Saturday Matinee – Bubbles, Splashes & Waters

Saturday, 2 August 2014 by

Amazing bubble show by Ana Yang, wife of Canadian bubble master Fan Yang [via].

Summer fun in the UK getting drenched with street water. [Related post here.]

I just spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find a music video that meshes with bubbles and water. Muddy Waters works, but then I found this gem:

One of the most successful groups in popular music, they began playing R&B in the early to mid-1960s. The name of the band (and members) changed several times, but eventually settled on “The Pink Floyd Sound,”  taken from the names of two blues musicians,  Pinkney “Pink” Anderson and Floyd “Dipper Boy” Council (click each name for links to recordings on the Utoobage). Dick Clark introduced “The Pink Floyd” on American Bandstand in 1967, their first appearance in the U.S. Here’s the lineup (with ages) at the time of the filming:

Roger Waters – bass, vocals, songwriter (24)
Syd Barrett – guitar, vocals, songwriter (21)
Richard Wright – keyboards, vocals (24)
Nick Mason – percussion (23)

Pink Floyd had my attention from “Ummagumma” through “Wish You Were Here,” but they began to lose me when their style began drifting too far into the mainstream pop radio culture of the late 70s: the overbearing and over-produced arena-art-rock years.

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember that “Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict” was performed live on stage,with “lyrics” in English.

P.S. The Dub Side Of The Moon is awesome.

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The .Gif Friday Post No. 341 – Fun With Trigonometry Edition

Friday, 1 August 2014 by

Bouncy Blocks 4 Colors

Square To Circle Motion Conversion
How to drill a square hole

Grampa Strutts made a similar machine out of wood with tapered wood dowels instead of prism-shaped dogs based upon the 2nd .gif. It’s the basis of a 4-stroke engine. The top one I messed with and added 4-colors only because someone elsewhere complained that B&W didn’t make it.

I love this stuff. I might have to add a category for Trig/Geometry/Math.

[Found here, here and here.]

Hello Mammoth

Thursday, 31 July 2014 by

Cat Pwnd 2

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Oh Hi!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 by

Tree Gecko

I think that’s a Leaf-Tailed Gecko.

[Found in here.]

Surreality Day

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 by

Surreality Day

Parasitic twin?

[Found in here.]

On This Day Awesome Happened.

Monday, 28 July 2014 by

On This Day Awesome Happened

John Belushi, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter & Dan Akroyd, date unknown, probably late 1970s.

[Screen cap from here.]

1940s Rat Rod Go Cart

Sunday, 27 July 2014 by

Go Cart (6)

Go Cart (8)

Go Cart (7)

Go Cart (1)

Go Cart (2)

Pop Strutts (my grampa) created this bit of vehicular awesome from a lawnmower engine, some stray bicycle parts and wood scraps. There was no steering wheel, only a tiller.

The engine was a Briggs & Stratton 1/2 hp rope-starter. It had three gears, but to change gears you had to stop, move the drive belt a pulley over, and hope it didn’t sever your fingers while you moved it. There was an accelerator pedal that attached to the throttle, and a brake that consisted of a lever that forced a piece of metal into the rubber of one of the rear wheels.

To shut down the engine, there was a piece of spring metal with a wooden switch to short out the spark plug. It’d give you a nice zap if your finger missed the wood.

What’s not shown here is The Peckerwood. On the rear of the vehicle, Pop mounted a wooden image of a boy who mechanically rocked back and forth as the Go Cart moved, poking his steel wire “pecker” back and forth through a steel eye screw.  Papa Strutts probably removed it so as not to give a 10 year-old Bunk any nasty ideas, but I remember it. I had nasty ideas anyway, but not because of The Peckerwood.

[Rat Rods Archive here.]

Saturday Matinee – Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Rory Block, Don Leady & The Tailgators

Saturday, 26 July 2014 by

Tav Falco is a punkabilly oddity who’s been around for a while.

Rory Block cooks up a big batch o’ Robert Johnson and serves it hot.

If I’m not mistaken, The Tailgators were a spinoff band featuring bassist Keith Ferguson from The Fabulous Thunderbirds back in the 80s, as if it matters. Don Leady rocks.

Have a great Hamas-Free weekend folks. See you back here tomorrow.

 

The .Gif Friday Post No. 340 – Lil’ Cajun Girls & Bad Karma Day

Friday, 25 July 2014 by

Catch of the Day 2Bad Karma Day 2

[Found  here & here. I de-jitterfied the .gifs to enhance the action. There would be a third, but the first two are just too awesome to behold.]

Casque Carnivore

Thursday, 24 July 2014 by

Casque Carnivore

Not sure which is more disturbing – the helmet or the head on the long neck wearing it.

As offered on Etsy:

A coveted treasure. This thick, red, felt, vintage riding cap was taken to the heights of head couture as I adorned it with huge German glass doll eyes, paint, a rare mix of feathers, a silky ponytail extension attached with scraps from a favourite old shirt covered with vintage pins and then … REAL horse teeth! A one of a kind creation. Just shot for a magazine editorial. This piece will turn heads at events or would also be a stunning addition in your home to your art collection. A total conversation piece.

[Found in here.]


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