Monday, June 29, 2015

Bing Crosby and Art of Recording

The BCE Mark II video recorder in early 1953. (l-r) Jack Mullin, Bing Crosby and Wayne Johnson

I found this article by Robert R. Phillips, the early magnetic recording engineer who worked at Bing Crosby Enterprises, on Engineering and Technology History Wiki site today. This is a fascinating read.

You may not know this, but Bing Crosby was the father of modern magnetic recording technology. Oh, I don't mean he spent hours fiddling with vacuum tubes and making solder joints. He just wrote a series of fat checks to engineers to build audio and video recorders so that he didn't have to deal with radio and TV live shows every week. He had his own laboratory (Electronics Division in Bing Crosby Entertainment) and a group of very talented engineers working for him.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Points and Lines (2007)

Yasunori Takahashi (left) and Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano)

In 2007, almost half a century after the first movie, "Points and Lines" was remade for TV. It was an ambitious endeavor for a TV drama; it was a 2-part program, almost 2 hours each, totaling 4 hours; because the story was set in 1950's, a huge budget was put into artworks and sets to recreate the era, and many of the location shootings were meticulously planned and executed not to give away anything modern; the story was reworked to be more convincing to modern audience while expanding the role of the detective from Fukuoka (Torikai), the role played by Takeshi Kitano. The results is a mixed bag, to say the least.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Points and Lines (1958)

"This is rather a lonely place, isn't it?"

A young woman told her male companion as they walked toward seashore from the railway station. It was already half past nine. More precisely, it was a few moments after 9:35 p.m. They apparently had arrived at the Nishitetsu-Kashii station near Fukuoka, Kyushu, at 9:35 p.m. and started toward the rocky beach of Kashii. A drunk passer-by overheard her words. He told so to police detectives weeks later. Next morning he overheard this enigmatic words, a woman and a man were found dead on the beach side by side. The local police concluded it was a double suicide. Detective Torikai didn't think so. And the federal police investigating a political scandal in Tokyo didn't think so either. The man who died beside his lover was the key witness to the scandal. He went to the grave with all the dirty secrets.
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