Feb 28, 2009

Drive-In Memories

For those of us old enough to remember, the drive-in was always the best way to see a movie. Actually, there were usually two films playing back-to-back, with an intermission that allowed you time to get more snacks from the snack bar, or use the bathroom, or visit with your friends in the car next to you, or some combination thereof.

With the speaker hanging from your car window, you could sit back and relax while the movie played, happily munching on fresh-popped popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream, candy and any of the other fine (did I say fine? I meant 'unhealthy but too good to resist') offerings at the snack bar.

With the advent of the indoor movie theater complexes, the drive-in gradually began to die out, and there are now just a handful of them left across the country. I for one hope they continue to hold on to their customers, since there really is nothing quite like the drive-in movie experience, which I believe far surpasses the indoor movie theater experience, especially since you don't have to deal with people who like to talk during the movie, or use their cell phones or kick the back of your chair repeatedly until you develop the urge to shove their bucket O' popcorn up their left nostril and their bucket O' cola up the other.

No...there really isn't a better place to see a movie than the drive in!

The wonderful site linked to above (driveintheater.com) will provide you with plenty of nostalgia-inducing memories, as it covers every aspect of the drive-in theater experience with equal parts heart and humor!

Oh, and please remember to replace your speaker on the post before you leave the theater!

Sketchy Subject

George Vlosich III loves to draw on the Etch-a-Sketch. Loves it so much in fact that he is now considered to be the greatest living Etch-a-Sketch artist in the world. Just visit his site to see more of this astonishing artist!

Feb 27, 2009

Which Witch is Which?



I can't find any information on who created this truly delightful music video, but it is certainly one of the most entertaining videos I've seen in a long time! It features the late, great Eartha Kitt singing "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch," which is kind of ironic given that, during the 1990's, she played the Wicked Witch of the West in the North American national touring company of The Wizard of Oz!

This one is sure to cast a spell on you!

He's a Good Egg!

Gary LeMaster is a master when it comes to egg carving! His beautiful pieces are carved from real eggs, laid by geese, ostrich, rhea, emu, turkey, chickens, etc. He only works with eggs that are infertile or that have failed to hatch, so no actual critters are harmed in order to produce these delicate little masterpieces!

The finished eggs are not exactly inexpensive, but I think the prices seem to accurately reflect the results...truly egg-cellent art!

Feb 26, 2009

The Saturday Bulletin






















The Saturday Bulletin is a hilariously bizarre web comic that had me laughing out loud more times than I'd rather say. Before you check it out, I should warn you that some of the humor borders on " Socially Questionable" though in a "good" way, if that's possible.

From the site:

Jerry Tracy takes clip art he finds and adds funny captions. His therapist says this will assist him along his way to “wellness.” Also, it serves as that much needed “community service.” Either way, he finds that the best time to write is during the transitional state between doses of Prozac.

Living in a homemade Faraday Cage, and wearing a foil-lined spaghetti strainer festooned with “psychic Twinkies,” Mr. Tracy labors under both a leaky roof and delusion.



Beautiful Chinese Paintings

It's funny how you can sometimes find extraordinary beauty in a place you wouldn't normally think to look. Such is the case with a website I found that sells Chinese art.

Don't get me wrong...Captain Quasi isn't here to sell you art. That's not the purpose of this post. I simply find the quality of the art on display here to be quite extraordinary, and I wanted to share it with you so that you can enjoy it as well!

Happy viewing!

Feb 25, 2009

Mesmerizing Contact Juggling!



Michael Moschen performs an exquisitely choreographed bit of contact juggling. I doubt you will find a more pleasant and rewarding way to spend three minutes and forty-eight seconds anytime soon...

Feb 24, 2009

What A Character!

Sure....everybody knows Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. But what about Arnold Stang, Kurtwood Smith and Geoffrey Holder? Just because you don't have a big name doesn't mean you are not well known in the film industry.

Character actors make their living by playing certain types of characters. The bad guy, the drunk, the ditsy blonde. Take Don Knotts (pictured here) who specialized in playing nervous, fidgety types. Though he never achieved the status of someone like Robert De Niro, he and many other character actors did their part to make the films they were in quite memorable, even if their names were not.

The link above takes you to the wonderful and informative King Spud's Movie & TV Pages, which is THE destination if you are a movie fan, couch potato, or any combination thereof!

Lackadaisy





















Okay, so let me get this straight; cats? Running a 1920's speakeasy? Sure, why not? Lackadaisy is a compelling and beautifully drawn web comic by the lovely and talented Tracy J. Butler. When not working as a 3D artist in the gaming industry, she writes and illustrates the award-winning Lackadaisy. To keep the strip feeling authentic, it is sepia-toned, just as the photographs of that era were!

This is very classy work!

Amazing Street Art

Remember when graffiti was generally considered a public nuisance? Well, these days certain artists have elevated it to an art form. Take Edgar Mueller for example. This frightening street scene looks like something from the apocalypse , but is just a harmless piece of art. It took him 5 days, working 12 hours a day, to complete it! For more examples of his work, visit his web site...

Another brilliant street artist is Julian Beever. I highly recommend his site as well!

Feb 22, 2009

Garfield Minus Garfield







I used to think that the Garfield comic strip was pretty funny. As I got older, it simply became occasionally funny. Then, an Irishman named Dan Walsh decided to digitally remove the beloved cat from the strip entirely and a new comic classic was born. To quote from the website:

"Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb."

Yea..I guess that's a pretty good description!

I Can Has Cheezburger?

For those of you who are regular denizens of the internet, lolcats are nothing new. For those of you who have yet to encounter them, the curious fellow you see here is a fine example.

A lolcat is simply a a cat who's picture has been creatively captioned, usually (but not always) with deliberate misspellings, as if the cat itself were responsible for writing it.

Two of the best sites to find these funny felines are the above-linked "I Can Has Cheezburger" and the equally amusing Lolcats.

Feb 20, 2009

Skeletons in the (animated) closet

Michael Paulus had an interesting idea: what would the skeletons of cartoon characters look like? So, being a good artist, he decided to answer that question for all of us.

Pretty creepy, huh?

Pencil this in...

The image you see here, a liquid being poured in to a glass, is NOT (as you may first think) a photograph. Linda Huber has spent more than 40 years drawing with pencils. Simple graphite pencils. Oh, and she's self-taught, too. It takes her between 20 and 80 hours to complete each drawing, as she really concentrates on the details.

To view more of her stunning work, simply visit her site.

Groceteria!

Grocery shopping is one of those things most folks take for granted...a ritual far more innocuous than what we used to have to go through back when we were all dirty, grimy hunter/gatherers. No more carrying spears (there are shopping carts now) or doing battle with dangerous animals (unless you count that creep who is trying to go through the Ten Items or Less lane with forty-six items and two screaming children.) It's a completely modernized, orderly and, for the most part, pleasant way to bring home the bacon.

Groceteria is a virtual treasure trove of the history of grocery shopping centers in America. Chock full of pictures and information about most of the major (and quite a few minor) chains from the 1920's through the 1980's, it is a fun place to re-live those memories of going shopping with mom and/or dad. Just remember, as you leave the site, you can't have any candy. It'll ruin your dinner!

Life in Legacy

Your jolly old Cap'n doesn't much like to breach the subject, but since, as I always say, "Someone has to show you this stuff," here is an interesting place to discover which famous, not-so-famous and even infamous folks have passed on recently. Simply place the cursor arrow over the person's picture to see who they are, and then click on the picture to be taken to a short description of who they were, what they did and how they died. There is also an extensive archive for your perusal if you feel so inclined...

Feb 19, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues

Nina Paley, America's best-loved unknown cartoonist, is some kind of miracle. So is the full-length feature film she animated single-handedly on her home computer. Five years in the making, it is a stunning achievement, and I am doing my part to spread the word...here are the first 11 minutes of the film!

Be sure to visit Nina's site for more information about Sita!

My thanks to Nina and the amazing folks over at Cartoon Brew for hosting this clip!

Shorpy

The year is 1942. Fort Knox needs 33,000 volts of extra power in order to support the thousands of soldiers who are training there, and this is just the guy to supply it!

I don't know anything more about him, but if you want to see all kinds of interesting photographs from the last 100 years, Shorpy is the very best place on the internet to find them. I warn you...you will spend a LOT of time there! The hundreds (if not thousands) of photos are all quite interesting, and most can be "biggified" so you can examine every little detail...

Feb 18, 2009

Who is Cap'n Quasi?

Aw, who cares?

On with the show...