I finished wiring up the lights today. I've got low beams and high beams. I didn't wiring up the parking lights - I've never really understood what they were for. I should probably take the car out tonight and adjust them....we'll see.
I've been drawing quite a bit lately and have decided to track down some of my old drawings. This is a group of drawings I made for the show Temporary Work at Susanne Vielmetter's back in 2004. The first is a study for Fortress and the last is a study for Happy Hour.
I've been slowly tackling the lack of wiring on the car. The first thing I installed was a small fuse box. Placement was a challenge. I had to consider where it couldn't be soaked with water, or kicked by kids and could be accessible. I wound up putting it in the center above the stick shifts.
Next I ran a fresh bundle of wire through the frame to the back (and replaced the rear shocks).
I replaced the lights with some LED trailer lights and they worked great. I had to do a bit of jury rigging with a trailer converter kit but surprisingly it all worked. Now I have working brake lights and turn signals!
The Hit Heard Round the World was a syndicated radio show produced by the U.S. army from 1968-69. It's an interesting bit of history. It's basically five 10 minute lock tracks where the host, Fred Robbins, interviews various Djs about what is hot and wild in their countries. It's peppered with Army recruiting ads and Army oriented songs. The selction isn't great and most of the songs have been shortened for the 10 minute format. But I did learn a little
- The Rolling Stones were no longer "happening" in 1968 and British DJ, Kenny Everett seems a pleasantly surprised to have them on his countdown. He also seems a bit high and there's some giggling in the background on his side of the interview.
-The Army was very short on nurses. A majority of the ads were to recruit women into the Army and that makes sense because they couldn't be drafted.
- From this radio show you'd have no idea there were protests against the war and barely any idea we were in Vietnam at all. Most of the ads talk about being stationed in Germany or Japan or San Francisco.
- Rudi Senia from Brussels is my favorite DJ only because of how he says Wild. It's more like "Weeiiooold." And Brussels is Weeiioold about Aretha Franklin
-Oh and Alan Freeman seems to hate Tom Jones.
Over all not great music and poor quality but I couldn't help listening to it again and again. I need to track down some more of these.
I wound up watching Between the Folds a documentary about origami almost three times in the last couple days. Once for me, then with the kids, then with the wife and kids. Origami has always fascinated me although I've never really dabbled in it. It's such a nice idea to make sculpture with just one piece of paper.
Beyond being about paper folding it's a bit of an exploration of how art evolves. Starting with the basics, then to the overuse of technique, then minimalism, performance and so on. It ends with looking at the scientific applications of origami. Pretty great overall.
During and after everyone started folding paper. I became fascinate with "one crease" origami which is the minimalist form.
I think I bought this in 1987 after my Mark Gonzales deck was stolen and then I broke my ankle. I kind of drifted away from skateboarding and moved into Vespa territory.
Santa Monica Airlines, Jesse Martinez deck
Santa Cruz Slime Ball wheels
Gull Wing Truck on the front (Independent on the back). Gull Wing was manufactured in El Cajon at the time. From their site it looks like they're in San Diego now but their site hasn't been updated since 2007 so they may not be around at all.