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Saw this in the Sunday paper this morning, and enjoyed it quite a bit!

So much detail about vinyl records! I enjoy it when Paul Trap writes about his nostalgic moments in the comic strip. I'm guessing the father's copy of the album is a recent printing, due to the linear notes on the inner sleve, and the vinyl being 180 grams (normally used for high quality records these days), even mentioning setting the speed to 33 1/3 RPM! While of course, the Baby is listening to music on a modern SmartPhone player of some sort (maybe like an iPod Touch?)

While I like listening to my iPod Touch for music on the go, in my room I still enjoy listening to music on tapes and records! Being the old-timer he is, the Big Bad Wolf also prefers vinyl records...
Current Mood: "Pig Out" from Disney's Mousercise!
15 August 2016 @ 11:01 pm
Today I installed some whiskers onto my Big Bad Wolf fursuit head! I used black aluminum jewelry wire, and pierced and glued them in, making it sort of like the whiskers on the head for the official Big Bad Wolf theme park costume. Of course my head looks more like how the wolf actually appeared in the cartoons. So here's a selfie of me showing the new whiskers!

I'm quite pleased with the results. I also shot another photo to show the whiskers...

And I filmed a new vlog video as well; today marks the 70th anniversary of the Disney movie "Make Mine Music," which included their famous adaptation of "Peter and the Wolf." So I commemorated that event with reviewing the read-along book-and-record adaptation of that cartoon. It's also one of DIsney's more unique read-along titles, as it was the only one of the early releases to have music accompany the narration, and has no turn-the-page signals...

Now I really can't wait for next January, when Anthro New England 2017 rolls around, and I can show this new head there!
13 August 2016 @ 11:35 pm
This week was an exciting week for me. Three days ago, I took my road test and passed it, which means I'm finally getting a driver's license! I have also been registering to go back to Massasoit Community College, this time for a degree in Computer information system, as I have found my true calling in a future career path. I've had enough of working in retail, and am moving up, since I found I am so great with computers, and my dad works in I.T., so I just may follow his footsteps (but probably not for his company.)

And to top it all off, today I went with some friends to Boston Comic Con, the big event of August! (to me, at least)
Of course, I decided to go as the Big Bad Wolf once again, to show the new fursuit head I built of him a few months ago. So I got up early, had breakfast, gathered some things, and was dropped off at the Campello train station, already wearing my costume the whole time (though I did keep my collapsable duffel bag tucked into my backpack, just in case.)
Now, as I said, beginning last year, the MBTA CapeFlyer express train now stops at the Brockton train station downtown, so it delayed the arrival of my train into Boston. When it passed through Campello, it flew by REALLY fast. Take a look what was up front...

They recently modified and repainted one of the MBTA F40PH-2C locomotives from the late 80s with a new blue massDOT paint scheme. It sure looks cool! The horn was also a bit louder than other MBTA train horns usually are.

On the other end was a newer MBTA HSP-46 diesel. Normally when I see an outbound CapeFlyer train in action, it's the other way around.

I met up with my female friend on the inbound train to Boston once it arrived, along with one of her friends tagging along. Then my friend that usually goes to Boston Comic Con with me each year boarded at the Montello station, and we were on our way.

Here's Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf riding the train together!

The Wolf waiting for a Silver Line bus to the World Seaport Trade Center at South Station in Boston.

It took over a half-hour to get into the convention, as it was packed this year! We had pre-registered, of course, so that made things a little easier. But it was nice and cool, due to us being near the Boston Harbor...

I thought this would've made a cool photo, for sure.

Then we finally got into the center, and the fun began! My costume proved to be a hit, especially with the Big Bad Wolf fursuit head I built, complete with moving jaw. Lots of people wanted my pics, and most people knew who I was supposed to be (though I do think one person still confused me for Goofy.) Even kids liked my fursuit! I even saw a couple furries that remembered me from Anthro New England. I sure can't wait to show the new head there next winter!

Here's me posing with a cosplayer of Duffman, the buff partying mascot of Duff Beer in "The Simpsons." Oh YEAH!

There were a lot of Pokemon cosplayers at Boston Comic Con, as usual. So I just had to get a pic with these Jessie and James cosplayers, and their Meowth, as we are all comical villains!

A funny photo we had to take, where the Big Bad Wolf forgets about Little Red Riding Hood, instead lusting over the Disney princesses Aurora and Cinderella! (Red said she was checking out some princes!)

This year at Boston Comic Con, they had a setup of life-size replicas of vehicles in the media, like the Batmobile and the Ghostbusters ambulance. I liked how they had a replica of Fred Flintstone's car, the Flintmobile, and being a Hanna-Barbera fan, I just had get a picture of me and my Red Riding Hood in it, with me behind the wheel, since I'm getting my driver's license next week!


They also set up a Simpsons couch with statues of the Simpsons family on it. So me and my friends just had to pose for a group photo with Our Favorite Family, along with Duffman! Think of it as a couch gag to go with our episode.

Here is me posing with a Disney 100-page Christmas comic book special that features a story about the Big Bad Wolf and his son Li'l Bad Wolf.

Here's the Big Bad Wolf posing with a cool-looking demon and his lady friend. He's actually wearing an incredible silicone rubber mask and gloves, made by Composite Effects (their Belial the Demon mask.) Sure looked amazing! I did comment his mask must be much hotter than the one I was wearing, but he did say at least his was comfortable.
Speaking of silicone masks, Oneail FX wasn't here this year, but there was a display for a "make your own mask and costume" company, and they had some silicone zombie mask on display. I let the girls feel the mask, to get what a silicone mask feels like...

Before leaving Boston, my friend and I had to do a pic together with us as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf together in the Capital City. As I said, no one really seems to mind when the Big Bad Wolf is out and about in Boston...

Again, I rode the train home in costume, since quite a few other cosplayers were doing so. The conductor didn't even seem to care!

Whew... what a week, and what an exciting Saturday! Soon I'll have to look forward to Halloween, when the Big Bad Wolf can roam in public again!
11 August 2016 @ 11:34 pm
Well, today marked the 25th anniversary of the first three Nicktoons premiering on Nickelodeon: "Doug," "Rugrats," and "Ren and Stimpy!" I've been watching Nickelodeon for a good bulk of my childhood, including those three shows, and I am glad I got to grow up with its' glory years, unlike how they are today...

Here are a couple of films I made using Microsoft's 3D Movie Maker, which included a Nickelodeon version and some add-on characters and props by others in the 3D Movie Maker community...

and one I uploaded today...

"Ren and Stimpy" had such a great music score, even if the majority of it was stock music from the Associated Production Music library. I have a lot of it on iTunes and my iPod Touch. And you can, too!

I remember as a kid, we had these "Doug" and "Rugrats" kids' dinner trays...

I also have the complete "Hey Arnold!" and "Rocko's Modern Life" on DVD. Both of those shows could be pretty gutsy and edgy at time, even a couple of instances of "foul language" appearing on screen!

Just a couple of instances that would slip past the censors on both of these shows.

And now they're going to make new "Hey Arnold" and "Rocko's Modern Life" TV movies! Will they hold up as well to the original shows? We'll just have to wait and see. Until then, relive the memories with my favorite song from the Beets (from "Doug!")
Current Music: "Killer Tofu" by the Beets!
Here's something else interesting I feel like sharing on my blog. It's an electricity safety film from England entited "Play Safe," dated 1978.

Don't let the cutely-designed cartoon robin and owl (the latter voiced by Brian Wilde!) fool you. There are a lot of moments in this film that are quite grim, upsetting or nightmarish. The 70s synthesized music can get rather ominous at times. And there are some (pardon the pun) SHOCKING moments here. There's a teenage boy who is helping roll a boat with a long metal mast on land, and the mast touches a power line and knocks the boy unconscious with an electrical shock as the girl with him screams. According to the owl, the boy was OK after a few days, to the relief of his robin friend.
Then we have a boy fly his kite right into a high-voltage power line carried by electrical towers (or "pylons" as they're called in the UK), and he is also zapped, and was burned in the process, but thankfully not fatally. We get the message that if your kite or model airplane is heading right towards power lines, let go right away before they touch, and if you need to get them back, let the police or the electric company handle it.
Then this leads to the most famous part of the film, about substations (which is what they call transformer power stations in the UK). Two kids, a boy named Jimmy and his female friend, accidentally toss a Frisbee into a substation, and the girl orders Jimmy to go break into the substation and retrieve it ("There's a gap down there! A gang of kids broke in yesterday. I saw them!" the girl says.) The music gets spookier, as the boy runs around the intimidating electrical equipment, ignoring the "DANGER" sign, but right as he attempts to retrieve the Frisbee, he is graphically and fatally shocked (we see his pants catch fire, too!) as his friend yells "JIMMYYYYYYY!" This upsets the robin as well, and vows to play safe.
And then there's a bit where it's not always the stupid people fooling around with electricity that are victims, and we see a group of rowdy teenagers toss a chain at an electrical tower, causing a nasty mini-explosion and short circuit that causes a power failure in the area, and with the streetlights and traffic lights out, the lead teenage boy's younger sister is hit and killed by a car while riding her bicycle in the darkness. This angers the robin, saying he'd like to get his claws on the rebellious teenage boy that did it.
The main message the film conveys is to play safe, i.e. stay away from power lines and substations; don't fish or boat in water near them, and don't fly kites or model aircraft near them, and don't play in or near substations.

60-second excerpts from this film (starting at the 2:35, 4:00 and of course 6:30) were also televised in the UK as individual public information films, well into the 1980s. The latter "JIMMYYYYYYY!" one was deemed as the most shocking (no pun intended this time) and unnerving...

Of course, we had a few different electrical safety films and presentations when I was in school, and I learned "DANGER" at an early age thanks to this Sesame Street music video that screams 80s!

I apologize for any nightmares I cause with that public information film!
Current Music: "Danger's No Stranger" from Sesame Street
15 July 2016 @ 10:54 pm

So today I rented from iTunes the new indie movie "Characterz." It's about Tucker, an aspiring animator and theme park designer, who gets a job at a local amusement park (filmed on location at Old Town USA in Kissimmee, Florida) as a costumed character: the park's mascot Hoppy the Kangaroo.


He befriends other fellow costumed character actors, such as Jerry, who plays a pirate parrot (suspiciously named "Captain Jack's Parrot"), Stu, a sweaty man who enjoys cosplaying and plays Paws the pink Polar Bear (who looks like a pink version of Maxie from the "Chilly Willy" cartoons), and Samantha, a girl Tucker gets a crush on whom plays Bowzer the bulldog. Some pretty interesting capers occur, such as the park introducing a whale character, whom gets in trouble for smoking dope inside his big whale suit, a fun scene where Tucker devises a fun mini-park for elderly people with the help of some park employees, a bit where Tucker (having to play Paws) and Jerry perform for a FURRY party, and a Hanna-Barbera -style plot where the characters are framed for committing crimes and robberies. They even reference Scooby-Doo in the process, where the villain (I won't reveal it here) says "And I would've gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids." To which Jerry says "Ruh-roh!"

I could really relate with Tucker here, playing a kangaroo mascot. In some ways, it's almost as if the writers were sneaking around Campanelli Staduim when I was performing K-O for research. I enjoyed a recurring bit where tourists wouldn't know what Hoppy was supposed to be; they'd think he is a dog or a rabbit or armadillo. That sure reminds me of people thinking K-O is supposed to be a rabbit or a camel or something. And I did see at least one tail-puller on Hoppy. And they have no escorts around, unlike other parks usually do. Lately with K-O, due to the new management, they rarely have an escort or something with him. But fortunately since I've done this practically a hundred times, I knew all the tricks.

When Tucker can't believe he is now Hoppy for the first time. Reminds me of how I felt. He even briefly speaks in an Australian accent, like I sometimes can't help doing when in costume and away from the public (like when I'm on break or something.)

Hoppy gets mobbed by a ton of kids! At least when this happens to K-O, things are a bit more under control.

A "unicorn" at the furry party, wearing one of those full rubber unicorn masks you can easily find online or at Newbury Comics.

A cool punk bulldog.

A couple of "real" furries as well, including Dante (a client of my friend Kodi Pup's fursuit business) and a husky I don't know.

It's a little borderline stereotypical, but at least it's not as bad as CSI portrayed us...

They try a gimmick with a baby 'roo plushie being in Hoppy's pouch. I seriously doubt we'd have K-O do that, puppeting the kangaroo in the pouch like that.

Heck, I even watched some of this movie as my new fursona, Sydney Kangaroo! And no, I did NOT get the costume together as a tie-in to this movie...

This must be quite a year for furry movies. First "Zootopia," and now this!

Current Music: "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" by the Moody Blues
14 July 2016 @ 11:01 pm
Well, here it is: my initial fursuit of my new boxing kangaroo fursona, Sydney!

I pieced together from costume parts I got online. I am rather pleased with how he looks so far, though I could probably improve it a bit.
Yeah, being K-O the Kangaroo has inspired me quite a bit to come up with my own boxing kangaroo fursona!

And speaking of kangaroo mascots, I'm going to check out the movie "CharacterZ" when I get the chance. Sure looks good!
Current Music: "Dr. Zaius" from the Simpsons "Planet of the Apes" musical!
12 July 2016 @ 10:57 pm
As I mentioned last month, we're having a pretty bad gypsy moth infestation this year. They are widespread across the state, and are doing massive damage. Right now, the caterpillars have turned into moths, but are still a nuisance. Here are some photos I took from this infestation...

A couple of enormous caterpillars.

And another one. I accidentally touched one when it was on one of our yard waste barrels, but I quickly washed off where I touched it on my fingers, and averted a nasty rash (due to the caterpillars having poison in their hairs.)

Ewww, look at all the caterpillar poop! It was NOT fun cleaning up after them. Sometimes when it was quiet, you could HEAR their feces dropping.

These trees were affected pretty badly by the caterpillars.

From nearly four weeks ago, a caterpillar begins to pupate on our fence...

Here's the cocoon a couple of days later.

The moth after hatching from the cocoon two weeks later. It turned out to be a male moth, which fly around eratically and have been swarming around lately, even during the daytime (an oddity, as most moths only fly at night.) They're pretty annoying, and they're not very smart either. I've often seen them fly right into oncoming vehicles where they are killed. Heck, a few MBTA crew members in Boston told me they often had to clean splattered gypsy moths off the front of their locomotives!

As I said, the female moths can't fly, even though they have wings. They are able to crawl and flap their wings while doing so, but that's it.

Yes, this is basically gypsy moth porn I am posting, but it's to show that the moths will often mate after hatching. It's hard to believe they are both the same specimen, since their genders look so different from each other.

One of them actually pupated on our back porch. She emerged on the fourth of July, and mated a few hours after hatching. Then I had to move her off the house before she could lay eggs on it; I had her crawl onto a branch and I carried her to one of the trees the moths had damaged. Also, she cooperated as I moved her, unlike some other bugs I would try to get out of the house or anything like that.

I also learned from the Rox when I picked up my paycheck last Friday that the previous night, the male moths were swarming around the stadium, especially at the lights!

I've seen moths fly around those lights before, but this is ridiculous! Though I'm sure when they shoot off fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, it would scare the moths away, but only temporarily.

I'm thinking we should spray any egg masses we can reach, to try and cut down the number of them for next year (if there's another massive outbreak next year, which I hope there isn't!)
02 July 2016 @ 09:43 pm
Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of my top favorite Disney animated movies, "The Great Mouse Detective!" It's one of their surprisingly underrated titles, and still is today, despite the film having a pretty large fanbase.

The film stars Basil of Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world, whom is a little crazy at times but extremely intelligent, making him one of the smartest of the Disney heroes. And the film has a great villain: Professor Ratigan, voiced by Vincent Price, whom did a GREAT job with the role, and you could tell he was clearly having fun with it (he even got top billing in the voice cast credits!) For an 80s Disney animated movie that came out of their "dark" era, it's actually really good. It has a very classic look and feel to it, great characters, one of their best music scores (by Henry Mancini, no less!), and a fun story. In fact, after "The Black Cauldron" flopped miserably when it came out the previous year, this movie was a refreshing change; it did pretty well at the box-office and got good reviews. And while it wasn't as successful as Don Bluth's "An American Tail" months later, it convinced Disney their Feature Animation department had a future after all, and this helped make way for the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s. Here's a great article about this subject.
(I think a crossover of "The Great Mouse Detective" and "An American Tail" would be pretty cool, but that's just me.)

I also made a pretty funny YouTube Poop of this movie...

Today I also re-filmed my Big Bad Wolf review of the "Great Mouse Detective" book-and-audio read-along Disney Records released in 1986 (one of their last read-alongs released on vinyl record, no less!)

So here's to thirty years of the Great Mouse Detective!
Current Music: "Goodbye So Soon" by Vincent Price (from "The Great Mouse Detective!")
25 June 2016 @ 11:46 pm
Last week I got a Sony TCM-359V compact cassette recorder! It has a nice built-in speaker and mic, and variable speed control (handy for recording funny voices!) This means I could start doing review videos of book-and-tape read-alongs as well, in addition to the records!

And I already did! I got a neat Fisher-Price book-and-audio read-along of Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs," from 1981 (using the 1972 "Wonderful World of Reading" book adaptation!)

The tape uses the actual background music from the original cartoon, and the voice cast features Hal Smith as the narrator, Will Ryan as the Big Bad Wolf (who's pretty much spot-on), and Tony Pope as Practical Pig (who doesn't sound that great.) At the end, we hear a snippet of that 1958 re-recording of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" (the ending part with just the pigs singing.) Hear it for yourself!
In the 80s, Fisher-Price had a line of read-along book-and-audio sets, mostly on cassette tapes, including some Disney titles that sound like they were co-produced with Disneyland Records.

I shot a video of the Big Bad Wolf himself listening to the tape and giving his comments on it...

I also got the 1987 "Disney Presents Your Favorite Fairy Tales" read-along book and tape: "Little Red Riding Hood," which is a reissue of the original 1968 book-and-record version...

The two different editions side-by-side.

They both have the same UPA-influenced interior illustrations, but a bit of the wording is changed in the 1987 version, and the cassette has a completely-new audio program compared to the 1968 version, with a different story reader, background music and sound effects, and new songs. Disney came out with the "Your Favorite Fairy Tales" line of read-alongs in 1987, after they discontinued their vinyl record read-alongs that included generic fairy tale adaptations done in the older read-along style (with a single narrator reading the whole story without any music or sound effects, like the original "Little Red Riding Hood" read-along) and updated them for cassette.

So today I filmed a review of the Big Bad Wolf listening to that as well...

I still have a couple other read-along record review videos planned as well.
Hmm, next weekend I think I will make a few touch-ups and minor repairs to the head, so it'll be in great shape for Boston Comic Con this August!