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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Further offerings from the National Film Board of Canada

I've been poking about the NFB archives again and stumbled across a great film featuring Leonard Maltin's favourite pics from the NFB. He pays a nice tribute to the innovative annimation the NFB funded starting with a Norman McLaren film. McLaren is one of those underappreciated pioneers of the NFB animation division.  I watched Hen Hop when I was in high school - it was a revelation. Not all animation looked like mass market Saturday morning cartoons. Image that.  Animation was also about pushing artistic boundries, exploring ideas and yes having fun.  I've loved McLaren ever since.

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Flipboard joins Bitter Grounds

I've added a new category (look up... way up ...) to my Flipboard site. It's an aggregate of interesting bits 'n pieces from around the internet.  I've been trying to get a nifty cover to appear on the side bar, but it just won't cooperate, and I'm too lazy to figure it out.

It's supposed to look like this:

View my Flipboard Magazine.


But ... alas ... I'm incurably lazy at the moment so you get a dinky little link at the top of the page instead. Flipboard satisfies that urge to push news and info at my readers without the pesky problem of applying effort. One day, in the not too distant future, you'll get the funky cover on the side bar, but until then ... Look up ... to the right... one click and you can poke about in my brain. __ Oh ... fixed it! Look over here --------->>>

Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes - National Film Board

I grew up on National Film Board movies (NFB, they were a school staple). The first one I saw was Bill Mason's Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes I must have been 10 yrs old when the teacher wheeled the big projector into the classroom and setup the film.

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Not everyone got this

Spotted this on Twitter earlier in the week.  Left some puzzled, had the rest of us snickering.

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

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- Albert Camus

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