Friday, January 30, 2009

Star Wars Kites.

Use the Force Wind Power, Luke.  40 credits at ThinkGeek.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vintage Vietnam-Era Camera Gun.

"No doubt, the gun is a notion synonymous to death, but a movie camera in the shape of a gun is really a pleasing idea. The rare movie camera that simulates a military gun is a true handiwork with a black case and 5x lenses mounted on the wooden rifle stock. The rifle stock cameras were used by reporters during the Vietnam War. The weird but attractive gun movie camera, which is available on eBay for a decent $1,318, is a blend of guerrilla art and homemade gadget awesomeness that you can take out in public places and capture your favorite moments with a click of the trigger."

Me want.

WWII Propaganda Posters.

"By the end of the First World War, the techniques of waging war in the hearts and minds of the public had entered the modern era. Propaganda had become much more sophisticated and powerful. By WWII, leaders realized that battles could be fought and won on the homefront. Propaganda became an important part of motivating the population to work together toward the common goal of defeating the axis powers. Compare the WWI posters in this and the previous post to the examples from WWII presented here. Notice how the design and layout enhance the emotional impact of the concepts. Many of these posters still pack a wallop."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Guac Bowl!

Guac Bowl is this Sunday.  And it's just about the most important thing to happen to holidays (if you, like me, consider Super Bowl sunday a holiday) since, well, Halloween.  The rules are simple: bring a guac, try everyone else’s guac, then vote. There are four categories open to competition:

•Best Traditional Guac (no weird ingredients),
•Best Alternative Guac (some special ingredient, or prepared unusually),
•Best Presentation (which has become, over the years, the most creative and impressive category -- see photos),
•The Icarus Award (for the guac that attempts to fly the highest, only to fall the furthest). 

Last year I won Best Presentation for my GuacAlien, and I'm hard at work creating this year's entry.  It's a secret for now, but I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.  Meanwhile, check Adam's Guac Bowl site for more information, ideas on hosting your own Guac Bowl, and tons of pictures from years past.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Inauguration Day.

Poster from

Brick to the Future.

"You made a time machine out of... Legos!?"

Monday, January 19, 2009

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Local Silver Lake art gallery Reform School is selling reproductions of the famous British WWII propaganda poster that can serve as a great daily reminder that everything is going to be just fine.

Ralph McQuarrie's Battlestar Galactica.

Ralph McQuarrie is a concept artist/futurist best known for his design work on the Original Star Wars Trilogy (pictured below).  Recently discovered, however, was a whole stash of his concept art for the original "Battlestar Galactica" tv series (above).  No wonder the Battlestar Vipers look so much like X-Wings.

Browse the galleries at the following links:

Return of the Blog.

After a very long, wonderful Holiday vacation--the Blog is back!

Happy New Year!