Archive for December, 2009


The hypocritical selective memories of some people are astounding. I am of course talking about the Herald Sun readers, who are obviously Liberal voters, who have taken the time to write into the H/S to attack the state Labor government over the bungled Myki public transport ticketing system that has just been introduced. Now I don’t want to defend transport minister Lynne Kosky, as she has done a horrible job of this, but the reality is that it has been a very long time since we have had a competent transport minister.

Most of the H/S readers have wrongly stated that it is Labor governments that continually stuff up public transport. The truth of the matter is that both Labor and Liberal governments have had appalling records at running the public transport system. Whilst the current Labor government is responsible for Myki and allowing the transport system to become run down, we should remember that the previous Kennett Liberal government was responsible for introducing the current automated ticketing system back in 1996/97, and that it wasn’t until some years after the Bracks’ Labor government took over that this system became somewhat reliable. It was also Mr Kennett who sold off the public transport system to private operators like Connex and Yarra Trams, although it’s the successive Bracks and Brumby Labor governments have not really held the private operators accountable. (Still, Connex had an appalling record when they were running transport in Europe, which everyone knew before Kennett awarded them the contract to run Melbourne’s trains.)

The problem is that, as I have stated previously, I don’t understand why no-one has decided to bring back tram conductors and ticket sellers on trams and trains. They are more reliable than the machines that have replaced them and can do much more than them too.


It’s not often that you get to see George Pal’s Puppetoons on Youtube. Usually if they do get loaded on Youtube they will last about a week or two before Arnold Leibovit Entertainment gets the video pulled due to copyright infringement. Personally I wish that Arnold Leibovit Entertainment would just release all of the Puppetoons onto DVD so I wouldn’t have to search Youtube for cartoons that I had not previously seen. Sure, we do have the Puppetoon Movie DVD, which is something that I will always cherish, but there are so many Puppetoons that were not on that DVD that I really want to see.

Here is one of the most famous Puppetoons, Tubby The Tuba, that does feature on the Puppetoon Movie, which I really implore everyone who enjoys these cartoons to buy. (I think that will be the only way in which we will ever get more Puppetoons onto DVD!) Anyway, enjoy this cartoon while you can, as I doubt that it will still be here next month.

As a bonus here is the trailer to The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm, a live action film from 1962 which had special effects and was produced by George Pal.



This movie is not available on DVD. Perhaps Arnold Leibovit Entertainment could release this onto DVD as well as the rest of the Puppetoons.

1938 Auto Union Wanderer Streamlined

Posted: December 27, 2009 in Audi

I don’t know much about this car, except that it was an Auto Union sports racing car raced under the Wanderer name. Auto Union were most successful with their 16 cylinder C-Type Grand Prix racers, as well as the later D-Type, so these cars tend to be overlooked in comparison.

Three cars were built to compete in the 1938 and 1939 Liège-Rome-Liège long distance race. In 1939 they won the teams prize and all cars reached the finish line.

The three cars were rebuilt by Audi in 2003. They again exemplify 1930s streamlining and the art-deco astehtics of that decade.

Art Deco

Posted: December 27, 2009 in Art

I should have been around in the 1930s. I think that my artistic sensibilities all date from that era. I am a big fan of art-deco design which are probably best exemplified by these posters. I think I just love those Art-Deco asthetics, everything just looks good.

Streamlining was one product of Art-Deco. This is the famed Burlington Zephyr.

A very stylish poster from the 1920s. It oozes elegance.

The 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Notice the straight lines of the towering building.

Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis. The best example of German Expressionism, Art-Deco and modernistic design in cinema.

 

He’s back

Posted: December 27, 2009 in Formula 1
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Here’s a photo I took back in 2005 of two very old Formula 1 drivers. I did not think that either of these guys would be still around in F1 in 2010. I would never have dreamed that the guy on the right would have been second in the World Driver’s Championship in 2009. I also would never have thought that the guy on the left would be returning after a three year retirement. I certainly would never have believed he’d be driving for any team other than the Prancing Horse.

Dan DeCarlo

Posted: December 25, 2009 in Archie Comics
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Here’s a pic I found by artist Dan DeCarlo.

I have posted this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it has been ages since I posted anything comic book related, and DeCarlo was one of the finest comic book artists of the 1950s. He spent many years working for Archie Comics and created Josie & the Pussycats, as well as Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He also drew many pin-up girl cartoons like the one above, for men’s magazines.

I also think that the girl in the pic above looks a lot like Betty from the Archie comic book. (And you thought the kids in Riverdale were all clean cut!)


Here’s a final Rockwell Santa Claus that I forgot to post in the last update.

This is from 1920.