Archive for May, 2011

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Some Women of Old-School Sci-Fi Movies

May 22, 2011

I have several old science-fiction movie posters; here are three featuring strong women — in this case, strong equals evil. Unless the woman is Barbarella. Then she’s not evil, just kinda dumb. Hmm. Attractive women just have to be either intellectually toxic or helplessly naive, don’t they?

Terror from the Year 5000. 1958. Scientist makes time machine, brings back woman from the future. Future woman wants to take healthy men back to her time for procreation. How is this a bad thing? Looks like a woman’s carnal needs are pretty scary to emasculated lab rats. Gotta love the graph paper background — makes it all the more science-y, doesn’t it?


The Wasp Woman. 1959. Cosmetics queen, afraid of growing old, creates youth serum from wasp venom. Because (unlike middle-aged men), middle-aged women are SCARY! Experiments on herself, becomes all waspy when aroused. Fear of women’s sexuality? Gee, ya think? A Roger Corman production.


Barbarella. 1968. Ah, every fanboy’s favorite bubble-headed booby (with apologies to Dr. Smith). So über-sexy she’s always getting abducted, and well, you know the rest. She’s a victim of her own desirability. Poor thing. A Dino De Laurentiis production.

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In the Shadows Of

May 15, 2011

Came across the attractive play of light and shadow on various things while meandering around downtown last weekend.

In the Shadow of Industry
(Southern Arizona Transportation Museum)

In the Shadow of Government
(Tucson City Hall courtyard steps)

In the Shadow of The Grape
(Maynards Market & Kitchen)

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Of Style and Goats

May 11, 2011

As anyone with teenagers in their house knows, Spring is one busy season: Prom, SAT, band concerts, finals, etc.  Got some cool pix from my son’s pre-Prom prep —


Fancy but uncomfortable shoes. Tell me he doesn’t look like a young Paul Weller!  Style Council paging Mister Smooth.

Mirror, mirror, etc., etc.  He is the mob.

So last Saturday our youngster was taking the SAT.  My husband and I wandered around downtown in the meanwhile, and came across lots of interesting things to photograph. Among them, this guitar signed by David Duchovny from his recent movie, “Goats.” The movie was filmed partly in Tucson, hence the guitar in the window of a local music shop (Chicago Music Store).

And a closer look:

Oh, Foxy Mulder.

By the way, the Chicago Music Store is a great place to wander around — if you have time — cluttered with stacks of all sorts of curious and cool  instruments.