December 23rd, 2005

Chris Keeley

Winkytiki's images are serene, spectacular, dripping with ultra-Kodachrome saturations and demure sm

New kitsch pinup book from Octavio "Winkytiki" Arizala

Fasten your seatbelts, mouseketeers: time for an atomic spaceship ride to Babeland.

Octavio "Winkytiki" Arizala's retro pinup photography is the subject of the forthcoming book Modern Vixens.

Snip from an editorial review: "[T]his is dirty/beautiful at its very best, kitschy Hawaiian sets, vintage decor and everything from Barbarella to 50s Housewife imagined in bright, wicked colours. Winkytiki's images are serene, spectacular, dripping with ultra-Kodachrome saturations and demure smiles."
Link to book, and link to website with tons of retrolicious photos. (Thanks, Joseph Francis)

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Cheney said his iPod needed to be recharged, it took precedent above all else and dominated one prec

Cheney's iPod: first in line of succession for power outlets.

Snip from an Associated Press item about travels aboard Air Force Two:
[Cheney] is an iPod fan, and keeping it charged is a priority for his staff. Normally that isn't an issue, even when he's flying around the world. Air Force II is equipped with outlets in each row of seats. But when Dick Cheney was traveling home overnight Wednesday from his diplomatic mission, most of the outlets went on the fritz.

Working passengers began lining up their laptops to share the power from a couple of working outlets — particularly the reporters who urgently needed to prepare their articles to transmit during a quick refueling stop in England.

But when Cheney said his iPod needed to be recharged, it took precedent above all else and dominated one precious outlet for several hours. The vice president's press staff intervened so a reporter could use the outlet for 15 minutes to charge a dead laptop, but then the digital music device was plugged back in. That way, Cheney got his press coverage and his music, too.

Link (Thanks, Paul Boutin!)

Reader comment: Tom says,

This just shows how inefficient the executive office is. The iPod charges via USB -- any USB -- so a laptop could easily have been plugged in and charged Cheney's iPod simultaneously. This would work out better than charging just the iPod.
Reader comment: Dave Hoffman says,
My iPod charges via firewire. My laptop doesn't have a firewire port. I have to charge it from my desktop or from the wall.
Reader comment: Hal says,
Much as I detest the guy, maybe he had a reason for not plugging it into somebody's laptop. If you accept the default installation of iTunes, it will open the iPod automatically. Maybe the Veep didn't want anyone to see what crappy music he listens to. Or what he got for free online...
Chris Keeley

Freedom Dance" is the story of a young husband and his wife literally running for their lives - on f

Below is a link to Stuart Dahne's (Livetaper)  friend Steven Fischer's website for a documentary that he is producing called "Freedom Dance".

"Freedom Dance" is the story of a young husband and his wife literally running for their lives - on foot, by truck, by bus, by train, and by boat. It is the remarkable and true journey of two otherwise ordinary people accomplishing the extraordinary.

The scope of our story covers only the four months Edward and Judy Hilbert spent as refugees, highlighting the episodes captured in Edward's cartoon journal and using animation to illustrate these moments from their thrilling escape, resolving when they reach their destination: America. It is structured chronologically, inter-cutting recorded interviews (first person POV), photos and artifacts of the subjects in 1956, stock footage of the Hungarian Revolution, and cartoon animation produced in a non-traditional style called 2-and-a-half 'D' (kind of like layering paper cut outs enhanced with sophisticated computer technology).

Check out the site for the rest of the story, it is very interesting!
http://www.freedomdancethemovie.com/

Enjoy.