April 21, 2006

WTF for Friday... Maybe

Somebody please let Gov. Richardson know that cockfights involve poultry, not masculine pulchritude. Claiming to think about it is not going to gain him a single vote in the gay community.

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Earth calling John... Earth calling John... If you can hear us, knock three times on Bono's head.

My money says this woman is crazy like a fox. Hell, she probably owns the local Car Wash chain.

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April 20, 2006

Learning a new medium.

I soon will have an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do. I am now the proud co-owner of an old Yashicaflex medium format twin lens reflex camera, the sort of camera that can be used for portrature and detailed large prints, and I will have the chance to learn to translate what I see in my head onto the negative.

As a result, I have been looking at the work of photographers, particularly those who did work that I consider art and not merely porn, and studying what set them apart from the schlock that passes as artistic expression. Some has been good, some has been plain, and some has been downright dreadful.

And a few have been like epiphanies in black and white.

George Platt Lynes is one of those.
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He photographed the famous, the infamous, the talented and the lucky few.

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Clearer and more concise than anything Maplethorpe ever dreamed of printing, his photos amaze me more with every viewing.

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He even photographed Yul Brynner nude, something I don't believe anyone else can claim.

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No, not just this pic. This deliciously masculine one as well. How on earth did he get his lighting to look like that?

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If I could be one tenth as good as this, I'd die a happy Mistress.

Anyway, Lord Spatula, if you'd like to pose, let me know. I'll even let you keep your clothes on... Maybe.

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"WTF" for Thursday

Can we just pretend we're attacking and watch the fireworks? Please? Pretty please?

No wonder she's so popular overseas. If they piss her off, she'll crack their heads like walnuts.

When did National Geographic become a pawn of the filthy, capitolist privateers bent on global ecological destruction?

Can you imagine the looks on the faces across the Rio Grande when those trucks from Home Depot and Lowes and Menard stores all over the country start showing up and dropping off fencing on the Minuteman side of the river. Hell, I'll sent a box of nails.

I thought I smelled smoke... Like from a burning dump. Aren't there EPA rules about that?

Dunk tank, wet t-shirt, or the stocks? Hopefully no one outs themselves and then has to claim they were the object of a leak.

If she had been on that plane instead of Reid, it may have actually been brought down.

And the EU wonders why they have the trade deficit they do.

Looks like the Supremes just might put an end to the lunacy.

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legitimate" government worries

Bill Gates, thought by many to be either G-d's gift to the computer world, or the software Anti-Christ, said something during a luncheon with Chinese President Hu that should frighten even his staunchest supporters.

According to an artical at Breitbart.com, Gates made the following statement:

"It is my belief that industry and government around the world should work even more closely to protect the privacy and security of Internet users, and promote the exchange of ideas, while respecting legitimate government considerations."

How does he define "legitimate government consideration" and how does he propose to provide such support?

Granted, he did give at least some lip-service to individuals, but at what point do government considerations override the expectation of individual privacy? Does it happen under a crackdown against dissidence in a foreign country? Or does it happen when one group of bloggers holds opinions counter to govenmental policies here? Even worse, does it happen when people pointed cast their opinions against Microsoft or it's subsidiaries in a way that challenges or threatens to diminish the deep pockets of both the corporation and it's little Emperor?

Oh, I'm sure there are those who look at this statement and see nothing but a feeble attempt at being a big time diplomat from the private sector. Maybe I'm a little less optimistic on this one, which is saying something. I tend to be rather a Polyanna when it comes to reading into what people say. But when I look at this one, I'm more than just a little concerned.

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