Saturday, February 27, 2010

This Day in History|1827
1st Mardi Gras Celebrated in New Orleans

Grace Jones|Coming Soon!!!


This Day in History|1998
Apple Discontinues The Newton PDA

Depression & Creativity

from The New York Times

Andreasen argues that depression is intertwined with a “cognitive style” that makes people more likely to produce successful works of art. In the creative process, Andreasen says, “one of the most important qualities is persistence.” Based on the Iowa sample, Andreasen found that “successful writers are like prizefighters who keep on getting hit but won’t go down. They’ll stick with it until it’s right.” While Andreasen acknowledges the burden of mental illness — she quotes Robert Lowell on depression not being a “gift of the Muse” and describes his reliance on lithium to escape the pain — she argues that many forms of creativity benefit from the relentless focus it makes possible. “Unfortunately, this type of thinking is often inseparable from the suffering,” she says. “If you’re at the cutting edge, then you’re going to bleed.”

And then there’s the virtue of self-loathing, which is one of the symptoms of depression. When people are stuck in the ruminative spiral, their achievements become invisible; the mind is only interested in what has gone wrong. While this condition is typically linked to withdrawal and silence — people become unwilling to communicate — there’s some suggestive evidence that states of unhappiness can actually improve our expressive abilities. Forgas said he has found that sadness correlates with clearer and more compelling sentences, and that negative moods “promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style.” Because we’re more critical of what we’re writing, we produce more refined prose, the sentences polished by our angst. As Roland Barthes observed, “A creative writer is one for whom writing is a problem.”

Amy|Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Honky Chateau


Tread on my face if you like little lady
Turn me inside out if you have to baby
But don't you cross me off your list
I am young and I ain't never been kissed
Never been kissed by a lady called Amy
You're far out, you're fab and insane
A woman of the world, it's quite plain
My dad told me Amy's your name
Said he'd break my neck if I played your game
But he can bust my neck 'cause I love you all the same

Amy I know you don't have to show your affection
'Cause the big boys like you and to you I'm an infection
So if you don't want me around
I think I'll run along and drown
You can't want this bum in town Amy

I'm beaten on the streets 'cause I loves you
I watch you go to work in the summer
I don't whistle at you down the street
I would if I could but I can't whistle you see
Amy I may not be James Dean
Amy I may not be nineteen
And I may still be in romper boots and jeans
But ooh, Amy you're the girl that wrecks my dreams
Amy I may not be James Dean
Amy I may not be nineteen
And I may still be in romper boots and jeans
But ooh, Amy you're the girl that wrecks my dreams

© 1972 Dick James Music Limited
Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin
Piano and vocals: Elton John
Bass: Dee Murray
Guitars: Davey Johnstone
Drums: Nigel Olsson
Electric violin: Jean-Luc Ponty
Congas: Ray Cooper
Backing vocals: Dee Murray, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson

Earth|There's a whole lotta shakin' going on!!!

Depeche Mode|Personal Jesus
The Greatest Hits Tour

Marilyn Manson|Personal Jesus_Official Video

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Marilyn Manson|Personal Jesus_Live

Placebo|Personal Jesus Parody

Born this day in 1932|Johnny Cash
My Own Personal Jesus|Depeche Mode

Home, Judas.|Depeche Mode
Tour of the Universe|Judas_Home
Martin Gore, acoustic

Judas and Home, live, Acoustic Set

Live in London, 16th December 2009

Martin Gore


Is simplicity best
Or simply the easiest
The narrowest path
Is always the holiest
So walk on barefoot for me
Suffer some misery
If you want my love
If you want my love

Man will survive
The harshest conditions
And stay alive
Through difficult decisions
So make up your mind for me
Walk the line for me
If you want my love
If you want my love

Idle talk
And hollow promises
Cheating Judases
Doubting Thomases

Don't just stand there and shout it
Do something about it

You can fulfill
Your wildest ambitions
And I'm sure you will
Lose your inhibitions
So open yourself for me
Risk your health for me

If you want my love
If you want my love
If you want my love
If you want my love


Here is a song
From the wrong side of town
Where I'm bound
To the ground
By the loneliest sound
That pounds from within
And is pinning me down

Here is a page
From the emptiest stage
A cage or the heaviest cross ever made
A gauge of the deadliest trap ever laid

And I thank you
For bringing me here
For showing me home
For singing these tears
Finally I've found
That I belong here

The heat and the sickliest
Sweet smelling sheets
That cling to the backs of my knees
And my feet
But I'm drowning in time
To a desperate beat

And I thank you
For bringing me here
For showing me home
For singing these tears
Finally I've found
That I belong

Feels like home
I should have known
From my first breath

God send the only true friend
I call mine
Pretend that I'll make amends
The next time
Befriend the glorious end of the line

And I thank you
For bringing me here
For showing me home
For singing these tears
Finally I've found
That I belong here

Friday, February 26, 2010

Robert Mapplethorpe|Exhibition
A Season in Hell 2009

Check out the entire exhibit here.
I thought I'd seen all the Mapplethorpe's out there.
Quite a few surprises!

Equivalents|Richard Avedon

The Other Side of the Velvet Rope
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers

The Black Party 2010|Rites XXXI
Robert Mapplethorpe Rites I & Rites II
The Complete Posters|30 Years

The Black Party posters|30 Years.

Caution: NSFW or the feint of heart!!!

Apple Computer.
10,000,000,000 screwed.

Superman No. 1 v Batman No. 1 (No. 27)
ker-POW! It's Batman!

By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 26, 2010

Well, that record didn't last long.

Just three days after a Superman book became the first comic to sell for $1 million, a Batman comic book sold Thursday at auction for about $75,000 more.

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas reports that a rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27 from 1939 -- in which "The Batman" made his debut -- sold for a record-setting $1,075,500.

The consignor and the buyer -- who purchased the comic online via a "click bid" -- chose to shield their identities (how apropos). And holy deja vu, Batman: Like the Superman comic that sold Monday in New York, the Caped Crusader comic is graded to be in "8.0" condition on the industry's 10-point scale.

"It really has an amazing appearance," says Lon Allen, sales director for Heritage's comic books division. "The bright yellows with Batman swooping in -- you can really tell it was stored properly from the beginning."

There are only between 100 and 200 copies of Detective Comics No. 27 in existence, Allen says, and perhaps none in such "very fine" condition. In 1939, the comic sold for 10 cents; the consignor bought the book in the '60s for $100.

Before Monday, the record for a comic book sale was $317,000 (in 2009, for another copy of the 1938 Superman-debut issue).

"I think this is ushering in a whole new ballgame" in sale prices, Allen says. "This is going to give a boost to the . . . highest-grade of all comics."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Twilight Zone|Instigator Magazine

You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone!

Robert Mapplethorpe|1985

Is this Mapplethorpe's final commentary on his relationship with black men before he moved on to sculpture?

Adam & Eve
The Expulsion from The Garden of Eden

Also known as "Adam and Eve and The Expulsion from Paradise"

Albrecht Durer

The OTHER Forbidden Fruit

Eve (Hebrew: חַוָּה, Ḥavvāh, Arabic:حواء) was, according to the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament and the Quran, the first woman and the second person created by God, and an important figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Her husband was Adam, from whose rib God created her to be his companion. She succumbs to the serpent's temptation via the suggestion that to eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would improve on the way God had made her, and that she would not die, and she, believing the lie of the Serpent rather than the earlier instruction from God, shares the fruit with Adam. As a result, the first humans are expelled from the Garden of Eden and are cursed.

The Forbidden Fruit

Born this day in 1955|God (aka Steve Jobs)

Elton John & Bernie Taupin
All the Young Girls Love Alice|1973

poor little darling with a chip out of her heart
it's like acting in a movie
when you've got the wrong part

Apple wants to hold your hand, all right...

They've got their hands all over YOUR money.

But God forbid something goes wrong with your Mac.
Try to get some serious help for a Tier 4 problem.

And make sure they don't swap out your 320GB 72rpm hard drive for a 320GB 5400rpm hard drive in your 17" MacBook Pro, running Leopard 10.5.8.

I would know.

It happened to me.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Aural Sex|Deep Throat
Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne = Genius

BREAKING WIND: Lady Gaga a hermaphrodite?

According to sources:

Its not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that i go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but i consider myself a female. Its just a little bit of a penis and really doesn’t interfere much with my life. the reason I haven’t talked about it is that its not a big deal to me. like come on. its not like we all go around talking about our vags. I think this is a great opportunity to make other multiple gendered people feel more comfortable with their bodies. I’m sexy, I’m hot. i have both a poon and a peener. big f*cking deal.

OrangeMercury — iReport Too!

Check out my iReports here.

Some pretty funny comments,

and heated remarks!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


These are my guns.
These are my furs.
This is my living room.

You can play with me there sometimes,
If you catch me in the mood.

Superman No 1 = The Million Dollar Man!
Auction Shatters Records!

They said it couldn’t be done. They said that no comic book—no matter how rare—would ever sell for $1,000,000. This week, they were proven wrong. And in the midst of a recession, no less!

That’s because, one of the industry’s leading online auction/consignment sites, just sold an extremely rare, top-condition copy of the world’s most coveted comic book for exactly $1,000,000. That figure is more than three times higher than the prior record-holder, also set by

That comic book, of course, is Action Comics #1, which marked the debut of Superman in 1938 and promptly changed the course of pop culture forever.

This particular copy has been in a private collection for more than 15 years, and it’s likely to disappear again once it’s been turned over to its new owner. However, will allow the media to view it briefly in its New York City showroom (873 Broadway, Suite 201, 212-895-3999). The showroom is also home to’s affiliate, Metropolis Collectibles (, the largest vintage comic book dealer in the world.

“It’s the Holy Grail of comic books,” says founder Stephen Fishler, one of the leading experts on collectible comics.

“Before Action Comics #1, there was no such thing as a superhero or a man who could fly,” notes Fishler, who created the 10-point grading scale which today is used universally to evaluate the condition of comic books.

“It’s the single most important event in comic book history,” adds co-owner and COO, Vincent Zurzolo.

Only about 100 copies Action Comics #1 remain in existence, and of those 100, only two have received a grading of 8.0 (Very Fine) or higher. This particular book is one of them, making it among the rarest of the rare.

Up until now, the record-holder was another Action Comics #1, this one with a grading of 6.0. It sold on for $317,200 in 2009.

According to the Overstreet Price Guide to Comic Books—the industry bible—Action Comics #1 is indisputably the highest-valued comic book of all time. In second place is Detective Comics #27, which marked the first appearance of Batman in 1939. An Action Comics #1 graded 8.0 or higher is priced about 25% higher than a comparable Detective Comics #27.

Until last week, some collectors weren’t aware of the existence of this million dollar copy. Fishler, however, knew it well, because 15 years ago, he sold it for $150,000.

But why the big jump in price?

“High-grade copies are rarely, rarely offered for sale,” explains Zurzolo. “When they do come on the market, you can expect to see a big leap in value.”

“I knew that someday, there would be a seven figure comic book sale, and I dreamed of being part of that historic moment. But I didn’t think it would happen so soon, particularly given the current state of the economy.”

Imagine: back in 1938, this very comic book sold for ten cents, its sole purpose to entertain a child. 72 years later, some very fortunate adult is willing to spend $1,000,000 for the privilege of owning it—something most experts believed would never happen.

“Is it worth it?” says Fishler. “Absolutely. There is nothing else like it.”

Talk about rotten luck.

CNN, Campbell Brown, and "the mash-up"

CAMPBELL BROWN, CNN ANCHOR: Hey there, everybody.

It has been a day of all Tiger all the time.
And his mea culpa is (s)topping the "Mash-Up" tonight.

As always, we're watching it all, so you don't have to.

Note to Ms Brown and CNN:

You're not "watching it all" so I don't have to.

You're BROADCASTING such a limited view of news,
that if I stick with your channel
because I can't figure out how to operate my remote,
there's nothing else by all Tiger, all the time.
Or whatever news is chosen to be
the overblown story of the day.

So now you are calling your program,
or a segment of it, "the mash-up"
because you think I'm fine with an ADD-version
of 30 second video and sound bytes.

WRONG-O bonehead!

What ever happened to the day when treading on 5 minutes
was really pushing a journalist's
luck on a story?

What happened to Haiti? Is it fixed already?
New Orleans? Is that fixed too?

Are the banks fixed? Credit cards?

Are Americans working again?

Because I'm not.


And you can take that to your lily-livered bosses.

I'll give you a mash-up.

Don't ask, don't tell
The Hidden Cost

Since the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was implemented, more than 13,500 service members have been discharged because of it, according to Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia. In 2009, there were 428 discharges under the policy, the lowest rate of discharge since implementation, he said. The highest year was 2001, with 1,227 discharges.


88|Elton John + Bernie Taupin
Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me

I can't light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I'm growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life

SalonDarin|Monroe CT


Patti Smith: Just Kids
Word Cloud



All of you.

Wherever, and whoever.

Xanadu|Sharleen Spiteri

Xanadu|Olivia Newton John

Monday, February 22, 2010

Electric Light Orchestra|Turn To Stone

Yeah, these guys rocked.
Back in the day, we never even knew what the band looked like.

Somehow, that's a good thing in this case.
They all look like they'd be going to leather daddy bear-bars.

Sharleen Spiteri|Xanadu_New Year's 2010

Speed-painting Freddie Mercury

Born this day in 1975|Drew Barrymore

Before + After|Claudia

photography ©bernardmlynchjr

Celebrity Death Watch|Politics
Dick Cheney

Good things come in threes.

Tick tock.

Tick tock.






Celebrity Death Watch
Bob Dole


Didn't Al Haig just kick?

Death knocks three times.

Hope he's still got wood.

Lady Gaga|Lil' Monster Condoms


Freddie Mercury @!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Not Texaco.

Contact Sheet.

Hair and Color by
Darren Reitberg
SalonDarin_Monroe CT
Model Claudia
Client: Goldwell

Bernard Lynch v Normal
My negative attitude.

Yeah. I'm in pain.

Thank God for 296.63
or whatever it is.