Posts Tagged ‘Retro’

The .Gif Friday Post No.419 – El Niño, Sisyphus Machine & a 1833 Phenakistoscope

Friday, 8 January 2016

El Nino
Job
Phenakistoscope 1833

[Found here, here and here.]

Tempting A Cheese Of Piece Is How?

Monday, 28 December 2015

Cheese

There’s something inherently disturbing about that ad.

[Found here.]

Clowns Are Not Creepy (unless they wear Ever-Rite shoes).

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Clowns Are Not Creepy

That’s Lon Chaney (aka “The Man of 1,000 Faces“) from 1928’s “Laugh, Clown, Laugh.” He was arguably the first trollface.

Clowns Are Not Creepy Heel

[Found here.]

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.

Saturday Matinee – Pre-Christmas Festivities

Saturday, 19 December 2015

That’s a cover of one of the best songs of The Phil Spector Christmas Album from 1963, but it’s not Christmas until I hear Leroy Anderson‘s “Sleigh Ride” sung by The Ronettes.

This corrupted and irreverent version of the traditional song always amuses me even though the missus hates it.

Have a great weekend, folks, and I’ll make up for this later. Honest.

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.]

The Saturday Matinee – Capuchin Monkeys, The Cramps, The Two Man Gentlemen Band & Tuba Skinny

Saturday, 12 December 2015

This clip from Frans de Waal’s TED presentation amuses me (and I may have posted it previously).

The Cramps were a product of the legendary 1970s CBGB NY punk scene, as were these folks:

Okay I lied. The Two Man Gentlemen Band never played at CBGBs (which stood for Country, Blue Grass & Blues in case you didn’t know). Let’s go for one more.

Tuba Skinny is a modern day traditional classic.

Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll be back tomorrow, rain or shine.

2014 IBM Card Mandelbrot Set Dot Matrix Printout

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Dot Matrix Mandelbrot 2

Dot Matrix Mandelbrot

Zoom in on the X to the far left. It’s identical to the tractor-feed image. [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.]

Hot Links in F# Major

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Maynard Ferguson's Firebird

Books In Chains: Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times.

Fred Willard on Letterman 1987.

Zappa, Beefheart & Pink Floyd 1969  [via].

From the Unusual Sentences Department:
Twenty minutes in, he stops, lifts his tail, and produces one phenomenally long and sonically impressive Super Fart.”

The Clark Brothers ca. 1948. Too slow? Jump to 02:40.

Charlie Ryan & The Timberline Riders – The B-Side of Hot Rod Lincoln:  Hot Rod Hades.

This is kinda cool. It’s a Unicorn Head Squirrel Feeder, and I like the soundtrack.

Whap whap whap whap.

How to make a cigar box diddley bow.

The Superbone begat the Firebird. Pretty ingenious in that it allows a B trumpet player to play difficult keys (like F major) with a slide adjustment.

[Top image: Maynard Ferguson playing a Firebird left-handed.]


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