More career training from the past

Oh, will I ever get tired of the awesomeness that is Modern Mechanix? The latest handy helper from the past that we know about from Modern Mechanix is this advertisement for cartoon training, which looks to be a correspondence course.


CARTOONING – Taught by 9 Professionals
A new idea in cartooning schools -45 lessons by NINE Famous Professionals:-Boltinoff, Lariar, Nofziger, Roir, Ross, Roth, Salo, Schus and Wolfe. Over 2,000 instruction Drawings! Course includes: Comic Strips, Magazine, Sport, Politicals, Animals, Advertising, Book Illustration, CUTE GIRLS, etc. Your homework criticized by all 9 famous teachers. 2 years to finish.
Approved for Veterans.
Dept. PM

The PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL OF CARTOONING, INC. 505 Fifth Avenue, New York 17, N. Y.
FREE Criticism of one of your cartoons- send 10c to cover mailing charges.

I think the “Approved for Veterans” part refers to military vets, and not pet doctors. Not that there is anything wrong with the doctor who cares for your pet drawing cartoons. I just thought I’d try to clear that up for those not sure who is the target audience.

For the record, the answer to the opening question is, of course, a most emphatic no. I mean, how could one ever tire of greatness in a single URL?

[tags]Modern Mechanix and vocational training[/tags]

PLoS ONE open access online science journal

Catching up on my Tingilinde reading this evening, I found a recent article there linking over to PLoS ONE. I had never heard of this site, but the article sounded interesting so I followed the link. That article, Ionizing Radiation Changes the Electronic Properties of Melanin and Enhances the Growth of Melanized Fungi, is way beyond my means of comprehension. However, the site byline, “A new way of communicating peer-reviewed science and medicine”, intrigued me. I spent a little time searching around the site to see just what PLoS ONE is. If you look at the site, you can find that it is an open access science journal, and it offers peer reviewed scientific studies for your online consumption.

PLoS ONE (eISSN-1932-6203) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLoS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. PLoS ONE is published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization. PLoS ONE’s start-up phase is supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

. . .

All works published in PLoS journals are open access, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Everything is immediately available online without cost to anyone, anywhere-to read, download, redistribute, include in databases, and otherwise use-subject only to the condition that the original authorship is properly attributed. Copyright is retained by the author.

From what little I’ve poked around, it appears that the site is offering credible scientific information via what I call the Cory Doctorow method of riches through free content. Yes, it is a method that I realize others have also done. It just works in my mind to tie the practice to someone whose work I’ve consumed heavily.

If you are at all interested in what is going on in the scientific world, PLoS ONE is a good site to add to your sites-worth-visiting list. Just expect to find lots of works that are over your head (sample below). OF course, many of you may be much brighter than I am, so you might not find that to be the case, but I certainly couldn’t grok much of what I saw there. It was, regardless, quite fascinating.


Oh, and that PLoS thing? Well, that stands for the Public Library of Science. Just in case you wondered (I did, and found it while poking around the site). And if you are looking for more science sites worth visiting, just let me know and I’ll add some of the other places I’ve found to be worth the time investment.

[tags]Public Library of Science online journal, Science sites worth visiting[/tags]

First Everest summit access

On this date in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached Mount Everest’s summit.

At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everst, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. The two, part of a British expedition, made their final assault on the summit after spending a fitful night at 27,900 feet. News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and Britons hailed it as a good omen for their country’s future.

Mount Everest sits on the crest of the Great Himalayas in Asia, lying on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Called Chomo-Lungma, or “Mother Goddess of the Land,” by the Tibetans, the English named the mountain after Sir George Everst, a 19th-century British surveyor of South Asia. The summit of Everest reaches two-thirds of the way through the air of the earth’s atmosphere — at about the cruising altitude of jet airliners — and oxygen levels there are very low, temperatures are extremely cold, and weather is unpredictable and dangerous.

A brief video and more details are available at the History Channel site.

[tags]May 29 – today in history 1953[/tags]

For all those that complain of high gas prices

Soooooo, right here’s the problem.

Like many holiday travelers, Ron Evenhaim isn’t going to let rising gasoline prices curtail his plans for a weekend getaway.

Evenhaim rented a 40-foot diesel RV to take his family of five on the 300-mile round trip from his home in suburban Los Angeles to Lake Isabella in the Tehachapi Mountains.

. . .

An AP-Ipsos poll showed that nearly half the country says gas prices are causing a “serious hardship,” but fewer people than last year are reducing their driving, trimming other expenses or curtailing vacation plans due to higher energy costs.

“Ummmm, yeah. That thar gas pricing shore is hurtin’ us. We can’t not hardly afford tuh keep takin’ both cars tuh th’ bingo game every Thursday…”

Maybe – just maybe – people need to consider cutting back on how much driving they do? I know it’s a wacky idea, but it just might help. Seems like gas prices hurting the pocketbook might lead to some changes in driving practices. But not in America.

[tags]On high gas prices, Americans hurting from high gas prices but not cutting back on driving[/tags]

America sinks further down in stupidity well

There are times I read things that I have to check the calendar and see if it is April 1st. Today, I saw such a story. When I realized that today is not the day for such trickery, I figured I had to pass it on so either of my visitors today would know what is coming.

Sunset Tan (E!, Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET) is a six-episode reality series of such superlative vapidity that it seems right on the edge of mutating into some toxic new breed of media experience.

. . .

As Nick says, “Ka-ching!” The staff and ownership of Sunset Tan are highly stimulated by their proximity to celebrity-“I can’t believe Lisa gets to spray Britney Spears!”-despite the fact that one might expect to have just as many run-ins with the rich and famous at the In-N-Out Burger in Westwood. One extended and alarming brush with celebrity features the “olly girls,” Holly and Molly, who, with their two heads put together, are still, amazingly, the dumbest person on a staff. Holly and Molly doll themselves up and come into work, unpaid, on their day off, because a star is coming in. That star is Chris Kattan. To his credit, he’s disturbed by this behavior.

I debated on that second paragraph whether to put the Holly and Molly quote to emphasize the stupid or use the paragraph that includes “it could turn into an especially misogynistic deep-throat spectacle” in it. I chose the former, leaving you to read the article to find the latter. I will say, however, that the unused paragraph does not say what you might expect from that quote.

[tags]More on American stupidity, Heading deeper in the well of stupid[/tags]