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Going Out with the Oughties: Mama, they finally took my Kodachrome away

The Kodachrome Era Ends, Right Here in Kansas

Today, Dwayne’s Photo, a family-owned and operated film-processing business that has operated in the small town of Parsons, Kansas, for over 50 years, will stop handling Kodachrome film. After they close shop today for the holiday, there will be no other place on earth still handling what was for many years the absolute standard when it came to color film.

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 31, 2010 11:00 AM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: The Beauty of the Blizzard

An extraordinary film by Jamie Stuart. Not only is it a wonderful evocation of Dziga Vertov's 1929 silent film "Man With a Movie Camera," but consider that it was photographed during the Blizzard of 2010 and edited at lightning speed.

HT: Al Johnson

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 30, 2010 2:44 PM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
May the Spirits of Kwanzaa and Michael Jackson Drench the Children of the 529 Bar and Grill

"Jihad Muhammad explains the principles of Kwanzaa while lighting a candle on the Kinara at United Urban Network Inc./Steel City Renaissance "Christmas for the Children: A tribute to Michael Jackson."

"Area families got the chance to have a few hours of holiday cheer and honor the late King of Pop Thursday during a party at the 529 Bar and Grill. Christmas for the Children: A Tribute to Michael Jackson" was sponsored by a local not-for-profit organization, United Urban Network, founded by Cassandra Cannon." -- Post-Tribune

Mark Steyn pointed out this klassic Kwanzaa kwaziness this AM. It was a shock to me since I'd pretty much assumed that Kwanzaa had been sent down to the pop-cultural chop shop to be parted out.

Silly me. I should know by now that anything pulled out of the thin air by paranoid schizophrenics as something to "illuminate" the muddled masses can never, ever, be sent to the boneyard of history. There's always some "Jihad Muhammad" lurking out there to push the poison down to the next generation. I guess this means there's a movement afoot to make Michael Jackson the Santa Klaus of Kwanzaa. After all, he was really into giving free things and free rides to kids to be naughty and nice. Jihad Muhammad is probably looking for a steady job in making this myth. Like Michael Jackson, he's doing it for the children.

UPDATE: Roland Shirk has the details on the Jihad Muhammad festivities and much, much more about Kwanzaa and the execrable Ron Karenga in A Gift from the Grinch @ Jihad Watch

The party was sponsored by the Gary-based not-for-profit the United Urban Network, whose CEO, Cassandra Cannon, explained, "Today, we decided to honor a Gary native who cared a lot about children and he has said in the past that he would love to return to his hometown and help the children." The prospect of Jackson's ghost returning to Gary and prowling the city to "help the children" seems better suited to Halloween than Christmas--bringing us back again to Tim Burton territory. The event apparently featured "pasta dishes, tamales, vegetable, salad and cake, children and adults," and Christmas songs by "American Idol's Season 9 contestant Marcus Jones and Michael Jackson impersonator Dashon Butler," most prominently "The Little Drummer Boy."
Included is a fine quote from Ann Coulter's Kwanzaa: Holiday From The FBI :
"Coincidentally, the seven principles of Kwanzaa are the very same seven principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army, another charming invention of the Worst Generation. "
[HT: Jewel VIA Tasty Infidelicacies ]

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 29, 2010 9:44 AM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Fabricator


"Metal-fabricator Neil Youngberg never planned on taking over his grandfather's business and is now faced with passing on his legacy.

"In this short-form profile, VitaBrevisFilms interviews Neil Youngberg for the beginning exploration of our "Professional" series. Shot on location in Neil's metal fabrication shop, the 3rd generation craftsman gives a sincere overview of his life's work, dispensing hard-worn wisdom while illuminating the sobering realities of the role private business plays in an ever changing economic landscape. A deeply personal project for all involved, this on-going series seeks to shed-light on forgotten trades and practices in an evolving America."

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 28, 2010 11:43 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The 20 Hour Blizzard of 2010 in 40 Seconds

Just in case you weren't lucky enough to live through it.

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse. Canon DLSR on tripod with remote timer taking a photo once every five minutes. Approximately 20 hours in 40 seconds. Made by Mike Black,

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 27, 2010 7:40 PM | Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: The Hallelujah Chorus Brought to You by Quinhagak, Alaska

Best 4 minutes you'll find on the Internet today. Promise.

The Hallelujah Chorus as performed by the Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade [and friends] in Quinhagak, Alaska, December 2010.

HT: T. Evans who gave it me so I could give it to you.

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
NASA's Christmas Card 2010 (I chose the inscription.)

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
All I Want for Christmas Is the Sauron's Patented Torpedo-Boat-Motor Bentley Roadster

Found, as so many good things are, at The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys where the reigning sociopath says, "I want one. So. Bad. The EPA estimated mileage for the vehicle is somewhere between a bulldozer and a Saturn V. The instrument has yet to be invented to measure the awesome."

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 22, 2010 8:43 PM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The beginning of Civil War


One hundred fifty years ago today, the Union—or, what was left of it—was in an uproar. Two days earlier, after three days of debate, the South Carolina Convention declared itself independent of the American Union.

“The war made Lincoln great–not by chance, but by summoning forth the noble fortitude and gravity that had no more than peeked out from him in his Illinois years.”

“How far Lincoln himself was conscious that a Providential purpose work through him, we cannot be certain; yet some such apprehension reins from the phrases of his speeches and letters between 1861 and 1865.”

“For all that, ever since his boyhood his friends had perceived in this curious being some element of greatness. Lincoln possessed the incongruous dignity that was Samuel Johnson's, too. Here stood a man of sorrows. It always has been true that melancholy men are the wittiest; and Lincoln's off-color yarns, told behind a log barn or in some dingy Springfield office, were part and parcel of his consciousness that ours is a world of vanities. When he entered upon high office, this right humor became an element of the high old Roman virtue: comitas, the belief that seasons gravitas, or the sense of grand responsibility.”

-- The Imaginative Conservative: Kirk on Abraham Lincoln, 1970

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
My Blackberry Is Not Working!

I have problems like this all the time...

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 22, 2010 1:01 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Oliver Cromwell Would Have Known What to Do with the 111th Congress

"An immovable parliament is more obnoxious than an immovable king."

Oliver Cromwell -- The Dissolution of the Long Parliament, 1653

"You are no more capable of running the affairs of this nation than you are of running a brothel. It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

"Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

"Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

"In the name of God, go!"

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 21, 2010 10:23 PM | Comments (17)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Jewel on Christmas and the Birth of Her Grandchild

Christmas isn't actually a High Holy Day. It's celebration was never proscribed for the Christian. In fact, many Christians do not celebrate it at all. For many reasons, all valid. The 'reasons' for the season are varied, stemming from its pagan beginnings to the present tackiness, greed, avarice and gluttony that epitomize the holiday today. Banning creches and crosses and trees doesn't bother me as much as the collective amnesia that fogs our crowded minds. We are forgetting that All Powerful God became a helpless baby boy.

When I beheld my daughter in the throes of giving birth to her son, I thought about Mary, Mother of God, in her own throes. It is the living, eternal nativity, played out in the ordinary every day. -- Tasty Infidelicacies

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 20, 2010 11:19 AM | Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Finally, something I actually want for Christmas.

HT: Jose

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 18, 2010 2:56 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Vintage Cool: Peter Gunn created by Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards, real gone at 88.

"I'm saying bye, bye
Bye, baby
Now that I heard all that jazzing
Whereas I have had it
I've had it
I'm through now
With you now

So baby it's au revouir
Ciao ciao

-- theme from Peter Gunn

Blake Edwards, Craig Stevens, and Jack Lemmon on the set of Gunn

Gratuitous violence, smooth haircuts, unflappable attitude, sharp suits, and sleek cars. Smoking, drinking cocktails, making out with torch singers, and modern jazz. Long gone now, Peter Gunn, a PI played by Craig Stevens and created by Blake Edwards, defined cool before cool was cool in the golden age of television. These six and a half minutes distill why that was so. Check it out....

It stays cool in its essence long after the Peter Gunn episodes had faded into late night reruns and YouTube clips Henry Mancini's theme for the series was still being covered in jazz and rock.

Once you get the groove the groove never leaves.


Posted by Vanderleun Dec 16, 2010 9:50 PM | Comments (18)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: THE DIGITAL STORY OF NATIVITY - ( or Christmas 2.0 )

Times change, the feeling remains the same.

"How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the Nativity.

"Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon...."

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Sippican Cottage Regretfully Announces A BIG HONKING SALE


Sippican Cottage: "You Can Have This Bench For Free If You Give Me A Hundred Dollars

"60 percent of the time, that sales pitch works every time."

Worked on me. I bought two. Get on over to Crazy Sippican. His prices are INSANE!

Check out the inventory @ Sippican Furniture

Let's clean him out before he sobers up.

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 15, 2010 12:03 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderfully Obsessive: Remember those 270 films you missed in 2010? Here they all are in 6 minutes.

See them now. Just think of all the time and money you are saving.

Filmography 2010 by genrocks who notes:

This year's movies have legitimately transformed my idea of what is creatively possible. To commemorate, I've remixed 270 of them into one giant ass video.

1. Ratatat - Nostrand -
2. Kanye West - Power -
3. Rooney - Not In My House -
4. Apartment - Fall Into Place -
5. Civil Twilight - Letters from the Sky -
6. SUNBEARS! - Little Baby Pines -

Films in order of appearance:

Note: My film selection process was fairly open; anything that was either produced or distributed in 2010 was fair game (I also consulted this Wikipedia entry). This is why some movies are labelled 2009 or 2011 on IMDB. Also, this by no means constitutes a comprehensive list of films that came out in 2010. That would have been exhausting.

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 14, 2010 8:22 PM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Cootie Catching: Yet Another Puerile and Filthy Use of Public Money in Washington

It's hard to know what to hate more here, the cutely crafted crapulousness of the message, or the thought that the state and the Feds paid some otherwise unemployable and brain-dead drool-cups to produce it.

Little Miss Attila alerted me to this at Ace's place and I shall be a long time forgiving her.

Genghis of Ace wisely notes that the state of Washington, run by slobbering liberals for slobbering progressives, has a $5 billion shortfall -- soon to bloom by another billion or so -- and yet continues to spend money of tripe like this.

Well, of course, it does. Spending money on tripe is what Democrat establishments do without thinking twice. And in this state, unthinking Dems are par for the course... especially in Seattle, King County, and the capitol in Olympia. They dump the change of the chumps who vote them in willy-nilly and probably will until the last ding-dong of Democrat doom.

We're always reminded that when money's tight around Washington and Seattle it'll have to be the Police, the Firemen, and the Libraries that are the first to go. It's never junk like this and it's never the useless state employees who sign off on it that will go. They're far too sensitive to miss a paycheck. Parasites always are.

I'm also moved by how sensitive this video is to the political niceties of the age. Note how many, proportionally speaking, African Americans show up. It must have strained the producers to cast it since, demographically speaking, Washington is one of the Whitest states in the Union.

Still, the formalities have to be obeyed.

Another nice touch is everybody sneezing into, or covering their mouths with, their elbows. This is, of course, to keep from covering your mouth with your hand lest you later -- before washing you hands -- pass your cooties on to another unwary citizen. This is also a new technique invented by the state for its subjects.

It needs to be this way since in the brave new world of demented Democrat bureaucrats they know full well that none of the kids running amuck in the state were raised right by their parents.

In this they may have a point.

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 13, 2010 10:16 PM | Comments (21)  | QuickLink: Permalink
A Pitiful Helpless Giant: Kicking the War on Christmas Up a Notch

More proof that there is no bullshit this nation will not eat.



Posted by Vanderleun Dec 13, 2010 12:59 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Going on the NoBama Diet Here, Boss

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In the comments to They say that if you want a friend in Washington get yourself a dog... @ AMERICAN DIGEST Daphne notes:

I'm tired of seeing the failure in chief constantly splashed across your front page.

Seriously, why so much time spent linking to scatty bullshit on this incompetent, inconsequential asshole?

I'd much rather read your thoughts on almost any other topic than our current presidential travesty. I'm way overbaked on Obama.

Posted by: Daphne at December 12, 2010 3:47 PM

To which I reply to her sage counsel,

You know, Daphne, that was my thought exactly this afternoon. I'm sick of this schmuck too. I think I'll take a turn and turn away from these brimming bowls of steaming pundit kibble.

Posted by: vanderleun at December 12, 2010 4:42 PM

And so be it. I'm taking the cure and purging the page of his puss over the next day or so. He really is a revolting example of a "person," made only more revolting by all those who still "believe."

Oh well, God will punish them.

Of course, it will only be a matter of time before I'm forced to post,

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 12, 2010 4:57 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: In the Bleak Midwinter

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 7, 2010 12:40 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Day of Infamy: "While diplomats were talking 'peace' in Washington."

Neil Boortz: "It was 69 years ago today ... the sneak Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Here's a holiday that unfortunately seems to be fading into history. There are still WWII veterans away today who were there at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese arrived in their Zeros. If you know one, honor them on this day.

Oh ... and by the way: After 69 years it's still the "Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor." After 9 years we can't bring ourselves to say the Islamic terrorist attack on America. "

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 7, 2010 11:55 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Blazing Wikileaks

Life imitates farce: WikiLeaks founder Assange has encrypted Guantanamo documents, will release them if arrested. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has circulated across the internet an encrypted “poison pill” cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay.

Humm, where have we heard that before? Oh, yes....

I was sleepin’ like a rat
When I heard something jerkin’
There stood Julian
Lookin’ just like Tony Perkins
He said, “Would you like to take a shower?
I’ll show you up to the door”
I said, “Oh, no! no!
I’ve been through this movie before.”

-- Bob Dylan, Motorpsycho Nightmare

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 5, 2010 9:20 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Can you text with it?

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 5, 2010 8:34 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"1984? Oh, that's just so 20th century."

I like to update the old memes from time to time. Just for fun. Tonight....


Posted by Vanderleun Dec 3, 2010 10:26 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Talkin' Bout My G... G... G... Generation!


If we could build a high wall around this entire group and then flood it western civilization might still be saved.

If we could call in a napalm strike on the beach we could sleep well tonight knowing that an entire wing of Obamaites had been shipped off to their eternal reward and the republic had been saved.

Or, as commenter Bill puts it with much pith: "Live from the Cafe Irrelevant on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, a flea bitten melange of used-to-bes, never-weres and lame-o's singing an inane song about nothing as the tide slowly recedes on their tragi-comic lives."

Or, to put it another way,


Or, as the film had it all those lost, gone years ago...

Yes, that's where it started and the video at the top is where it has ended up. As the Portuguese explorers had it many centuries ago, "It is necessary to travel. It is not necessary to live."

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 3, 2010 3:58 PM | Comments (30)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: CHRIS BURDEN: Metropolis II

As a boy I would have strangled a thousand kittens to have something like this. As a man, I feel the same way.

It includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs. The crew is still at work on the installation. In "Metropolis II," by his calculation, "every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city," Mr. Burden said. "It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It's quite intense."

Posted by Vanderleun Dec 3, 2010 2:52 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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