will brady's ruminations
When I was a kid I'd eagerly look forward to the Sunday paper's edition of Arthur Radebaugh's comic strip Closer Than We Think
. So many gadgets and gizmos we now take for granted [personal computers, e-mail, cellular phones, microwaves, etc. etc. etc.
] were presented in an idealistic, visionary manner.
The strip ran for about four years, after which it disappeared entirely. Radebaugh was a commercial illustrator who worked for companies as diverse as Chrysler and Coca-Cola. He was based in Detroit from the 1930s to 1960s. Much of his work anticipated design revolutions in the automotive and other industries. He once described his work as “halfway between science fiction and designs for modern living
Radebaugh was clearly ahead of his time in how he saw the march of technological progress. For some, his vision quite likely freightened them. Others, clearly saw the clarity of his vision as achievable.
There were other aspects of his life that hold a true ring; parts that are certainly less glamorous, such as the fact that during the last years of his life he grew ill and had to sell off his home, his inventive vehicles [like his mobile studio
and most of his possessions] to pay even part of his medical expenses. [not unlike the Bushco medical care plans pushed nowadays
His sleek art deco style renditons of cities and modes of transport no doubt influenced a lot of the conceptual design shown off at the World of Tomorrow
as envisioned at the 1940 World's Fair in New York City.
Much of his creative efforts were lost for years. Now a group of curators including Jared Rosenbaum, Todd Kimmell and Rachel Mackow, have been working at gathering, cataloging and producing a sharable website and collection of R's work at the Palace of Culture
, a virtual museum dedicated to imaginary futures. The "Palace" team envisions putting together a range of exhibitions depiction those futures, "...from failed utopian movements to speculative pop art and science fiction...
Black Jack, Missouri
has a law that allows the city fathers to evict a family from their home solely based on whether or not the couple in the family are legally married
. What's next? Stone the unmarried couple to death
for procreating in sin? | FROM: Chadwig
Equally disgusting is the West Virginia police chief Robert Bowman
who ordered a man performing CPR on Claude Green, who had suffered a heart attack, to cease and desist based [erroneously, it turned out] on the ignorant cop's assumption that Mr. Green had AIDS. Officer Green made this assumption because Mr. Green was gay. | Don't know about you, but seems to me the copper perpetrated a murder against a man he knew was gay, and just for that. FROM: Pam Spaulding posting at Pandagon
Poor FOX Network
. Every hour of the day has consistently lost viewer loyalty
in the past year. No other USA based network has suffered so. | FROM: Media Bistro via Daily Kos
Over at Kathryn Cramer
an imprssive and through reportage on Press censorship in Kenya
and how it is being reported around the world.
And at Feral Scholar
the reprinting of a year-old story about Detention Camps being construted on US Soil
. Hunting pro Dick Cheney's Cheney's old alma mater [Halliburton] has been contracted to build us all new homes
with our own tax dollars. | READ MORE AT: Prison Planet
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one minute story #341
My second attempt at indeterminacy's one minute story
Christine had kept the pitcure from her childhood. Only recently her husband came across it wondering what it was all about. He was perplexed, since he believed she had never left Southern California until she had been in her mid-tweinties. She chuckled when seeing it, and it brought back memories of the occasion.
She had been trying out for a role in what had been described as a "madcap" adventure about a set of identical twin cousins which would be shot mostly in studio but might have required her to travel for some location shots later on.
This was one of the scenes the studio bosses had whipped up as part of her screen test.
She remembered the smell of powder being used to create the illustion of snow as so pungent that it made Christine want to sneeze. She couldn't believe that so much soap would be wasted on a series of demo photos just to see how people would appear as if they were in the snow.
At the time, she thought this was all pretty stupid. For that matter, so was the idea of the show. Who could imagine a show about twin cousins ever making it to television? This was all her mom's idea anyway; to make Christine a child star. So she didn't do the audition well at all. She even wore her socks on the set, which isn't what the director asked for.
But the event was not without it's bittersweet memories. The girl doing the screen test after her was someone named Patty; Patty Duke.
An assortment of things
one minute story
The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy
challenges its readers to create a one minute story with an image posted on its site. The tehme to this picture is A Form and A Shadow
. Here's my story about the picture shown here.
Gwen had come up the stairs to find the sea chamber blocked off with a curtain. She was concenred about the folds of the curtain [if it confused the fish] and wondered if the fish behind the curtain would be harmed by residues emanating from the synthetic material from which the curtain was composed. She also wondered how the fish would be fed, and even if the fish had been killed off, the curtain being placed in the tank to keep the viewers from seeing their stiff, lifeless bodies floating near the top of the tank.
This whole affair troubled her greatly, and it was causing her to reconsider whether or not she should pledge her annual support to the Center the next time a fund-raising drive was announced. After all, it was cotsing her well over $100 a year to support the place, and this is not what she was expecting when she came to visit.
She would rather have seen a new collection on sea anemones in the tank, as had been suggested during the last fund drive. All it all, it saddened her to see the curtain across the tank.
You can read other people's tales by going to the site itself
Teach your scaled friends new tricks at Fish School
. Seriously. Haven't you always wanted that lazy golden swallowtail to so something more than eat fish food? Doesn't it gall you that those expensive tropical exotics you paid so much for do nothing more than swim about
aimlessly until you put your hand out with food? Deep sea welfare bums, I say.
Now you can change all that by sending them to Fish School
. According to the school's founder, Dean Pomerleau, you can train your fish to swim through hoops, do the limbo, eat food from your hand, even play soccer. Enrollment into the Fish School Training System
is only $25.95 [US Dollars] and comes with a training e-book, equipment [like the neato soccer goal post] and a diploma suitible for printing out and framing.
The school has a snappy beach-boy's style Theme Song
to inspire you.
THANKS TO: Atypical Joe for bringing this to my attention. Thankfully, and more seriously, Joe is actually far more troubled about the rise of the "Commercial Education industry and its deleterious effct upon real public education. We all ought to be more concerned about this. |
flickr | photoblogs
A random roam through the land of Flickr took me to some wonderful places
. Here's a sampling: David Rizzolo
; a photographer
and designer extrodinaire
[check out the firewood shed
] Photogene's photostream
, which I followed to his own site
and then to another intersting photoblog My Day in London
by Chris McLemore. Patrix
, an animator at Pixar, whose night photos
held a special allure.
Not to be forgotten, a longstanding favorite is Satan's Laundromat
; the name coming from a street address of "666". Great
shots of the New York metro area. Sud273
, a photographer with an eye for getting phemonenal wrestling shots
[real wrestlers; not the preening caricatures you find at WWE, not that I don't watch them also, mind you
]. Sol Dust Love
Impressive portraits, saturated with color. Sugar Coma
with lots of Signs
, Neon Signs
, who drew me in with industrial detritus
and signage of his own
. Incidentally, His own site
and his postings at Lomagraphics
are also worth perusing. Églantine
/ Fleur-Ange Lamothe. A photographer who recently "...began painting in hopes that it would improve my photos.
" Not that she needs this. Elvert Barnes
: documenting social protest
and the world around him
. Jerry 7171
. His panorama shots got me the most intrigued. Sure wish he'd make a set of just those.
national health care
Brenda, who writes what's UP down South?, reprints a tough open letter to Bushco and the comfortable hogs in Congress who have their own health care program paid for by us
. For what it's worth members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation. Seniors and disabled citizend might be interested to know that "...the prescription drug coverage offered by plans participating in the Federal Plan is... comparable to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, and that Congressmen ...do not need to enroll in Medicare Part D and pay extra for prescription drug benefits.
Of course, in addition, Congressional members enjoy other benefits as Federal employees
that they rest of us might not.
But enough about what the fat cats in Washington enjoy at our expense. Here's some of the content of Brenda's post:
"...George Bush’s staff complained the day after Valentine's Day that his big healthcare announcement at Wendy’s Headquarters in Ohio went largely unnoticed because of Vice President Chaney’s shooting incident.
Bush was pumping for his on-your-own “Health Savings Accounts,” the greatest benefits of which will go to the brokers and banks who sell them and manage them. Benefits will also go to people who have enough extra money that they need to shelter it from taxes until they turn 70. This plan will drive the cost of healthcare even higher for the whole country.
"We all need to understand that Bush’s plan is not about healthcare for all and it is not about us. It is yet another boondoggle, another transfer of money from the poor and middle class to the wealthy, another privatization scheme, another chunk of money in the pockets of his cronies, another attempt to blame the middle class for our own illnesses, another discriminatory scam against the poor, another way of saying, “you are on your own for healthcare,” another shift in governmental responsibility, another lie to the American people, another devastating blow to those who are struggling to get the healthcare they need. Sorry to have to be so blunt, but I want to be sure to be clear.
"Our country is # 37 in the world in the quality of its healthcare for its people. What would we do if our country were #37 in the Olympics? We’d get to work to change it, no?
"Healthcare-now is gathering steam nationwide to be sure that every candidate for higher office this year in every state understands that we want a national single-payer healthcare plan that will cover all of us for every illness. NOW.
"We want something like the H.R. 676 bill in Congress that would provide for healthcare for all so we would never have to pay another doctor or hospital, another dentist or optician, another psychiatrist or chiropractor, another prescription drug bill. And we would no longer have co-pays, deductibles, premiums, or out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare".
...Read the rest of the story