Monday, September 29, 2008

Non-Elvis drawing of the day

Although I am up to Elvis #273 and counting, here's something a little different. Here we see Walt Disney with Tiki Room parrot Juan, (cousin of Jose the Tiki show host). The Enchanted Tiki Room opened in Disneyland in June of 1963 and was the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics, which shortly after paved the way for other classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.

This year The Enchanted Tiki Room is celebrating its 45th anniversary. I'll be visiting Disneyland once again in 2 days and will more than likely blow a bunch of money on some kind of commemorative 45th Anniversary Tiki Room merchandise that I don't need or have the space for.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Elvis of the Day #250. (aka Milestone Elvis V!)

Did you know that on the set of Jailhouse Rock, a wallaby was given to Elvis as a gift? Well, now you do.

Friday, September 5, 2008

More RNC protests

Tonight's protest wasn't as fun-filled as Monday, but after watching the news tonight, I'm glad I left when I did. It is rather frightening seeing hundreds of officers in their turtle costumes with tear gas guns pointed right in your direction from all sides, ready to pull the trigger at any moment. Also kind of scary to see half the protest attendees (press included) with scarves or masks of their own, knowing they were more than likely going to come in handy. About 200 arrests were made after demonstrators (photo journalists included) were finally chased onto a bridge and surrounded from both sides. Not many actual protest photos here because I was keeping my distance for the right reasons, but here are some I liked. The march started at the State Capitol. It might go without saying, but click on them to see the best results please!

He has a permit.

"The law stinks!"

The highlight for me was when Triumph the Insult Dog drove by, yelling out the window at everyone. It didn't even occur to me that this was really him until I saw that it was indeed Robert Smigel behind the puppet. Unfortunately, I didn't think fast enough and this was the best shot I could get. I'll definitely be watching for this on Conan. Apparently Triumph has been reporting for Late Night from the RNC all week.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

RNC Photo Dump

I was lucky enough to check out some of the excitement that took place downtown St. Paul on opening day of the RNC. Most are shots from the protest march that swarmed the streets in a continuous loop. Very interesting and entertaining stuff, to say the least.

The only thing CNN cared to report were the arrests made on 300 self-proclaimed "anarchists" that were smashing windows and damaging police cars. They made up a very small fraction of the thousands of participants who chose to protest in a civil manner. Other than some tear gas that was launched a couple blocks from where I was standing, I never saw anything get out of hand. CNN's coverage would have you believe this took place in a third world country. To be honest, I wish I could have caught some of that. Oh well, tomorrow is the final day of the convention, so more drama isn't unlikely.

Anyway, here are some shots. Many of them look much better enlarged, so by all means, click on any of them for better results!

"Your dicks are THIS big?!"


Colonel Sanders hates fags!

At one point, just to my right, I spotted The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore taking some shots of his own. Also "Mr. Brown" from The Office. Very cool!


And one shot from the Take Back Labor Day festival, where Tom Morello had a solo act.