Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Today was a morning like so many others. I checked my e-mail and a few other sites, as per my normal routine.
One of the regular stops on this morning cyber-commute is Dead or Alive? (I've long been the type to read the obituary column in search of my own name). This morning as I visited the site, I realized that the famous race horse, Barbaro would have turned 5 years old today. His is a tragic tale. A horse, once so full of promise, that met an untimely demise as a result of an injury he received in pursuit of the Triple Crown.
Gator had once posted on the fate of Barbaro, some time ago, in his long-too-dormant blog.
THE ITALIAN SPIDERMAN STORY
Alrugo Entertainment was founded in 1961 in Palermo, Italy by Orange Farming mogul Alfonso Alrugo. After collecting huge wealth in the citrus trade Alfonso decided to start a film production company that produced films that he felt "did the job". Alfonso was very supportive of up and coming practitioners and helped to nurture the blossoming career's of a spate of Italian Directors like Gianfranco Gatti, Massimilliano Buonatempi, Carlo Zoffa and of course Giacomo Dentibiachi. Alrugo Entertainment began producing low budget, nudie cutie pictures such as Busto Busto (1961) and Sex Cops II (1962). During this period, Alfonso was to discover two men who would play a large role in the next part of his life, director Gianfraco Gatti and Actor Franco Franchetti. In 1964 Alrugo went into production of Gatti's Opus, Italian Spiderman. Spiderman was a heavily adapted and abridged interpretation of a novel Gatti had read during a summer in Moldova entitled 'Death Wears a Hat'. When applying for the option, however the Author felt Italian Spiderman held such little resemblance to his work that payment was not necessary and felt that his name should be distanced as far a s possible form the production. After three years of turbulent production and about 15 million dollars later (a sum unheard of for any production of the time) Italian Spiderman was finally completed in 1968. Even though Alrugo had survived the epic production period, a venture that Gatti described as "Opening the gates of hell" the company was in debt. There was no money left to distribute the picture, Alfonso pulled every last favour he had during the production process. In a desperate attempt to show Italian Spiderman to the world, Alfonso sent the only existing print across the atlantic on a cargo ship to a distributer friend of his in New York, the ship however, never reached it's destination. in the summer of 1969, Alfonso Alrugo closed the gates to Alrugo Entertainment and donned his orange picking glove once more. Gianfranco Gatti went on to direct hard core pornography and Franco Francheti died in a spear fishing accident. On Alfonso Alrugo's dying wishes, his two sons Vivaldi and Verdi Alrugo led an expeditioan to scour the Atlantic for the cargo ship carrying the only existing print of Italian Spiderman. On the 9th of January 2006, after four years at sea, they discovered the sunken vessle with the cans intact inside. In the excitement of this amazing discovery, Vivaldi and Verdi re-opened Alrugo Entertainment and spent two years restoring the full length print of Italian Spiderman from it's water grave. Vivaldi and Verdi believe that the internet is the best device to expose Italian SPiderman to the world. In November 07, they uploaded the Theatrical Trailer and in 2008, ten remastered excerpts form the feature will be roadcast for free over myspace, youtube, yahoo and other video hosting websites. Hopefully through the internet, the world will now have a chance to behold Alfonso Alrugo's dream, Italian Spiderman.
Ya gotta love that theme song!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Here's a couple of links that he may find helpful, and informative.
I'm sure Jim will be doing some recreational drinking. It is a vacation, after all.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The lists includes bars, festivals and venues from Germany to Australia and includes many places in the United States.
If I'm not mistaken, Ive imbibed at 13 of the spots on the list. 8 of these with fellow blogger MC.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
"It's not what you say but what they hear," the memo says in bold italic lettering, listing 14 points about how to better present the war on terrorism. God forbid that we may offend those that are hell-bent on destroying us.
Friday, April 25, 2008
JB posted a bit of reefer madness yesterday. This film presents a more historical view. You can watch it here in the Internet Archive.
Ironically the liberal Clinton (who smoked pot but "never inhaled") turned out to be the biggest anti-pot warrior of all -- with more pot arrests under his administration that any previous.
In another cup related story, Jimmy links to the Sound Tigers' Locker Room Sale.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
One must also wonder what effect such a creation would have on the animal population and the food supply. If we no longer harvest these animals, they'll require even more grains. This will leave less for human consumption-and they thought biofuels were a potential cause for future famine.
Face it. We're all doomed.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
233 years ago today, the "Shot heard 'round the world" rang out marking the start of The American Revolutionary War. Our fight for independence began on this day with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I suppose the only real surprise is that the talentless hack, Springsteen(yaaawn, wake me when they publish his obituary), is still around.
"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."~Vincent Furnier(aka Alice Cooper)
The short film from Angry Alien Productions' 30-Second Bunnies Theatre is a nominee in the 2008 (12th annual) Webby Awards' Animation category. Vote here.
Be sure to check out some of these funny bunny flicks. They're sure to cast some light upon even the most dreadful existence.