I found out that Peter Baird Olson, aka Peabo from the FSF died last week in a yacht explosion. I spoke to him a few weeks ago at LibrePlanet 2017. Sorry to hear that he has died, but it’s nice to know he was still yachting until the end.

Peabo was an interesting character. He liked electronics and science fiction and soup, and we all knew that about him. What most people didn’t know so well was his love of yachting.

He was in my pilot, Good Call Bad Call a few years ago. I’ll dig up some footage of him for a memorial.

UPDATE: memorial below. Also see his memorial page.

Filthy Rich and Catflap

So, this was the week that Rik Mayall died, and I’ve been watching a lot of old episodes of The Young Ones and Bottom.

Another show he was in, is the frequently overlooked Filthy Rich and Catflap, in which Rik Mayall plays Richie Rich, a failed generic TV showbiz type. The opening sequence has a ton of scenes from all over London, many of which are quite hard to see without the ability to skip frame by frame through the video. Which is what I did.

Some interesting items in there, including the Raymond Revuebar, which was home to The Comic Strip. All in all, it does a good job of putting the show in a gritty, dirtier version of London than we see in either The Young Ones (actually filmed in Bristol) or Bottom (presumably filmed at the BBC in West London) — this version of London is rarely seen in the show itself, which is often contained in Richie’s modern 80s apartment with brightly colored furniture and dead milkmen in the closets.


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Also, the end credits are a lot of fun, with these various still images of the cast being played out in over the credits. Many of the actors are given single pages of the credits to themselves too, which is nice.

Note that “Additional material: Rik Mayall” feels somewhat buried, also for reasons that are likely lost to time now.




Inspired by the Alamo 100

Alamo 100 is a list of 100 great movies by Alamo Drafthouse employees.

Here’s a list of 10 movies I’ve seen or would like to see.

  1. Short Circuit 2
  2. Filofax
  3. Mannequin 2
  4. Hackers
  5. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
  6. Orang U: An Ape Goes To College
  7. UHF
  8. Manimal (not a movie)
  9. Cool Runnings
  10. Mac and Me 2


Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

If this had come out a couple of weeks ago, I could have started this by saying, “A new article, it’s a Christmas miracle!” Instead, I just sort of reappear awkwardly. Ah well, why break tradition, I suppose. Well, the holidays are over, to the delight of many a parent, shopper, employee, or pretty much anyone. Maybe if the Christmas decorations in my mall didn’t go up mid-October, the season wouldn’t seem to last so damned long. Instead, we get to experience a nearly three month test of monetary endurance and emotional integrity. The holiday season claims many a victim.

Read the classic review