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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Adventure to Bryce, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Durango, Mesa Verde, and back home.

Here are Raven Blue and The Toad at Beverly Beach, Oregon last year. No, usually Raven Blue is pulling the Toad.

Shortly we will be taking on for the Southwest.

We should see a lot of sun.

Stay tuned more will appear.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Where books come to life?

What to say, Papercraft, Animation, and books.
Do you just glance at them, just look at the pictures?
Do you place them on a shelf and admire like a photograph?
Do you use their physical self for some purpose?
Do you sit down with them, read them and take in their universe?
They are the closest thing we have to a time machine and multi-universe Tardis of Dr. Who.
Here are some rather different uses of books.
Add voice over tell a story 
(double click graphics to get full size)
or sing a song Lisa Hannigan - Lille
Or re-purpose them into a 3rd dimension
 Thomas Allen 'Pulp Fiction'
Models Made Out of Books [44 Photos]
Enjoy a book in what ever form you may find it.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Bizarre, Wacky, Wird Music and Good

Ever hear of Dr. Demento? He played crazy covers and versions of songs. Who can forget the immortal "Will the Turtle be unbroken?".

These web stations give the dear Dr a run for the money.

WFMU 91.1 FM a "freeform" real radio station out of Jersey City, New Jersey has "WFMUs Beware of the Blog". 
This is a blog of things that have been found under rocks and sometimes meadow muffins. Like a single by a winning German soccer team, Capitol Production Music Sampler, the complete library of the J's with Jamie (they sang commercials and ad backgrounds), and one cannot forget Kellogg's Rice Krispies commercials from 1983. 
There is much much more. You will never be the same after you look through their archives. You may even get lessons on teaching your parrot!

I haven't figured this one out yet. Mundo Estranho De PB is from Brazil, in Portuguese. It is a varied collection of music that came through, inspired by, or is from Brazil. There is quite a bit early electronic music. Stockhausen comes to mind. "Kommunion" and "Intensitat" from "Aud den siebentagen".

If you scroll down this page you are in for a treat. You will come upon the Andromeda Strain soundtrack. This is one of my all time graphic art favorites. A Science Fiction movie, a Hexagonal LP in an Origami folded purse. Can not get any better. Keep on Scrolling for OLD electronic music.

But mainly it is a variety Latin music, Electronic, music history with much more.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Killers Kill, Dead Men Die" Vanity Fair - 2007

It is truly fascinating how I find things on the web, not not really find, more like fall into.

That is one thing I liked about libraries, you know those big places with lots of books in lots of rows. At the University of Washington, main and aeronautical libraries, I would roam the stacks looking for something. Never knew what it was, but I knew it was there somewhere. What caught my eye? The amount of dust on the book? A folio with odd color end papers? A crackled spine with water spots? What is this behind the books on this shelf?

That was how I found the original German WWII documents describing the Horten flying wing aircraft.

The Web is more like an antique mall, you look here and there, follow down a path to another alcove or another room or even a new floor and rummage in every box.

The thing different about the web is there are many many more searchers out there!

So, how did I come upon "Killers Kill, Dead Men Die" a photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz in  Vanity Fair - 2007? By way of a blog on aircraft from Russia and clicking on a comments link that looked interesting. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder 
The fascinating thing about this is the recreation of Film Noir, where all the characters are stars. The 2007 Hollywood Portfolio Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

Here is a slide show of the photo shoot. Can you name all the stars?
The Big Shoot - The story behind the pictures. The Big Shoot

Here is a video of the photos with a narrative. Killers Kill - video 

And a behind the scenes video, making of ...

Behind the scenes photo portfolio
Sit back dim the light and enjoy the dark ambiance of Film Noir.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Upscale Music - Mercedes Mixtape

For you music listening pleasure I present two upscale sites. Both offer an excellent selection of current music from all around the globe:

First is Mercedes Mixtape TV. Yes this is THE Mercedes. Clever marketing: offer free music to download and you can watch some very well produced ads. The current is mix tape 30 and all have been worth the wait. They come out about every 8 weeks. So far I have been able to collect all 30.

If you want to listen to music online, download over 27,000 free, legal albums, or are a musician and want to publish / expose your music to the world, is the place. Jamendo is a world forum. Just about every type of music from every part of the world is there. You can listen to their radio station or browse the different genres and choose the music you want to download.  These are professional quality, produced music with art and the full works. You can contribute or buy most of the music. Well worth taking a look at if you are getting tired of formatted programming on most commercial stations, the limited play-lists of most web stations, and those truly "amateur" offerings. Granted, those can be really fun to listen too.

Enjoy and listen to the world.

Friday, November 27, 2009

WWI images from Library and Archives Canada

I find it always interesting looking back at pictures from the past.
Here is an archive of pictures from WWI and Canada in the early 1900s. 

Most of these pictures are about a century old now.

Most are not of WWI its self, but of Canada, immigration, and everyday life in canvas, posters, and photos. Yes, this is another culture. A peek at how they lived up North.

Enjoy as you digest your Thanksgiving left-overs.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Future We Were Promised

More pre-mid-20th century posters.

I like the posters in this era for their simplicity. Very sparse, little detail, but they really get their point across.

These are from a site called  "Dieselpunk" another blog where you might find anything old. A great source for a picture of the past and what the past thought the future would be like.

1920's - plus
Swiss Poster history

Authur Radebaugh:The Bright Future

Radebaugh Bohn Ads etc.