Saturday Matinee – SPOT, Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen, and The SIDH

Boston Dynamics did it again – and that’s not a typo in the title – the robot is named Spot.

Straight from the Caribbean Osnabrück, Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen (the Powder Monkeys) are German “grogstars” playing Irish melodies with a rock pirate theme. (A powder monkey’s job was to bring black powder to the ship’s cannons.) Yo ho and shalalala.

The SIDH is an Italian band that plays electro Celtic metal bagpipe club music; 2018 band interview here.
Iain Marr – whistle player/piper
Federico Melato- keyboards and percussion
Michael Subet – bass
Salvatore Pagliaro – electric & acoustic guitar
[h/t Mme. Jujujive]

It’s that time of year when we set our calendars back, so have a great three day weekend and we’ll see you here tomorrow.

Lawrence Lipton’s Contribution To The World – DUHAB the Beatnik Robot

July 19, 1965 – L.A. Times

GADGET FOR TODAY–Author Lawrence Lipton, chronicler of the beatnik scene, demonstrates his “robot,” Duhab (Detector of Undesirable HABitués). Lipton says robot ferrets out the undesirables – including censors, book-burners.
[…]
“The Venice West beat scene was the most promising attempt ever made to bring avant-garde culture to Southern California, and it was murdered by self-righteous, puritanical busy-bodies and hostile police,” he said.

[Image and story found here.]

Japanese Bot Rod Chuichi

[Found here via here. Click images to enlarge. Description via Google Translate below the break.] Continue reading “Japanese Bot Rod Chuichi”

A Prediction from 1968

By the turn of the century, chances are you won’t recognize the familiar telephone. Based on services already in use or on the drawing boards, you can expect some pretty far-out developments.

For example, Picturephone see-while-you-talk service, already in limited use, might well be offered in full color and three dimensions. With it, you could do the family grocery shopping, look at the new cars, or buy a new hat without leaving the house.

Electronic switching equipment now in trial use, will call you back when a busy line you have called is free, or transfer your calls to another phone while you’re away from home.

[Image and caption found here. Bonus below.]

BTW, that’s Jane Jetson, not Judy…

Saturday Matinee – Steel Shredder, Egg Cracker, Android 207, Tom Waits & Pink Floyd

Not sure why, but this kind of stuff fascinates me.

Egg-breaking machine complete with egg-breaking porn soundtrack found here.

I ran across Paul Whittington‘s Android 207 a coupla years ago. Seems to fit.

Tom Waits‘ self-accompanied masterpiece “Clang Boom Steam” also seems appropriate.

From the Utoobage description: “The iconic video was created by Gerald Scarfe initially as a backdrop film for when the band [Pink Floyd] played the track on its 1977 In the Flesh tour.”
From the Utoobage comments: “Imagine having to wait 40 years to watch your favorite band’s official videoclip.”

Have a great weekend, folks, and don’t forget that astronomy is gonna happen tomorrow night.

 

The .Gif Friday Post No.528 – Gauche Proposal, Bot Reaction & Dock Decker

About that 3rd one. At first I thought it was a dog, happy to see his master; then I thought it was a nekked woman happy to see her lover. I was wrong both times. It’s a nekked guy.

[Found here, here and here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 309 – Da Vinci WTF, Lane Changer & Vandal FAIL

Mega Da Vinci

Lane Changer 1

Lane Changer 2

Burglar FAIL

[Found here, here and here.]

Saturday Matinee – Post Halloween Cosplay, Meteor Strike, Marxists & Billy Burnette

Girl wins at Cosplay San Diego with cardboard Robocop costume [via].

Spotted an odd .gif, found the source on the Utoobage. It’s a Killer promotional idea.

From the Utoobage:

Here are two short, rarely seen film clips featuring the Marx Brothers. The first clip is a promo film Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo did in support of their movie “Monkey Business”. The other clip features Groucho and Carole Landis entertaining some marines during WWII.

Yeah, I hear ya. You want some kickass rockabilly about right now, right? Let’s tear it up.

Billy Burnette was born into a Rock-N-Roll Family and his band is entirely awesome. Have at it.

And have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow for more fun,

ШАГАЁТ, ШАГАЁТ, ШАГАЁТ…

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“STEP, STEP, STEP…”

1971 Soviet Stepwalker, apparently from a hobby magazine.

[Found here, with more cool stepwalkers.]

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