Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Ah, Dark Tower. Circa 1982, it was the game my family got together to play. For years afterward, as other games took its place, the huge box sat on the shelf in the family room - waiting patiently for a rediscovery. Then it disappeared. That was when I found out my mom shlepped it to a thrift store (stupid mom). This site unearthed some memories ... like how similar DT was to Dragonmaster, a card game that was also enjoyed aplenty in the Hinrichs homestead. Both utilized beautiful graphics by illustrator Bob Pepper, the same guy who did the cover of Love's Forever Changes album. Wow.
Happy Happy Happy - funny trip through Disney Store Hell with Andy of the Clumsy Twirler Diaries.
It figures. I bought a new 10 gig iPod last weekend, immediately before Apple introduces a new new iPod. Wonder if the Apple Store employees muttered "suckerrrr" as I was leaving the place?
Monday, April 28, 2003
The 25 best comic book covers, ooh. In the interest of diversity, here's the 12 dumbest covers. I like the one where Lois Lane gets transformed into a groovy black woman. (via J-Walk)
In this time of library burnings, it's heartening to sometimes hear that seemingly ephemeral things from our past are being discovered - that a lost John Ford silent was found in France, or that some WPA murals were uncovered in a Chicago public school (see them here). It serves to remind us that everything is fragile, everything has an importance in its own way.
Number one on Blogdex - 1 pixel per meter, a demonstration of relative sizes. Warning: geeky as all get out.
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Hee hee -- Wacky Neighbor's Jean-Luc Godard drinking game. Generally I like Godard, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate his films. We were watching Contempt recently, and this long, repetitive scene was on. Out of boredom, I turned to my partner and said "This should be called Breeders Arguing in a Chic Apartment."
Friday, April 25, 2003
The importance of pet ID chips (NYT via Christopher). Even if you skip the article, look at the needle pictured with it. That thing is huge. We got an ID chip for our Eames a couple of months ago. At the vet's office he was his usual sweet self, curious and loveable. Everybody there praised us for having such a good-natured kitty. That is, until he had medicine injected in his butt. Whoa! Now he's pissed. Bad as that was, the chip implant made him go ballistic. He did NOT appreciate getting something the size of a rice krispie shoved into his neck. (speaking of testy kitties, check this out)
Reecie's horrible date from hell story gave me a few good chuckles. She also linked to a nice Roger Ebert interview -- wonder if Kris saw that?
Thursday, April 24, 2003
A new page of mix disc cover designs has been added to my portfolio. It's nice to see the best ones all together in one place. Also I added icons to the main page for easier navigation, check it out.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
I hate being sick. It's been two weeks since I came down with a fever, but its effects still linger - itchy lungs and a cough that produces mini-headaches with every hack. Nothing huge, just an annoyance. On a day like today, I take pleasure in little things. Harry Shearer's interview with the AV Club. The simple design of this book cover. Leftover Tootsie Roll Easter treats. An old photo of Playland at the Beach in S.F. (thx, C.!)
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Charlotte Rae turns 77 today. Why not celebrate by reading this 1979 TV Guide profile, hmm?
I got the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers at the work booksale last week. It's in Christopher's hands now, but I can't wait to read it once he's finished. Here's some excerpts and an interview with author Mary Roach. One of the chapters is on the human decomposition study field at a Tennessee college. I saw a National Geographic special on this; they filmed a corpse as it went from a freshly dead body to mushy maggot food. Hands down the creepiest thing I ever saw on TV.
Monday, April 21, 2003
Seattle's Historylink presents a virtual tour of that city's 1962 Worlds Fair (thanks, Alan!). Golly gee whiz, was the future really going to be that clean and bright? How long until Elvis gets here?
Also, I should note that the oft-linked City of Tomorrow has some familiar pages among the links - Christopher's House of the Future page and my own page about visiting Palm Springs' U.S. Steel homes. Neato.
Booker Bradshaw died. No, I never heard of him before either. The man had a diverse career that involved Motown records,
'Foxy Brown' 'Coffy' and folk music. What a fascinating person.
At the risk of sounding like a big 'ol shill - The NYT on TCM. I'm doing this one mostly because they recommended two great films playing this Thursday - Three Comrades, a war buddy pic with the luminous Margaret Sullavan, and Three on a Match, a pre-code version of the shopworn "three women take different paths in life" genre. I especially adored the latter movie. Bette Davis is in it, but surprisingly has the relatively unshowy role of the mousy stenographer/nanny. The movie really belongs to Joan Blondell as a spunky ex-con and the striking, unjustly forgotten Ann Dvorak as a millionaire's wife who falls in with a bunch of gangsters. It's pure zippy early Warner Bros fun.
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Why TiVo Owners Won't Shut Up (via Metafilter). I'm no salesman, but you must heed this warning: there's still time to get one before Turner Classic Movies has its Bollywood film festival on June 5.
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Neat images with this Metropolis story on photographer David Allee, whose work "explores the harsh but ethereal effect of artificial light on man-made environments."
The big news around these parts: Squaw Peak has just been renamed Piestewa Peak, in honor of fallen soldier Lori Piestawa. The decision was sudden, if not much of a surprise (legislators have been wanting to change the name since the '80s). There's no doubt that Piestawa's legacy needs to be honored somehow, but this snarky editorial illustrates the mixed feelings that accompanied renaming Squaw Peak. It's kind of bittersweet, in a way. Every big city has a heritage, and though Phoenicians might be embarrassed to admit it, white-bread appropriation of "cowboys and indians" iconography is ours. I'm thinking about bolo ties, sparkly western apparel, and the scenes in Bus Stop where Marilyn Monroe visits a rodeo and a very cheezy Western parade in downtown Phoenix. We really should embrace the kitsch instead of hiding it - look what it did for Las Vegas. Piestewa Peak is another symptom of its disappearance.
Thursday, April 17, 2003
I forgot that Mastronet's annual Americana Auction was going on until it was spied at Cartoon Research. A newly discovered copy of Action Comics #1 is typical of the pricey and rare stuff on view there. Tons of vintage Disney products, original art, autographs and such. The thing I dug most was this Mary Marvel plastic figurine. I never heard of Mary Marvel, but that name is the greatest. Mary Marvel, Mary Marvel, Mary Marvel.
This Sunday painters gallery show looks interesting. (via gmtplus9)
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Saddam had questionable taste in art. This is hilarious. The Iraqi power elite and the high school D&D club have more in common than either imagined. I have to wonder if Boris Vallejo was involved. (via Arts Journal)
Cool! Tell No Tales, an unofficial tribute to the Pirates of the Caribbean, is
still in beta but looks promising. I was hoping the people behind doombuggies.com would do something similar for the pirates. (via the ultra-dorky Dollarshort)
A list of really bad country song titles. Well, not so much bad as extremely clever. It's missing my all time favorite, though - "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me?)" (via fiendish is the word)
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Names Of People Who Sent Me Spam Last Week:
1. Thelma Quinones
2. Helen Neblett
3. Walt Davis
4. Ken Youngblood
5. Emler Widger
6. Paul Thomas
7. Delta Rowan
8. Amy Most
9. Ryan Scotte
10. Shaquille Clive
Sunday, April 13, 2003
In the past five days, I've:
- Walked over to the Maricopa County fair with Christopher - and put together a page with some photos from that night.
Went to see the play "Dirty Blonde" with my mom. It intertwined scenes from Mae West's life with the story of a contemporary pair of Mae admirers. This was on Broadway a couple of years ago, written and performed by Claudia Shear - who disappeared into her portrayal of Mae. The version I saw had a different actress in the lead, who was competent enough but didn't quite reach that level of Mae-ness Shear did. Still, it was fun.
Had lunch with our pals Dan and Dennis, visiting from Long Beach, CA. Dan and I have been in steady correspondence over the last couple of years, talking about our jobs, our relationships, and the relative merits of the Diana and Diana-less Supremes. It was great to finally see him in person.
Contracted a case of mild fever. Now I'm nursing it with rest, a bottle of 7Up and a newly purchased Sims Unleashed expansion pack. Ever notice how all the lady Sims walk like Peg Bundy?
Friday, April 11, 2003
"Welcome to my home. I'm slowly building up a structured, visual representation of everything in my house." This is so cool! Lovely to look at, too. I wish I could do the same thing, but the idea of assembling page after page of bric-a-brac already gives me a headache.
I made this cute Ivan Brunetti artwork my desktop wallpaper on the work PC. How many famous cartoon characters can you identify in it?
Thursday, April 10, 2003
More articles than usual grabbed my attention this morning: hearing of the Russian school fire broke my heart; TV's depressing lust for the 18-48 demographic [via Arts Journal]; the icon of war hero Lori Piestewa; Matt, Trey and Norman Lear make a happy trio [NYT; thanks, Christopher!].
Sometime last year, I remember viewing archival news footage of Saddam Hussein at some kind of ceremony. No big deal, but what drew me in was the striking monument in the background - a giant onion dome chopped in half and covered in vivid blue tiles. It was only after seeing news photos of it today that I learned the structure, called the Martyrs Monument, was built in 1983 to memorialize fallen soldiers in the Iran-Iraq conflict. Here are some pics of it in better days: 1, 2, 3. Regardless of the intent behind the thing, I'm glad to see it's survived the war so far.
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
A Retrocrush special: the sexiest album covers. They've included the usual picks and a few surprises. Lots of lovely ladies - and Hall & Oates. C'mon, there has to be more than them on the male side. Although, to be fair, I offhand can't think of any 'sexy guy' album covers (except maybe this one).
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised - awe-inspiring look back at an overlooked '30s-50s commercial artist. Mmm, airbrushy.
Scrapings off the shoeheel of my mind: American Brandstand tallies up the number of brand name shout-outs in the Billboard Hot 100 every week, strangely compelling [fimoculous]; the kitty litter cake is an evergreen fave [biologic show]; improve on an unfunny, faux-edgy comic strip with the Red Meat Construction Set [a joshua tree in every pot].
Sunday, April 06, 2003
Vintage movie posters up for auction. Some aren't pictured yet, and the rest are pictured too small, but did that prevent me from spending too much time there? Also of interest: From Sidekicks to Superkids, article from Animation World magazine.
Saturday, April 05, 2003
Vertigo Then and Now - amazing photo comparisons of San Francisco locations from the Hitchcock classic. (via the Sound Scavengers list)
Happiness is going to the local "funky stuff" store (not quite antiques, too good for collectibles) and finding Martin Denny's spacey-cool Exotic Moog album in perfect condition for $2.95. Ecstasy is rounding the corner to find a chartreuse, brown and orange Russel Wright Simtex tablecloth in the rare larger size for only $11.95. Now we're at home enjoying both. Hope your weekend's as swell as ours!
Friday, April 04, 2003
Jewel-studded Astroboy, for the action figure collector who has everything (via Cartoon Research).
Thursday, April 03, 2003
Collages made from Disney coloring books 'n stuff, mind-bending (via Speckled Paint).
A long time ago, I remember watching a segment on Real People about some unusual electronics store buildings. One looked like it was crumbling apart. Another had a cutaway corner that opened during business hours. It was cool and I hoping that the Best company would come to Phoenix and erect one of those funky showrooms. Those memories came back when I opened the April issue of Metropolis and saw an article on the Best showrooms and what happened to them. It was interesting, if a little depressing - most of them got made over into soulless suburban retail boxes.
When Christopher created his Pets with their Heads in Bags of Food page, he had little inkling of how popular it would become. Last month, it became a hit among (lots and lots of) Japanese bloggers. And now it's on the Weekly World News site. Crikey, we're sitting right next to the Bat Kid!!
"For each hour of Iraq coverage, we get five minutes of real matter and 55 minutes of thin tissue." Man, I can relate. My co-workers have had MSNBC on all week. No sound, but I'm numbed by the odd juxtapositions. Slick graphics of scud missles follow slo-mo footage of Slim Fast shakes, dispatched reporters arranged in 'Brady Bunch' boxes, the words "RIGHT NOW" zooming into space. (article is via ArtsJournal)
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
The L.A. Times fired a photographer they dispatched to Iraq for combining elements of two photos into one for dramatic effect. Take a look at the fascinating combo job he did. In photojournalism, digital trickery is a definite no-no.
Wiley Wiggins made a funny page about his family of "trailer trash" Sims.
Jaw-dropper of the day. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Weird and wonderful "Desert Island Discs" from Otis Fodder and Dana Countryman. No sound samples, durn it, but dig the crazy cover art.
Good article on the newspaper comic strip 'Get Fuzzy' from PopCult magazine.
Today only, the Bradlands has gone Brady. Suddenly I have this craving for pork chops and applesauce.