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calendar   Wednesday - July 04, 2012

Original Art

Lines In The Darkness: Purity Of Form

32,000 year old cave art shows more talent than most modern creations


I think I’ve found my art form. Impressionism and Realism. Early Impressionism. REALLY REALLY early. I followed a link from Stoaty the Woozle to the Chauvet cave paintings in southern France. Unbelievable. Drawn by hand from colored mud. Minimalist and perfect, each line exactly right the very first time, yet the shading and nuance and interrelation with the three dimensional surface of the cave walls gives them a life of their own and nearly demands that you give the drawings far deeper meaning than just pictures of animals. Animals conveyed with a sense of motion and emotion. The cave bear painted above was one of the most fearsome mammals to ever walk the earth, yet he looks happy and nearly comical. Art of the purest form. Rendered in the dark by the rudest form of torchlight, in a cave atmosphere so high in radon and carbon dioxide that it’s nearly fatal. How’s that for suffering for your creativity?

There are hundreds of links to these cave paintings, which were only discovered in 1994. The drawings were created over a 10,000 year period, which is amazing enough right there, a period more than twice as long as our awareness of “human civilization”, yet the cave continued to be used by Ice Age lions and tigers and bears the whole time. Oh my. Then a rockfall sealed off the cave for 20,000 years and preserved the works as a natural museum. Due to the bad atmosphere and the fragility of the art works, the cave is off limits to the general public.

Mysteries from the ancient past. Creative skill levels unguessed at by anthropology. A religious shrine, a center for manhood initiation, or just the original party shack where you’d get high just being there? Far out, man, let’s tag these walls.

The Chauvet cave paintings are nearly twice as old as the more famous cave paintings in Lascaux, though they show similar creatures. Perhaps the same artist colony moved there once the first cave was sealed off. We will never know.

I’m hoping that high quality prints of some of these are available, though even the most meticulous rendition would lose most of it’s meaning when taken out of context and rendered on a flat canvas. This one is my favorite, and it’s only half of the original drawing. I have no idea how big the original is, but I’d swoon to be able to own an accurate print of it, done on pale leather to mimic the surface texture, about 5 by 8 or 12 feet. I’d hang it in an empty room, barely and indirectly lit by soft yellow orange light to weakly attempt to recreate the original illumination. The effect would be transportive, and that’s with my 21st Century arrogance and sophistication. Seeing the real one for the first time by torch light must have been mind blowing for Ugh the caveman. The birth of art and perhaps religion as well.


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calendar   Thursday - June 21, 2012

a very different kind of post for me. and a different sort of eye candy.

I don’t think I have ever done this sort of post before.  Don’t know why. I guess I just never thought of it. In fact, if I hadn’t come across a photo card in this room that I thought I had already given to an artist friend we saw only yesterday, I wouldn’t be doing this now.  So I’m glad I found it. I think some of you may be impressed with the work and talent it takes to produce what this lady does.

When we visited our former home in Palm Desert six months ago, we made the rounds as we always used to do, of the various art galleries.  Some of the things on display are eye popping.  It really is on the masochistic side to roam these places because there is no way we could afford much of what we see.  Were I wealthy, I’d be tempted to buy one of the galleries and then live in it.  They have some very nice galleries in PD. They line both sides of the main street, El Paseo. And in between are some pretty good restaurants. Not all and more’s the pity considering how much they charge. You don’t visit that area if you’re on a diet. Or a budget. 

Well, on that last visit we saw this and I think the price was over $1,000.00. I just can’t remember how much.  If we were still in that wonderful and much missed tech, dot com bubble, I might not have given the price any notice.  But things have a way of changing quickly and those days are gone. All I could do was look at all the ‘stuff’ and drool.

I don’t even have the ability to write a letter and keep a straight line with lined paper.  In other words, I simply do not have the eye or talent.
But I admire those who do.

Take a look.


The artist is SILVIA DAVIS.






This is her work space.


When she was about four years old, Davis would sit under a tree all day and …“make things.” “I would go down to the dime store and buy a model. I couldn’t read yet, but I’d look at the picture and figure it out. It might not be right, I might make a mess of the glue, but I would work on it, and put something together. I was constantly tinkering and making things from paper, mud, sticks and clay, and looking at things and making animals, just making, making, making—painting, drawing, building.” When she took the required sculpting class in her art program at the University of Utah, she realized that what she’d been doing as a child had a name: sculpture. She immediately knew who she was. After finishing her bachelor degree Davis continued with a Masters of Fine Arts and has been sculpting ever since.



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calendar   Sunday - June 17, 2012

British World War Two propaganda artworks

Retrieved the mornings papers from the porch but still working on a few things from yesterday. Have some catch up to do.
Well, as I was trying to link to a very interesting story, I ran across this and let myself get sidetracked.

(whoops. washing machine done but the sun now gone. Kinda looks like rain.)

Anyway ... some Brit WW2 posters have come on line.  Brit and USA propaganda and especially the posters were top notch.  Keyboard problem again. Thought
I had fixed it. Guess not.

British World War Two propaganda artworks released on Wikipedia



And there’s more here.

That last poster has some meaning for today.

The news is full of stories with regard to police authorities who want access to emails and web visits etc and oh yes, phone communications as well. Will post.


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calendar   Monday - June 04, 2012


No escaping the USA in the pages of the Mail. (on line or hard copy) These folks cover everything American like a blanket. To the anger of some of their readers who say, rightly, hey. Isn’t there any news of note here in the UK.  Thing is, I often see things in the Brit press with regard to my home country, that isn’t covered much at home. No complaint from me. I’m happy to see things like this. Well, not happy that people killed or injured but the photos are really striking.
She’s have used a speed graphic camera I would imagine.  I had an original Speed Graphic over 40 years ago, and swapped it for a small tape recorder. At the time, I had a great need for the recorder and none for the Graphic.  Began to miss that old camera as soon as the tape recorder began having problems.
They are not worth a lot of money today.  But I’d still like to have that camera back. Oh well.

Some of these cars look like they just crumbled like they were made of tin foil.

From the Laurel and Hardy school of motoring:

Fascinating photos capture the thrills… and spills of the golden age of American motoring


Wrapped around a tree, nose down in a ditch and dangling precariously over water.

Fascinating photos from the 1920s and 30s show the dramatic and tragic side effect of the golden age of American motoring.

The pictures were taken in and around Boston, Massachusetts by Leslie Jones, who was staff photographer at the Boston-Herald Traveler newspaper from 1917 to 1956.

Mr Jones captured everything that happened in the city for five decades and when he died in 1967, his family donated a vast collection of 34,000 prints to the Boston Public Library.

They included these fascinating photos of vintage car wrecks from the great motoring boom.

Motor cars became affordable to the masses for the first time in the 1920s. By the end of the decade a Model T Ford cost $298, just a fraction of the $1,200 it cost in 1909.

The introduction of hire purchase also made it much easier for members of the public to buy cars, and by 1929, 20 per cent of Americans were on the road.

Ford, Chrysler and General Motors were all competing for the boom in business and by the time the depression hit in 1929, Ford was producing more than one car every minute.

Technology meant these early cars were capable of achieving speeds of up to 50 miles per hour - but safety measures were nowhere near as advanced as they are today.

Add in the fact drivers didn’t need to pass a test before they got behind the wheel, and it’s easy to see why accidents were frequent and often spectacular.




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calendar   Tuesday - April 10, 2012

Unknown portrait by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Look what I discovered in the morning paper.

Chances are that there’s only two or possibly three of us here who will be excited or at the least, impressed by the find.
That’s okay.

And anyway, how often do you catch me posting high culture or any real culture?  Or any art of any kind. 

I’m going to Amazon to buy a book on the subject, because for all that the net is free, it’s easier to read a book.

And this was “Art” when art was nice, imho.

I always liked this art form or as I now understand it’s called, a school.  Didn’t know why except that it appealed to me but knew zero otherwise.
Getting caught up in living and problems and sidetracked by things in general, it was a case of out of sight out of mind.
Until Drew’s post last week with the links.  It’s funny how something I know I enjoyed wasn’t pursued, until someone else put it up in front of me and as an added treat, gave me places to surf and expand.  I don’t know how else to word it but thanks Drew and thanks also to Christopher for his input and the link he sent me.

Unknown portrait by Dante Gabriel Rossetti emerges

The portrait, unknown to scholars for over a hundred years, depicts Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s muse Jane Morris.
By Colin Gleadell


A portrait redolent of one of the most famous romances of the Victorian era has surfaced for sale from a private collection in Scotland where it has been, unrecorded and unknown to scholars, for over a hundred years.

Painted in 1869 by the pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, it represents his muse, Jane Morris, who was married to Rossetti’s business partner, the artist and designer William Morris.

Artist and sitter first met and were attracted to each other in 1857, but as Rossetti was already engaged to Elizabeth Siddall, she married Morris instead. However, after Siddall tragically took her life in 1862, and the Morris marriage appeared to flounder, the relationship was rekindled.

The year 1869 is generally thought to be when Rossetti reconciled his grief for Siddall with his love for Jane Morris. Though gossip levels ran high, lack of documentary evidence has left historians guessing at the degree of intimacy achieved between them.

Each destroyed the correspondence with the other during those crucial years. The title of the painting, ‘The Salutation of Beatrice’, associates Jane with Dante’s Beatrice, the incarnation of beatific love and the object of Dante’s courtly love. A sonnet by Dante pinned to the wall extols the virtues of courtly love: ‘My lady looks so gentle and so pure…’

The highest price for Rossetti is the £2.6 million paid by Australian collector, John Schaeffer, in 2000 for a pastel drawing of Jane Morris entitled ‘Pandora’, also dated 1869. He subsequently re-sold it in 2004 for £1.7 million. The rediscovery, which is a rare oil painting, is estimated to fetch between £1 million and £1.5 million at Christie’s next month.

Coincidentaly, three previously unknown drawings by Rossetti including one of Jane Morris, have been discovered in Hampshire.
Another subject is thought to be Marie Spartali Stillman, who was the artist’s model for A Vision of Fiammetta, one of his greatest paintings.

The drawings in pen and ink were presented by Rossetti’s brother William in 1905 to Effie Ritchie, the daughter of Marie Spartali and have come down by descent from the family.

They have stayed with the family ever since, but have now been put up for sale at Duke’s auctioneers in Dorchester on Thursday when they are expected to fetch £20,000.
The earliest drawing is titled 18th Century Ladies Meeting and shows the women holding fans and grasping each other’s hand.
The next from 1855 is called Lady Having Her Hair Combed Out and the subject here is believed to be Marie Spartali Stillman.

The third from 1870 is called Venus With Two Doves for which Jane Morris is the subject. On an accompanying note William Rossetti wrote that his brother had “thought about painting this.”

Andrew Marlborough from the saleroom said: “What is interesting is that the dates range from 1849 to 1870 and show the progression from traditional styles to a more Pre-Raphaelite technique.

“The subjects are also very important because Jane Morris and Marie Spartali Stillman are both key figures in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.”




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calendar   Sunday - April 08, 2012

Easter Goodies

Just a few Easter goodies. Posted below the fold due to NSFW.

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calendar   Friday - March 09, 2012

the titanic …. that says it all

Only possible with modern technology.  This is worth looking if you haven’t seen it yet.

Researchers have pieced together what is believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-by-5-mile Titanic debris field.

Deep sea grave of the Titanic: Extraordinary sonar images show full map of shipwreck on ocean floor for first time

Researchers hope the map will provide new clues about what happened when the famous vessel sank 100 years ago
Expedition team used sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken from underwater robots to create the detailed map
It shows where hundreds of objects and pieces of the presumed-unsinkable vessel landed



There’s no point in my copying everything over here from the source, especially as the photos at the Mail are HUGE! 



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calendar   Sunday - February 26, 2012


In no shape to be at a computer. not sick, but have a few aches to cope with. BUT

With an ice pack on my left neck and upper shoulder and ribs (I think it’s that) on the left that just won’t quit aching, and chair in a slight recline, I was reading one of our Sunday newspaper magazines.  LIVE, from The Daily Mail.

Not too easy keeping the small pack in place and pound a keyboard but when I saw this I just knew I couldn’t wait for Monday. It HAD to be today.

I LOVE this.  Believe it or not, there was a time, once upon a time, when I could have bought this and not missed a penny of it. That was before the tech bubble burst.  So when I see something like this it just makes my gut churn, my head spin and it’s another reminder where greed leads us. Darn. Being greedy and stupid sure has a high price tag.


The £150,000 desk that dreams it’s a Bugatti

(more then $200,000.00)


Inspired by the Bugatti Type 35 racer and equipped with a set of its blueprints, Midlands furniture-maker Luzzo Bespoke spent 3,000 hours designing this desk

To raise its height, you turn the ‘starter crank’, which drives a mechanism scaled up from old Winfield carburettor synchronisation quadrants. The drawer fronts use the same honeycomb grille as the Bugatti, and the aluminium undersides are based on the car’s oil sump, which is finned to aid cooling

The men who designed and built the Bugatti Type 35 racer of the Twenties approached their work with enthusiasm and panache.
Chaps who design desks aren’t necessarily known for that. But what if you made a desk the way Bugatti made the car?

Inspired by the Bugatti Type 35 racer and equipped with a set of its blueprints, Midlands furniture-maker Luzzo Bespoke spent 3,000 hours designing, machining, joining, riveting and polishing sheet aluminium into a workstation worth nearly as much as the car itself: a Type 35 goes for about $396,887, the desk costs $201,707

Tan leather finish (left); each desk is numbered, and the builders credited (centre); and drawers are locked with an ‘ignition key’ (right)
The racing-blue finish is actually seven layers of paint and lacquer and the tan leather writing area is based on a shade used in the car.
Oh yes, and the iMac slides out of sight at the touch of a button.




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calendar   Monday - February 06, 2012

doggy eye candy and some great pix.  have fun.

I’d call it eye candy of sorts. But, if you will please click on this adorable image, you will get an eyeful.



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calendar   Saturday - January 28, 2012

art and public monies

I always thought art was supposed to be about uplifting rather then destruction.  But then that’s just me.
I have to wonder about these so called ‘artists.’ I imagine whatever they’re burning isn’t really art as we know it anyway.  Except in their artsy-fartsy imaginings.  And as for “public money” well, after all. What are art councils for if not to give away public money to people who haven’t the talent to sell what they call art. So it’s in effect sold to the public in the guise of taxes. Ha!  what clever folks they are.

Sometimes it’s good to read about stupid and pointless things so that we can assure ourselves that at least we’re still on the right track.
I think I may have to post this under humor as well as stupid people.
No wait. Public money spent on these no talent pin heads? Forget the humor part above. Nothin’ funny here.

Arts Council paid £3,000 for bonfire of artists’ work

The Arts Council gave £3,000 of National Lottery money to a “research project” in which artists destroyed their work on a bonfire, it has emerged.

By Victoria Ward

It said the event offered an opportunity to support emerging talent and explore new ideas.
Organisers described The Artists’ Bonfire as “a research project into art and activism” that offered local artists the opportunity to collaborate and to discuss art in a direct way.

The project saw around 30 artists from the north west incinerate a piece of their own work last week.
Each participant spoke about the reasons for burning their art before setting it alight.

Arts Council England, which distributes public money from the government and the National Lottery, said in a statement: “This event provides an opportunity to celebrate and support some of the north west’s emerging artistic talent.

“This project will provide the artists with a free gallery space, enabling them to test and explore new ideas. The event will provide an opportunity for audiences to have a stimulating debate about current affairs and their impact on art and artists.”

Arts Council England received a 29.6 per cent cut in its grant-in-aid from the government last year and passed on cuts of 15 per cent to the arts as a whole.
More than 200 organisations lost funding as a result.

Rosanne Robertson, organiser of the bonfire event at Islington Mill in Salford, said it was “beneficial to supporting artists and discussing art in a new way - in a more direct way with an audience”.

The event’s website said: “The Artists’ Bonfire is unapologetic about the more obvious connotations such as strike, destruction and renewal, but it is also open to new interpretations, be they political or personal or both.

“All viewpoints are encouraged as part of the discussion, including those opposed to burning art.
“We join in a festival of flux and celebrate it on our own terms.”


Arts Council England received a 29.6 per cent cut in its grant-in-aid from the government. More than 200 organisations lost funding as a result.

Well heck. It is very good to know that these tough economic times have resulted in something positive. Now if ALL funding could be done away with, that’d be nice too.  Then the taxpayers could join in a festival of flux and celebrate their release from these vultures. On their terms too. And they could darn well be unapologetic as well cos after all, it’s their money.  Or it used tabe.  Anyway, another interpretation could be this.  Don’t rely on the taxpayer if your work isn’t accepted in the marketplace.  Maybe you just don’t have what the public wants.  But then, what does the public know? Right?


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calendar   Thursday - January 26, 2012

Lefty Fantasy Time

Hulk Smash! Smash GOP! Smash Economy!

Eye bleach may be necessary for this one.

Aritist Ron English has sculpted President Obama as The Incredible Hulk. I’m sure it will soon be available as a rubber dolly for metro-diversity boys and gender neutral children to play with.

Even worse, the sculpture is entitled “America’s Back”, because, you know, Fearless Reader is such a strong military leader and international image fixer upper world saver kinda guy.

Controversial American contemporary artist Ron English is back at it again with his latest construction, “America’s Back,” a new sculpture which depicts Barack Obama as an angry, brown Hulk with huge bulging muscles, torn pants and a menacing look.

The President can be viewed as a hero who comes to the rescue when America is in trouble, but also as someone very angry.

It seems like Ron is a genuine artiste; he just had a little show at the MoMA. Then again, those museums will do anything brash to sell tickets.

Picture after the fold, if you dare.

Personally, I think if you put a straw hat on the artwork, and maybe let the steroids wear off for a week or two, it would look just like Big Jim from Gone With The Wind, but saying so is probably raaaaaaaaaaacist. But those pants, please. Straight outta Tara.

small update: nope, no “action figure” rubber dolly will be forthcoming. Too many property rights and branding issues probably.

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calendar   Tuesday - January 10, 2012

Southampton. Some photos and some history

Oh damn oh damn!
Everything you will see below was lost because I was careless and had many tabs open and hit that red ‘X’ in the upper right one more time then I needed to.
I was hitting save as I went but to no avail.  Good thing in part I had some saved in Word. But I’ve now been at this for hours so this is it for me for today.
Chrome doesn’t ask if you want to restore previous closed tab.  Does it?  I haven’t seen it if it does. Rats!

Happy to report I’ve shaken, at long last, the miserable bug I’d caught. 
Unhappy to report that now my wife has some sort of bug, not quite the very same but does have a bad cough. So it’s been my turn to play nurse. Which is frustrating cos there’s nothing worse then having someone ill, you know what they’re feeling because you’ve had it, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it. You wanna help but ......

I have some items to share in the way of photos and history.  And I’m now over two years behind in posting one set.  Back around Oct. of 2008 I made one of our trips into Southampton.  Every few months a friend and I go there and haunt the electronic stores but most especially Maplin’s.  I don’t think I’ve ever been there but that I haven’t spent money. There’s always something they have that I can’t live without.

So on the trip in ‘08 I brought my camera and took a bunch of snaps.  The ancient Bargate is in fact right outside Maplin’s door.  You can’t turn in any direction without bumping into some serious history over here .  Then last month we went back again. But I didn’t have a camera with me, and I found myself in a different part of town I had not seen before. It was just before Christmas, and we parked a long way from where we had to go. And there was this wall, and another, and a tower.  Wow.  Turns out it was all once connected to the ancient main gate about a mile from where we were.  A lot had been lost in the war after German bombing, Southampton being a major port. And there was also a Spitfire factory there. So I borrowed my friend’s phone/camera and got off a few shots.  But as he was leaving for Italy within days to spend Christmas there with his married daughter and grandkids, I didn’t get the pix until today. And I figured I’d stalled long enuff and so am sharing now.  Hope you enjoy and heck. It’s a welcome change from my usual mad man rants.  Gimme a minute.  I have to grab the coffee from the kitchen.

I look at things here from the past and the people who put things together in ages when nobody had heard of health and safety. You know, something needed doing and they just did it.  And they didn’t apologize all the time either. So here’s what I’ve been up to most of today.  I’ve been editing and cropping all this stuff.
It doesn’t look like a lot but darn if it isn’t all time consuming.



About 70 AD the Romans built a town on a bend in the River Itchen. The Roman town was called Clausentum. The streets were laid out in a grid pattern and they were gravelled. All the buildings in the Roman town were, at first, built of wood but in the 2nd century wealthy people rebuilt their houses in stone. They had panes of glass in the windows, painted murals on the walls and mosaic floors. Of course, poor people could afford none of these things. They lived in wood and plaster huts.


The main entrance to the walled town of Southampton was through the Bargate at the northern end of the town. Since the time of Henry II, many of the Kings and Queens of England have passed through the Bargate. By 1175, a simple square stone tower had been built, and the arch completed. There was a ditch in front of the gate with a bridge over it and ramparts on either side. Between 1260 and 1290, the ramparts were replaced by a stone wall. Round drum-towers were built on either side of the gateway and a hall was constructed on the first floor. The façade between the towers was added by 1420, with battlements and machicolations6. The ditch was filled in 1771, when the road through the bargate was paved. The shields were added in the 17th and 18th Centuries, showing crests of the families who ruled Southampton at the time; the shields of St George and St Andrew were also added at this time.


A penny postcard, 1920.

Guarding the Bargate are two lions, reflecting the local legend of Sir Bevis of Hampton, the mythical founder of Southampton. The first lions were put up in 1522, when the Bargate was decorated for the visit of King Charles V of Spain. The original wooden lions were replaced by the current lead lions in 1743. There were also two painted panels hung on either side of the gateway showing Sir Bevis and Ascupart, which are now preserved inside.


The Southampton Blitz

Southampton suffered badly from large-scale air raids during World War II. As a large port city on the south coast, it was an important strategic target for the German Luftwaffe. According to A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions Department) reports over 2,300 bombs were dropped amounting to over 470 tonnes of high explosives. Over 30,000 incendiary devices were dropped on the city. Nearly 45,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed, with most of the city’s High Street being hit. There were reports that the glow of the firestorm of Southampton burning could be seen from as far away as Cherbourg on the coast of France. Nazi publicity declared in propaganda that the city had been left a smoking ruin.
By far the worst were on 23 and 30 November and 1 December 1940 and these attacks are generally referred to as “Southampton’s Blitz”. During this three day period, much of the town centre was destroyed.

More than 3.5 million members of the Allied Forces including over two million United States Troops embarked from Southampton in 1944 - 45 for the Invasion of Occupied Europe.

illustration late 1880s

There have been settlements in the area of modern day Southampton since at least Roman times. After the Romans left the region, the Saxonsbuilt a sizeable town known as Hamtun. Despite being initially a successful settlement, it suffered badly at the hands of Viking raiders during the 9th and 10th centuries. The town was probably a victim of its own success; exporting wool and housing a Royal Mint at the time.


There is a tour of sorts here and you can follow what’s left of the old wall around the city. At one time I was informed, Southampton had more ancient walls and things still standing then any other city of it’s size.  I have no idea about now however. So much was lost in the war.


I mentioned earlier that I found us in a part of the city I had not seen before. WOW. It wasn’t spectacular in the sense of size or anything ornate. But the idea that any of this was still standing.  The next pix were taken between the black iron bars that made up a fence. Like this shot. 


And just around the corner I saw this.


I wanted to see what was on the other side of that and through that opening. And the only way to do that was walk down the ally and climb the fire escape on the building opposite. Now let tell ya that was a small trick because the railing was coming away from the wall and had movement. Yeah. It swayed and so I took it fairly slow, but got off these next shots.




Titanic departs Southampton on her first, and only, passenger-carrying voyage. She is pulled by a tug, belching black smoke.


Well, our trip’s at an end. Finally. Oh yeah. See that red square over there on the right?  The sign it surrounds was obscured so I thought you’d be happy to know it’s .... a Burger King.



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calendar   Wednesday - November 02, 2011

Is Pornography Art?

A turnabout from Chris’ post the other day.

Dude, You Are Pedobear

“Artist", 46, creates bronze nude 3 legged handi-sculpture of Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez conjoined full torso


Such artistic skill: he looks like ET, she looks constipated

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have joined the rarified company of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Oprah Winfrey by having their life-sized nude form cast in bronze by Connecticut-based artist Daniel Edwards.

“They’re pretty inspiring,” Edwards, 46, tells of his teen subjects. “They’re a beautiful young couple, and (Bieber) seems to have a lot to say politically. Being my age, he’s not exactly on my radar, but when he starts talking politically, I feel good about his future.”

Bieber previously called the American health care system “evil,” telling Rolling Stone, “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills.”

Wow, OMG, like, that’s so totally deep. Especially coming from a dweeb kid with tens of millions in the bank before he even has a driver’s license. Like, he’s so politically astute and all.  (more pics and story at the link)

The sculpture, entitled “Justin and Selena as One” features the couple conjoined at the torso, with a Canadian maple leaf and the Texas Lone Star covering their naughty bits.

In front of the couple, a Canada goose, wings in full display, mounts a Texas armadillo.


just in case his point wasn’t blunt enough, he puts this in to make sure you get it


No, it taint art. It’s pedoporn.

Wonder how long this couple will last, now that some 20 year old skank is setting herself up for statutory rape charges claiming that she had a 30 second backstage tryst with Justin when he was 16 and now has his baby?

The whole world is going to Hell. I’m going to the Bahamas.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/02/2011 at 05:18 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2011

ok … what’s wrong here aside from the obvious?

okay .. I am not holding my breath that I will find the answer.

Normally I really like Kodak, their tech help has usually been very good, haven’t had any Indian call center, thankfully.  Also haven’t had to call them in a couple of years. But last time I did, it was about just this problem you see here. And it has nothing to do with the camera picking up anything of like color and then reproducing it.

Kodak once explained something over the phone to me, after my emailing them another shot with the same problem. Thing is, I did not understand one technical word they said. Really.  I was overwhelmed by the explanation and so just gave up. Just shoot lots of pix and dump any that reproduce the problem.  Overall, I have not been plagued by it for a long time.  That is, until Monday when I shot this.

I just do not understand what’s happening or why I should see that color.

Would anyone with knowledge of photography have an answer for this that can be put into English?



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/16/2011 at 11:31 PM   
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