Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cat-Shark Joke

Poor cat! I liked how its legs went faster than the rest of him.

Imagine going to some fancy affair and having about four or five of those mechanical sharks floating around? Especially in a dimly lit room.

And with creepy music. Not the Jaws theme music, of course. Don't be so obvious!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Three by Maxfield Parrish

One of my favorite artists, Maxfield Parrish was famous for his calendar and children's book illustrations  in the first half of the twentieth century. His technique, called glazing, involves layering of translucent colors. Each primary color was thinned with linseed oil and painted one layer at time, not unlike printing. Although many of his paintings are over a hundred years old, the colors have held up well, still vibrant and dream-like.

Maxfield Parrish - Interlude

Maxfield Parrish – Hilltop

Maxfield Parrish -The Knave Of Hearts

For more examples of Parrish's work, try this site:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Poplar Tree in Yeni Foca

foca Poplar Tree

I went up to Foca by train yesterday to see exactly what the beach was like and just to explore.

As I was leaving, I got lost in the backstreets- actually,that's not easy in a town that small- and suddenly right in front of me was this magnificent poplar tree against the sky. It was monumental and majestic and a maybe a lot of other words that begin with "m". 

I created this painting as soon as I got home.

Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Manson and Bachmann


“We’re in a state of crisis where our nation is literally ripping apart at the seams right now, and lawlessness is occurring from one ocean to the other. And we’re seeing the fulfillment of the Book of Judges here in our own time, where every man doing that which is right in his own eyes—in other words, anarchy.”  Senator Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004.

According to Manson:

Manson told me ... that he personally believed in law and order. There should be "rigid control" by the authorities, he said. It didn't matter what the law was - right or wrong being relative - but it should be strictly enforced by whoever had the power. And public opinion should be suppressed, because part of the people wanted one thing, part another.
     "In other words, your solution would be a dictatorship," I remarked.

Vincent Bugliosi, from Helter Skelter © 1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Evening Patterns

Turkish Street Pattern

I went for a walk around the neighborhood and before I got too far, I realized my sweaty feet had made my shoes slippery. Without socks, any sort of jaunt around the block was like walking on ice. So I just sat there on some steps before I returned home. The sun was fading and because everybody by this time was sitting at their table preparing for the iftar, the meal to end the day's fast, there were few cars on the highway.

I took this photo so I could remember that quiet moment..

Friday, August 12, 2011

Murdoch Revealed

And then, in an accidental illusionary moment, the extraordinary truth behind the man was suddenly revealed. 
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mon Oncle

I am not sure if I have posted this clip before but everytime I watch it, it makes me happy. So I thought I would share this opening clip for a great film by a great filmmaker.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Victory for Turkish Internet Users?

I'll be the first to admit it. I am shocked- happily surprised- by the latest news coming out about the plans to apply Internet filters. It would appear that the Turkish government is pulling back from this crazy plan. Could it really be possible that sensible minds prevailed?

According to the Wall Street Journal,

ISTANBUL—Turkey is stepping back from plans to toughen Internet censorship and will make it harder to ban access to websites, after the announcement of harsh new Internet laws triggered street protests and international criticism.

A plan to require Turkish Internet users to choose one of four state-mandated browsing filters starting this month has been scrapped, said Serhat Ozeren, head of the Internet Board at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, in an interview on Friday.

Instead, the government will roll out just two content filters—called Child and Family—for users who apply to use them. Users who don't apply will continue to have unfiltered access to available websites, according to the text of a new bylaw that replaced the previous plan on Thursday. The two filters should become available in November, the bylaw says.

The Internet Board, which is responsible for developing Internet policy and advising the ministry, is also drafting legal amendments that would limit the right of courts around the country to order websites blocked, Mr. Ozeren said.

Currently, any court can do so, under Turkey's law on internet crimes. An estimated 8,000 websites are now blocked in Turkey, according to an official familiar with the government's Internet policy.

When I asked a friend of mine what he thought, he said, "Hmm, we'll see."  Waiting for the other shoe to drop, I suppose.

I personally am glad to see that somebody was listening to wise counsel on this matter. In the end, restrictions of this kind never work as intended and usually lead to a lot of confusion. Even the announcement of the plan to implement the filtering system seemed poorly handled.

If the Turkish ruling party is serious about bringing  greater democracy to this country, then surely applying filters and arbitrarily closing websites would seem to be a step backwards.


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