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The online journal of Vermont filmmaker, Bill Simmon.

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Hello, blog. Trying to find a way to reintegrate you into my media stream. Please bear with me. Here are some yummy links to feed you with… Best rundown I’ve seen yet of where Apple went wrong with the release of the much-reviled Final Cut Pro X. (This issue caused NYTimes tech writer David Pogue [...]

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Mecca

Somewhere, somehow, I always knew that a place like this existed. I just knew it. Look at that beautiful color palette. Via Wired. Click to embiggen. Nearly every ounce of Kraft cheese product—from Velveeta to Kraft Singles—spends part of its life in a 680-pound container inside this 400,000-square-foot subterranean fridge. It’s not about aging, it’s [...]

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Eye of the Storm

I’m no Steampunk nerd, but this video is completely awesome. Read about how it was made here.

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Hello Blog, It’s Me, Bill

Emily and I are heading out on Friday for a little vacation in my ancestral homeland (northern Illinois) to hang out, play games and drink like fish with my extended family. This is just a little post to say hi and check in on things me-related before we leave. It’s worth mentioning that this blog [...]

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First (long) Day

Okay, it’s after 2:30 AM so this is gonna be brief. Tim Blake Nelson and I made eye contact at JFK this morning. He was on my flight to Austin. I passed his row on my way to the lavatory and noticed he was watching a 1970s Roy Scheider movie on his laptop that may [...]

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Poli-Sci-Fi Radio’s 100th episode!

I’m pretty excited about this! Join Steve, Emily and me on Sunday from 4 – 6 P.M. eastern time for the live broadcast & stream of Poli-Sci-Fi Radio’s 100th episode. Special guests joining us during Sunday’s broadcast/stream include… MSNBC political commentator and analyst, Rachel Maddow Comics writer and illustrator, Brian Wood Political blogger, Matt Yglesias [...]

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Happy Birthday, Django!

Reinhardt. Not Fett. Today is guitar genius Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt’s 100th birthday. Treat yourself and listen to some of this music. Django was incredible — and only had two usable fingers on his left hand (that’s the hand that makes chords). Django is on my short list of greatest guitar players of all time. [...]

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Just in time for Christmas

Cue the mad knitting. And for that very special someone in your life, Robot Kasten is offering the best t-shirt of the holiday season.

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Cosmos remixed

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My new TV crush

Nobody tell Emily! Actually, it’s not so much of a crush as a recognition of this woman’s talent and likability. Jenny Slate got on my radar just last week with the season premiere of SNL. She did a hilarious “biker chick” character who hosts a Wayne’s World-esque TV show in her basement with her frickin’ [...]

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