Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cats are devo and Mr. Bullock makes bad

Cats do not approve of LCD flats-screen technology
because it does not afford them the opportunity
to make a nest on top of it or warm their bellies
underneath. So cat owners beware!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Lowly Packing Peanut

One summer I went to the Fair where they had numerous collections on display; coins, currency, stamps etc. But the collection that stood out for me was a collection of 300 different packing peanuts. Each peanut had a wooden tooth pick driven through the length of it and was mounted
on a board the way you'd see insect collections.

While gazing upon this prosaic presentation, an incredible thing occurred to me: if there are so many kinds of packing peanuts, what does that say about the utter complexity of our world? It was a profound moment!

Later I was to find out that the Federal Government creates 170,000 new laws and regulations a year.

Other questions started pounding their way into my pea brain: who can grasp the law? Who really knows it? I'd guess that the "authorities" can easily find some little-known law to charge anybody with. Everyone is guilty all the time, in the myriad eyes of the "law."

Materials engineer Edgar Burchard working for BASF invented an alternative to the ubiquitous packing peanut. It was W shaped foam that was manufactured in die-cut sheets. It trounced other packaging materials in performance: transmitting up to 90 percent less shock and four times better cushioning than the peanut. It was also cheaper because it was compact to ship because the sheets have a high packing density. All the user has to do is a mild crumble of the sheets to release the individual ‘peanuts.’ Essentially, better faster and cheaper. 3M bought the design in 2004 and renamed the product the Packaging Noodle. I have used it and absolutely loved it. This summer, five years later, it was taken off the market. Why? Consumers (mostly white collar office people) could not figure out that the blocks broke apart into hundreds of noodles. Just how the hell did we put a man on the moon 40 years ago?

The Transmogrifer is king of the jungle jive.
click to enlarge

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hairy Ride Along

Eadweard Muybridge and Hoyt Axton



In 1872, former Governor of California Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horse owner, had taken a position on a popularly-debated question of the day: whether all four of a horse's hooves left the ground at the same time during a gallop. Stanford sided with this assertion, called "unsupported transit", and took it upon himself to prove it scientifically. Stanford sought out Muybridge and hired him to settle the question.[2]

In 1877, Muybridge settled Stanford's question with a single photographic negative showing Stanford's racehorse Occident airborne in the midst of a gallop. This negative was lost, but it survives through woodcuts made at the time. By 1878, spurred on by Stanford to expand the experiment, Muybridge had successfully photographed a horse in fast motion.

This series of photos taken in Palo Alto, California, is called Sallie Gardner at a Gallop or The Horse in Motion, and shows that the hooves do all leave the ground — although not with the legs fully extended forward and back, as contemporary illustrators tended to imagine, but rather at the moment when all the hooves are tucked under the horse as it switches from "pulling" with the front legs to "pushing" with the back legs. [2]

Muybridge derived his animal subjects from
the Philadelphia Zoological Garden, male performers
from the University. The women were professional
artist's models, also actresses and dancers, parading
nude before the 48 cameras.

Jim Morrison, Notes on Vision

A happy Lizard King

This is the first material I'd heard by Hoyt Axton.
He wrote and performed great songs, but it was
his incredible finger-style guitar that pulled it
all together for me. Not many guitar accompaniments
could stand on their own, but his could. Every song on
this album is a classic, but Daddy Walked in Darkness
and I Never Knew My Father haunt me to this day.
If you can, sample 500 Miles if you can find it.

The artist is a graphic athlete.

A Fan of Cohen

In a time of barbarity, Reinhard Tristan Heydrich, “the Hangman,” stood out as one of the cruelest and most brutal mass murderers in Nazi Germany.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Confluence of Ironies

This image shows the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald,
then on the FBI payroll, shortly after the murder of

The assassin (?), in flight, gravitated with
unconscious, instinctual insect ease, moth-
like, toward a zone of safety, haven from the
swarming streets. Quickly , he was devoured
in the warm, dark, silent maw of the physical

Jim Morrison, The Lords and the New Creatures

Modern circles of Hell: Oswald (?) kills President.
Oswald enters taxi. Oswald stops at rooming house.
Oswald leaves taxi, Oswald kills Officer Tippet.
Oswald sheds jacket. Oswald is captured.

He escaped into a movie house.

Jim Morrison, The Lords and the New Creatures

The lamb is a gentle symbol to
all but those who shear them.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How mainstream media portrays Americans:

The Super Spook!

Google it yourself, the US has been
in constant war since its inception.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Saving Ryan's Privates

Coronado Naval Base, San Diego Ca

You been transmogrifried!