Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pass Your Fancy Post Haste

Hugh Hefner's "Playboy After Dark"... the first TV show that was a party... before there was TV Party. Glenn O'Brien is a way better Hugh any day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Plush Safe Ready To Crack

YUM YUM YUM... Some late nite TV Party goodness. As usual the quiality of editing and framing is so relaxing to watch... I seriously can not get enough of this show. I wish they would release more DVD episodes of it, but at least there are little gems on YouTube like this. Here is DNA.... I really like these guys a bunch.

Here's another clip of DNA in action.

Here they are again looking all nice and such... from 'Downtown 81'

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Who My Mask Lives To Serve

Just got my hands on an Original Theatrical 1-sheet (27" X 41") poster for "The Falcon and the Snowman". Now the movie in and of itself is what it is. It stars Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn... a little 1985 drama from our pal John Schlesinger. It's the true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. What interests me in this film is not the film itself, but what it's associated with - Captian Midnight.

John R. MacDougall (born c. 1961) also known as Captain Midnight, is a Florida electronic engineer and business owner, who jammed HBO's satellite signal in 1986 to broadcast a message protesting their rates for satellite dish owners.

In the mid-1980s, controversy erupted in the cable programming world as channel owners began scrambling their programming and charging fees to home satellite dish owners who accessed the same satellite signals cable operators received. Many satellite dish owners were forced to purchase descrambling equipment at a cost of hundreds of dollars in addition to paying monthly or annual subscription fees to cable programming providers. Programming costs for home dish owners were often higher than fees paid by cable subscribers, despite dish owners being responsible for owning and servicing their own equipment.

When HBO scrambled its signal, it offered subscriptions to home dish owners for $12.95 per month, which was either equal to or slightly higher than what cable subscribers paid. Dish owners felt they were being asked to pay a price that was designed to be anti-competitive, and it triggered a national movement among dish owners to more strongly regulate the cable industry and force them to stop anti-competitive pricing. While some dish owners called their elected officials, others took a more direct approach to send a message to the large industry.

On the morning of April 27, 1986, at 12:32am, John R. MacDougall, a satellite TV dealer in Ocala, Florida, was working at Central Florida Teleport, a company that uplinks services to satellites. He was overseeing the uplink of the movie Pee-wee's Big Adventure. At the end of his shift, he swung the dish back into its storage position, pointing directly upward which happened to be the location of Galaxy 1, the satellite that carried HBO. As a protest against the introduction of high fees and scrambling equipment, he transmitted a signal onto the satellite which overrode HBO's airing of The Falcon and the Snowman for 4½ minutes.[1] The text message which appeared on the sets of HBO subscribers across the Eastern time zone read:

$12.95/MONTH ?

MacDougall chose the name "Captain Midnight" from a movie he had recently seen, On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (not associated with a popular Captain Midnight radio show of the 1940s). After media pressure forced the Federal Communications Commission to act, MacDougall was charged and plea bargained a $5,000 fine and was placed on one year's probation.

Today, MacDougall owns MacDougall Electronics, a satellite dish dealership, in Ocala, Florida.

MacDougall Electronics mailing address
The Story of Captain Migdnight

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Help Us Cry When We're Alone

Alright now... I am here to tell you something really important. The 3M corporation is full of shit people. They sell transparency film in all different types, at all different retarded prices. Well check this out...

I needed to buy some trans. film to use for my silk screening. I run it thru my laser printer and it does a good enough job for what I need. I had previously bought a pack of laser version trans. and it was way too expensive. I ran out the other day, so I hoped in the car at 8PM because I need more. So I went to Office Max and saw 8 different kinds of film... $21.00 to $54.00 a pack... and that is either 50 sheet or 100 sheet depending on which one you buy. So I open the cheap pack... the ones that are for "Write-On ONLY"... and I open a pack of the expensive "Laser Printer ONLY". Hmmm... they both fell about the same mil and were coated the same on both sides. Interesting right?

So... I walk over to the printer section, find a laser printer photocopier that is turned on, slip in a sheet of the expensive stuff and then photocopy to print onto it. OK same as I'm used to. Then I take the cheaper shit and do the same thing. Guess what... SAME RESULTS... and you know why. Because it's the same god damned stuff. 3M just puts it all into different packages and says it's something special in this blue pack and something really super special in the yellow pack and the red pack is only for retards with markers. NO! It's the same product in all of them.

So instead of buying (1) $54 - 50 count pack... I buy (3) $21 - 100 count packs. Thats 300 sheets for $63. Now if you are a fucking moron... or just don't know any better (which now you do) you could have bought the other stuff and 300 sheets would run you $324. So it's either $63 or $324. 3M you sneaky little bastards... I'm onto you. I bet that Super 77 I keep buying from you at $9 a can (yeah I know where to get it cheap... yup the big cans too) isn't worth that price either. Tell me, what cheaper products do you have in that line that are the same thing that's in the can of 77.


Monday, June 15, 2009

The Horrible Splitting Of Sheets

David Duchovny just re-affirmed himself as the man; my modern Cary Grant... only more dirty and down to life. Finally seeing Californication, since I am not the guy with cable television at my house. I was pleased to see NetFlix has the first season online. David is the best of the best... still my favorite modern actor next to Viggo Mortensen. This show is so choice, good shit! Yup... X-Files be-damned... this is a new her, in a more grown up modern age... and his hair is still totally on point as usual!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Felt Really Bad Beware House Inside

Some David Lynch animation for ya. David is releasing a full length animated kids film in 2010 called Snootworld. Should be interesting news when it rolls around.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Heated Teachings From A Washboard Juliet

Give dis po' nigga back his wig - pah-leez! Come on people. Quit fucking with Phil... he produced The Ronettes. I love that shit! Ike & Tina Turner... pah-leez! Forget your little California state laws... wig now! Nobody really cared about little ol' Lana Clarkson anyways. I did like her in Roger Corman's 'Barbarian Queen' though. I own that one too.
I think I see some 'FREE PHIL SPECTOR' shirts in my future! Or at least 'GIVE PHIL HIS WIG BACK'... we'll see.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blank Streetlight Expression

Good table out left field at the 755 Club. Over-priced beer and food.. thanks MLB. Yelled at by staff for eating peanuts in 755 Club. — "Bitch it's a baseball game!"
Braves loose 3-2. I'm so so hurt by this. Tickets thanks to Mr. Linton.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

These Boots Are A Peice Of Mind

Night at the movies. First to El Myr for drinks, then over to The Plaza for Ruggero Deodato's 1980 horror classic Cannibal Holocaust. I own this film (of course), but nothing looks better than a clean print on the big screen! I like Deodato a lot... with Jungle Holocaust (1977) being my favorite. It's interesting to note that Deodato appeared as a client in Hostel II (2007). Not that I'm a fan of this series of films, it was just fun to see the old man up to some no good again in that one.
Since its original release, Cannibal Holocaust has been the target of censorship by moral and animal activists. Other than graphic gore, the film contains several scenes of sexual violence and genuine cruelty to animals, issues which find Cannibal Holocaust in the midst of controversy to this day. It has also been claimed that Cannibal Holocaust is banned in over 50 countries, although this has never been verified.

The original controversy that surrounded the film's release was the belief that Cannibal Holocaust was an actual snuff film, or that the actors were murdered in order to film their deaths for the movie. The film was confiscated ten days after its premiere in Milan, and Deodato was arrested. The courts believed not only that the four actors portraying the missing film crew were killed for the camera, but that the actress in the impalement scene was actually skewered in such a manner. To make matters worse for Deodato, the actors had signed contracts with him and the producers ensuring that they would not appear in any type of media, motion pictures or commercials for one year after the film's release in order to promote the idea that the film was truly the recovered footage of missing documentarians. Thus, when Deodato claimed that he had not killed the group, questions arose as to why the actors were in no other media if they were alive. The film's impalement scene was examined by the courts to determine whether the special effects were genuine.

Eventually, Deodato was able to prove that the violence was staged. He contacted Luca Barbareschi and told him to gather the other three actors. After he voided the contracts in order to avoid life in prison, Deodato brought the foursome onto the set of an Italian television show, which satisfied the courts. He still had to prove, however, that the impalement scene was merely a special effect. In court, he explained how the effect was achieved: a bicycle seat was attached to the end of an iron pole, upon which the actress sat. She then held a short length of balsa wood in her mouth and looked skyward, thus giving the appearance of impalement. Deodato also provided pictures of the girl interacting with the crew after the scene had been filmed. After they were presented with this evidence, the courts dropped all murder charges against Deodato.

Although Deodato was exonerated for murder, the courts decided to ban Cannibal Holocaust because of the genuine animal slayings, citing animal cruelty laws. Due to this ruling, Deodato, the producers, screenwriter, and the United Artists representative each received a four-month suspended sentence after they were convicted of obscenity and violence. Deodato fought in the courts for three additional years to get his film unbanned. In 1984, the courts ruled in favor of Deodato, and Cannibal Holocaust was granted a rating certificate of VM18 for a cut print. (It would later be re-released uncut.)

Feelings Of Action And Afterwards

Found this little number at It's a funny little site that Barker sent over to me today to have a gander at. I think if I had done a promo card for the Sweet Tooth show that looked like this instead of my face covered in nonpareils, I would have enjoyed it even more. Not that more people would have come out to the show... that's always possible... hell it probably woud have been that way. Damn... I need to find a girl with a nice ass that will let me put things onto it too. ONTO I said!
The caption with it read: "You know it's been a long while since you’ve gotten some action when asses look like a donut to you. Mmmmmm donuts."

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Testimonial Death In Transit


A little firework fun.

Kanka doesn't like it when other people take his picture.

Fred sporting his Starlight ink.