Archive for marzo 2012

Wolf Robe, 1895-1909

Wolf Robe, 1895-1909:

Wolf Robe by Charles H. Carpenter, 1904
“Wolf Robe (c.1838-1910) was a Southern Cheyenne chief and a holder of the Benjamin Harrison Peace Medal. During the late 1870s he was forced to leave the open plains and relocate his tribe on to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian Reservation in Indian Territory.  He was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Peace Medal in 1890 for his assistance in the Cherokee Commission.”
- Wikipedia

Wolf Robe by F. A. Rinehart, 1898

Wolf Robe by F.A. Rinehart, 1898

Wolf Robe by F.A. Rinehart, 1898

Wolf Robe by Elisabeth Grinnell, c.1902

Wolf Robe by the Gerhard Sisters, c.1904

Wolf Robe by Charles H. Carpenter, 1904

Wolf Robe by De Lancey Gill, June 1909

Wolf Robe by De Lancey Gill, 1909

Wolf Robe by Charles Milton Bell

Wolf Robe by Charles Milton Bell

Buffalo Meat, Three Fingers & Wolf Robe, 1895

Source: Smithsonian / Library of Congress via Amertribes / Stephanie Campos
lunedì 26 marzo 2012
Posted by SimoneGallina™

Monsters from the Kaibutsu Ehon, 1881

Monsters from the Kaibutsu Ehon, 1881:

Aoi no Ue - Character from The Tale of Genji who suffers episodes of spirit possession
“The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) features woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. Illustrated by painter Nabeta Gyokuei, the book is modeled after the influential works of Toriyama Sekien, an 18th-century scholar and ukiyo-e artist known for his attempt to catalog the many species of yōkai in Japan.”
- Pink Tentacle

Buruburu - Forest-dwelling ghost that causes victims to shiver violently

Daibutsu-kaibutsu - Mysterious pile of crumbling skulls

Futsukeshibaba (a.k.a. Hikeshibaba) - Mysterious old woman in white who extinguishes lanterns

Hitotsume-bōzu - Monk with cyclopean eye

Kasha - Cat-like demon that descends from the sky to feed on corpses before cremation

Mikoshi-nyūdō - Monk-like creature that grows taller the more you look at it

Nekomata - Fork-tailed cat with a host of supernatural abilities

Noderabō - Strange creature standing near a temple bell

Nue - Chimera-like bringer of misfortune that can fly and morph into a dark cloud

Nyūnaisuzume - Sparrows flying from the mouth of exiled poet Fujiwara no Sanekata

Shiriyau (a.k.a. Shiryō) - Spirit of the dead

Shuten Dōji - Fearsome oni known for kidnapping, enslaving and devouring young Kyoto maidens

Sōgenbi - Fiery ghost of oil-thieving monk (based on Kyoto legend)

Tanuki-bō - A monk who turned into a tanuki

Tengu - Bird-like demon

Teratsutsuki - Mononobe no Moriya's resentment changes into a woodpecker

Ubagabi - Fiery ghost of old woman encountered along the Hozu River in Kyoto

Ubume - Ghost of woman who died during childbirth

Umizatō - Blind lute player who walks on the sea

Waraime (a.k.a. Kerakera-onna) - Giant cackling woman

Yamao - One-eyed mountain creature (possibly related to the yama-waro of Kyushu)

Yanari - Little demons that produce the creaking sounds heard in old houses

Yūrei - Ghost

Source: Shinku Nichibun via Pink Tentacle
Posted by SimoneGallina™

Use it up, wear it out, make it do!

Use it up, wear it out, make it do!:

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The poster above was issued by the US Government in 1943 to remind citizens to be frugal and resourceful at home to help the war effort abroad. The North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts has an article that provides some context:
Civilian rationing was necessary in order to supply the military. Rationed items had to be used sparingly and included shoes, coffee, butter, gasoline, and nylon hosiery. Recycling was introduced and civilians were exhorted to save cooking grease (which was used in the manufacturing of explosives), rubber, scrap metal and even rags. Victory gardens began to replace commercial produce and provided 40% of the fresh produce consumed by civilians during the war. Women were encouraged to can vegetables to be used during the months when no produce could be harvested. Families even gave up pet dogs to the military to be used as sentries. War posters encouraged citizens to willingly bear these hardships through images of civic-minded individuals cheerfully adapting to this new way of life. The poster, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do!” provides a humorous image of a woman mending a pair of pants in order to save the labor and goods that would be required to replace them.
Today, there's no rationing in the United States. You are free, encouraged even, to buy as much stuff as you can afford, and throw it out as soon as next year's models are available. There's a certain kind of fun in getting the latest and greatest, but I've also learned that it's often rewarding to fix broken things instead of buying replacements. Recently, my Blue Snowball USB microphone stopped working. Troubleshooting it led me to discover that one of the metal tangs in the USB input jack had bent out of place. I tried to bend it back and it snapped off. That's it, I thought, and got ready to toss it into the trash like a moldy grapefruit. I was about to buy another one on Amazon. But then I decided to try to fix it myself.
I unscrewed the two hemispheres of the microphone and found a small circuit board. Four colored wires led from the board to the USB jack. I took the USB cord and snipped off the end, and found four similarly colored wires. It took about 10 minutes to strip the insulation off the wires and solder them to the pads on the circuit board. I made a makeshift strain relief on the cord and screwed the shells together. I tested the mic and it worked perfectly. I'm happy I didn't waste money buying a new mic, and I feel more attached to my old one because I invested effort in fixing it and feel a sense of ownership of it. I recommend you try fixing something the next time something of yours breaks.

mercoledì 21 marzo 2012
Posted by SimoneGallina™


Simone Gallina, fondatore di VISUALITY international, illustratore, grafico, fotografo ed artista multimediale, opera su vari progetti in rete ed off-line. Creatore di brand e websites, autore di una serie titoli su Amazon, lavora attualmente all'estero.

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