Well, we’ve seen Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s take on Carl Sagan’s epic 1980 reveries on Science and the ‘cosmos’ and applauded accordingly. I must point out however, that Neil doesn’t have the ear that Carl had… for inspiring yet “sciencey” sounding music.
I give you the Isao Tomita and Vangelis encrusted OST to that original magnum opus. Enjoy!
Uncle Carl elevated his vision of the Cosmos into the realm of the spiritual with his cautionary comments on our ‘Pale Blue Dot’. Tyson wisely (IMHO) chose to use Sagan’s own words to act as a closing ‘benediction’ to 2014′s admirable ‘Cosmos’ redux.
Happy Labour Day!
Carl Sagan: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage]]>
From Andre Perkowski and [terminal pictures]
Art critic Robert Hughes (1938 – 2012) surveys the modern art of the 20th Century from the temporal perspective of 1980. Hughes’ magnum opus can be rather acerbic – but he averts his eyes from nothing.
We follow the sparkle and horror of ‘modernity’ into and through the previous century – from French Impressionism to ‘Post’ almost any ‘ism’ you care to name. Paris was still indubitably ‘THE’ center of the Art world at the dawn of the century.
It would be difficult to overstate the devastating effect of the ‘Great War’ -aka WWI- upon that generation of artists. What ‘Cubism’, ‘Fauvism’ and ‘Futurism’ had promised was delivered, but in ways none had really foreseen…
Required Viewing for the Artistically Reclined.]]>
Tribal Twerk Booty Dance!
And what a booty it IS!
Honest! It was the MUSIC that attracted me!
Wow! dig those uh… drums! I LOVE this shit!
How’s your Swahili?]]>
Not the sort of thing I wanted to write about, but some comment is required IMHO.
‘Sundown towns’ were once widespread throughout the South, which required non-whites to NOT BE PRESENT after dark. Very Jim Crow. And this is Missouri, not Alabama! Ya could’ve fooled me!
The apparent Police execution of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown 9 days ago precipitated this unrest, but clearly, trouble between the nearly all-white police force and the 2/3 African-American residents has been brewing for a long time.
The St. Louis suburb’s PD and Mayor and the Missouri Governor (ironically named Nixon) have handled this crisis in the worst possible way. The ludicrous over-militarised police force (another issue which requires address) very nearly caused a violent general uprising amongst the citizens. Tanks, APC’s and other ‘over the top’ military hardware and firepower trained on citizens can NOT be justified. Cops in camos with automatic weapons likewise is just the OPPOSITE of what is required to de-escalate the situation.
Only the standing down of the local PD and handoff of policing duties to the State Highway Patrol, under the command of local resident Capt. Ron Johnson prevented the whole thing from going up like a bomb around last Wednesday. Johnson has spoken and behaved in exemplary fashion…
Then a curfew was enacted this last weekend and now the Missouri National Guard has been called in…
Sheesh! SOMETHING’S GOT TO CHANGE! and SOON!
Hey, you know something people? I’m not black, but there’s a whole lots a times I wish I could say I’m not white.
– Frank Zappa
‘AMEN’ to that!]]>
These guys are astounding! What began as simple self-protective camouflage became psychedelic light shows and hypnosis! And they’re SMART! Can they do differential equations ‘in their heads’? (as it were) That may be a bit of a stretch, but NOT by that much!
Are they self-aware? Many researchers believe that they ARE. It just shows that there are many paths to and kinds of intelligence!
But that’s only part of the story. Cuttlefish not only can change colour, but can change their physical shape and skin texture! They’re pretty damn confusing but fascinating critters!
Wikipedia: Cuttlefish physiology]]>
Sorry for the late notice, I was only reminded a little while ago.
Perseids Meteor Shower
Written back in 1926 by Irving Berlin. I briefly played this number with a clarinetist & band in Long Beach, CA in another lifetime…
This version from 1958 with Paul Weston’s Orchestra…]]>