Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Alfred Hitchcock’s Storyboards

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Storyboards are planning tools, cartoon sketches that depict critical or pertinent scenes in animation, movies (and even amusement park rides). It’s an easy editing process for something that has yet to be filmed, but you already knew that, ya? Have you seen any? Check out these thumbnails.

Jamaica Inn 1936
Jamaica Inn 1936.

Saboteur 1942

Saboteur 1942 2
Saboteur 1942.

Vertigo 1958
Vertigo 1958.

The Birds 1963
The Birds 1963.

Marnie 1964
Marnie 1964.

Family Plot 1976
Family Plot 1976.

Alfred Hitchcock used storyboards for all his movies, and there’s a nice collection here [via].

Saturday Matinee – Russian Love Bugs, Romanian Finger Flute, Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughan

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Love Bugs in 1912 Moscow. [via]

„Digi Fonful” ieste un instrument muzical inventat de Ştefan Popescu, fost concurent la „Românii au talent .În ciuda numelui, instrumentul nu are nicio componentă digitală. Digi Fonful, care seamănă cu un fluier, este făcut să cânte cu ajutorul unui deget introdus într-un capăt al intrumentului şi al aerului suflat printr-un orificiu.În clipul de mai sus îl puteţi vedea pe cel mai mare „virtuoz” al Digi Fonfului, Ştefan Popescu, în acţiune.

Well, duh. [via]

Buddy Guy from February 2015, pushing 80 years at the time of that interview. He always looked like he had fun playing, as he did in this 1989 vid with Stevie Ray Vaughan:

That wraps it up for this edition of the Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend, and we’ll have more fun tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 422 – Awesome Dog, Windshield Destruction & 1900s Beirut

Friday, 29 January 2016

Awesome Dog Is Awesome
Enough to piss you off
Beirut 1900s

[Found here, here and here.]

Arcul de Triumf Bucharest

Monday, 18 January 2016

Bucharest-monument

In response to this post, fellow blogger wheels sent me the photo above with this caption:

Reminds me of what I saw on a trip to eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria). When they put up scaffolding around a monument or building for repair work, they put up screening fabric printed with an image of what it looks like.

That’s the Arcul de Triumf, a monument dedicated to the veterans of Romania’s War of Independence against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire (and later for Romania’s role in WWI). This is its 3rd incarnation: the 1st was wooden, erected in 1878. It was replaced with another in 1922, then that one was demolished and rebuilt in 1936. So what’s behind the curtain? This:

Arcul de Triumf Bucharest December 2015

Apparently, that poor guy in the red car has been trapped in the roundabout since December 2015.

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like:

Arcul de Triumf Bucharest

1907 Berlin Street Sweeper

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Street Sweeper Berlin 1907

Just spreading it around. [Found here.]

1930 College Yearbook Stereotypes

Sunday, 10 January 2016

1930 Cactus

1930s college majors: MRS, Meteorology, English Literature, Chemistry, Law & Architecture. Draw your own conclusions.

[Found here.]

Happy New Year, Peeps!

Friday, 1 January 2016

2016

This year is going to be an awesome year because I said so.

1116111 = day/month/year hour : minute : second

2016 = 11111100000 in binary. So there you go.

The How & Why Wonder Book of Hot Links

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Wonder Book

Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip [via].

Oikophobia and Xenophilia are related.

Chocolate or vanilla? The debate began around 1520 when Cortés y los Conquistadores brought both to Europe.

Irreverent satire/snark posted in 2004 comes true.

Repost: The Entire Bible in 30 minutes or less.

The Cliff’s Notes’ version of The New Testament takes more than 30 minutes, but the intro is interesting.

Top image from The How And Why Wonder Book of Atomic Energy. This illustrated series was awesome.

The Weasel Goes Pop

Monday, 14 December 2015

JackInTheBox 1800s
That’s a 19th Century Jack-In-The-Box, and it creeps me right out.

What’s the “weasel” and why does it go “Pop?” Hard to say, but it likely has to do with weaving yarn. When it became associated with the toy is a mystery, and why the toy became associated with fast food stumps me as well.

[Found here.]

Wire Frame WIN

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

AppleMark

An outline overlay reconstructs the damaged Heidentor, a 4th century AD Roman victory monument in Austria.

[Image & caption with link found here.]


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