Saturday, May 14, 2011


It was a dark and story night ..

It was a dark and story night ... 

Geezer Grope

  Pete and Sidney, retired friends, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, torment the squirrels, and solve the world’s problems.

One day Pete didn't show up.

A month had passed, and Sidney figured he had seen the last of Pete, but one day, Sidney approached the park and, lo and behold, there sat Pete!

Sidney was very excited and happy to see him and told him so. Then he said, 'For crying out loud Pete, what in the world happened to you?'

Pete replied, 'I have been in jail.'

'Jail!' cried Sidney. What in the world for?'

'Well,' Pete said, 'you know Lily, that cute little blonde waitress at the coffee shop where I sometimes go?'

'Yeah,' said Sidney, 'I remember her. What about her?'

'Well, one day she filed rape charges against me; and, at 89 years old, I was so proud that when I got into court, I pled 'guilty;
  the gol-dang judge gave me 30 days for perjury!'    

Tom Mann

Script for SUBPRIME II

A Renewed Crackdown on Redlining
In the wake of the subprime implosion, the Obama Administration has stepped up its scrutiny of disadvantaged neighborhoods' credit access

The second time this week I've linked to this.  Because I still don't believe it.  I know I should, but I'm still not used to how brazen the Obama guy is.  Brazen to the point of doing things just to poke a stick in our eyes.  In the meanwhile ...

Die as cheaply as possible

13 Things the Funeral Director Won’t Tell You
1. Go ahead and plan your funeral, but think twice before paying in advance. You risk losing everything if the funeral home goes out of business. Instead, keep your money in a pay-on-death account at your bank.

This might be number 14 — Ahem

3. You can buy caskets that are just as nice as the ones in my showroom for thousands of dollars less online from Walmart, Costco, or straight from a manufacturer.

4. On a budget or concerned about the environment? Consider a rental casket. The body stays inside the casket in a thick cardboard container, which is then removed for burial or cremation.

5. Running a funeral home without a refrigerated holding room is like running a restaurant without a walk-in cooler. But many funeral homes don’t offer one because they want you to pay for the more costly option: embalming. Most bodies can be presented very nicely without it if you have the viewing within a few days of death.
[Full Reader's Digest Article]
Remind me to tell you how Jack Northrop's Flying Wing sent me looking for Reader's Digest.

Clearing Brazil's mane forest

If you’re getting a bikini wax in Brazil ...

  If you’re getting a bikini wax in Brazil, you’re likely to find that the cost is rising. And if you’re an economic policy maker, that’s a problem ...
“We have one of the highest demands for waxing in the world because of our climate,” Siqueira said in a telephone interview. “We have summer all year, we’re always wearing bikinis and miniskirts.” [Bloomberg ...]
Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

BONUS!  Fun Pubic Styles    To achieve these designs may take a bit of skill. If you know somebody who will help you, all the better. Every artist needs a good canvas so start off by ....         
Marc Miller

Get Couth Young Man

Get Couth Young Man —   and Meet Chicks
Today I am going to introduce you to another form of art known as
the modern moral subject 
  So now let me introduce you to the characters that are all assembled in this, the first painting of the series.  Seated at the far right of the foreground we have the Earl of Squander.  The index finger of his left hand points to an unfurled parchment depicting his family tree, which shows his family being direct descendants of William, Duke of Normandy (William the Conqueror).   
The Marriage Settlement by William Hogarth
Hogarth has cynically incorporated a broken branch in to the family tree, which was indicative of  a prior marriage, but one outside the nobility and was thus disowned, hence the break from the main tree.  Obviously one would not have shown such a thing on a real family tree but it is reminding the viewers that this great noble’s set of descendants were not quite as noble as the earl would have us believe! 

Although titled, the man is almost penniless and heavily in debt due to his foolish ways and needs urgently to replenish his wealth.  Despite his poverty look at the luxurious and costly clothes he is wearing.  There is an arrogance about the man.  He has surrounded himself with symbols of his nobility.  There are coronets everywhere.  If you look carefully you can see how Hogarth has painted them on his foot stool, on the canopy above his head, and even on the head of his crutches.     Observe how Hogarth has painted him with his right foot resting on a stool which is a tell-tale symptom of gout, and which is often associated with overindulgence in alcohol and rich foods. [full]

This is great fun — like walking about the art museum with those wireless headphones that convey the history of whatever art you're standing before. The six paintings and their descriptions in the Marriage à la Mode series are, each one, delicious and saucy.  Matter-of-fact, my daily art display (A daily dip into the world of art) is worth perusing.  Here are the links to the remaining segments:  You're welcome.
Marriage à la Mode: The Tête à Tête by William Hogarth
Marriage à la Mode: The Inspection by William Hogarth
Marriage à la Mode: The Toilette by William Hogarth
Marriage à la Mode: The Bagnio by William Hogarth
Marriage à la Mode: The Lady’s Death by William Hogarth