I mean it.
Cartersville, GA (Strutts News Services) – Even in an economic downturn, many businesses flourish. Tetris Constructions is one of them. Regardless, Johann “Joe” Tetris died yesterday afternoon of natural causes, succumbing to HSB. HSB is known to laymen as “He Stopped Breathing.”
TC founder Tetris was born into poverty but not by choice. He’d intended to be born into wealth, but those dreams were squelched by economic forces beyond his control. Ever since birth, Tetris fought to rise above the dirt-floor/waxed-paper windows of his childhood to create one of the most lasting icons of the “Information Age.” That icon would be Tetris Constructions.
Tetris’ work is recobanized throughout the civilized world as cutting edge modular construction: fast paced, low cost, rarely finished, but in Tetris’ own inimitable iconic style.
Some call it brutal. Others are both alarmed and enthralled at the possibilities and potentials of the breakneck speed of real-time design, combined with the willy-nilly construction system that Tetris Constructions promotes.
The TC motto sums it up: “We Build Faster than an Honest European Lunchbreak.” Johann Tetris will be missed by many, but his legacy endures.
– Janessa Vapors (Strutts News Services)
This trippy oddness was found here. Kinda long, but somebody put a lot of time into it. The result is excellent.
Here’s a trailer for an unreleased documentary. The Wrecking Crew was a band you’ve never heard of, but you’ve heard ’em.
Tommy Tedesco was a member of The Wrecking Crew, and was probably the most talented session guitarist ever. He was certainly the most recorded one.
Lightnin’ Hopkins. How many POS bands covered this great song?
It’s getting late, so here’s John Prine, live at the kitchen table. I miss nights like that.
[Bonus below the break. I’m gonna break the G-rating just this once, only because I think it’s funny. Kids, bring your dad in before you click on it, have him read this caveat, and you won’t get into trouble. I’ll take the blame, and I promise I won’t do it again as far as he knows.]
Palm Springs, California (Strutts News Services) – Long admired yet not forgotten, Robert “Tweety Bird” Balderstien passed away at the age of 67 at his ranch home in Palm Desert, Southern California.
Robert Svenson Balderstien, hatched in 1942 in Suffolk, Massachusetts, by immigrant parents, adapted to the stage early, despite his hydrocephelitic condition. Contrary to popular belief, his medical condition did not cause his speech impediment, and for years he battled the stereotype.
Balderstien also rejected the contention that he was female, and fought the resulting insinuations and innuendos all his life before retiring in seclusion in Palm Desert, California.
“I never said, ‘I tawt I taw a puddy tat.’ I have perfect enunciation, but Warner Brothers chose to overdub my voice, and I was stuck with it ever since.”
Longtime friend and companion, Sylvester The Cat, also of Palm Desert, gave a touching eulogy that ended with, “Yeah. I’ll mith him the motht. He alwayth thought he thaw me, and motht timeth he motht thertainly did.”