Monday, October 29, 2012

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I'm getting really fond of Retronaut and their amazing collections of photos, such as this one featuring New York back in the days when it was a world class center for art and creativity.
At the same time also a center for poverty and crime... meaning : cheap rent, meaning: people who didn't have a well paid full time job could afford to live there and still do their art.

Today we have gentrification and real estate speculators turning  NYC into yet another tourist trap living on the reputation of a bohemian past, just like Paris, the recent newcomer Berlin, and dare I say it: my own town of Copenhagen.
I suppose the generations to shape the art of the future will do it from low-rent metropolises of the Third World  as middle class kids with grants recycle art's past here in the west while prancing on the streets of "artistic neighborhoods" which have become little more than outdoor museums with live people added.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
Wintry conditions for these half tracks. The total absence of any markings besides the Wehrmacht license plates could suggest the photo was taken at a training facility in Germany, probably 1940-42.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

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What are we without our dreams? not really human some would claim...and you can bet these girls are giving it all for the dream of becoming a starlet in 1946 Los Angeles.

from wondrous Retronaut

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
A Panzer IV has accidentally slid down a slope and now waits for recovery. Note the "Bison" marking of the 10'th Panzer Division airbrushed onto the turret side and the flag flying above the panzer, probably signaling that a damaged vehicle is present. My guess is the photo was taken in early 1940 since the troopers still wear the black panzer beret but we no longer see the solid white
balkenkreuz national markings used during the Battle of Poland.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

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Attention comic book fans!  -  a new blog about comics, comicbooks and all things comicbookish has been launched! courtesy of moi and my pal Hans Larsen (an architect, but still an ok dude) quickly removeth ye all other comics related bookmarks from your web browsers to make room for:

Plopish.blogspot.com

(and is in English language please sir)

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
A panzer IV being ferried down a road aboard a Sonderanhänger 116 tank transporter. Note how it takes the combined efforts of both an Skdfz 9 "FAMO" and a Sdkfz 7 to pull this heavy load. The location could be any mountainous place in southern Europe, or Russia and my guess is somewhere in the Balkans or Greece.
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Monday, October 08, 2012

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"R"
 He was one of the town weirdo's. I was another. And we were some of the smart kids in class. He was into Liberalism. Still a rarity in Denmark in the early eighties when we didn't really know what would come first: The inevitable socialist takeover of the entire world, or the Atom bomb. I was a revolutionary. I dreamed of going to South America to fight the CIA and big business. Fight them with guns.
I had long hair and thick glasses,  he had black curly hair and a genetic defect causing his eyes to water continuously. We were in our early teens, and often met after school. At the place where we could have some privacy and would never meet any of the other kids inhabiting our small town. The local library.
They had a game of chess. So we played chess while  enjoying our common passion: debating the sorry state of things, and what should be done about it. School ended, and we went our separate ways.
I met him on the streets of Copenhagen several years later, in the late eighties. He was now living i Sweden, working with computers. He said "if China and India achieves the same standard of living as we have here in the west, the whole ecological system is going to collapse..."

Smart kid.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV
A very intriguing photo, most likely taken from the commander's cupola of a Pz IV during the Battle of France. Note the manner of wearing the headphones practised by the panzer's wounded radio operator seen on the left, enabling him to both receive radio communication and aural messages at the same time. The troopers advancing through the field in the background suggests the panzer operated in the infantry support role during this engagement.
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Monday, October 01, 2012

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Of course! I regularly check out Michael Cho's Sketchbook, because it's a blog, because it's easily accessible via the "internet" information system, and because Michael Cho delivers great news, advice and tutorials on the art of Kartoonin'

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
Some Pz IV's crossing a makeshift bridge, ca. 1940-41. The houses in the background look more western European than Russian to me so my guess is the photo was taken during the Battle of France. The panzers also lack the extensive storing of items on the outside and the swastika flags used for air-recognition during Barbarossa
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