June 29, 2010

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called 'pomodoros' separated by breaks. (wiki)

There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:

1. Decide on the task to be done
2. Set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
3. Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
4. Take a short break (5 minutes)
5. Every four "pomodoros" take a longer break (15–20 minutes)

Website: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

Timer: http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/

June 28, 2010

Dany Carrel

Dany Carrel
Dany Carrel, French starlet of the 1950's and 60's.



June 20, 2010

Owen Fitzgerald

Owen Fitzgerald
I came across the work of comic artist Owen Fitzgerald recently falling in love his fluid line style and gorgeous dames. Fitzgerald drew various funny comics during the 50's and 60's including The Adventures of Bob Hope, Starlet O'Hara and Dizzy Dames.

lambiek entry: http://lambiek.net/artists/f/fitzgerald_owen.htm

Examples of his work: http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2008/06/owen-fitzgerald-and-his-descendants.html

More here: http://cartoonsnap.blogspot.com/2008/05/bob-hope-meets-mermaids-comics-by-owen.html

Bob Hope comics: http://cosseyedcyclops.blogspot.com/search/label/Bob%20Hope

Starlet O'Hara and Dizzy Dames: http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/

June 13, 2010

New Acrylics

Rhéni Tauchid, is an artist and materials consultant with Canadian acrylic paint manufacturers Tri-Art. She has written two excellent books on painting with acrylics that i highly recommend.

The New Acrylics: Complete Guide to the New Generation of Acrylic Paints by Rhéni Tauchid.

The underlying theme of this dazzling and sophisticated book is to encourage artists to interpret and handle acrylic paints in a vibrant, fresh, and above all, individualistic style. (Back cover blurb)

Amazon Link

New Acrylics Essential Sourcebook: Materials, Techniques, and Contemporary Applications for Today's Artist by Rhéni Tauchid.
Moving beyond a focus on the technical properties of acrylic paints, this new book opens your mind and eyes to the artistic possibilities that are uniquely suited to the medium. Once you become familiar with what acrylic paint is, you are ready to explore what it can become. Focusing on specific technical and application processes, this invaluable handbook demonstrates the many techniques used to produce the varied effects and painting styles that you can achieve with this most versatile of all painting media. (Back cover blurb)

Amazon link

Rhéni Tauchid's blog: http://www.newacrylicsbooks.blogspot.com/

Tri-Art website:


June 12, 2010

Honey West

Honey West
Honey West is an American crime drama television series produced by the ABC network. The series ran for 30 episodes during the 1965-1966 television season and starred Anne Francis as female private detective Honey West. (wiki)

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_West_%28TV_series%29

Opening titles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcLbPTT7o3w

Film clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wyVHUkyBEk&feature=related


June 5, 2010

The Zeroids

The Zeroids

The Zeroids were a line of toy robots from the Planet Zero introduced by the Ideal Toy Company in 1967. Consisting of Zerek, Zintar and Zobor, the Zeroids powered their way into the imaginations of young boys for nearly a decade. (Wiki)

I had Zerek (the blue one)!

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeroids

Fanpage: http://www.zeroidz.com/Zeroids.html

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqlRhBik2g4

June 3, 2010

Linda Brigette

Linda Brigette - The Cupid Doll

Linda Brigette, the Cupid Doll was the last great Bourbon Street stripper from the glory days of burlesque. Born in Winnsboro, Louisiana, she wed at 13 and had a child at 14. Inspired by a Candy Barr performance in Baton Rouge, Linda became a stripper herself.

In the late 1950s, she married a Bourbon Street club owner. After the death of Lilly Christine, Brigette took her spot as the featured attraction at the 500 Club. She was billed as “the Cupid Doll” and “America’s Most Beautiful Exotic.” Her act consisted of a striptease ending with seductive moves on a settee. At just under five feet tall, she was most noted for her enhanced breasts and big platinum blonde hair.

Brigette’s other acts included dancing in an oversized champagne glass, fire-eating, and using live animals (a monkey and a python) as props. In 1966, Brigette was busted on obscenity charges while performing “Dance of a Lover’s Dream.”

Brigette made headlines when Governor John McKeithen granted her a pardon. In the late 1960s, Brigette married for a third time to her spotlight man in what was publicized as the first nude wedding ceremony. Her maid-of-honor was Morganna, a stripper who later became known as “The Kissing Bandit.” Brigette was married for 18 years. She passed away in 2004.

Above profile from http://frenchquarterburlesque.com/?page_id=22




June 2, 2010

Katy Keene

Katy Keene, a character created by Bill Woggon, has appeared in several comic book series published by Archie Comics since 1945. (wiki).

Katy Keene made comics history by being the first magazine to be designed in part by its readers (Teal Triggs)


article by Teal Triggs


June 1, 2010


Playgirl (1969)

Japanese all girl detective series "Playgirl" from 1969.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0782508/

Youtube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9R9HHi2fKY

Amazon japan link

Amazingly, the Toei produced, TV Tokyo (Tokyo Channel 12) Japanese Detective series "Playgirl" pre-dates "Charlie's Angels" by a good six years yet the similarities are almost too uncanny and eerily similar....when a wealthy mystery novelist and independently wealthy socialite Makoto Masako decides to start a business she settles upon a unique Insurance & Investigation Service.

Recruiting a number of beautiful "thrill seeking" amateur detectives, and setting up shop in a fabulous Tokyo apartment/office Masako and company form the "PLAYGIRL(s)" as they affectionately call themselves.

Masako and her "daughters" begin investigating various interesting cases and mysteries on behalf of their company's benefactors. While the bulk of their cases involve solving insurance scams, white collar crimes, fraud, white slavery, robbery and other assorted organized criminal ventures, some of their cases bordered on the bizarre and strange ( i.e. battling ghosts). Review by jmaruyama