Mountain Larnin’

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Mountain Larnin’

If you need a new character or dialect, an old book might be a treasure chest of inspiration…

The Code Of The Mountains
While browsing through a used book store, I chanced upon an ancient copy of “The Code Of The Mountains” by Charles Neville Buck (pub. 1915).

Scanning through the pages, the first thing that caught my eye was that the character dialog was all written in dialect! For example, instead of “How far might it be to Winchester?” they say “How fur mout hit be ter Winchester?“.

This was an amazing way to learn a new dialect, or create a brand new character.

You can read the entire book here:
“The Code Of The Mountains” on Project Gutenberg
(warning: antiquated thinking may be potential offensive to sensitive individuals)

Below, you’ll find some select quotes from the first 20-or-so pages…

We open with Newt Spooner, a boy from Troublesome Creek in the Cumberland Ridges of Virginia. Or maybe Kentucky. Around 1897. He’s just gotten out of prison: Continue reading

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Richard II

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Richard II

by William Shakespeare

King Richard II: monologue from act 3, scene 2.
Read by Joe J Thomas

Richard II - sample

Full Script: Richard II (click here)

Wikipedia: Richard II (play)

—— monologue copy ——

KING RICHARD II
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Voice Mime

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Voice Mime

Voice Mime

“If I’m paid to voice a job and it’s never used, does it make a sound?”

Well I’m here to answer “YES!”, and show you some Voice Mime gigs from my own personal forest.

The following are all jobs that I auditioned for, got cast, recorded, and got paid for – that have never been heard until now!

Celebrity Voices
These projects involve celebrity voice matching. Sometimes it is to replace a celebrity voice in a movie or trailer, other times they’re used as scratch tracks until the celebrity has time to record the final version.
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Live! from E.V.I.L. – Noir!

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Live! from E.V.I.L.

(Evil Villain Island Lair)

Episode 5: “EVIL Noir!”
(The Maltese Cheese)

EVIL goes back in time to do an entire Noir episode!

Watch for dozens of famous quotes from the Film Noir genre.

Filmed in:
Noir View logo
(showing you the movie sources during playback!)

EVIL Noir! (teaser)

Featuring quotes from the following Film Noir movies:

Beat The Devil (1953)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
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Good, Fast, Cheap: A New Take

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Good, Fast, Cheap: A New Take

by Joe J Thomas

Good, Fast, Cheap - Pick 2
There’s an old project management saying that states: “Good, Fast, Cheap – Pick Two”.
The implication is that it is impossible to have a project that embodies all three qualities (good, fast and cheap).

Using this saying, we are faced with the following possibilities: Continue reading

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Julius Sumner Miller

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Julius Sumner Miller

An inspiration in science, learning, and character

Julius Sumner Miller

Julius Sumner Miller, American Physicist, 1909-1987

I first saw Julius Sumner Miller (pictured above) on reruns of his science show “Why is it so?” As a youngster still in grade school, his teachings and his personality both had a profound effect on me. He truly had a passion for physics and for teaching. His look and mannerisms practically scream “SCIENCE!”. If his goal was to get kids interested in science, math and physics, then it was a rousing success.
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Legal Disclaimer Song

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Legal Disclaimer

a song parody by Joe J Thomas

(with apologies to Brad Paisley)

Legal Disclaimer Song
Audio:

Video:

~~~~~~ Lyrics ~~~~~~
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