You’ll Never Work In This Town Again: Academy Awards Edition

Or: Oscar hates you

Yeah, Hollywood where the “Champions of the Little Guy” live just kicked two to the curb:

The fallout from the historic Oscars 2017 flub is starting to spread: The two accountants involved won’t be coming back to work the Academy Awards, says film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Boone Isaacs told the Associated Press Wednesday that the two staffers from PricewaterhouseCoopers will never return to the Oscars show. She blamed one of them for being distracted by tweeting during the show.

In the Sucks to be You category:

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, both high-ranking officials at the firm known as the “Tiffany” of accountancy, were working Sunday night when Cullinan gave the wrong winner envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, resulting in the mistaken announcement of La La Land as best picture instead of the true winner, Moonlight. 

Bub bye. 

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Yeah, blog kind of got abandoned

It’s only been idle since 2014. Seems like an eternity. I don’t know if it’s ADD, or a complete loss of any ambition. 

Oh I’ve started a few. There they sit, in the draft folder. I can’t even remember what I was saying, or where I was going. 

I remember 2014 as a year of cautious optimism speaking for myself. Just like 2012 was. And that’s the problem, doing a political blog as a conservative in California. This place is a land of leftists and wannabes. 

And at this point I’m struggling to finish. Already I’m tempted to “draft” this post and “come back to it later.”

Hey. I think I’ve found the problem! Being a conservative in California is too depressing to write about!

Maybe cat gifs…after I take a nap…

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For Democrats, the worst is yet to come

The only thing I could add here is the horrible way some “ordinary people” who happen to be Democrats are acting. It needs a post all its own.

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After all the no good, very bad things that happened to the Democrats during the Obama years – nine Senate seats lost, 62 House seats lost, 12 governorships lost, 958 state legislative seats lost, 32 state legislatures under total GOP control including 17 with veto-proof majorities* – there’s something even worse that could happen to them, and that’s what drives them and their allies, the hard left and the press, in their hysterical opposition to Donald J. Trump.

If you’re unconvinced their opposition is irrational, you need only to look to their behavior surrounding President Trump’s first State of the Union Address. Even before the address, they were making their feelings known. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer oppose Trump so completely they gave a “prebuttal.” I mean, that’s not knee-jerk opposition or anything. “We have no idea what he’s going to say, but we disagree with it.”

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Hilarious SNL #Ferguson skit that never aired

h/t Tim Conway Jr

Supposedly the skit was cut for time:

Published on Dec 7, 2014

A St. Louis news station reconsiders its morning programming in light of the Ferguson riots.

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The Death of an Evil Empire

I’m thinking more and more it didn’t really die – the Soviet Union just reorganized into what we see Putin making Russia into today. Whatever that is.

@JonahNRO: A good day RT @Jeff_Jacoby: 23 yrs ago today, Russia, Ukraine & Belarus announced: “USSR … is ceasing its existence.”


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We STILL remember 7 December

It’s in the Seabee fight song to this day –

And we promise that we remember
The “Seventh of December”

And remember Pearl Harbor we do…for them…


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Cliff diving on Titan? Hiking Mars? Human existence in space, visualized

H/T Caleb

What would a future look like with space tourists? Hang gliding on Europa? Swimming the rings of Saturn?

Erik Wernquist, the video’s creator, explains his work:

WANDERERS is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist (that´s me) – a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden.

The film is a vision of our humanity’s future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. For those interested in learning more of the places featured in the film, I recommend turning to the gallery section.

The title WANDERERS refer partly to the original meaning of the word “planet”. In ancient greek, the planets visible in the sky were collectively called “aster planetes” which means “wandering star”. It also refers to ourselves; for hundreds of thousands of years – the wanderers of the Earth. In time I hope we take that leap off the ground and permanently become wanderers of the sky. Wanderers among the wanderers.
There is no apparent story – other than what you might imagine for yourself – and the idea is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds – and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

As some may notice I have borrowed ideas and concepts from science fiction authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke, just to name a few. And visually, I of course owe many tips of my hat to painter Chesley Bonestell – the legendary master of space art.

More directly, I have also borrowed the voice of astronomer and author Carl Sagan to narrate the film. The audio I used are excerpts from his own reading of his book ‘Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space’ (1994) – needless to say, a huge inspiration for this film.

I want to fully admit that I have no explicit permission to use the voice of Carl Sagan in this film. My hope is – as this is a completely non-profit production, made to enlighten and inspire – that whoever holds those rights today will approve of what I have done. However, if any owner of these rights finds this use inappropriate, please let me know and I will take measures immediately.

Credits from the Vimeo page:

VISUALS – Erik Wernquist –
MUSIC – Cristian Sandquist –
COLOR GRADE – Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film –
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY – Mikael Hall/Vidiotism –
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE – Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
VOCALIST – Nina Fylkegård
THANK YOU – Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs

NASA/JPL, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)

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