Friday, June 28, 2013

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I am a collector. I carry a little machine with me. And walk the Earth. I have been programmed by my culture (a very visual culture) to recognise certain combinations of colour, light and form to be interesting, noteworthy. It is all done by my human brain... a cow or a monkey would not see the world like that. When I come across these combinations, I record them with my little machine, it's called a "camera",  and later when I come home, I sit at my desk and look at the recordings. A bit like a collector of butterflies, or flowers would. I feel a certain pleasure. A pleasure of having caught these butterflies. They are now mine.

Have a nice summer, and when we meet again; it will be the future.

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Panzer: Bergepanzer III, ausf J
Some 150 obsolete Panzer III's were converted in March-December 1944 to serve with armoured units as recovery vehicles. Photo possibly taken during the Battle of the Bulge.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

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If WWII photos from the vast collection in the US National Archives are to your interest, checketh ye out Fox Company Research, a private contractor offering a fine selection for online viewing and purchase.

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Panzer: Flammpanzer II (F) Flamingo
Ninety vehicles produced 1940-41. This flamethrower equipped tank (the small turrets with nozzles expouting flame are visible above the front end mudguards) was based on the Pzkpw II, Ausf F and saw service during Operation Barbarossa after which the remaining vehicles were returned to Germany and converted to Marder tank destroyers.
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Monday, June 17, 2013

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If the early art of Raymond Pettibon is to your taste, you're in for a treat with this collection of : pretty-much-every-single-black-flag-flyer-designed-by-raymond-pettibon

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger, Ausf E
A battered Tiger aboard a railroad flatcar, probable heading for a repair facility and major overhaul. Note the support for the commanders hatch poking out of the dustbin cupola, indicating that the hatch is missing, perhaps blown out by an internal explosion.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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R.I.P Arturo Vega, 1947-2013

A belated goodbye to "the fifth Ramone" (he died June 8'th) Arturo Vega designed the famous Ramones logo which has since grown into a pop culture icon rivaling the popularity of Che Guevara' s image.

Mr. Vega not only created logos, backdrops and T-shirts for the band (reportedly the sale of the Vega designed T-shirts represented a bigger income for The Ramones than the sale of records...) he also designed the lights used when the band performed on stage.

I had the pleasure of witnessing that part of Mr. Vega's talents back in the late 1980's, when the Ramones played in Copenhagen's Pumpehuset . During their performance of "Surfin' bird" (a cover of the surf-rock classic by the Trashmen) there is a break in the song where the band stops playing and you only hear Joey Ramone saying "a-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba.." into the microphone, the sound of his voice shifting from the left side to the right side stack of amplifiers (and what a mighty stack that was..), additionally the lights have been turned off, we the humble audience are standing in complete darkness... eventually the Ramones slam back into the song, perfectly timed with the lights returning, aimed at an obscured angle, blasting a tri-fork of light down on the stage, the lights' colours representing those of the American flag:  RED-WHITE-BLUE...Dee-Dee and Johnny Ramone now standing on top of the amplifiers in their signature laid back poses,  guitar and bass resting potently between knee and thigh height, the song playing at maximum volume.

A rock-n-roll moment.

Thanks, Arturo Vega.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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****  HAPPY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! ****


Yes, TEN YEARS of blogging here at DAMIJWH! since that very first posting back in 2003, an embittered assault on a Danish Buddhist  - when was I ever nice?...

Well, there have been many phunn moments like that... and I originally started out sharing a blog with my two friends Jens Christoffersen and Hans Larsen, but decided to go solo with DAMIJWH, because mankind needed a really cool and great guy doing a blog.

I suppose blogging has largely been replaced by the many other social medias available today, but I still like the idea of dropping links to places I find interesting on the WWW, with a few lines of text thrown in, and yes: I know fans are eager to know: is he ever going to stop?.. and the answer is of course NO! even on my death bed I will be blogging! so there you have it.

OK, enough of this...see you next Monday and don't forget to also check out my other blog (about comic books) : Plopish!

And by the way: no matter WHAT happens here at the blog, I can guarantee you that there will always be:

Panzers!

Panzer: Panzerbefehlswagen III, Ausf D
Perfect for commemorating our anniversary here at DAMIJWH is this unusually spruce and clean looking Pz Bef Wg III, photographed at a parade just before the outbreak of WWII. Of special note is the parade quality belt and buckle, marksman's lanyard and medal worn by the commander. The medal could very well be The Anschluss Medal, awarded in 1938 to Wehrmacht personnel who took part in the Austrian Anschluss .
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Monday, June 10, 2013

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If Copenhagen, and bicycles are your thang, visit ye frequently at www.copenhagenize.com,  a great site providing insightful updates on the latest developments in Copenhagen in relation to man's (and woman's) best friend: the bicycle...

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Tiger, Ausf B Jagdtiger
A fine closeup shot of the mighty Jagdtiger. Of special note is the fahrgestell (chassis) number painted on the front armour plate and the narrow (66 cm) transportation tracks, fitted when Jagdtigers were moved by rail since the wider "combat" tracks (80 cm) made the vehicle too wide for railway flatcars. Unusual for a Jagdtiger is the application of Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating on the lover parts of the hull. The practise of applying Zimmerit was discontinued from September 1944 when Jagdtigers had already entered full scale production, so maybe this is an early prototype rushed into front line service in the last weeks of WWII.
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Monday, June 03, 2013

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Delight in the world of East German cinema

I remember seeing some of these films on Danish TV back in the seventies, like the WWII war movie Ich war neunzehn

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Tiger (p) Elefant
A nice top view of this heavy weight tank hunter, probably photographed on the Italian front ca. 1944.
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