Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Three Graces
Antonio Canova
1814-17, Roma


The Three Graces.
Marble: height 173cm.
Carved by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) in Rome around 1814-17.
Jointly owned by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Galleries of Scotland.

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Joel-Peter Witkin
The Three Graces
New Mexico 1988

This Day in History: 1577
Peter Paul Rubens


Peter Paul Rubens. The Three Graces.
c.1636-1638. Oil on canvas.
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

*color not accurate

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Descanse en Pace
Apple 17" Studio Display


Ahhh, sadly, my first Apple monitor smoked itself.
Purchased for a whopping $500 back in the day (1999, in Miami),
I lost track of all the places my initial Mac window on the WWW took me,
good and bad.
News delivered, good and bad.

But I did the responsible thing...I returned it to The Apple Store,
where a phalanx of geeksters born in the 90s ooohhhd and aaahhhd in amazement.

Yep. Mac OS 8.5.

Thanks pal.
I certainly got my money's worth.
And enjoyed my first "real" window on cyberspace.

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This Day in History: 1820
In a parallel universe,

the tomato was declared non-poisonous.

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Quote|Unquote
Sharleen Spiteri


what am I supposed to dream?
when nothing's ever what it seems...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

This Day in History: 1969
Gay Liberation!

photograph
©Fred W. McDarrah

Police raid Stonewall Gay Bar in Greenwich Village, New York, about 400 to 1,000 patrons riot against police, it lasts 3 days.

The historic 'Stonewall Rebellion' began Friday night, June 27, 1969, when New York police from Manhattan's Sixth Precinct raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 53 Christopher Street.

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Years before Buffy, Angel and Anne Rice...
The Importance of DARK SHADOWS

Years before Buffy, Angel and Anne Rice, this ultra-cheapo Gothic soap opera entranced a generation with soulful vampires, werewolves and lost love.

©Joyce Millman from Salon.com

May 20, 2002 | Before Buffy, the vampire slayer, before Angel, the remorseful neck-biter with a soul, there was ABC's "Dark Shadows," an afternoon soap opera that bewitched a generation of viewers -- ask your mom -- with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, Gothic romance and the Cheez-Doodliest special effects this side of Ed Wood Jr.

"Dark Shadows" took the soap genre beyond hospitals and Peyton Places into the wiggy, more youth-friendly realm of the serial thriller. From 1966 to 1971, kids (well, girls, mostly) avoided after-school activities in order to be home by 4 p.m., when the spooky, Theremin-laced theme song would strike up and big, Gothic lettering spelling out "Dark Shadows" would float over footage of a storm-tossed surf. For 30 minutes, these future fans of Anne Rice, "Buffy" and "Angel" were held rapt by the continuing adventures of Barnabas Collins -- the original vampire with a soul -- and his occult-bedeviled descendants, the wealthy Collins family of Collinsport, Maine.

To watch "Dark Shadows" today (the Sci Fi Channel airs back-to-back episodes weekdays at 10 a.m.) is to feast on camp-a-licious flubbed lines, awkward silences, wandering boom mikes, misfiring props and special effects along the lines of dime-store vampire teeth and rubber bats on a string. But never mind that -- "Dark Shadows" addicts were (and still are) a forgiving bunch. What matters is that the show's crazed inventiveness compelled you to suspend disbelief, even as you giggled like mad. (continued here)

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The Dark Shadows Theme

This Day in History
1966
The Debut of Dark Shadows


4pm EST in the afternoon on the ABC network, and my life was never the same!

THANK GOD!

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Amazing Grace! and me.

The best part about temping is that you never know who you'll end up sitting next to. And then sometimes, there's nothing better about your assignment than going into work to share the absurdities of the position with your new pal. Circa 1993 – 1997, we were Terranova's Dynamic Duo.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sam Sparro
Black & Gold
iTunes FREE Single of the Week


Smokin' hot track, and it's FREE!
Wander on over to iTunes and pick this one up before it's gone!

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Grace Jones is BACK!
Corporate Cannibal!!!
Meltdown 2008 London

GREYHOUND AMBER ALERT!
Simsbury CT

Hey folks...
I'm posting this in an effort to help these people find their greyhound.

The dog is named BEAR, and is a large adult male.
HIS ID NUMBER IS 1642615, AND IS TATTOOED IN HIS EAR.

The information passed along this morning follows:
Bear is a red brindle male with a white chest. He bolted on 4/22/08 in Easthampton MA, and traveled south along 10/202 over 6 weeks. He was last sighted in Simsbury CT in the Terry Plains area over Mem-Day weekend.

If you see this boy, please don't chase,
but call Greyhound Options immediately with location.
860-653-4779 or 413-967-9088


Additional info:
Large, brown-striped, white chest, with a navy blue collar,
and an ID tag. Bear is shy and skittish, and could be hiding
in a garage or shed.

PLEASE DO NOT CHASE HIM!

Thanks to anyone who reads this in the area.

Note: PLEASE DO NOT CALL THESE PEOPLE WITH ANY COMMENTS OR COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS BLOG. THEY DO NOT KNOW ME, AND I AM ONLY POSTING THIS IN AN EFFORT TO HELP REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR GREYHOUND, BEAR.

THANKS.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Freddie Mercury <3 George Michael!

George Michael at the bar on his birthday...

Birthday Funk!

What "Happened" to Marky Mark?

The History of Advertising
#1 and #2

Get a piece of THIS birthday...uh, beefcake!

The Birthday Bulge!

Rumour has it...en Español!


In case you haven't seen this one...check it out here.

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Dark Shadows
FINALLY!
I got 'em! The ENTIRE series...



Over 100 discs, I have all 1, 225 episodes in all their black-and-white kitsch glory...except for when it went color late in the series. And the anniversary of its debut is just two short days away!

Woo-fucking-hee-haw!

Gud eve-va-ning...

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Why is June "Black Music Month?"


Isn't February, which is traditionally "Black History Month" enough?
And, if I'm not mistaken, isn't June, historically, and somewhat loosely, "Gay Pride Month?"

PLEASE! People!
Can't we all just get along, and enjoy EVERY month, every day (even) as a chance to be alive and make a difference?

Don't get me wrong:
I'm with Barack all the way,
but this "Black History Month" is a little much.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.

All the times I've cried
All this pain I've tried to hide

what am I supposed to dream?
when nothing's ever what it seems?

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Quote|Unquote

I believe that you told me a promise laced with lies...

What more can I say?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Showtime Birthday!

Bob Fosse.

"What color is he?"

Oh. There you go.

Guess who?

Hint: nappy-headed...

Uhh yeap. Happy Birthday.

Frances McDormand!

Pay attention now...
There's only 7 of them...

1. shit (Shit! George Carlin died!)
2. piss (Damn. I'm pissed off. Carlin died!)
3. fuck (Can you fucking believe Carlin died?)
4. cunt (???)
5. cocksucker (???)
6. motherfucker (George Carlin was one funny motherfucker!)
7. tits (???)

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BREAKING!
George Carlin, Dead at 71

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

I GOT AN eMAIL FROM GRACE JONES!
Mrs Grace Jones!

Birthday Brilliance.
Sophie's Choice v Devil Wears Prada





Range. It's all about range.

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The Holy Relic

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I can name that tune in one cross-section...

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Scena del cavallo

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This Summer: The Fall

Disco.
Is.
Back!
(It never really left...)

from today's NY Times:
Lately there has been a resurgence of interest in the oft-dismissed disco era. New books and countless reissues have reaffirmed modern dance music’s roots in disco culture...

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Enjoy the Summer Sun with
the Summer Son of TEXAS!