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Posted: August 31, 2009 in animals

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Well, one more by the brilliant Erik Johansson….The reason you should never buy the original of a work of art with water in it….They tend to leak!!!…And the larger the body of water in the painting, the greater the leakage (there’s a formula for this, but damned if I can remember it….just trust me, the bigger the water, the greater the water damage on your hardwood floors….times the speed of light!!)

Posted: August 31, 2009 in animals

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The Wicked Witch of Haagen-Daz Ice Cream Bars as she melts after Dorothy tosses the bucket of water on her….”What a World!!..What a World!!”….One last photo manipulation by Erik Johansson…..for now at least….Tough to stay away from his photos for too long….The creativity is addicting!

Posted: August 31, 2009 in animals

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Another de-pressing work by the marvelously creative and imaginative photo manipulator Erik Johansson (whom we have to thank for the previous image as well)…..I don’t really iron my clothes too often (you really don’t have to these days unless you work in a place that demands it, like McDonalds or Burger King or AIG or Goldman Sachs….the fabrics are so great, you can just pull the pants and shirts out of the dryer and slap them on hangars and you’re good to go), but when I have to, it’s a royal pain (always end up with creases where there should be “no creases,” with rows of wrinkles where there should be “no wrinkles”…..So it would be super to be able to sit down with your pants on, deflate your legs, flop them on the ironing board, and iron away!!….Heaven me thinks!!!…But, as I say, most of the time it’s either dryer to hangar or dryer to body….To think that some people iron their handkerchiefs and their socks and their underwear….The asylum for the lot of them!!

Posted: August 31, 2009 in animals

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This Monday morning, like every Monday morning in recent memory, I feel as if I’m on two very different planes of being when I first begin my bathroom routine (about 545 a.m. or so)….Call it Ablution Schizophrenia….Part of me is upright and trance-ike, staring aimlessly and blankly into the mirror, feeling nothing and experiencing total synaptic nap-time (nada going on in my not-yet-awake brain)….Part of me is totally, absolutely fatiqued and distraught (distraught that it is Monday and not Saturday morn, fatigued because my body and mind and soul needs a good 3 hours more of seepy-time), hanging through my mirror, propped up by the sink and my toothpaste tube and brush, ready to collapse onto the floor without those props….And I don’t soon get over it…Showering is only brief respite before it all returns….Thanks heavens for coffee (although I’ve been forced to buy the cheap kind that tastes like hot dirt water with skim) and for Quaker Oat Squares (just reading the box and knowing that I’m lowering my cholesterol while stuffing my gut is somehow life-affirming for me)….Then it’s off to work, off to another Monday at work, off to the beginning of what seems like an endless cycle of weeks of work with 2 mere days of semi-restfulness at work week’s end…..Oh, to have a job I absolutely loved….Those of you that do, that hop out of bed every Monday morning and scream “Hallelujah, I’m almost at work…It’s Monday and I’m almost at work…Exciting, fulfilling, near-orgasmic work, work, work”….Those of you who have that in your lives, God bless you!!….I think it’s wonderful that we’re all not like me!!

Posted: August 27, 2009 in animals

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“Perseus with the Head of Medusa”….by Italian Florentine sculptor (also a painter, musician, soldier, goldsmith…all extraordinaire), Benvenuto Cellini….sculpted between 1545 and 1554….Glorious…Here’s just part of that great story, as told by the Good Book: Polydectes ordered Perseus to bring him the head of the gorgon Medusa. The gorgons were three sisters who lived at the end of the world, beyond the ocean, in the kingdom of Night. Two of the sisters were immortal, like the gods, but Medusa was as mortal as any human.

Originally the sisters had been beautiful maidens, but when Poseidon had courted Medusa, her pride in her beauty was so great that she had scornfully rejected the god’s advances. In his fury, he had cursed Medusa and her sisters, so that they became monstrous creatures, with live snakes in place of their hair, and hideously deformed bodies. But Medusa’s face remained beautiful. Somehow, the combination of the lovely face of the maiden and the writhing horror of the live snakes that covered her head was more terrible than any ordinary monster could be. Anyone who looked directly on the face of Medusa was immediately turned to stone.

Perseus spent the night in the temple praying to the goddess Athena, who was, after all, the daughter of Zeus and therefore his half-sister. She appeared to him and offered him her polished shield, so that he could see the gorgon’s reflection in the shield when he cut off her head, and not be turned to stone by looking directly on her face. To enable Perseus to get to the end of the world where the gorgons lived, the god Hermes lent him his winged sandals.

Athena told Perseus to visit the fountain nymphs and they would provide him with three gifts that he would need to accomplish his task. Perseus did so, and the nymphs gave him a cap of darkness, to render him invisible, a sword with a diamond edge, for the gorgon’s hide was too tough for an ordinary sword to penetrate, and a bag to carry the head in once he had cut it off.

To find the way to the gorgons’ lair, Perseus had to approach the three Gray Sisters. These old sisters had only one eye that they passed around among themselves, so that they could take turns seeing. Wearing his cap of darkness, Perseus came close to the sisters and asked where he could find the Gorgons. The sisters were not feeling cooperative that day, especially not towards a stranger that they couldn’t see. They demanded to know where he was, and he said he was hidden in a place where only the tallest of the sisters would be able to spot him. The eye was passed to the tallest of the Gray Sisters, but as she reached for it, he snatched it away. Then he threatened the hags. If they would not tell him where to find the gorgons, he would throw their only eye into the sea, and they would all be blind forever. Desperate to retrieve their eye, the sisters all answered at once. As soon as he had his answer, Perseus carelessly tossed the eye toward the three Gray Sisters, allowing it to drop into the dirt at their feet. As he flew away, the sisters were on their hands and knees, blindly scrabbling in the dirt to find their eye.

At last Perseus found the three gorgons asleep in their lair among the rocks at the end of the world. Looking at Medusa’s reflection in the polished shield, and with Athena guiding his hand, he used the diamond-edged sword to cut off her head. He caught the head by its snaky locks, and stuffed it quickly into the bag. From the pool of Medusa’s blood there suddenly appeared a magnificent winged horse named Pegasus, who flew away immediately to make his home among the muses on Mt. Helicon.

Posted: August 27, 2009 in animals

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“Supper at Emmaus” by one of the world’s greatest painters, Caravaggio (Michelangelo da Caravaggio)…One of my many, many favorites of Caravaggio

Posted: August 27, 2009 in animals

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Tina Fey….Another obsession of mine…How can one person on the TeeVee have so much talent, so much going for her??….Amazing in every way…. If you’ve never watched “30 Rock,” please do… One of the funniest shows ever!!… Alec Baldwin is an absolute marvel, well-deserving of the 3 or 4 Emmys he’s gotten for his brilliant role….