Coop has a wonderful post featuring scans of Veda Orr's Hot Rod Pictorial, a late-'40s yearbook of the dawn of SCTA land speed racing. Orr was a fascinating woman--the first woman dry lakes racer, the first hot rod journalist (she wrote and edited for the SCTA's newsletter before the outbreak of WWII, and even put a couple of issues together during the war as a morale booster for the boys overseas)--and the period between the mid-1930s and late-1940s was a hugely influential one in terms of the look and technology of the traditional hot rod. Well worth a look.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Tom Waits has to rank as one of my favourite artists of all time these days. His music ranges from heartbreaking jazz and country ballads, to rowdy blues-rock, to gonzo oddball circus-freak dances, to things that sound like a crime scene from a Raymond Chandler novel. Need Coffee (a sentiment I heartily agree with) has a killer, almost-all-inclusive roundup of Tom Waits' videos: Part One, Part Two.
And here's a couple more:
"God's Away on Business"
Probably his best-known song, "Downtown Train". You've probably heard the Rod Stewart version; Waits' original is pretty much note-for-note identical, but somehow sounds fatalistic instead of sentimental. Go figure.
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Check out these e-cards from the Museum of Communism in Prague. Come for the amusing Stalinist kitsch, stay for the chilling reminders of how well-intentioned radical ideology turns into a worse system of repression than what it was supposed to replace.
Extra irony points for using the local McDonald's as a landmark to find the place.
Posted by arto at 4:08 PM