midgets.

The Shield: Season Four (4-disc set)

The series returns to the air in just a couple of weeks and I can’t wait. It’s the best show on television when it’s on.

At the same time, 24 will be returning, and I’ll be bouncing back and forth between the two shows as being the Best Show On Television. I seem to have given up on ALIAS this year, though, so there’s less competition now.

Toy Story 2: Special Edition (1999)

I already own a version of this movie that makes me happy.

The Twilight Zone: Season Five

When I’m rich and retired, I’ll be buying all of these to enjoy.

Next week promises not a whole heck of a lot. Maybe these will interest you: Alien Nation (4-disc set), Dumb & Dumber: Unrated Edition, Wedding Crashers: Uncorked Edition (unrated). Nothing for me, though.

This week’s podcast won’t be up until tomorrow night at the earliest.

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Liszt on DVD?

When it comes to classical music, I have a real weakness for Franz Liszt, who I once read referred to as the Elvis Presley of classical music. So much of his music was used in the classic animated shorts of Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbera that it’s still well known to this day. Tops on that list is his Hungarian Rhapsodies. I’m partial to “Totentanz,” which has a hard-driving piano solo that has to be heard to be believed.

But what I’d really like to see is a pianist performing Liszt’s work. A look at Amazon doesn’t turn up much, although this DVD looks promising. So I throw it out to all of you. Perhaps there’s at least one classical fan out there who knows of a DVD somewhere that might have what I’m looking for. Anyone? Please?

Saturday Perl Link Dump

It’s Christmas weekend, so I’m allowed to give myself a little something. In this case, I’m eschewing the normal link dumps and concentrating on the greatest computer language of all time, Perl. I know I just lost 90% of you, and for that I’m sorry. For the rest of us — whoo-hoo!

If I didn’t lose you already, here’s something funny from the Perl documentation, about the creator of the language, Larry Wall:

1. Larry is always by definition right about how Perl should behave. This means he has final veto power on the core functionality. 2. Larry is allowed to change his mind about any matter at a later date, regardless of whether he previously invoked Rule 1.

Got that? Larry is always right, even when he was wrong. 

Friday Link Dump

Movie to DVD window

I know there’s been some discussion in the comment threads around here recently about the short window between theatrical release and DVD release. We’re talking about how a movie like TITANIC today might not last so long in the theaters, since most people would expect it on DVD in relatively short order.

Then I read this today:

The Digital Bits – We Know DVD!

Okay… back to those announcements. First up, Sony has set Rent for release on 2/21. I believe we’ve mentioned this one before, but Universal has set The Ice Harvest for 2/28. Here’s a few new ones for you: Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain are both on the way for a 3/7 release, with Pride & Prejudice set to follow on 3/14.

Has BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN even gone into wide release yet?!?

ICE HARVEST and RENT both bombed in relatively short order, but I know RENT is being announced about a month after it debuted in theaters, if not less.

Apprentice Details Fill In

THE APPRENTICE’s Rebecca adds details to the curious last-minute disappearing act from Joe Piscopo during the final episode:

My immediate reaction was, “If Joe Piscopo is dropping out at the last minute, let’s have a talk with his union and we’ll make it all work out,” but I was told, “No, you can’t make a call to the union [and] you can’t talk to Joe anymore.” I don’t know if they showed this, but Joe Piscopo came to the event at the end; maybe — and this is my own personal inference — that is a sign that some external factor, whether it was a union, NBC, [Apprentice executive producer] Mark Burnett or whatever, forced him to not present, but somewhere inside of himself he couldn’t handle the idea of not supporting a good cause. He did the right thing by showing up, and I commend him for doing that.

And is it wrong of me to chuckle and shudder everytime Larry King uses the word “blogger?”

(Both links via

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