Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Do you believe in UFOs? I didn’t used to, but doing some research made me think about it. 

Many credible people have seen something odd in the sky that can’t be explained (see link below) — military pilots, commercial pilots, radar operators, members of governments around the world, 21 former astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter, presidents, newsmen, celebrities and politicians. Among those who say they have seen a UFO are Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Walter Cronkite, Jackie Gleason and Dennis Kucinich.

The kicker came when I very recently read that Winston Churchill suppressed a UFO report from British pilots in WWII when he was quoted as saying it would “destroy faith in the church.” 

Once you start paying attention, it gets more convincing.

Read this:

Michio Kaku
"In my mind there is no question that they're out there. My career is well established. My textbooks are required reading in all the major capitals on planet Earth. If you want to become a physicist to learn about the unified field theory, you read my books. Therefore I'm in a position to say, yes, most likely they're out there." ABC News, Dr. Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku currently holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics and a joint appointment at City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he has lectured for more than 30 years. (Wikipedia)

He's also a bestselling author and a familiar face on the Discovery and Science channels.



Austin Morris 1963

Austin Morris conversion trailer

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nights at the Circus

Irina Ionesco 2008 

"Born into an eastern European circus before moving to Paris as a teenager, Irina Ionesco's photography is defined by fantasy, performance and theatre – not least in her renowned portraits of her teenage daughter, Eva."

From Dazed & Confused Magazine


Lyra Kir-Zade

Turkish cigarette advertisement
Jean D'Ylen 1922

A jog in the park

I wonder how he stops.

Friday, August 27, 2010

John William Waterhouse

Boreas 1903

Mariamne of the South 1897


From Wikipedia:
"John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter who is most famous for his paintings of female characters from Greek and Arthurian mythology. Waterhouse was one of the final Pre-Raphaelite artists, being most productive in the latter decades of the 19th century and early decades of the 20th, long after the era of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Because of this, he has been referred to as "the modern Pre-Raphaelite", and incorporated techniques borrowed from the French Impressionists into his work."

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott
John William Waterhouse 

Peewee ballet

I like the girl on the right. 
She's thinking very hard and not getting it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mesopotamian sculpture

Detail of an ancient Babylon sculpture

Unusual Dali

Salvadore Dali
Woman at the Window
oil on board

The Neptune pool

The Neptune pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

The end of summer draws near so let's visit
the most beautiful pool in the world and say goodbye.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Elaborate hedge design

Villa Farnese, Italy

The villa was constructed in the mid-1550's for Cardinal Allesandro Farnese, the grandson of Pope Paul III, and was filled with frescoes and sculptures created by the most illustrious Renaissance artisans.

It is now owned by the state and is open to the public.

Curved stairway

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Brazil to release UFO data

The Brazilian government this week made it mandatory for all military and civilian aircraft pilots to report any and all UFO sightings to the country's national aerospace defense command. 
The information will be stored in Rio de Janeiro and made available to the public. Anything suspicious that is seen, photographed or filmed will be documented for study and dissemination.

Many credible UFO sightings have been reported in Brazilian airspace, including sightings by high-level members of the government.

The horned bacchante

The Bacchante 1853
Jean Leon Gerome 

In Roman mythology the bacchantes are the female 
followers of Bacchus, the god of wine and revelry;
 based on Greek myth of Dionysus and the maenads, see below.

From Wikipedia:
"[Maenad] literally translates as "raving ones". Often the maenads were portrayed as inspired by [Dionysus] into a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication. In this state, they would lose all self-control, begin shouting excitedly, engage in uncontrolled sexual behavior, and ritualistically hunt down and tear animals (and sometimes men and children) to pieces, devouring the raw flesh. During these rites, the maenads would dress in fawn skins and carry a thyrsus, a long stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped by a cluster of leaves; they would weave ivy-wreaths around their heads, and often handle or wear snakes."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Study of a bull

Pablo Picasso
Spanish Cubist painter and sculptor

Watercolor of a koi pond

Cultivating the beautiful koi fish is 
gaining popularity in the US.
They grow up to 2 feet and are very hearty.
They survive in cold weather, 
and they will learn to feed by hand.

Painter John Singer Sargent

En Route pour la pĂȘche (Setting Out to Fish)
1878, oil on canvas
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. 

Painter Jan van Eych

Man in a Red Turban, 1433
Jan van Eyck, Flemish painter 
Possibly a self-portrait
The National Gallery, London, UK

Cigarette photo

This is what happens when you're on the computer.