Baby Bottleneck

A Bob Clampett directed Looney Tunes cartoon from 1946.

It's the start of the Baby-Boom, and the overworked delivery system is full of glitches: Mother Goose gets a baby skunk, a Scotty dog gets a little hippo, and Mr. and Mrs. Mouse wind up with a kitten. Porky and Daffy take over the Baby Factory and get things straightened out until an unidentified egg comes rolling down the assembly line.

Inside Story - 'Kony 2012': The Future of Activism

What is the role of charities, have some of them exceeded their limits and should they freely use the power of social media to shape public opinion around the world? Guests: Mareike Schomerus, Jolly Okot, and Jillian York.

Attenborough's First Life Ep 2 Conquest

Broadcast (2010) Attenborough's journey continues in Canada's Rocky Mountains, where fossils document an explosion in animal diversity never seen before or since. Travelling from there to North Africa, the rainforests of Australia and the east coast of Scotland, Attenborough discovers how animals evolved to conquer not only the oceans but also the land and air. These remote and fascinating creatures are brought to life as never before with the help of cutting edge scientific technology and photorealistic visual effects. From the first large predators to the first legs on land, these were creatures that evolved the traits and tools that allow animals to survive.

In fifty years of broadcasting, David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in a landmark series, he completes his journey by going back in time to the very roots of the tree of life, in search of the very first animals. From the fog bound coastline of Newfoundland to the deserts of North Africa and the rainforests of Queensland, Attenborough finds evidence in fossils and living animals of an extraordinary period in Earth's history, half a billion years ago, when animals first appeared in the oceans.

From the first eyes that saw, to the first predators that killed and the first legs that walked on land, these were creatures that evolved the traits and tools that allow all animals, including us, to survive to this day. Stunning photography and state of the art visual effects combine with the captivating charm of the world's favourite naturalist. Bringing together fossil finds from the last few years that have transformed our understanding of early life forms with photorealistic CGI technology, First Life brings these animals and their environments back to life in brilliant detail. David goes back in time to the roots of the tree of life, in search for the first animals.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Stopped Dreaming

(Episode One)

Inspired by the acclaimed Sagan Series, Evan Schurr pieced together powerful statements made by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that serve as an alarming wake up call to a nation that has stopped dreaming and underfunded tomorrow.

Attenborough: Can the Earth Cope?

From Horizon: How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?

When the global population reaches 9 billion people, how will the Earth cope? Sir David Attenborough explores the changing demographics of Earth over the next 40 years. Thought provoking clip from the BBC's flagship science series Horizon.

To the Oklahoma Lawmakers: Poem

Lauren Zuniga performs a poem for the Oklahoma legislators that are trying so hard to take away women's reproductive rights. The bill in question will require women to receive an ultrasound and listen to the baby's heartbeat before an abortion.

Happy International Woman's Day.

PES: Fresh Guacamole

PES: In this follow-up to his stop-motion hit Western Spaghetti, director PES transforms familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole.

Beachgoers Rescue Stranded Dolphins in Brazil

A group of people in Brazil help save a pod of beached dolphins.

About 30 Dolphins stranded and saved by local people at Arraial do Cabo (Brazil) in the morning at 8:00 AM on March 5th 2012.

Animaniacs Theme Sight-Read by Tom Brier, Piano

I suddenly realized before leaving my house on Saturday that Tom probably would have a blast playing the Animaniacs theme which I transcribed back in 1995 and finally created a score for earlier this year.

So I put the sheet music in front of him that night, and this was his first read through it. Indeed he did have fun with it! He even said there's a lot of potential for ragging it up, so he might work on it some more...

Don't know about you, but it sure made my day, year, decade... Two of my favorite things -- Tom's piano playing and Animaniacs -- all together!

The "cheating" and "three hands" remarks are a reference to the fact that I put the flute/xylophone runs in the score as optional cue notes, which cannot be played by a single pianist without losing some of the melody. They're important parts of the tune, though, so I put them in there for the sake of multiple musicians or instruments who might want to play it.

You can download my transcription that he is reading here:

This was at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium in Sutter Creek, California.

Sorry that the image is so dark. I was at the Lyon County Fly-In in Silver Springs, Nevada, earlier that day, and I had switched the camera to its automatic shutter speed setting which is ideal for outdoor use. I forgot to set it back to manual mode for indoor use (the camera's automatic mode always uses too fast of a shutter speed when indoors, resulting in a darker, grainier picture).

If you haven't figured it out by now, this is the theme to the Warner Bros./Amblin cartoon series "Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs" which ran from 1993-1999 on the Fox and WB television networks. The music was composed by the late Richard Stone. (Yes, I know I misspelled the title in the Tags; I did it for those people who search for it but don't know how to spell it!)

For the lyrics, see my Animaniacs Mega Lyrics File page:

An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story

A documentary in production. An Honest Liar profiles the life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James The Amazing Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose the worlds beloved psychics, mentalists, preachers, and faith healers with religious fervor. Along the way, the film will show how easily our perceptions can be fooled by magicians, con artists, and even documentaries.