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Van Neistat: The Value of Mentorship

2022may21.

ガチャポン (Gachapon): The Cult Of The Fruit Sando. I can’t claim to understand the appeal of フルーツサンド (fruit sando). Milk bread, cream filling, fruit. It sounds tasty, but wrong. If you need fruit sando gachapon, I have some good news.

2022may13.

Not Just Bikes: I Don’t Exercise (my city does that for me)

2022may12.

McKesson & Robbins Ideal Felt Tooth Polisher (1889).

2022may06.

I am not a musician nor car expert. The source for the beginning drum solo of 1984’s 1984 Van Halen track “Hot for Teacher” is not universally agreed upon.


“Don Landee and I worked with Alex to create his trademark drum intro for the song. If you listen to the very beginning, it doesn’t sound like a drummer; it’s too random a pattern. That’s because the first five seconds are the Lambroghini exhaust; then Al’s electronic drums come in.” – Ted Templeman, producer of Van Halen’s 1984 in Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music


“I have heard the master tape files from the session, in person, in a post production studio. As you might expect, the engineer at the session had come across the master files illegally. The recording starts off with the simmons pads, playing the alternating herta licks and whatnot, then the drum tracks (the bass drums, played with feet) come in over that. The simmons pads were on a separate audio track; it would appear that the bass drums were recorded on top of (i.e. along with) the simmons track. After the simmons track and bass drums go for a bit, the tom notes appear on the drums track. The simmons track ends when the cymbals enter, and the guitar solo begins. ¶ Obviously, the simmons track was recorded separately from the drums tracks. It was likely recorded first, and then the double bass and toms were laid over it. Sorry to destroy the mystique...” – drummerworld.com

This next video takes apart the drum pattern for “Hot for Teacher,” and the one that follows is a six-year-old playing the drums on “Hot for Teacher.“

Eddie Van Halen owned a 1972 Lamborghini Miura. We can just look at Miura videos all day and try to find one that has the Miura idling. This is difficult because in almost every video, the driver starts the car and immediately revs it. No one wants to hear the idle, they just want to hear it cranked. You’ve already heard the Miura cranked on the Van Halen song “Panama.” They also wanted to put the Miura on the song “Jump” according to Templeman. So let’s take a listen to whatever idling bits and snatches we can grab of various Miuras.

The thing that strikes me right away is that the idle is dirty compared to the beginning of “Hot for Teacher.” The intro does not sound like a miked Miura, it sounds like actual drums as explained by the comment on drummerworld.com. They may have actually miked the car, and played over it, then removed the original audio (this is something 808 State would do with extant songs: noodle along with a record they liked, then eventually remove the original track). There was a car in the “Hot for Teacher” video, a 1932 Ford, the 1932 Ford “hot rod” that is so quintessentially a “hot rod” that it appeared as the cover photo on the first issue of Hot Rod Magazine, a magazine about “hot rods.” It’s only on-screen for a second or so. Can’t even get a clear shot of it.

It’s now located in the Peterson Auto Museum in Los Angeles which I have been to but I only remember the car with the circular door (1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe) not because it’s a car with a circular door but because it is a very beautiful car even without a round door and I don’t say that very often. Say, let’s listen to some idling 1932 Fords.

[added later] Just to say, these 1932 Fords sure do sound like the intro drum solo as much as any of the other candidates I’ve read about; given that the very model is in the video, I’m guessing that the solo was based on the 1932 Ford idle and someone is going to have to produce an interview with/quote from Alex Van Halen himself at this point to convince me otherwise even though absolutely no one else has pointed this out, ever in the history of histories and I award myself one “hi-carb” (NPI) snack like a cinnamon bun in the shape of a cute rabbit for the thorough investigatin’ and you can’t take that away from me because it’s in my tummy the end. PS: Someone will turn this into a high-paying long-ass drawn-out “Youtub” video and we can all agree in a court of law that person owes me at least 10% vig for the idea the end part 2.

2022may02.

This wonderful article about vending machines points to another article about an origami vending machine in Japan. You’re ahead of me on this one: yes, there are vending machine Gachapon. Good Cola, that’s my brand.

2022apr29.

when you rewound your tape you had a little movie you could watch “Will The Rectangle Make It Home I Hope It Does“

right now the video image looks like ass

oh right i’m converting all my precious video tapes to digital

2022apr27.

DEEP CUTS

2022apr26.

Two new ice cream doots at Family Mart. Lookit the LINES on those things. This ice cream is too futuristic for me. I am not ready for the challenge. These graphics are very choice. Link/translation follows.

Family Mart twitter entry / Family Mart website entry

New today, Tuesday, 4/26! Black Thunder Frappe / Good old cookies zakzakzak! / Chocolate Frappe
Vanilla melt-in-your-mouth gobble / Cookie Vanilla Frappe / Cookie Vanilla Frappe

#FamilyFrappe2022

2022apr25.

The Batman (2022), starring Adam West as the The Batman

2022apr24.

Not Just Bikes: Business Parks Suck (but they don’t have to)

2022apr19.

ガチャポン (Gachapon) are small “toys” that are sold inside spherical capsules inside Gachapon vending machines like the one below from outside a store in Kojima (2004).

If you want to feverishly follow the Gachapon hit parade, I suggest you read がちゃぽん情報 (Gachapon Information) or follow がちゃぽんぽん (Gachaxpompom) which is their Twitter account. Here are some Gachapon.

2022apr17.

Harry L. Schlesinger, Manufacturer of CANDY and CRACKERS. Atlanta, GA., Sept. 9, 1924 invoice. Two wonderful things going on here.

1) The cut-out at the upper-left. I am trying to remember the last time I saw something like this, and failing.

2) The rubber stamp:

-- JUST THINK MAN --
IF YOU PAY THIS INVOICE BY 9/19
YOU’LL SAVE .27. JUST LIKE
FINDING IT IN THE STREET, ISN’T IT?

They’ve got a point there. And that’s back when 27 cents was worth [FX: pushes face into calculator] $4.54 today. That’s almost a cup of coffee. Imagine finding a delicious, cold cup of coffee in the street, I wouldn’t turn that away, no sir. Hot coffee, ew. No. No thank you. Iced coffee yay.

2022apr14.

Okay, it is time to start looking at ガチャポン (Gachapon). I have many images, we’ll take a look at about 10 every whenever or so. A lot of these come from がちゃぽん情報 (Gachapon Information), some come from Ebay, others from the [waves hands here] wider internet.

Some Gachapon are for well-known/beloved anime franchises, like Girls Und Panzer, “which depicts a competition between girls’ high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport.” So that is available to you in miniature form. Most Gachapon cost between 200-500¥ (~USD1.60-4).

Here’s a recent Gachapon posted to Gachapon Information, Drunken Kong.

Selections shown: Kong on a rampage, Drinking too much Kong, Kong the Good Listener, High-tension Kong, and Drunken Kong.

Here are some more.

2022apr11.

Dry Cleaning ‒ Scratchcard Lanyard

2022apr06.

The Year 2000 as interpreted by Stollwerck GmbH. Hotels on rails, everything’s got wings, stay at a hotel that floats around the world, thieves have wings, cops have wings, hospitals float high in the air far away from us the end.

They got main street right, at least for Wuppertal.

See also Pre-War Cards.

2022apr04.

Being Not Straight ‒ Jaiden Animations

2022mar21.

2022mar21.

Thought I had posted this already. Line Goes Up ‒ The Problem With NFTs [2hr 18min].

Think of this recent video by Munecat as a companion piece. A lot of the same things are covered, w/more coverage of the SEC and the influencer culture etc., then it dives deeper w/connections to Thiel/Peterson/white nationalism. [1hr 41min]

2022mar20.

Ebay is offering a staggering amount of fake porcelain signs from unscrupulous sellers who pepper their descriptions with weasel words and phrases like “vintage,” “found this at an estate sale,” “old,” etc. Buy an old sign that already has wear, scan it, add a minimally-clothed woman or superhero, turn that into a new sign that looks like an old sign. Someone purchased a fake Coke sign with an explicit (also fake) Marilyn Monroe pose plastered on it for over $300; there’s gold in these fake hills. Sellers abound in the US and UK, at least, and they also create “modern” fake porcelain signs with current brands. Some of the signs they create out of whole cloth ‒ find a drawing, add some crappy type to it and a manufacturer’s logo and done. If you’re curious, searching on “porcelain man cave vintage” seems to corral a large chunk of the “old” type.

2022mar19.