Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

Saturday Matinee – Cool Paper Tricks, The Fibonacci Series & Iron Horse Bluegrass

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Cool tricks you can do with paper. It reminds me of Doodling In Math Class.

The Fibonacci Series explained graphically.

Killer version of Elton John‘s “Rocket Man” by Iron Horse Bluegrass.

Have a great weekend, folks. I’m sleeping in tomorrow.

30 April 1975 – 40 Years Ago: Never Forget The Fall Of Saigon and the bloodshed that followed.

Monday, 13 April 2015

SOUTH VIETNAM FLAG 2

On 30 April 1975, the capitol of South Vietnam was captured by the NVA and the Republic ceased to exist. The gruesome carnage that followed as the communists overran the country had not been seen since WWII, yet it was described in the US media left as a march to freedom.

Tell that to the survivors and see what you get.

Of those who escaped the bloodshed, most arrived on US soil with little more than their lives, and many passed through Camp Pendleton’s tent encampments as refugees where they were fed, clothed and provided medical treatment. These people, with no country to return to, were grateful for the opportunity to succeed and prosper, and they did. The Vietnamese community in Southern California is a modern story of successful assimilation (without the burden of false handouts called Affirmative Action) and yet they preserved their ethnic heritage. Little Saigon is a prime example of a thriving business district created from next to nothing. Then this happens.

A Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of The Fall of Saigon was scheduled over a year in advance, with thousands expected to attend ceremonies at Camp Pendleton, the gateway to freedom for many Vietnamese refugees.

A U.S. policy that would prohibit the use of South Vietnamese symbols on federal property has killed a commemoration ceremony at Camp Pendleton for the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

The decision to scrap the location has sent organizers scrambling for new options in the Little Saigon area – with two weeks left until the planned event at which 5,000 to 10,000 were expected to attend.

“We call it a banner of freedom and heritage and not having it would be a big deal,” Kenneth Nguyen, the spokesman for the commemoration’s organizing committee, said of the South Vietnamese flag. “We’re looking at other possibilities, but we won’t know until Monday.”
[…]
The all-day event, scheduled for April 25, has been in the planning for more than a year. Camp Pendleton was chosen for its significance as the first base on U.S. soil to house Vietnamese refugees after they fled their homeland.

To many in Little Saigon, Pendleton represents the refugees’ first step in becoming a successful American community.
[…]
As news of the cancellation swept through Little Saigon, the reaction was one of disappointment and sadness – and disapproval of the U.S. policy.

“It is true that the flag is the flag of South Vietnam as a nation and that nation is no longer recognized,” Garden Grove Councilman Phat Bui said. “But it is also a symbol for the Vietnamese community worldwide. It is a symbol of the refugees and of freedom. It’s a mistake not to allow it.”
[…]
Not everyone, though, agreed with the decision to move the ceremony away from the Marine base.

“It’s unfortunate, but I understand. If I was in the U.S. government’s position, I would have done what I had to, even if I regretted it,” said Leslie Le, a former colonel in the South Vietnamese Army. “But as a community, we don’t recognize the government of Vietnam as really representing the people. … We could have still held it at Camp Pendleton and asked everyone to wear the color of the flag. That wouldn’t have been prohibited.”

[Source]

With only weeks to go, the Commemoration was moved to Little Saigon and I plan to attend. You’ll recognize me as the tall white guy waving The Flag of The Republic Of Vietnam.

SOUTH VIETNAM FLAG

Nancy & Sluggo & Aunt Fritzi

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Nancy & Sluggo Creepo

Ernie Bushmiller was one of the most surreal cartoonists of his time, and this is a good example. Nancy’s and Sluggo’s bodiless heads pop up from side-by-side Jack-in-the-Boxes without any indication of who or what flipped open the latches simultaneously or why.

Nancy’s parents never appeared in the comic and their absence was never explained; her only caretaker was her Aunt Fritzi.

Fritzi Ritz was once an elite party girl, a flapper, who predated the Nancy comics by a few years until Bushmiller took over the strip created by Larry Whittington in 1922.  Bushmiller modeled Fritzi after his own fiancée (according to Wiki) and Aunt Fritzi eventually served as Nancy’s benefactor and disciplinarian. We can assume that she recognized Nancy’s psychosis, even though Fritzi was not quaified to raise a child with mental troubles. Although not an ideal model for a young child, Fritzi did the best she could given the circumstances.

Nancy & Fritzi Ritz 2

Nancy & Fritzi Ritz

[Images found here and here. BTW, Sluggo didn’t appear until 1938, and his last name was Smith – fun facts to know and tell. Related Nancy stuff here.]

Nancy & Fritzi Ritz 3

1910 Stropper

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Automatic Stropper
Both my grampas had stroppers in their bathrooms, and they weren’t used for disposable blades. They used straight razors with a cup of hard shaving cream and a brush. Put a little water in the cup, brush up a lather, then pay attention.

For those of you who grew up later than I did, the strop was a strip of leather hanging by a ring adjacent to the barber’s chair. Barbershops still had them when I was a kid, and they were used to get rid of a used blade’s microscopic burl:

Microscopic Burl

BTW, $2 in 1910 was about $50 in 2015 bucks.

Q1: Anyone remember the slots in bathroom walls for disposal of disposable Gillette blades into the wall cavities?
Q2: Did they ever fill up?

[Images found here and here.]

M. Gaudron’s Contribution to The World: The 1910 Aerial Torpedo Boat

Monday, 6 April 2015

1901 Latest Flying Machine

“This machine is the invention of M. Gaudron, a Frenchman, who claims that in this perfected ‘aerial torpedo boat’ 100 feet long five passengers can be carried at a speed of 30 miles an hour.”

The article doesn’t mention where the passengers might be carried to at 30 mph, but after 114 years, who cares. [Found here.]

The .Gif Post No. 384 – Current Events

Friday, 3 April 2015

Pool Stunt FAIL
Iran

thermonuclear 1thermonuclear 4thermonuclear 2thermonuclear 3

A THERMONUCLEAR WEAPON DOES NOT BELONG IN THE HANDS OF AN ENEMY OF THE STATE.

WE ARE

NOT AMUSED

MR. OBAMA.

 

Israel

[Found here, here and here.]

Someone’s got problems.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Fashion Statement FAIL
Fashion Statement FAIL 2

That’s Jacqueline Lasdon, nightlife performer, whatever that means, and she inherited a lot of money ($2.5 Million) to waste her time doing this. Do I care what she does with her grampa’s trust fund inheritance? No, but what a waste.

[Found here via here.]

At the Cheetos Convention

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Buddhist Devotion at the Dhammakaya Temple

Missed a couple of spots.

[Found here via here.]

Snakes On A Hot Tin Roof

Sunday, 15 March 2015

I was informed about a cool site called “MapCrunch” that takes you to a random Google Maps Street View Image with a single click ‘o the mouse, so I took it for a quick spin.

I ended up traveling North on the Bumthang-Ura Highway in Bhutan and decided to see what was around the corner. (Click on any image below for detail.)

Bumthang - Ura Hwy 1

Bumthang - Ura Hwy 2

Bumthang - Ura Hwy 3

Bumthang - Ura Hwy 4

Bumthang - Ura Hwy 4a

Looks pretty, clean and quiet, paved road, dogs, no graffiti and snakes on the roof. Yeah, I could live there, and what could be better than living in the sticks and having a King named Jigme Wangchuck?

[h/t Baffled Baboon]

 

 

Yep. There they are.

1967 High School Girls

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

China 1967

1967 High School Girls USA

Note the difference.

[1st image found here via here, 2nd from here.]


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