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Saturday Matinee – Wingsuit Fail, Honey Cakes, Karen Marie (with Postmodern Jukebox) & Buddy Guy

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Wingsuit fail vid from Corcovado, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
[SFK. Yeah, as horrible and disturbing as it is,  it's SFK.]

Bees in China [via].

Karen Marie‘s take on Little Willie John‘s “Fever” (done in 12 styles with Postmodern Jukebox). It kept my attention, even though the video erroneously credits Peggy Lee for the song. LWJ recorded it in 1956;  two years later Peggy Lee covered it.

Here’s the great Buddy Guy and his take on the song. And with that we’re out. Have a great weekend, folks. See you soon.

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Stephen Gray’s Contribution To The World

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Magnetic Boy

Stephen Gray was pursuing a long series of experiments with electricity. In producing charge on a long glass tube, he discovered in 1729 that he could communicate the electrical effect to other objects by direct connection. Using string, he could charge an object over 50 feet from the rubbed tube, but oddly enough some other substances, such as silk thread, would not carry charge. Brass wire would transmit charge even better. These experiments with charged strings and glass tubes revealed the properties of conduction, insulation, and transmission.

The depiction above shows one of Gray’s most famous experiments, in which he showed that a boy suspended by (insulating) silk cords could be charged (with the glass tube) and then as a (conducting) body could (electrostatically) attract small objects. Dramatic experiments such as these became quite well-known. Finally, after Newton’s death in 1732, Gray was admitted as a member of the Royal Society in recognition of his efforts, but he died destitute a few years later in 1736. [via]

[Image found here.]

Full Moon Heros

Sunday, 10 August 2014

APOLLO Astronauts Collins Lovell & Aldrin

Mike Collins, Jim Lovell & I [Buzz Aldrin] got a behind the scenes look at the Orion capsule being built at Kennedy Space Center. Like our bunny suits?

I shouldn’t have to tell you who these guys are or what they did, but all three have titanium cojones.

Lovell’s book “Lost Moon” is a can’t-put-down white-knuckle read, and was the basis for the excellent movie “Apollo 13.”

[Image and Aldrin's caption found here.]

P.S. Tonight’s full moon is a “supermoon.”

Tacky Raccoons’ 7th Year: The Top 11 Posts

Sunday, 3 August 2014

We’ve featured the Top Posts every year since this blog was whelped on 2 August 2007 and this year is no different. The numbers indicate ranking for the previous 12 months, followed by the previous year’s ranking, and the third numeral is for all-time popularity (August 2007 – August 2014).  NR indicates Not Ranked.

Click on any image and it’ll take you to the original post.

Cute Baby Giraffe

No. 11/nr/74 – Cute Baby Giraffe

No. 10/2/10 – 10/10/10 10:10:10

science-fair-barbie1

No. 9/11/21 – Death Row Barbie and Other Science Fair Projects

How To Piss Off A Golden Retriever

No. 8/nr/28 – How To Really Piss Off A Golden Retriever

No. 7/3/5 – Giant Woolly Bear Caterpillar Discovered Near Las Cruces, NM, Predicts Global Warming for Decades to Come

capybara lap warmer

No. 6/1/3 – Capybara Lapwarmer

Jose Fernandez

No. 5/nr/48 – The .Gif Friday Post No. 297 – Page Turner, Giraffe Gymnastics & “Did You Catch That?”

No. 4/5/15 – Babe Cannon

Giant Isopod

No. 3/7/24 – “Wow, Giant Isopod, Did You See That?”

SNAKE

No. 2/nr/2 –  LOL FERRET: Episode 1

And the Number One Post for the past 12 months is:

The .Gif Friday Post No.133 – Needlepoint Dog is Awesome!

“Needlepoint Dog” is a new entry in the Tacky Raccoons Blogoversary Hit Parade, with a score of 1/nr/19. We posted it on 25 June 2010 just days after it appeared at the source. Within 5 days of posting, it spiked, then went relatively dormant traffic-wise until February of this year and it’s been in the No. 1 slot for 6 months straight.

Not only is the concept great, the animation of the reverse side is even better. Congrats!

Although Tacky Raccoons doesn’t attract a lot of comments, we appreciate the “likes” and those who “follow” us. Now let’s talk Twitter. We’ve had an account for several years as an experiment to see how many followers we could get with the stated intent of providing absolutely no content and about 30 people played along. This is going to change.

Starting today, anyone who follows @BunkStrutts will get automatic notifications of new posts, perhaps some occasional inane snark from me, and all in fun. We’ll see where it goes, and if it clogs up my email inbox with too many Tweet notifications, I’ll deal with it. (There’s a button on the upper right sidebar to beam you over to Twitterville, too. You don’t need to sign up to Twitter to read it. We’ve done the same with FaceBook, even though I don’t use it much).

Wish you all the best,

Bunk

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, visit

The Official Cutting Edge Tacky Raccoons Store

for trendy and stylish acoutrements. If you don’t see what you like, or you want something a bit different, leave a comment or use the “Write Bunk” link in the sidebar.

Saturday Matinee – Bubbles, Splashes & Waters

Saturday, 2 August 2014

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.

On This Day Awesome Happened.

Monday, 28 July 2014

On This Day Awesome Happened

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

[Screen cap from here.]

Saturday Matinee – Johnny Winter (1944–2014)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, legendary guitarist and one of the most recognizable icons of Texas blues and rock passed away at the age of 70 earlier this week after a long career.

In a documentary released this year entitled “Johnny Winter Down and Dirty,” he laughed, “Made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

According to Wiki, at age 10 he and his 8 year old brother Edgar played on local TV in his hometown of Beaumont Texas.  Johnny Winter performed for an astounding 60 years, and he died while on still on tour.



RIP, Johnny. You made our roadtrips a hellalotta fun.

R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tommy Ramone

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Tommy Ramone RIP 2014

Another punk bit the big one.

Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, assembled and helped create one of the most influential bands ever. The Ramones never had a hit single, despite hiring the legendary (and mentally disturbed) Phil Spector.

Tommy Ramone was not new to the recording industry when he and other Brooklyn friends decided to form a band to provide an alternative to the pre-packaged marketing-department formulaic garbage that infested the airwaves in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones went back to rock and roll garage-band basics, with a twist – they played louder and faster.

That The Ramones rose to popularity by playing 3-chord rock in an obscure venue in the New York City Bowery district says a lot. Punk was born at CBGB’s, and although The Ramones’ garage-band style never garnered them a hit, their influence was huge.

Their message was, “Screw Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Foreigner and ELO! Screw CSN&Y and Boston! Listen to C, F & G!”

And The Ramones were spot on. R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, and thanks.

[Crossposted from here.]

Space and Time and Trig and Stuff

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Space And Time

Any website called “Trigonometry Is My Bitch” that includes an inverse hyperbolic tangential hailstorm .gif gets an instant link on our sidebar. Tangents rule in my world, and I’m off on another one.

[Found here.]

Hot Links From The Valley Of The Jolly

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Vibraniques

Back Up Truck P0rn. Watch the whole thing. Awesome happens at about 07:42.

Much retroness found here. I remember some of the stuff.

It’s pronounced “tchar-leenah.”

One of the greatest movie soundtracks ever.

Out of isometric graph paper? Here you go. [Found here.]

Play God. Create an island [via].

Hey, buddy. Got a light?

What surprised 18 3rd World immigrants once they immigrated to 1st World Nations. (Yeah, there appear to be a couple of trolls, but the others are interesting).

Top image: The Vibraniques (?).


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