Posts Tagged ‘Retro’

Saturday Matinee – Stephanie Trick, Tuba Skinny, Nanook & Zappa

Saturday, 31 January 2015

“Hand Full of Keys,” performed here by Stephanie Trick, is a Fats Waller composition, circa 1938. Awesome stride piano style. Although I’m somewhat ambidextrous and have a basic understanding of music theory and chords, there’s no way I could cut those chops.

Tuba Skinny is my favorite band these days.

I had a conversation with some of my co-workers recently, and the topic of Yellow Snow came up. I tried to explain Nanook of the North and failed, so we’re forced into Zappa mode.

You can find Zappa’s “Nanook Rubs It” on the Utoobage on your own, but “Deathless Horsie” is amazing.

Have a great SuperBowl Weekend folks. Seattle sucks big green donkeys because Seattle sucks big green donkeys. Everyone outside of Seattle knows Seattle sucks big green donkeys and so does Seattle. Seattle sucks big green donkeys.

Screen Caps – How To Make

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Retro Screen Cap

That’s a CRT Trace Camera for HP 54600 series digitizing oscilloscopes, but you already knew that. Circa 1991, that state of the art high-tech appurtenance would cost over $1k in 2015 dollars.

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – 6-Song Country Pop Mashup, The Cleverlys & Magic Sam Maghett

Saturday, 24 January 2015

This is why I could never stand Country Pop, but the mashup is clever and funny [via]. It reminds me of National Lampoon’s classic send up of CSN&Y.

The Cleverlys are pure country, and their take on The Bangles’ 1985 hit is pure awesome.

Let’s move on to something entirely different. How ’bout some Magic Sam?

Magic Sam Maghett graduated from a diddlybow to electric guitar. Pure country bluesman who travelled up the Mississippi to Chicago’s Cobra Records.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow and maybe we’ll discuss the many ways to secretly deflate footballs and turn them into a national crisis.

 

My College Buddies

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ancient College Buddies

Dang. I remember those guys. Funny as hell.

[Found here.]

Nothing Much Happened Today.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Nothing Much Happened Today 10

[Found here.]

1952 Ariel Square Four Wood Racer

Sunday, 18 January 2015

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More than one person actually built one of those vehicles, and one of the cars is in a museum in St. Louis, Missouri (oh, and check out that 1956 prediction of a Smart Phone).

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We bet that most people are only faintly aware that the Ariel motorcycle brand existed at all. There was a time, though, when the British company was a pioneer in new and exciting technologies, innovating where others were content to soldier forward with tried-and-true methods. In fact, its eventual failure was due in part to its futuristic designs. For instance, Ariel introduced the world to its Square Four motorcycle in 1931. Named for its oddly-shaped engine architecture that placed four cylinders in a box pattern, the Square Four was completely unlike anything else offered at the time and used two sets of pistons mated at the flywheel inside a single engine block that was capped by a single head casting. Different to say the least, but ultimately pretty successful for Ariel, which went on to sell over 15,000 of the bikes before production ceased in 1959.

An interesting home-built hotrod has just shown up on eBay that mates this classic engine to a custom wooden body designed by – get this – a boat builder. The vehicle itself was inspired by a Modern Mechanix Magazine article from the ’50s and features a French connection by way of suspension components from a Citroen. Cadillac bullet-shaped tail lights may look a little out of place, but are nothing if not period correct.

[Found here, via here. Related post here.] Oh, and did you spot that “Phone of Tomorrow? The prediction wasn’t far off. Link at the link.

The Real Pinocchio Creeps Me Right Out.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Real Pinoccio

[Found here.]

Photos of People Standing By A TV

Sunday, 11 January 2015

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Not so long ago, owning a black and white TV was a status symbol. Then color TVs came along, and someone invented a tinted screen with a parabolic lens that less affluent folks could attach to their b/w sets to simulate color – it had a brown tint on the bottom for dirt, blue on the top for sky, and a bizarre flavor of red/pink in the middle where the actors’ faces usually were – and it magnified the size of the screen. This cheap fixit was often better at rendering hues than the color TVs were, as the latter often gave the actors a distinctive fuzzy green complexion anyway.

At least Spock looked good.

[More pictures of people standing next to their TV sets here.]

Saturday Matinee – Jim Huish, Jim Stafford, School House Rock & Amber’s Drive

Saturday, 10 January 2015

When I’m Gone (The Cup Song) Jim Huish of the Nashville Americana-pop group Amber’s Drive offers up a cover of the song “Cups (When I’m Gone)” [via].

Jim Stafford‘s “My Girl Bill” popped into my head the other day for no good reason. I’d forgotten about it for decades, and kinda wished it had stayed that way. So where do we go from here? Maybe this.

I never watched SHR, but that one seems familiar.

Amber’s Drive has good harmonies, a nice vibe, and a song that jives with my attitude these days. Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow.

Nancy goes “PUNG-G”

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Nancy PUNG-G

Nancy made a window disappear and lowered the ceiling.
Awesome.

[Found here, via here. Related posts here.]


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