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The future seen from 1967: Plasma TVs, microwave ovens and a conga drummer in every home
07.04.2012
02:13 am

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In the future every home will come equipped with its own conga drummer.
 
The Year 1999 A.D. made in 1967 by the Philco-Ford company imagines what the world of the future had in store for Earthlings. It got quite a bit right, including flat screen computer monitors, microwave ovens and buying stuff Online (“fingertip shopping”). It also predicted a future in which Wink Martindale would be an astrophysicist instead of a game show host.

The first microwave ovens (the Radarange) were introduced to the home market the year The Year 1999 A.D. was made. But they were very expensive - about $3500 in today’s dollars. So the idea of your average home having one required some predictive vision in 1967.  
 

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Going with the flow at Woodstock: 3 days of peace, music and Tampax
07.04.2012
01:15 am

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I’m going to let this TV commercial speak for itself.

The photo: Re-usable, eco-friendly, 100% organic tampon available from the Sacred Magick Shoppe.
 

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Brian is my darling: Interviews with Brian Jones
07.03.2012
07:37 pm

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Here’s something from the Dangerous Minds’ archives. The original article contained a link to Charlie Is My Darling in its entirety. Unfortunately, it was removed from the web. I did manage to find this compilation of clips featuring Brian Jones excerpted from the movie. I thought you might appreciate them on the anniversary of his untimely death.

Produced by the The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and directed by Peter Whitehead Charlie Is My Darling documents the band’s 1965 two city tour of Ireland. A somewhat haphazard affair, the film is none-the-less a fascinating glimpse into the life of The Stones on the road, backstage, performing and getting drunk. It also includes some footage of fans rioting at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was later inserted at Oldham’s behest to make the movie more commercial.

Whitehead directed one of the seminal films about the swinging sixties, Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London, and the exhilarating documentary of the infamous beat poet gathering at Royal Albert Hall, Wholly Communion. After seeing Wholly Communion, Oldham picked Whitehead to direct a freewheeling film that would compete with the success of the Beatle movies. The result was something a bit darker and rougher than anything produced by the Beatles at the time.

Charlie Is My Darling was given its premiere at the Mannheim Film Festival in 1966 when Joseph von Sternberg was Director of the Festival. He said - “When all the other films at this festival are long forgotten, this film will still be watched - as a unique document of its times.”

Filmed over three days in Dublin and Belfast, the film captures the boys in all their pristine and unspoilt pagan energy and satanic glory - soon after the release of their first big single in America - the record which established them there - “I can’t get no satisfaction.”

The passionate stage performances are finally wrecked by fans getting on the stage - the boys have to flee for their lives over railway lines when they arrive in Belfast. Scenes in the dressing room are highlighted by Keith playing acoustic Blues guitar - showing what a master he was on the guitar, and how serious he had always been about Blues music. Interviews with Charlie and Bill are very revealing - but most poignant of all is the interview with Brian Jones in which he discusses his threatened future as a Rolling Stone. Speaking only of ‘time’ and ‘insecurity of his future as a Rolling Stone’, he seemed already unconsciously aware of his fate. Did he not deliberately bring it upon himself?

The film ends with the legendary scenes of Keith and Mick drunk in the hotel ballroom - Keith playing the piano (extremely well!) and Mick doing an accurate and subversive impersonation of Elvis.”

The rights to Charlie Is My Darling and its soundtrack became entangled in legal problems when Allen Klein took over management of The Stones. Klein had a rep for being difficult (which is putting it kindly) when it came to controlling the band’s assets. So the original cut of the film was never released on video. A DVD version was released in England with a soundtrack of generic instrumental pop as background music and is basically unwatchable.
 

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Cool Charles Bukowski graffiti
07.03.2012
07:13 pm

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Photo: Mirgun Akyavas
 
Austin, Texas has some of the finest examples of street art of any city on the planet. Here’s something that recently went up in the downtown area. I don’t know who did it and they may want to stay anonymous. If not, and you see this, let us know who you are so we can give you credit for this splendid piece of art.

To the right of the portrait is the famous Bukowski quote: “Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live.”

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The total Bollywood bliss of ‘Om Shanti Om’
07.03.2012
06:00 pm

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I’m a huge fan of Bollywood and Om Shanti Om is one of my favorites. It stars mega-star Shah Rukh Khan and is written and directed by famed Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan.

Like many Indian films, Om Shanti Om draws from and pays homage to Hollywood. In this clip choreographed to the song “Dhoom Taana” we see something a little rarer, not only is Hollywood celebrated but so is old Bollywood. So not only do we see scenes inspired by Vincente Minnelli’s The Pirate and the candy-colored Bye Bye Birdie, there is the wonderful recreation of elements from Bollywood classic Gumnaam and at one point legendary Indian actor Sunil Dutt is digitally inserted into the film. Fans of Om Shanti Om have recognized dozens upon dozens of references to old school Bollywood in the movie. My knowledge of Indian cinema is pretty good for a westerner, but in an industry that produces thousands of films a year, there’s no way I can possibly identify all the movies that Om Shanti Om pays tribute to.

Click on the 720p option to enjoy the video in all of its visual glory.
 

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An outstanding documentary on The Doors
07.03.2012
05:26 pm

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Morrison in Paris two months before his death.

Jim Morrison died 41 years ago. today. Here’s a fine documentary on The Doors to commemorate this sad day in rock history.

People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.” Jim Morrison

Tom DiCillo’s When You’re Strange narrated by Johnny Depp.
 

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Happy Birthday Ken Russell
07.03.2012
03:46 pm

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It’s Ken Russell’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate the genius of British film, than to share one of his classic biopics. From 1968, here is Delius: Song of Summer, the story of a young amanuensis, Eric Fenby, and his relationship with the monstrous, blind, womanizing and syphilitic composer, Delius. Perfect material for a Russell film, but here Unkle Ken shows his mastery as an artist by creating a subtle, moving and highly effective tale of the relationship between composer and his assistant. The film was co-written by Russell and Fenby, and based on Fenby’s memoir, Delius As I Knew Him. It contains excellent central performances from former ballet dancer, Christopher Gable, and the great Northern Irish actor and founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Max Adrian. Song of Summer also shows why Ken Russell was such a brilliant director, and why he is still sadly missed.

Happy Birthday Unkle Ken!
 

 

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Is Rep. Joe Walsh the Andy Kaufman of the Republican Party


GOP Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, suppressing a fart and ‘thinking’ about stuff.

Remember not-so-bright Tea party favorite Joe Walsh? This guy must REALLY want to lose his seat. How better to go about it than to criticize a war hero who has lost both of her legs??? Or anyone who has lost both of their legs?

Who told him this was a good idea?

Via Talking Points Memo:

Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), knocked his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth — a veteran who lost both of her legs as a helicopter pilot in Iraq — for talking about her military career too much. Discussing her accomplishments, Walsh suggested, meant that Duckworth was not a “true [hero].”

Walsh said at a town hall meeting on Sunday that unlike Duckworth, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) rarely spoke about his military service during the 2008 presidential election — a claim that ignores the thrust of McCain’s campaign and his entire political career.

“That’s what’s so noble about our heroes. Now I’m running against a woman who — I mean, my God, that’s all she talks about,” said Walsh, in video posted by Think Progress. “Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. Our true heroes, the men and women who served us, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we are so indebted and in awe of what they have done.”

A spokeswoman for Duckworth said Walsh’s comments were insulting to all veterans. “Congressman Walsh’s comments insult those who sacrificed to make this country free,” campaign manager Kaitlin Fahey said in a statement. “Tammy is proud of her over 20 years of service with the Army and her family’s legacy of fighting for this country. We can’t recognize our servicemen and women enough and ask that we keep them in our thoughts during this holiday week.”

The Walsh campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

Because they’re obviously totally dumbfounded by his statement!

I feel sorry for his staffers. How would you feel if you worked for a Tea party dumbass who threw you a hot potato like this one???

Making your constituents want to spit in your fucking face or beat the shit out of you is no way to win an election. SO WHAT IS HIS GAME?

Someone tell me, because I just can’t figure this guy out. Performance art? He’s surreal.
 

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Republican Senator ‘thinks’ employers should be able to deny coverage to cancer patients


 
To the extent that he can be said to ‘think’ at all, very few people would mistake Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson for an intellectual. Johnson is, apparently, even dumber than he looks.

Dumb or evil? BOTH!

Via ThinkProgress:

KEYES: I know Richard Murdock had said even though businesses should give people, for instance, with cancer, health coverage, they shouldn’t be legally required by the federal government.

JOHNSON: They shouldn’t. Listen, our rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And when we start expanding beyond that realm, when you create a right for somebody, you create an obligation for somebody else, and then you’re taking away that person’s right. And that maybe doesn’t seem all that great, but it’s just true. Our nation was based on the foundation of freedom and limited government.

There is no “life” or “pursuit of happiness” present in the equation here, is there, just the freedom to die in the fucking gutter? Unless you’re stinking rich, of course, like Ron Johnson is.

Human dignity: Too much to ask for from today’s GOP.

Hooray for fucking freedom!
 

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The Jesus Trip: Bikers, heroin and a nun
07.03.2012
12:03 pm

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Probably the single best trailer for a grindhouse biker nunsploitation flick that I’ve ever seen.

Here’s what IMDB has to say about The Jesus Trip:

When the police discover that their motorcycles are concealing heroin, Waco (Robert Porter) and his motorcycle gang hides out in a desert convent. A highway patrolman (Billy ‘Green’ Bush) hunts down the gang after they kidnap a nun, Sister Anna (Tippy Walker) and flee the convent. Soon Waco and the young nun fall in love and she is forced to decide whether or not to leave the church for him.

The alternate title was Under Hot Leather! The Jesus and Mary Chain used some images from the film in their “Reverence” music video.
 

 
Via Christian Nightmares

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