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Viddy Thursday: Experimental Film
"Gimme the Mermaid" (Negativland)
Viddy Thursday: Experimental Film
Viddy Thursday: Experimental Film
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
Free Hugs Campaign
The music is, well, bleh, but the intention is so awesome.
Viddy Thursday: Sigur Ros
Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa
Viddy Thursday: Sigur Ros
Viddy Thursday: Sigur Ros
Viddy Thursday: Powerful female singer songwriters part 3
Joan Armatrading drops the pilot and delivers such soul and warmth... I discovered her by accident about 15 years ago, and so glad for it.
Viddy Thursday: Powerful female singer songwriters part 2
I consider Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move" to be a bit of a theme song.
Viddy Thursday: Powerful female singer songwriters part 1
Ah, Joni Mitchell. She has given me songs to sing forso many summers now.
Viddy Thursday: Mae West
Viddy Thursday: Marx Brothers
Viddy Thursday: Three Stooges
Shine on, Syd, pt. III
Syd Barrett represented to my young idealistic mind the very purpose of art: to push the mind beyond its simpler constructions and into the sweet madness of being open to the beauty of every possible turn of phrase. There was freedom in very melody, sorcery in every measure. G'night, old man, and shine on.
Shine on, Syd, pt. II
There is no other day Let's try it another way You'll lose your mind and play Free games for may See Emily play
Shine on, Syd, pt. I
Arnold Layne had a strange hobby...
Amazing Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street, circa '73 [via mefi]
Listen: South Africa's Kwaito Generation
Some people call it South Africa's hip hop. But kwaito is more than that. It's an urban soup of South African jazz and township pop mixed with Western house and rap. It's the music that defines the generation who came of age after apartheid.
South Africa's story today is its youth. More than half the population is age 25 or younger. In a still prepubescent democracy, this generation has been affecting the culture, language and economy of South Africa in more ways than the West may realize. And kwaito is the reason.
Like American hip hop, kwaito was built from the ground up, originating in what its performers often refer to as "the ghetto." (In this case, though, that ghetto is in Soweto, the township where blacks were forced to live during apartheid.)
The music has afforded young blacks opportunities they could only have dreamt of under forced segregation. It has meant financial freedom for some. Moreover, it has given them the chance to exercise their recently won freedom of speech; to address the new struggles (AIDS, crime, xenophobia) that have developed in the wake of the struggle; and to bring their experiences to the TV's and radios of a nation that is still discovering its identity.
Bill Hicks: What would he say now?
Bill Hicks, the most scathing comedian of his generation, died 11 years ago at age 32, but he hasn't gone away. On the contrary, the mischievously shifting sands of history have granted an eerie afterlife to some of his material — you can play a recording of a Hicks routine from 1991 or '92 and hear him going after President Bush and the war in Iraq.
But Hicks' growing stature as a comedic beacon isn't because of a quirky recurrence of a name and war zone. Hicks went deeper than any of his contemporaries, and he did it with missionary zeal and fearless brilliance...
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves…. Here's Tom with the weather."
With that, Hicks reveals the vision of harmony and serenity that lies on the other side of his rage, hitting a sublime metaphysical plane where he dances in the clouds with the great hipster monologist Lord Buckley.
The best comedians can make you feel euphoric, giddy and enlightened, provoked, challenged and inspired. You can get all that from Hicks, and one thing more: Bathed in the fiery torrent of his words, you just might feel saved.
Everyone wants to do it: The Art of Public Miracle
In a sort of deliberate, cartoon-like visual language, Miracles & Co. is an ironic and critical exploration of a drifting theology that has spawned cults, rites, sects, creeds, superstitions, and faiths which are the seeds for confrontations and fanaticism. It is no secret in a world where tyranny masks religious faith why the idea of the "miracle" is relevant. The miracle "endorses a religion and exalts the individual endowed with the gift, making him or her a guide, a leader, a Messiah, a führer." At a time when religious differences form the root of serious international and global tensions, Miracles & Co. aspires to de-dramatize the irrational force behind religious feelings and actions, while exposing the accompanying economic commercialization and political manipulation of believers.
Hayao Miyazaki: Forest Spirits, Giant Insects and World Trees
Representations of kami and the natural world in Miyazaki’s films express an underlying belief of the early Shinto worldview, that is, continuity between humanity and nature. This concept is also encapsulated by the Japanese word nagare, meaning "flow," and leads to the conception of vital connections between the divine nature of the kami, and by extension the natural world, and humanity (through respectful rituals); between post-mortem souls and the living (such as the ie construct, or ancestor/descendent link); and between the inner and outer worlds (as expressed through ideas about pollution and purity). The ancient Japanese did not strictly divide their world into the material and the spiritual, nor between this world and another perfect realm. Miyazaki is very much aware of this in his work, saying in an interview about Princess Mononoke that "I’ve come to the point where I just can’t make a movie without addressing the problem of humanity as part of an ecosystem."
Brokeback Mountain = Chokeback Mountain
The already-famous hot gay cowboy sex arrives fairly early in Brokeback Mountain. Without spoiling any of the cowpoking—and really, not since The Crying Game have genitals played such an important and odd role in a plot—it’s safe to share that it’s really fairly graphic and accurate. For Bound, the Wachowski siblings had to recruit sexpert Susie Bright to coach Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly on their girl-on-girl sex scenes, and that was probably the last time same-sex sex looked so totally right onscreen.
Johfra: Unio Mystica
Galleries of the artist's masterworks [via metachat]
The sculpture, designed by Adrian Ocneanu, professor of mathematics at Penn State, presents a three-dimensional "shadow" of a four-dimensional solid object. Ocneanu's research involves mathematical models for quantum field theory based on symmetry. One aspect of his work is modeling regular solids, both mathematically and physically.
In the three-dimensional world, there are five regular solids -- tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron -- whose faces are composed of triangles, squares or pentagons. In four dimensions, there are six regular solids, which can be built based on the symmetries of the three-dimensional solids. Unfortunately, humans cannot process information in four dimensions directly because we don't see the universe that way. Although mathematicians can work with a fourth dimension abstractly by adding a fourth coordinate to the three that we use to describe a point in space, a fourth spatial dimension is difficult to visualize. For that, models are needed.
"Four-dimensional models are useful for thinking about and finding new relationships and phenomena," said Ocneanu. "The process is actually quite simple -- think in one dimension less." To explain this concept, he points to a map. While the Earth is a three-dimensional object, its surface can be represented on a flat two-dimensional map.
The 80-page manuscript of Beethoven's Gross Fuge for piano duet was created when he was deaf and is filled with editing and notations from the composer's own hand. Never before seen by scholars, it was written a few months before the composer's death in 1827...
“It's a very important discovery... This was a controversial and not understood work because it was so ahead of its time. It sounds like it was written by a dissonant 20th-century composer.”
Salsa Arabesque: Is this the rhythm of a world in step?
What if it could be proved that no two nations that play salsa music have ever declared war on each other?
Some of the best salsa music in the Middle East comes from Egypt and Israel, for instance. Both nations have been at peace since 1979, the same period when salsa began to take hold.
The first time I heard Arabic salsa music, I was in a taxi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, racing to catch a connecting flight to Afghanistan. The taxi driver, a Pakistani, was playing an incredible song on his radio. First came the Latin rhythms on bongos, then the rush of flamenco guitars. It sounded like the sort of dance music I grew up listening to in south Texas but with a distinctly Middle Eastern trill of the voice and the guttural lyrics that could only be Arabic.
The music was a revelation.
mary chapin carpenter
I'm not running
I saw you this morning
I'm not running
Happy Friday: One blooming big bunny
A controversial Viennese art group, Gelatin, has erected a giant pink rabbit on the side of a mountain where they plan for it to stay until 2025.
I can see it in my dreams
arm-in-arm down Burgundy
a bottle and my friends and me
hoist up a few tall cool ones
play some pool and listen to that
tenor saxophone calling me home
and I can hear the band begin
"When the Saints Go Marching In"
by the whiskers on my chin
New Orleans, I'll be there
I'll drink you under the table
and deal the cards roll the dice
Whitman: I Sing the Body Eclectic
I sing the body electric,
Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?
Bruce Cockburn: Pacing the Cage
A stunning piece of music and poetry...
Sunset is an angel weeping
I've proven who I am so many times
I never knew what you all wanted
Sometimes the best map will not guide you
Monty Python meets the Department of Homeland Security
government sponsored fake terror, consumerism, bureaucracy, fear, ugliness, parody and dreams of love...
How could a film produced fifteen years ago have foreseen these developments in such remarkable detail? Perhaps because they are not new: they are recurring patterns in the way that states use and manufacture the threat of warfare in order to control their own citizens. State power tends to grow during wars because citizens become more willing to trade liberty for the security that states are willing to promise them. But when a war ends, the pendulum swings back at least partially. So why not manufacture a permanent state of war during which freedoms can be indefinitely suspended? Gilliam was writing history as well as foretelling the future. By creatively retelling the past as a work of fiction about the future, he exposes the totalitarian impulse.
depth of field
Cambridge, England after dark and by moonlight. [via Mefi]
The stone is the great impetus for the human race. At every turn it comes in and saves the human race from itself. The first time that it appears it saves the apemen from certain extinction. The second time it appears it saves the human race from the technical domination of this age. Without the intervention of the monolith this course would lead to certain extinction also. The third time it appears, it initiates Bowman into a kind of cosmic consciousness. Bowman has been to the end of the universe and back. He knows that he is in a prison of his own design, which is the meaning of the last few scenes in the hotel-like room. Bowman's ultimate realization that he is trapped is made symbolically by Kubrick with the breaking of the wine glass. Even after all that he has been through Bowman still makes mistakes. The wine glass is like a zen koan that illuminates the mind in a flash. His own fallibility thrusts the scene towards it's climax as the old man dies on the bed and sees the monolith for the last time. The Great Work of the stone is complete. There is now a man, a human, who understands the greater universe. This man also understands that he is trapped in a jail that his own consciousness has designed. With the realization of his own fallibility, and his own trapped spirit, he is finally liberated from the realm of the hotel prison, or the world of illusion. In that instant he understands what the book of stone is trying to tell him. He lifts his hand in a gesture of understanding. And in that moment he is transformed - without dying - into the Starchild.
The stone has given Bowman the gifts that the Philosopher's Stone has always promised. Bowman has achieved complete gnosis, or knowledge, and now he has become immortal by overcoming physical death and being reborn. In that moment, he passes through the monolith one last time. The earth is ahead of him now and he will be reborn on that planet. Bowman will be a new human, just as different from Homo Sapiens as Homo Sapiens are different from that apeman who picked up that bone all that time ago. Nietzche's ape to man to superman theme, from his Thus Spoke Zarathustra essays, is mirrored perfectly by Strauss' music and Kubrick's movie. Kubrick has evoked the spiritual and physical evolution of our race as it has been transformed by this magical black stone.
the future is so retro
The Prefab From Another Planet
The circular house, 11 feet high and 26 feet across, was designed by Matti Suuronen, a Finnish architect, in 1968. A hatch door in its lower half opened down to reveal steps, like the door of a small airplane, and led into a room outfitted with six plastic bed-chair combinations and a central fireplace slab, as well as a kitchenette and a bathroom. Photographs from the time make the house look like a place where the Teletubbies might live, with Barbarella as a frequent houseguest.
deep film critiquing
One problem with the word “shaman,” which traces its origins to the Siberian steppe, is that it is popularly employed by people more interested in fantasizing about some alternate reality than squaring their shoulders to bear the mundane burdens of this one. However, in cultures where such an office exists, the job of the shaman is primarily to foster the interrelation of two groups or positions that have hardened into such stubborn opposition that the survival of the society is at risk. For life to go on, the two camps must overcome their polemic, and the shaman acts by throwing himself into the fray—mentally, bodily, and emotionally, sometimes at personal risk. The result of his labors typically constitutes a paradigm shift rather than a compromise: the rules, though not necessarily undone, are re-contextualized and the system changes, including the position of the shaman himself.
The Existential Detectives in Huckabees, including their dissenting French faction, are essentially concerned with one thing—conflict—and not, as protagonist Albert Markovski initially supposes, with understanding coincidence in itself. Ideas, for the detectives, are clues that reveal human soul-sickness or tools that can correct it. Their explanations of how the universe works—a unified “blanket” on one hand and a meaningless void on the other—tend to be goofy or oversimplified. But this is somewhat beside the point, for their aim is action rather than analysis. They are working toward the creation and resolution of conflict—achieving a moment of crisis in order to shift an entire system.
The Rage of Ludwig
The 'Ode', which has been sung at every Olympic Games since 1956, was also adopted as an anthem by Ian Smith's white-supremacist regime in Rhodesia. In Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange it stood for private criminality and public terrorism, and it was what Leonard Bernstein chose to conduct — with an orchestra symbolically drawn from six nations — when the Berlin Wall came down.
As an American critic once put it, we all live in the valley of the Ninth: no other work has been all things to all men. And no other composer remains so idolised.
Two Brazilian doctors and amateur art lovers believe they have uncovered a secret lesson on human anatomy hidden by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.
Completed nearly 500 years ago, the brightly colored frescoes painted on the Vatican's famous sanctuary are considered some of the world's greatest works of art. They depict Biblical scenes such as the "Creation of Adam" in which God reaches out to touch Adam's finger.
But Gilson Barreto and Marcelo de Oliveira believe Michelangelo also scattered his detailed knowledge of internal anatomy across 34 of the ceiling's 38 panels. The way they see it, a tree trunk is not just a tree trunk, but also a bronchial tube. And a green bag in one scene is really a human heart.
Bacterial colonies as art [via reality carnival]
Le Cadavre Exquisite
The Exquisite Corpse game was developed by the artists and writers associated with Andre Breton's surrealist group during the third decade of the twentieth century. Those pictured above and others famous and obscure are responsible for the concept and this site is an homage to them.
The process on this site has been digitized. It is a collaboration between a small number of artists, each with little to no idea as to what has gone before, creating a (hopefully) single, unified and otherwise unique work that could not be created any other way. Graphic skills, while important, need not be a barrier to participation. Flexibility, creativity, humor, and openness are indispensible.
Caprturing the Unicorn
In the wet lab, a team of textile conservators led by a woman named Kathrin Colburn unpacked the tapestries and spread them out face down on a large table, one by one. At some point, the backs of the tapestries had been covered with linen. The backings, which protect the tapestries and help to support them when they hang on a wall, were turning brown and brittle, and had to be replaced. Using tweezers and magnifying lenses, Colburn and her team delicately removed the threads that held each backing in place. As the conservators lifted the backing away, inch by inch, they felt a growing sense of awe. The backs were almost perfect mirror images of the fronts, but the colors were different. Compared with the fronts, they were unfaded: incredibly bright, rich, and deep, more subtle and natural-looking. The backs of the tapestries had, after all, been exposed to very little sunlight in five hundred years. Nobody alive at the Met, it seems, had seen them this way.
a daily art lesson
Your Daily Art [via mefi]
Rousseau frequently visited the botanical garden in Paris for inspiration, he then concocted scenes with wild animals in his imagination and put them on canvas. His style was admired by other artists for it's straighforward and untrained style.
castles made of sand
ferrum et vinum
I'm very excited to be at the first concert for Iron and Wine in Asheville. I've loved his work for some time, and never thought I'd get to see this powerful, Nick Drake-esque music performed live. Full report in the morning, with pics if possible.
UPDATE: What a great show. I'm really blown away by the eloquence, and so many things right now, late at night, so close to the bordercrossing of the stars...
From an article:
a medium of metaphor
...The sand cannot be corrected, so while working I do not have a control, no motion control. I do not have any opportunity, which cartoonists do, such as the tracing paper phase, during which they either draw the lines or scan them in the computer. In my head I have to know the guiding line along which the whole process is running, since as I remove it, it will no longer have a 'before' or an 'after', which is also true of puppet films. At the same time, it gives opportunity for a great deal of improvisation and I can also divert from the script. That is why I usually do several minutes longer sections than what is required, because improvisation gives freshness to the whole. I divert in many directions both in thought and form, and that's when the good ideas are born.
a whispering crowd
speaking through art
Finding a Voice
The urge to make associations with her work is almost unavoidable. Just for starters, they are bundled, wrapped, enfolded, sheltered, clothed, enveloped, and bandaged. They are also tough: raw, knotted, controlled. They are made slowly with accretions of "found" materials wrapped in place, much as a spider encases a fly in her web.
These found materials, to put it bluntly, are mostly stolen, or "appropriated," to use proper art-speak. But art-speak is inappropriate for discussing Scott's work. We can't begin to know what is going on inside her, for not only is she profoundly deaf, she doesn't speak, and she is also developmentally disabled, having been born with Down's syndrome almost 60 years ago. She has been making these forms for less than 10 years, but her "body of work" - certainly an appropriate term - is large and growing.
Eye of the Illuminati [via ?]
art/life imitates life/art
Images and articles focus on successive retellings of the Pygmalion story after Ovid's Metamorphoses. Topics include how the myth is linked to many wider themes, including artistic creativity.
How to Build Impossible Snow Things
The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick
The Grift of the Magi
When you're certain you cannot be fooled, you become easy to fool. Indian street magicians have a repertory of earthy, violent tricks designed for performance outdoors -- very different from polite Victorian parlor and stage magic. So when well-fed British conquerors saw a starving fakir do a trick they couldn't fathom, they reasoned thus: We know the natives are too primitive to fool us; therefore, what we are witnessing must be genuine magic.
a new place at the table?
NOTE: The site has exceeded its bandwidth so here's a link to the Google cache, which is far less exciting, I'm afraid.
Upon inspection of the image area detailed in (figure 2), it was determined that an outline figure existed between the figures of St John and Christ, the figure being apparently smaller than that of others within the image. The standing figure is apparent facing Christ, with head and torso visible directly in front of the darker area of the pillar. Additionally, the figure appears to have two arms, the left being raised, the right lower, the forearms extending into the lighter area of the pillar to the right. Although no right hand is apparent, lightness of the area of Christ's robe at the point at which the hand would extend from the figure's right arm suggests that the right hand may, originally, have been touching the robe at this point.
Matisyahu: Hasidic Reggae Superstar
A person who was once skeptical of authority and rules, Matisyahu began to explore and eventually fully take on the Lubavitch Hasidic lifestyle. He thrived on the discipline and structure of Judaism, making every attempt to abide by Jewish Law. The Chabad-Lubavitch philosophy proved to be a powerful guide for Matisyahu. It surrounded him with the spiritual dialogue and intellectual challenge he had been seeking for the past decade. The turmoil and frustration of his search subsided, and now, 2 years later, Matisyahu lives in Crown Heights, splitting his time between the stage and his yeshiva.
See a short QT documentary here.
art and history through fabric scraps
Gee's Bend is a small rural community nestled into a curve in the Alabama River southwest of Selma, Alabama. Founded in antebellum times, it was the site of cotton plantations, primarily the lands of Joseph Gee and his relative Mark Pettway, who bought the Gee estate in 1850. After the Civil War, the freed slaves took the name Pettway, became tenant farmers for the Pettway family, and founded an all-black community nearly isolated from the surrounding world. During the Great Depression, the federal government stepped in to purchase land and homes for the community, bringing strange renown - as an "Alabama Africa" - to this sleepy hamlet
Ethiopian royals paid tribute to late reggae icon Bob Marley at his 60th anniversary celebrations for championing their cause long after the ouster of Emperor Haile Selassie ended centuries of imperial rule... "Marley struggled in favor of history in defending Emperor Haile Selassie even in the dark days when it was almost considered as a subversive act to utter the name Selassie I," said Prince Beedemariam Mekonnen, the emperor's grandson. "It is only a matter of justice that Marley, who defended him vengefully, would be celebrated today in Ethiopia,"
Esref Armagan was born both unsighted and to an impoverished family. As a child and young adult he never received any formal schooling or training; however, he has taught himself to write and print. He draws and paints by using his hands and primarily oil paints. In this manner, Mr. Armagan has been perfecting his art for the past thirty-five years.
Alex Grey: The Sacred Mirrors [via MeFi]
The life-sized representations of the human body, portraying its physical and energetic systems, are both rigorously precise and vividly visionary. The Sacred Mirrors dramatically reveal the miracle of life's evolutionary complexity, the unity of human experience across all racial, class and gender divides, and the astonishing vistas of possibility inherent in human consciousness. Alex Grey has combined ancient wisdom, anatomical accuracy and post-modern eclecticism to produce elegant, universally accessible, eternally relevant and resonant symbols.
Confession as Art: Post Secret
You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to the PostSecret
Dada and dadaism: History of the Dada movement
All over the world, discoveries have been made under the dadaists' inspiration: whether they were the domestication of the photographic "art" in Berlin through Hausmann and Heartfield's photomontages, or Man Ray's "Rayograms" in America; the upsetting of the process of retinal knowledge by Duchamp's "optical machines" or Picabia's "transparencies", heralds of op art; or again the use of collaborative works (Fatagaga in Cologne or Cadavres exquis in Paris) as a substitute for the cult of personality, far too prevalent among painters and gallery owners; and the appropriation as "art" of ordinary objects...
With a friend, gaze at a painting. Point out what one of you perceives until the other can see it too. Take turns doing this, exploring if you begin to feel greater empathy or even the beginnings of telepathy. Are you more heartfelt and insightful together than you are alone?
"Over a period of 3 months I stopped 150 strangers and asked them what they were thinking about them the second before I stopped them..."
The Biology of B-Movie Monsters [via plep]
The wife of reggae star Bob Marley said Wednesday that she plans to exhume his remains in Jamaica and rebury them in his "spiritual resting place," Ethiopia. The reburial is set for an unspecified date after monthlong celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Marley's birth to be held next month in Ethiopia. Both the Ethiopian church and government officials have expressed support for the project...
A mural which has come to light in Tuscany has been identified by a British university lecturer as the earliest surviving representation of witchcraft in Christian Europe.
A book published in Italy by George Ferzoco, director of the centre for Tuscan studies at the University of Leicester, argues that at least two of the women in the porno-erotic wall painting are sorceresses.
"I have no doubt that this is by far the earliest depiction in art of women acting as witches," he said.
"This is my best yet," he says, running his hand over the amber wood and pronouncing it as fine as his favourite, the esteemed No. 4, which he completed in 1937. Rashid has been a boxer, a carpenter and an engineer, and since he retired to Nevada City in the early 1980s, he has devoted his time to creating violins that have been played by such world-renowned musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Glenn Dicterow and members of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras.
Rashid has already surpassed the icon of the craft, Antonio Stradivari, in longevity, at least.
With the inception of computers, there began a movement of mathematical computer art. In the beginning, they were merely visualization aids in the study of matehmatics. Gradually, the complexity and artistry of the images become a end itself.
The You Are Beautiful Project
Oil artist Duane Keiser brings us a Painting a Day.
The Human Clock, A Photo for Every Minute of the Day.
Afterlife: The four seasons of Steatham Cemetery. Stunning blend of flash and traditional photography.
Fraternalism in America has bridged gaps in many ways: economically—as the rich and poor were members of the same lodge; geographically—as fraternalism was a great healing force after the Civil War, where Northerners and Southerners met on a common level in the lodge room; racially—as African-American-Prince Hall Freemasonry and Underground Railroad secret societies like the Knights and Daughters of Tabor helped ferry those escaping the fetters of slavery, on to freedom; and immigrant lodges, which helped to give support and a sense of family to foreigners in a strange land.
"Balance is a spiritual thing to me," he says, watching one of the rocks tumble down in a gust of wind. "It's being in touch, connecting, not just accepting, but giving back. Something nice happens to me when I do this. I see people's eyes enticed by the light of this, and then I know this is a beautiful thing."
Worldprocessor: An attempt to do justice to the term 'political' and 'geo-political' globe.
Plantage is a bizarrely beautiful flash based music video for the Dutch band Under Byen. The tune is very Bjork-like, and the video adds to the melodious melancholy while wandering through the tiny details of a mystical green forest.
Meanwhile, I can't stop watching this video (QT), and the rest of the videos directed by Ruben Fleischer are rather punchy too. I'm not really big into this genre (bit that's changing with the increasing thoughtfulness of the content) but this director has a really good eye...
There is nothing wring in the whole wide world: man methodically arranged tens of thousands of books in San Fran bookstore in order of the cover and binding color, specacular results. More info. (via MeFi)
A collection profiling the work of over fifteen optical illusion artists (Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Salvador Dalí, Sandro Del Prete, Jos De Mey, M.C. Escher, Robert Gonsalves, Matheau Haemakers, Ken Knowlton, Scott Kim, Guido Moretti, Vik Muniz, Istvan Orosz, John Pugh, Oscar Reutersvärd, Roger Shepard, Dick Termes, Rex Whistler), profiling their work in depth.
Scenes from Alfred Hitchcock films recreated in mosaic.
Lord Buckley's historical accounting of the life of Gandhi:
He wailed India. He gassed India. He grooved India. Now I'm gonna tell you why. Ya see India was bugged wid da lion. Every time India gets a little extra scoff in the cupboard, wham! here come the lion. Chomp! Swoop the scene and there stand the poor Indians, scoffless. Bugged them to death.
Whitman, Jones, Chavez, Terkel, Berry, Truth, Ali, Edelman, Wellstone, and currently many wounded shadow leaders and thinkers of this divided nation are all Americans Who Tell the Truth
"The best way to get the sons of bitches is to make people laugh at them." ~Molly Ivins
A hip-hop video that made me cry, for real:
"Let us set aside our differences and assemble our own army to disarm this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president for the present, and march for the future of our next generation to speak and be heard."
Tibet is in a state of flux and change that impacts all of its inhabitants and cannot help but catch the notice of the many visitors and tourists that come in increasing numbers to the high plains of this magical land. Tibet's artists are at the cutting edge of this evolution: it is they who are constantly dealing with the contradictions and rapid change of their treasured home. The sense of cultural tension and excitement that is at the heart of life in Lhasa is reflected in the vibrant paintings created by the artists featured in the show. (via plep)
From the highway the 50-foot-high Forevertron is barely visible, with just the top of the antigravity, catapult-me-straight-to-God machine poking up above the roadside foliage. It's housed in what appears at first to be an enormous junkyard surrounded by a forest. But look carefully at the piles of rusted machinery and metal, and you'll slowly begin to see dozens of fantastic constructions built from bits and pieces of old machines, peeking out from odd corners and cavorting in the forest clearings.
The zoomquilt (flash) is a
The zoomquilt (flash) is a wonderful thing.
Child art prodigy wows New
Escher for Real The work
Escher for Real
The work of M.C. Escher needs no introduction. We have all learned to appreciate the impossibilities that this master of illusion's artwork presents to the layman's eye. Nevertheless, it may come as a surprise for some, but many of the so-called 'impossible' drawings of M. C. Escher can be realized as actual physical objects. These objects will resemble the Escher's drawing, of the same name, from a certain viewing direction. This work below presents some of these three-dimensional models that were designed and built using geometric modeling and computer graphics tools.
This is entirely too cool
This is entirely too cool (via MeFi, QT .mov)
Thw Twisted Films of PES...
Thw Twisted Films of PES... very Svankmajeresque...
A Shoggoth on the Roof
There are some things that man was not meant to adapt to musical theatre, and A Shoggoth on the Roof has long been regarded as a musical that cannot and must not be produced. Since 1979, every attempt to produce this monster of a musical has ended in disaster, horror, agony and madness. Yet in spite of this hellish track record, seldom does a month pass when the HPLHS doesn't hear from some intrepid band of thespians who think they have what it takes to put A Shoggoth on the Roof. Most are never heard from again.
No longer speaking for rest
Her two arts, painting and songwriting, happen in almost opposite ways for her. "In painting, your brain empties out and there's not a word in it; it's like a deep meditation, like a trance," she says. "I could step on a tack and probably wouldn't know it when I'm painting. In writing, it's kind of the opposite. That's why some people take stimulants.
"You stir up chaotic thoughts, then you pluck from this overactive mind. It's part of my process as a writer, being emotionally disturbed by something exterior someone said or something that is happening in society. It's on your mind, and it won't go away until you deal with it."
The Sheboygan Museum of
The Sheboygan Museum of Art is not as well endowed as many other museums in larger metropolitan areas. Because of this, we find it impossible to acquire works by major abstract expressionists like Rothko and Pollock. Instead, however, we think we can demonstrate a sense of the genre with this exhibit of crayon works by Miss Wensleydale's second grade class from Sheboygan Elementary School. You will immediately notice the strong emotional content and powerful juxtaposition of colors present here in the children's works. Seems just as good to us as anything in some fancy-dancy high-falooting snobby art museum.
Amid all the flood/wind craziness
Amid all the flood/wind craziness here in the mountains, here's a little beauty as a refresher: Kenneth Parker's Photography.
Arts > Art &
A Skyward March, Not a Memorial [via MeFi]
While families gathered at ground zero on Saturday to read out the names of lost loved ones, an artist and a team of riggers uptown at Rockefeller Center were just beginning to place seven climbing life-size human figures on a slanted pole soaring 100 feet in the air.
My dear and wonderous friend
My dear and wonderous friend Robin has (finally!) gotten herself a blog, and an amazing photoblog at that. I am pleased and proud to present for your edification,
Amazing sculpture from Bathsheba
Amazing sculpture from Bathsheba Grossman
Bizarre, trippy tessellation animation, via
Bizarre, trippy tessellation animation, via MeFi.
Happy Monday, children... Tatsumi Orimoto
Happy Monday, children... Tatsumi Orimoto is a man who likes to wear bread as a hat and enjoys putting newspapers on his mother's head for photographs. Enjoy, and don't try this at home (at least when no one's looking).
The Beauty of the
The Beauty of the Human Face: Portraits by Steve McCurry
Beautiful Hindu Bird Paintings, and
The stunning photogrpahy of Yann
Theatre - Zimbabwe's last
Theatre - Zimbabwe's last free speech?
In world terms, the theatrical scene in Zimbabwe is so small as to be almost insignificant - but it reflects a society that has, for all the wrong reasons, grabbed the news headlines internationally. Since the Zimbabwean government introduced tough media laws in 2002, theatre has taken on a new and edgy role.
It's a wonderful flash thingy
It's a wonderful flash thingy about one of my favorite subjects: Diesel Dreams, via MeFi.
300 love letters [via MeFi]
300 love letters [via MeFi]
Play that fungi music Can
Can music and mushrooms be related? After all, they are back to back in the English dictionary. The Czech composer Vaclav Halek certainly thinks that there is a strong connection, or rather an intimate relationship, between sound and edible fungi. He has composed over 2,000 melodies which, he says, come directly from mushrooms. To be precise: "I record music that mushrooms sing to me."
Sounding Art: Paintings by a
Very powerful video (Windows media)
Very powerful video (Windows media) and song: Make Love, Fuck War by Moby/Public Enemy.
Here's hundreds of inexplicable objects!
Here's hundreds of inexplicable objects!
Amazing Body Art Gallery
The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
Monkey in the Stream
Ponder this thing: Haha you
Ponder this thing: Haha you thought it was drawings
Sequency is this amazingly fun
Sequency is this amazingly fun and wonderful thing. Requires flash, and sunglasses for coolness. [via MeFi]
Space Art through the Ages
Wonderful! Beautiful Birds: Masterpieces of
Wonderful! Beautiful Birds: Masterpieces of Ornithology [via Plep]
Moving Mountains, Walking on Water
As artists like James Turrell and Michael Heizer continue to toil on their massive Earthworks, caretakers of other examples of Land Art are facing questions of conservation, access, and environmental impact. Meanwhile, more ecologically conscious artists have been updating the genre.
Here's some bizarre web-art for
Here's some bizarre web-art for a potentially bizarre day: Oculart, via MeFi.
Why bizarre? In a few mere hours, I'll meet my guru, my first spiritual teacher-by-proxy, Mr. Tom Robbins. If possible, I'll post pics or audio. Woo who who and Wee he he!
Street Memes: a sticker, stencil,
Street Memes: a sticker, stencil, or poster that can spread a single image around the world. Unlike traditional graffiti art where each piece is unique, street memes can be copied repeatedly, taking on a life of their own, and spreading through the collective effort of people scattered around the world.
[via World Changing]
Movies > The 1,000
The 1,000 Best Movies Ever Made, according to the grey lady, anyway. I'm going to see the 10 o'clock showing of F911 (if lady luck allows), et bien sur, I'll review it for ya kiddies!
UPDATE: The line apparently is stretching to about 1/4 mile! Looks like I won't make this viewing, but I'll be on the scene soon and will post pics!
Galleries of the Society for
We intend to assist the resurgence of interest in fantastic and visionary art and make the Art of Imagination accessible to all...
I'm off to see "The
I'm off to see "The Glass Menagerie" for the first time...
This is just very, very
This is just very, very nice: Fly guy.
Long Live the Soul
This is 'priceless:' Uninvited Artist
This is 'priceless:' Uninvited Artist Posts Work at 4 Museums
Paintings of President Bush and former President Clinton, accompanied by messages referring to the artist's bodily fluids, mysteriously appeared last week on the walls of two major city museums and reportedly at two other museums in Philadelphia and Washington.
The 9-by-15-inch work, done on a frameless canvas, was affixed to the wall with double-sided tape. A label taped next to the painting said it was made with ``acrylic, legal tender and the artist's semen.''
How 'Avenue Q' surprised
Could the unexpected Tony Awards victory of "Avenue Q," which actively if playfully wooed voters, mean more creative politicking for Broadway's highest honors next year?
I really enjoy this silly little musical. If you ever get a chance, give it a listen... such classic numbers as "The Internet is for Porn" will have you reeling.
A glimpse of the Baghdad
After crashing many a server
After crashing many a server in high demand, the trailer for Fahrenheit 9/11 is now out... sorta. Here's a mirror, 6mb, WMV version. Wow.
This movie could really have a huge impact in November.
Antjuan Oden painted these pieces
Antjuan Oden painted these pieces with coffee as his paint. Scraps of paper served as Antjuan's canvas. He completed nearly 75 pieces and mailed them to us.
Many were painted in solitary confinement.
Impossible Objects Is it a
Is it a puzzle or is it a magic trick? Impossible objects are difficult to classify. They really aren't mechanical because they don't move (usually) and you don't manipulate any of their parts to solve them. You just look at them and think. And they aren't really a magic trick. There's no performer, at least not when you're dealing with the object. But they have the same "how did they do that" quality that a magic trick has. The puzzle is to figure out how they were made.
Lost Boy: In Search of
Nick has always been my favorite songwriter. This is an excellent program which honors his memory and musical legacy,
An extensive article on the
Marley's 'Legend' turns twenty: "Legend''
"Legend'' is unique because it's become more than just music. It's an idea, a lifestyle, a web of cultural touchstones spun in a delicate vortex. In the realm of musical-taste-as-statement-of-personal-identity, "Legend'' says: I generally care about world events. I favor cotton clothing. I think stress is bad. I want to stop injustice. I'm all for love. I wouldn't say no to the herb, if you get my drift.
An amazingly done and sweet
An amazingly done and sweet movie called "This Wonderful Life." [26 mb Quicktime, about 10 minutes long]
Sappy sweet: Rick's Cafe
The World Wide Panorama On
On Saturday, March 20, more than 180 photographers in 40 countries around the world celebrated the Equinox by creating VR panoramas. This site showcases the results of their efforts.
Paintings of myths and stories
Paintings of myths and stories from the Getty Museum.
Ecological Art Galleries: Goldsworthy, Hull,
Ecological Art Galleries: Goldsworthy, Hull, outdoor art, architecture, recycled art, and more
My clothes fall in pattens
My clothes fall in pattens like this when I randomly throw them about my bedroom floor...
Peace through music: The Cellist
Peace through music: The Cellist of Sarajevo
On May 27th, 1992, a bakery in Sarajevo which happened to have a supply of flour was making bread and distributing it to the starving, war-shattered people. At 4 p.m., a long line stretched into the street. Suddenly, a shell fell directly into the middle of the line, killing 22 people outright and splattering blood and gore over the entire area. A hundred yards away lived a 37-year-old man named Vedran Smailovic. Before the war he had been the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera Company--a distinguished and civilized job, no doubt. When he saw the massacre outside his window, he was pushed beyond his capacity to endure anymore. Driven by his anguish, he decided he had to take action, and so he did the only thing he could do. He made music. Every day there after, at 4 p.m. precisely, Mr. Smailovic would put on his full formal concert attire, and walk out of his apartment into the midst of the battle raging around him. He would place a little camp stool in the middle of the bomb-craters, and play a concert to the abandoned streets, while bombs dropped and bullets flew all around him. Day after day he made his unimaginably courageous stand for human dignity, for civilization, for compassion, and for peace. As though protected by a divine shield, he was never hurt, though his darkest hour came when, taking a little walk to stretch his legs, his cello was shelled and destroyed where he had been sitting.
Wonderful images of old, rusty
Wonderful images of old, rusty 'sugar boats' in Canada. The colors are sweet: Sugar, by Marshall Sokoloff [via MonkeyFilter]
"I Celebrate Mylsef" Queer and
"I Celebrate Mylsef"
Queer and poz musician Fred Hersch has created beautful compositions based on Walt Whitman's frequently homoerotic "Leaves of Grass." Link goes to audio of the story heard this morning on NPR's Morning Edition, selections from Whitman's 'Calamus Cluster,' and streams of two songs by Hersch inspired by the ahead-of-his-time poet.
Also posted on QueerMeta.
Busking around the world in
“Sit beside the breakfast table
Harry Nilsson, “Think About your Troubles,” from the film “The Point.”
"The Passion of Christ" Disturbs
They said the movie... deviated in bizarre ways from the Gospel accounts, fell flat emotionally and was numbingly violent. The Christians said they had been dismayed to see the inspiring prophet Jesus reduced to a mere victim. The Jews said they were horrified to see the Jewish high priests rendered as bloodthirsty schemers demanding Jesus' death over the protests of a sympathetic Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor.
The amazing natural sculpture of
The amazing natural sculpture of Andy Goldsworthy
The screenplay of Harold and
The screenplay of Harold and Maude. Put on some Cat Stevens and have a read.
US blocks Cuban Grammy nominees
Ibrahim Ferrer, 77, (of the Buena Vista Social Club)told press in... Havana: "I am not a terrorist. I couldn't be one. I am a musician."
The amazing arabic caligraphy of
The amazing arabic caligraphy of Hassan Massoudy, via Mysterium.
This month marks Salvador Dali's
This month marks Salvador Dali's 100th birthday.
Rooms of the Mind [via
Rooms of the Mind [via Iconomy]
Six year olds review classic
Sophie He sounds like he's just smelled something really bad, like cat poo.
Holly Bums on sticks.
Ben It's great. I actually really like it.
Irie!: Rare Bob Marley songs
Rare and previously unheard tracks from Bob Marley's early years are to get official releases for the first time.
Ciel et Terre is a
Ciel et Terre is a French exhibition of early celestial maps and art from about the 1400s on...
Spalding Gray, the witty and
Woody Allen: When the universe
I awoke on Friday and because the universe is expanding it took me longer than usual to find my robe. This made me late leaving for work and, because the concept of up and down is relative, the elevator that I got into went to the roof, where it was very difficult to hail a taxi.
Jorge Luis Borges: The Sect
Jorge Luis Borges: The Sect of the Phoenix
May the Nine Firmaments know that God
A Selection of Clips from
A Selection of Clips from the best of british boobtube comedy. Especially priceless are the clips from AbFab, French and Saunders, Fawlty Towers and Black Adder.
Headfooters and Sardine are
Headfooters and Sardine are wonderful collections of "outsider" or future-primitive art. Note especially the galleries of Ian Pyper, who sent me an email this morning introducing himself and his work. Incredible, evocative, powerful images...
Filmthreat: The 10 best and
Filmthreat: The 10 best and worst unseen films of 2003
A gay couple trying to get married, a Taipei bar hostess allowing her life to crumble, a 19th century artist breaking gender barriers, and a red octopus and a giant pear on a crime streak. What do they have in common? They are the subjects of some of the best unseen films of 2003. [via MeFi]
An interesting portrait gallery,
An interesting portrait gallery, courtesy of Blort
The surreal art of Naoto
The surreal art of Naoto Hattori
Savant art: the amazing work
Savant art: the amazing work of Richard Wawro. [via Reality Carnival]
Theaters of the 13th Dimension
Egg Shell Carving.
Kurt Wenner Chalk street paintings...
Chalk street paintings...
The Guardian's list of the
There are notable absences, such as Wim Wenders, but on the whole a very thorough and fair crew, though I think I'd have left off Tarantino.
Kiddie Music Reviews Kindergarteners, 3rd
Kindergarteners, 3rd and 5th graders critique popular music. An instant classic via MeFi.
He's pretending to be monkeys. And monkeys can't talk!
Melting popsicles as art in
Melting popsicles as art in various pretty places.
Virtual Color Museum The physics
The physics of light and colour plays a crucial role in Mankind's search for knowledge. In the light that falls upon the earth, we can find answers to the most fundamental of all questions: namely, the nature and origins of the known universe.
Back from vacation, regular blogging
Back from vacation, regular blogging resumes, beginning with this piece and new photos to the flightpath photlog. Yay!
Take the 80's music quiz.
Take the 80's music quiz. I kick my own behind for getting a measly 60.5/100, though when the ansers came back I knew most of 'em...
Album Covers in Lego via
Pianist pulls off Beethoven stunt
A concert pianist has completed a marathon performance of all 32 of Beethoven's sonatas in one day. Julian Jacobson took just three half-hour breaks during the 13-hour performance in a London church on Friday.
This is about the coolest
This is about the coolest thing I've ever seen:
I want one.
Inside Out Productions - Outsider
"My designs show how my mind works," relates artist Joseph. "Colors represent me. Bright things...things that are not dark. Color reminds me of being astonished."
The polapola-project began in 1996
The polapola-project began in 1996 in Bretany, France:
On a beach I photographed with a the SX-70 a polaroid showing sand and stones. Again the resulting picture was photographed with the Polaroid-camera. The distances in space and time became greater. The previous polaroid is allways the basis for the next one and so on ...
A search for the spiritual
Pablo Picasso admired him, as did Henri Matisse. Jackson Pollock considered him one of his favorite artists. But it wasn't always that way. When Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, was creating his vibrant, brilliantly hued religious paintings in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, his work was seen as extravagant, far from the more realistic style then in vogue.
I've been to El Greco's home in Spain, and remember how he must have gotten so much inspiration from the villagers... their strong faces and deep soulful eyes.
Fantastic database of fantastic images...
Fantastic database of fantastic images... engravings and lithos from surreal literature.
He was Simply Irresistable: Rock
He was Simply Irresistable: Rock Singer Robert Palmer Dies at Age 54
Ursula the Cat vs. Louis Wain
Here's the scoop on Wain's cats...
An innocent fifth grader's picture
An innocent fifth grader's picture is worth a thousand-word critical analysis. We will play a career-spanning selection of Radiohead songs; the kids, equipped with Sharpies and blank sheets of paper, will simply draw whatever the music suggests to them. We don't even give them the name of the band. They don't know anything about Radiohead, the mountain of criticism, the mythology. Their thoughts and interpretations are pure, unsullied, literally unique.
Gamelan, the traditional percussive orchestras
Gamelan, the traditional percussive orchestras of Java and Bali, has many contemporary ensembles in America. Why don't you take a seat and play along?
Crossposted to MeFi
"In the haunted house of
Crossposted to MeFi
We'll meet again, don't know
We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again one sunny day: Johnny Cash has walked the line into forever. RIP.
Tom Feelings, an African-American illustrator,
Tom Feelings, an African-American illustrator, author, and historian, has passed. "I had used the functional form of a narrative without words, it is open to all people, especially those who have difficulty visualizing what Black people describe as racism from the past and its lingering presence in the present."
I met him last month during a discussion on Haiti and slavery. Simply a wonderful human being who has brought much light to a dark subject.
Crossposted to MeFi
Burning Man rises again... I
'Peace' orchestra makes Arab debut
'Peace' orchestra makes Arab debut An orchestra made up of young Israeli and Arab musicians is to play its first concert in an Arab country shortly.
Neuroscience Art Gallery Images from
Neuroscience Art Gallery Images from the edge of 'sanity.'
Mural Arts Program: Mural Gallery
Mrs. Tony Blair a
Mrs. Tony Blair a Techno Diva @ Ibiza An impromptu sing-song by Cherie Blair to Chinese students has become a surprise dance hit among British clubbers in Ibiza and Cyprus.
Salzburg statue not fit for
Salzburg statue not fit for a prince Called l'Arc de Triomphe, Mr. Man has a two foot member penetrating the sky. Dang.
Let's get illusory. via MeFi
Let's get illusory. via MeFi
Cuba mourns Buena Vista maestro
Cuba mourns Buena Vista maestro Segundo - who starred in Wim Wenders' film Buena Vista Social Club - died on Monday at the age of 95.
Jazz Giant Benny Carter Dies
Jazz Giant Benny Carter Dies Jazz man extraordinaire Benny Carter, a big-band leader, multi-instrumentalist and one of the first black composers to find success in Hollywood, died Saturday in Los Angeles, according to a notice on his Website. He was 95.
Wonderful old photographs from the
Wonderful old photographs from the Bakumatsu-Meiji period of Japan
Love Parade Draws Techno Fans
Love Parade Draws Techno Fans to Germany Hundreds of thousands of techno music fans - many in costume, others in not much at all - jammed into the German capital Saturday for the annual Love Parade.
Van Gogh Rising If you
Van Gogh Rising If you go out this Sunday evening and look up at the Moon, you will see not only our closest celestial neighbor, but a piece of art history as well. The rising full moon will appear exactly the way it did 114 years ago, when Vincent Van Gogh captured the scene in his famous painting "Moonrise."
Gujarat troupe returns to roots
Gujarat troupe returns to roots This is Sidi Goma, a group of musicians and dancers who trace their roots back to the Swahili coast of East Africa. It is their first trip to Africa and is something of a homecoming, according to drummer Muhamed Yunus.
The Beethoven Mystery - Why
Just finished watching "Spirited Away"
Just finished watching "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki. Wow. I'm staggered by the intracacy, imagination and the vision for this film. It's powerful, moving, and spiritually endearing. It's two in the morning and my mind is spinning in thoughts raised by this great story.
Thank you, Katharine Hepburn.
"The single most important thing anyone needs to know about me is that I am totally, completely the product of two damn fascinating individuals who happened to be my parents."
The Return of 'V'... Wow,
The Return of 'V'... Wow, there's a show that you could actually use to persuade me to watch the dreaded idoit box. I loved 'V' as a kid, and personally I found the humans to be rather dull and I sympathized with the poor, thirsty lizard things.
The Whitney Museum Portal to
The Whitney Museum Portal to Net Art "...portal to net art and digital arts, and an online gallery space for commissioned net art projects."
More Than 7,000 Gathered at
More Than 7,000 Gathered at daybreak Sunday and shed their clothes in the morning chill to take part in artist Spencer Tunick's largest work yet — an installation featuring a sea of nude bodies covering a central Barcelona avenue.
The Legacy of Genghis Khan:
The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256–1353. "Genghis Khan (ca. 1162–1227) and the Mongols are invariably associated with terrible tales of conquest, destruction, and bloodshed.... Yet, the legacy of Genghis Khan, his sons, and grandsons is also one of cultural development, artistic achievement, a courtly way of life..."
Quote I found on the
Quote I found on the Blogging Ecosystem:
"I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet. The President of the United States, a gondolier in Venice, just fill in the names. I find that extremely comforting, that we're so close, but I also find it like Chinese water torture that we're so close because you have to find the right six people to make the connection. It's not just big names -- it's anyone. A native in a rain forest, a Tiero del Fuegan, an Eskimo. I am bound -- you are bound -- to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people. It's a profound thought -- how Paul found us, how to find the man whose son he claims to be, or perhaps is, although I doubt it. How everyone is a new door, opening into other worlds."
Ouisa Kittredge, Six Degrees of Separation
Winners and one sore loser
Winners and one sore loser at Cannes 2003
The Matrix Reloaded: The Corporate
The Matrix Reloaded: The Corporate Mofo Guide "Going into The Matrix: Reloaded, I wasn't worried if the fight scenes or special effects would measure up to the first film- it was the metaphysics that bothered me."
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You contain everything
Everything contains you
If you desire the Infinite,
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Ten Considerations for Being Well n this Goofy Universe
0. If you find yourself
wonderstruck, don’t forget to return the favor. 1. Always be of service to
the whole and the Holy. You’ll find that the Holy will reciprocate by being
of service to your becoming Whole. 2. You will be called upon
to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never
turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in
their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night
that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to
share . 3. The rewards of being
true to yourself are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met
with nothing. 4. You’ll also see that
knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own
struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but
yours is the power to choose it. 5. You’ll find that some of
your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s
okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them
I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I
tried it on. 6. Your growth will be a
mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you
strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing
minutes. Don’t count on second chances. 7. In those times when
everything collapses around you, and what’s left won’t go right, don’t
forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are
a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle
to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament you’re
having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic
flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that
there’s a little of each one hidden in both. 8. Respond as best as you
can with love to adversity rather than reacting with fear... Love, in any
situation and being the primordial source and essence of ALL THIS STUFF,
leaves / enters us with the most possible ways out / in. 9. Whatever you’re doing,
celebrate the process of doing as much, if not more, than what you’ve got
when you’re done. Magic lives in the action. 9 ½ . All matter is energy.
All energy is infinite. We are but raindrops falling to the ocean, a short
time in this shape until we’re reunited with the expanse from which we came.
Your delicate yet sturdy, resilient body is a temporary shelter of energy
that has swam the universe eternally and will continue eternally. You are a
sudden crystallization of the infinite. One must ask themself, therefore,
why be bored? 9 3/4 . Choosing to live in
the moment is courageous but becomes effortless once you begin...feeling
obligated to survive in the past or future is dangerous and is difficult to
continue. It’s one of the few risks I’d recommend not taking, right up there
with trusting icons and shrugging off coincidences. 10. The Universe itself it
not confusing, we humans just like it that way. Do frogs seem bewildered ,
butterflies befuddled and amoebas addled? Nope, just us, my child. So,
whenever things just don’t make sense, just take a deep breath and laugh as
best you can, because that’s what you get for choosing this goofy,
unpredictable place called Earth to embody yourself upon.
0. If you find yourself wonderstruck, don’t forget to return the favor.
1. Always be of service to the whole and the Holy. You’ll find that the Holy will reciprocate by being of service to your becoming Whole.
2. You will be called upon to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .
3. The rewards of being true to yourself are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met with nothing.
4. You’ll also see that knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but yours is the power to choose it.
5. You’ll find that some of your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I tried it on.
6. Your growth will be a mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing minutes. Don’t count on second chances.
7. In those times when everything collapses around you, and what’s left won’t go right, don’t forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament you’re having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that there’s a little of each one hidden in both.
8. Respond as best as you can with love to adversity rather than reacting with fear... Love, in any situation and being the primordial source and essence of ALL THIS STUFF, leaves / enters us with the most possible ways out / in.
9. Whatever you’re doing, celebrate the process of doing as much, if not more, than what you’ve got when you’re done. Magic lives in the action.
9 ½ . All matter is energy. All energy is infinite. We are but raindrops falling to the ocean, a short time in this shape until we’re reunited with the expanse from which we came. Your delicate yet sturdy, resilient body is a temporary shelter of energy that has swam the universe eternally and will continue eternally. You are a sudden crystallization of the infinite. One must ask themself, therefore, why be bored?
9 3/4 . Choosing to live in the moment is courageous but becomes effortless once you begin...feeling obligated to survive in the past or future is dangerous and is difficult to continue. It’s one of the few risks I’d recommend not taking, right up there with trusting icons and shrugging off coincidences.
10. The Universe itself it not confusing, we humans just like it that way. Do frogs seem bewildered , butterflies befuddled and amoebas addled? Nope, just us, my child. So, whenever things just don’t make sense, just take a deep breath and laugh as best you can, because that’s what you get for choosing this goofy, unpredictable place called Earth to embody yourself upon.