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The Meme That Will Never Die

That time again. Thanks to Julie for passing this well-worn baton to me.

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Dish, table and floor washer at a fast food restaurant.
2. Book shelver at a library.
3. Publications designer at a newspaper.
4. Freelance designer/illustrator.

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. The Women
2. The Wizard of Oz
3. Xanadu
4. In the Mood for Love

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Scottsdale, Arizona
2. Tempe, Arizona
3. Chandler, Arizona
4. Phoenix, Arizona

Four TV shows I love:
1. Mystery Science Theater 3000
2. The Simpsons
3. Project Runway
4. One Reel Wonders on Turner Classic Movies

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. New York City
2. Palm Springs, California
3. Mazatlan Ensenada, Mexico
4. Lincoln, Nebraska

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. American Modern by Russel Wright.
2. Max 2 by Massimo Vignelli.
3. Stratoware by Eva Zeisel.
4. Free Form with Primitive pattern by Victor Schreckengost.

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Technorati
2. eBay
3. The Internet Movie Database

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Umm …
2. Well,
3. Hmm.
4. In bed?

Four bloggers I’m tagging:
1. Vince.
2. Sarah.
3. Ward.
4. Anybody else? Christopher.

Motel Googie


Doncha just love the cleanliness, color and optimism in this painting? Real fresh and breezy, like that strip of paper the maid put around the toilet lid. It comes from James Lileks’ work-in-progress Motel Postcards site. He’s planning to post vintage cards and witty commentary from all 50 states throughout the year.

More Retro Videogames at Flickr

Someone has assembled a large Flickr pool of retro videogame magazine pages that was inspired by my Videogame Ads of 1982 set. I think I owned this very issue of Electronic Games magazine.

Ahoy There Mateys

Al Lutz of reports on Disneyland’s upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean rehab to better theme it to the movie versions. The changes, set to coincide with next summer’s sequel, involve adding – yipes – animatronic Johnny Depp figures. Let’s just say I’m happy that I got to ride the “classic” version last month. Arrgh.

Desperate Housewife


A selection from EphemeraNow‘s lovely collection of crystal-clear vintage advertising art. Looking at this stuff, you might believe that everything in the world was at once hyper-real and somewhat scary. The main activities back then were eating brightly colored foods, driving a nice big car, and watching TV on a swank patio.