Frank Zappa’s Mum and Dad

Yes, even “Uncle” Frank had parents, but what Francis and Rosemary thought of his purple home décor was not recorded by the Life photographer, John Olson, back in 1970 when this photo was taken.

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(Click this small picture to reveal the whole purple gloriousness of Franks lounge area)

This image is another treasure released from Life magazine‘s archive of 10,000,000 images now hosted on Google’s servers.

Searching for Frank Zappa pictures yielded some other unexpected shots of rock stars and their parents:-

  • Enjoy Elton John having a laugh with his mother Shelia and his stepfather Fred Fairebrother in their flat.

  • The Jackson Five chillin’ on midget motorbikes.
  • Grace Slick holding her daughter upside down by the ankles,while her mother, Mrs. Virginia Wing looks on completely unfazed from her place on the sofa.
  • There’s a tender portrait of Joe Cocker and his mum, and…
  • In complete contrast to the Zappa’s Californian residence, a touching image of Cream’s drummer Peter “Ginger” Baker posing with his mum, Ruby Streatfield, outside her house in Bexley.
  • And finally we have “God” A.K.A. Eric Clapton, shown with his grandmother Rose Clapp, who raised him from a lad. (Click the image below to make it fearsomely big, please)

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    Happy image truffling!


  • David Macdonald – Illusions and Illustrations

    David Macdonald got in touch recently to discuss developments in Satori FilmFX, the film painting software that we both use.
    He added a link to his personal Photoshop illustration work that shows some amazing illusionistic work.

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    (Click this thumbnail to reveal the whole picture, please) The Terrace

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    (Click to reveal the whole BIG picture) Peregrination

    I am a DOP1who used to live and work in London but now am semi retired living in Brussels with occasional trips to shoot in “Bollywood”

    My digital work is a synthesis of my experience as a lighting cameraman and my self taught digital manipulation (mostly with photoshop) and some minor use of 3D software when I have no other choice. I create illusions in the spirit of MC Escher but photo realistically.

    I’d love to see these pictures as animation backgrounds with characters bounding and bouncing around in improbable moves.

    Footnotes for this post:____________________________________
    1. Director of Photography []

    Art & Design in The British Film #21 Peter Proud

    Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

    This chapter deals with Peter Proud.

    When he was 15, his money was finished and he left school and applied for a job as sound recordist at B.I.P., Elstree, where `mention’ of some complicated sound apparatus so impressed the sound director that he was taken on as an assistant recordist. It was soon found out, however, that he knew nothing about it and was demoted to magazine loading boy!

    (Please click these thumbnail images to enlarge them.)
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    Green For Danger. Pen and Wash. Individual Pictures.
    Trivia lovers will be delighted to learn that Hattie Jacques made her debût in this film.

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    Woman In The Hall Pen and wash. Wessex Productions.

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    Woman In The Hall Pen and wash. Wessex Productions.

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    Green For Danger Pen and Wash. Individual Pictures.

    Continue reading Peter Proud’s career synopsis after the fold: >> Continue reading Art & Design in The British Film #21 Peter Proud

    LIFE Magazine Photo Archive Now Hosted By Google

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    Who was this animator? He appears to be working on the Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp (Click for full crew list on IMDB). Can you name him?

    You can find his picture alongside ten million others in Google’s new image archive of Life magazines photos. A staggering ninety seven percent of the pictures on show were never published and are now visible for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. Be prepared to discover some real gems!

    Here’s a picture of some young folk out for a run. (Click to enlarge, as ever.)

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    Run for it!

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    Here’s the link to Google’s LIFE Magazine Archive
    Via Art Knowledge News
    And if you know who that animator is, please drop a message in the comment box below. Thanks!

    Economic Warning from 21 Years Ago

    I’ve just finished reading a book thrown out last year by the college library, that was written by Stewart Brand way back in 1987. It’s called “The Media Lab – Inventing the future at M.I.T”1 and it lays out a future where pretty much all human experience in the developed nations will be mediated, one way or another, by the computer.

    Most of its predictions are startlingly accurate when seen from this end of the telescope.
    The passage that I quote below was especially resonant, because it gave an uncannily accurate forecast of today’s economic turbulence.

    The reported conversation was between Stewart Brand and Peter Schwartz, both of whom are now board members of The Long Now Foundation

    Despite its length, it’s worth the read, if only to understand quite how we got into the economic state we are in today. Blame it on computers!

    Read the quote below the fold: Continue reading Economic Warning from 21 Years Ago

    Footnotes for this post:____________________________________
    1. “The Media Lab – Inventing the future at M.I.T.” by Stewart Brand 1987 ISBN 01400. 9701 5 Pages 230 – 233 []

    The Vaguely Xmas Exhibition

    Exhibition Invitation Image

    An art exhibition featuring work by 26 of London’s animation stars kicks off on Monday 17th of November (Private View) and continues until the 22nd of November. 11am – 6 pm.
    Waterloo Gallery Baylis Road Waterloo London SE1 7AA – Very close to London Waterloo station.

      bullet pointBrendan Amphlett bullet point Jen Arthur bullet point Gianna Cazza bullet point Gerry Gallego bullet point Aurelie Gauthier bullet point Neville Astley bullet point Sharon Smith bullet point Sean Hayden bullet point Alan Kerswell bullet point Katerina Kremasioti bullet point Vanessa Luther-Smith bullet point Aidan McAteer bullet point Uli Meyer bullet point Christian Mizon bullet point Isabel Radage bullet point Gideon Rigal bullet point Ed Roberts bullet point Neil Ross bullet point Michael Schlingmann bullet point Ferran Sostres bullet point Minuca Sostres bullet point Lisa Vallentin bullet point Philip Vallentin bullet point Rich Wake bullet point Tim Watts bullet point Glen Whiting bullet point

    How to get there.
    Image courtesy of Neil Ross

    Number 44

    Please click the thumbnail below to reveal the bigger picture.

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    Try as I might, I cannot find the name of the illustrator of this piece. Illustration by Patrick Moberg. 1 It was found on The Daily Irrelevant.

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    1. see comment below from Charley Parker []

    One Official Disciplined Over Data Loss Every Day

    I knew it was bad, but I never imagined the sheer scale of the data leaks that have occurred in the last year or so.

    Parliamentary answers from three Government Departments reveal that up to 260 officials were disciplined or dismissed “for alleged breaches of data protection requirements and inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data” in the past year.

    Most of the people – 192 – were disciplined or dismissed at HM Revenue and Customs, which last November admitted losing personal details of 25 million people from the child benefit database.

    As many as 45 officials could have been disciplined for data protection and personal information breaches at the Home Office agencies including 15 from the Identity and Passport Service in the year to the end of March.

    Another 20 civil servants were disciplined at agencies run by the Department for Work and Pensions in the 12 months to the end of March.

    Read the rest of the news article here.

    Of course, these data leaks are only the ones that have been discovered and reported. It makes you shudder to think of the number of unreported, illegal, and accidental leaks.
    And they want us to trust them to be the guardians of our identities…

    Press here if you feel uncomfortable with this band of incontinents.