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October 18[edit]

Help with name of old song[edit]

I can't remember the name. It is a guys name and "song". I think it was the theme to an old TV show or radio show. I keep thinking it's Brian's Song but obviously that was a movie not a song.

I posted this using my phone so sorry if the formatting is messed up.KevinTR (talk) 02:09, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Nothing obvious coming up, I'm afraid. Possibly Danny's Song? This site and this user page might be useful places to look for inspiration. Tevildo (talk) 22:23, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Best that I can do: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"? More seriously: Here's a list of songs with male names in their title. 59 of them match "'s song" plus a couple more for "'s tune", "'s melody", etc. ---Sluzzelin talk 22:49, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
What about The Harry Lime Theme - aka The Third Man Theme - which was used as the theme tune to The Adventures of Harry Lime, a radio drama series made in 1951/1952.
90.244.130.114 (talk) 20:28, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Brian's Song was both a movie and a song. The TV movie's theme song was recorded as an instrumental by its composer Michel Legrand with the title Brian's Song. The same song has the title The Hands of Time when performed with its lyrics (by Marilyn and Alan Bergman). ReverendWayne (talk) 01:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

October 19[edit]

british idol?[edit]

I was wondering whos the Hispanic looking gal in the panel (not the blond (although I dont know who she is either) with a british accent somehow)? [1] Kelly something apparentlyLihaas (talk) 06:07, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

The video says it's taken from Britain's Got Talent in 2009. Britain's Got Talent (series 3) was aired during April and May of 2009. According to that article, the judges were 2 men, Kelly Brook, and Amanda Holden. They were both born in England though maybe some of Brook's ancestry is Hispanic. Dismas|(talk) 09:18, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, have no idea whatsup ion pop culture /tv these days ;) Seen 1 movie all year so far (and not even a new one)Lihaas (talk) 14:55, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome. I've never seen Britain's Got Talent or its American counterpart. I found that info with just information that you provided. Dismas|(talk) 04:09, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Never previously caught on camera[edit]

So almost every nature documentary these days includes a comment at some point along the lines of "this behaviour has never previously been filmed". Last night it was a vampire bat feeding on a penguin chick (Spy in the Huddle). So the obvious question is how do they know? Is there some checklist somewhere stating what's been filmed and what hasn't? This is not to say some behaviour has never been observed before, as it would then likely be recorded in a book or paper. It seems less likely that filming a specific behaviour was noted down somewhere.--Shantavira|feed me 16:03, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

I doubt there's a formal list somewhere, but it seems reasonable to me that they can say stuff like that for two reasons: first, there seems to be quite a bit of rivalry going on between the various groups that are filming this stuff (BBC, Disney, etc.) that's vaguely reminiscent of the tabloids breaking "exclusive" pictures of starlets. If this really wasn't the first time the behaviour was captured, a bloke like Mike Salisbury would likely speak up to claim precedence. Second, the actual naturalists or biologists that study these creatures would be intimately familiar with the literature and film available. If Jane Goodall tells me that my film crew has captured something about chimps never filmed before, I'm probably safe to believe her. Matt Deres (talk) 16:43, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Matt's reasoning is sound but another factor is the changes in the technology of cameras. Up until the 90s cameras were bulky (and analogy :-)) and it was hard to film all that goes on in the natural world. In fact some of David Attenborough's early Life of... series had scenes (as well as many other nature documentaries) that were filmed in a studio. Now we have Endoscopy, improved night cameras etc, etc that allow for the filming of certain aspects of animal and plant lives that were previously impossible. For someone as old as I am the improvements are quite remarkcable. MarnetteD|Talk 17:29, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, there's a bit of logic applied - if you have the first camera capable of being mounted 100 feet off the ground to film something particularly small in great detail and you "get the shot" then it's highly unlikely anyone else has managed to do the same. There are also groups of established experts in each field who communicate and network during conferences and there may well be an established (though informal) list of things people haven't been able to capture on film - a "wish list" so to speak. I've experienced similar in other fields. Stlwart111 12:03, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

How Many Times has William Devane Played the President?[edit]

Devane as JFK in a 1974 ABC Miniseries

How many times has the actor William Devane played a real or fictional US president? (Multiple appearances as the same character in one series can be treated as a single portrayal.) Google has articles mentioning he often plays this role, but neither WP nor IMDB seems to have a tally. Thanks. μηδείς (talk) 18:24, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

He's also played the pres on Stargate SG1 μηδείς (talk) 21:35, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
And the 24 reboot, 24: Live Another Day. μηδείς (talk) 21:37, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, I'd never have found the Batman movie, being quite unfond of the franchise. I have always loved Devane, he is so...presidential. μηδείς (talk) 20:23, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

From my reading of the article, I think Hal Holbrook may hold the record for most appearances as a President of the U.S.: I count 6: John Adams (once) Abe Lincoln (3) and two fictional presidents. Ronny Cox has done it 5 times: all fictional presidents. Other than voice actors, I can't find anyone more than those two. --Jayron32 02:05, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
That's funny, Ronny Cox played the scheming vice-president of William Devane on SG-1. μηδείς (talk) 18:17, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

moonlight 70s popular song disco?[edit]

Hello, help. I'm looking for this song, it was EXTREMELY popular, and had this chorus or female singing... daaancing in the ??? ... singing in the ??? and was like... duuududududu dudududuu dududuuu, dururruuu It was from the 70s or early 80s and was very popular in USa. It's an american song, and by probably a female funk/disco group.

It was not the song by toploader, or king harvest. I don't think it's name was moonlight but I do remember it was something with "dancing in the... " and moonlight somewhere — Preceding unsigned comment added by 157.157.104.54 (talk) 22:54, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

No reference to "moonlight" but I immediately thought of the Motown classic Dancing_in_the_Street. 196.213.35.146 (talk) 06:58, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
There were of course two other songs from the 1970's: "Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest and "Dancin' in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)" by Thin Lizzy, both of which may meet the OP's fuzzy memory. --Jayron32 18:06, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Could it be Get Dancin' by Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, from 1974 ?
The majority of the lyrics are: "Doo-doo-doot, doo-doo-doot" repeated multiple times.
No mention of "moonlight" though...
20:53, 20 October 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.244.130.114 (talk)

Sadly none of these, but I'm positive this song was used in a few movies and much played. Cause I was born in 1994 and I remember this song. 157.157.104.54 (talk) 18:21, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

How about You Should Be Dancing - by the Bee Gees, from 1976, ( which mentions "midnight", but not "moonlight" ) ?
or "Dance Yourself Dizzy" - by Liquid Gold, from 1980 ?
or "Dancing In The City" - by the duo Marshall Hain, from 1978 ?
or "Dancing With The Captain" - by Paul Nicholas, from 1976 ?
90.244.130.114 (talk) 00:57, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

(responding to 157.157) Could you give us some musical information (either in terms of notes, or even up-and-down contours, in terms of rhythm, or a sound sample sung or hummed or whistled by you). "duuududududu dudududuu dududuuu, dururruuu" is just a bit too ambiguous/generic. It may confirm someone's guess, but it doesn't help me hear it. Get on up on the floor and boogie-oogie-oogie! ---Sluzzelin talk 01:00, 22 October 2014 (UTC)


I HAVE FOUND IT. Blame it on the Boogie by Jackson 5. Knew it had to be something as popular and as well known as that!!! it has "moonlight" in it, but not dancing, more like "blame it on the moonlight" . Thanks everyone though. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 157.157.200.219 (talk) 17:57, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

October 22[edit]

Far Cry 4[edit]

[Question moved from RD/M] Tevildo (talk) 08:16, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Does anybody know the recommended system requirements for Far Cry 4?? And also will they be putting that DRM crap on this bad boy? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AlchiLayo (talkcontribs) 14:27, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Far Cry 4 is published by Ubisoft. Ubisoft's recent PC releases, including Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs, have included Ubisoft's Uplay DRM. This says they're selling the FC4 Season Pass on the Uplay service, so there's every reason to believe that FC4 is just like the others. -- Finlay McWalterTalk 09:11, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

A great guy and a wonderful dancer[edit]

who was the comedian who stated, "A great guy and a wonderful dancer"?≈ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 73.45.28.101 (talk) 15:37, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

[massive copyright violation removed]
I haven't read most of your post, as I was stopped in my tracks by "Jacques Offenbach said this in 1932". In fact, he lived between 1819 and 1880. Even if this were a typo for 1832, he was only 13 years old then. You must mean someone else. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 21:41, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Just so Jack's post won't be taken out of context, I've removed a massive, non-sequitur copyright violation. The original can be found here, and I will be discussing this with the person who did it. Otherwise, carry on. --Jayron32 23:51, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

frosty the snowman[edit]

is there any information as to the animated special with regards to the line "happy birthday" and an explanation and why romeo muller decided to write that as frosty's first greeting ~Helicopter Llama~ 21:41, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

You aren't the first person to ponder this question. This may lead you to some possible avenues for researching the answer. --Jayron32 22:17, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
yes i saw that but did romeo muller hisself ever confirm this in interview or book ~Helicopter Llama~ 21:00, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
It immediately puts you at ease, lets you know he's sentient, and aware of the fact that he's just been ensouled, and not some threatening monster. Kids know birthdays are good things. It's a matter of considering the audience, although I am not quite sure what the relevant literature term or article would be for that concept, some sort of rhetorical device like market demographics in screenplay writing instead of advertising. μηδείς (talk) 18:51, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

October 23[edit]

dress sia wore on chandelier cover artwork[edit]

What is that dress that the girl with the white t-shirt is wearing on the cover artwork of Sia's Chandelier? what is it called? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.29.35.143 (talk) 01:16, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Assuming you mean Chandelier (Sia song), and the artwork shown there. The girl wearing the white T-shirt doesn't have a dress on. The black and white striped thing she's wearing under her T-shirt would probably be described as longjohns or a Bodystocking or Unitard of some sort. --Jayron32 01:23, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Was Sid Meier born in United States or Canada?[edit]

Was Sid Meier born in the United States or Canada?Whereismylunch (talk) 03:21, 23 October 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Whereismylunch (talkcontribs) 03:20, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Do you mean a different Sid_Meier? 196.213.35.146 (talk) 07:11, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
The birthplace (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) is unreferenced, and there are claims that he was born in Detroit. I haven't been able to find any authoritative source to clear that up. Clarityfiend (talk) 22:18, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
His birthplace in the article was changed from Detroit to Sarnia by Aresef (talk · contribs) in 2008 without explanation. -- BenRG (talk) 22:48, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps he came from the St. Clair River. InedibleHulk (talk) 23:02, October 23, 2014 (UTC)
In a recent interview he says he was born in Canada and moved to Detroit at age 3 or 4. Unfortunately he didn't mention Sarnia in that part of the interview (I didn't watch the rest). -- BenRG (talk) 23:34, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
If the Financial Post is a reliable source, it says he was born in Sarnia: [2], as does This site. The best source is probably his Father's Obituary which clearly states that Sid was born in Sarnia and moved with the rest of the family to Detroit at a young age. Indeed, that obit is a good source for his early family life and ancestry. --Jayron32 02:09, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I'd say that FP gaming blog which says "To be clear, the Sarnia, Ont.-born game guru has brought his work to mobile devices before" but doesn't quote a source is not a reliable source, since that's the sort of thing a blog writer might simply cadge from wikipedia itself when researching the article. The author is listed however, so one could call or email him and ask where he got the info. μηδείς (talk) 03:07, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, But I still think his father's obit is rock solid. --Jayron32 03:09, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Backbone magazine refers to him as "born in Sarnia, Ont." I suppose that's a somewhat reliable source. Clarityfiend (talk) 07:24, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
The best source would be one that attributes the claim, "according to..." and that was published before it appeared in WP and the meme spread. μηδείς (talk) 21:26, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

October 24[edit]