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Offline bminor

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Mine would have to be classic Hollywood anything before 1960, or better yet, before 1950. This includes Silents.
30 years ago when video came in, my local library sold all their old 8mm movies at the annual booksale.
I snarfed them all up at 25 each. I have about 35 hours worth of what is mostly old time silent comedies, with a few others like Nosferatu and a nice silent "Man in the Iron Mask" with Douglas Fairbanks (a abridged version, but fun nontheless).
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I like old movies, too. I play guitar. And support comic artists via commissioning ;-)

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Hey, I could do a commission for you if you would like!!!!
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Hi B,
If you ever felt like doing a DCM banner for us feel free.  We could especially use some 'generic' genre banners like the romance one I made for last February.  I could send you a PhotoShop template if you could use it.  Send me a PM if you'd like to discuss it.

And I too am a fan of film.  Precode, noir, sci-fi, comedy, etc.  Blondell, Cagney, Fonda, Stewart, Hitchcock, etc. 
I also am a fan of the history of ice-hockey in America.  Focused most on the pre-NHL era.

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For the past few years I've been writing adventure stories of various genre. This includes stories about various public domain characters from both the pulps and comics books. The characters include the Phantom Detective, the Black Bat, the Moon Man, and (believe it or not) Chesler's The Black Dwarf. I've also written one short novel called "Dr. Watson's American Adventure." I'm working on a sequel to that.

Black Dwarf story (free) is here:
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I am a fan of the Black Dwarf. I downloaded the story to read later.

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I watch a lot of movies on dvd, since I really don't watch regular tv.  Any type of movie is fair game as long as it's entertaining.  I try to doodle something and pick-up a guitar/bass everyday if I have enough time to myself.  I'm also a fan of ice hockey, but I haven't been able to watch many games over the last few years, so I make-up for it by wearing a different jersey everyday.

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We enjoy old British b&w films, particularly comedies with Arthur Askey; Will Hay; Walls and Lynn.  And old thrillers, more and more of which are being released on dvd.
Both of us are big American football fans and I've been following it for decades.
Languages absolutely intrigue me and I go to a French class and Italian class every week.  Lets me read the amazing amount of European comics out there.  I have enough Spanish to read old Spanish language comics, or get the gist at any rate.  Having a dabble in Catalan.
Old British pop and r'n'b top my music listening. Small Faces; Stones; Dr. Feelgood; The Pirates; Pretty Things; Big Three, lots more.
Gardening is good fun, that's when we get decent enough weather here to go out and do stuff.  Especially good as we can eat a lot of what we grow.  Then cooking, and we're not too bad.  We are also very good at drinking Italian and French wine.
I played in a couple of pop and r'n'b bands when I was a teenager and in my early 20's and was the chanter, playing a bit of rhythm guitar as well.  But nowadays, my throat isn't up to it and I couldn't form some of those chords now.  Doesn't stop me jumping about kidding on I'm Phil May. :D
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Hmm.  I haven't heard of The Pirates; Pretty Things; Big Three.  I'll have to check them out.
One I love that most haven't heard of is The Flamin' Groovies.   'Slow Death' and 'Shake Some Action' being my favs.

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Yoc, I have the 45vinyl of Shake Some Action.  So good.
Don't want anyone to go without some loud old hard guitar racket, so, The Pirates were the backing band to Johnny Kidd and after he was killed in a car crash, they got back together in the '70's. A power trio on the real sense with the monster talents of the late Mick Green on guitar. This is a youtube video of them live in the perfect venue - hot, sweaty, loud.  At 5.56, there's a version of the Johnny Kidd classic, Shakin' all Over.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buRKEzd0wAA

The Pretty Things, for a while in the early '60's they could have been rivals of the Stones, they were, imo.  Still playing and there is some great footage of them with Dave Gilmour guesting, on you tube.  But this is them early. Turn up the vol. 'cos that intro. is great.  Dick Taylor still plays excellent guitar and Phil May is so powerful and emotional.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEkGTuhEPe4
The Big Three were an early '6o's trio that Brian Epstein ruined.  Not a lot of their work survives but there are some Live at The Cavern tracks - not well balanced or recorded, that might give you flavour.  Brian Griffiths was an early guitar hero of mine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRfQ-hm3APs
and here they are with Peanut Butter:-

Modifying this to add that I also enjoy and search out old serials and weird, mainly Turkish and Mexican, masked mystery men films.  I interrupted watching a Turkish Phantom film to write this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4F1P1glISc

I'm having a bit of trouble with youtube hanging, so I hope the links work.
 All this isn't off-topic as this music has been a life long companion.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2014, 01:48:20 PM by paw broon »
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Thanks Paw, I'm checking them out now.
Big Three is a bit more my style so far.  Hey, The Pretty Things have a nice sound too!  They seemed to morph over time from what I've listened to so far.
Wow, I loved Gilmour with them at Abby Road.  I'm a big fan of his and Pink Floyd.

If you like a little more edge - here's a 'proto-punk' Toronto band and their only hit that I liked -
The Diodes - I'm Tired of Waking Up Tired - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyqQZXX3YF4

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My other interests besides working here and with comics in general are listening late '50's-'60s music, working on cars, taking trips with the wife. And just enjoying life as much as I can.

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What?
OTHER hobbies?
Yeah, well, I'm a film buff, too.
They say movies and comics are related, and somehow they are, that's maybe why so many of us love watching movies...
Pre-code horror aficionado and propagator of ACE comic books.
I run a number of websites about pre-code horror. Please follow the links.

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"The Diodes - I'm Tired of Waking Up Tired"  Yoc.
I like that.  Ta.  All suggestions welcome.
The Pretty Things have covered a few different genres during their long, complicated and troubled existence.  They also created the FIRST rock opera, S.F. Sorrow, which is superior to Tommy, wrongly claimed to be the first.  So there. :P ;)
S.F. Sorrow live at Abbey Rd. with Arthur Brown and Dave Gilmour:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT5DSvDb9o4
Still not off-topic as following the Pretty Things is one of my hobbies. 8)
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Photography, history, and genealogy are a few of mine, and they kind of overlap. My grandfather was a semi-professional photographer for years, working part time for a local studio, and he saved ALL of his negatives going back to the early 1940s. I'm in the process of digitizing them, but I can't afford a negative scanner (and most of the old ones are medium and large format, not 35mm) so I've had to develop my own method using a florescent light fixture, an opaque piece of white plastic to diffuse the light, my DSLRs, and an attachment for an old Polaroid (used for copying photos - it creates a good distance between my camera and the negative or slide I'm copying). Here are some pictures (from the original negatives) that he took in the 40s and 50s:

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My great aunt (his sister), Mary Ann in the mid-1950s.

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My mother, taken around 1966 or 67.

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The flooded corner of Herman St. and Glendora Ave. in the west end of Louisville, KY, 1945.

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And Capitol St. in Jackson, MS, probably around April, 1947. You old movie buffs can take note of the movie playing at the Paramount: "Stallion Road" starring Ronald Reagan and Alexis Smith.

Color negatives were more difficult to figure out and correct (especially reds), but I finally came up with the right settings in Camera Raw.

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Me in 1984.

Of course I take my own pictures as well, and do so for a living (well, somewhat anyway, I'm actually a partner in a video production company, so stills are only part of what I do). Here are a few of my favorite shots (well, ones I have handy to share):

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I took this in the spring of 2009. It is the ruins of the water treatment facility for the "Central Kentucky Lunitic Asylum," now known as Central State Hospital, in a part of Louisville called Anchorage. The asylum was built in the early 1870s, and, if I remember right, the water treatment constructions date to the 1880s or so. Most of the buildings from this part of the property (about 50 acres) were cleared, and the land given to the adjoining E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park a few years ago.

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I took this in fall, 2011 in downtown Louisville. This is part of an endangered block known as Whiskey Row. It is a nearly intact block of former distilleries/warehouses dating to the 1860s-70s. The four buildings on the far end have, or are being renovated. The five closest have been the subject of local controversy. A local developer, Todd Blue bought them, two others out of frame, and a vacant lot at the end of the block. His original plan was renovation and development, a project he called the "Iron Quarter" because of their cast iron facades. When the economy tanked, he just let the buildings go until he thought they were too far gone. Blue then decided they needed to be torn down. This started a heated battle between Blue, local preservationists, and the city. Ultimately a deal was reached where Blue sold the five buildings in the foreground to another developer with plans to save them. Several (including two kept by Blue) had to be gutted/essentially torn down, but their facades have been saved and will be incorporated into whatever redevelopment takes place on the site. The whole area has been experiencing a renewal in recent years thanks to the creation of Waterfront Park, about a block or so away on the river, and the KFC Yum Center (seen in the background), home of University of Louisville basketball and other major events.

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This last picture appeals to two of my photographic interests, churches, and derelict buildings. It is from the interior of what used to be Quinn Chapel AME Church near downtown Louisville. The building was built in the 1884 as the Weaver Memorial Baptist Church, and later Chestnut St. Baptist. In 1910, the congregation, which was white, sold to Quinn Chapel, a black congregation, who had been in existence since 1838. (An interesting aside, they first met in a room above a public stable at 2nd and Main Sts., the corner seen in the picture above.) Quinn Chapel was key in the civil rights movement in Louisville. When Martin Luther King Jr. came to Louisville, he would lead protests from here into downtown. The church moved in 2002, and sold the property to the YMCA. It has sat empty ever since, although there are supposedly plans to eventually turn it into a community center. It is one of the few historical buildings left in its area, with most of the rest falling victim to urban renewal in the 1950s-60s. The roof, which you can see was in VERY bad shape, with several large holes, has since been replaced.

-Eric