Archive for March, 2017

New! The Measured Circle’s King Kong timeline: a short history of a tall ape

March 20, 2017

New! The Measured Circle’s King Kong timeline: a short history of a tall ape

I’m pleased to announce The Measured Circle’s latest project:

The Measured Circle’s King Kong timeline: a short history of a tall ape

at The History Project!

Just as with

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip

you can use it not only to get a perspective on TV shows, books, amusement park rides, television, and more about Skull Island’s most famous resident, but you can follow links to actually find the content!

For example, the listing for the original 1933 movie has links to find streaming options (it’s not legally free from the commercial streaming services in the USA at time of writing, based on JustWatch.com, but I also link to a search of public libraries…and your public library might even have an “e-Video” option).

However, if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch 1976’s parody Queen Kong at no additional cost, and if you have Netflix, you can watch their original animated series set in 2050.

Obviously, I can’t get you on an amusement park attraction, but I do link to their sites. šŸ˜‰

I think I’ve hit the highlights, but it’s important to note that a lot more can be added. You can even help, by adding comments and material.

I plan to do a lot more linking eventually, find more images to add, do more people entries, and add more context items (not specifically King Kong, but things that affected it).

I hope you enjoy it! If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to let me know.

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Geeky Good-byes February 2017

March 17, 2017

Geeky Good-byes February 2017

2016 was noted by many people for the number of celebrities we lost. I looked at reasons why that might have been true (and might continue to be true) in

2016: the Year the Stars WentĀ Out?

while at the same time looking at previous history.

This year, Iā€™m tracking it more closely in

2017 Geeky Good-byes

At the time of writing, Iā€™ve made 36 entries just for 2017, and 9 in February. Unfortunately, I may add moreā€¦we sometimes donā€™t hear about deaths right away.

That page is really just a listing, without much narrative.

I’m taking this postĀ to look at a few who really stand out to me. That isnā€™t to diminish anyone else: we geeks honor everyone who has every done a geek-friendly part or created a geek-friendly work.

Richard Hatch

We salute you, Captain Apollo. Richard Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal on the original Battlestar Galactica in 1978, and would later appear on the rebootĀ about three decades later as Tom Zarek. Other appearances include Kung Fu, and he appeared as “Richard Hatch” on The Guild, demonstrating his friendliness to the community.

Bruce Lansbury

There would be a big hole in our television geek culture history without the producing talents of Bruce Lansbury. Starting in the 1960s with The Wild Wild West, continuing into the 1970s with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and on into the 1980s with Knight Rider (and these are just a few of the best known ones), we were on a rollicking ride that was always fun while never lapsing into mockery.

Neil Fingleton

While his career and life were unfortunately short (dying at the age of 36), Neil Fingleton was recognized as the tallest man in the UK at 236 cm (7 feet 7 inches). Appearing in X-Men, The Avengers, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones (as Mag the Mighty), geeks will be watching this former basketball player (an injury changed his career path from sports to acting) for decades to come.

We regret their passing (and those of the others on the Geeky Good-byes page), and thank them and those closest to them for their contributions to our lives and the lives of geeks to follow.

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BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness) 2017 – results

March 5, 2017

BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness) 2017 – results

What an interesting Oscar year!

I am going to talk a bit about what happened at the end of the show, but let’s start with how the team did.

The year before we had scored a 90% overall, and that’s not atypical. This year, we were considerably below that at 77%.

While it’s up to other people to determine if something is an excuse or not, I think there was a clear contributing factor to the decline. At least, I can see the impact in my own success rate.

This really was a transition year in how the Academy voted. They had deliberately changed the rules in order to reform the voting process (in part, with the hope of seeing the results be more diverse).

I didn’t take that into account enough. I was still thinking about how the “old Academy” would vote, rather than revising that.

In resulted in some patterns not repeating.

There has typically been a correlation between Best Picture and Film Editing, for example, and that didn’t happen this year.

Best Picture, Directing, and Film Editing went to three different movies (Moonlight, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, respectively).

Like many people, I’m a bit surprised to be describing Suicide Squad as an Oscar-winning movie (even though, unlike many people, I did like it). I think the old Academy would likely have gone for the more mainstream movie (A Man Called Ove), and I’ve been pretty good at predicting those Maven categories in the past.

However, that doesn’t mean we did poorly. We called most of the categories, and the only Big Six category we missed was Best Picture:

Category Team Called it
Adapted Screenplay Moonlight 76% Yes
Anim Feature Zootopia 92% Yes
Cinematography La La Land 88% Yes
Directing La La Land 90% Yes
Foreign Film The Salesman 84% Yes
Lead Actor Affleck 92% Yes
Lead Actress Emma Stone 92% Yes
Live Short Sing 66% Yes
Original Screenplay Manchester by the Sea 80% Yes
Production Design La La Land 86% Yes
Score La La Land 90% Yes
Song City of Stars: La La Land 87% Yes
Supp Actor Ali 88% Yes
Supp Actress Davis 99% Yes
Visual Effects The Jungle Book 79% Yes
Anim Short Piper 66% No
BP Moonlight 67% No
Costume Fantastic Beasts 56% No
Doc Feature O.J.: Made in America 66% No
Doc Short The White Helmets 57% No
Film Editing Hacksaw Ridge 61% No
Makeup Suicide Squad 70% No
Sound Editing Arrival 62% No
Sound Mixing Hacksaw Ridge 70% No

The team hit 68% on the Big Six, 81% on the Incredibly Difficult Maven section, and that 77% overall.

Our top Overall scorer did get 90%…way to go! I will let individuals know how they did, and if you’d like your win noted by name in this blog, just let me know.

Thanks to everybody who played! My guess is that we’ll do better next year.

I used Google Forms this year…and that didn’t work well. It was a nice interface for people entering (although it could use more robust validation), but the underlying Google Sheet was set up in an inefficient way. I had to transpose the columns and rows and do quite a bit of work to get results, which is part of why this is a week later. šŸ™‚

Now, let’s talk that Best Picture mix-up.

A quick summary:

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were set to announce the Best Picture. They had starred in Bonnie and Clyde roughly 40 years ago. Warren Beatty had been nominated for Best Picture (as a producer of that movie…he was also nominated for Best Picture other times).

They were handed the envelope containing the winner by the accountants (there are two) from Price Waterhouse Coopers.

They were given the wrong envelope.

They were given a back-up envelope for Best Actress (which had been won by Emma Stone for La La Land). There are two envelopes for each category, since people can come from two sides of the stage, as I understand it.

Warren Beatty opened the envelope. I’ve watched that repeatedly. It seems clear to me what happens.

He opens it, and sees that it says, “Emma Stone, La La Land”. He hesitates.

I think many viewers may not realize that the Producers’ names are on the Best Picture winning card. Remember, Warren Beatty has been nominated as a Producer of a Best Picture nominee.

He probably goes through this process: “Was Emma Stone one of the Producers of La La Land? She can’t have been the only Producer.”

He literally looks into the envelope again, apparently checking to see if there is another winners’ card.

Faye Dunaway appears to think he has been Seacresting it…dragging it out for dramatic effect. She says, “You’re impossible!” He hands her the card (and he has a smile on his face), and she loudly announces La La Land as the winner.

The Producers of La La Land go up…and even start going through their thank you speeches. I haven’t timed it, but I’m reasonably comfortable in saying there was at least thirty seconds from the time the “winner” was announced until a correction was made.

Eventually, a member of the Oscar broadcast team (not one of the accountants) comes on stage and explains what happened.

One of the Producers of La La Land magnanimously explains the error, even taking (snatching would not be inaccurate) the actual winning card and showing it to the audience.

I definitely feel sorry for both Moonlight and La La Land for the way this happened.

So, who is at fault?

I would say that there is no question that PWC deserves a huge piece of the blame (and arguably, really all of it).

Their system failed.

The two accountants are supposed to have all of the winners memorized. As soon as the wrong winner was announced, one of them (and the Stage Manager has backed this up) should have stopped it and explained…before the Producers got to the stage.

Obviously, the wrong envelope shouldn’t have been given…and one question for me on that (and I understand performance improvement) is why Emma Stone’s envelope was even still available. As soon as a category is announced, the duplicate card (I understand that the winner often keeps the card) should be removed from access. If they don’t want to destroy it because of its historical value, put it in a locked dropbox.

There was clearly a failure on the part of one of the accountants and to some extent, on both, but in my opinion, it wouldn’t have been too difficult to create a system that would have been robust enough to make that risk very small indeed.

Fortunately, they should be able to revamp the system to prevent this same type of error in the future.

I can’t blame Warren Beatty…even for handing Faye Dunaway the envelope. I don’t think he was intentionally setting her up, as Jimmy Kimmel (jokingly?) suggested. I can’t blame Faye Dunaway: there would have been a lot of energy at that point after the delay, and anybody could jump at the movie name they see.

Well, there you go! I thought it was a fascinating year, and while that error will dominate in many people’s memories, the (arguably successful) impact of the Academy’s changes will have a bigger effect in the future.

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