In a belated tribute to US Veterans, here are some murals that pay tribute — to thank them for their service and to welcome them back home.
via Jazz Hostels.com
Artist Scott LaBaido paints flags as a tribute to the military. He often paints murals in conjunction with actor Gary Sinise’s concerts, which also honor and offer support to the US military personnel through his foundation.
via Fayetteville Observer
This is a great iconic image with a colorful update.
Although singer Lou Reed passed away recently his music and now murals help make his memory and legacy of his music live on.
This one is by Gus Cutty in Asheville, NC (via MountainXpress) and has a pretty good resemblance rendered in a street art way.
I really liked his music back in the 80′s but have to admit hadn’t listened much to his music in recent days. Learning of his untimely death at 71 made me listen again and brought back lots of good memories.
This concert is from 1983. The following is a helpful comment to know where to find specific music tracks within the video.
His music just seemed to get better as he aged. Click here for a link to 2 hours of a Night with Lou Reed, a compilations of a live performances, starting with Paranoia Key of E in 2004 in Dusseldorf.
Even in his performance from just last year he still pulls it off but seems a bit confused. He’s not playing the guitar much but his voice still carries fine. Therein this version sounds different than the original but at age 70, he’s earned the right to change up his own music if he wants.
Walk on the Wild Side was my favorite song of his, not so much it’s content but for the sound — it’s slow jazzy feel with the “colored girls” who I always called the Blackups “going Dododooddododddodododdoddododododdoooooooo….” This is the version I like to remember.
The movie Carrie just came out — just in time for Halloween. Here’s and elaborate PR stunt to get a video to go viral for marketing a related movie.
I’ll consider it performance art, considering the elaborate steps and stages that were taken. Actors on the scene help emphasize the impossible phenomenon but the “real” customers seemed to be in shock.
I’m a Breaking Bad fan as many others are. Why, because it was the best darn show on TV and was what my son says, “the most moral show” that explored the human situation and psyche. I asked him what he meant by the most moral show. He explained because even though there is violence, as there is in that particular meth-underbelly world and anything subculture (he knows having gone to school with some kids whose family members were involved with meth) but he said, “every death mattered” on this show. I didn’t have to think hard to realize this day and age that violence on TV is depicted with such informality and passing that no wonder we don’t subject our emotions to get caught up in it or even think twice. Why then can people be so non-complacent, maybe because of bombardment of violence that we see in the entertainment world that has had this effect? Perhaps it’s just a form or protectionism for our emotional fragility or more likely because we’ve become accustomed to seeing so much of it and the next movie has to outdo the previous with extra amount of bang-em-up, explosive special effects and gun play?
Breaking Bad got back to the basics of the human character and how it can be flawed. It also questioned the man’s role of husband, father, provider, as very well described in this article, Die Like a Man: The Toxic Masculinityby Laura Hudson for Wired. I remember going to dinner at our good friends’ home after watching a riveting early episode. It left us unsettled and we couldn’t stop thinking about it so it came up in conversation. A Catholic priest friend of theirs was in attendance and by the end of the dinner, my husband and I had even him convinced that it was OK to cheer for the main character even if he was “bad.” The show pulled at our heart-strings early on for a character who seemed to be doing bad deeds for good reasons and made us root for the anti-hero but even as Walt turned truly bad by getting caught up in power and “feeling alive” from the plots he put into action, it was hard to let him go. Even in the end, parts of the original good Walt returned but it was too late and too much damage had been done to give him much forgiveness. All bad characters got what they deserved. Unfortunately, they hurt and “turned” good people along the way.
Many are talking about how the series ended. I thought it was brilliant, twisting all the unraveled loose ends into a final tight knot. The ending was a strong clean one with no one left hanging — except for hope — that Jesse, the other transformative character, could finally get a clean break, a fresh start but it would be truly up to him to do so with no strings left attached.
I’ve enjoyed Vince Gilligan’s writing ever since the TheX Files, one of my favorite shows on TV. Breaking Bad had this same kind of anticipation with every episode but with even more depth and superlative acting from Bryan Cranston, who I also loved as the Dad on Malcolm in the Middle, as well as the entire cast, that I think it will go down in history as a show to try to emulate. Sadly, however, others are trying and failing miserably. There is no formula to follow and that is what made it great. Better leave it remembered as is and use some examples of what it taught with exceptional writing and believable, everyday, common-man characters living “what if’” scenarios in which we could easily see ourselves slip.
Fortunately, the great memories of Breaking Bad live on and these stenciled murals from VanCityBuzz in Vancouver give some nostalgia for a show that was really worth watching.
Somehow in my crazy hectic schedule in trying to be on top of things, I wrote this post in advance and saw that it never posted. Although summer has just ended, I think it is still timely…
Summer is ending; time to say goodbye to carefree, playful days. I love the fall but I’m already missing my vacation spent on Ocracoke Island in NC and the whimsical days of feeling back to Nature, with beach combing, peaceful kayaking and relaxation.
I came back to non-stop, pull-out-all-the-stops work to get a new website up and running. I was ahead of the game until a program I was using to upload 6,000 variations randomly just duplicated my 2,000 images, multiplying them to 19,000!! I deleted them from the server but also had to delete them from my WordPress site, which still recognizes them until they are permanently deleted from the Media Gallery. Ugh and another ugh!! I had to delete them manually. It only took @ 10 hours over the course of several days. Oh, I discovered this mess when I decided to do a little work on vacation. Big mistake. My Internet was slow b/c no one cares about going fast on an island and I knew I had a huge task to come back to. I can happily say I’m back to where I started. Never thought going backwards would be such a relief. Although, now I have an issue with the database remembering other items and preventing me from re-uploading fresh data, no matter how many times I delete. Funny that no one: StudioPress, WordPress, WooCommerce, BlueHost, web programmer or my web person has an answer. I just hope I can resolve soon.
At least now I can get a fresh start on the images alone to either do it correctly or find a way around the problem.
I was always fascinated with what a convoluted yet totally cool maze-structure the fictional island family created but it was hard to determine where to go and how to get around their home. And yet, their tree house is supposed to be playful and carefree, devoid of stress. (I’m migrating my site to WordPress to avoid having to know code-to-be-able-to-edit stress. Ha….I wish it were so!) I was amazed by this fantasy tree house as a child and always wanted to live in such a structure, now I like a little more foundation with clear, easy routes (roots) to follow. This sculpture by Rob Heard summed this all up for me. I had been saving it for a while and now seems the perfect time to reveal:
It seems like your house, your work, your life can have many different facets that all twist and turn to form this beautiful place. This structure is both complex and always lively no matter how arduous it can be sometimes to get around. In other words, Life is good but “so complicated.” One of my favorite videos:
For timing sake this blog post is regenerated from my other site but still applies for design.
This is not your usual blog post for Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog, but “Sit Down. Stand Up,” keeps ringing in my ears. I’m doing this a lot lately trying to get our new website ready. Radiohead’s song keeps playing in my head with its slow staccato beat building up with a frenetic crescendo to a sudden and unexpected drop. I was making steady pace and with a frenzy to be live by today but hit a sudden unexpected setback when I uploaded our 6,000 ! product variations with an importer and discovered, while on vacation mind you, that my 2,000 images had multiplied to 19,000!! It took 3 days, 10 hours each day, to remove these and to be able to start with a clean slate. I’m back on track but unexpectedly behind my original goal. Goals, I’ve decided are meant to be changed.
All this sitting has got me I’m thinking about getting a better office chair. Where to start? I started following Sayeh’s Office Stylist Office board on Pinterest. Maybe I’ll get some good ideas here. I need a drafting chair that is comfortable and one that raises and lowers height because I have both an office desk and a drafting table. The chair needs to accommodate both. I keep coming back to this one, seen in Houzz Interiors by Maite Granda but comfort is key. I believe this one if from Skolas, which I thought I saw listed or maybe that was the name of the person who first commented on it, but now I cannot find the source of course.
I want something white with chrome so this Airgo one from Pottery Barn fits the bill and will go nicely with my lavender Venetian Plaster and magnetized walls. I know, it’s a crazy artist thing but this color with white works for me. The one drawback (besides price) is it has to be cleanable so leather would be preferred.
I even like the one we used in our Peacock Damask photo shoot. I have to go back to Homebody, where we took the photos, to ask about it.
Casart coverings’ French Peacock Damask
Back to sitting down and standing up and starting and stopping due to setbacks…We’re nearly there and can’t wait to get it up and going, so stay tuned while work progresses behind the scenes.
Finally, try this fun thing to do — another Stumble upon find. A little addictive. No matter where you point your cursor, a picture with someone pointing to it can be found via Pointer Pointer. Freaky and how do they do that?!!
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