R.I.P. Grant Imahara

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-was-49-1303101

Grant Imahara, Host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ Dies at 49

July 13, 2020

An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he worked for a long time at Lucasfilm’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions.

Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, has died. He was 49.

Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” a representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.

An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he joined Discovery’s MythBusters in its third season, replacing Scottie Chapman and was with the show until 2014 when he left with co-hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. The trio would reunite in 2016 for Netflix’s White Rabbit Project which lasted for one season. On MythBusters, Imahara used his technical expertise to design and build robots for the show and also operated the computers and electronics needed to test myths.

While part of the Mythbusters team, he sky-dived and drove stunt cars, on film sets he came into contact with some of the most iconic characters in screen history, installing lights onto Star Wars’ R2-D2, creating the robot Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and working on the Energizer Bunny.

On Monday evening, Imahara’s MythBusters and White Rabbit Project co-host Byron tweeted, “Sometimes I wish I had a time machine,” and included a picture with Imahara and Belleci.

Later on Monday, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage also tweeted: “I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.”

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California (though he briefly had doubts and wanted to become a screenwriter) before combining the two passions and landing a post-graduation gig at Lucasfilm-associated THX labs. In his nine years at Lucasfilm, he worked for the company’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions. In his years at ILM he became chief model maker specializing in animatronics and worked on George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, as well as The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Galaxy Quest, XXX: State of the Union, Van Helsing, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

In 2000, Imahara also competed in Comedy Central’s BattleBots with a robot he built himself called “Deadblow” that won two Middleweight Rumbles, was the first season’s Middleweight runner-up and became the third season’s first-ranked robot.

As computer graphics began to supplant model-making in the aughts, former ILM colleague Tony Belleci suggested Imahara come aboard Mythbusters, the Discovery show Belleci co-hosted. As a co-host, he became a self-described “human guinea pig,” though if they determined a situation unfit for humans, they created machines to test them in their place.

Imahara also starred in several episodes of the fan-made web series Star Trek Continues. He played Hikaru Sulu, a lieutenant, helmsman and third officer on the USS Enterprise, in the show that was an unofficial continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series.

In a 2008 interview with Machine Design, Imahara told the publication that he wanted to be an engineer because “I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way. When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”

July 14, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Science, Science fiction, Star Wars, Technology, Television. Leave a comment.

This COVID-19 meme quote from Handmaid’s Tale is spot-on accurate. And the person is even wearing a mask over her mouth!

I found this meme at this link. Click on the link to see a bigger version: https://i.redd.it/pdhed3wxszy41.png

It says:

“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.”

I don’t watch this show. But wow! That quote is about as accurate as it gets! And she’s even wearing a mask over her mouth!

May 15, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . COVID-19, Television. Leave a comment.

I created this COVID-19 meme based on Peanuts. Please feel free to share it.

I created this COVID-19 meme based on Peanuts. Please feel free to share it.

You can see a larger version at https://imgflip.com/i/3vx2kt

April 9, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Health care, Holidays, Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

I created this COVID-19 meme based on The Simpsons. Please feel free to share it!

I created this COVID-19 meme based on The Simpsons. Please feel free to share it!

There’s a bigger version at this link: https://imgflip.com/i/3vwy2q

April 8, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Health care, Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

YouTuber DoubleParker: Breaking Bad Coronavirus Parody – “Walter Wipe”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyIzhRvtIJ0

March 30, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . COVID-19, Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

I created this COVID-19 meme based on the TV show “Freaks and Geeks.” Please feel free to share it.

Full size image at https://imgflip.com/i/3ulo88

March 30, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

Shaggy from Scooby-Doo discovers the real source of COVID-19

This video is not some kind of fan edit. It’s actually the original video and original audio from when Batman and Robin appeared on the TV show The New Scooby-Doo Movies in the 1970s. Batman and Robin actually appeared on more than one episode of the series. This particular episode is officially titled, “The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair,” and it was originally broadcast on September 16, 1972.

Here’s a transcript of the scene in question:

Shaggy: Uh, Batman, like, when we get to the batcave, could I get a little snack?

Batman: Yes, Shaggy. We’ll all have a snack. Bat milk and cookies for everyone.

Shaggy: Bat milk?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHzs9tucRA4

 

March 26, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Television. Leave a comment.

Attention Saturday Night Live! Air is mostly nitrogen, not oxygen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCbYtKW2BNo

February 12, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . Science, Television. Leave a comment.

Saturday Night Live: Meet Your Second Wife

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJEAGd1bQuc

January 13, 2020. Tags: , , , , . Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

Young Sheldon / The Big Bang Theory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DHKCocbYz4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCvwGpIGtaM

May 26, 2019. Tags: , , , . Television. Leave a comment.

Crybaby Trump is against free speech and doesn’t have a sense of humor!

Here’s a skit from the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vQlhWBvAwY

 

And here’s a tweet that Trump made in response: (original, archive)

 

 

The text states:

“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!”

So Trump wants “retribution,” against people who were peacefully and lawfully exercising their first amendment right to free speech. He also wants them to be “looked into.”

Trump took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution. He ought to be ashamed of himself for thinking that the people at Saturday Night Live are somehow exempt from the first amendment’s right to free speech.

February 18, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

Homer Simpson’s ignorance of New Mexico’s statehood is now being replicated by multiple real life government employees in Washington D.C.

When I read this recent news article, it reminded me of this joke from The Simpsons. In 1993, during the season 5 episode “Boy-Scoutz ‘n the Hood,” Homer was shown to not know that New Mexico was a U.S. state. Here’s a video of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3jYO0TKcm4

When I was searching for that video, I found out that The Simpsons had later recycled that same joke with Mr. Burns seven seasons later in the episode “Homer vs. Dignity,” which I had never seen, because it aired several years after I had stopped watching new episodes due to the series having jumped the shark. Here’s a video of that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJzXbqyU8A

Anyway, the recent news article talks about how a citizen of New Mexico had applied for a marriage license in Washington D.C., but the government clerk was not willing to accept the man’s New Mexico driver’s license as proof of U.S. citizenship. The clerk said that the man would need a passport.

Such ignorance among a government employee who handles these kinds of things is inexcusable.

And how is it even possible for an adult who lives in the U.S. to not know that there is a U.S. state called New Mexico?

It was funny when Homer Simpson – a fictional character displayed such ignorance.

But it’s pathetic to be coming from a real life employee of the Washington D.C. government.

To make it worse, when the clerk went to ask a supervisor about this, the supervisor was also unaware that New Mexico was a U.S. state. The supervisor also said that the man would need a passport.

All together, it took a whopping 20 minutes until one of the multiple government employees in the department was finally willing to admit that New Mexico was indeed a U.S. state.

 

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/11/29/las-cruces-resident-prove-new-mexico-statehood-washington-dc/2149376002/

Couple forced to prove that New Mexico is a state while applying for marriage license

November 29, 2018

LAS CRUCES — Gavin Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico secretary of state, experienced a one-of-our-50-is-missing moment earlier this month when applying for a marriage license in the nation’s capital.

Clarkson, who lives in Las Cruces, and his then-fiancée visited the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on Nov. 20 to apply for a marriage license.

But, once there, the couple encountered a small problem, Clarkson said. The clerk wouldn’t accept Clarkson’s driver’s license — from New Mexico — as proof of his identity. Rather, the clerk, who mistakenly believed Clarkson was a foreign citizen — said he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license.

After Clarkson objected, the clerk went to check with a supervisor, who confirmed Clarkson would need a passport.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say: ‘My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson posted on Facebook recently.

Repeat attempt

Speaking with the Sun-News about the incident, Clarkson said the clerk went back to check a second time about whether she could accept a New Mexico driver’s license as proof of identify. After that, the personnel finally concluded New Mexico was in fact a U.S. state and accepted his driver’s license along with the application.

Clarkson, who has called New Mexico home since 2012, said he’s heard about the state’s residents experiencing such incidents when traveling, but “it was the first time it happened to me.”

“She thought New Mexico was a foreign country,” he said of the clerk. “All the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing.”

Clarkson’s wife, Marina, immigrated from Argentina in the 1990s, becoming a legal permanent resident and then a naturalized U.S. citizen. She speaks English fluently, though she has a slight accent. But the clerk complimented Clarkson, not Marina, on how well he spoke the language. He said his wife was in disbelief, wondering: “Why are you complimenting him on his English?”

‘It was a comical moment’

The incident took about 20 minutes altogether, and the clerk kindly apologized for the error, Clarkson said. While it was an annoyance at the time, looking back, he and his wife see the humor in it. The couple’s wedding ceremony — which also took place in Washington, D.C., where his wife lives — took place without any problems.

“Everything else went fine, but it was a comical moment in the whole process,” he said.

Notably, Clarkson is also an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation. If he’d shown that ID to the marriage bureau, he said, it could have cleared up the confusion over his identity.

“Apparently it would have been easier if I’d shown her my tribal ID,” he said.

The D.C. courts system acknowledged the staff error in response to a call from the Sun-News.

“We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state,” said Leah H. Gurowitz, director of media and public relations for D.C. Courts, in an email. “We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a DC marriage license.”

Not alone

Clarkson is not alone in his experience applying for a marriage license. In a regular feature dubbed “One of Our 50 is Missing,” New Mexico Magazine for years has documented with comedic flair New Mexicans’ frustrations and trials in trying to persuade non-New Mexicans across the country — and sometimes the world — that New Mexico is in fact one of the 50 U.S. states.

The Clarksons have since celebrated their wedding with a reception in Texas, where Marina’s family live; they plan to also have a reception in New Mexico.

Since the Nov. 6 election, Clarkson, who was the GOP’s nominee for New Mexico secretary of state, said he’s been in “recovery mode,” but he’s keeping his options open about what he’ll do next. He does plan to stay in New Mexico.

December 1, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Television. Leave a comment.

Trump has a new proposal for dealing with undocumented immigrants

President Trump has a pretty nasty proposal for dealing with undocumented immigrants who try to climb over the border wall that he is planning to build.

On the positive side, at least he lets family members stay together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ghNBhlzAQ

 

July 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Humor, Immigration, Television. Leave a comment.

Roseanne defends her Muslim neighbor. Why is the political left celebrating the cancellation of this anti-Islamophobic TV show?

Here’s a scene from a recent episode of Roseanne. I think this is awesome, and I am sad that the show was recently cancelled.

This scene is very much against Islamophobia. So why is the political left celebrating the show’s cancellation?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty6wb2FQaxI

May 31, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Racism, Religion, Television. Leave a comment.

Thank goodness for Roseanne on DVD

Roseanne Barr is already super rich. The cancellation of her TV series after she said something controversial will have zero impact on her standard of living.

The people who worked on the show behind the scenes are the ones who will be hurt.

And millions of people will be deprived of being able to watch the syndicated reruns.

I’ll keep watching my DVDs of the first five seasons of Roseanne, just like I’ll keep watching my DVDs of the first two seasons of The Cosby Show.

I wonder if the same people who support this cancellation and stopping the reruns have also stopped listening to the Beatles since it was revealed that John Lennon was a wife beater.

A person can be really good at one thing (creating movies, music, or TV shows) and simultaneously be really bad at another thing (being a racist, or a wife-beater). Since we live in a highly technological society with very high levels of specialization, I personally think it would be irrational to stop eating my favorite candy just because it turned out that the CEO of the candy company had murdered his family. But I respect the rights of others who disagree with me, i.e., those who would stop eating the candy because of that.

May 31, 2018. Tags: , , . Television. Leave a comment.

Leave It to Beaver scene shows Beaver holding real guns

The video below is from the first season of Leave It to Beaver. The episode is called “Party Invitation.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1XZ8A0oBGI

 

April 4, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Guns, Television. Leave a comment.

The Big Bang Theory: Amy helps Sheldon with his closure issue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r60lVSiF1AA

 

October 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Humor, Psychology, Television. Leave a comment.

Archie Bunker often talked like a racist. But when the situation really mattered, he behaved the exact opposite.

On the TV show “All in the Family,” Archie Bunker often talked like a racist. But when the situation really mattered, he behaved the exact opposite.

Archie Bunker Threatens KKK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M56XfXXhgus

All In The Family – Archie is Branded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O7p3hwWymM

Archie Bunker Defends His Maid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Wc45Tq6No

 

August 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Racism, Television. Leave a comment.

When Lynda Carter’s Diana Prince transformed into Wonder Woman, the flash of light changed colors from red to white to blue

When I watched Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman on TV every week as a young child in the 1970s, our family’s TV was black and white, so I had no idea that when Diana Prince transformed into Wonder Woman, the flash of light changed colors from red to white to blue.

The show ran for three seasons. The first season took place during World War II, just like in the comic book. In the early episodes, there was no flash of light during the transformation.  The flash of light was eventually added during the middle of season one in order to try to prevent viewers from noticing any inconsistencies in the background during the “before” and “after.”

In order to save money on expensive World War II set pieces, the show was moved to the then present 1970s at the beginning of season two. In order to keep Lyle Waggoner on the show, the Steve Trevor character of the 1940s was replaced with Steve Trevor Jr. in the 1970s, who knew everything about Wonder Woman from having listened to stories that had been told to him by his father.

Plot summaries can be read here. The show is available on DVD. My personal favorite season is three, where a huge number of the plots were campy science fiction stories.

Anyway, here’s every instance of Diana Prince transforming into Wonder Woman from the show:

Season one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O2etMo_Yw

Season two:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RzfLXzebs4

Season three:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ecux9dlr-I

June 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comic books, Television. Leave a comment.

Shame on crybaby Trump for using the government to investigate Stephen Colbert for telling a joke about Trump!

Stephen Colbert recently told the following joke on TV:

“The only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”

When Colbert’s joke aired on TV, his mouth was blurred, and the word in question was bleeped over.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration is investigating this.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who is leading the investigation, was appointed to the FCC in 2012 by President Obama, and was later promoted to the chairmanship of the commission by President Trump in January 2017.

In April 2012, President Obama came out in favor of President Bush for fining the CBS TV network $550,000 for showing Janet Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl.

What this means is that all three of the three most recent presidents – Bush, Obama, and Trump – share the belief that the government should punish TV broadcasters that air this kind of content.

So again, I have yet another reason to be glad that I voted for Gary Johnson for President in 2016.

Here’s the joke in question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pOQOnkfNY

May 5, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Humor, Police state, Television. 7 comments.

The Simpsons makes fun of social justice warriors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8M2tg2RkIQ

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Humor, Political correctness, Social justice warriors, Television. Leave a comment.

Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge cover Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” – Riverdale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lspw0yvHlg

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Music, Television. Leave a comment.

Saturday Night Live makes fun of Democrats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCCwEf_J5A

March 12, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Humor, Politics, Television. Leave a comment.

Steve Harvey Announces The WRONG Winner of Miss Universe 2015

Steve Harvey made a mistake. Who hasn’t?

What I got from this more than anything else is that Steve Harvey admitted that it was his fault. He showed the audience that the correct winner was on the card, and he said it was entirely his own fault that he said the wrong thing. He didn’t make excuses, and he didn’t try to blame it on someone else. I admire him for that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmqAjr0xs04

 

December 21, 2015. Tags: , , , . Television. Leave a comment.

YouTube now has complete episodes of “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross

Here’s the Bob Ross YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BobRossInc/videos

Here’s the pilot episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh5p5f5_-7A

 

October 29, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Television. 1 comment.

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