Ahoy down there! For this week’s Photo Tuesday, we have a waterfall frozen in a nautical night shot. This shot is of one of the Finding Nemo Nautilus Submarines passing through the waterfall at the end of the Finding Nemo attraction at Disneyland. This picture was taken at night with the help of the handrail to steady the shot.

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Bacon and Rocketry, a Perfect Harmony

On August 6, 2010, in Bacon, Shenanigans, by DonGiaconia

Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle it must be Friday because I hear sizzling Bacon!

“Bacon is great, there’s only one way to top it,
and that is to power bacon with a powerful rocket”

Thanks to SpenceMan for passing along a video from the folks over at RatherGood.com. If you’re not familiar with these guys, they brought us such greats as Pavoratti Love Elephants and She’s Got a Chicken to Ride.  Today we have a video about bacon, a rocket, and a catchy tune. ((Headphones Recommended))

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It all started with a Mouse – Watch

On August 3, 2010, in Disney, History, by DonGiaconia

August 3rd, 1933

The Original Mickey Mouse Watch

77 years ago today the first Mickey Mouse watch went on sale.  Disney had recently hired a new ‘merchandising man’  named Herman Kamen. His job was to market the Disney brand via Mickey Mouse. He put together a contract with the Ingersoll Waterbury Clock Co. of Waterbury, Connecticut — a dying and bankrupting company. The watch sold for about 3 bucks and was so successful it was solely responsible for saving the watch company from oblivion. They sold 11,000 the first day, and 900,000 in the first year. After 2 years they had sold 2.5 million Mickey Mouse Watches.

In the 60’s the company was renamed to US Time and now we know them simply as Timex.  Timex makes watches for many other companies and brands such as Ecko, Versace, Guess, Valentino, Ferragamo, Opex and Nautica. Yep, without Mickey and Walt, we’d have never had Timex.

Mickey Mouse: Then and Now

The history of the Mickey Mouse watch is even included in this video about Mickey Mouse. It amazes me how much of an impact Walt Disney had on the 20th century — especially in ways that you don’t often think of.

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Paradise Pier Reflected, originally uploaded by DonGiaconia.

I took this shot from the Boardwalk while waiting for the World of Color to begin. It was one of those ‘Take 30 Shots and hope one of them comes out clear’ situations.

Monday Shenanigans: Lousy Larcenist’s Lament

On August 2, 2010, in Shenanigans, by DonGiaconia

Here is a new segment to ease you into your work week, Monday Shenanigans.  This week we bring you to Atlanta Georgia and a lousy larcenist’s lament. Not content with successfully pulling of his heist and managing a clean getaway, he makes a point of expressing his dissatisfaction with his day’s ‘work.’

The Hamburglar

ATLANTA — Police say a man who robbed a fast-food restaurant with a gun was so mad about the amount of loot that he called back twice to complain.

The man walked up to the drive-through window of an Atlanta Wendy’s late Saturday night, wearing a ski mask and holding a gun.

He demanded the cash drawer, grabbed it and ran away.

But police say he later called the fast food restaurant to complain about the amount of cash.

Police say in one call he said that “next time there better be more than $586.”

He called again with a similar complaint.

Source: Police: Wendy’s robber complains about skimpy haul

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This post is in 3D!

On July 31, 2010, in Disney, Disneyland, Photography, by DonGiaconia

Traditional 3D Methods (Passive)

There are many ways to create an image that will fool your brain into thinking a 2 dimensional surface has 3 dimensions.  Years ago, all we had were Red/Blue blocking 3D glasses a lá Match from Back to the Future. This technology involves filming in stereo where the camera has 2 lenses spaced apart to record video just like how your eyes see.  It’s kind of like looking through a periscope on a submarine but instead of bouncing the light down the tube with mirrors, it is bounced through time on film. Your left eye should only see what was recorded by the left lens and your right eye should only see what was recorded by the right lens. Your brain then uses all kinds of fancy geometry to assemble these two images back into one 3D view of the world

Match from Back to the Future

Similar technology is used these days with digital projection where you have polarized lenses where each lens is designed to block/permit light that is polarized in a certain way.    Whatever the left lens blocks is permitted to go through the right lens and vice versa. The easiest way to demo this is if you have a pair of leftover glasses from your last movie theater 3D outing,  put them on, look at yourself in a mirror, and close one eye.  You won’t be able to see your other eye behind the glasses in the reflection because the light that passes through the glasses has been fully blocked, neat huh? When you are in the movie theater, the projector swaps between polarization for the left and right eye something like 120 times a second (as opposed to a normal projector which only needs to flash frames at 29.97 frames per second to prevent flickering as detected by the human eye/brain).

Modern Polarized 3D Glasses

Older polarizing 3D attractions at places like Disneyland use a similar technique, but I have a feeling they use two separate projectors rather than just switching back and forth on one projector.  That’s why sometimes when one projector isn’t as bright as the other you get this really wonky effect where it feels like you can’t see through one eye and you think the glasses are dirty.

DCA Midway Mania 3D Glasses Pickup

3D Stereo Photography via “Jiggle Effect”

Another way to do it is by switching back and forth between two static images taken slightly apart from one another. You can see a bunch of cool examples of this method here. When I was going through the pictures from my recent Disneyland trip, I came across a couple pictures in a row that seemed by a jolly accident to work with this effect.

If you click to embiggen the image, the effect is easier to see.

Avast Matey's I'm in 3D


Cookin’ bacon with Skinny Al Roker

So if you’ve been trying to cut down on Beef consumption and can’t get away from the meat candy that is bacon, this cooking video is for you.  “What tastes better than pork on top of pork?

Below you can watch the full video with chef Matt Gennuso

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Recipe: Bacon-wrapped pork meatloaf

Chef: Matt Gennuso

  • 3 lbs. ground pork shoulder
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ground Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbls. bacon fat
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 tblsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 tsps. chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tsps. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tblsps. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps. fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. pre-sliced bacon
Baking Directions

It is best to prepare this dish a day in advance of serving.

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground pork, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. No need to mix at this time, just place into the refrigerator until later.

In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, add the bacon fat and allow to melt. Once melted add the onions, cover and allow to cook until translucent. Then add the garlic and continue to cook for two more minutes.

Next add the chopped herbs and cook for another minute. Once herbs have been added, be sure to stir frequently so that they don’t burn. Now remove the mixture and allow to cool thoroughly in the refrigerator. Once the onion-herb mixture is cool, combine completely with the pork and place back in the refrigerator while you line the molds with bacon.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

How to Line the Loaf Pan with Bacon: At one end of the loaf pan, place the narrow part of the bacon on the bottom edge of the pan where the side and bottom part of the pan meet. Run the bacon across the width of the pan and up the edge, overlapping on the other side. Then take your next slice of bacon and reverse, having the narrow edge of this piece meet the bottom edge of the other side (the side that your first piece made its way up the edge), and again have it come across the bottom of the pan and up the other side, almost like ribbons coming out of a box. Continue this process until you reach the end of the pan. This will provide the wrapping for the meatloaf.

Once the molds are lined with bacon, place your meatloaf mixture into the mold. You should fill the mold ¾ to the top. Now take your overlapping bacon and use it to cover the top of the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf into a water bath and then into a preheated 350-degree oven and cook for 1½ hours or until it reaches 150 degrees.

Remove the meatloaf from the water bath and place into a refrigerator until fully cooled. It is best that it sits over night before slicing.

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This picture was taken during my trip for Disneyland’s 55th anniversary weekend. While waiting to get onto the Matterhorn (which took quite a bit to convince my dad that it didn’t flip or have any crazy drops to make him lose his stomach) along came Monorail Blue. It’s amazing how much quieter the Mark VII monorails are than previous models.

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Opening Day At Disneyland

On July 24, 2010, in Disney, Disneyland, by DonGiaconia

B&W and Color Footage

While visiting Disneyland for its 55th Anniversary last weekend, one of the special things they did to commemorate the day was to replace the B&W Mickey and Minnie Cartoons in the Main Street Cinema with Disneyland Opening Day footage.  Some of the footage is black and white and some is in color. There were a few different reels they had playing, and I did my best to grab a few. This is the first reel that I captured.  I added some audio to the silent films and I hope you enjoy these seldom shown recordings.

Opening Day At Disneyland from John Giaconia on Vimeo.

Black and White and Color footage from the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland. On July 17th, 2010 they replaced the standard Mickey and Minnie B&W cartoons with opening day footage of Disneyland. Here’s one of the video loops with some added audio.

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A Purely Bacon Burger?

On July 23, 2010, in Bacon, by DonGiaconia

The Great Bacon Odyssey

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for BACON NEWS!  Today your weekly bacon is brought to you from Wired.com The author has also included detailed instructions in case you’d like to try this one at home, kids.  After seeing the results, I think it might be better to make a 1/4 or 1/10 pound burger rather than shooting for the stars with a  1/3 pound (post cooking weight) patty.


After you’ve read the full story about this sacred Geek Quest, make sure to check out the flickr set too!
Out of the oven

Ready to eat!


And what bacon burger experiment would be complete without seeing all the work come to fruition in video form?

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