Celebrities of yore

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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These images are a series of covers from the magazine Motion Picture. The magazine covered Hollywood and its stars. The covers are from the beginning of the industry through the late 1940s. That was at the height of the movie studio system, so the images of the stars were carefully controlled and you don't see the sort of celebrity buffoonery featured on the covers of current celebrity magazines.

The images are from MagazineArt. There are more after the jump, and many more at the site.

Pessimism and Optimism

Monday, September 18, 2017

Stream Of Life by Rabindranath Tagore

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Whoo-hoo! Captain Beefheart to commemorate the return of power. Take that Irma.

Welcome to the stone age

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Still without power, I've drifted from the post-apocalypse to the stone age. To keep myself busy I've taken up painting in caves. Above is a drawing of a herd of deer running past a mystical being known as a power plant. The ancient ones say power plants used to charge cell phones and TVs and whatnot. I'm not sure I believe such silly superstitions.

Living the post-apocalyptic life style

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Power is still out, so I've pretty much transitioned to a post-apocalyptic life style. Well, except for the fact that there are no zombie hoardes or raiders with mohawks driving hotrods, and I can drive to the local Starbucks to charge my cell phone.

Still, Florida in the summer with no A/C isn't very pleasant. I did see a power truck from Ohio today, so the calvary is on the way.

Never Forget

Monday, September 11, 2017
I'm busy wth clean-up after Irma to post much but this dark date is still remembered.

Hunkered down

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I'm in Irma's bulls eye. My fabulous estate -- Chateau Le Dumpe -- has been battened down and we'll see how well I ride this out. I expect to lose power, so it may be a while before I get back on. One good thing about this all, no annoying politics for a bit.

La Grange/Tush

Friday, September 08, 2017

Get ready for a hirsute weekend with ZZ Top.

Anthropomorphic machine art

Thursday, September 07, 2017
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Boris Artzybasheff was a prolific 20th Century illustrator best known today for his series of anthropomorphic machines. Among his other work were magazine covers, book illustrations and advertisements. Enjoy these few examples, there are more at the following link.

From Machines Alive! The Whimsical Art of Boris Artzybasheff (some ads NSFW)

Roasting cashew nuts in Belize

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

New & Improved Antifa Head Gear

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Comrades and comradettes of Antifa -- if you want to crack a suspected fascist's skull, or throw a bottle of urine at a pig while staying safe from those pesky cell phone videographers, then the new and improved Invisibilty Helmet is just what you need!

Get one today and be your stylish and anonymous best as you take to the streets to thump white supremacists, Trump supporters or any innocent bystanders that cross your path.

River Steamboats

Saturday, September 02, 2017
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French and English inventors started working on powering boats with steam in the 18th century. By the 19th century steamboat design was well evolved, with both screw and paddle wheel powered variants. To begin, they were commonly used on rivers and lakes where the waters were more placid than the open ocean. The riverine craft are what we associate steamboats with today.

We think of them as the craft on the Mississippi river of westerns, with elegant gamblers and southern belles at the rails. In reality they were rather more mundane and workmanlike craft.

Here and after the jump are several photos of the old boats.

Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye

Friday, September 01, 2017

Get ready for a weekend of departures with Rotem Or and Alon Lotringer's cover of the Leonard Cohen classic.