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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.