Friday 15 August 2003
Pix Of The Day: Familiar USA Street Furniture
CREDITS: © Ian Scott-Parker/PishTush.com Click images for full size popups.
If you do not live in North America these street scenes should look completely alien. If they do not, then that is a tribute to the spread of US culture: if that displeases you, then what do you intend to do? If you are displeased, but intend to do nothing, the least you might consider is accepting silence. Contrary to our own expectations when coming to live in this wonderful country, we love this kind of funky stuff, but that is most likely because we enjoy rich variety.
We came from a place where everything was painted in designer approved green and gold. We have seen the urban blight caused by overly rigid planning regulations. Change only happens at the edges, and without change a society becomes moribund. Ask any Labrador dog: they have a philosophy of having the most fun, from whatever and whomever is immediately available. In polite society that does mean they have a reputation for some exceptionally gross acts, but do they care?
Caricature Of The Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
Our caricature subject's birthday was celebrated yesterday.
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American actor (1945- ). The zenith of this man's career must surely have been when as an accomplished banjo player he appeared playing the instrument in the Earl Scruggs & Friends video for 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'. His middle name is Glenn, and he was born in Waco, Texas. He is a busy man: he has made more appearances on 'Saturday Night Live' than anyone else, but only ever as the host, never as a cast member.
He played the policeman who shoots Bruce Lee at the very end of the movie 'Fist of Fury'. His humor is often offbeat with a twist of Woody Allen, even slightly off color as in these examples, "I could not handle being a woman. I would stay home all day and play with my breasts." and "I believe that sex is the most beautiful, natural, and wholesome thing that money can buy." This entry was prepared using an IMDB (Internet Movie Database) feature.
Quotation Of The Day courtesy of Wordsmith.org
The road to wisdom? Well it's plain and simple to express: err and err and err again, but less and less and less. - Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)
On This Day: Random Fact courtesy of Reference.com
Friday 15 August 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York; over 400,000 people attended.
In the long run, did Woodstock really change everything, as sometimes claimed?
Visit the Reference.com page for today, where you will find fuller listing of facts about this day, with sections for holidays, events and births.
From Our 2002 Archive: Ageless Beauty - Thursday 15 August 2002
Although we look at a huge number of images, we rarely want to own any of them. We are not given to decorating the walls of our living space, so whenever an image does stir the sin of covetousness in us, we ask ourselves if it is 'wallspaceworthy'. To find two that pass the test in two consecutive days must rank as our personal best: both yesterday's 'Geometrical Manhattan' and today's 'Ageless Beauty' qualify with ease.
The photographer for today's picture is Eolake Stobblehouse, who must be one of the most diligent creators on the web. A Google search for "stobblehouse" returned 458 results, but even this belies the size and popularity of his output. Today's featured picture came from his personal web site at stobblehouse.com. The source page for that picture was Women Photos, which for those of you for whom such things matter does contain tasteful female nudity, though the thumbnails should be sufficient distancing, without offending allowing you to decide if you wish to proceed further.
Eolake's most visited site is domai.com, a humorous reference to the 'Dirty Old Men's Association International', an organization founded by Eolake, and we guess he is the foremost member. The site offers 'simple nudes of pretty girls', and there is a generous free sampling with a membership option. Your intrepid reporting team was allowed access to the members' area, and can assure you that what is there is fairly represented outside: if you're looking for pornography then look elsewhere. Founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Domai is now in the top 0.2 percentile of the web's most popular sites according to Alexa. The site's gravitas might be discerned from the quotation we saw on the home page when we visited while researching for this: 'Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.' - John Kenneth Galbraith. Economists need a sense of humor to remain sane.
Eolake's third site is MacCreator.com, which will be a familiar destination for users of Apple Computer's awesome products. The site has articles that will interest non Macintosh users, however. We particularly enjoyed Eolake's interview with famous 'technomad' Steven K. Roberts, the man who has equipped both a bicycle and a boat as computing centers, then travelled around while using them for real. The last of the quartet of web sites is WhatMeArtist.com, which offers 37 succinct but thought provoking lessons 'designed to work for painters, musicians, writers, sculptors, film makers… anybody working creatively, professionally or not. The lesson plan is free, though if you want some additional support that too is available by email at the modest cost of $50.00 for one year.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)