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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
18th November 1928
Steamboat Willie, the first synchronized sound cartoon and debut of Mickey Mouse is released
It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios and was released by Celebrity Productions. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie, although both the characters appeared several months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy. Steamboat Willie was the third of Mickey's films to be produced, but was the first to be distributed because Walt Disney had, having seen The Jazz Singer, committed himself to producing the first fully synchronized sound cartoon.
The film is especially notable for including both character sounds and a musical score. Disney understood from early on that synchronized sound was the future of film. Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon to feature a fully post-produced soundtrack which distinguished it from earlier sound cartoons such as Inkwell Studios' Song Car-Tunes (1924–1927) and Van Beuren Studios' Dinner Time (1928). Steamboat Willie would become the most popular cartoon of its day.
Music for Steamboat Willie was arranged by Wilfred Jackson and Bert Lewis, and included the songs "Steamboat Bill," a composition popularized by baritone Arthur Collins during the 1910s, and "Turkey in the Straw" , a composition popularized within minstrelsy during the 19th century. The title of the film is a parody of the Buster Keaton film Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), itself a reference to the song by Collins. Walt Disney performed all of the voices in the film, although there is little intelligible dialogue.
While the film has received some criticism, it has also received wide critical acclaim, not only for introducing one of the world's most popular cartoon characters, but for its technical innovation. In 1994 members of the animation field voted Steamboat Willie 13th in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons, which listed the greatest cartoons of all time. In 1998 the film was selected for preservation in the United States' National Film Registry for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Though I believe in working towards your goal, I also believe that if life is going your way, it's important to enjoy it while it's still here and you are physically capable of it! The memory of it is all that can be held on to, and many lose even that.
One of the most comforting truths that sustains me is that you can only do your best. You can only serve your purpose with what you have, and there is no point distressing yourself over what you never had to give. You can only make a difference with what you have to those who are receptive to it. The focus on this character is therefore entirely within those parameters.
Those things beyond me are abandoned, those not receptive are ignored, and predators and parasites are aggressively repulsed. Love, wrath and desire all serve useful purposes in my life!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you focused on doing your best with what you actually have?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry before dawn
Heavy squally showers bourne on a strong south-westerly arrive after dawn and continue thereafter
Max Temp = 11 degC at noon
Min Temp = 8 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:39
Sunset at 16:05
Weathertrack: A series of fast-moving weather fronts will cross Britain today
Air Pressure: 1006 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Of course everyone deserves a second chance, but I gave yours to someone else. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
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9. ZEN WISDOM
Sincere efforts to brighten our surroundings and the lives of others return to illuminate our own final years with dignity. A genuinely happy person is one who has made others happy.