Ken Booth

Publisher, merchant and cofounder of Shorpy.com

1984 Disney Gradnite pamphlet

Disney Gradnite 1984 pamphlet.
Disney Gradnite 1984 pamphlet.

I found this 1984 Disney Gradnite pamphlet while decluttering the house.

My wife and I were both students in Florida ant attended Disney’s Gradnite ’84 at the same time with our high schools. But we didn’t meet until a few years later in college.

Performers were Night Ranger, Dazz Band, Dwight Twilley, Exile and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Inside of Disney Gradnite 1984 pamphlet.
Inside of Disney Gradnite 1984 pamphlet.

Madison Pike upgrade

I’ve made a few design changes to Madison Pike to give it a cleaner Dave Winer-like “River of News” appearance. The site is a news aggregator for Madison, Alabama and the new design cuts out extraneous design elements and does away with the larger blog-style headlines in favor of headlines nested within the paragraphs. I started with Automatic’s relatively new P2 WordPress theme and made a few modifications, including using Google Web Fonts for the masthead. Continue reading

Snow day

On Monday, while it was still snowing in Madison, we decided to walk from our neighborhood down to a nearby shopping center. For part of the walk we were shadowed by another adventurous soul. There were not many people out that day and we saw very few drivers on the road. The snowfall of about 8″ was enough to shut the city down for several days and keep the kids out of school for the entire week.

Shoe ball

I ran across this guy trying to climb a palm tree on the University of Florida campus last Saturday. He was actually making a good go of it, but finally had to give up and drop to the ground. It turns out he was trying to retrieve a football and shoe from the branches. His buddy started hurling his remaining shoe to try to dislodge the other two. When we walked by later the tree was empty, so they figured something out.

WordCamp to go: Improving site performance

While things are fresh in my mind, and because I told a few people I would, I have jotted down some notes I took away from WordCamp Birmingham last weekend. I had intended to make one post, but after getting into it I saw it would be more useful if broken up into several posts. First I’d like to congratulate the organizers on a first-rate event and point out the event was worth many times the $40 it cost me to attend.These notes are simply things that were new or important to me and do not begin to cover all of the information offered. I’d recommend watching the SlideShare presentations for more details. Today I’ve including my notes for improving site performance. I’ll follow up with posts on web typography, marketing for bloggers and finally a collection of useful links I jotted down. Continue reading

VAIO con Dios

I think I may have killed my beloved VAIO laptop. Yesterday afternoon I tried adding a external monitor to extend my desktop, but after rebooting neither the laptop monitor nor the external monitor would work. After spending a good part of the day futzing with it, I have come to the conclusion that I somehow damaged the graphics card. Continue reading

Monopoly killer and other links

Can You Say … “Hero”?

Who goes Nazi?

How to Shoot a Fancy Stop-Motion Commercial on the Cheap

10 Qualities Great Hyperlocal Bloggers Have in Common

What it’s like to be a refugee in America

But will it make you happy?: New research shows money spent on experiences brings more happiness than money spent on belongings.

City of fear: Using cell phones, an organized prison gang launched an attack that shut down Brazil’s largest city last May.

Monopoly killer: Germans are addicted to board games and the Settlers of Catan is said to be the perfect game.

The boy who cried Cal: Kevin Hart deceived coaches, friends and family into believing he was headed to play Division I football.

In your palm, memories of horror and valor: The Explore 9/11 app, which has already been downloaded 100,000 times, is a guided tour around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, narrated by the people who lived through it all.

The real Facebook burglaries story: The bottom line for both companies is that trust is essential and cases such as these can ruin trust and eventually ruin companies if we cannot depend on them. In the first case, media blew up a story for effect. In the second case, a dangerous vulnerability is revealed.

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish: In recent years it seems that a meeting to set start at 9 am, for some people means in the general vicinity of any time which starts with the numeral ‘9’. Like 9.30 for example. People drift in at 9.10 or 9.20, or even later. And they smile warmly at the waiting group, as they unwrap their bacon sandwich, apparently totally unconcerned that others have been there since five TO nine, prepared and ready to start.

Dead for a century, Mark Twain says what he meant

Disliking the public

Updated to remove now broken links.