Friday, October 31, 2008
North Hollywood is going the way of Baltimore, Martin County, and Middlesbrough, England. It has installed “talking cameras,” ostensibly to ward off taggers and people who dump trash.
“Los Angeles police are using motion-activated cameras to warn vandals that they’re being watched,” reports WOAI for NBC News. “The motion triggers a recorded voice that states, ‘This is the Los Angeles Police Department. It is illegal to spray graffiti or dump trash here.’ The voice warns vandals that they are being recorded and will be prosecuted. The camera provides a high-resolution image of the tagger and the vehicle. It can capture an image of a license plate from 250 feet.”
Most people will likely not have a problem with these barking cameras if the devices prevent miscreants from vandalizing private and public property. However, once the public accepts this technology government will as a matter of course begin installing thousands of them at taxpayer expense.
Recall the 70 year old woman arrested for not watering her lawn, or the man arrested because his lawn was brown. Police and city governments find all sorts of reasons to fine, arrest, and even imprison people.
In the not too distant future, cameras may do this job. Imagine every neighborhood in a city with talking cameras monitoring citizens. “Citizen at 1200 Main Street, your lawn is too long. Cut it or face criminal penalty.”
Outrageous? Consider Britain, where the plebs are monitored by trash bin police. In a recent case, a woman was fined £265 for taking her trash bin out to the curb 24 hours early. As the Mail Online reported in May, the government is forcing British families “to name somebody to be in charge of their rubbish under a council’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach to bin collections. The named individual faces £100 fines and a criminal record if their household then puts the wrong rubbish in its wheelie bins, puts them out too soon, or puts them in the wrong place.” In addition, the individual will be obliged “to give officials a breakdown of everyone who lives in their home, together with intimate information including details of medical conditions.”
Of course, this has nothing to do with garbage bins. It has to do with the state intruding on the lives of citizens under the flimsiest of excuses.
Same mindset applies to the installation of cameras that bark orders and make threats. Today the cameras ward off taggers, tomorrow they will be put everywhere and used to monitor and control the behavior of citizens.As Orwell’s Winston Smith knew, the telescreens watched the citizens constantly. “He sat as still as he could on the narrow bench, with his hands crossed on his knee. He had already learned to sit still. If you made unexpected movements they yelled at you from the telescreen,” writes Orwell.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
can you imagine taking 700 billion from taxpayers and not allowing oversight?
Paulson should be locked up in the town square in stocks like the pilgrim days.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of live and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?"
Hunter wrote this in high school and it is still one of my favorite quotes of all time...
World's Worst Boxer' to Hang Up His Gloves After 256 Defeats
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Boxing fans will gather in Birmingham, England, on Friday night to witness the final fight of a man who could be remembered as Britain's most spectacular loser.
Buckley has lost more fights than any other boxer in the world. Throughout his 256 defeats, he has remained magnificently undeterred. While the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) remained concerned that he could suffer serious injuries, Buckley persisted, losing fight after fight.
In the past five years he has put together a particularly impressive losing streak, failing to win in 88 successive bouts. He has lost to 42 future world, European, British and Commonwealth champions, including Naseem Hamed, and has fought more bouts than any other boxer in the world. But this one, No 300, will be his last.
"I've had my eye on the 300 mark for a while, and it's a little milestone I want to achieve, but I don't want to fight on," he said. "People keep saying to me that I'll get a call in a few weeks' time offering me a fight and I'll say yes, but I mean it when I say this is it."
There was a time, in the early 1990s, when Buckley did not seem destined for so luminous a career of defeat. He was a talented super-featherweight who won the Midlands area title. Then he discovered a more lucrative calling, as an opponent for boxers with hot prospects. He rarely won but had a good defense and took few punches. Over time, his reflexes slowed and he became easier to hit. Now 39, he has matured into a consistent loser.
Buckley has fought so often that he has turned up with a black eye before a bout. Though the BBBC continues to send him for medical tests, Buckley continues to pass them. Throughout his career, he has kept himself in a constant state of readiness, ready to lose a fight at a moment's notice anywhere in England. Buckley has been known to agree to bouts as late as 8 p.m. on the night of the fight.
On Tuesday afternoon (25th) tremendous rain, much as in the tropics except that it was very cold rain. Everything has flooded feet deep, the earth not yet dry. The Oued Tensift is now quite a considerable stream & low ground all round it has turned into marsh. Today near the Oeud Tensift came upon a large pool where there were° a flight of wild ducks swimming about. Managed to scare them onto the wing & after much circling around they came straight overhead. Sixteen in number, & evidently mallards, same as in England, or very similar. Saw another larger flight in the distance afterwards. Almost the first game birds seen here.
Ordinary sparrows fairly common in the garden here. In Marrakech itself one used not to see them.
Large numbers of black beetles, about 1” long, crawling everywhere, evidently brought out by the rain. Have sowed sunflowers, sweet peas & marigolds. The other seeds not up yet, as it has been much cooler (we are having fires every evening.) The ground here is lumpy & unpleasant to work, but at present not many weeds – more when this rain has taken effect, perhaps. Some weeds as in England, eg. bindweed & twitchgrass, but not growing very strongly. Silver poplar or some very similar tree grows here. Tomatoes here are grown in large patches without sticks. Very poor floppy plants & smallish tomatoes, but plenty of them.
Yesterday on milking the brown goat found her milk had gone sour & came out quite thick. This is because she is only being milked once a day & had not been fully milked for two days owing to her restiveness. Squeezed the bad milk onto the ground & tonight her milk was all right again. Another hen bad in the legs this evening. Examined & found enormous black lice. Hope treatment will be effective as before. The stripey goat’s milk increases, but very slightly, still not much over 1/2 pint a day. She is very thin, though she eats well. The present ration of hard food is 2 handfuls of barley & 2 of bran morning & evening, with a mash of boiled maize & bran about once a week.
The doves readily eat maize if it is broken.
Today saw some doves in an aviary which had eggs.
The fountain in front of the house filled up after the rain & mosquito larvae are multiplying rapidly.
One egg (the first) yesterday, none today.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I am going to paint the waterfalls into the picture so I do not have to paint the lower structure...
Actually the waterfalls will be a cool pictorial element so the fact that I do not have to paint the lower structure is just a bonus.
Monday, October 27, 2008
..I have been studying a lot about Isaac Newton theses days...He is often viewed as the scientist who led us out of the dark shadows of magic and into the light of scientific reason. His theories on gravity and laws of motion etc were as profound as any discovery made in the history of mankind. There reason I am writing this is in response to many people I personally know who worship only at the idol of reason and are blind as a garden mole when when it comes to seeing or believing anything outside the visible spectrum...I find it incredibly interesting that so many people I know personally accept only the black or the white and refuse to believe in the "third side of the coin" (I coined this expression). Isaac Newton was a genius beyond genius wrapped in an enigma--He was so far beyond anyone I ever read about including Leonardo, plato, vitruvius, tesla, Hawkings etc etc. Now the point of this entire post is that Newton spent 25 years of his life one hundred percent devoted to studying alchemy...the most esoteric and strange art known to man. The same guy who gave us the principia mathmatica--the single greatest achievement of a human mind--ever. Yet, my skeptical friends know better than this genius who spent 25 years studying the proportions of ancient temples from the bible and cooking metal in crucibles in search of the esoterica and elusive philosophers stone. They are rationalists, they are too smart to fall for anything that is beyond the eye..I am humbler than they, I am not that smart I have learned that my mind is just a small thing, a minor star and my opinions shine very little light on reality. I am smart enough to know that newton was a genius of the ages and for him to look beyond the visible spectrum into the unknown realm esoteric thought is enough for me to believe there is more to to reality than meets the eye. There is much more than this. My friends idea of newton is that he is a fig and comes in a cookie. By the way did I mention he created calculus? I know one thing, Isaac newton never chased fools errands if he was chasing something there was something there, what that is I am not sure...He never found the philosophers stone but he opened doors that are still open today as to the nature of reality and he played Descartes like a cheap violin.
They have a ridge of very small cone teeth around the upper edge of the jaw. These are called Maxillary Teeth.
Frogs often also have what are called Vomerine Teeth on the roof of their mouth.
They don't have anything that could be called teeth on their lower jaw, so they usually swallow their food whole. The so-called "teeth" are mainly used to hold the prey and keep it in place till they can get a good grip on it and squash their eyeballs down to swallow their meal.
Toads, however, do NOT have any teeth.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
You're right on the money, the crop circles are NOT made by two old guys with sticks....or two (or more) young guys with sticks. In fact, not by anybody with sticks...or boards....or planks. In the real phenomenon the plants are NOT mechanically flattened.
The scientific evidence derived from the examination of crop circle plants (and soils) points to the involvement of (at the very least) various electromagnetic energies, some of which are exhibited by rotating plasma systems. For more info you should check out this research (3 peer-reviewed published papers and a great deal of other material) on the BLT Research Team's web-site.
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Gardega started his dream in August and there are some "rough sketches" on his blog: " I am painting a 4' by 8' replica of Da Vinci's last supper but I will be replacing the disciples with news anchors. Please note this is not meant to be ironic nor is it in any way meant to be anti-christian! I am very interested in religious art and the renaissance in general. To me there has never been art that even comes close to what was painted 500 years ago by my long-dead heroes. Modern/ contemporary feels empty and meaningless compared to the works left behind by Raphael and Da Vinci. I cannot help but think that the over-saturation of media (photography included) has rendered painting impotent and taken away from the magic it once held for people."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
my painting of the last supper was a simple study of the idea of media figures as icons and the idea of media having more power than religion in peoples daily lives. Nothing more, nothing less...Not meant to offend anyone nor was it a religious statement. the media is the message.
Ive been wadin through the high muddy waters,
But the heat riseth in my eyes.
Everyday your memory goes dimmer,
It doesnt haunt me like it did before.
Ive been walkin through the middle of nowhere,
Tryin to get to heaven before they close the door.
When I was in missouri, they would not let me be.
I had to leave there in a hurry, I only saw what they let me see.
You broke a heart that loved you,
Now you can seal up the book and not write anymore.
Ive been walkin that lonesome valley,
Tryin to get to heaven before they close the door.
People on the platforms, waitin for the trains.
I can hear their hearts a-beatin, like pendulum swingin on chains.
When you think that youve lost everything,
You find out you can always lose a little more.
Im just going down the road feelin bad,
Tryin to get to heaven before they close the door.
Im goin down the river, down to new orleans.
They tell me everything is gonna be all right,
But I dont know what all right even means.
I was ridin in a buggy with miss mary jane,
Miss mary jane got a house in baltimore.
Ive been all around the world boys,
Im tryin to get to heaven before they close the door.
Gotta sleep down in the parlor, and relive my dreams.
I close my eyes and I wonder, if everything is as hollow as it seems.
Some trains dont pull no gamblers,
No midnight/midlife? ramblers like they did before.
Ive been to sugartown, I shook the sugar down,
Now Im tryin to get to heaven before they close the door.
Imagine a clean and squeaky future-world of neutered art and stories---would it have that new car smell?
Friday, October 24, 2008
As outrageous and mad as these claims may appear, Dali’s obsession with the centre of the universe was genuine. He met Thom, was well aware of Einstein’s discoveries on the laws of physics and was specifically fascinated with quantum mechanics and how this would change our understanding of the universe. In 1958, he wrote in his "Anti-Matter Manifesto”: "In the Surrealist period I wanted to create the iconography of the interior world and the world of the marvellous, of my father Freud. Today the exterior world and that of physics, has transcended the one of psychology. My father today is Dr. Heisenberg" –the person who created the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. In seeing the connection between quantum physics and the mind and how it will supersede psychology, he was decades ahead of his and our time. Specifically, he not merely understand, but was able to visualise this in his surreal other world that he created on his canvases.
That makes Dali a visionary. Was he an alchemist? Dali met Uri Geller in Barcelona for a couple of days. Geller bent a gold fork in Dali’s hand; the latter took off to a room in his house, and locked himself in there for hours. For some, it is evidence of his madness. Perhaps, but when he emerged, he was holding a rock crystal sphere, which was his gift to Geller and which now sits proudly on the hood of Geller’s Cadillac, which is coated in bent spoons.
Dalí could indeed have been a true alchemist. In 1958, he painted a “meditative rose”. For an alchemist, mastery of divine geometry is the first step towards mastery over the elements. He noted that the rhinoceros horn grows according to a logarithmic spiral, which he then began to incorporate into his paintings. But the element he wanted to capture seems to have been Air. Before buying the castle Pubol, Dali had set his sight on Quermanco, between Figueras and Cadaques. In the end, the sale did not go through and he had to abandon his plan to use the castle as the stage for the installation of the Organ of Tramontane, a northerly wind. Dali wanted the organ's music to be heard by the people of the region. Locals believed the wind could drive people mad – and it seems Dali was about to test the validity of that claim.
He was fascinated by DNA and the hypercube; the latter, a four-dimensional cube, is featured in the painting Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus, 1954). On his return from New York, Dalí announced that he was going to paint a picture he himself termed as sensational: an exploding Christ, nuclear and hypercubic. It would be the first picture painted with a classical technique and an academic formula, but composed of cubic elements. To a reporter who asked him why he wanted to depict Christ exploding, he replied, "I don't know yet. First I have ideas, I explain them later. This picture will be the great metaphysical work of my summer."
Once completed, Dali defined it as "metaphysical, transcendent cubism”: "It is based entirely on the Treatise on Cubic Form by Juan de Herrera, Philip II's architect, builder of the Escorial Palace; it is a treatise inspired by Ars Magna of the Catalonian philosopher and alchemist, Raymond Lull. The cross is formed by an octahedral hypercube. The number nine is identifiable and becomes especially consubstantial with the body of Christ. The extremely noble figure of Gala is the perfect union of the development of the hypercubic octahedron on the human level of the cube. She is depicted in front of the Bay of Port Lligat. The most noble beings were painted by Velazquez and Zurbaran; I only approach nobility while painting Gala, and nobility can only be inspired by the human being."
Observers have noted that this work is actually a marriage between faith and science and sits rightly within the series of Dali’s 18 masterworks. This marriage by Dali has been labelled “Nuclear Mysticism”, in short, a marriage of Christian imagery with modern forms and depictions. Dali was hence a modern alchemist.
I recently read Wreck of the Medusa, ( Alexander McKee ) a true account of the shipwreck that Gericault used as inspiration for his famous painting. He painted others depicting the story also but this turned out to be the most famous.
It caused quite a stir in France at the time.
Soil here is extremely deep, at least 4’ without any change of substance. Rather light & reddish, though it dries into a kind of brick, & said to need a lot of manure.
Some of the small oranges (“mandarins”) are yellowing. Some lemons almost ripe, others only in blossom – different kinds, perhaps.¹
Today the first day we have had when it was cool all the time. Overcast, windy & some rain rather like a damp day in September in England. The day before yesterday a little rain with much thunder.
The doves come to the house from time to time & are very tame, eating from one’s hand with a little persuasion. Saw a partridge in the grounds yesterday.
Flytox very good & kills flies by the thousand. Otherwise they are utterly intolerable.
Red chilis° spread out to dry in the fields, like huge red carpets.
For a few years now I have been painting pictures of creatures (angels?) taking off from mountains and flying up into the sky..I am not sure why I paint these..I painted my first one two years ago on the beach in Lost Angeles (alone on thanksgiving.) I recently received an illustration assignment for a magazine to paint the exact same picture--life is strange..here is one of my studies...this is called "strange world: moonlight flight"
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This is one of my favorite paintings. It is painted by Gericault and is a very important work because it was a psychological break from the neo-classical style (which had become stale and lifeless as a plaster cast) and led to a movement of romanticism which is a great period of art (in spite of its own faults)..this is a painting about politics and what really led to the shipwreck of the Medusa. The ship that eventually saved them was called the argus--I am seeing a greek theme here. On the raft is a portrait of Gericault's student Delacroix who became a very famous artist in his own right. I think there are two kinds of artists, those who like neocalssical and those who like the dark underbelly of romanticism..I prefer storms to calm weather..this picture has life and energy and that is what art should have.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
I spent three months on this picture...I spent one month studying the geometry of the original..I decided to keep a heightened reality in color and mood as I decided the somber mood of the origianl would not work in the bright glare of media kleig lights. I really like this painting in the outdoor setting and may repaint entire thing with the grass and trees so it is a painting in a painting thus increasing the surrealistic feel of the piece as a whole.
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photo by victoria--ny post
someone wrote this today about my painting on a democratic underground website
"The Google search didn't turn up a image for it, and I can't tell whether this dude is being satirical or a wingnut. He's featured muliple times in the wingnut NYP and in his blog he links to a "science fact" from a Faux outlet."
It seems people want to know why and where I am coming from in regards to the painting..I say it is not important for them to know just as it is not important for me to know---gardega
I painted the fox news last supper over a three month period..I became interested in the idea of the importance of media figures and how the become iconic images in themselves. Media has in many ways taken us away from art...in the old days painting had much more power because there was no TV and no radio..Imagine going to a museum and see in a Leonardo painting if your brain wasn't numbed and dumbed by 30 years of TV? Imagine that! That is why people would stand online for hours to see Frederick Churches heart of the Andes for years.
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Here is a rough sketch layout for a new Palm Beach mural. I always keep my initial sketches rough as you never know where a client's...
Tangled Up In Blue (purple) Early one mornin' the sun was shinin', I was layin' in bed Wond'rin'...
ALEX HAS A NEW BLOG! http://gardega.blogspot.com/ or feel free to cruise the memory of this one...