Doctor Who’s Daleks & Pop Art: Photos Exploring the Connection

Doctor Who Daleks -- Vintage Photos

Daleks Boarding a Bus — 1960s

Updated: 9/6/14

Now that another luminary related to the world of Doctor Who has passed, namely director Derek Martinus, I thought it was time to update this blog post with new photos. Original Article with Updated Images:

Doctor Who’s Daleks, The BBC and 1960s Swinging London Culture: A Retrospective

With the passing of Raymond Cusick, the original designer of the Doctor Who Daleks — the arch rivals of the Doctor  — a great piece appeared in the Guardian UK. The article discusses the link between British Pop Art and the invention of The Daleks. Some excerpts:

Throwback Thursday: Senet — One of the First Board Games in History

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Time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: The Ancient Game of Senet

Senet is one of the first-ever board games that we know about.  This image, below, is of a wall relief painting inside the tomb of Queen Nefertari. In this image, she is playing Senet.  Senet was known to ancient Egyptians as the “game of passing.” By the time Queen Nefertari came around, the game had been played in Egypt for well over a thousand years.

Queen Nefertari Playing Senet, Tomb of Nefertari

Queen Nefertari Playing Senet, Tomb of Nefertari
Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty: Dynasty 19
Reign: reign of Ramesses II
Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.

Scenes Around San Francisco [Original Photos]

The Eye Candy that IS San Francisco.

Here are a few recent snapshots I made around the city.

A Game of Frogger? Construction Photographed from Above

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The Waterbar, San Francisco. Cool Elegance By the Bay

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Monster Artichokes from the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

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A view of San Francisco while out on a boat on the San Francisco Bay. The lighting was pretty perfect at the time this image was made:

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San Francisco Skyline — Downtown

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Along The Embarcadero
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Along the Embarcadero

FILM IN FOCUS: “My Man Godfrey” (1936) — the first “Downton Abbey”?

My Man Godfrey (1936) — the “Downton Abbey” of Its Time

Starring William Powell and Carole Lombard — with a supporting cast of talented actors such as Mischa AuerEugene Pallette, and Alice Brady — the film is often billed as the first “screwball” comedy. I do love this film for it’s fast-paced wit and bubbly dialogue.

Carole Lombard and William Powell are two of my favorite actors from this era. By the time they had made this film together, the two had already been married and divorced — to EACH OTHER — so perhaps that explains why their on-screen chemistry is so electric. I’m inspired by how they seem to have remained friends after their marriage and go on to create this enduring classic together.

Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo Demon Mahisha (Mahishasura Mardini) Date: 14th–15th century The Metropolitan Museum

“This eighteen-armed version of the goddess (devi) Durga originally stood on a pedestal upon which she vanquished the buffalo-demon Mahisha, trampling him with one foot while transfixing him with Shiva’s trident. This display of the victory of good over evil followed a battle in which Mahisha had defeated the male gods. In despair, they invited Durga to serve as their champion, each lending her a magical weapon. In killing the buffalo-demon, Durga liberated the universe from darkness.

Durga is the supreme expression of the power of the devi, represented as “the unassailable, the unconquerable.”

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art).