Saturday, May 14, 2005
- I thought I had fallen asleep in front of my computer today when I noticed a link referral read, "Chwiliwch Google":...then it occurred to me...it's Welsh! (http://www.google.com/search?hl=cy means Cymru) I'm sorry, residents of Wales, but in my opinion Cymru looks as close to a Lovecraftian language as Earthly tongues get. Maybe that's where old H.P.L. got the idea?
- Oops, my secret is out...The Faces Project.
- There's so little of the real thing left, but Googie is one of the most nostalgic, cheery-looking styles of architecture I can imagine: for many Baby Boomers, and myself (although I'm technically on the early end Generation X), Googie means the Good Old Days. In the future, Googie will be seen as the Cheap Gasoline Age.
Man left his caves and grass huts and through hard work and ingenuity has built an amazing modern world. Tomorrow he will conquer any remaining problems and colonize the rest of the galaxy. However, for all his achievements and modern science man will never lose touch with the natural world and his noble roots.Some other excellent Googie websites include Roadside Peek.com, Armet & Davis' Googie Art, and Ronsaari.com.
The themes of history and primitive man were expressed in buildings and decor that reflected the Old West, the South Seas and even caves. (The interest in South Pacific motifs was partially a result of World War II servicemen returning from tours of duty in that region.)
Man's continuing link to nature was expressed in a number of ways, including the common use of rock and fake rock (flagcrete) walls, lush landscaping, indoor gardens, and vast plate glass windows that broke down traditional barriers between inside and outside. In the world of Googie, it's not uncommon to see UFO-shaped buildings with one rock wall, three glass walls and palm trees growing straight up through a cutout shape in an overhanging roof. [Image courtesy SpaceAge City.com, where you can read the full article]
- Friday the 13th marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic MOVE seige in Philadelphia; details on NPR.