July 11, 2014

earlhofert:

Stephin Merritt and Kenny Mellman singing “Electric Love.” I had no idea Bob’s Buskers even existed.

I’m right in assuming the implication here is that Mellman is going to execute Merritt, aren’t I?

Which would be a tragedy.

(Source: earl-hof-ert)

July 8, 2014
They are watching you.

They are watching you.

July 7, 2014
"

If you’re going to christen a new company, it literally pays to choose easy-to-remember names like Barnings or Hillard. Even the three-letter ticker codes assigned to each stock made a difference: after just 24 hours on the markets, stocks with pronounceable ticker codes (e.g., KAG) rose in value 33% more than those with unpronounceable ticker codes (e.g., KGA). The simpler or more fluent the name, the more familiar and comfortable it felt, so, like a sunny day, a simple name dampened the riskiness of the gamble.


There’s plenty of evidence that the rest of us fall prey to similar biases. If you look at the names of some of the largest companies in the world, you’ll notice something that inspired founder George Eastman to name his camera company Kodak: They begin with a strong, decisive hard C or K. One analysis conducted in 1979 found that companies like Coca-Cola, ConocoPhillips, Koch Industries and Costco made up 39 of the top 200 US companies, while a whopping 93 of those companies contained the sound somewhere in their names. The sound is one that conveys strength.

"

New York Post, “Trade of the Trick”, 24 Mar 14.

June 30, 2014
"

I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.

But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.

The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.

So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.

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Paul Williams  (via albinwonderland)

There should be a word for the specific kind of creative failure that still leaves a lasting positive impression. It would describe most of my favorite movies, and a few of my very favorite albums.

(via andrewhickeywriter)

June 27, 2014

Family photos.

checkyourbucket:

Peter Pan, directed by Herbert Brenon (1924)

(Source: gameraboy, via quantumblog)

June 26, 2014
I think I would like spoken word on an X-ray of myself. Although it would make a great gift from a teenage boy to the object of his affections: Here, I made you a mix LP. And I broke my arm so you could have it. 

Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”  [via objectoccult]

I think I would like spoken word on an X-ray of myself. Although it would make a great gift from a teenage boy to the object of his affections: Here, I made you a mix LP. And I broke my arm so you could have it.

Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.” [via objectoccult]

June 23, 2014

merlin:

marvel1980s:

1977 - Star Wars promo posters by Coke and Burger King

Actually I’m pretty sure it was Burger Chef. Because I so had a couple of these.

Gorgeous.

Yes. Burger Chef. Burger Chef Systems, in fact.

The, uh, top one is hanging in my son’s room (minus a fragment from the lower left side). Because I’m like that.

See, it’s not a problem…. All these boxes, they’re all useful….

June 22, 2014
"Forty years after the original short-story publication, Keyes finished his memoirs and went to breakfast to celebrate. While eating he was reading the New York Times and spotted a headline: “Smarter Mouse Is Created in Hope of Helping People”. Keyes contacted the author of the mouse study, Dr. Joe Z. Tsien of Princeton, to ask when such a treatment might be used on humans. “After a long pause, Dr. Tsien said, ‘I expect it to happen in the next 30 years,’” Keyes wrote in an afterword to his memoirs, Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer’s Journey."

— The Honorary Unsubscribe: Daniel Keyes. He passed away on June 15 in Florida.

June 18, 2014
levantineviper-archive:

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space is depicted in this poster from 1967.
Translation: Our women - our pride!


Poor Valentina…

levantineviper-archive:

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space is depicted in this poster from 1967.

Translation: Our women - our pride!

Poor Valentina…

(via brucesterling)

June 12, 2014
When the smart phone falls into the commode

There is something
Genuinely comforting
About the remedy

Because it is not plastic
And has no keystrokes
There are no “dry my circuits” trial downloads

User experience
is not integrated seamlessly
Into the interface design

There is no user at all.

Take out the battery
Put it in a bowl of rice
In the sunshine

And wait.

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