Archive for October, 2011

App-y Halloween! Ghost Radar

October 31, 2011

App-y Halloween! Ghost Radar

Do you want to know if there are “uninvited ghosts” at your Halloween party tonight? Going to a haunted location and want to know what the resident entities are saying?

There’s an app for that. 🙂

http://spudpickles.com/GhostRadar

You can get a free version of it from the Amazon Appstore:

Ghost Radar Classic

although I got the ninety-nine cent enhanced version for free as the Amazon Appstore Free App of the Day not too long ago:

Ghost Radar

That’s the one I’ve been playing around with recently. “Playing around” is right…they stress it’s for entertainment value.

I do think it’s fun (although my Significant Other thinks it’s…silly, is probably the best word, which is fine with me). You see a radar sweep which shows you “ghosts”, but more interestingly (and what makes the ninety-nine cent version worth it) is that it tells you words being “said” in the environment.

That’s where you can see if there is relevance. You could ask questions and think of it like a Quija board, or you can just let the words show up. I turned off the GPS so it wouldn’t know where I was (in case it cheated by knowing where I was). When I was in a Safeway, the one word I got was “Union”…and, well, it is a union shop. 🙂

I’m not commenting here on the reality or unreality (or something in-between) of ghost-detecting and EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena). The app may work for that…why not? I think one good test would be to have several people with the app in the same location, and see if they got similar readings. This isn’t about testing really, though…it’s about fun.

Download it and have a great Halloween!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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Lassie Come Home…using GPS

October 29, 2011

Lassie Come Home…using GPS

Here is an example of how modern technology can do good in the world…in case you wondered. 🙂

My Significant Other (SO) and I were on a walk, which we often do on Saturday morning. We saw a dog running along by itself…it didn’t seem very nervous, which is a good sign, but there was definitely not a person around.

The dog was very friendly, so we were able to check the name tag without scaring her.

First, we found a phone number, but the area code has changed where we live, and the old tag had the old number. When I called it, it was a business, so we weren’t sure. I left a message anyway.

There was a rabies tag with a vet number…we called that, and they confirmed the address on the tag…we hadn’t wanted to walk a strange dog to a strange house. We were able to confirm with them that the address on the tag was correct…and they even said we could take the dog to the vets if we wanted (this was before 9:00 AM on a Saturday).

The next thing was to figure out where to take the dog…how far away it was, and the directions. I have a Samsung Captivate. That meant that, while we juggled the dog and a cup of coffee, I could just do Google voice search to say the address, and it popped up on a map. Then, I had it go to Google maps. I turned on the GPS (I usually leave it off to save battery charge). It showed us how to walk there…maybe half a mile away.

My SO cleverly turned a sweatshirt into a leash, and we were able to walk the dog there. The dog was very happy to be home…and the owners were happy to get her back.

Thanks, technology! 🙂

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

Ender’s Game movie due March 15 2013

October 27, 2011

Ender’s Game movie due March 15 2013

Orson Scott Card’s novel, Ender’s Game, is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, also appearing on significant mainstream lists.

It’s seemed like a natural for a movie adaptation for decades.

Well, we now have a release date: March 15, 2013.

Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tsotsi) is directing and working on the screenplay (although Card has also done a screenplay…more than one, I think).

The team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Allias/Fringe/Transformers/Star Trek) are producing.

This is a large scale science fiction story, focusing on the small scale. There’s an alien war, but it’s more about the warriors…or one warrior in particular, a boy named Ender Wiggins.

There are a lot of challenges in making this movie, and fans will be watching the development carefully.

The moviemakers will also have to deal with the controversy that will be raised about comments attributed to Card regarding his alleged position on laws and homosexuality. Take a look at

Orson Scott Card’s official website

for more information.

A Spring release date is not always an endorsement of a studio seeing a movie as one of its strongest performers of the year…it’s Summer for blockbusters, Fall/Winter for Oscar contenders, traditionally.

Ender’s Game at IMDB.com

Feel free to let me know what you think about the Ender’s Game movie…

For more movie release dates, see The Measured Circle current events calendar and The Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

Halloween TV 2011

October 20, 2011

Halloween TV 2011

Like Halloween? Like TV? Here’s a list for you.

This is our second annual listing…it’s incomplete, and I will add things to it. I’m going to start the listings the Friday the weekend before Halloween weekend (Friday, October 21), and continue through Halloween.

There are always things on, though…for more of those, see

The Measured Circle Current Events Calendar

One cheating one: Pretty Litlle Liars has a special Halloween episode on October 19 at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM on ABC Family

Friday, October 21

5:30 AM: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension on MoviePlex (I decree that it counts…it does have “monsters” in it)

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

6:45 AM: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension on MoviePlex (I decree that it counts…it does have “monsters” in it)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (First Impressions) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

8:00 AM: Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare on Ovation (1975 concert)

9:00 AM: The Aliens Have Landed on Green (documentary)

10:00 AM: Little Einsteins on Disney (Little Einsteins Halloween)

10:30 AM: 13 Scarier Movie Moments on Bravo

11:00 AM: Halloween: Resurrection on FX

8:00 AM: Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare on Ovation (1975 concert)

8:00 AM: Basilisk: The Serpent King on Syfy (with Yancy Butler)

2:00 PM: Inside Edition  (Halloween Candy)

7:00 PM: A.N.T. Farm on Disney (warmutANT farm…Halloween episode)

8:00 PM: Beetlejuice on ABC Family

Saturday, October 22

2:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Inmates)

2:00 AM: Cheers on Hallmark (Bar Wars V: The Final Judgement…Halloween episode)

6:00 AM: Sister, Sister on GMC (Halloween)

10:45 AM: 20 Million Miles to Earth on TCM (Harryhausen effects, monster from Venus)

11:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Driven)

12:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Inmates)

1:00 PM: The Pumpkin Karver on Syfy

2:00 PM: Halloween Wars on the Food Network (Zombies vs. Vampires)

5:00 PM: Everyday Italian on the Cooking Channel (Happy Halloween)

6:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Hide and Seek…new to BBC America episode)

6:00 PM: Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular on the Cartoon Network

6:00 PM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?)

7:00 PM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (The Great Alien Conspiracy)

8:00 PM: The Addams Family on ABC Family (the 1991 movie with Raul Julia)

8:00 PM: Area 51 on Discovery (documentary)

800 PM Halloween Block Party 2011 on HGTV

8:00 PM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (Are Aliens Invading Scotland?)

9:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Hide and Seek…new to BBC America episode)

9:00 PM: Halloween on Syfy (remake with Malcolm McDowell)

9:00 PM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?)

9:00 PM: Unearthed on IFC (Luke Goss)

10:00 PM: The Addams Family Values on ABC Family (the 1993 movie sequel with Raul Julia)

10:00 PM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (The Great Alien Conspiracy)

11:00 PM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (Alien Vampire Chronicles)

Sunday, October 23

12:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Hide and Seek…new to BBC America episode)

12:00 AM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (Are Aliens Invading Scotland?)

1:00 AM: Area 51 on Discovery (documentary)

1:00 AM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?)

1:e0 AM: Wings on USA (The Gift of Life…Halloween episode)

1:00 AM: World’s Weirdest UFO Stories on Green (The Great Alien Conspiracy)

3:30 AM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

9:00 AM: Angels in the Outfield on TCM (the original with Paul Douglas)

7:00 AM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

9:00 AM: Sandra’s Halloween Wonderland on the Food Network

4:30 PM: The Nightmare Before Christmas on ABC Family

4:30 PM: Zodiac on IFC (docudrama with Jake Gyllenhaal about the real-life Zodiac Killer)

5:00 PM: Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy on the Cartoon Network

7:30 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (What Lies Ahead)

8:00 PM: Challenge on the Food Network (Halloween Ghost Story Cakes)

9:00 PM: Halloween Wars on the Food Network (Underworld)

9:00 PM: Zodiac on IFC (docudrama with Jake Gyllenhaal about the real-life Zodiac Killer)

9:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

10:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Hide and Seek…new to BBC America episode)

10:00 PM: Beetlejuice on ABC Family

10:00 PM: Iron Chef America on the Food Network (Forgione vs. Wong…Halloween episode)

10:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

10:30 PM: Liitle Bill on Nick Jr (The Halloween Costume: The Haunted Halloween Party)

11:30 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

Monday, October 24

3:00 AM: Roseanne on TV Land (Trick or Treat)

3:30 AM: Roseanne on TV Land (Skeleton in the Closet…Halloween episode)

5:00 AM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Untouched) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

6:30 AM: Dora the Explorer on Nickelodeon (Halloween Parade)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Dear Boy) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: The Today Show on NBC (last minute Halloween costumes)

9:00 AM: Live with Regis and Kelly (favorite Halloween moments retrospective)

9:00 AM: Max & Ruby on Nickelodeon (Max’s Jack-o-Lantern; Max & Ruby’s Perfect Pumpkin; Max’s Big Boo)

9:30 AM: Max & Ruby on Nickelodeon Max’s Halloween; Ruby’s Leaf Collection; The Blue Tarantula)

11:00 AM: Good Eats on the Food Network (All Hallows Eats)

12:00 PM: Amazing Wedding Cakes on WE (includes Halloween wedding)

1:00 PM: Barefoot Contessa on the the Food Network (Halloween for Grownups)

4:30 PM: Everyday Italian on the Cooking Channel (Candy/Halloween)

5:00 PM: A Scooby-Doo Halloween on the Cartoon Network

5:00 PM: SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon (Scaredy Pants; I was a Teenage Gary…Halloween episode)

5:00 PM: Kickin’ It on DXD (Boo Gi Nights…new Halloween episode)

5:30 PM: Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King on Cartoon Network

5:30 PM: iCarly on Nickelodeon (iScream on Halloween)

6:30 PM: M*A*S*H on  TV Land (Trick or Treatment…Halloween episode)

7:00 PM: Venom on IFC

7:30 PM: Wheel of Fortune (syndicated) (Halloween…new Halloween episode)

8:00 PM: Martha Stewart Halloween Special on the Hallmark Channel (new)

8:00 PM: Halloween on AMC (original 1978 Donald Pleasance movie)

10:00 PM: Halloween III: Season of the Witch on AMC

11:00 PM: Venom on IFC

Tuesday, October 25

1:30 AM: Hotmixology on the Cooking Channel (Halloween 2011)

2:15 AM: Village of the Damned (remake with Christopher Reeve)

4:00 AM: Anne Rice on Bio

4:00 AM: The Jeffersons on TV One (Now You See It, Now You Don’t (Halloween episode)

4:30 AM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Guise Will Be Guise) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Darla) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

8:00 AM: Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed on DIY

9:00 AM: Live with Regis and Kelly on ABC (Halloween creatures)

11:00 AM: Emeril’s Table on the Hallmark Channel (Halloween Treats for Kids)

5:00 PM: Martin on TV One (The Night He Came Home…Halloween episode)

5:00 PM: The Fairly OddParents on Nickelodeon (Scary Godparents…Halloween episode)

5:30 PM: Big Time Rush on Nickelodeon (Big Time Halloween)

6:00 PM: The Secret Life Of… on the Cooking Channel (Halloween)

6:00 PM: America’s Funniest Home Videos on ABC Family (People Pull Scary Practical Jokes….Halloween episode)

7:00 PM; Wheel of Fortune (syndicated) (Halloween)

7:00 PM: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days on Syfy (sequel)

7:00 PM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

8:00 PM: Last Man Standing on ABC (Last Halloween Standing…new Halloween episode)

8:00 PM: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers on AMC

8:00 PM: Zombies: A Living History on the History Channel (new)

10:00 PM: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers on AMC

11:00 PM: American Horror Story on Fox (Murder House)

Wednesday, October 26

12:01 AM: Zombies: A Living History on the History Channel (new)

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (The Shroud of Rahmon) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (the Trial) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: Today on NBC (includes making Halloween decorations)

9:00 AM: Live with Regis and Kelly (Kids of LIVE Halloween)

10:00 AM: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee on the Food Network (Halloween)

10:00 AM: The Martha Stewart Show on Hallmark (Elegant Halloween Party Ideas)

11:00 AM: Emeril’s Table on Hallmark (Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids: Grown-Up Treats)

12:00 PM: Ancient Aliens on History (Chariots, Gods & Beyond)

1:00 PM: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman on GMC (Halloween)

2:45 PM: The Bad Seed on TCM (creepy 1956 psychological horror with Patty McCormack)

5:00 PM: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days on Syfy (sequel)

6:00 PM: Ancient Aliens on History (Chariots, Gods & Beyond)

6:00 PM: America’s Funniest Home Videos on ABC Family (Halloween-themed Videos)

7:30 PM: Wheel of Fortune (syndicated…times may vary) (Halloween)

8:00 PM: Ancient Aliens on History (Aliens and Deadly Cults)

8:00 PM: Archivos de OVNIS on History Espanol (documentary: OVNI is Spanish for UFO)  (El Roswell de Brasil) (Spanish)

8:00 PM: The Middle on ABC (Halloween II…new Halloween episode)

8:00 PM: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later on AMC

8:30 PM: Suburgatory on ABC (Halloween…new episode)

9:00 PM: Ancient Aliens on History (Aliens and the Undead…new episode)

9:00 PM: Modern Family on ABC (Halloween)

10:00 PM: American Horror Story on Fox (Halloween, Part 1)

11:00 PM: American Horror Story on Fox (Halloween, Part 1)

Thursday, October 27

12:00 AM: Archivos de OVNIS on History Espanol (documentary: OVNI is Spanish for UFO)  (El Roswell de Brasil) (Spanish)

12:01 AM: Ancient Aliens on History (Aliens and Deadly Cults)

1:00 AM: American Horror Story on Fox (Halloween, Part 1)

1:01 AM: Ancient Aliens on History (Aliens and the Undead…new episode)

3:00 AM: Wes Craven Presents: They on Syfy

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Reunion) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

6:00 AM: Archivos de OVNIS on History Espanol (documentary: OVNI is Spanish for UFO)  (El Roswell de Brasil) (Spanish)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Redefinition) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: Today on NBC (includes spooky Halloween trips)

7:00 AM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Logo (Fear, Itself…Halloween episode)

9:00 AM: Live with Regis and Kelly on ABC (includes Halloween moments)

10:00 AM: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee on the Food Network (Halloween Queens)

12:00 PM: Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid on Syfy

12:00 PM: Archivos de OVNIS on History Espanol (documentary: OVNI is Spanish for UFO)  (El Roswell de Brasil) (Spanish)

1:30 PM: Giada at Home on the Food Network (Tricks or Treats)

2:00 PM: Anaconda 3: Offspring on Syfy

2:00 PM: Las Vegas on TNT (When Life Gives You Lemon Bars…Halloween episode)

2:00 PM: 30-Minute Meals on the Food Network (Grown-Up Halloween)

5:30 PM: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on DXD (Arwinstein…Halloween episode)

6:00 PM: That ’70s Show on MTV (Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die…Halloween episode)

6:00 PM: Hellbent on Logo

6:30 PM: That ’70s Show on MTV (Halloween)

7:30 PM: Wheel of Fortune (syndicated) (Halloween)

8:00 PM: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on ABC

8:00 PM: The Real Story of Halloween on the History Channel

8:00 PM The Vampire Diaries on the CW (Ghost World) (new)

8:30 PM: Parks and Recreation on NBC (Meet ‘n’ Greet…Halloween episode)

9:00 PM: The Secret Circle on the CW (Masked…new Halloween episode)

9:00 PM: The Office on NBC (Spooked…new Halloween episode)

11:00 PM: The X-Files on BBC America (Born Again)

Friday, October 28

12:00 AM: The X-Files on BBC America (Roland)

1:00 AM: The X-Files on BBC America (Little Green Men)

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Blood Money) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Happy Anniversary) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: The Today Show on NBC (includes Halloween cocktails)

7:00 AM: Roseanne on Oxygen (Halloween V)

7:00 AM: Urban Legend on FX (Jared Leto)

8:00 AM: Roseanne on Oxygen (Halloween: The Final Chapter)

8:30 AM: The Cat in Hat Knows a Lot About That! on PBS (Aye Aye!; Trick or Treat)

8:30 AM: Roseanne on Oxygen (Satan, Darling…Halloween episode)

9:00 AM: Live with Regis and Kelly (Halloween moments)

9:00 AM: Super Why! on PBS (The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween)

9:00 AM: Roseanne on Oxygen (BOO! Halloween episode)

9:30 AM: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee on the Food Network (Renaissance Halloween)

10:00 AM: Handy Manny (A Job from Outer Space; Sounds Like Halloween)

10:00 AM: Roseanne on Oxygen (Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down…Halloween episode)

10:00 AM: The Unexplained on Bio (The Vampire Myth)

10:30 AM: Roseanne on Oxygen (Halloween IV)

11:00 AM: Halloween’s Most Extreme on the Travel Channel

11:30 AM: Imagination Movers on Disney (Haunted Halloween)

12:00 PM: The Chew on ABC (Fright Night…Halloween episode)

12:00 PM: Martha & Friends on the Hallmark Channel (Martha’s Halloween)

1:00 PM: Barney & Friends on PBS (Guess Who?; Sweet Treats…Halloween episode)

4:00 PM: SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon (Scaredy Pants; I was a Teenage Gary…Halloween episode)

5:00 PM: 13 Scarier Movie Moments on Bravo

5:00 PM: The Amityville Horror on Oxygen (remake with Ryan Reynolds)

5:00 PM: The Batman versus Dracula on Toon (yes, that Batman)

5:00 PM: Vampire in Brooklyn on TV One

6:00 PM: America’s Loch Ness Monster on Green (documentary about Champ of Lake Champlain)

6:00 PM: World’s Funniest Halloween Moments on the Hallmark Channel

7:00 PM: The Addams Family on ABC Family (the 1991 movie with Raul Julia)

7:00 PM: The Inside Story: Halloween on the Biography Channel

7:30 PM: Wheel of Fortune (syndicated) (Halloween)

8:00 PM: The Amityville Horror on Oxygen (remake with Ryan Reynolds)

9:00 PM: The Addams Family Values on ABC Family (the 1993 movie sequel with Raul Julia)

9:00 PM: America’s Loch Ness Monster on Green (documentary about Champ of Lake Champlain)

10:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

10:30 PM: 30 Days of Night on FX (vampires in Alaska)

Saturday, October 29

12:00 AM: Bump! on Logo (Belfast…Halloween episode)

1:30 AM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

3:15 AM: 13 Scarier Movie Moments on Bravo

4:30 AM: Rugrats on Nickelodeon (Curse of the Werewuff…Halloween episode)

4:30 AM: Jem on HUB (Trick or Techrat…Halloween episode)

5:00 AM: Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? on HUB (Trick or Treat?)

8:00 AM: The Unexplained on Bio (The Vampire Myth)

10:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Driven)

11:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Inmates)

12:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Hide and Seek)

4:00 PM: Vampire Secrets on the History Channel

5:30 PM: 30 Days of Night on FX (vampires in Alaska)

6:00 PM: America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 2 on Travel

6:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Committed…new to BBC America episode)

6:00 PM: The Suze Orman Show on CNBC (Financial Fright Night! Halloween episode)

7:00 PM: America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3 on Travel

7:00 PM: Halloween Wars on the Food Network

8:00 PM: NCIS on USA (Witch Hunt…Halloween episode)

8:00 PM: Goosebumps on HUB (Night of the Jack-O-Lanterns)

8:00 PM: Halloween Wars on the Food Network (Scary Tales)

9:00 PM: Bedlam on BBC America (Committed…new to BBC America episode)

9:00 PM: The Big Bang Theory on TBS (The Middle Earth Paradigm…Halloween episode)

9:00 PM: Zombies: A Living History on the History Channel (new)

9:00 PM: Zombie Apocalypse on Syfy (Ving Rhames)

11:00 PM: Ancient Aliens on History (Aliens and the Undead)

11:00 PM: Happy Days on HUB (The Evil Eye…Halloween episode)

11:00 PM: Bedlam on TCM (Boris Karloff)

Sunday, October 30

12:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Committed…new to BBC America episode)

12:00 AM: Home Improvement on Nickelodeon (Bewitched…Halloween episode)

1:00 AM: Family Matters on Nickedlodeon (Dog Day Halloween)

1:01 AM: Zombies: A Living History on the History Channel (new)

1:30 AM: Family Matters on Nickelodeon (Dark and Stormy Night…Halloween episode)

1:30 AM: Zombie Apocalypse on Syfy (Ving Rhames)

1:45 AM: An American Werewolf in Paris on TBS (sequel)

3:01 AM: Ancient Aliens on History (Aliens and the Undead)

4:30 AM: White Zombie on TCM (1932 Bela Lugosi)

5:00 AM: Today on NBC (Halloween costumes and a haunted house)

7:15 AM: The Uninvited (1944 Ray Milland)

8:00 AM: American’s Haunted Houses on Green

9:30 AM: Halloween: Resurrection

12:00 PM: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Halloween special)

9:00 PM: Zombie Apocalypse on Syfy (Ving Rhames)

1:30 PM: The Addams Family on ABC Family (the 1991 movie with Raul Julia)

2:00 PM: America’s Spookiest Places on Travel

2:00 PM: Zombies: A Living History on the History Channel (new)

3:30 PM: The Addams Family Values on ABC Family (the 1993 movie sequel with Raul Julia)

6:00 PM: The Game of Life on HUB (Halloween episode)

8:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Bloodletting)

8:00 PM: Van Helsing on ABC Family (Hugh Jackman)

9:00 PM: Halloween Crazy on the Travel Channel (new)

9:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Save the Last One) (new)

10:00 PM: American Horror Story on Fox (Pilot)

10:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Save the Last One) (new)

11:00 PM: American Horror Story on Fox (Home Invasion)

11:00 PM: America’s Funniest Home Videos on ABC Family (Halloween episode)

11:30 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Save the Last One) (new)

Monday, October 31

12:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Inmates)

1:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Hide and Seek)

1:00 AM: Home Improvement on Nickelodeon (The Haunting of Taylor House)

1:00 AM: Home Improvement on Nickelodeon (Crazy for You…Halloween episode)

2:00 AM: Bedlam on BBC America (Committed)

1:00 AM: Home Improvement on Nickelodeon (Let Them Eat Cake…Halloween episode)

2:00 AM: American Dragon: Jake Long on DXD (Halloween Bash)

2:30 AM: Tutenstein on HUB (Day of the Undead…Halloween episode)

3:00 AM: The Amanda Show on TeenNick (Judge Trudy Rules on Halloween Mishaps)

3:30 AM: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers on Syfy

4:30 AM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

5:00 AM: An American Haunting on IFC (2005 movie with Donald Sutherland)

5:00 AM: Bewitched on WGN (To Trick-or-Treat or Not to Trick-or-Treat)

5:00 PM: The Walking Dead on AMC (Save the Last One) (new)

6:00 AM: Angel on TNT (The Thin Dead Line) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

6:00 AM: Classroom on History (Halloween Tech)

7:00 AM: Angel on TNT (Reprise) (Buffy spin-off with David Boreanaz)

7:00 AM: The Today Show on NBC (includes Halloween food)

7:30 AM: Frasier on WE (Halloween)

7:30 AM: Ned’s Declassifed School Survival Guide on TeenNick (Halloween episode)

8:00 AM: What I Like About You on ABC Family (Ghost of a Chance)

8:00 AM: Frasier on WE (Room Full of Heroes…Halloween episode)

8:00 AM: Franklin on Nick Jr (Franklin Has a Sleepover; Franklin’s Halloween)

8:30 AM: What I Like About You on ABC Family (Halloween)

9:00 AM: Live with Regis and Kelly (Live’s Halloween Headliner Ball)

10:00 AM: The View on ABC (Halloween)

10:00 AM: Yo Gabba Gabba! on Nick Jr (Halloween)

10:30 AM: Handy Manny on Disney (Halloween; Squeeze’s Magic Show)

11:00 AM: Back at the Barnyard on NickToons (Halloween Special)

11:00 AM: UFO Hunters on the History Channel (Invasion Illinois…includes Halloween)

11:30 AM: The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy on the Cartoon Network (Billy and Mandy’s Jacked Up Halloween)

11:30 AM: Truth or Scare on the Hub (The True Story of Halloween)

11:30 AM: The Parkers on BET (Scary Kim…Halloween episode)

12:00 PM: Goosebumps on the HUB (Haunted Mask 1…Halloween episode)

12:00 PM; Walker, Texas Ranger on WGN (The Children of Halloween)

1:00 PM: Goosebumps on the HUB (Haunted Mask II)

1:00 PM: Cheers on WGN (Fairy Tales Can Come True…Halloween episode)

12:00 PM: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein on DXD

5:00 PM: Village of the Damned (original with George Sanders)

6:00 PM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

10:00 PM: Ni Hao, Kail-Lan on Nick Junior (Ni Hao, Halloween)

his post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

My take on…Real Steel

October 19, 2011

My take on…Real Steel

I’ve been following Disney for a very long time. Real Steel is a return to the company’s live action movies like Herbie, the Love Bug.

That’s a compliment, by the way. 😉

I didn’t think it really go going until, oh, half-way through the movie. The robot fighting scenes, though, were good…and affecting emotionally.

There wasn’t any particularly weak acting, but I wouldn’t say anything knocked my socks off, either.

I can absolutely see how a kid would love this movie. Atom, the “plucky” robot fighter, was like Herbie…a lot of personality.

So, worth seeing…maybe a B. We’ll see how it goes on the third sequel when Atom has to enter a mambo contest in Singapore to save a pet shop from being foreclosed and turned into a used robot lot. 😉

Feel free to let me know what you think…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“Now listen to me carefully. You are never…”

October 16, 2011

“Now listen to me carefully. You are never to leave this house without my permission. Your only justification for crawling on this Earth is to serve me. Understand me well: if you ever dare to disobey, I will slice into your chest and pull your worthless life out.”
–Blacula/Prince Mamuwalde (played by William Marshall)
Scream, Blacula, Scream
screenplay by Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig, Maurice Jules
story by Joan Torres Raymond Koenig

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

Charles Napier reported dead

October 7, 2011

Charles Napier reported dead

Charles Napier  was a character actor with nearly two hundred credits.

He’s probably best known for his tough guy authority type roles in his later years. He was tall and craggy, and frustrated with that nonsense, mister!

However, many of us first got to know him as Adam…the space hippy is a third season episode of the original Star Trek.

Those of you who knew him from Rambo or Silence of the Lambs may be amused to see him in that Star Trek role…in what is sort of a futuristic tie-dyed kilt with fake kind of Marjoe Gortner hair, playing what I think is a space-guitar and singing.

He would return to Star Trek for Deep Space Nine as a character who would have hated Adam: General Denning, who is dealing (gruffly) with the Roswell Incident (actually Quark the Ferengi who has accidentally time-traveled to 1947 Earth).

His TV guest appearances could fill a week on TVLand, from Starsky and Hutch to Murder, She Wrote to Mannix, Lois & Clark, The A-Team, and more.

He continued to work through the 2000s…like many actors, voicework entered the mix. He was the Sheriff on Squidbillies…and his last credit at IMDB.com is an episode of one of my favorite current series, Archer.

Good-bye, Charles Napier…we will continue to follow your orders and be silly…sir!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“…it’s easy to bond over…”

October 4, 2011

“…it’s easy to bond over hating something together. The internet is total proof of that.”
­-Codex (Cyd Sherman), played by Felicia Day
The Guild
screenplay by Felicia Day

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

Have we seen “Real Steel” before…in the Twilight Zone?

October 1, 2011

Have we seen “Real Steel” before…in the Twilight Zone?

The big hype is on for the Hugh Jackman starring robot boxing movie, Real Steel.

When I first saw a trailer, I was excited.

I went to http://wwww.imdb.com to see who was adapting the screenplay.

Yes, adapting…I was familiar with Richard Matheson’s Twilight Zone episode, called Steel. Lee Marvin stars as a former boxer (before human boxing was outlawed and the fight game switched to using robots). He’s down on his luck, promoting an outdiated model B2 (the current models are at least B7s).

I was pretty surprised not to see Matheson listed as a writing credit.

However, it turns out Matheson had first adapted his own short story, which had appeared in the May 1956 in Fantasy and Science Fiction. I don’t know why his name doesn’t appear in the IMDB.com credits…those are usually accurate.

I was just surprised…it’s not like the Twilight Zone is exactly obscure. You can watch Steel yourself on streaming Netflix. The episode was first broadcast on October 4, 1963…and repeated probably hundreds of times since.

Clearly, there are some big differences…a major female character, for one thing. I don’t want to give anything away by comparing what I’ve seen too closely…and I haven’t seen Real Steel yet, of course.

The story has been republished (as part of a Matheson short story collection…and those are always good) both in paperback, and for the Kindle. If you get the free sample of the latter, you can read part of the story…

Steel: And Other Stories

Still, it will be interesting to see how they compare…do they use the same slang? Are they set in the same places? Are any of the names the same?

Hey, I already see some things…maybe I’ll keep track of them here.

SPOILER ALERT

Similarities between Real Steel and Steel:

  • The main robot in Steel is named Battling Maxo. Dakoto Goya’s character in Real Steal is named Max
  • White-haired James Rebhorn plays a character named Marvin in Real Steel. White-haired Lee Marvin starred in Steel
  • Both adaptations feature battling robots, and different generations of them
  • Both have former boxers who have become promoters of battling robots

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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