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Mecha VS Kaiju? It all started with ULTRAMAN!

ULTRAMAN (the show) was as big in Japan as the 1960′s BATMAN was over here, and soon became a world-wide phenomenon, spanning 22 television series and over 20 Movies between its inception and 2012. It’s kind of a big deal. Several Stories of a big deal when the Beta Capsule is activated.

Hey, what’s shakin’?

Seems like I’m always making this excuse… You know the story of the cobbler whowas so busy making shoes that his own children went barefoot? That is kind of my relationship with this blog. But I hope to get better about it… (famous last words.)

Pushed into the Deep End.

We were artists, video producers and web designers… This was the first time any of us studying “New Media” really saw our own careers at work. The media was disseminating information like never before, through any means necessary. Though we were appalled at the situation, we were amazed and appreciative of the technology we were studying. It was the beginning of a whole new age. New media got pushed into the deep end, and, for better or worse, really learned to swim.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 7, 2012

Today’s featured NATALIES include screenwriter, promoter, and all around good guy Samuel Glass, and one of our all-time favorites of our kids’ teachers, Alisha McClure, who was savvy enough to catch something that not only everyone before her had missed, but whose intervention also had positive consequences far into our children’s future.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 7, 2012

NATALIES! Today is August 7th, aka The Day of the Double Agent, Beach Party Day, Lighthouse Day, Professional Speakers Day, Raspberries and Cream Day, Sea Serpent Day, Canadian Heritage Day (varies), Fairies’ Smartest Leprechaun Eisteddford Holiday, Feast of ‘Aut-Yeb – Personification of Female Joy (Egypt), Feast of the Holy Name and Ivory Coast Independence Day,…

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 4, 2012

Todays featured Natalies are my nephew the drummer Rick Macy (playing a benefit concert to help the Joyland Restoration Project today!), and high school classmate and Des Moines teacher Amy Kuyper Stockton. If she’s as dedicated an instructor as she was a stage manager back in the day, her students are lucky indeed.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 2, 2012

Today’s featured NATALIE is soon to be ambassador to North Dakota Jim Purkey, who was a fellow member of the Wichita State Science Fiction Society (known affectionately as “Wizz-Fizz”), and is currently heavy into the Ren Faire and Steam Punk Cultures.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 1, 2012

NATALIES!* Today is August 1, The Day of Original Style, Homemade Pie Day, Play Ball Day, Respect for Parents Day, Sing-a-Round Day, Abolition of Slavery Day (Jamaica), Admission Day (Colorado), American Family Day (Arizona), Benin Independence Day, Cheyenne Frontier Day, Colorado Statehood Day (1876), Confederation Day (Switzerland), Cross-Quarter Day, Dahomey Independence Day, Document Delivery Day,…

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for July 31, 2012

I hope Michael Biehn gets to make his “True Story of Johnny Ringo” biopic. TOMBSTONE never got him remotely correctly. Ringo never shot a priest, for example…

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