Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

1983 Star Wars Activity Book

You wanted more, and you've got it -- I've scanned in full-size versions of nine more pages from the 1983 Star Wars Activity Book I posted about the other day; you could print them out and fill them in if you wanted, but I think the real pleasure to be taken is in just
looking at them.

You'll see Yoda's head replaced by a crossword puzzle, a Tusken Raider's face covered by a maze, and more! And don't miss the geometric beauty of "Who's Tailing Luke?", "Take Cover", and "Not Wanted" (color it in to figure out "something that is not wanted in Endor Forest").

Yoda Crossword Clues

Yoda Crossword Puzzle

Who's Tailing Luke?

Take Cover!

A-mazing Tusken Raider

Doodles of Droids

Find The Hidden Objects

What's In The Forest?

Not Wanted

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

DIY Papercraft Darth Vader Dime Bank

Apparently my in-laws' garage is not without hidden treasure -- I just stumbled upon two great Star Wars activity books from 1983, and I had to share.

The publisher partnered with Lucasfilm -- they have a copyright notice and everything! -- but even so, this is the possibly the worst collection of officially-licensed Star Wars-related kids' materials I've ever seen.

For your pleasure: the official Darth Vader Dime Bank!


Monday, June 09, 2008

Hebrew School Musical

If you're a parent with children between the ages of 3 and 13, you're no doubt familiar with "High School Musical." If you're Jewish as well, you'll probably get as a big a kick out of this joke as I did. My kids loved it so much they had me make shirts for them to wear to camp.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Pool Shark

“On a cloth untrue / With a twisted cue, / And elliptical billiard balls.”
William S. Gilbert (1836-1911), English lyricist

I was debating whether to show a Keith Olbermann video ranting about Bush or show you a video of what playing pool with me is like. This clip shows how I deftly handled the pool stick, ask On The Mark if you don't believe me.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Edward Hopper Parodies
Still Incredibly Popular
(And We Continue To
Ride Hopper's Coattails)

For some reason, a lot of people seem to be looking for parodies of Edward Hopper's famous painting, "Nighthawks." And somehow, we've become the go-to location of choice for such materials.

Once again, the original:

So as part of the great responsibility that comes with such power, I have five more parodies to share with you.

First, a little Lego (for you Legomaniacs out there):

This is from an issue of "Bongo's Futurama Comics," another Matt Groening endeavor:

Nighthawks in space? Why not? This is a piece created by a guy who goes by the handle "epicpics":

What collection of parodies of anything would be complete without the Simpsons? This is yet ANOTHER still from a Simpsons episode which parodied "Nighthawks"; in this case, the episode titled "Homer Versus the 18th Amendment":

Last, a photo showing a shot from Wim Wenders' film "The End of Violence," in which he recreated the famous painting:

Need more? Here's the first batch and the second batch.