This man’s name was Sidway. He was a lawyer. A lawyer with not only skin made of leather (apparently, look close), but a creepy look that befits the profession. It was that creepy look, and the fact that I haven’t posted anything in a month, that really earned him mention here.
See you in October!
Just kidding. Something interesting is bound to come across the wire sooner or later…
The Nulli Secundus ll, also known as British Army Dirigible No. 2, was partially built from the remains of the first Nulli Secundus (which is Latin for ”second to none”) or British Army Dirigible No. 1. No. 1 was Britain’s first military aircraft, taking its first flight on September 10, 1907. Damaged (apparently) beyond repair in high winds, No. 1 was dismantled one month after its first flight, just five days after its first public appearance.
Like its predecessor, the Nulli Secundus ll served for only a short time. After three flights in July and August of 1908, it was scrapped.
I finally got a chance to watch this last night since the cable decided to go out, taking the internet with it. This one has been sitting on my iPod for just such an emergency. The film features Boris Karloff as Valdar, a scar-faced butler with a limp, a Zeppelin bombing raid, and other assorted mysteries and intrigue that unfold in the 61 minute run time.
British Intelligence (1940)
British Intelligence is a 1940 spy film set in World War I. It was directed by Terry O. Morse and starred Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay. Released in the USA in January 1940, the Warner Bros. B picture was based on a 1918 play Three Faces East written by Anthony Paul Kelly that was produced on the stage by George M. Cohan. Three Faces East was filmed in 1926 and 1930. The film was also known as Enemy Agent. -wikipedia
Despite being set in World War One, you can tell quite clearly this film was made in the early days of the second. You won’t miss the messages towards the end of the film, especially when one of the characters stares right into the camera during one such propaganda monologue. Propalogue?
It’s nice to see Karloff in something other than a horror movie, though at times his character here might appear comfortable in one. Truth be told, it would have kept my attention better if it had turned into a horror flick, but it wasn’t bad as emergency rations go.
View the future, as it was envisioned in 1956, with this short film produced for the General Motors Motorama (an auto show put on by GM from 1949 to 1961). A little song and dance, futuristic kitchens, a touch of fashion, and cars. Really cool looking cars.
While watching the kitchen of the future portion I realized something. In the future, it is important for a button or switch to be a certain distance from the thing that it controls. This idea of controlling something “remotely” may catch on.
Have decades of cover-ups, conspiracies, and tall tales of weather balloons been for naught? Has evidence the government not only knows about, but knowingly hires aliens been right under our noses since World War ll?
This document clearly states that “…Aliens may be employed on aeronautical, confidential or restricted War or Navy Department contracts.” They’re here. And they’re after our jobs. Employing them for aeronautical work however, is a brilliant idea.
Was the Roswell incident really nothing more than a traffic accident? Just a couple of guys headed to work in the morning that got into a bit of trouble? We may never know.
Ladies, if you insist on doing your dry cleaning with gasoline, we strongly urge you to watch this brief film right now. We here at Jim Dandy’s Dry Cleaning want you to value your lives more than the few dollars you’ll save every week by doing your own dry cleaning. Once you better understand the dangers, you’ll the see the good sense in sending your clothes to Jim Dandy’s. We’ll clean your clothes safely, without that lingering gasoline smell. And you’ll never have to worry about getting burned alive again!
Another public service via archive.org. From the California State Fire Marshall, and undoubtably the local dry cleaners association, a very informative 9 minutes complete with cartoon fire.
Archaeologists are beginning the most detailed ever study of a Western Front battlefield, an untouched site where 28 British tunnellers lie entombed after dying during brutal underground warfare. For WWI historians, it’s the “holy grail”.