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May 02, 2008

Links by Charlton

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Websurfing virtuoso Charlton Griffin keeps turning up gems:

* Learn about the legendary American landscape photographer Ansel Adams. Don't miss the slide show.

* Maybe a few lines and wrinkles aren't such bad things. Interesting fact: "Of the 11.8 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2007, less than 10 percent were done on men."

* As if the Marimba Queens aren't enough to make your eyes and ears pop, check out that slap bass player.

* Also worth a listen / watch: the Wilford Brimley diabetes dance remix.

* Here's a delicious true-crime story about new-style identity fraud, young-and-shallow edition. Here's a page of photos and details that will enhance your reading pleasure. Some more pix.

* Thank god for a little truth in college advertising.

* The worst of the worst -- and when the topic is musicals, that's saying a lot.

* Penis snatching in West Africa is back. Be especially wary around taxi drivers wearing gold rings.

*Japanese misuses of English can be a riot, can't they? Those with a taste for the raunchy will want to click here too.

* The gas that will turn a grown man into a slacker.

* What did Leonardo Da Vinci look like?

* Pat Condell isn't a man you can hold back. Here he blasts Scientology.

* 18th century England's working classes dressed nattily.

Thanks to Charlton. As you may know, I'm a big fan of Charlton's work as an audiobook producer and reader. Help yourself to his new version of "Crime and Punishment" here.



posted by Michael at May 2, 2008


About that bass player, Wikipedia says:

"Stealing the show in "A Study In Brown" was ‘hep-cat‘ bass player Frank DeNunzio, Sr., of Hershey, Pennsylvania, who played his standup/slap bass almost until his death in February, 2005. The woman playing the marimba next to the maraca player in the film is Reg's wife, Fern Marie, who died in July 2006."

Posted by: Bryan on May 2, 2008 3:53 PM

Checked out the Ansell Adams slide-show...and loved it. Just unreal enough. Such a fine line between wilderness porn and wilderness art, isn't there?

I ran into our local landscape photographer at a mate's art shop the other day. He does gritty colour work, preferring the hard escarpment country back from the NSW coastal strip. Great, unaffected stuff...and thoroughly commercial, I'm pleased to say. What strikes one most is the man's extreme practicality and patience. Those grand snaps just don't come easily or cheaply.

Posted by: Robert Townshend on May 3, 2008 6:38 AM

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