Monthly Archives: January 2015

birds on the beach, nothing more

A little reminder of an early morning walk on the beach in Florida (November 19, 2014).

Posted in animalia, moments

82 years ago in Special Effects history…

Here is a posed publicity still from the original 1933 “King Kong”.  King Kong and the Tyrannosaur are posed stop-motion puppets, perhaps 18″ tall.  Foreground and background elements are painted.  There is no scene exactly like this in the actual … Continue reading

Posted in animation, cinema, movie posters

Adam Beckett (1950-1979), Infinite Animator

I met Adam Beckett at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in 1971.  He was a talented artist, animator and possessed an eccentric “larger than life” personality.  His work was clearly influenced by 1960s & 1970s counter-culture and erotica.  His output was … Continue reading

Posted in animation, art, cinema

Maurizio Pollini wins the 1960 Chopin Competition

A young Maurizio Pollini (age 18) takes home 1st prize in the prestigious Chopin Piano Competition held every 5 years in Warsaw, Poland.  The competition is devoted to the works of a single composer, Frédéric Chopin (duh).   The great Arthur Rubinstein, … Continue reading

Posted in music, music (classical)

The Hill of 1,000 Climbs

(march 3, 2006) At the summit of White’s Hill (1,430′) in Marin County, California.

Posted in moments