Monday, May 31, 2010

Barbarella Theme for no reason whatsoever

Except that it's awesome! Can you imagine working on this concept and watching your vision unfold in sexy sci-fi splendor? Neither can I. Hence, the ongoing amazement that is Jane Fonda in Barbarella. I can't even type the word "Barbarella" with a straight face.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

So crazy it just might work!

One of the random ideas flitting through the wasteland that is my mind this week is this: WHO is equipped to star in the KC and the Sunshine Band story? Who could possibly combine the charisma with the pop-culture interludes and sheer grandeur that is the phenomena that is KC (and the Sunshine Band)? Who, I ask you? Who indeed?

It came to me in a flash: Ashton. Yes, Ashton Kutcher. He is ripe. He is due. It's a role of a lifetime. And I want to be in on the negotiations. Here I am just throwing this out there, free of charge. Don't believe in my made-for-TV vision?

Just look:

Do you see it?:

How about now? Heh? Hehhh? Yeah? See it now?

I can be reached at my home office. Ashton: call me.

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm afraid we're still experiencing technical health difficulties around here. Please enjoy these fab photos of David Bowie getting acquainted with Liz Taylor. Terry O'Neill did the honors. What a time it wuzzzz...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Shopping 'til I'm Dropping

Actually, I'm just window shopping. I did purchase an orange camera this week so when it arrives, I'll be able to take even MORE photos--they just won't be stuffed in dozens of shoe boxes around the house any more. That's right: going digital. Finally. Another battery charger is in my near future.

Meanwhile, here's some delightful consumer items I found today. I think you'll agree--the world is certainly full of wonderful things, all for under $19.95.

Mighty Michelle re-usable shopping bag from Pearl River. Go green. Go First Lady nylon shopping bag. I'm sure this isn't properly licensed but it sure is First Lady Fabulous.

And look! Lookin' Good for Jesus coin purse. I think Jesus is public domain so you can place extra change in here (or hairbands, or whatever) and feel good about copyright-free licensing at the same time.

You can't buy these any more, but you can admire their glamorous vintage charms and much more at the Found in Mom's Basement blog. Or try Esther Williams' vintage-inspired swimwear site, with oldies soundtrack to shop by.

Do yourself a favor--click on this link and try out the 1949 Youngstown Kitchens Jet-tower Dishwasher video download. It's a top-loading dishwasher with a clear lid that shows you all the washing power in action. Strangely meditative, almost beautiful. At least Jackson and I think so. From the cheerfully obsessive-compulsive archives of all things automatic-wash,

We can't afford this, but we do very much need it--the garbage truck mailbox from Mailbox Ranch. So epic, it ships in two boxes.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

TV Theme Songs for What Ails Ya

We're still dealing with lots and lots of health issues and health-plan journeys of epic proportion. Nothing helps me "escape" better than television, so here's some of my favorite TV theme songs. Ah, television--so underrated as an endorphin-raising device.

The 1970s were the golden age for TV theme songs.

TV theme songs are inspiring.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I'll never obtain a tiny anime nose

It's been a rough few days. Jackson was sick and has been sick a lot this year. We are navigating the bureaucracy of our well-meaning but over-taxed health care system. It's like living in Canada, only we pay a lot for it.

I need to transform into a fantasy girl in my mind. This is what clean and sober people do to escape.

Michelle Phan is a very talented, self-described "fashionable nerd."

The Sailor Moon opening credits set to the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" theme song. Hey, it's my fantasy and I'm going with this.

Sailor Mars was a total badass--a demon in heels.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chat Roulette (nicely explained) by Casey Neistat

Indie filmmaker Casey Neistat explains everything you've ever wanted to know about Chat Roulette. What is Chat Roulette? Watch the film. It's very educational. Like the game, Roulette, I have no desire to play (the odds are so against me). But I'm glad I'm not completely ignorant about today's social technological wonders. *click*

chat roulette from Casey Neistat on Vimeo.

Neistat Brothers site

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Decorate Your Yard with Life-sized Statuary

Why not? I was biking along the Iron Horse Trail this weekend, just minding my own beeswax, when I noticed this backyard in Alamo. Naturally, I screeched to a gravel-spewing stop so I could take some photos. The late-afternoon light was not ideal, but it does add to the eeriness of life-sized statuary placed in tableau, like children's toys for giants. Some other observers told me that these have been in this yard for years, "But the owners rearrange them all the time."

Of course.

The Native-American wing is all kinds of wrong, yet in this yard, so right. My camera couldn't quite catch the delightful vultures, perched on the fence and eyeing the farm animals hungrily. Nor could I zoom in to the upper yard which featured (I'm not making this up) a zebra, a lion, and two gorillas restfully perched in a pine bough. If you look closely at the top photo, you'll see them. Or you might be going crazy. No, I'm kidding. They're really there. Or are they...?

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Cramps - What's Inside a Girl?

I thought I'd pay tribute to shockabilly pioneers, The Cramps. I'm afraid that I took them for granted over the years--they were just always THERE, playing on a constant basis since the mid-70s. That is until singer/songwriter Lux Interior's sudden and tragic death last year. He and his wife, Poison Ivy (such an underrated and fantastic guitarist) were as much about rock & roll as any classic performers before or since.

Footage from the Prelinger Archives, the archive that makes filmmaking fun and affordable. (It's a model of a larynx--get your minds out of the gutter.)

Most memorable Cramps show for me: The Fillmore one Halloween many years ago. I was wearing a blond wig and dressed in a vinyl Barbie kids-costume while subbing for a janitor that couldn't work the show. So I was cleaning out the women's room and sweeping up broken glass throughout the night. They didn't make me mop the vomit on the dance floor though--the twin-brother janitors had to do that--thank you Bill Graham Presents! I think I made $50 for a night's work and the Fillmore was glamorous for me never more. But that's what rock is all about.

Wiki page - long live The Cramps.