Covered this week; Jerry Stiller heads up to heaven for his airing of grievances… Google Street View camera rigs are pretty cool… Apple should be in charge of the United States… Stream a show from the Purple Rain Tour through Sunday night… Checkin’ in with Stewart Copeland at the Sacred Grove… Fred Willard dies at 86… A 3-minute mash-up of 1986’s best…
May 11, 2020
Jerry Stiller is one of those dudes that succeeded in cementing his place in the pantheon of television’s greatest characters. In anything he has ever been in, I’m always happy when he’s in on a scene, belly laughs are what’s coming. Sad to see him go, dead at 92 from natural causes. Here’s a cool Seinfeld-tinged tribute from The Ringer… and then here’s the NYT Obit.
Early Monday morning, Jerry Stiller died of natural causes at the age of 92. The father of Ben Stiller, Jerry had a long, generations-spanning career—from variety show fame with his wife, Anne Meara, to Hollywood to the small screen. But among all of that, he’ll forever be known as Frank Costanza, the loud, hilariously embittered father of George on Seinfeld. In his memory, the Ringer staff remembers Stiller’s greatest moments as Frank.
May 12, 2020
Not often thought about, how has the gear rig Google attaches to their Street View vehicles evolved over the years? Lasers, sensors, gyroscopes and wheel mounted odometers, here’s the low down on where things have gotten to along with some awesome visuals.
The laser range scanners measure up to 50 meters in the front of the vehicle with a 180 degree range. These are used for recording the actual dimensions of the space being photographed, for example the distance between the camera and the facades of the buildings. That spacial recognition is what helps Google patch all of its images together and give them a 3D feel.
May 13, 2020
Wow, if you had any doubt that Apple wasn’t operating at the pinnacle of the design manufacturing world, here’s your proof. Truth be told, put Apple in charge of the United States. You could sure as shit bet they’d be doing an INFINITELY better job then what we’re getting now. Setting the blueprint, hopefully the rest of the world will (mostly) fall in line.
At Apple, people are at the heart of everything we do and everything we make. That means considering not only those who will use a product, but also those who help build it. So we hold ourselves and our suppliers to the highest standards to protect the people in our supply chain, and the planet we all call home. Our Supplier Code of Conduct is designed to uphold that commitment. From the sourcing of materials to the recycling of our products, we work with suppliers to ensure that our requirements are being met.
May 14, 2020
A pretty amazing opportunity presents itself via Prince’s estate in partnership with YouTube. Premiering tonight you’ll have the ability to stream a show from the height of the Purple Rain Tour filmed in Syracuse, NY on March 30th back in 1985. The stream will be available through Sunday night.
May 15, 2020
I’m thankful about where I am, but mindful of 70,000 of our neighbors. It’s a very strange form of apocalypse, where it’s around the corner. It’s not in our face. I thought the apocalypse would be just like the movies we’ve seen, where the devastation is observable everywhere. In Los Angeles, we can’t actually see the apocalypse, because we’re all in our homes surrounded by hedges. One starts to feel a little bit like Stalin. I have to remind myself as I look out at the clear sky, and I get through a day without the phone ringing, and no dinner parties — thank God! — all the blessings that come with it.
May 16, 2020
Sadly, another of the world’s funniest guys died today… read his obit, Fred Willard was in so many things over the years you probably won’t remember half of them… but godspeed, 2020 rages on…
Over the years Mr. Willard became a favorite among real-life talk-show hosts, making at least 50 guest appearances in sketches on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” He also did nine on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” including one appearance as Fred Trump visiting from hell to discuss his son Donald.
May 17, 2020
For some lighter faire on a rainy Sunday afternoon in chicago we check in with The Hood Internet again, this time for their mash-up of 50 1986 songs into a nice 3 minute mix…