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Sunday, 29 March 2020


Jungle Boogie, The Bobby True Trio, 1948:

I spy Walter Wick.

Zendaya is Meechee [via].

Who did the voice of Cecil the Turtle best?


COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic stats are interesting. To date, less than four-thousandths of one percent (0.003.5%) of the US population has contracted it; six ten-thousandths of one percent (0.0006%) of the US population has died from it. Italy’s death rate from the virus is 1.7%.

The Republic of San Marino is a 24 sq. mi. micronation surrounded by Italy. It has the highest fatality rate (of the countries listed) at 6.5%.

PJMedia parsed the same statistics I did and posted the graphs below:

From the What-Are-They-Hiding Department:
This. Oh, and also This.

Earlier this year, a Beijing district office for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that pants should be an effective barrier against farts that might disperse the Wuhan virus.


[Status update: A Humble Request.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


An Unplanned Vacation

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Yeah, I’m gonna go dark for a while. Might be a week or more.

Seems I’ve got a nasty little beastie inside that requires some medical attention. I don’t know how long the recovery is going to take or what it entails, but I’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, check out the great sites in the blogroll, tell ’em I sent you.

Rock on wit yo bad sefs.

Bunk

The First Del Taco, Yermo, California

Monday, 24 February 2020

“Ed Hackbarth and David Jameson opened the first Del Taco in Yermo, CA in 1964. With a menu of 19¢ tacos, tostadas, fries and 24¢ cheeseburgers, Del Taco brought in $169 in sales on its first day in business – the equivalent of 900 tacos.”

Seems that the Del Taco pictured above opened in 1961, predating the one that opened in Barstow in 1964. It was originally named “House of the Taco,” er, um, “Casa del Taco.”

$169 in 1961 is about $1,500 in 2020 dollars. Not a bad first day.

[Image found here, caption here.]

Saturday Matinee – The Great East Japan Earthquake 2011, Steve Gibbons Band, Keb’ Mo’, Juzzie Smith & Jeff Beck’s Killer Lineup

Saturday, 22 February 2020

11 March 2011 – The Great East Japan Earthquake (video at Sendai Airport) measured 9.0–9.1 on the Richter Scale. It moved Honshu (the main island of Japan) 8 feet east.

It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached heights of up to 40.5 meters (133 ft) in Miyako in Tōhoku’s Iwate Prefecture, and which, in the Sendai area, traveled at 700 km/h (435 mph) for up to 10 km (6 mi) inland. Residents of Sendai had only eight to ten minutes of warning, and more than 19,000 were killed, many at evacuation sites, more than a hundred of which washed away. [Wiki]

[Watch the whole thing. Video found here, via here.]

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That’s a tough one to follow, but let’s try this.

Long intro, good story by The Steve Gibbons Band (1977). If you don’t know who he is, check out his credentials. I bought one of his albums for his cover of Chuck Berry’sTulane.”

Keb’ Mo’ plays Son House‘ “Walkin’ Blues” (1930), accompanied by musicians from six countries. It’s part of the “Playing For Change” video series.

Juzzie Smith introduces his One Man Band, and it’s amazing. I can play harmonica and guitar, but my brain won’t let me do both at once.

Jeff Beck (guitar), Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Beth Hart (vocals), Lizzie Ball (violin) and Jonathan Joseph (drums) crank out Freddie King‘s 1971 classic “Going Down”  at Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. What a lineup.

That should hold y’all for a bit. See you back here tomorrow for something or other.

Bone Cold.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Egyptian bone figurine, 3700–3500 BC (somewhere in that 200 year window). Her eyes are made from lapis lazuli, and she looks cold. She doesn’t look very happy and apparently she was quite hirsute.

[Found here.]

“It’s A Colorful Day In The Neigh-Bor-Hood”

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Damages could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“He obviously has a drug issue or something going on, [neighbor] Klawans said. “I have just never seen anything like this in my life.”

The Collier County Property Appraiser’s office says the house belongs to 40-year-old Jeffrey Leibman, who neighbors said did the damage over the course of a week.

[Image & story (with video) found here, via here.]

Rum Runners 1920s

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

In October 1919, Congress passed the National Prohibition Act, overriding a veto by President Woodrow Wilson. And so began the so-called noble experiment of Prohibition.

[Found here.]

The 1968 Dustbuster Manta

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

“Built from Bizzarrini parts, the Manta was one of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s first independent designs as an independent consultant. He used it to promote and launch Ital Design in Turin. The Manta is remarkable as it was built up from an ex-Le Mans racer and it is one of the first cars the world to use a triple seat arrangement.

Inside the cockpit is an odd layout that seats the driver in the middle of the interior with a passenger on either side. The idea was copied from a Ferrari 365 prototype built in 1965 and it was later, more popularly revived with the mighty McLaren F1. With three people seated side-by-side it must be a particularly tight squeeze as much of the available passenger foot space is occupied by intrusive wheel wells.”

[Images found here. More about the 1968 Bizzarrini Manta here.]

Head (bread, kneaded)

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

[From Hans Prinzhorn’s Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922).]

The Dorque of WTF

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Arthur William Patrick Albert, aka Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, circa 1874.
That photo wasn’t good enough for him, so he upped the ante.

Yeah. That rocks. Much better.

[Found here.]


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