Clark F. Kent

University of Chicago Institute of Politics Political TV Festival Panel with Josh, Toby and Eli Attie!

Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and friends have been spoiling us lately with these great panels!

There was another panel with people involved with everything from House of Cards to West Wing too — http://politics.uchicago.edu/news/entry/watch-iop-political-film-festival-whats-tv-teaching-us-about-washington-dc

Silicon Valley tv series - Opening Title

On the fence about this show, didn’t find it that good really.  The Social Network x IT Crowd x Outsourced? x Office something x …um…bad american sitcom humor ..just kind rubs the wrong way.  Will give it another chance for a few eps…. Pilots are tough.

I did like the opening title sequence tho, just for all the little details, logos, tech companies of yesteryear..etc

Revisiting “The West Wing” panel with Josh, Donna and Toby hosted by Harvard IOP at the JFK Jr. Forum!

Took place Friday, March 28, 2014.

Update: Apr 3, 2014: 

The YouTube video has been up and down, somewhat lamely, but automatically I suppose, by a Warner Bros. copyright claim, despite being on HarvardIOP etc…oh well.  Luckily there’s the self-hosted JFKJrForum source version to watch!

Sergey Brin & Edward Snowden telepresence at TED… can’t help but be reminded of Sheldon Cooper “Shelbot” from Big Bang Theory…..

Sergey Brin & Edward Snowden telepresence at TED… can’t help but be reminded of Sheldon Cooper “Shelbot” from Big Bang Theory…..

West Wing staffers playing basketball and President Bartlet calling in a new teammate from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness (aka a familiar looking ringer). A classic for March Madness season!

From 1x05, The Crackpots and These Women

Bartlet: A dress Marine guarding your door?
Leo: Too showy?
Bartlet: Nah… my thing is what’s he supposed to be guarding right now?

— West Wing 1x21

Bartlet: A dress Marine guarding your door?
Leo: Too showy?
Bartlet: Nah… my thing is what’s he supposed to be guarding right now?

— West Wing 1x21

moviecode:

Jurassic Park - Nedry’s screen. Sorry for the poor quality image, I took a photo of my TV last year when I decided to go hunting for this code.
Looks like an apple version control system.
I see a copy of the code here: http://pastebin.com/mYgBnQgX
Here’s a snippet:
# CheckOutActive - Check the active window out for modification
#
# Usage: Called by a user­defined menu item
#
# CheckOutActive uses the ProjectInfo command to determine the
# parent project for the file open as the Active window. Once this
# project has been determined, the file open as the Active window
# can be properly checked out.
#
# © Apple Computer, Inc. 1988
# All rights reserved.
End
# Request a comment before we check the file out. It is still possible
# that the checkout will fail because the lastest revision on the trunk
# is already checked out for modification by someone else.
(Set comment “`Request -d “{Task}” “What changes will you make?” || Set error {Status}`”)
If {error} == 0
Evaluate “{®3}” =~ /(,([0-9.]+[a-z]*)*)®4[0-9.]+/ # {®4} contains the branch
If “{comment}” ‚ “”
Checkout -t “{comment}” -c -m -project “{®2}” “{Active}{®4}”
Else
Checkout -c -m -project “{®2}” “{Active}{®4}”
End
If {Status} ‚ 0



Better pic. And some research would lead to Apple’s Macintosh Programmer’s Workshop, which featured a version control system called Projector, which this is the source of.

moviecode:

Jurassic Park - Nedry’s screen. Sorry for the poor quality image, I took a photo of my TV last year when I decided to go hunting for this code.

Looks like an apple version control system.

I see a copy of the code here: http://pastebin.com/mYgBnQgX

Here’s a snippet:

# CheckOutActive - Check the active window out for modification

#

# Usage: Called by a user­defined menu item

#

# CheckOutActive uses the ProjectInfo command to determine the

# parent project for the file open as the Active window. Once this

# project has been determined, the file open as the Active window

# can be properly checked out.

#

# © Apple Computer, Inc. 1988

# All rights reserved.

End

# Request a comment before we check the file out. It is still possible

# that the checkout will fail because the lastest revision on the trunk

# is already checked out for modification by someone else.

(Set comment “`Request -d “{Task}” “What changes will you make?” || Set error {Status}`”)

If {error} == 0

Evaluate “{®3}” =~ /(,([0-9.]+[a-z]*)*)®4[0-9.]+/ # {®4} contains the branch

If “{comment}” ‚ “”

Checkout -t “{comment}” -c -m -project “{®2}” “{Active}{®4}”

Else

Checkout -c -m -project “{®2}” “{Active}{®4}”

End

If {Status} ‚ 0

Better pic

Better pic. And some research would lead to Apple’s Macintosh Programmer’s Workshop, which featured a version control system called Projector, which this is the source of.

iPartment x Big Bang Theory - Chinese sitcom scene comparison

A recent article focused on the fact that The Big Bang Theory actually has a decent following in China.  Understandably, the younger, more modern and connected generation has more than a few geeks in its ranks and is drawn to the US sitcom.

More interesting is that Chinese tv producers have taken notice and like all things, have actually built multiple homegrown shows that appear to borrow (steal/plagiarize) plot lines and ideas from BBT.  Particularly is one popular show called iPartment. (爱情公寓)

While the show is a bit more general about some twenty-somethings living in Shanghai, some very familiar character-types and scenes appear in the show.  Sure enough, found this handy comparison video by some Chinese video site user that shows BBT clips and iPartment ones.  Wacky as always, see if you can follow along.

Of course, Big Bang is no stranger to imitation. There was that other story about the duplicate show out of Belarus, The Theorists, that even Chuck Lorre commented on in one of his regular end of episode vanity cards.  Of course, in that case, when the actors found out that they were cast in a rip of BBT, they wanted nothing to do with it. haha

Sources: Why Is The Big Bang Theory Big in China? and video found there 爱情公寓抄袭生活大爆炸片段

"lightning strike! lightning strike!" -Drake’s resolution for 2014 to cut back on ‘cosplay’. Saturday Night Live craziness.

"lightning strike! lightning strike!" -Drake’s resolution for 2014 to cut back on ‘cosplay’. Saturday Night Live craziness.

–Who the hell is this guy and why do I care if he has a Merry Christmas? –Just sign the damn thing.
Leo & Margaret, West Wing 1x10, IN EXCELSIS DEO

–Who the hell is this guy and why do I care if he has a Merry Christmas? –Just sign the damn thing.

Leo & Margaret, West Wing 1x10, IN EXCELSIS DEO