austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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We're stereosonic, we're animatronic, we're rapping with the robo-electronic Ebonics

My humor blog continues on in low-power mode. In this, much less exertion, way to write, there's been a lot of looking at Popeye cartoons and a surprisingly long essay about Mark Trail. If you missed it, here's your chance to fix that:


And now in my photo roll? It's time to look at a league night at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. It's a miscellaneous bunch of things because at some point every picture of Marvin's is the same bundle of incomprehensible stuff. Tomorrow I'll have something different.

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My traditional Marvin's test of the King Cobra striking cobra coin-op. Its snout has seen better days. I forget whether the striking mechanism was working. I think it must have not been working, as I didn't take a picture of it showing off that I had Nerves of Steel.


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Repairs, before league night started, on the Munsters pinball machine. Note the secondary, miniature, pinball table hanging out from the middle of the playfield.


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The machine offering the chance to see the life of Robert Werdlow, the world's tallest Steven Colbert.


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I don't think I had noticed before this declaration that they had a spotlight from Alcatraz.


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And there's the light, which clearly has to be from Alcatraz as it would be impossible for it to be labelled like this otherwise.


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More Marvin's bric-a-brac. Notice also the poster for the Three Stooges ``Around The World In A Daze'', from 1963.


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Looks like the rubber on that kicker is getting ready to snap.


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Some victims of plush skunk transformation await rescue from the claw machine.


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Looking up at the little corner off by the men's room.


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Another view of the corner by the men's room. I don't believe the ladder is an exhibit but, if Marvin had had a bit more time, it would have been.


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One of the older coin-op scenes. The sign says it was made in London in 1938, and it had been at a Brighton seaside pier.


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The Miser's Dream, another of those coin-op scenes. The sign says it was made in London in the early 30s, and had been at the Brighton Pier.


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The mall that Marvin's in now is your normal sort of strip mall. But it used to be a proper enclosed mall, called Tally Hall, and look what's hanging from the ceiling: Tally ...


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... and Hall. There is a band named Tally Hall, although they're named for the sister mall in Ann Arbor which Wikipedia says was named for the one Marvin's was in, without citation. They do have a song about Marvin's, though.


Trivia: Though selenium is toxic in low doses, it can counter the effects of other metal toxins, particularly cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and thallium. Source: Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements, John Emsley.

Currently Reading: The Partnership: A History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Edward Clinton Ezell, Linda Neuman Ezell. NASA SP-4209.

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