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Wanted: animator. 

I have raised a small budget to produce a short animated film based on this Hungarian-themed script:!.htm

Synopsis: Even though this European nation has existed for more than a thousand years, over 70% of the country "vanished" after World War I. Today, the exiles' great-great-great-grandkids still think in Magyar.

The final goal is to qualify for Academy Award consideration, after showing the finished film at various festivals. Interested parties should submit one or two sample video links to: HotTip [at] (Animators with connections to Hungary will be given preference.)

Alan C. Baird
I started blogging on 4/4/1996 - 25 years ago. 

I first went online in late February 1996, then spent more than a month converting my screenplay formatting software from the DOS version of WordPerfect to Windows.

So March was hairy. But in April, after I put up a website to sell the software, I thought it might be fun to start an online diary. I designed a cute little "Top|Up|Down|End" link-navigation system and started writing.

Blogs didn't exist back then. Nobody was really keeping an online diary, because you had to know HTML. And code geeks generally avoid writing. They like to code.

In December of 1997, 20 months later, the term "weblog" was coined. It was subsequently shortened to "blog."

In July of 1999, the first automated blogging software finally appeared.

By September of 2001, I figured everyone and his dog had jumped onto the blogging bandwagon, so it was no longer cool to be a blogger. Plus, I was burned out. I had to quit.

But in February of 2004, I signed up for Blogger and never looked back.

Until now. ;-)


PS: I taught a Blogging 101 course for the University of California in 2005, and Palm Springs Life magazine hired me as their online-editor-slash-in-house-blogger soon after. That lasted for only a year, but it was fun.

PPS: My screenplay formatting software eventually evolved into this family of 10 free downloads that won a $3,333 prize.

Blogging 101
Zoomiversary, 03April2020. 

The first ZoomFest among four members of our Westfield [MA] High School track team. We've kept in touch over the years, but this pandemic brought us a lot closer together, in a series of Zoom meetings. The group quickly expanded to six regulars, and often included special guests, like our wives, girlfriends, kids, pets, and even our old coach. The next get-together is this coming Friday, with participants Zooming in from Lakewood Colorado, Mesa Arizona, Philomath Oregon, Suffield Connecticut, Niwot Colorado, and Fougères France. Special thanks to Jim Gusek, who sparked the whole idea, and to COVID-19, for creating this unexpectedly welcome side benefit. ;-)
--With Jim Gusek, moi, Patrick Kamins, Michael Rood, Bert Cashman, and Robert Grace.
U gets what U pays for. 

The U.S. government paid, per dose (total cost):

Pfizer $19.50 ($39) - 95% efficacy.

Moderna $15 ($30), 94.1% efficacy.

J&J $10 ($10), 72% efficacy.

E.U. paid $14.70/dose for Pfizer, $18 for Moderna, and $8.50 for J&J.

Israel reportedly paid $28/dose for Pfizer.
Biden Pratfalls Cold Open (Saturday Night Live sketch w/Chevy Chase). 

Chevy Chase enters from offscreen. He's wearing aviator sunglasses, doing his best Biden impression. Can Chevy do a Biden impression? Well, if he can't, it'll be even funnier.

He walks over to a carpeted aircraft stairway, with "Air Force One" painted on the side. He takes a long look up the stairway, and holds for laughs. He shakes his head, pulls off the sunglasses and breaks character:

CHEVY: Lorne? Lorne! Get your evil Canadian butt out here.

SNL Producer Lorne Michaels (Beck Bennett?) enters from behind the camera.

LORNE: Problem, Chevy?

CHEVY: You remember what happened, the last time I did pratfalls, forty-odd years ago?

LORNE: They were funny. That's what I remember. And that's why we brought you back.

CHEVY: I remember serious injuries and a painkiller habit that wouldn't quit. That's what I remember.

LORNE: Just do the pratfalls, bubeleh. Three in a row. The audience will love it.

Lorne starts to leave, but Chevy yells after him:

CHEVY: Hey, you Canuck wetback bastard! I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not!

LORNE [spins around, perfect timing]: Hey, funny boy, I WROTE THAT LINE FOR YOU! I made you famous. I gave you a TV career. I gave you a MOVIE career! Now do the friggin' pratfalls and stop bitching!

CHEVY [instantly contrite]: Okay Lorne. Whatever you say...

Chevy starts up the stairs. SMASH CUT TO: Chevy's in a hospital bed, bandaged from head to toe. Lorne stands at his bedside, looking fiendishly happy.

LORNE: Nice work, Chevy. Best ratings all season!

CHEVY: So it was worth it?

LORNE: It was definitely worth it.

Chevy makes a lasso out of his intravenous tube, and throws it around Lorne.

CHEVY: Then let's see how YOU like it.

Chevy yanks on the lasso, and pulls Lorne's feet out from under him. Lorne flops down behind the bed, but his head quickly pops up and Chevy leans in:

LORNE/CHEVY: Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!

Biden's trifecta:
Read the 2021 Oscar Screenplay Nominees. 

The 93rd annual Academy Awards are scheduled to air live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, from multiple locations, including the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay were announced on March 15.

Click the titles below and download the scripts you find interesting - these links will expire soon!

Judas and the Black Messiah
Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King
Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
Written by Lee Isaac Chung
Promising Young Woman
Written by Emerald Fennell
Sound of Metal
Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder
Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Written by Aaron Sorkin

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern
Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad
The Father
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao
One Night in Miami...
Screenplay by Kemp Powers
The White Tiger
Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

UPDATE - S32 blog article:
~ ~ ACB's article portfolio @ S32
Another Round (Druk). 

I had saved up a bunch of money in the years following college, and eventually decided to take some time off in 1977 to hitchhike through Europe. My then-girlfriend (and later, first wife) introduced me to the Danish family which had hosted her in a high-school foreign-exchange program. Their son was my age, so she recommended that I visit him at the urban commune in Århus where he lived. When I met him, he suggested we get to know each other by visiting several pubs. We ended up drinking what seemed like gallons of snaps (akvavit) in a bar crawl that has become legendary (in our minds, at least) as The Death Tour. (He later came down to the Côte d'Azur and helped me set up a teeshirts-to-the-tourists biz that failed miserably. But our friendship has lasted more than 40 years.) So when the Danish film Another Round came out, we both said, "Death Tour!" He has just sent me an invitation to his commune's 50th reunion, and now I'm a little worried. ;-)