Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HAPPY 20TH TO THE ROCKETEER MOVIE


The Rocketeer opened twenty years ago today. To celebrate one of my favorite films, I created this photo to look like a late 1930’s slide. I envision a photographer looking outside a passenger plane window taking photos of the clouds. Suddenly, a mysterious figure jet packs into view and click-snap, this photo is created.

Long live the Rocketeer and big thanks to the late great Dave Stevens for creating one of the best comic book adventure heroes!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

FIVE FOUND SNAPSHOTS


It seems I’ve become lax with my found snapshot postings. Hopefully I can get back on track and start posting more. Old snaps are just not as fun stuffed in shoeboxes and plastic tubs. For your viewing enjoyment, here’s five random shots.




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

C64 YOURSELF: COMMODORE 64 STYLE


Check out the new c64 Yourself site! This fun and easy to use site (in beta form) will transform your photos into an old school screenshot from a Commodore 64. I heard about this over at The Retroist today and just had to play around with it. I grabbed a few movie pics online and used c64 Yourself on 'em. It brings back fun memories of trading pirated games on floppy disc in high school.




Sunday, June 12, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INDIANA JONES!


Today marks the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, one of the best movies ever made. To celebrate, I made this fake photobooth image.

Back in 2008 I celebrated Indy with Indy Week. Dave Lowe of Dave Lowe Design the blog is going one step further with his Raiders of the Lost Blog-A-Thon all this month. Be sure to check it out for all things Indy!

My pal Mike just posted two Raiders newspaper ads at his blog Aparofan's Kansas City Movie Ads.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

KINGDOM OF THE CICADAS

Just like a bad b-movie from the 1970s. The cicadas have invaded again.


Buzzing. Constant buzzing. Brain melting buzzing! The sound is like a thousand Star Trek phasers with the triggers stuck on stun. The source of the buzzing comes from Brood XIX Magicicada, better known as the 13 year cicadas. Thirteen or more states in the Midwest and the South have been invaded by the little buggers. My home state of Missouri is one of these states. I gotta say I’ve been kinda fascinated with ‘em. Fascinated enough to take photos & video and share them here.

Like clockwork, these creatures crawl out of the ground zombie style.


Once they've crawled out of the ground, they usually crawl up a tree to shed their shell. Just like the one below. This shot makes him look so alien, like a skull with bug legs.


Here’s a bunch under a tree leaf, leaving their shells.


I was lucky to see this acrobatic cicada pull himself free from his shell. Just press play and you can watch it too!


This one is hoping to grow up and become a Christmas ornament. Look, he's almost free!


After they shed their shell and inflate their wings, they stay in this ghostly white color for a few hours before they turn black.


I snapped some of these photos when I was bug hunting at night with my nephews and big bro. We were running around with flashlights watching ‘em come out of the ground and leave their shells. The kids loved it and us big kids did too.


Here’s a normal adult. Well, maybe not a normal one. This poor guy’s wings were all jacked up and he wasn’t able to fly. He probably became a snack for a bird. Man, somedays you just crawl out of the ground on the wrong side.


Now here's a true normal cicada right here. He's probably thinking, "I wonder what that big round thing that's super close to me is? I hope it doesn't eat me." Speaking of eating. There's a lot of crazy people actually eating cicadas. Check out this crazy story about cicada ice cream from Columbia, Missouri and then the follow up story here.



If you're going to take a hike through the woods, be sure to bring some earplugs. Boy, I wish I had! Go ahead and listen.


Here's an example of one cicada making noise. I don't think they like to be picked up. (The clip starts at regular speed and then changes into Slow-Mo-O-Vision and then finishes out in Annoy-O-Vision


In the next photo we see a female oviposting. Yep, she's slicing grooves into the tree, so she can lay her eggs inside. Click on the photo for a closer look. Notice the little triangle pieces of bark hanging down. That's where she's cutting. (Or at least I think so.)


The cicada below has a name. Say hi to Bob Cicada! Why is Bob Cicada named Bob Cicada? I don't know. I didn't ask him.


Once you're done groaning at my lame cicada joke, you can visit some of these fine cicada links and learn more about 'em. For all things cicada visit Cicada Mania. Learn all about the Magicicada at Cicada Central. For a good cicada blog, check out Cicada Invasion. Visit Missouri Conservation's page on Periodical Cicadas. Here's probably the best video about cicadas. Watch Sir David Attenborough play with 17 year cicadas here.

I just uploaded a blurry photo to flickr that I snapped of the mammas & the papas of this year's cicadas from 1998. I was introduced to these noisy bugs back when I was 14 in 1985. I remember how fun it was during the last couple of weeks of school sneaking cicadas inside to gross out girls and to annoy teachers. We had one crazy kid who put a cicada in his mouth and each time he stuck his tongue out, the cicada would make a buzzing sound. Ah, junior high memories.

Also, back in '85, I remember watching an episode of The New Twilight Zone that adapted Ray Bradbury's short story, The Burning Man. It has a creepy cicada twist. Watch both parts here and here.

Whew, this post is kinda getting out of hand and I better wrap things up. For fun, here's a photo I call Green Army Men vs. The Cicadas - in glorious black and white. I guess it kinda defeats the purpose to call them green since the photo is b/w. I'm sure the radio operator doesn't care if he's green or in b/w. He's just hoping that the giant flying bug doesn't eat his face off!


You gotta watch out for 'em flying through the air. Really, they're not the best pilots. Sometimes they crash into the side of your head or into your Fisher-Price Adventure Person while you're trying to take a photo for a cicada blog post.


See you in 2024 for part two of Kingdom of the Cicadas!

Monday, June 06, 2011

THE ROZELL SHOW ON WRBL-TV

When I bought these photographs from an ebay seller a few years ago, I wasn’t familiar with the Rozell Show, but these photos were too neato to pass up. I’ve always had an interest in television history and it’s always exciting to learn about different local stations and their various local programming.


At Home with Rozell or later, The Rozell Show hosted by Rozell Fabiani first aired September 22, 1954 and ended in 1988. Reading the comments on Rozell’s obituary, she was a well loved TV personality for WRBL’s viewing audience in and around Columbus, Georgia. The photo above shows Rozell holding a WRBL channel identification card, back when stations used clever artwork to let the viewer know what channel they were tuned into. I cropped it from the photo below where she's standing in front of a Camels Cigarettes display. This was taken during the first year of her show.

Enjoy the photos and if you remember the Rozell Show please feel free to share some of your memories of the show in the comments section.







Friday, June 03, 2011

BLASTING OFF WITH AN AC FIRE RING SPARK PLUG

FLEA MARKET FRIDAYS #56



Set your jets for the coolest Spark Plug box ever made!



Yep, I'm a sucker for packaging that has any sort of rocket or spaced out graphics and this AC box was a steal for two dollars! AC jumped on board the space race wagon of the 1960's and had a successful ad campaign for their Fire Ring Spark Plugs.

I imagine this is the type of spark plug you would find on any space cadet's rocket ship!