Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mark Boone Junior & Stuart Z. Perkoff

Things that look like other things:

Actor Mark Boone Junior, who plays Bobby Elvis in Sons of Anarchy and
Beat poet Stuart Z. Perkoff on the cover of Voices of the Lady

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Model and Models' Models

Things That Look Like Other Things

Or in this case, people who look like other people.

The photos of model Somalia Knight were taken by Ed Singleton and can be found at this site

Ms. Knight has appropriated her look from characters in Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks.

The color photos are of a performer known as Schlitzie, and the two people in the black and white photo were known as Pip and Flip.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Moment from "Reign"

The King of France has killed a prostitute, and disposal of the body is discussed by the Queen and the much younger official mistress, who is anxious to report the crime. The Queen says,

The King already knows. Who else would we tell?
There you have it.  Buried within Season 1 Episode 15 of the captivating TV series Reign is this little vignette (at 10:26) that says everything about the moment we inhabit. Although the story is set in the mid-1500s, it is profoundly symbolic of our times.

We live under a corrupt reign that really is unacceptable, although we seem to be accepting it. A lot of things need to be reported. If only there were a kindly, fair-minded and omnipotent parent to report them to, who would make everything all right.

But when corruption lives in the judges, the police, the legislature (to name just a few), we are in the medieval castle with someone they killed, and justice is not within reach.

The King already knows. Who else would we tell?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Trichomes and Non-Newtonian Fluid

-->Trichomes – where the resin is on a cannabis plant


Typically, liquids take on the shape of the container they are poured into. We call these ‘normal liquids’ Newtonian fluids. But some fluids don’t follow this rule. We call these ‘strange liquids’ non-Newtonian fluids.

Weird coincidence

Superimposed on the magazine page: Drawings by Duke Andrews, sent to Salon: A Journal of Aesthetics in 1986 or 87

The magazine page: Scientific American, July-August 1995. The caption of the drawing says, "An embedding diagram (with a 0.02 percent probability) illustrating the quantum foam thought to reside in the singularity inside a black hole. From Black Holes and Time Warps"

Animated: Non-Newtonian Fluid in motion

Still picture - more Non-Newtonian Fluid

YouTube - One minute 18 seconds of Non-Newtonian Fluid on a Speaker Cone

Question: How did Duke Andrews know about this in the 1980s?

Suspect and Bacchus

Top and Bottom - Boston bombing suspect
Middle - Bacchus, by Caravaggio

Friday, March 29, 2013

Vicarious Body Painting

When was I was into vicarious body-painting? Seems like it would have been the early '70s. I think this one was the very first. The originally glossy paper looks like it's been around for a while.

Actually I think this phase lasted about two days, so I wouldn't want to guess what order the other alterations were made in. I think I just paged through magazines until an alteration suggested itself.

 The next one is supposed to be fire. The marker ink faded, or wasn't very good in the first place, apparently.

I hope this is recognizable as a skiier. There is a temptation to touch up these pictures for clarity. But no.

Most men, given a choice -- armpit hair or candidiasis? -- would probably choose the yeast infection. I wish I had a dollar for every time some guy has made a snarky remarky about braided armpits.

The July 1977 issue of Oui magazine contained pictures that looked strangely familiar. Some Italian named Chiaro Scuro did the art, and the exhibit consisted of the live models showing it off, and two of the “canvasses” were kidnaped, and it's an amusing little spoof.
More recently, someone has been painting shoes on feet and no, I don't know where this came from. But I do think there ought to have been a sock on the one in the middle. Does anyone really wear that style of shoes without socks?