Saturday, November 28, 2009

A New Culinary Tradition For The Moderate To Exorbitantly Wealthy

Audio accompaniment provided by Tom Paley. Listen to Sue Cow right here. You can get the album from Davey.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lumberjack Pianos

The Lumberjack Piano or The Hammered Dulcimer as its known outside of Michigan, is an instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. It is usually set on a stand, at an angle, before the musician, who strikes the strings with mallets. There is a great little book by Nancy Groce called The Hammered Dulcimer in America. It is available at the King County Library- because I just returned it. Listen to Bruce Hutton playing Haste to the Wedding / Harvest Home (medley). It can be found on his awesome 1978 Folkways Album Old Time Music- It's All Around.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Guy Inspired by Dune

I got a book (from Cinema Books on Roosevelt) on the making of the 1984 David Lynch film Dune. It is an adaptation of the Frank Herbert book from 1965. Almost every printing of the book has a fantastic cover. And the movie is an 80's sci fi classic on par with The Wrath of Kahn, Bladerunner and Empire Strikes Back. Both Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott tried directing the movie and failed. Jodorowsky's version was set to have Salvador Dali in it and working on the production design. The worlds are amazing, the miniatures are inspiring, the set design and wardrobe are also great. In addition to that, Brian Eno contributes to the soundtrack. Listen To the Prologue to the film right here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mechanical Crabs

Inspired by my uncle's ash tray in which the lid of the crab opens to reveal a receptacle for ash and cigarette butts.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paintings inspired by Gourmet Magazine (R.I.P.)

I don't know what issue this was from but i have always liked the photographs in the magazine and the people at Conde Nast are a bunch of turnips for shutting it down.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The Restored Early 19th Century Supertone Parlor Guitar




Click here to hear me playing the Supertone. I talked the nice man who was selling this guitar down to $15. That of course was at Tuxedo Junction, in one of the back garages in the instruments area. I also had to buy about 30 bucks worth of tuning machine from the helpful people at Dusty Strings.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Admiral Yi Sun sin

Admiral Yi Sun-sin was a Korean Naval Admiral who implemented the armored Turtle Ship nearly 200 years before they made an appearance in the American Civil War. He is reported to have won every naval battle he entered and succesfully fought off the Japanese Navy during their invasions of Korea between 1592 and 1598. He was shot and killed during the battle of Noryang and had two of his officers prop him up so that no one knew he was dead until the battle had ended. According to another source, he ordered his body be hidden in the cabin, while his nephew put on his armor and beat the war drum for the rest of the battle.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Martin A. Armstrong

According to his website:
Martin Armstrong author of the Economic Confidence Model based on an 8.6 year business cycle theory inspired by the work of Nikolai Kondratieff. Martin A. Armstrong is currently serving a five year sentence at Fort Dix Camp in New Jersey. He continues his economic and financial writings from prison and hand draws many of the covers of the reports. Thanks to Jennifer for showing me the New Yorker article on Mr. Armstrong. Wikipedia on Kontradiev: Nikolai Dmitriyevich Kondratiev (Николай Дмитриевич Кондратьев) (4 March 1892 - 17 September 1938) was a Russian economist, who was a proponent of the New Economic Policy (NEP) in the Soviet Union. He was executed at the height of Stalin's Great Purge.