Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Pictures of Matchstick Men

First recorded in 1968 by Status Quo, this Wikipedia entry classifies Pictures of Matchstick Men as “bubblegum psychedelia.” That may be true, but I like it anyways. In any event, to catalogue them for my purposes, here is Status Quo performing the song on Tops of the Pops.  I will follow with some favourite cover […]

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Sun, September 25 2011 » multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Pictures of Matchstick Men

L’affaire Assange: The animated version

The Guardian published the lurid details of the sexcapades of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Sweden — activity that has led to two complaints of sexual assault being filed against him. The incomparable NWAtv has now created one of its signature animations (seen first on Twitter):

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Wed, December 22 2010 » Main Page, Media, multimedia » Comments Off on L’affaire Assange: The animated version

Young journos: There’s a reason this vid went viral

I’ll be the last person in the world to post this (from multiple sources): I would suggest the cautionary aspects to this video, while hilarious, are quite true. But it does downplay the rewards of having a great job in the business — which can happen when you’re at a weekly newspaper, and not just […]

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Thu, December 16 2010 » Media, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on Young journos: There’s a reason this vid went viral

The **top** of the CN tower

I both hate and fear heights, but I found this to be as fascinating as it was stomach-churning. Seen via @csaila on Facebook:

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Fri, December 10 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on The **top** of the CN tower

Squirrel stew as austerity dish?

The BBC explores whether squirrel should resume its traditional place in the American stew pot. I particularly liked this quote from William Hovey Smith, who lives on his family’s old plantation in the great state of Georgia: “I do not cook the squirrel heads, although my mother dearly loved them – squirrel brains,” he recalls. […]

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Sat, November 27 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on Squirrel stew as austerity dish?

Just looking at this will make you fat

You can watch the TurBaconEpic, a 79,046-calorie monstrosity, being assembled at the Epic Meal Time channel on YouTube. I first saw reference to this at The Globe and Mail via Facebook. Essentially, here are the ingredients: deboned quail cornish game hen bacon strips veal-pork sausage chicken bacon-croissant stuffing bacon strips boneless duck boneless turkey more […]

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Fri, November 26 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, photos » 1 Comment

Speedy J – ‘Ping Pong’

A nice bit of trance posted by Matt M over on Facebook. I liked it so much, I’m archiving it here:

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Wed, November 24 2010 » Main Page, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Speedy J – ‘Ping Pong’

How to cover a shooting in a time of social media

Seen via Facebook (thanks, Fred!)

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Fri, November 19 2010 » Main Page, Media, multimedia » 2 Comments

An ‘Apocalypse Now Redux’-inspired mini-set

Here’s what I tweeted: Because I just finished watching ‘Apocalypse Now Redux,’ some tunes from the era – CCR, ‘Run through the Jungle’ –http://tinysong.com/iu9E Jefferson Airplane, ‘Volunteers’ – http://tinysong.com/B4NX Rolling Stones, ‘Midnight Rambler’ – http://tinysong.com/80SE The Doors, ‘The End’ – http://tinysong.com/klWE One more: Rolling Stones, ‘Paint It Black’ – http://tinysong.com/1Txe The Doors song is the only one on the sound […]

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Mon, November 15 2010 » Film, Main Page, multimedia, Music Monday et al » 3 Comments

‘Some day, this war’s gonna end’

Since this was Remembrance Day, I posted a link to Twitter about a Feb. 27, 2008 post based on the monologue of Col. Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando) to Capt. Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) in the masterpiece-level 1979 film Apocalypse Now Redux (The horror, the horror). I particularly liked the writing, and the truth within, […]

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Thu, November 11 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Film, Main Page, multimedia » 1 Comment