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Photos from the set of A Clockwork Orange


Here's a roundup of candid on-set photos from 1971's Stanley Kubrick movie A Clockwork Orange.

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Today we are 14

This is the 14th anniversary of the first ever post on Boing Boing! Cory 26

On-set Star Wars photos from Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew

On January 8, Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, who tweets as @Thewookieroars, began to post a remarkable stream of candid shots (with very funny captions) from the sets of the original Star Wars movies. The postings continued sporadically until January 10 (and who knows, they may resume again!). I've embedded my favorites below the jump.

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Don Martin's sound effects (alphabetical order)

It's been 14 years since MAD Magazine's Don Martin passed away, and if there's one way you can be sure he'd want to be remembered, it's with this alphabetical listing of all the weird noises that ever appeared in a Don Martin cartoon.

One of the best things about living in the 21st century is that you can own a giant, boxed, two-volume edition of the complete collection of Don Martin's work for MAD -- all 33 years' worth of it. It is my sure-fire cure for the blues.

New (and final) Tales of the City book to be published

What a thrill it is to learn that there is a new Tales of the City novel coming out -- and what a crushing disappointment to discover that it will be the last one.

The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth and final volume of Armistead Maupin's series (begun in 1978 as a newspaper serial), will be published on January 21. It tells the story of Anna Madrigal -- the transgendered, dope-growing, meddling, lovable landlady of 28 Barbary Lane -- visiting Burning Man for the first time, at 92 years of age.

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High-rez scan of Poe's "Raven," illustrated by Dore


The Library of Congress's website hosts a high-resolution scan of a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" illustrated by Gustave Doré. The title-page is at page 11, the list of illustrations is on page 14.

The illustrations are amazing, like no other illustrated Poe I've seen. I've collected my favorites below, and there are a lot of them -- honestly, it was impossible to choose.

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Hackers vs the NSA in 1986

Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine sez, "It shouldn't be that surprising, but Volume Three of The Hacker Digest contains all kinds of news items and articles concerning the National Security Agency, its attempts to control encryption, and the threat of surveillance. This was the hacker world of 1986."

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Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions


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Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions from 1942/43 are just great. I came for the doodles, stayed for the heartfelt sentiment, humanity and wisdom.

Update: Mark posted this in 2011 -- maybe we should make an annual tradition of it!

(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Tom Waits: "A Day in Vienna", Austrian TV documentary

A Day in Vienna is a 1978 (or maybe 1979) 30-minute TV documentary shot for Austrian TV during the tour for his (magnificent) album Blue Valentine. In addition to spectacular concert footage, the video also features Waits slow-dancing with a "Thai prostitute" at a bar in Vienna called the Moulin Rouge.

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Interview with Sol Yurick, author of The Warriors


Geoff from BLDGBLOG sez, "A few years ago, I interviewed novelist Sol Yurick, author of The Warriors, for BLDGBLOG -- but a variety of circumstances meant it just sat in my hard drive for the past four years. But after rediscovering the interview in my old files, and after Yurick himself passed away back in January, it seemed like there was no time like the present to publish this, finally."

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Harpo Marx on Spike Jones

dOoLeY sez, "Spike Jones, who the announcer says 'set music back 10,000 years' features a 67-year-old Harpo Marx. If you listen closely at 18.32 seconds, you can hear the lead singer, behind Harpo's harp, give a musical shout out to Boing Boing. In 1954, years after the dissolution of the Marx Brothers, Harpo was still going strong with TV appearances. He never grew old."

Harpo Marx on The Spike Jones Show (Jan 9, 1954)

Poignant late-19th-C ad for a newfangled talking-machine


Scott sez, "Spotted in the January 1898 issue of The Nickell -- a poignant advertisement filled with nostalgia not just for the late 19th century -- but for the early 19th century as well. In a half-page ad for the Graphophone, which appears to be the next step forward after Thomas Edison's phonograph, an old man listens to 'the most marvellous instrument of our age' and wistfully declares -- 'They didn't have anything like this when I was young.' I can imagine the old guy getting all misty-eyed. I must admit I got a little misty-eyed myself."

Poignant 1898 magazine ad touts “the most marvellous instrument of our age” (Thanks, Scott!)

Own a near-full-size Chairy from Pee-Wee's Playhouse


Zack writes, "Ever wanted to turn your house into Pee Wee's Playhouse? Well, here's the closest you'll ever get -- a fan is selling the remnants of a J.C. Penney's department store display from the short-lived Pee Wee clothing line that includes a life-sized Chairy, an almost-life-sized Pee Wee, and cardboard panels recreating the look of the playhouse and Pee Wee's friends." The bidding's at $975 at the time of writing.

It's amazing how well those old Pee-Wee's Playhouse videos stand up. I've been re-watching the DVDs with my nearly-six-year-old this month and we're both really enjoying them. Alas, the DVDs have gone through the roof: $1400 for the boxed set (!), seasons 1-2 for $63 -- though the seasons 3-5 set is only $12.24.

Large oversized JC Penny store Display PEE WEE HERMAN 1980's I Might Ship (Thanks, Zack!)

Nintendo cartridge soap


These "game-scented" soaps shaped like SNES cartridges are £13, available for pre-order now for 2014 delivery. They come in a replica dust-cover, are suitable for (dirty) vegans, and celebrate the following games: Donkey Kong Country; Street Fighter II Turbo; Super Mario Kart; and The Legend of Zelda.

Super Nintendo Gamer Soap Cartridges (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Creepy kids in vintage ads


The current contest at the Vintage Ads LiveJournal Group is "Creepy Kids" and there's some pretty amazing entries. Shown here, the always-reliable noluck-boston's 1953 Van Camp's Pork and Beans ad.