Abandoned Amusement Parks

Six Flags New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It has been abandoned ever since. This film was made in October 2010. The park is scheduled to be demolished in January 2011.

Here is a photo tour of the park in New Orleans that is on par with the creepiness of the video.

The park flooded:

There are a lot of abandoned amusement parks around the country, some of which can be legally toured. My favorite photographed abandoned theme park is Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Ohio. I especially love the pictures of trees growing through the Big Dipper’s tracks. The park opened in 1878, closed in 1978, and nature has taken its course on the attractions left behind. The Ferris wheel, frozen in time by trees and vines, is especially eerie.



Check out more photos of Chippewa Lake by penelopejonze on Flickr.

More photos of Chippewa Lake and its other attractions can be seen here.

The Time Traveler

Is there a time traveler watching a bridge reopen in this photo? Is this a very well crafted Photoshop? Or is it just a guy, ahead of his time in terms of fashion, photographed and now being overanalyzed? The picture can be found on the virtual Bralorne-Pioneer Museum. Click here to see the full size image.

“Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940. 1941 (?)”

Forgetomori checks it out.

Given the source, we would assume the photo is authentic, and correctly dated to c.1940. Indeed, an Error Level Analysis suggests the image was not digitally tampered with, or at least that if it was, the author was smart enough to normalize the error across the whole thing. It’s a good job, if it was a job. And again, given the source, we would assume it was not a job.

So, how do we explain the man out of time?

Below that article, I found a comment that breaks down every aspect of the photo. It’s an amazing analysis.

…Whether or not the time traveler is wearing a contemporary sweater or not, he is totally out of uniform for the social class and culture of the event. His dress may indicate a collegiate look to some, but even that would cause some commotion in a crowd like this. He seems too brash for the times, as does his style of garments. Even his unsubdued expression would have been slightly suspect in a crowd like this. He is simply too out of place for the photo. His whole attitude should have caused suspicion.

…My verdict, finally, is that something is defintely wrong here, but I cannot say exactly what it is. The man, for whatever reasons, does not belong in the photo.

To read the rest of the comment hit the jump

Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley

When I was 17, maybe 18, I went to Spain with other members of my high school on a cultural trip for Spanish class. My roommate and I would sneak out of the hotel at night and go shopping in the markets, drink in the local bars, and eat at the restaurants. One night, we stumbled into a music store and I picked up Madonna’s Ray of Light album and a Michael Jackson remix album that had a lot of cool tracks on it, including mashups with Rick Astley and Billy Ocean. I have been scouring the internet for this album for years and never really found anything. Recently, I did find the Astley mix on a youtube video, and then the actual track on another website.

It’s a great remix and easily one of my favorites. I will probably forever hunt for that CD. For all I know it’s tucked away in a box in my folks’ house in its original sleeve.

It looks like the album I am looking for is a rare remix unreleased album called “He Still Drives Me Wild

Tracklist:

1 Disco Mix Club Remix (10:20)
2 Disco Mix Club Remix (11:57)
3 Criminal Heart (Annie & Brother Mix) (7:32)
4 Smooth Criminal (Smokin’ Gun Mix) (6:47)
5 Human Nature (12” Remix – Japan) (4:09)
6 Speed Demon (Disco Mix Club Remix) (6:37)
7 Disco Mix Club – Compilation Remix (11:34)
8 Remember The Time (The Ultimate Mix) (11:15)

Criminal Heart – Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley

John Mayer 3/20/2010 St. Louis setlist

Amazing show. Here’s the setlist, with studio albums noted by number:

:: Heartbreak Warfare (4)
:: Why Georgia (1) with a semi cover, in the middle, of Message in a Bottle by The Police, which he also covered for Any Given Thursday.
:: Vultures (3)
:: Something’s Missing (2)
:: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (3)
:: Perfectly Lonely (4)
:: Assassin (4)
:: Wheel (2)
:: Daughters (2)
:: Crossroads (4)
:: Steve Jordan drum solo that lasted 6 minutes!!
:: Waiting on the World to Change (3)
:: Semi cover of Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan)
:: Half Of My Heart (4) (with a semi cover, in the middle, of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac) [John Mayer said it was the opposite of Half of My Heart, as told from a woman’s perspective].
:: No Such Thing (1)

Encore:
:: Who Says (4)
:: Gravity (3)

Between the main set and the encore the entire Scottrade Center lit up with cell phone screens, like thousands of fireflies. John walked back onto the stage, and stated he had goosebumps at the sight. John requested, during Gravity, that the lights be off and that everyone use their cell phone screens for the first half. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

1: Room For Squares (2 tracks played)
2: Heavier Things (3 tracks played)
3: Continuum (4 tracks played)
4: Battle Studies ( 6 tracks played)

A Love Supreme / Kind of Blue

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of jazz lately. More specifically, I’ve been listening to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. I had no idea that John Coltrane was part of the sextet that recorded Miles Davis’s career masterpiece Kind of Blue, which is lauded as the greatest jazz album of all time. After listening to it, I have found that many artists have sampled its recording and some describe it as a Bible, in that you should always have a copy in your house.

Coltrane would move on, create his own quartet, and eventually record the monumental A Love Supreme. It was recorded over two days, the bulk recorded on day one, and adjustments made on day two. I can’t stop listening to it. I ordered A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album from Amazon and it should be here tomorrow. The recording process is detailed, as well as reception, reviews, and its impact on jazz. I am partial to Coltrane and have listened to a lot of his recordings. There’s a podcast on iTunes called The Traneumentary, which has an accompanying website. In it well-known artists and jazz historians break down some great tracks of Coltrane’s, and all of A Love Supreme.

From Pandora:

Composed of four parts, each has a thematic progression leading to an understanding of spirituality through meditation. From the beginning, “Acknowledgement” is the awakening of sorts that trails off to the famous chanting of the theme at the end, which yields to the second act, “Resolution,” an amazingly beautiful piece about the fury of dedication to a new path of understanding. “Persuance” is a search for that understanding, and “Psalm” is the enlightenment.

The Escape Artist

I was visiting my Aunt this evening and she told me that she and my mother talked about me all day as they were hanging out. My mom was calling me the ring-leader of everything bad that took place in her four children’s lives. “But,” my Aunt said, “she said you were more known for escaping, or wandering off, and usually dragging others into it.” She proceeds to tell me two stories that I have heard hundreds of times in my life. I was too little to remember said events, but they go like this…

Incident One
Date: Early to mid 1981
Location: A shopping mall in Orlando, FL
Adults involved: My parents

Little Aeonn is in a stroller and is only about a 1 1/2 years old. We are in a store inside a shopping mall. (This is where the story changes between the adults involved. My mom says we were in a bookstore. My dad specifically remembers being in a Spencer’s gift store… which is kind of gross). My parents are pushing the stroller through the store, pausing to look at items, still strolling, still pausing, and then my dad realizes that I am no longer in the stroller. Or in the store. He has no idea how long I have been gone or where I have gone to. They exit the store and head to the center of the mall. They frantically look for me. They call security. They call the local police. They make an announcement in the mall. My mom swears I have been kidnapped, knows she can’t pay the ransom, and is planning my funeral in the mall. 15 minutes later, an older couple is walking from the other end of the mall holding my hand. I had exited the stroller, exited the store, and walked to the other end of the mall and into Sears at 18 months old. Escape 1.

Incident Two
Date: Early to mid 1984
Location: Zares in Pensacola, FL
Adults involved: My mother and Aunt Katie

Incident two finds us in a Zares which is sort of like a Target or Venture. It sold household items, clothing, etc. Little Aeonn is 4 and her Aunt Katie is visiting Florida from New Orleans, LA where she attended college. They are out looking for a spool of a certain color thread. While the adults are in the aisle discussing said spool, Little Aeonn grabs 3-year-old sister Nancy’s hand and decides that they have better things to do. The adults are still discussing thread color, which is apparently enthralling, riveting even, when they realize that the cotton-top kids are missing. They begin to look for them. Ultimately, they go to the front of the store and request that the store doors be locked and that everyone should stop what they are doing and find these children. The store makes an announcement over the intercom, “Little Aeonn and Little Nancy… your mother is looking for you.” They are darting up and down aisles, calling the local news, requesting the Navy get involved, and eventually find us where one would expect to find two small children in a department store, bouncing a ball in the toy section. Escape 2.

Michael Jackson

From an excellent piece on Time regarding the life/death of Michael Jackson:

But as the first grieving fades, and all those people Jackson’s lawyers paid to keep quiet get other people to pay for their stories, the tabloid tattling will return. The noise should be as instructive as it is ugly. It will force Michael Jackson’s fans and foes to ask: Why must our stars fall so spectacularly and fail us so egregiously? Perhaps it’s because we want them to. Indeed, it may be the primary function of celebrities like Jackson to show us, in their early radiance, what we could dream of being — and in the murk of their decline, what we fear we could become.

I am having the hardest time saying, “Michael Jackson WAS awesome.” Aaaahhhh…

Be-be-beef or pork

Back to the Future was easily my favorite film trilogy growing up, with Back to the Future II being my absolute favorite. I was amazed by the future. I wanted to go to the future, and get clothes that would shrink to me, and shoes that would lace themselves, and a hoverboard. Oh, a hoverboard. I dreamt of the hoverboard nightly and swore that they’d be released to the general public. I wanted to break my neck on one so badly.

In Back to the Future II, we see Marty McFly go to the year 2015, and it is HELLA AWESOME. (For the full plot, check here. Also, watch the original trailer.) We watch Marty venture out into central square of Hill Valley from the side alley where he and Doc arrived in the flying DeLorean. There are cars taking off into the sky, hoverboards, people looking futuristic, and a 3-D movie advertisement for JAWS that appears to eat McFly whole. Again, it is HELLA AWESOME.

My favorite part is where he ventures into Cafe 80’s and we see a video waiter taking orders. It’s Michael Jackson. And he’s trying to sell a girl a fajita tortilla pita.

“Try our La Bamba fajita tortilla pita. It’s got a hot salsa, avocados, cilantro mix, with your choice of beans, chicken, be-be-beef, or pork…”

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