Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech by Ralph Keyes. You can read an interview with Keyes here.
From the interview:
I was surprised to find out that there were no "secret decoder rings." There were secret decoder pins, but no rings.
Sir Harold Gillies, sculptor Kathleen Scott, artist Francis Derwent Wood and others worked together during World War to create masks for British troops disfigured during World War I. The official name for the facility was "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department." But the troops called it "The Tin Noses Shop."
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The Bible Bar by Logia Foods is a kosher food bar made from the seven species of foods that God calls "good" in the Book of Deuteronomy (wheat, barley, vines (raisins), figs, pomegranates, olive oil, and honey). Also available: "Bible Bread."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
For example, if they're doing well, at halftime, one player will say, "We're halfway through the kids' body now, keep going." Or if the first half didn't go particularly well, "you already had the head, you already had the hair." It's an homage to Mike Tyson's famous line.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
It's a vending machine full of china. Buy an item and watch it drop and shatter. The Yarisal and Kublitz website is full of playful furniture, including a collapsing table and chairs built on a hidden seesaw. Go here to watch those projects in action.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
From the 1978 Raiders of the Lost Ark story conference with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan:
L — Do you have a name for this person?
G — I do for our leader.
S — I hate this, but go ahead.
G — Indiana Smith. It has to be unique. It's a character. Very Americana square. He was born in Indiana.
L — What does she call him? “Indy?”
G — That's what I was thinking. Or “Jones.” Then people can call him “Jones.”
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Michael Crichton’s pilot script for ER was 20 years old
We put the pilot on cable systems and recruited people to view it. If you weren’t recruited and you happened to be flipping around, you could see it that way, too. We started getting calls from ravenous people, asking, ”What was that?”