Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Denny's Location Is Open for Business

I've been wanting a Denny's to open in my neighbourhood for years. Apparently all my wishing has made it happen, as the old Pantry location on King George Boulevard which has been vacant for some time, has now become a Denny's. They opened on May 2nd, 2016, and I was there to enjoy a Super Bird sandwich with seasoned fries and a Cherry Coke. I've been back a few time since and even stopped by last night at midnight for a Grand Slam breakfast (with one modification, mine came with chocolate chip pancakes). I wasn't sure how busy they would be at midnight, but turns out I'm not the only one who was hungry at midnight last night.
Sadly, one of the evenings recently when we stopped by for dinner, they were closed, with a sign saying they were 'closed for filming'. I initially assumed they were filming a Denny's ad, but after thinking about it, I realize that I don't remember seeing ads for Denny's on TV in the last few years. With all the movie productions in the area, it could as easily be filming for a TV show or movie. It's possible I will be seeing Sam and Dean eating at a greasy spoon that looks really familiar on an upcoming episode of Supernatural.
As thrilled as I am with a new Denny's in my neighbourhood, I do wish that this one had the retro look of their older restaurants. Even the sign out front is still in the shape of the old Pantry sign. I guess i will have to go with the old saying that "whats important is whats on the inside", and so far I have been more than happy with what I have had "inside" this Denny's location.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

New Adventures of Gilligan on DVD

Warner Archive comic book ad, Secret Squirrel, Adom Ant, Snorks
Advertising works on me. I finished reading Detective Comics #52 and was putting it away when I noticed the ad on the back page. I believe I may have made some sort of "Ooh" sound as I saw the Warner Archive ad advertiging The New Adventures of Gilligan, the complete series Now on DVD!
I am a huge fan of Gilligan's Island, and remember watching the Groovie Goolies show before school every morning in the 70's and 80's hoping to see an episode of The New Adventures of Gilligan. It may not have been the best cartoon on TV, but I have been waiting for this to come out as an official release for years. Back in the 90's while I was a member of the Gilligan's Island Fan Club, I managed to purchase a few episodes of this animated series that had been transferred from 16 mm film. Then some time around 2000 I purchased a DVD off the Internet that had 16 (of the 24 total) episodes in watchable, but not great condition. It took all of 20 minutes after seeing this ad to have my copy ordered and on its way to my mailbox.
Now I just need them to release the three Gilligan's Island TV movies, and a CD with the music from the TV show (and cartoons) would be great, as the music still fills my head all these years later.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

DC Comics & Carbon Copy Cloner Logos

Is it just me, or do these two logos look kinda similar?

The logo on the left is the current DC Comics logo which was unveiled on March 2012. The logo on the right is the Macintosh backup program Carbon Copy Cloner. I had a look as some old reviews for the software and I found this logo used as far back as October 2010, which predates the DC logo by about 2 years.
I showed the two logos to some of my coworkers and asked them if they thought they looked similar, and strangely they said no. This may not be as similar as these two logos, but they sure seem similar to me. What do you think?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

From Comics to Film! on TCM

I know what I'll be doing this coming Wednesday. While reading my floppy copy of Batman & Robin Eternal #24, I came across an ad for TCM's March 23rd "From Comics to Film!" night. Among the offering this night will be Batman's first screen appearance in the 1943 Batman serial. Other offerings include episodes of Tunnel of Terror,  The Green Hornet, Buck Rodgers, Purple Death, Ace Drummond, Dick Tracy, the first entry in the Saint movie series "The Saint in New York", and the thing I am most interested in seeing, two episodes of the 1943 Phantom serial. I love the character of The Phantom, and I have always wanted to see this old Phantom serial. I can't wait to sit in the dark in front of my big screen TV watching the campy fun and munching my hot buttered popcorn.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Disney on TCM Time Again

March 9, 2016 Turner Classic Movies is once again hosting an evening of Disney material from the Disney vaults, hosted by Leonard Maltin. Be sure to set your DVR for all 7 hours of Disney fun.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Ronn's Big Pile of Stuff blog. Our family spent Christmas at the Happiest Place on Earth. I found this super cool retro Christmas living room at the Disneyland Hotel. Wish I could have brought the whole thing home with us. Monkey and Penguin helped themselves to some of Santa's goodies while we were taking photos.

Friday, December 04, 2015

My Favourite TV shows of 2015/16

I love TV... perhaps a little too much! This season of Television has been better than the last few seasons, and I have been watching a lot TV. I made a quick list tonight and found 33 shows that I have been watching this season - thats a lot of time in front of the boob tube, over 24 hours of television viewing per week actually. Of course there is also hockey which I love to watch, CFL football, NLL lacrosse, as well as old shows on MeTV such as Gilligan's Island, Carol Burnett and Friends, Wonder Woman, and Bob Newhart etc that I watch semi regularly. I think you can say I am a high volume TV viewer.
What you see below is the 33 shows that are "Must See TV" for me each week... OK, there are few shows on the end of the list that are not exactly 'Must See', but I still record and watch all of them each week.
I watch most of my Television on my DVR after the fact, but I always watch Walking Dead and Talking Dead on Sunday night. I also like to watch both the East and West coast live versions of Undateable, although when I am not home to watch live, my DVR does not seem to like this show as it never records it when I set it to record. I have had to outsmart my DVR by setting the show before Undateable to record addind an additional 30 minutes of recording time so I can watch Undateable. The Middle, Goldbergs and Gravity Falls are the two shows I watch with my 10 year old son each week, and my wife likes to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with me.
I am also looking forward to a couple of the mid season shows, especially Galavant which I really enjoyed during its very short run last season.
And I can't forget That Metal Show on VH1. It's not on my list below as I don't know when the next season will start, but I am looking forward to season 15.
Who says there's nothing to watch on TV!?

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. The Middle
  3. Undateable
  4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  5. Goldbergs
  6. Muppets
  7. iZombie
  8. Flash
  9. Daredevil 
  10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend  
  11. Marvels’s Agents of Shield
  12. Fresh off the Boat
  13. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt   
  14. Elementary
  15. Gravity Falls
  16. Big Bang Theory
  17. Blackish
  18. Talking Dead
  19. Be Cool Scooby Doo
  20. Last Man of Earth
  21. Two Broke Girls
  22. Supernatural
  23. Comic Book Men
  24. Svengoolie
  25. Last Man Standing
  26. Grinder
  27. Modern Family
  28. Saturday Night Live
  29. Scream Queens
  30. Truth Be Told
  31. Supergirl
  32. Dr Ken
  33. Wabbit

Monday, October 12, 2015

Disney on TCM this October

Here is the line up for the upcoming Halloween edition of Disney on TCM on October 28th, 2015.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Brownies Recipe Fried Chicken

Who remembers Brownies Chicken? I Do! While growing up I remember Brownies Chicken restaurants being everywhere. In my mind there may have been more of them than there were Kentucky Fried Chicken locations. I see from the back of this menu that there were at least 18 locations that I could have visited on a pretty regular basis growing up! The location that I remember the most is not even listed on this menu which is from 1989. The particular location I remember was one of the last ones to close. Back then I remember thinking that the Brownies Chicken restaurants were probably closing due to the 'political corectness' that was becoming a big thing in the world at the time. I had heard about the same sort of thing happening to the Sambo's restaurants many years before and figured that was probably what was going on with Brownies. But who knows, maybe they just weren't that popular to anyone but me.
What you see here is a near mint Brownies Recipe Fried Chicken menu that my wife found while helping her mother clean out her home recently. Of all the stuff my wife brought home, this is the one item that I was really excited about. Obviously one persons trash, is MY treasure!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Longest-lived American Comic Book

While reading the new IDW comics Donald Duck #3 (370), I came across this interesting editor's note in the back of the issue:

What's the longest-lived American comic book being published today? Trick question... we're warning you!
DC's Detective Comics – still on sale now – was born in 1937; Action Comics has flown the Superman flag since 1938. But both of those venerable titles, after racking up hundreds of issues, reset their numbering to #1; as if their old "lives" were over and a brand-new (52!) day was here. Even Archie recently reset after #666; did the devil make him do it?
With all of those heavy-hitters reduced to double digits, what one magazine still owns and embraces its long "life",,, even after countless climbs from one publisher to the next? Why, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, of course, with its 720 hefty issues of Mice and Ducks. But wait... how is that long-lived? Comics and stories quacked its last quick in 2011 – Donald swears to it on a stack of ice cream sodas!
But in the immortal words of Carl Barks, longtime comics Duck Man: "That's what you think Donald!" Rounding out IDW's Disney lineup this month, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories is back for a new run of adventures and comedy! Donald, Mickey and Goofy are here! So, before long, will be the Big Bad Wolf, Chip 'n' Dale, and more or our favorite co-stars. Well, whaddaya know?

This really struck a chord with me, as I am NOT a fan of the renumbering and issue #1 craze that has taken over comics over the past years. As a Batman fan, I was always smug in my mocking of Marvel titles like Amazing Spiderman and Captain American that had rebooted and/or gone back to issue #1 multiple times - and still Batman was still going into the 800's. I remember thinking, how cool it would be when Detective Comics made it to issue #1000! But, sadly, DC comics succumbed to the #1 reboot craze and with 52, took all their titles back to issue #1, leaving Detective Comics to stop with issue #881 before renumbering itself to #1 again. If they had not renumbered, they would be at issue #924 today, instead of issue #44. Of course, if DC is still doing Detective Comics in 13 years from now, you know they won't let this milestone pass them by, as they make a BIG deal about renumbering their title to market the hell out of issue #1000. But we will all know the truth... they need to go another 80 years for the current Detective Comics title to reach the 1000 issue milestone.
So, now I need to root for Walt Disney's Comics and Stories. They just need to continue for another 279 issues (23 years of monthly comics) and I'll finally get my issue #1000.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Record with Double Label

While going though my records recently to thin out my collection I came across this album by Rimsky Korsakov, Scheherazade. I don't know where I got it or why, but it was probably really cheap and I liked the fact that it still have the price sticker on it from Eaton's. Eaton's was a large department store chain in Canada from 1869 until 1999. I bought many of my vinyl records at Eaton's as a young kid, so I'm sure the price sticker is why I ended up with this in my collection. Since I don't care about this particular album, I thought I would toss out the record and just keep the price sticker, but when I pulled the record out of the sleeve, this is what I found. There were two record labels stuck on side 2, one of them was in the proper location, the second was off centre and covered almost the last half of the albums music. Makes me wonder, who bought this album, and did they bother to return it, or did they just enjoy listening to side 1?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Little Golden Book Monday #180

Today's Little Golden Book is The Good Humor Man from 1992 (originally printed in 1964). It has been crazy hot the last few days and since yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, we celebrated by visiting our local Dairy Queen. As one would expect, the place was packed! But I can remember my childhood when the ice cream man was something you got excited about when he showed up in your neighbourhood. Now, as an adult, when I hear the "turkey in the straw" through that tiny speaker, being played way too loud, I wonder who is buying his over priced 'treats'. We have a DQ and a Macs (Canadian version of 7-11) within walking distance, and a freezer full of ice cream etc, so its hard to imagine how the ice cream man can make money today. And to make things worse, the truck I see driving around here the most, is all rusty and beaten up and the driver looks like an escaped convict. I would never send my kids to buy ice cream from this guy! But, I remember when the two trucks that would come by the apartments where I lived as a kid, there would always been a line up at the window of the truck to buy ice cream, and I would always be there waiting my turn.

"Mothers left their kitchens and daddies left their lawn mowers and dogs left their bones. Everyone was there to see the friendly Good Humor man in his little white truck."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Treasures from the Disney Vault on TCM

On July 2nd, TCM is presenting their 3rd instalment of Treasures from the Disney Vault hosted by Leonard Maltin. Other than the animated cartoons, but I do not think I have seen any of the movies they are presenting, so I look forward to another great night of popcorn and movies.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Funnies with Fitzpatrick The Mac Rat #1

While cleaning out my office today I found a couple of photocopied cartoons I had on my office wall at work for a few years. The cartoons were of Fitzpatrick the Mac Rat, which was a cartoon rat and this human friend that appeared on the web site. Fitzpatrick loved to poke fun at Microsoft back in the 90's when Apple was not the powerhouse that it is today. In fact, at the time these came out, I used to hear from people on a regular basis that I should give up my Macintosh because the company was going out of business any day! As a Mac evangelist, I used to love to put up any Apple related propaganda I could, to help the cause.
I went looking for Fitzpatrick the Mac Rat on the internet this afternoon and could find nothing, so I thought I would share these on my blog. Sadly, I can't find the original computer files of these cartoons, only these photocopied ones I had on my walls which I have scanned and turned back into computer files once again. As a kid I loved the Sunday Funnies in the local newspapers, so I thought it would be fun to share one of these each Sunday for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Golden Book Monday #179

Today's Little Golden Book is Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue. It took me a few minutes to realize that is actually the second Planes movie. I had to google it to realize this was the second movie based on the Disney Planes. I then tried really hard to remember anything about the first one, but could remember nothing. I'm not even 100% sure I saw it. There is a good chance I saw it, as I have a cheap theatre in my neighbourhood and usually see movies like this, once they have been out a while and end up at the cheap theatre, but no mater how much I try, I can't remember a thing about Planes #1. I play a game on the DVD Weekly Podcast Face Book page called Over, Under where they give the predicted numbers for a couple of films coming out and you have to say whether it will be over or under that number on opening weekend. I did say over for Planes: Fire & Rescue, only because I believe people will go see it because it has the Disney name on it, but I am not betting that it will be any good. I did like the artwork in the book, but didn't pay too much to the story as I will probably go to see this one when it shows up at the cheap theatre. I'll pay my $4 to see the film, and then promptly forget I saw it.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Little Golden Book Monday #178

A Little Golden Book with Mr. Peabody
Today's Little Golden Book is Fearless Firemoose! starring Rocky & Bullwinkle, with guest star Mr. Peabody. This is really a Rock & Bullwinkle story, with Mr. Peabody tossed in to play off of any synergy there may have been from the release of the Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie that came out back in March, 2014.
Along with the front cover, I've scanned the back cover which says "There are mroe than 200 timeless Little Golden Books to share. Here are just a few of them. How many have you read?"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Golden Books Monday #177

I received my copy of the Disney Editions book "The Art of the Disney Golden Books" by Charles Solomon today from Amazon, and I can happily say it was worth the $24.95 I spent for it (the cover price is $35). It is a large sized hard cover book with 160 pages full of amazing artwork and information and stories to go along with it. Here are a few photos of the book to give you an idea of what is inside. The last photo is of my son checking out all the photos throughout the book.  He especially liked the photo on page 14 that showed Walt in a promotional photo sharing the Dumbo book with a couple of dogs.
If, like me, you are a fan of Disney and Little Golden Books, then this book is a MUST have!

the front cover of Disney Editions book The Art of Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Inside pages from Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Kid reading Disney Editions book The Art of the Disney Golden Books

Monday, January 20, 2014

Little Golden Book Monday #176

Little Golden Books Board Game
Hello... I'm back after a long absence. For todays return to Little Golden Book Monday, I present Little Golden Books Board Game. This is something I saw two or three Christmases ago but didn't pick it up the day I saw it. Sadly I didn't see it again until just before Christmas this year. This time I picked it up as soon as I saw it in the shop window!
Although this is not actually a Little Golden Book, but does come with miniature Little Golden Books as part of the game. Here is the description of the game on the back of the box: Spin the spinner and travel around the game board featuring your favourite Little Golden Books characters. If you land on one of the special spaces you might have to 'bark' like the Poky Little Puppy, 'toot' like Tootle, 'meow' like The Shy Little Kitten, or 'splash' like Scuffy The Tugboat! Be the first player to collect all four of the Little Golden Books tokens to win!
We have already played the game a number of times, sadly, I have come in last every time.
Little Golden Books Board Game

Little Golden Books Board Game board and pieces

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday Big Pile of Stuff!

Today, July 30th, is the 7th birthday of this, the Big Pile of Stuff blog. For the first few years, I made all kinds of fun graphics for the special occasion, but then the last few years, I have actually forgotten about the day completely. Today, I wanted to to acknowledge 7 years, but I was kinda lazy, so I have just recycled one of my favorite graphics from a previous birthday. I love this one because it looks so much like something you would see on Sesame Street, with the large foam letters on sticks parading around their apartment.
As a special thank you to those of you who actually read this, I will be having a cool giveaway in a few days, so keep your eyes peeled for my next post.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Little Golden Book Monday #175

Today's Little Golden Book is Disney Planes based on the upcoming Disney animated movie of the same name. I saw some previews of this movie about a year ago and thought it looked very much like a direct to DVD film, but that didn't stop me from picking up the book, and I'll be there on August 9th for opening night of the film. At least this book has me a little more interested in seeing the film.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Denny's Celebrating 60 Years Retro Style Menu

I love collecting ephemera, and restaurant menus are a favorite of mine. They are something you see all the time, but you don't generally have the opportunity to add them to your collection which for me makes them all the more desirable. Yesterday when we visited our local Denny's I noticed they still had their very cool celebrating 60 years menu. Denny's seems to change their menu more often than other other restaurant I visit, so I figured they may be close to getting rid of these ones, so I took a chance and asked our server. She seemed very surprised that I would ask, but thought it was very cool when I told her that I collect menus. She went and asked her manager, and a few minutes later she came back and handed me this menu. It has now joined my small but very cool collection of menus. My favorite being the Disneyland Hotel's Monorail Cafe which sadly no longer exists.
Here are the photos of all the pages of the menu. It is filled with lots of great Denny's trivia such as "It began with a donut stand and a promise. Denny's made its start in Lakewood, California in 1953 as a donut stand called Denny's Donuts. The owner, Harold Butler, started his business with this commitment: "We're going to serve the best cup of coffee, make the best tasting food, offer the best value and stay open 24 hours a day." In 1959, the 20-location chain was renamed Denny's Restaurants to avoid confusion with another chain, Doughnut Dan's.
Today, with over 1,700 restaurants in 10 countries, we're committed to keeping that original promise - from our new, better-tasting coffee to our ever-expanding menu of American diner classics. We're America's diner. And we'll continue to serve our guests with the same emphasis as Harold Butler did some 60 years ago.