My first thought was “I wish I had $25,000”. Then I read the description and thought “There are exactly zero details about any of this stuff ” What kind of completest collector offers something like this without any details about the condition of the journals and magazines; or the sources, quality, format, and subtitle language of the videos?
Also, where did they get that photo of him?? Is it real? If so, he looks like Alan Arkin.
UPDATE: Thanks to Daniel from ChrisMarker.org for a precise synopsis of why this is so weird and wrong and puzzling (in the comments).Also, my friend Gideon points out that he’s seen this photo before, and that it’s really him, and not Alan Arkin. The only one I had ever seen was this:
Now I feel like I’m contributing to the problem by posting a photo of him!
The documentary about the Showbiz Pizza animatronic band is out on DVD now! It’s pretty incredible: Not only is it about Chris Thrash (the guy responsible for all of the YouTube videos of his personal hacked band performing Britney, Usher, et al), but it’s also a whole history of Showbiz, Chuck E Cheese, and the man who invented the animatronic band. Here are some clips.
There’s tons of fun archival footage and 80’s TV commercials and it’s way more impressive than I imagined it would be. It’s kind of like watching KING OF KONG, where, half-way through, you find yourself thinking “Wow, the history of Showbiz/Donkey Kong is really important and everyone should know about this!” I think that’s a sign of a well-made documentary.
As Strange Mats points out, a rug can really tie a room together!
Apparently, these types of war rugs go back a long way in Afghani culture. This one seems to be generally triumphant about driving out both the Taliban and the Soviets, and is actually taken from an old template from the Soviet invasion days.
An interesting afterthought: in weaving recent history into mats, these Afghan artisans are unwittingly imitating the tapestry-as-news school of carpetry that had its most famous early example in the Bayeux Tapestry, which detailed William the Conqueror’s usurpation of the English throne.
Lots of insightful comments beneath the post (who knew this blog was so smart and popular?), including a link to this rug:
Streeter Seidell, a comedian, College Humor editor, and creator of the dead-on First World petty complaint aggregator White Whine has a knack for finding obscure (to me anyways*) historical disasters on his personal blog. It’s with great shame that I must admit to missing the 90th anniversary of The Great Boston Molasses Disaster back in January.
Perhaps this is a well-known event in Boston history, but, if so, why haven’t they been telling the rest of us about it?? The story is simple yet amazing and one, I believe, best told in bullet points:
- It happened on an unusually warm day in January.
- The container was 50 feet in diameter and contained 2,300,000 US gallons!
- The molasses tsunami was 8 to 15 feet high and rushed through the streets at 35 miles per hour!
- 21 people were killed and 150 were ‘injured’ — which I imagine means they were all stuck together.
- The Elevated Train was lifted off it’s tracks and a truck was hurled into Boston Harbor.
- It took over 87,000 man hours to clean the goo off of the streets, business, cars, cats, dogs, you-name-it.
- Some folks say the area still smells like molasses occasionally. If only New Yorkers could have so easily identified a similar smell!
I’ll stop here because there are just way to many startling aspects to this event. Do yourself a favor and read every tantalyzing line of what might be the most captivating Wikipedia entry ever. Nearly every sentence is unbelievable.
*UPDATE: I’ve just been advised that every schmuck in the freakin world knows about this besides me.
I’m always scrounging around for any undercover documentary or other information about the DPRK, and today I discovered that one can purchase documentaries and other DVDs directly from the source: The North Korean government’s official website!
Who wants to take one for the team and set up a login there — and then pay them via PayPal? For a mere €30 (US $41) extracted from your bank account, you can choose from non-subtitled selections like “55th Anniversary of Founding of the DPRK“, “Extra-Large Inhumane Crime in the 20th cent“, and “A Traffic Controller on Crossroads“. All you have to do is give the North Korean government your personal details!
You can even sign up to become a member of the Korean Friendship Association. You get a friggin membership card for christsakes! Someone do it!* It’s free and there are only two conditions!
1. You respect the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and its leaders.
2. You respect the other members in the KFA and the goals of the KFA.
*Only if, again, you feel comfortable giving a totalitarian regime your address, telephone, “home page”and fax number.