Aint Gonna Eat My Mind

Aint Gonna Eat My Mind is all about Bronx Gangs in the 1970s

Aint Gonna Eat My Mind was a short documentary style program made for public television. It illustrates the struggles of growing up and dealing with the increasing violent world of the Bronx in the 1970s. This was a time when crime and gangs seemed out of control. But what was the cause? Did people facing it want a solution?

The answer was, of course they did, and “Aint Gonna Eat My Mind” attempted to give the young people trapped in this world the ability to speak to those outside of it. In addition to young gang members and others caught in the crossfire of this dangerous world, we also hear from the education side of things. We learn unsurprisingly, that it is difficult to get a cycle of education going when things seem hopeless due to an uncontrolled avalanche of crime, drugs and violence. And that if people want things to be different, something deeper would have to change. This is something that I imagine is still applicable over three decades later.

As a bonus you get to see New York City as it used to be. When I visit NYC now, it is hard to believe that this is even the same place.

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If this history intrigues you, I would also suggest you check out the more modern documentary Rubble Kings. A much older Karate Charlie from Aint Gonna Eat My Mind also makes an appearance to offer insight in retrospect.

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Did 1961’s The Avengers Influence Real Life?

Ah, the gloriousness that was The Avengers. The program’s stories successfully mixed elements of Cold War with sci-fi. Furthermore like 1967’s The Prisoner it found a cult following when it reached the states. How could it not though? Especially when in 1965 it added the beautiful Diana Rigg as Emma Peel to the mix? A perfect foil in fact to the more proper gentleman represented by Patrick Macnee’s John Steed!

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While I was born a little too late to catch The Avengers in it’s original airing. I was lucky enough in High School to see the episodes that were played in reruns on A&E. I really fell for the show in a hard way. Even mimicking the clothing style of John Steed…to a degree. I certainly couldn’t afford to go to school in a Savile Row suit – but a trenchcoat and fedora would do in a pich. As well as a sturdy umbrella at my side and it was all too easy to play the part of the gentleman.
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Of course back then I didn’t actually realize I was actually just a young Anglophile. But thanks to a video posted on Facebook the other day by RetroArt. It seems like some elements of The Avengers crept into real life.

Or is it actually real life elements being brought into that series? As this film for the amazing anti-thief security case was released on December 18,1961. So says at the very least, the British Pathe website.

It bears mentioning that John Steed didn’t start wearing his trademark attire until the 1962 season of The Avengers. Previously he actually wore a trenchcoat and acted as an assistant to Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry). Beginning in 1962 with a rotating trio of partners – Steed began to dress the part of the gentleman.
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Now make sure to hop on over to British Pathe site for the full “Beat the Bandit” video. In addition to learning things like the briefcase was named the “arrestor”. You will also see how well a steel lined bowler stands up to be driven over by a car.

Now that you’ve witnessed the inventions of 1961 possibly affecting The Avengers series. Why not take a moment and enjoy Macnee and his co-star, Honor Blackman’s “Kinky Boots” from 1964?

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Ubisoft Releases Assassin’s Creed: Heresy And The Essential Guide!

It is fair to say that I am in love with Assassin’s Creed.

Krull and BB-8 aren't actually art of Assassin's Creed...I just have them there.

Krull and BB-8 aren’t actually part of Assassin’s Creed…I just have them there.

Ubisoft hit that sweet spot for this particular retro-loving gaming aficionado when the first title was released. That hook was History. Moreover they reeled me in with the storyline right off the bat. As a player finds themselves plunged into a war that has taken place between two powerful and secretive factions through the ages. Two orders that desire above all things…peace. They just have a very different way of achieving that goal.

The Templar Order have a viewpoint that if humanity is to know peace. It must be guided with a firm hand. So that order and reason will prevail. Of course this also means that they feel world control is a viable choice to that end. A task made easier as they’ve become a global corporate power known as Abstergo Industries.
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The Assassin Brotherhood on the other hand desires to protect free will. Believing that the Templars will in fact harm humanity by attempting to shepherd it. They also have set themselves as guardians to oppose tyrants and defend the weak. Naturally this sets them on a path against the Templar Order.
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In addition when these two factions cross paths it gets rather violent…quickly.

To say nothing of the fact there is a science fiction story running through the entire game series. The Assassins and Templars both covet the surviving technology of the Precursors. A lost civilization that was technologically superior to the point of being worshiped as Gods. That technology has a tendency to affect human thoughts and behavior. So you can easily see why both sides would want to claim these items.
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While the series started in the Third Crusade, the 9 core game releases since have expanded the periods of history you can visit. Vastly. From the Renaissance to the October Revolution of 1917. Add to the fact you have iOS game titles, comic books as well as novels, you can see how the lore has become deep.

Which is why it is was a great idea to collect all of that lore into a handy single volume. Hence Ubisoft’s release today of Assassin’s Creed: The Essential Guide. A 216 page collection that is perfect for not just first time players but longtime fans of the series.
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It covers the historical settings in the the games, the important characters, and insider information. After browsing the book you’ll be in the know on everything from the Animus to what the true fate was of Anastasia Romanova.
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Now that would certainly be reason to rush out to your local bookstore…but there is more. Much more. Ubisoft today also released Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, the brand new novel by Christie Golden.
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An Author that I have a great deal of respect for to say the least. I have followed her work since back in 1991 when she penned Vampire of the Mists for Ravenloft.
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I have continued to follow her work through the World of Warcraft novels as well as Starcraft. Which is why I pretty much begged Ubisoft to allow me to share the news of her latest novel with you all.

One of the key aspects of the game series in terms of the lore has been showing that both factions, the Assassins and Templars are not wholly good or evil. Well…perhaps the Templars do tend to rank a little more on the villain scale. Which is why Golden’s new book is such a treat. It’s not told from the viewpoint of a member of the Assassin Brotherhood. We get to experience the point of view of one of the Inner Sanctum of the Templar Order. An historian by the name of Simon Hathaway, the head of Abstergo Industries’ Historical Research Division. He has taken up the task of locating the sword of none other than Joan of Arc. Which is believed to actually be a powerful Precursor artifact. Along the way he uncovers secrets about the legendary Saint of soldiers and of France as well as himself.

With the permission of Ubisoft here are some excerpts from an interview with Golden about her new Assassin’s Creed novel.


Photo Credit Elizabeth Golden

Photo Credit Elizabeth Golden


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So I very much hope that you are ready to head out and pick up these new books from Ubisoft or order them online. But I feel I should let you know in the case of Assassin’s Creed: Heresy you have two options. You can choose the softcover edition or go with the Special Edition. If you go for the hardcover edition you also will have access to exclusive art sketches and behind the scenes interviews, as well as a special code to unlock Assassin’s Creed rewards through Ubisoft Club’s loyalty program!

So why not delve into the captivating world of Assassin’s Creed today? You can get prepared for the upcoming movie this December!

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Carrie Fisher at The Sega Center in Fox Hills Mall (1977)

Carrie Fisher in this brief 1977 interview from The Making of Star Wars, where she is seen playing 1975’s Anti-Aircraft from Atari at a Sega Center is going to be one of the coolest things you will see all day!
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Filmed at the Fox Hills Mall in Culver City, California – I can’t help but dig the appropriately Star Wars themed cabinets that we can see Carrie playing before the interview begins. These were obviously specially made for the Sega Center arcades as you can tell by looking at the standard edition on the arcade game flyer below – courtesy of The Arcade Flyer Archive.

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.


In this clip Carrie Fisher discusses some of the elements of Star Wars that she enjoyed and what she didn’t care for while filming the original movie. I might have to blame this on my advanced age but I do not recall ever seeing this particular clip before from The Making of Star Wars although I believe it might have also been shown when the Fox channel did their little special to celebrate the re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy to theaters…well…the “A few new surprises” or Special Editions I mean.

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I found an article from 8 Bit Central that states they believe the Sega Center featured in that interview with Carrie Fisher was later remodeled into a Time Out Tunnel which would eventually be converted to the Time Out arcade. This brand of arcade was able to survive and thrive until around 1995 when after being sold to The Edison Brothers company, they were forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – which was then bought by the Namco corporation which is why you can still find Time Out arcades in various malls.
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I’m not sure what the Time Out arcades were like in your neck of the woods but the one that was in my local mall still had a few arcade games and even one or two classics titles like Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man although the younger children were brought in by the redemption games.

A Toy & Model Shopping Bag. The Best Thing I’ve Found In Weeks…

I’m at The Dig right? So I’m there and I look over to my left and a dude that I’m fairly friendly with is using a Toy & Model shopping bag to hold his Dig findings…I was like, gobsmacked. I could not believe it.

If you aren’t from the area here, Sonoma County, Toy & Model was a small chain of Toy Stores here in the area. There were I believe 4 stores, one in The Coddingtown Mall, one in Montgomery Village, one at The Town and Country Center and one in Rohnert Park.

Toy & Model in Montgomery Village was the closest Toy Store to my house and was thus the one that I went to the most. It was a really great store. They had Action Figures and Models and Dungeons and Dragons dice…I loved that place…It was where I bought all of my Super Powers figures as well as my first set of D&D Dice.

I went there a lot. Like all the time. I loved that place so much and was super sad when the chain shut down. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden they shuttered their stores and that was that. I never thought I’d have a part of it in my life again. How could I? It was 30 years ago.

Anyway dude has the bag and I just about fainted when I saw it. I immediately recognized it for what it was but man, I hadn’t seen one of these in years and really never ever thought that I would see one again. How could I? The store shut down forever ago and only the oldest of the Santa Rosa heads even remember that it existed. It’s sadly a distant memory.
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I just did a sort of short/lazy web search in hopes of finding a picture of the store and found out if you enter a search for Toy & Model Santa Rosa all you get is pictures of that dude who runs the local Toy Shop that I’m not really that keen on. That’s practically a slap in the face to Toy & Model’s memory.

I’m hoping by writing this and sending it in to Vic Sage at The Retroist that maybe we can help to push these pics of the sack up to the top of Google Toy & Model searches…

Anyhow, I just couldn’t believe it. There it was in all of it’s yellow and brown glory. I had to have it so I strolled up to dude all dizzy and said “Can I have that bag?” He, having no attachment to it at all said “sure” and handed it over. Later I realized that I didn’t explain to him at all why I wanted it or what it meant to me. I just asked for it, took it and stumbled off. I wonder what he made of all that?

For real though, this is a great find. It’s not valuable, it’s not anything at all like that but it’s something really important, it’s something that shouldn’t exist.

It’s too fragile and too old and really too unimportant for someone to hold onto. Shopping bags get used for things like school lunches or to pick up dog mess when you’re out walking the hounds.. You don’t put them away for later.

Some folks do I guess, but they often wind up on Hoarders…

At any rate, However it managed to make it, I’m happy it did and I’m super happy that somehow it managed to make it to me who will put it away for safekeeping…

Hold on, gotta go, the phone is ringing. I think it’s the folks from Hoarders…

Do You Remember Disney’s Animation Studio Tour with Robin Williams?

Image courtesy of the Disney Wikia.

Image courtesy of the Disney Wikia.


If you visited Disney MGM Studios back in 1989, this is the sign you would have seen as you entered the park.

I remember going to Walt Disney World and Disney’s MGM Studios shortly after it opened back in 1989. It was exciting to visit a new Walt Disney World park that was based around movies. It even had a working Animation Studio.

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Image courtesy of WDW News Today.


I loved visiting The Magic of Disney Animation attraction where you got to see how animation was done and where you could see actual animators working on an upcoming Disney animated movie.

At the entrance, while waiting for the attraction, guests could see Animation art and awards.

To start the tour, guests were seated in a large auditorium to watch a short feature. Walter Cronkite interviewed Robin Williams who was posing as a guest at Walt Disney World. Robin then proceeded to talk about his favorite Disney animated movie.

Here’s a video of the History of the Disney MGM Studios that includes this clip with Robin Williams and Walter Cronkite. Walter Cronkite appears about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video.

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This attraction used Robin Williams to show how cartoons were created. It was a great way to start the animation studios tour. Robin became one of the Lost Boys with Peter Pan and became the star of Back To Neverland.

Image courtesy of the Lasertime Podcast.

Image courtesy of the Lasertime Podcast.


After this film, guests walked through a hallway where they could look through glass windows and see real animators working on the next Disney animated move. After that, guests saw a video of animators talking about the joy of animation and then they entered the Disney Classic Theatre to see clips from past and future Disney animated features.

Finally, as with all good Disney attractions, everyone exited through the gift shop.

This studio produced some great animation: Roger Rabbit shorts: Roller Coaster Rabbit and Trail Mix-Up, the Be Our Guest sequence from Beauty and the Beast , Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear.

Unfortunately, the working Disney Animation Studio was closed in 2004. The Magic of Disney Animation Attraction later evolved and added The Animation Academy where a Disney animator would show guests how to draw a Disney character. My family got to do this and really enjoyed it. Our drawings did not look like the animator’s version, but they were fun to do.

The attraction closed on July 12th, 2015.

I’m a big fan of the Disney Animated Movies and Disney characters so I feature them regularly on my blog, Between the Pages. Check out these amazing Disney Cakes.