Archive for April, 2010

Polarizing Post

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by braincoffey
In this day and age of instant digital photography, it might be easy to forget that first age of inst…well, lets just say almost-instant photography: Polaroid.
The IP assumes that most of you folks have one or more (maybe many more) old Polaroid instant prints in an album or box. It’s hard not to recognize that greenish or reddish tint and slightly blurry image…but they always have a certain charm. Maybe because when we look at them today we get that same feeling we got when waiting for that magic picture to take form in front of our eyes. Evidently, some people see a trend and are opening a high-end vintage Polaroid Boutique in SoHo, NYC.

The SX70 was definitely cool, mostly because it was designed by the same firm that produced the 500-series telephone and the Honeywell Regulator round thermostat, among other American icons of industrial design; that would be Henry Dreyfuss and Associates. Henry and his wife committed suicide shortly after the introduction of the SX-70, not because of the camera, but because Mrs. Dreyfuss had terminal cancer and he evidently wanted them to both go softly into the eternal night…
The IP has a couple of old Poloroid Land Cameras, one of which is beginning to get the attention of some analog photo enthusiasts:
The one on the left is a Model 95B “Speedliner” (1957–1961) and the one on the right is the Model 80A “Highlander” (1957–1959). Polaroid’s 95 series was the world’s very first line of instant cameras, and they sold out the entire first production run on the first day they went on sale. One can’t discuss the Polaroid Land Camera without noting its prolific inventor, Edwin H. Land.
Several camera geeks have gotten into Land Camera “conversions” where they modify those old workhorses to use the still-available “pack film” instead of the discontinued Polaroid roll film. These conversion projects are amazing.
The IP started thinking about Polaroid pics after encountering one of Ned Howard’s links (mysteriously removed) over at Wildfreshness, that Portland hipster’s blog:
It’s a series of Polaroids taken by a group of quintessentially American BMX bike enthusiasts from the 1970s. There is something very powerful in these oh-so-natural images taken by kids enjoying their bikes and stunts…and Polaroids could be used to attract The Ladies too:
See the full series of the vintage BMX fun Polaroids here.
Blog at ya later.


Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by braincoffey
Things sure are getting weird in our country.  That sentence could be said with self-assured accuracy for any time in American history; things are always weird in America, and now with a 24-7, 365.5 instantaneous “news” cycle thanks to the Intar-Webs and enhanced telephony, weirdness is a hot commodity in an ever-more-jaded (and bored) populace.
The IP read an interesting piece over at Slate about the chosen lexicon of the Tea Partiers (caps definitely intended). Many of these folks are definitely weird (and educated!).

Then there was that dude with a familiar name who wanted to see our President Obama and was packin’ heat.  That was kinda weird too.

But before you start thinking that everything is weird, just realize that weird is the new normal.  Haven’t we kinda reached a cultural log jam where terms like “normal” and “weird” have no more relevance?  What happens when a large majority of the populace is weird but think of themselves as normal?
How about that story Tomitron posted on his blog, the one about the refried beans?  That was kinda weird.
See what The IP means? You’re not gonna hear about the guy who took his garbage out to the street and then went back inside to watch the evening news; unless they turn that into a reality show. The IP REALLY craves a reality show that deliberately chooses a person with a seemingly “boring” life, and just films that person in real-time, like a Warhol movie…that would be cool. Then again, maybe it wouldn’t.
Blog at ya later


Wicked Pissa

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by braincoffey

Hello you pithecanthropes. Been a long time since The IP has blogged at ya. The IP flew back into The ATL from Boston yesterday and boy, are his arms tired! They are almost as tired as the legs of all those marathoners he saw this past Patriots Day.  When you tell people from outside of Mass that Patriots Day is an official state holiday, they usually say (or look like they want to say) WTF?

Above is the lead men’s group at the half-way mark in Wellesley (click on the images for a larger version of the same). The winner, Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, is the guy in the red running shoes right behind the leader. He set a course record.
The IP actually heard someone say “wicked pissa” this past weekend, and he’s gotta say that hearing that phrase was wicked pissa.
Speaking of Boston.  Many of you know that the Boston Marathon finishes not too far from one of The IP’s favorite buildings, The Prudential Tower.  He was lucky enough two weekends ago to find the following vinyl curiosity at The Atlanta Record Show:

That’s “The Pru” looming over famous Bostonian Francis Whiting Hatch as he points toward more historic buildings that are doomed to be struck down by the very wrecking ball on which he perches. Most folks don’t realize how much historic fabric of Boston was destroyed under the rubric of “Urban Redevelopment.” This FWH guy was a total Yankee pimp:

Francis Whiting Hatch was born in Medford, Mass. on January 9, 1897. He attended Volkmann School, Brookline, and graduated from Harvard College in 1919. Prominent in business, civic and cultural affairs of Boston, he was also a writer, poet, playwright, composer, and performer. In summer, and year round after his retirement in 1967, he made his home in Castine, Maine. He married Marjory Kennard Hatch. He died in Boston on May 14, 1975.

Francis Whiting Hatch was Vice-President and Director of the advertising firm, Batten, Barton, Durstine, and Osborn, for four decades and held several business directorships. He was a trustee of such organizations as the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Noble and Greenough School. He served as Chairman of the Red Feather Drive, President of the Harvard Alumni Association, President General of the Society of the Cincinnati, President of the Castine (Maine) Hospital, and in other local and national positions.

His writings, both prose and light verse, appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Down East, The Saturday Evening Post, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Pilot. His column “Where But New England” appeared regularly in the Essex County (Mass.) newspapers until his death. His musical comedies were performed by amateur groups such as the Vokes Players, Inc., Wayland, Mass.; and the Cupola Players, made up of Hatch family and friends in Castine. Many of his songs, among them “Some Coward Closed the Old Howard” and “Vote Early and Often for Curley,” as performed at the piano by the composer, were favorites at public and private gatherings and have been published and recorded.

Well, The IP hopes you like the “New Look” of the blog, and keep in mind it will continue to acrue new sections and links through the year.

Blog at ya later.