Archive for March, 2015

Joy Division vs The Teletubbies

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 27, 2015 by phanteana

Sonic More Music

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When individuals are left alone with computers pretty much anything can happen, thus I give you the Anton Corbijn inspired Teletubbies video with soundtrack from Joy Division.

I can predict a number of other videos similar to this will appear over the next few days.

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a burnin’ ring of fire!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , on March 25, 2015 by phanteana

view from a (crimson) peak

Posted in Film with tags , , on March 18, 2015 by phanteana

oh hey, a new movie to be excited about! it looks so incredible, Stephen King even gave it his seal of approval at an early screening. there are a serious lack of period pieces in the current horror genre, so hopefully this one will fill the void…and Tom Hiddleston is a beautiful man, but that goes without say.

the return of the living dead technology

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on March 15, 2015 by phanteana

remember VHS? well, it’s back from the dead. many libraries still circulate VHS tapes in their collections, and the brick-and-mortar video stores that remain open in the shadow of Netflix and other home-streaming services continue to carry them. i still have quite a few VHS tapes, and have managed to preserve them so i can enjoy their use for future playback (though sadly, my beat-up old copy of the Rankin/Bass edition of The Hobbit– which was purchased for $1 at some going-out-of-business sale- finally went to The Big VCR In The Sky in 2013 after 15 years of ownership. but it lived a long and damage-free life thanks to proper care).

 

now one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the US, Yale University in New Haven, CT, has recently acquired approximately 2700 VHS tapes for its collection. a large portion of the bundle consists of horror films from the 70’s and 80’s (most of which are probably so bad, they are intentionally funny), and the idea came about from several students utilizing the cover art of these movies in their papers for a course on Horror and the literary imagination, depicting how scary flicks are marketed to their target audience. the tapes will be cataloged and eventually digitized (pending copyright laws don’t prevent them from doing so), since VHS can be difficult to preserve. it will naturally take time to process through all the materials, but once accomplished Yale students and faculty can access some of the best worst movies ever made for educational and entertainment purposes.

 

 

be kind and rewind!

there’s a starman waiting in the stacks

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 9, 2015 by phanteana

every library needs a copy of this iconic album!

live long and prosper

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on March 3, 2015 by phanteana

the citizens of Earth and beyond bid a fond farewell to Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last week at age 83. while he was obviously known for portraying a pop culture icon on television and in film, Mr. Nimoy was a true renaissance man; his talents extended to music and photography, the latter of which occasionally attracted controversy but also piqued curiosity. like his fictitious alter ego, Nimoy was a voice of reason who emitted a strong sense of spirituality. his devotion to the Jewish faith and its people was remarkable, and it showed both onscreen and off. his final post on Twitter appeared just a few days before his death: “a life is like a garden. perfect moments can be had, but not preserved except in memory. live long and prosper.” he will be missed dearly.