Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Friday, March 30, 2007
In honor of the NCAA Final Four basketball championship this weekend, which the Gators are sure to walk away with, here's a collegiate doodle. I couldn't find anything basketball related, but at least I got college and sports in there. This furry banjo picker hails from the flipside of East-West Collegiate Singers-College Songs (Spinorama MK 3014). I like it because it's simple and to the point. Nothing fancy about this one.
Posted by Ernie at 3/30/2007 09:02:00 PM
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Posted by Ernie at 3/29/2007 09:31:00 PM
I came across this LP today, and I loved these little doodles. They're from the front of the record, which is odd, and it's a classical LP, which is even odder. I think it's also the first record I've shared a doodle from that happens to be classical, and on the Vanguard label. So it's a whole collection of firsts. These are all from Anton Paulik Conducting The Vienna State Opera Orchestra-Hi-Fi Hi-Jinks With Strauss (Vanguard SRV-104). The front cover claims this was a demonstration record showing the great sound produced by Vanguard Quality Control. No mention is made of Stereo, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this predates 1958 and the introduction of the mainstream stereo record.
Posted by Ernie at 3/29/2007 09:17:00 PM
You may remember last week when I showed you some images of my CMOS sensor down inside my digital camera. It was covered in spots that were showing up on my images as little shadows. Well, I got my cleaning kit today, and Voila! No more spots! Or at least not as many. I can still see a few along the top edge, but nothing like I was shooting through before. Now I can shoot the Airfest this weekend, and not worry about having to touch up each and every one of my photos afterwards.
Posted by Ernie at 3/29/2007 07:28:00 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Airfest is this weekend at MacDill AFB! I'm so excited. They haven't had one since 2005, so I need to get my fix of air hardware. There're few things more heart-stirring and patriotic than seeing these jets in action. The shot above is from the 2004 show, featuring the Blue Angels. I'm still not sure why they had the Navy precision flying team at an air force base, but whatever. The 2005 show featured the Thunderbirds, and I believe they are back for this year as well.
UPDATE: I was mistaken. It is the Blue Angels this year. So once again, we are faced with the odd conundrum of seeing the Navy fliers at an air force base.
Posted by Ernie at 3/27/2007 04:10:00 PM
Monday, March 26, 2007
I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm always finding odd things inside of record sleeves that don't belong there. Here's another case in point. I've already forgotten what record I found this cardboard flexi-disk inside of, but I do remember that it had nothing at all to do with Art Linkletter. The disc in question is Art Linkletter-'Would You Cheat A Child?' (American Seating Promotional Cardboard FlexiDisk 33.3 RPM), and you can download and give it a listen by clicking on the name there. I'm sure many of you are familiar with flexi-disks, but if not, follow this link and educate yourself. I'm not sure what the date is on this record. Art's House Party TV show was on the air forever, from 1952 to '70. And the company he's shilling for here, American Seating, is still around and going strong, so that's no help on a date. This isn't the most exciting recording ever in the history of the world, but I'm sure there are people out there who like this sort of thing. And if you should stumble across this post, I hope you enjoy it.
Posted by Ernie at 3/26/2007 06:36:00 PM
Here's the calendar page for this, the last week in March. These flowers come from one of my favorite flowering trees, the Bombax. Each year in February, these huge trees explode in red blossoms, each one the size of your hand. It's really quite impressive.
Posted by Ernie at 3/26/2007 06:21:00 AM