Infrequently Asked Questions

Question:  Why did you create this blog? OneMoreOption (SIA):  I tend to visit websites where there’s at least a remote possibility that I might find something worth remembering.  And as easy as that criteria may sound, I’ve not found it very easy to find regularly.  So, I search most days for signs of intelligent life: …

Hey Eugene! – Nellie McKay & Pink Martini – The Importance of Not Forgetting To Be Humorous . . . Oh, & P.S. I Love You

Today on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed musician Nellie McKay. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16503513 “Basically, I like music by dead people.” – Nellie McKay. Terry Gross:  Your mother carried around a dummy wallet for muggers? Nellie McKay:  Oh, yeah.  - – – - Pink Martini: (The photo above is a marquee from Portland, Oregon, the home base of the…

Responding To Several Recent Thoughtful Comments

There have been more comments than usual in the last few days, and I thank everyone who has taken the time. – – – - I’ll start with the most recent comment, the first comment this blog has received in Portuguese: XTO wrote on “Hendrik Kerstens and his daughter Paula: For Her, For Others, Forever…

Romance – One More Definition

Romance - n. – a human desire for the world to be more intent on kindness, emotions, sensory connections, and love. Above Artwork by rougerouge. http://www.flickr.com/people/rougerouge/ (Click on images to view them individually.) – – – - Artwork by Artwork by .séverine: http://www.flickr.com/people/natur_elle/ Artwork by Ray Edgar: http://www.flickr.com/people/rayedgar/ Artwork by …cathzilla: http://www.flickr.com/people/cathzilla/ Artwork by Santi-Jose: http://www.flickr.com/people/santijose/ Artwork by express…

Xavier Ramonède – XAV – Lusts For Life – 1 of 2

Artworks by Xavier Ramonède, aka “XAV”: (Click on images to view them individually.) © All rights reserved by Xavier Ramonède. http://www.sushixav.com/ http://sushixav.blogspot.com/ http://www.myspace.com/xaaav – – – - Most Recent Artworks   All the Artists’ Artworks Index   my43things

Innovation In Art – There Are Good Reasons Why We Place More Value On Human-Crafted Artworks Than We Do On Mirrors

The above drawing is by me.  It is from a photo of George Harrison taken by Pattie Boyd. Sunshine is more than just love.  It is illumination, warmth, growth, renewal, new days . . . and more. There are good reasons why we place more value on unique and intelligent human-crafted artworks than we do on…

Bruce Springsteen – Silence is Unpatriotic

Bruce Springsteen was interviewed recently on 60 Minutes.  The entire audio of the interview can be found in the 60 Minutes podcasts on iTunes.  The transcript of the interview and video excerpts can be found at CBSNEWS.com. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/04/60minutes/main3330463.shtml I am reprinting the interview here because I strongly support what Bruce Springsteen is saying, and I don’t know…

Jerry Seinfeld – Intelligent Intentional Coordination of Comedy, Music, Creativity, and Fun

In the current November 2007 issue of GQ, Jerry Seinfeld shares some profound ideas about the nature of comedy, humor, creativity, and fun. Here are excerpts from the excellent interview of Jerry Seinfeld, written by Marshall Sella: “Jerry Seinfeld is an extremely focused and intense man.  But his facial gestures have it all wrong:  The…

Brian Fies – Mom’s Cancer – It’s Sometimes Hard To Tell The Poisons From The Cures, Because Sometimes They Are The Same Things

© All rights reserved by Brian Fies.  This is a review of Brian Fies’ graphic novel, Mom’s Cancer: 5 out of 5 stars.  “What to do when pain rips through our brains like a tornado.  We need the truth.”  – Barbara, the author’s mother’s, wrote that thought after reading this book. This is an excellent…

Alison Bechdel – Fun Home – An Epic Journey Toward Honesty

When your father is an exacting home renovator, meticulous interior decorator, local mortician, high shcool English teacher, and closeted homosexual, who you suspect likely had sexual relations with adolescent boys – if you’re like most autobiopic authors these days, then you’d probably write your own private hyperbolic “Running With Scissors,” throwing everything up against the…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Homosexual Question and Answer: Ahmadinejad Reports Iran Has No Homosexuals or the “Homosexual Phenomenon”

Ahmadinejad said of the Holocaust these two conflicting statements, “Granted this happened,” and “There’s nothing known as absolute.” If Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s defense of doubters of the Holocaust wasn’t enough today, this interchange was revealing of his education and reasoning capabilities: When he was asked, “Your government has imposed draconian punishments, including execution, on Iranian citizens who…

Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4, a high school musical

“1 2 3 4″ lyrics by Feist:  One two three four Tell me that you love me more Sleepless long nights That is what my youth was for Oh teenage hopes are alive at your door Left you with nothing but they want some more Oh you’re changing your heart Oh you know who you…

Things That Could Not Be Improved # 6: ATOMDesign’s Hammer for Vaughan & Bushnell, Rumi Poems, Jonathan Zimmerman’s Dome Home, Robert “Bob” Conrad Album, Mork & Mindy Stickers, and Happy Slave Leia

This is the 6th edition of “Things That Could Not Be Improved,” a grouping of things that need not be, or could not be, improved.  I’m not a proponent of perfection, but I love seeing well conceived and well crafted artworks:  (Click on images to view them individually.) – – – - Rumi My friends went to…

Marcus Aurelius, Part 3 of 3

Words and Ideas by Marcus Aurelius: “It is in your power to restore yourself to life.  Look at things again as you once looked at them, for this will bring you new life.”  “Life is more like wrestling than dancing, in that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets, however unexpected.” “Remember that…

The Blow – “Parentheses” Lyrics

This self portrait idea appeared in my head while listening to The Blow’s song “Parentheses” on a walk this morning. http://www.myspace.com/theblowus I recommend their music.  It is very, very smart. “Parentheses” Lyrics by The Blow: Some philosophies fuel belief in the self, Constructed to keep one’s goods on one’s own shelf Built well, you’re a…

Things That Could Not Be Improved #4: Deadly Robert Downey Jr., The Blow’s “Come On Petunia,” Emily Dickinson, Pavel Wolberg, Musadeq Sadeq, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Doug Sneyd

“Junior . . . Robert Downey Jr.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Downey_Jr. This is the 4th edition of “Things That Could Not Be Improved,” a grouping of things that need not be, or could not be, improved.  I’m not a proponent of perfection, but I love seeing such well conceived and well crafted artworks:  (Click on images to view them…

Things That Could Not Be Improved #3: Star Wars’ Candids, Elizabeth Henry Self-Portrait Maybe For Her Mother, cantwork’s intimate moment, Savin Couelle’s Tatooine-esque Interior, Amarle Viele’s Matrix Kitty, and Lydie’s “Women’s Only” Beach

Candid outtake from the making of the original Star Wars film. This is the 3rd edition of “Things That Could Not Be Improved,” a grouping of things that need not be, or could not be, improved.  I’m not a proponent of perfection, but I love seeing such well conceived and well crafted artworks:  (Click on images if…

Please don’t try to put blinders aside her eyes, because she sees beauty others could not see in you . . . in others . . . and in so many misfit toys

This is a review of Icíar Bollaín’s movie: “Take My Eyes“ http://imdb.com/title/tt0350193/ 4 out of 4 Stars. © All rights reserved by the respective artists. – – – - “I had erased her personality” This is a tremendously well crafted and fast moving movie about mental and physical relationship/spousal abuse.  The quote in the title to…

Stephanie – express train – A Muse of One’s Own, Part 2 of 3

Artworks by Stephanie, aka “express train:” (Click on the images if you wish to view them individually or larger.) © All rights reserved by Stephanie. express train on Flickr I think Stephanie’s work is extraordinary.  And to avoid any ambiguity in the title of this post – I only mean respect and admiration.  I admire…

Sexuality in Art – Currently banned in Turkey by TTNET

A man from Instanbul wrote the following note to me on my flickr account: Subject line:  Ridiculous! Isn’t it? (He gave me the link to the below image that he posted on his flickr page) I found the link sexualityinart.wordpress.com in your profile and just being curious clicked the link. :) What I see was this censor…

Mike Wieringo – A Tribute To His Intellect, Compassion, and Artistries

I had other posts written and ready to post today, but I was going down my regular visiting pattern of blogs and web pages and discovered a tragedy:  Mike Wieringo, one of my heroes, died unexpectedly this week at a young age. Mike Wieringo on Wikipedia Regular users of The DrawingBoard.org forum know that he was…

Things That Could Not Be Improved # 1: Mitchell Breitweiser’s Captain America, New Buffy The Vampire Slayer “Essence of Will” Statue, Martha Plimpton’s MySpace, Laurel Maury’s SIP Comment, & Gingermiss Is Still Going . . .

I have a confession to make:  I don’t always think about sexuality & love in the arts.  Sometimes I think just about art.  And other times I think just about sex. Humor aside, I do have some observations:  For some of us, imagery is both a stimulant and a sedative.  It is a visual drug that…

Pink – P!nk – U + Ur Hand – You and Your Hand Tonight – Stupid Girls – Dear Mr. President – Modern Feminism

“U + UR Hand” Lyrics by Pink, aka P!nk. Check it out, going out on the late night Looking tight, feeling nice, it’s a cock fight I can tell, I just know, That it’s going down tonight At the door we don’t wait cause we know them At the bar six shots just beginning That’s when…