Tag Archives: history and culture

why my photographs are bad

Want to read a good book about photography?  For free?  On the internet?  At no cost to you?  Then check out Why My Photographs are Bad by Charles M Taylor here on Google Books. This book has the best title … Continue reading

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today

Freidrichshaven, 1918.  I don’t know whether today was the airplane or the house. (Dino Park Part 2 tomorrow.   Also, where’s my lens?)

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a way cool setting for a story

Here’s a creeptacular setting for your latest comic or other story– an abandoned amusement park full of fiberglass dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, somewhere along the twisting two lanes of some past its prime tourist region in the Great Lakes … Continue reading

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japanese woodcut demon

Yesterday, a superhero and his underwear-clad shoulder devil.  Today, a Japanese demon who looks like a superhero.  Unlike so many of the demons and ghosts in the Halloween themed wood block print exhibit in the Japanese galleries, I find him … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: royal evolution

One of the interesting things about having a monarchy (and a longlived monarch) is a chance to watch the evolution of a person in engraved portraits, rather than the usual photographs.  We all know that Queen Elizabeth II is quite … Continue reading

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buzz bomb!

It’s a cheerful name for a not at all cheerful thing.  Except this buzz bomb is a cheerful example of the classic Golden Age comic book premium.  Does the fact that it was produced during World War II (or perhaps … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 141: kirin#1

This is the first in what I assume will be a series of drawings of the day tracing the development of a character design for a kirin.  This is not a Serious Japanese Folkloric Kirin– I hope that, at least, … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: a woman with two guitars

This photogenic (and almost certainly very charismatic) woman in this classy vintage photograph is Willa Mae Buckner, described in the accompanying caption  as “blues woman, burlesque dancer, snake charmer”.  I bet she told the best stories.  

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tumblr sunday: little dancing gods

  Somewhere out in the reaches of the internet is the tumblr of a cartoonist who goes by the handle “Inonibird”.  And Inonibird makes these amazing semi-stick figure drawings of characters based on the Ancient Egyptian pantheon: the Stick-Gods. Some … Continue reading

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a cube for christmas!

Some of you may recall a previous post called “a very small camera in the shape of a cube”, in which I expressed my curiosity about Polaroid’s tiny cubical digital camera and speculated about writing a letter to Santa.  I … Continue reading

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