Archive for January, 2011

Harpers Ferry Legacy

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by Drogo

Harpers Ferry Legacy


Tribute to Harpers Ferry

Mayor Stowell

DJ Instant Remedy

C64 “Warriors”

Remix

The END of Public Libraries

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Drogo

Welcome to the END of Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Dictators of Demolition:  Isiah Leggett & Betty Parker Hamilton

What was Business Manager Eric Carzon doing before the Great Recession? Obviously he was not saving any money for the County. If he is anything like Hamilton, he might have rolled over anytime Lord Leggett had idiot plans for the Libraries.

Lord Leggett and his fools have cut funding and cut staff, while at the same time spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on construction plans for new libraries. New libraries without the staff to fill them? That is reality in the Merry Land of Leggett.

Libraries were forced by Lord Leggett to kill 55 filled positions and abolished 20 vacancies in preparation for fiscal 2011. Some libraries were closed, with their entire staff terminated for expensive renovations; while expensive designers and contractors are still paid to design new buildings with no staff or funding to operate them in the future.

The county library system’s budget was cut down from $40 million to $28 million from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2011. This year’s elimination of all summer reading programs and reductions to other programs, services and materials was just the beginning. Now we are helpless as the politicians reduce all worker paychecks by 8% while reducing all health-care benefits. The end of educated people working at libraries is near.

Libraries are often the only public gathering place for communities. As bastions of knowledge, libraries now must have computer internet access as well as old and new books, magazines, and public information. Library staff members are always busy assisting large groups of citizens and immigrants. All the computer stations are almost always occupied by people allowed to view pornography or anything they want. Long lines form at circulation desks, and phones ring continuously.

People live in their communities and neighborhoods where you need to provide the services, reducing libraries and staff does more long term damage than reducing the police force. The Mission, Vision, and Value of Public Libraries are being lost.

The Mission of Libraries is to offer free and equal access to services and resources that connect people to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives. Thanks to Leggett that Mission is under siege.

The Vision is to have a diverse, highly qualified staff that continually assesses community needs and interests to support, encourage and inspire our customers. Thanks to Hamilton the Vision has faded.

The Value of Libraries is to defend the right of all to learn and to grow through multi-media, archives, and recordings. Thanks to Business Manager Eric Carzon this Value will be terminated.

Libraries will no longer operate in an efficient and effective manner.

Reference article links:

https://scodpub.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/maryland-budget-cuts-drastic-library-layoffs/

http://oldblog.thomashardman.com/2009/10/dont-divide-by-zero-or.html

The Church (1989 Italian Horror Film)

Posted in Film Reviews with tags , , , , on January 22, 2011 by Drogo

The Movie The Church 1989

The Church is an Italian Horror film made in 1989 by Dario Argento. It is similar enough to the Demons series to call it Demons III. It has crusader knights, witches, demons, priests, tourists, art, music, blood, gore, and a librarian.

The opening scene has “Teutonic” Crusader Knights, a cave, peasants, clergy and “witches”. The knights’ helmets are box great helms with a cross-shaped eye-slot cut-out in the center. The tone reminds one of Monty Python’s “Holy Grail”, with the crazed medieval characters caught up in crusading and inquisitions, and cave that asks for a bunny or Jabberwocky to lunge out and kill everyone. The photo above shows the Teutonic Knights from “Alexander Nevsky”, which are similar in this film but with less helm crests and horns. In “The Church” only the lead knight has two rectangular horns on his helmet (as exhibited by the knight on the right in photo).

“The Church” also features music by Philip Glass, and actor Hugh Quarshie from Highlander, Doctor Who, and Star Wars.

Sorcerer Summons Demons from a Well

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2011 by Drogo

What is that 80’s film that has a sorcerer summoning flying demons from a well? The humans were live actors, but the demons were animated. I believe the Magic Well was in a building, like a church. The Well was of course acting like a portal gateway to hell or a similar spirit realm. The demons were red or orange in color and were part of a whirlwind tempest of magic energy. The good guys were trying to find a way inside the building to foil the evil sorcerer. I think the demons had individual names and characteristics. I only have a faint memory of seeing this on PBS, so it may be BBC or part of a tv series. I assume it was made during the early 1980’s. Google, Ask, and other search engines have no idea what im talking about; so im putting this detailed question out there for someone to solve…

It was similar to, but was NOT the following films, settings, or series:

Fantasia “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

Fantasia “Night on Bald Mountain”

Conan “Sorcerer and friends defending Conan’s body against evil spirits in the night”

Black Cauldron “Evil Lich summoning an undead skeleton army by using the Black Cauldron”

Middle Earth, Narnia, or Harry Potter (although could have been the same years the BBC Narnia series was made)

Amityville Horror series (has a demonic well in the basement of the house)

LOST (has a mysterious well)

Warlock (one of the last movies to use cartoon magic for magic animation)

Warcraft (Well of Souls)

The Gate

Demons

The Church

Time Bandits (has evil demon sorcerer, well, and cauldron)

Barbara Ninde Byfield

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Drogo

Author & Illustrator Barbara Ninde Byfield 1930-1988

Barbara Ninde Byfield was born in Abilene, Texas. She grew up in the West and Midwest. As a young adult she attended the University of Wyoming and the Art Students League of New York.  For decades later Mrs. Byfield lived in Greenwich Village, NYC with her daughters Barbery and Tamsen in an old farmhouse with 7 fireplaces and Boston ivy. Barbara Byfield was an author and illustrator for many unique books from 1962-1978. Her books have a personal style that mix nostalgia, mystery, and creativity. She built a fountain in her garden on Christopher Street, was a devotee to the occult world, and was a creative chef.

 

Haunted Spy

Haunted Ghost

Haunted Churchbell

Haunted Tower

 

Solemn High Murder

Book of Weird

Eating In Bed Cookbook

Upright Hilda

Giant Sandwich

Andrew and the Alchemist