Sunday, September 20, 2009
Didn't know this was a cover. Saw "Kill your Idols" this morning on Sundance Channel. Amazing documentary from 2004 about New York's "No Wave" music movement of the early 809;s. Funny thing< even though I was in Northern Illinois at that time, I was still very much influenced in my personal development by this music. Bands like The Swans, Sonic Youth, Foetus and Lydia Lunch assisted me with my personal creative visions in my paintings and music creation back then and still very much does. It's a strange thing to look back at that time and see it as a "movement", because when your in the middle of any movement, all you see is pure creation, and all creation is is living the change you want to see. "Being" change.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I made this for anyone who tends to lose followers on their blogs because of their tendency to use the words "vagina" or "boobies" more than others think is appropriate. As far as I'm concerned, vagina and boobies are *always* appropriate, but then again, I guess I *do* like vagina and boobies in general more than most other girls. >;P
Sunday, September 6, 2009
10 full episodes are here, and will play one after the other in the embedded media player. Since this is being streamed from The Internet Archive, their embeddable flash media player does not have the ability to display the playlist.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Lae Morae is one of my favorite types of artists. She doesn't only just produce creative artistic pieces out of anything get her magic little fingers on, she has turned living her life into a form of art as well. Morae uses many mediums to express her special brand of creativity, from traditional mediums such as ink and acrylics to less (more?) traditional methods such as making fibers for material, movement and dance, and even using her own appearance as a creative medium.
I first became aware of Morae's special brand of creative expression while hanging around Ze Franks forum for The Show in 2006. We met on a forum thread called Picture Association, where the object was simply to to post a picture that had some sort of association to the picture posted before it. Very simple premise, extremely creative process that also helps you see similarities between other peoples world views. It was on this thread that I discovered another woman who likes showing others beautiful things as much as she likes to show off the beautiful things she can make, A kindred soul, this was certain.
Lae Morae's line drawings of beautiful women have always caught my attention. Bold bright colors, strong lines, sensuous shapely women, what's not to love? Many of her line drawings are available as prints on her Deviant Art page and more will be added soon. Morae tells me she has many more completed works that just need a little digitized attention before we can get a peek at them.
Rose by Lae Morae
Self-Portrait by Lae Morae
Lola 2 by Lae Morae
I am one of the lucky people who Morae has decided to envision in line and color. She sent me three different original drawings of her vision of Cherish Hellfire! (yay!), and they are some of my most prized possessions. Here is one of my favorites from that series.
Morae's goddess paintings, acrylic on canvas. I'm pretty sure these won't be leaving her home anytime soon, but at least she shares them here with us. It's kind of difficult to capture the warmth that a painting on canvas has through photos, but we'll do our best.
Tara by Lae Morae
Kali by Lae Morae
Morae has lots of other work that we could look at here, but I suggest giving yourself a nice jaunt off the beaten path and look at some of the other work she has posted around the interweb. Examples of her dress making, mad crochet skills, and photography can be found simply by googling her for a bit. You never know where it could lead you and I promise you won't be sorry.
I'll leave you with one more photo, this time, from Morae's flicker stream and it's hot enough to boil water at 100 meters, so be careful. Now you'll understand my appreciation on a whole new level.
Lae Morae on Deviant Art
Lae Morae on Flickr
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Today, I installed Blipster. It's an Adobe Air app for Blip.fm.
Thin interface is rather sparse, so it need not be viewed at full-screen to use comfortable, and the sound is so much better then the web interface. Not sure why this is, but I whole-heartedly approve.
I also installed Tweet Deck and Seismic Desktop Adobe Air apps for Twitter and Facebook social networking. I spent a little time messing around with Seesmic Desktop but the UI for Tweet Deck really drew me in. Although they have many similar features, and either of them can be very useful desktop social networking tool, I simply preferred Tweet Deck because of the UI appearance options. I know that in the future, I will go with what ever app delivers font size increasing, as I have rather poor vision and hours of squinting at an interface with tiny fonts ranks right up there with chili peppers in the pee-hole, which honestly is more fun when you get to the cleaning up part.
Screen Shot of Tweet Deck spread over double 20" monitors.
I didn't include a screen shot of Seesmic Desktop as there are many to be found on the web, and my interface looks just like everyone's , since there are yet to be any appearance tweaking options.
I also installed Kosertech's ceTwit 2.1 on my HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6.1 smart-ass phone. Smart-ass, like "Yeah, but can your phone do *this*?" smart-ass. Not the best smart device by far, but it holds it's own considering it's reasonable cost.
I've tried about 6 different Twitter apps for Winmo 6.0 and 6.1, and so far this is the most stable on my device. PocketTwit is another very cool Twitter app, but has been pretty unstable on my particular device. I'll keep checking for Pocket Twit updates that will work well on my phone because that interface is very nice looking finger sliding fun.
ceTwit 2.1 is easier and more useful than 1.4. Replies, DM's, and Friends timelines all appear on the same screen and identify themselves with different colored backgrounds for each tweet type. ceTwit 1.4 required constant reloading to switch between all the message views, and that can be time consuming, which really matters when your on the run.
Stumbled onto an amazing photoblog that Coil House had linked to. Riot Clit Shave is a very eclectic photoblog that showcases many artistic, peculiar, occasionally humorous photos, though many of them are not attributed to anyone, and I'm not certain if the hostess of the blog is also one of the artists. Most of the photos posted there are SFW, but there are several that are not, depending on where you work, of course. Here are a few of my favorites from that site.
The last photo was in a Coil House post titled 'Cooler Than Us: Tibetan Nomads', and just judging from the steam-punk eye ware, I'd say that's an accurate assessment.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
My first official HNT post. Instead of taking the time to explain what Half Nekkid Thurday is, I will just provide a link, and let you get on with the ogaling.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Mistress of Time and Space initial transmission!
Made my first podcast today, spurred on by @thepete of ThePete.com, inspired by @Mercy of Cyberspace Babes, heckled by @TregorySullivan of sexpercussions.spiderforest.com, and just in a mood to tell it like it *could* be. Music, mood, comments. Give it a spin. Won't stain, low in carbs, high in anti0xidents. Pro hot & slippy parts.
This post is in honor of the zefrank/forum, and the chica that infected me and many others with visions of world where we make the linguistic rules, and we can bend them at our whims for our own amusement. Lilgothicfairy85 first mentioned this game on 11-21-2006, when @zefrank was in the midst of his daily video blog, and many of his goofy fans hung around his forum and talked smack to each other about everything from current events to group projects. it was an awesome community, and although most of us have gone our seperate ways since The Show ended, web 2.0 has somehow still managed to keep many of us connected.
The Vagina Game was one of many activities we made up for each other to practice collaborating on ideas, but in a very peripheral way. Games like this are a great way to get others involved with, well, whatever. Once the communication starts, the skies the limit.
The Vagina game is very simple. Movie/book/song name with one of the words changed to vagina: "Star Wars: Episode V - The Vagina Strikes Back", for example. Just googled "the vagina game" and was amazed at how many people out there like to play it. Heh. I'm on @Twitter quite a bit, and I've found that twitterspace is a great place to get others involved with peripheral silly activities.
I love springing the Vagina Game on my followers, just so we all get to talking about *something*. On the downside, I end up losing some followers, but upside is the followers that hang around end up being the kind of peeple that can handle light hearted humor, even if it does virge on the banal, inane, and risque. Those are my kind of peeps. Life is too damn short to take it so seriously.
@Cherishhellfire *is* NSFW, unless you work at home or in a pr0n shoppe.
This is a taste of the strangeness that can happen in social networks when you throw a vagina into the middle of the room!
cherishhellfire: @thepete Doesn't 'The United Vagina's of America' just kinda roll off the tongue?
thepete: @cherishhellfire not sure what the rules are to the vagina game but can I suggest United States of Vaginamerica?
Tekphreak: @cherishhellfire vagina's are forever (1971)
HarlDelos: @cherishhellfire James Bond fans would love "The Man With The Golden Vagina"
cherishhellfire: Never Say Never Vagina
HarlDelos: @cherishhellfire Like the 1975 Don Johnson movie, "A Boy and his Vagina"? Is that a good entry in the game?
cherishhellfire: @HarlDelos Awesome entry into the vagina.....game. One flew over the cuckoos vagina.
Faeriebutch: @cherishhellfire movies... 'Dude, Where's my Vagina?" "Harry Vagina and the Chamber of Secrets" "What Vaginas[Dreams] May Come?"
uncleplayground: @cherishhellfire Star Wars: Return of the Vagina
KidsOnChemicals: @cherishhellfire sisterhood of the traveling vagina
cherishhellfire: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Vagina
Akelaa: @cherishhellfire *dying* Boy vagina! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA
Akelaa: @cherishhellfire Let the Right Vagina In
Akelaa: @cherishhellfire Gleaming the Vagina
Neo_drone: @cherishhellfire hehehe 28 Vagina's Later
cherishhellfire: @jalapno The Vagina Supremacy!
TregorySullivan: @cherishhellfire The Fantastic Vagina: RISE of the Silver Surfer
jalapno: @cherishhellfire Happy Vagina
cherishhellfire: @TregorySullivan Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Vagina Warriors!
TregorySullivan: @cherishhellfire Touche. And for irony: Zorro: The Gay Vagina
TregorySullivan: @cherishhellfire Race to Vagina Mountain
cherishhellfire: @Neo_drone The Vagina wears Prada
TregorySullivan: @cherishhellfire Friday the 13 Part IV: A New Vagina
jalapno: @cherishhellfire then it would be The Bourne Vagina?
TregorySullivan: @cherishhellfire Cannibal: The Vagina
Neo_drone: @cherishhellfire The Vagina's Advocate
cherishhellfire: 2001: A Space Vagina
cherishhellfire: @Herbwoman W00t! Apocalypse Vagina?
Neo_drone: @cherishhellfire The Vagina Club
cherishhellfire: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Vagina
cherishhellfire: I'll start...an easy one: Raiders of the lost Vagina
cherishhellfire: Vagina game: Movie/book/song name with one of the words changed to vagina: "Star Wars: Episode V - The Vagina Strikes Back"
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
RIP Lux Interior, aka Erick Purkhiser 1946 - 2009
This blog post is dedicated to Lux Interior, Poison Ivy, and the music of The Cramps.
Lux Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, passed away on 4 February at Glendale Memorial Hospital in California at the age of 62. He had suffered from a previously existing heart condition.
Lux, you will be missed greatly. Your mark on this world could not have been made by anyone else. Thank-you for bringing me out of my shell all those many years ago. Listening to the music you made with your wife and the rest of The Cramps showed me that anytime could be a good time, as long as the right music was playing. I learned quickly that there was hardly ever a time that wasn't a good time for The Cramps. I grew up knowing that someday, I too wanted to be a bikini girl with machine guns. I ain't nuthin' but a gorehound, but thats just fine. I could still use my smell of female to lure the most exalted potentate of love to do the dead with me, instead of the usual creature from the black leather lagoon. Now it's not just goo goo muck, because my pussy *can* do the dog. It's going to be a lonesome town without you, and I can't hardly stand it. I've got a fever,but I won't need to find a new kind of kick or ride the drug train to change the way I walk, and I wouldn't want to anyway. Ride that hot rod to heaven, and don't be to tough on St.Peter at the golden gate. He's the only one to bum a smoke from up there I hear.
This opening song in this video is from the very first Cramps album that I ever heard. The song is 'You Got Good Taste' from the album 'Smell of Female', and many a party in my early years were started with these dulcet tones screaming from my overly huge speakers, as if a mating call between the keg beer and my landlords green carpets. Groove on my pretties.
While grasping at factoids of song, dancing and images of the late great Lux Interior tonight, I was reintroduced to one of my original musical passions: Surf Music. In this instance, it's ok to lump together hillbilly, rockabilly, hellbilly, surf punk, mexibilly, psychobilly, garage rock, and plain old everyday surf music. I think that my penchent for this flavor of aural pain was induced at an early age by my mother and father. Pop loved Hank Williams, mom loved The Ventures, the both loved Elvis, and I loved watching them dance to their favorite music on a Saturday morning. Sneaking into my parents closet to play with my fathers candy apple red hollow body Epiphone electric guitar was one of my favorite activities, though sometimes his mandolin drew as much attention.
I found a great radio show out of WPGU 107.1 Champain-Urbana, Il called Surfabilly Freakout. It is exactly what it sounds like. Surf, "*billy", punk, much freaking out. I'm pretty sure the Dj's were "Reverend" Chuck Allen, Jet Sterling, and Chelsea Bandita for the show that I am posting about. Very fun group of people, almost makes me want to move back to Illinois. Almost, but not quite.
Here is Surfabilly Freakout from 3-27-2008, via the Internet Archive.
I found one other podcast tonight will jumping around the Internet Archives. This one is called Beyond The Wall Of Sleep, and is likely my favorite new podcast, and not because the podcaster(who's name seems to be hidden) did a Lux Interior Memorial show, but because the rest of his podcasts are of a genre he classifies as "shoegazing/dreampop. After skimming through a few of his posts, I decided I will be a regular there.
The 02-07-09 Lux Interior Memorial Show is the most well thought out, professionally crafted tribute to Lux Interior I have heard yet. I was very touched with this podcasters attention to detail in crafting his playlist. The podcaster chose to offer his listeners the option "Scream or Explode" instead of stream/download, and even made the vocals of the podcast in a horror show fashion that would have made Lux proud. If you are going to listen to only one Lux Interior Memorial show, let this be the one.
Embedded for you listening pleasure via The Internet Archive:
Sweet dreams, Lux Interior.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
With this post, I am trying a new service from openID called embedit.in in order to be able to share this CC licensed book with all of you. Cross your fingers, because if this works, we will be seeing quite a bit of us from this brilliant blog tool.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Old web bud viscousplatypus pointed
to a link to this song. At first I was taken aback by the immediate forcefulness of this song, but it's infectious lyrics quickly warmed my heart. give it chance, snap your fingers, tap your feet, smile knowingly.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Rev. Lowery Inauguration benediction. Transcript.
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Transcript courtesy Federal News Service
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand -- true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we've shared this day. We pray now, O Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national and, indeed, the global fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hand, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink, though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.
For we know that, Lord, you're able and you're willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor or the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.
We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that, yes, we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seeds of greed -- the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.
And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.
And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.
Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little, angelic Sasha and Malia.
We go now to walk together, children, pledging that we won't get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone, with your hands of power and your heart of love.
Help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid; when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- (laughter) -- when yellow will be mellow -- (laughter) -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- (laughter) -- and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
REV. LOWERY: Say amen --
REV. LOWERY: -- and amen.
AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)
Courtesy Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun -Times
-"The red man can get ahead, man".
This one line kind of summed up the entire feeling of hope that this day had. It's obvious that the landscape of our culture has changed in a big way today, and the fact that Reverend Lowery mentioned in his benediction those of us that still continue to be oppressed in this country filled me with even
more hope than I had at the beginning of the ceremony. Thank-you Rev. Lowery. Thank-you for making what could have been a very solemn situation into a solemn, yet funky time.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, tilt, color, movement), and cognitive illusions where the eye and brain make unconscious inferences.
Rotation and expansion
I've been using Paint Shop Pro 9 for a while now, to create all sorts of digital images that result in multiple interference patterns that fool ones eye into seeing movement where there is none. These types of images have captured my attention since I was a child. I remember my aunts and uncles having fuzzy flack light posters with all sorts strange and wondrous images, many of them designed to give the impression of some sort of movement. When I was a little older, I discovered that I could make similar images with string art, tying string in straight lines on a board to give the impression that there were curves in the design, in spite of all of it being made with straight lines.
Here is an example of string art. The following image is part of the public domain, and is not my own work.
"Physiological illusions, such as the afterimages following bright lights or adapting stimuli of excessively longer alternating patterns (contingent perceptual aftereffect), are presumed to be the effects on the eyes or brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type - brightness, tilt, color, movement, etc. The theory is that stimuli have individual dedicated neural paths in the early stages of visual processing, and that repetitive stimulation of only one or a few channels causes a physiological imbalance that alters perception.The Hermann grid illusion and Mach bands are two illusions that are best explained using a biological approach. Lateral inhibition, where in the receptive field of the retina light and dark receptors compete with one another to become active, has been used to explain why we see bands of increased brightness at the edge of a color difference when viewing Mach bands. Once a receptor is active it inhibits adjacent receptors. This inhibition creates contrast, highlighting edges. In the Hermann grid illusion the gray spots appear at the intersection because of the inhibitory response which occurs as a result of the increased dark surround." - From this wikipedia article.
That paragraph is referencing the following image:
The types of images I really enjoy attempting to make employ techniques that cause the viewer to experience both expansion and depth. Other types of movement that can be perceived with these types of illusions is rotation, collapse and flicker.
"perception is an active construction of the mind rather than a valid representation of objective reality." - Psychological Assessment Referral & Treatment Services
"Researcher Mark Changizi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York says optical illusions are due to a neural lag which most humans experience while awake. When light hits the retina, about one-tenth of a second goes by before the brain translates the signal into a visual perception of the world. Scientists have known of the lag, yet they have debated over how humans compensate, with some proposing that our motor system somehow modifies our movements to offset the delay.Changizi asserts that the human visual system has evolved to compensate for neural delays, generating images of what will occur one-tenth of a second into the future. This foresight enables human to react to events in present. This allows humans to perform reflexive acts like catching a fly ball and to maneuver smoothly through a crowd.  Illusions occur when our brains attempt to perceive the future, and those perceptions don't match reality. " - Wikipedia
The organizational mechanisms of vision are best demonstrated by illusions. Illusions illustrate that perception is a creative construction that the brain makes in interpreting visual data ....Learning does not prevent us from being taken in by these illusions.
- Eric Kandel
Found this picture from a few months ago. I was seriously flirting with all of @Twitter, but one person specifically, who asked me for a naughty pic after sending me a few. I had very bad pink-eye at the time, and I was staying w/ my sister, so it was difficult to do, and she wouldn't help. She has opinions about nude pictures of my being posted online, so I had to do it myself. Not that I minded, but I was very afraid to drop my HTC Touch in the bubble bath. I couldn't see, was very slippery, it was cold, and the smile was very difficult to come by! lol. I cropped some of my face because with the way my eyes were looking from the pink eye, it made me look corpse like. Even though the picture is blurred and slightly in motion and doesn't quite look exactly like me, I still think it is somewhat artistic, and even marginally titillating.
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