I DON’T MEAN TO IGNORE THIS, my primary blog, but I have been pre-occupied with several other projects and most of my energies and attention have gone there. One of them was finding a new theme for my blogs, which regular readers should have noticed I did find several weeks ago. The new “look” is courtesy of the free Generate Press theme tweaked with CSS Hero. READ MORE
I DON’T FOLLOW EDITORIAL CARTOONING, although I certainly appreciate the fact that we may be living in its golden age. There are so many brilliant individuals who combine political and social insight with intelligence and with along with the ability to draw! While I have paid a certain amount of attention to avid Horsey, part of that is because he is so well known here in the Pacific Northwest. READ MORE
THE SPORT OF TYCOONS is the title of the 1974 painting of Scrooge McDuck by legendary artist Carl Barks. Barks was a Disney Studio artist who made his way into comics in the early 1940s. Like other artists who worked for Disney at the time, his work was unsigned and so he was known only as “The Good Duck Artist” to fans. READ MORE
WE MIGHT WONDER what benefits impeachment is likely to yield, ponders Andrew Bacevich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Impeachment in Context.” As to the benefits of impeachment, Bacevich believes that answering that question “requires examining four scenarios that describe the range of possibilities awaiting the nation.”
Andrew J. Bacevich is a co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think-tank in Washington, DC (aren’t they all there?) READ MORE
WHILE I WAS PLAYING with themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and explanation for all to see. To make the post eye-catching, I found this surreally cryptic painting by Michael Sowa and used it as the page’s featured image.
I really like the painting and miss seeing it here, so I’m posting it again right here on this otherwise pointless page that has nothing to do with collecting rather rare records. READ MORE
THE CASCADES are a range of mountains that cut a wild and wide slash through the state of Washington from top to bottom. That part of the state between the Pacific Ocean and those mountains is Western Washington; that part between the mountains and the rest of the United States is Eastern Washington.
It is Western Washington that everyone thinks of when they think “Washington”: clouds and rain, Seattle and lattes, bumbershoots and grunge, and more rain. READ MORE
MASAYOSHI MATSUMOTO uses balloons only! He has taken care to keep a very low profile: he is 25-years-old and a recent graduate of Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he studied organic polymer materials. I did find what appears to be his website at Isopresso. There he claims:
“I make many things with balloons. The images that are posted on this page are made only from balloons. READ MORE
PSYCHEDELIC ART is not easily defined. Wikipedia defines it as “any art inspired by psychedelic experiences known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin. The word ‘psychedelic’ means ‘mind manifesting.’ By that definition, all artistic efforts to depict the inner world of the psyche may be considered psychedelic.” Is that nebulous enough for you? READ MORE