Archive for September, 2010

Tourette’s Karaoke (seriously)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 by braincoffey

Either this guy is legit, or he certainly does a good job of faking symptoms of tourettes. And why would one do the latter? He evidently has been interviewed by one guy, so I’ll leave it up to you pithecanthropes to decide…it’s becoming viral, and you’ll notice so many other tourettes Tubes as well. It’s worth some time checking out more of the educational tourettes Tubes, and the “tourettes camp” series is pretty entertaining. Our guy below is brilliant.

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The Renegades (with Jonathan Winters)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2010 by braincoffey

The IP was re-listening to a crazy compilation CD on the Crypt label the other day; he needed a dose of old-school rock n’ roll without singing; just guitars wailing and drums drumming.

While most of the fare on this particular CD is simply OK, two tracks, both from the same band, have such a unique sound that The IP finds himself playing them over and over every time. The name of the band is The Renegades, one of hundreds of late-1950s early-1960s guitar bands that came and went; thankfully, labels like Crypt have kept this music alive.

But unlike so many bands that left only 45s in their wake, The Renegades were featured in a movie, a clip of which The IP found on the YouTubes. The movie, said by some to be really horrible, is called The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959). The company that made the movie, American International Pictures, also had a record label, and they put out what seems to be the only Renegades 45 around.
Check out the Renegades playing in the bad movie below. Make sure to note the excitable cook who is none other than Jonathan Winters. It’s a one-word song called “Geronimo.” After that is their other song, “Charge” (also awesome). And for more rockabilly tunes, go to johnnyrazor.

Popular Mechanics From The 1930s

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 by braincoffey

 

This past weekend The IP and friend went to a used book store in his neighbourhood, one that is almost as famous for the horde of abandoned cats that occupies both the inside and outside of the establishment as it is for its large collection of books.  It’s not known to all that it also has a large collection of magazines down in the basement in an area the owner of the shop calls “The Inner Sanctum,” a blocked off area toward the back.  Having purchased several vintage magazines in the past after getting access to the IS, The IP usually just walks in and says he’s going to “The Inner Sanctum” and the guy nods an “OK” nod.    
 
But on this day The IP didn’t get to far toward the stairs leading down when the owner says “Look what just came in.”  He then brings over a big stack of 1937 & 1938 Popular Mechanics, just the kind of stuff The IP loves and has bought there in the past.  All mint, too.  And just the covers alone started to bend The IP’s mind:

The graphics in this monthly serial are phenomenal, both inside and out.  The IP was even lucky enough to score the famous “Flying Wing Cover” issue with the article on hemp, a favorite IntarWebs topic that remains unknown to many; it was a true agricultural blunder by our government. 
 
 
 
Some say it’s part of a conspiracy!
 
And rather than post pics of every one The IP scored, he’ll ask that you watch the below short clip that features the same period of Popular Mechanics…Enjoy:

 

A Gift From The Hang~Over-Helper

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2010 by braincoffey

The IP found the below YouTubes over at the Hang~over Helper blog. He doesn’t know the guy personally, but HH has a good collection of stuff to check out. The scary ghost clip, for instance.

Check out Hang~Over Helper Here.

La Granja

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 by braincoffey

 Hey pithecanthropes. 

In honor of the Mexican Bicentennial, The IP would like to present a cool song and video by one of his favorite “Mexican” bands, Los Tigres Del Norte.  Norteno music has really gotten a lot o’ press lately, with the sub-genre of narcorridos causing a particularly vibrant discourse in various media.

What’s interesting about the Tigres is that, not only have they been playing since the 1970s, they actually grew up and got their start in music in the area that was once part of Mexico, but was ceded to the ever-expanding U.S. after the Treaty of Guadelupe Hildago (Southern California).  Mexico had to give up over 50% of their territory based on that treaty, and more even still as the U.S. politicians kept amending it to the point of no return.  Sound familiar?

OK.  Enough biased, liberal bloviating.  On to the awesome song and video.

The song is “La Granja,” and another blog does a better job of explicating the video, so The IP directs you to the link below.  Read a bit about the song before you listen, because it evokes, in allegorical fashion, a story of Mexico that has resonated with millions.  Click on the video link on the blog before they take it away for copyright violations and shit:

GO TO BLOG WITH VIDEO CLIP AND INFO HERE

Up On The Roof (Again)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2010 by braincoffey

 

You folks may recall a previous post about the new “green” roof being installed on the building where works The IP. It’s really quite interesting to watch and understand how the whole thing is put together. To paraphrase the late Alaskan senator Ted Stevens, a green roof is “not something that you just dump something on.” In fact, a green roof is highly complicated, incredibly expensive, and perhaps even a bit unproven up to this time.
 
So, at the risk of being a bit pedantic, The IP will bring you up to date on the progress of the green roof at the “1924 Building,” The old Richs Department Store in Downtown Atlanta, and introduce some of the basic concepts behind this growing (pardon the pun) trend.
 
A roof of a building, while a plane in the geometric sense, is not an earthly “plain” in any sense; it’s not really the best place to plant and grow vegetation. To get the latter to survive, and to simulate a workable variant of the natural hydrologic cycle, a lot of material engineering and specialized horticulture is required.
   

Above is a typical cross section of the layers of material that make up a green roof.
 
 
Of all the layers shown above, the two most important ones are the growing medium and the drainage storage layer. A common misconception about green roofs is that the plants grow in “soil” or “dirt.” This is NOT the case. That’s why they call it “media.” Media is a unique combination of materials that allow roots to establish themselves but also has rapid and consistent drainage.
 
 
The vegetation of choice for most green roofs located in a continental climate is sedum. On this green roof, six different kinds of sedum are being planted:
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

The below two photos were taken today, and show the plantings in place and the nature of the medium in which they grow:

To finish off this post, The IP poses a question: Where is the largest green roof in the world? Denmark?  Sweeden?  Holland?  Would you believe just outside of Detroit?  WTF? 
 
Well it is:
 
Read about Ford’s green roof here.
Blog at ya later.