The Big Think

December 6, 2005

Laser Game

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 2:45 pm

In keeping with the laser theme today, here is another cool application of coherent light.

LaserBook

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 2:32 pm

Laser Etching a Powerbook. Man, this looks cool. I want one.

Charile Brown Christmas

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 11:37 am

I didn’t know that A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 40 this year! It’s on ABC tonight (we might just have to break the “no tv” habit and tune in for this one). There’s a great article about the background of the show here.

When CBS bigwigs saw a rough cut of A Charlie Brown Christmas in November 1965, they hated it.
“They said it was slow,” executive producer Lee Mendelson remembers with a laugh. There were concerns that the show was almost defiantly different: There was no laugh track, real children provided the voices, and there was a swinging score by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.

Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez fretted about the insistence by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz that his first-ever TV spinoff end with a reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke by a lisping little boy named Linus.

“We told Schulz, ‘Look, you can’t read from the Bible on network television,’ ” Mendelson says. “When we finished the show and watched it, Melendez and I looked at each other and I said, ‘We’ve ruined Charlie Brown.’ ”

Good grief, were they wrong. The first broadcast was watched by almost 50% of the nation’s viewers. “When I started reading the reviews, I was absolutely shocked,” says Melendez, 89. “They actually liked it!”

read the whole thing.

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