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Jul 09 2012

Mark Flood “no sacred monster” NY Times

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TO call someone an artists’ artist is often just a craven way of saying, “Sorry about your career.” But over the past two decades the Houston painter and punk propagandist Mark Flood, 54, has fit the bill, beating a fevered pulse beneath the work of many younger artists, who have been inspired by his anarchic humor and disturbing vision of contemporary culture.

Mark Flood Hummingbird 2001 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 72 inches, private collection


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May 10 2011

Has anyone else noticed this?

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Nam June Paik TV Buddha -1974


OBL watching himself



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Apr 27 2011

Lester Bang’s basement

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MSN Slate

By Bill Wyman

Lester Bangs, the late, great early-rock critic, once said he dreamed of having a basement with every album ever released in it. That’s a fantasy shared by many music fans—and, mutatis mutandis, film buffs as well. We all know the Internet has made available a lot of things that were previously hard to get. Recently, though, there are indications of something even more enticing, almost paradisiacal, something that might have made Bangs put down the cough syrup and sit up straight: that almost everything is available.

Cocksucker blues


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Apr 15 2011

art is political ( release Ai WeiWei )

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If you silence the son you silence the father. We believe in Ai WeiWei. We, as he, believe in China. If you silence him you silence us. We want to believe we can be better all the time. Prove him and you to be right and make us all proud to be citizens of this amazingly beautiful world we inhabit.

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Oct 13 2010

Chile Miners

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from the Guardian UK

Pure, Chile, is your blue sky;
Pure breezes cross you as well.
And your flower-embroidered field
Is the happy copy of Eden
Majestic is the white mountain
That was given to you as a bastion by the Lord
That was given to you as a bastion by the Lord
And that sea that calmly washes your shores
Promises you a future splendour
And that sea that calmly washes your shores
Promises you a splendid future

Sweet fatherland, accept the vows
With which Chile swore at your altars:
Either the tomb of the free will you be
Or the refuge against oppression
Either the tomb of the free will you be
Or the refuge against oppression
Either the tomb of the free will you be
Or the refuge against oppression
Or the refuge against oppression
Or the refuge against oppression


In a television interview, Mario Sepúlveda said he was “very happy” and proud of the Chilean rescue workers. He went on to encourage people to treat each other with love, according to a translator on CNN. “Love is the most beautiful thing in the world,” he said.

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Feb 04 2008

Across the Universe

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Mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers at JPL’s mission control initiated a signal telling NASA’s Deep Space Network to send the song into space.

NASA and the Beatles Celebrate Anniversaries by Beaming Song ‘Across the Universe’ Into Deep Space
January 31, 2008

WASHINGTON – For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song – The Beatles “Across the Universe” — directly into deep space at 4 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Eastern Time) on Monday, Feb. 4.

The transmission over NASA’s Deep Space Network will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding and the group’s beginnings. Two other anniversaries also are being honored: The launch 50 years ago this week of Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite, and the founding 45 years ago of the Deep Space Network, an international network of antennas that supports missions to explore the universe.

Technicians at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., where the Deep Space Network is managed, will send the command that will start the transmission.

The transmission is being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, which is located 431 light years away from Earth. The song will travel across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney expressed excitement that the tune, which was principally written by fellow Beatle John Lennon, was being beamed into the cosmos.

“Amazing! Well done, NASA!” McCartney said in a message to the space agency. “Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.”

Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, characterized the song’s transmission as a significant event.

“I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe,” she said.

It is not the first time Beatles music has been used by NASA; in November 2005, McCartney performed the song “Good Day Sunshine” during a concert that was transmitted to the International Space Station. “Here Comes the Sun,” “Ticket to Ride” and “A Hard Day’s Night” are among other Beatles’ songs that have been played to wake astronaut crews in orbit.

Feb. 4 has been declared “Across The Universe Day” by Beatles fans to commemorate the anniversaries. As part of the celebration, the public around the world has been invited to participate in the event by simultaneously playing the song at the same time it is transmitted by NASA. Many of the senior NASA scientists and engineers involved in the effort are among the group’s biggest fans.

“I’ve been a Beatles fan for 45 years – as long as the Deep Space Network has been around,” said Barry Geldzahler, the network’s program executive at NASA Headquarters, Washington. “What a joy, especially considering that ‘Across the Universe’ is my personal favorite Beatles song.”

JPL built the Explorer 1 satellite and is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its launch. JPL also operates NASA’s Deep Space Network. For information about the Deep Space Network, go to:

Media contacts: Michael Cabbage 202-358-1600
Headquarters, Washington

Veronica McGregor 818-354-5011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca.

Martin Lewis 323-972-7755

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