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Man spends nearly $100k to build ‘70s Pan Am 747 in industry warehouse
02.26.2013
08:57 am

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Above, vintage photo of Pan Am flight attendants via Glamour.

Redondo Beach-based Anthony Toth and self-proclaimed “airplane nerd” has gone and done it: he has built a partial replica ‘70s Pan Am 747 which resides in a 3,000 square foot warehouse in the City of Industry. Whoa!

This Pan Am recreation has cost Toth nearly $100,000. He hopes to rent it out to production companies. Personally, I think he should rent out for parties!
 

 

 

 

 
With thanks to Doug Jones and Curbed

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Bob Hope’s space-age home on the market for $50 million
02.25.2013
12:19 pm

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Bob Hope’s Palm Springs home is for sale. It’s an architectural marvel designed by the visionary John Lautner in 1973. The futuristic dwelling is almost 24,000 square feet, costs $50 million and is conveniently located close to the Coachella Fest for you rock ‘n’ roll billionaires out there. Move quick because this won’t be on the market long. Contact Partners Trust.
 

 

 

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Trippy lip makeup that looks like an eye
02.25.2013
10:34 am

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I like this. Lip makeup that looks like an eye by Swedish artist Sandra Holmbom.

I wish there was a YouTube tutorial on how to do this. There will be soon, I suppose!

Via Like Cool

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Car washes of the future past
01.30.2013
01:45 pm

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George Tate’s photographs of 1960s car washes capture a point in American history that was so bright you had to wear shades. Gleaming spires reach for the sky and its infinite possibilities. Motorcars bask in the sun like retired spaceships and dream of accelerating into the stratosphere.

This is the happy place where once families watched The Jetsons in small suburban ranch homes warmed by the glow of the cathode ray and steaming TV dinners. Everything seemed lit from within…like an A-bomb.
 

 

 

 

 

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Johnny Cash postage stamp to be released this year
01.30.2013
11:14 am

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The United States Postal Service will be issuing a Johnny Cash stamp later this year as part of its new “Music Icons” series. The stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez which appeared on the cover of the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

Makes me want to start writing letters again.

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What you never asked for: The Barrel-Pong, 1972
01.16.2013
08:24 am

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Lovely design by Hunter Electronics in 1972.

The Barrel-Pong, which was described as, “A low key cabinet conceived for the better-type bar.”

Via Nerdcore

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Motörheadphones: ‘By rockers for rockers’
01.10.2013
02:53 pm

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Headphones for headbangers. I ordered myself a pair. Will get back to you with a review.

Here’s the hype from Motörheadphones’ website:

We all love the deep, low, warm feeling of that body-shuddering sound called ‘bass’. It rumbles through your chest like a juggernaut, feeling like it’s coming from within instead of a speaker off in the distance. Unfortunately most headphone makers (in a desperate hunt to achieve that warm low end) end up sacrificing the presence and dynamics in the mid and high end areas of the sound spectrum. The result is no warm low end body-shuddering bass experience.

And you lose the guitar sound, because in this misguided attempt to achieve the warm low end, the low/mid range is also lost. A double negative really. One which we weren’t prepared to engage in.

When we at Motörheadphönes developed our headphones, we immediately went to the very top of the professional headphone range as a bench mark. Why wouldn’t we? We want to make the best, so we refer to the best of the best.

Another thing we realized, was that most of the music we listen to today, is guitar-based rock and pop. There was nothing which allowed for the heavy rock experience, nothing which could accommodate the crushing power of loud rock’n’roll.

Obviously somebody needed to do something, and that somebody was the iconic Motörhead, the genuine road warriors for the last three decades. This is why we can now, after hard work and collaboration, proudly present Motörheadphönes, by rockers for rockers.

Does the volume control go to 11?

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Engrossing Soviet science fiction holiday cards
12.20.2012
07:18 am

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rocket santa
 
Despite adopting a policy of state atheism, the secularization project of the Soviet Union could do nothing to sever the cultural connection to Christmas.

Below are some “holiday” cards from the Soviet era, but one can easily detect efforts at sneaking familiar Christmas traditions into what had become a Soviet New Year celebration. You can see the character of Ded Moroz, formerly an evil sorcerer from Slavic mythology—he was said to freeze and kidnap children without conciliations from their parents. His striking resemblance to Santa is the result of a massive rebrand by the Orthodox Church to mimic the Dutch Saint Nicholas.

Of course, after the Russian Revolution, Ded Moroz was declared “an ally of the priest,” and was subsequently (somewhat awkwardly) retrofitted over the Soviet New Year holiday. In 1935, high-ranking Soviet politician (and primary facilitator of the famine-genocide in the Ukraine), Pavel Petrovich Postyshev spoke out in defense of Christmas, arguing that its pre-Christian origins and value to children should exempt it from condemnation as bourgeois or religious. This paved the way for a more lenient view on the holiday.

In 1937, Stalin even commissioned a Ded Moroz for public appearances, commanding, however, that they wear blue, so as not to be conflated with the Western Saint Nicholas. There were even Soviet Nativity Scenes with Ded Moroz as Joseph, a Snow Maiden (Ded Moroz’ helper) as Mary, and the baby New Year as Jesus.

As you can see below, Soviets fashioned some truly surreal feats of cultural synthesis with Ded Moroz, Communist iconography, and the USSR’s omnipresent symbol of ambitious futurism: space travel.
 
rockethorse santa
Rockets for speed, horses for nostalgia
 
just use rockets
Actually, screw the vestigial horses—they’re just bourgeois sentimentality
 
Soviet Xmas tree
Note the icons of industrial economy in the tree—factory, bridge, dam, rocket, minecart, etc
 
More after the jump…
 

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Saul Bass poster design ideas for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’
12.13.2012
11:26 am

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Bobby Solomon of The Fox is Black posted a few rough sketches made by Saul Bass before he came up with the winner for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

According to Solomon, “I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.”

You can see larger images over at The Fox is Black website.
 

 

 
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One Long House: Producing a website in a single day
11.28.2012
09:26 am

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It’s a race against time from our friends at One Long House, the design collective who produced this blog back in 2009:

Today the One Long House team will attempt to re-design and code the One Long House site in ONE DAY. At 8am PST on Wednesday, November 28 team members in Bordeaux, NYC, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles will convene online to kick-off the process. No preparation has been done…

The team hopes to go live by 12am PST. To follow their progress in real time go to the One Long House Twitter page and use the hashtag #siteinaday. The latest update saw their developer’s computer dying, a first for him.

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