Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zappa Ad

This is weird. I was reading a Sgt. Fury comic book I downloaded and one of the ads was for Zappa's We're Only in It for the Money album. Normally, ads are for xray glasses, a lifesize Franekstein monster, Sea Monkeys, or a complete set of revolutionary war soldiers (oh boy). This is the first time I've seen an album in a comic book, much less one from Zappa. And look; it's expensive! It says so right there.

Clothes for Stevie Boy

So that's what I'm supposed to be wearing? Only if I can wear a neat hat with a little feather in it too. Just like Dad's.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lily Munster

She was hot.

Sniff Sniff Gaaassssssssssss Phooey!

This made me laugh. I love the stuff that guy posts. Is the kid responding "phooey" because somebody cut the cheese? If he's supposed to be smelling a natural gas leak in his house, I don't think "phooey" is the correct message to send.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Robot Bikes

I forgot that Panasonic made bicycles. Apparently their target market was disco space chicks and robots.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Psychedelic Panther

I love the drawing style of the Pink Panther cartoons. This one ups the ante. The laugh track also helps the weird factor.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TAGS Comic Book

Well wadda ya know? Here's a comic book for The Andy Griffith Show. I just downloaded it and took a quick peak inside. Anj kinda looks like Anj sometimes, and you can tell which one is Barn and which one is Floyd, etc, but Opie has yellow hair and called Andy "dad" instead of "pa" in his first panel. Oh, and Aunt Bee has a big fluffy pompadour, like some showy Southern evangelist. Still, what a find this is.

BTW, the comic that was posted right before this one was Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys. I hope they fought crime or did funny antics.

Attention! Ninja here!

As everyone knows, the clothing of a ninja should be garish and bright to draw attention. And to make sure everybody knows who's the ninja in the room, it helps to have the word "Ninja" emblazoned on your headband. The modern ninja wants to be noticed. It must be true because that's what we see here in this movie poster for Ninja Commandments.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Titkerchief

A few lines in this fake voiceover for a horrible product made me chuckle.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Drunks

Think of people you'd most likely see hanging out every night in a tavern in the late '60s. Not a bar, not a night club, but a honest to goodness tavern. The regulars, who probably don't drive and that's a good thing. They might be married or were at one time. If they still are, they won't be hanging out with their husband or wife because they drink to forget about them. Got them pictured in your head? Five bucks says they look a lot like this. Click on the fullsize image to proceed through the slideshow, and make sure you stick around for the last one, who looks like he could be Ed Asner's dad and needs some absorbent protection.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wax Nixon

If this is how they think Nixon looked, I can't wait to see what they do with Obanana.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Truth in Advertising

The ad men sure were drinking a lot of whisky the day they came up with this one. It's true, but yeah, um…

Thursday, September 2, 2010

EQ Woes

The last few gigs where we've used our own sound equipment, we've had more feedback problems in the front monitors than we used to have in the past. I was blaming it on the new monitors John got, some QSC K10s, which have 500W for the woofer and 500W for the tweeter, which kinda seems like overkill for the tweeter. We've turned to mechanical equalization on Emily's monitor the past couple gigs; tape a towel over the tweeter. Instant squeal–b–gone!

Turns out that our new board is the problem. Allen & Heath decided that for this line of boards, they'd put the aux sends after the EQ, meaning that when the engineer adjusts the EQ so it sounds right in the mains, it also changes the way it sounds in the monitors. More times than not, high end is added to vocals to crisp them up, and high end in vocal monitors is a giant no–no, because it just goes right back into the mic.

The other A&H models (like the one we had before) use the correct design, which feeds the un–EQd signal to the auxes, and even include internal jumpers that one can switch if they're not using the auxes for monitors and really do want an EQd signal sent to them. But the Zed line does not have jumpers. Arg. Their stuff is so genius and well built that I can't understand why they made such a bonehead decision about this.

Short of trading in this barely used board for something that has the exact same features and channels for one that wires the auxes the right way, we need to get EQs for the monitors. So we'll need 4 of them. Amazingly, Alesis makes this really cool 1–rack space 8–channel 30–band digital EQ. It has 100 presets, so we could even have custom setups with minor tweaks for every bar. And everybody can have their own monitor sound the way they want. Woohoo!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Training Orbs

This guy kinda looks like Milburn Drysdale, president of the Commerce Bank, Beverly Hills, CA.

The Munsters Pilot

Whoa! Here's a rare find; the color pilot made for The Munsters. While we've all come to know Yvonne De Carlo's Lily, I almost wish they would've stuck with Joan Marshall for the wife role. Yeah, she looks and acts more like Morticia Addams, but she's so hot. Thanks again, Crosseyed Cyclops.