Hitchbot backup pressed into action …

3 Aug

Hitchbot II 

HITCHBOT 2

“Hitchbot II is not really street tested yet,
but we’re confident there will be no more … incidents.”

Hitchbot brutally slain in Philadelphia …

3 Aug

hitchbot

July 27, 2014 – August 2, 2015

The loveable (?) (OK, likeable) hitchhiking robot Hitchbot met his brutal demise whilst sitting on a public bench in Philadelphia, US of A – the City of Brotherly Love. Love, evidently not extended to mechanical entities – even as harmless as Hitchbot.

From the Official Website: http://www.hitchbot.me/

hitchBOT | A robot exploring the world\

“hitchBOT’s trip came to an end last night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia; sometimes bad things happen to good robots.  We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over. For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans.”

HITCHBOT BIKING

HITCHBOT US MAP

Below: the broken and mutilated body of poor Hitchbot
lies in a Philadelphia gutter.

HITCHBOT'S BODY

Someone swore they could Hitchbot mumbling “Cecil … Cecil … “

Rest in Peaces Hitch

Funeral Services dates will be announced
as soon as all his parts have been recovered.

Hitchbot at Fenway BallPark

Hitchbot at Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers game on Friday, July 24, in Boston

Above: Hitchbot at Fenway
Below: Hitchbot’s Bucket List

hitchbot's bucket list

Sadly … only partially realized …

Slow West … revisited

31 Jul

Slow West … revisited.

Slow West … revisited

31 Jul

Slow West … revisited

slow west postersWasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie. I just hoped it was good. It did keep my interest up. But it’s definitely not a conventional ‘old style’ Western. At times it almost seems like a stream of disjointed surrealistic vignettes – some violent – some humorous. I wasn’t surprised by the ending. One thing I did notice though, was an unusual weapon that used in one scene. A particular rifle that I recognized right away – from one of My Favorite Westerns. It’s used by a bounty hunter in one of the concluding scenes: Below: Do you recognize it?

slow west unpacking the weapon

You may not recall it’s Make, but if you’re a Western fan you may well recall where you saw it before.

slow west the rifle

Recognize it?

slow west the rifle 2

Ka boooom !!!

slow west Sharps 1874 Model Rifle

That’s the rifle. So where have we seen this before?

Why right here …

quigley down under poster

quigley down under banner

Quigley Down Under

Yep … same gun.

Quigley Down Under 3

Ka boooom !!!

Quigley Down Under 2

Even sounds the same.

Sharps 1874 Model Rifle bar

 

via Slow West … revisited.

Slow West … revisited

30 Jul

slow west posters Wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie. I just hoped it was good. It did keep my interest up. But it’s definitely not a conventional ‘old style’ Western. At times it almost seems like a stream of disjointed surrealistic vignettes – some violent – some humorous. I wasn’t surprised by the ending. One thing I did notice though, was an unusual weapon that used in one scene. A particular rifle that I recognized right away – from one of My Favorite Westerns. It’s used by a bounty hunter in one of the concluding scenes: Below: Do you recognize it?

slow west unpacking the weapon

Well … lookie here.

You may not recall it’s Make, but if you’re a Western fan you may well recall where you saw it before.

slow west the rifle

Recognize it?

slow west the rifle 2

Ka boooom !!!

slow west Sharps 1874 Model Rifle

That’s the rifle. So where have we seen this before?

Why right here …

quigley down under poster

quigley down under banner

Quigley Down Under

Yep … same gun.

Quigley Down Under 3

Ka boooom !!!

Quigley Down Under 2

Even sounds the same.

Sharps 1874 Model Rifle bar

Old Tucson Studios: Part 76

29 Jul


Ripple / Grateful Dead

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

The Grand Finale of the ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
is a stunt show. Stunt Set Below:

Old Tucson Studios Stunt Set

Old Tucson Studios Stunt Men

The Stunt Actors make their entrance.

Old Tucson Studios Stuntman

Whipped cream ?

Sadly, none of our stunt photos turned out …  Grrrr.

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Old Set

Old Tucson Studios Train Station

Old Tucson Studios Train ride

Here she comes !

Old Tucson Studios Signpost

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Stage

Old Tucson Studios Real Train

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Camera Boom

We’re rolling …

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Crooked Creek Chapel

Crooked Creek Chapel / Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios Church Altar

Old Tucson Studios Church

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Amen

Old Tucson Studios: Part 38

24 Jul

Is this taking a long time? or is it just me?
Well, the fantasy sail on the Bluenose schooner (the only item on my Bucket List) was a nice diversion. 

 Now back to Arizona HolidayOld Tucson Studios.


The Hanging Tree / Norton Buffalo

 Somebody at Old Tucson Studios had a great idea: make a nice picnic oasis rest area for visitors
– with a waterfall, a pond, and a some shelter.
So they did.

Old Tucson Studios Oasis

Old Tucson Studios Oasis 2

Old Tucson Studios Oasis 3

Old Tucson Studios Oasis 4

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios mine

Rose on the steam drill

Old Tucson Studios gallows

A poor hiding place

Old Tucson Studios sheriff

Good thing I know the Sheriff

Old Tucson Studios foot massage

Have a seat – Tenderfoot’s delight

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Chinese Alley

Old Tucson Studios Chinese Alley 2

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Pottery

Old Tucson Studios  El Toro

Old Tucson Studios Rose's Cantina

Rose’s Cantina

Old Tucson Studios Blacksmith

Old Tucson Studios Blacksmith 2

Old Tucson Studios Rose's jail

Old Tucson Studios Posters

Old Tucson Studios Signs

Now what ?

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

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