Archive for January, 2009

Years of Radio Shack catalogs, all scanned for our browsing enjoyment. I remember these well, especially the pages full of electronic games, TRS-80’s, and those cute little Pocket Computers.

Radio Shack Catalogs

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YouTube – The British called – They want their guns back

via Ace, who adds:

The dramatic spike in violent crimes in Britain since enaction of their gun ban has gotten very little press coverage here in the US. Very strange, for such a gun loving nation as ours. You’d almost think the major press was at odds with public sentiment.
It takes a lot of built up trouble before conservatives stage protests. We just don’t do it unless we’re pushed to the wall.
We’re not so good with papier-mache and public tantrums.

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A nifty series of photos from the Chicago Tribune featuring cutting-edge futuristic technology that had to wait a while before it made the impact the inventors hoped.

High-tech once upon a time — chicagotribune.com

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Look, President Obama is in office now, and I’m fine with that. That’s what America wanted.

But, well, some of his more fanatical supporters freak me out. Including this crowd of  celebrities and psuedo-celebs preaching of their newfound zeal to Serve Man:

So, yes, that video is just plain creepy. This year’s hot new celebrity fashion trend will be hooded robes in lovely Lawgiver brown.

Iowahawk’s annotated version is much more entertaining:

Can’t quite place her, but think I maybe saw her on a cosmetics commercial once: [intense glare] to LOVE more.

Black Eyed Peas guy: I pledge.

Evita Lopez or Chiquita Gonzalez or something like that: To help children battle with serious illnesses — by standing here on the far right side of the frame.

Beats the hell outta me: Or here, on the left side of the frame.

Cameron Diaz: Me plemdge.

Nicole Richie: To give up food all together.

Read the whole thing.

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Some thoughts on the inauguration from the bottomless pit of self-pity and entitlement that is the far-left (emphasis mine):

Firedoglake » Worst. Inauguration. Ever.
And then, shear, crushing disappointment descends over the crowd. Unlike the smiles on all the faces you walked by on, say, election night, or in the metro last night, this crowd had to summon up all they had left after multiple hours in the cold to give a tepid ovation to the inauguration of a new president.

I know because this was how I felt. And then I felt selfish for feeling that way. But the disappointment, amplified by the cold, and the overall expenditure of energy over not just this election cycle, but the eight years of Bush misrule, really made it hard not to feel utterly crestfallen

In an unprecidented move for which he took a lot of heat, Bush approved FEMA emergency funding to make sure that President Obama’s Inauguration was better run and safer than any in history. But when the people running the show can’t manage the logistics, fail to communicate, and generally screw things up for all those people, who’s fault is it? George W. Bush, of course.

I do feel bad, on a personal level, for people who came across country to attend and had such a frustrating experience.  Given a huge, hyper-secure, and incredibly complex event like this there are going to be glitches even  under the best of circumstances. With the local DC folks and the Feds in charge you know there are going to be serious SNAFUs, especially in places where there are no embarassing TV cameras pointed.

Perhaps these disappointed folks will take this as a lesson: The government can’t plan away all the problems of the world, and the government cannot and does not care about anyone’s individual happiness. Not even with Obama in charge.

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Geese is the word

Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » If I Wrote For The Huffington Post – Give Geese A Chance

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The inimitable Ricardo Montalban has died at the age of 88.

Ricardo Montalban, Actor, Dies at 88 – Obituary Obit – NYTimes.com

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Music is The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, animation from Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

YouTube – Fantasia-Firebird

And a video of the man himself conducting a performance of this piece at age 83.

via Slublog

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A photo essay by Bruce Davidson

1970’s New York, at it’s grittiest and most dangerous.

via RFF

More of Davidson’s work here. Some great street and urban photography.

The original Subway book is available used. It’s not cheap. Very not cheap:

Bruce Davidson: Subway

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Aaron Adding Machines

Custom-made calculators designed to look like castaways from an alternate industrial age that never was. Cool, and beautifully made.

via Steampunk Labs

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