My son asked me what were my favorite shows when I was his age. There were so few options compared to now, but I recalled Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Crusader Cat and Minute Mouse, Zoom, 321 Contact, Bugs Bunny and the other Looney Tunes shows, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Kroft Superstars (Land of the Lost and the other ones), The Banana Splits, The New Zoo Revue.
When I was older I loved Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, The Greatest American Hero, the A-Team.
But the show I was absolutely obsessed with when I was his age was “Battle of the Planets”. I even wrote and drew what would now be called fan fiction in my own comic book version of the show that I called “Battle of … Read the rest
Like bees and some leafy green vegetables, clowns are the kind of thing you’re too damn old to be afraid of at this point. GIF artists 100% Soft, Robin Eisenberg, Jon Vermilyea, Mochimochiland, Colin Raf, and Jess Mac all, on some level, must know this, for their looping clown animations roam free in that liminal space between waking life and dreams, where big red noses, white skin, chattering teeth, and bloody kitchen knives, are common. Some science actually suggests coulrophobia comes from a learned desire to keep things status quo—meaning your “fear of clowns” stems from how desperate you are to fit in. A cursory glance over the comments on the new IT trailer attest to this: You’re not afraid of clowns, you’re just afraid … Read the rest
This is a question that one Australian mom failed to ask when she sent her five-year-old daughter to school with a Smirnoff Frozen Pouch tucked neatly into her lunchbox. You see, in Australia and much of the English-speaking world, Smirnoff offers a pouch of fruit-flavored vodka that looks pretty much exactly like a juice pouch. Except it contains the good stuff.
Smirnoff calls its frozen pouches “delicious new drinking sensation[s] from the number 1 spirits brand in the world. Enjoy refreshing fruit flavors combined with the smooth taste of Smirnoff Vodka straight from your freezer.” And one little girl in Australia almost did.
To get to the Southwest Charter School from downtown Baltimore, where I live on the fifth floor of an artist residence, I cross into what is called Pig Town. I used to live in southwest Baltimore, SoWeBo for short, and I know what I’ll be driving through: prostitutes who look much older than they are; bars that stay open and busy most hours of the day and night; a litany of street drugs being sold on every corner by teenagers; whole rows of houses—set in between warehouses and barbed wire fences—that are boarded up; trash so evenly littered it looks like a legitimate layer of earth; crime tape covering at least one corner within earshot, the smell of fried food mixed with the nearby smokestacks of … Read the rest
Japan‘s public broadcasting system, NKH, airs a show titled Design Ah!, a children’s education program that teaches out of the box thinking. Created in 2011, the Peabody Award-winning series broadcasts a series of whimsical and surreal clips that show lateral thinking for not just not just design but creativity in general. One of the segments on Design Ah! is It’s Different From What You Expected. Filmmaker Daihei Shibata, who worked on this segment, has recently been uploading a selection of clips from the years 2013 to 2015.
The look of It’s Different From What You Expected will be familiar to anyone who remembers PBS children’s programs, or even the BBC’s satirical Look Around You. It’s Different From What You Expected… Read the rest
From the website: “Space Racers is a new, original, half-hour animated series for preschoolers that follows young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy as they soar through the Solar System. Young viewers will learn about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team, all with fun and engaging characters they can relate to.”
It’s similar to some of the better shows on PBSKids but doesn’t seem to have a big distribution network. … Read the rest
1 cup dry pasta (elbows are usually cheapest, but shells or ziti or whatever is fine)
2 cups water
1 or 2 slices of american cheese. (I’m not a big fan of american cheese,but it melts better than any other kind and if you look at the ingredients, you’ll see that they’re not all garbage. The good kind is just melted colby cheese mixed with milk and then refrigerated. The bad kind has “corn solids” and oils and floor sweepings added.)
Turn it on. The pasta cooks in the water and the water boils away until there is so little left that the pot gets above 212°F (100°C), which signals the cooker to turn off. By then, the cheese is all … Read the rest
A nice, quiet, keiki-friendly beach. Pretty rocky but some white, or at least yellow, sand. Quiet during the week. Bathrooms and showers. Lifeguard on duty on weekends and holidays. 4 miles east of downtown.