Archive for January, 2009

31
Jan
09

Alchemy

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Photograph of Marcel Duchamp and Eve Babitz posing for the photographer Julian Wasser during the Duchamp retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of Art, 1963

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Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas)

http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/65633.html

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30
Jan
09

Belly Dancer Muse

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30
Jan
09

Millenium Belly Dancers

Their sites are gone or they have retired???aziza-said

 

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Good luck finding any good photo’s of real mid-east belly dancers. This is a rare photo. I tried to get a friend to bring me back a bellydancer calender from Syria for my studio if they existed?

29
Jan
09

Snake Oil

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I just finished my first bottle of Peychauds Bitters that I drink with water. It’s the only alcohol I’ve had all year, and I do feel better…

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Customers of traveling medicine shows during the 19th Century were often buying highly concentrated distilled spirits containing bitters. These patent medicines, usually sold as miracle elixirs, did actually serve a few medical purposes. A small sampling of bitters could be served as an aperitif to stimulate a person’s appetite, or as a digestif to help settle a heavy meal or alcoholic overindulgence.

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28
Jan
09

Favorite Unknown Bicyclist

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27
Jan
09

Velocipede

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27
Jan
09

J. B. Dunlop

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Commercial development of the pneumatic bicycle tire by Dr. John Boyd Dunlop.

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Original patent for the first pedal-driven bicycle, filed by Pierre Lallement, US Patent No. 59,915, granted on November 20, 1866.

 

27
Jan
09

The Wright Van Cleve Bicycle

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 Wright-made bicycles, sold between 1896 and 1900, cost from $30 to $65, depending on the model purchased (the equivalent of roughly $650-$1,400 in 2002).In their best year, 1897, they made $1500 each in times when $500 per year was a good income in the U.S. They introduced several innovations, including sealed bearings, and bicycle pedals that were left or right threaded so that pedaling tended to tighten the pedals rather than loosen them. This technology is still in use today on bicycles Wright models included the Van Cleve, named for one of their ancestral families; the St. Clair, named for Revolutionary general, first governor of the Northwest Territory and founder of Dayton, Arthur St. Clair (1734-1818); and the Wright Special. Five known Wright bicycles exist today; all are owned by museums and are priceless.

 

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Gary Boulanger, owner of Cycles Gaansari, designed two replicas of the 1896 Wright Van Cleve bicycle.

This company is now gone and if you ask me this design missed it’s mark on replicating the Van Cleve. The space between the handle bars and fork in the frame looks off? If they had just made an exact copy with coaster breaks instead of the fix gear would have been the bike I would love to own.

24
Jan
09

Dirty Snow

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23
Jan
09

World Muzak Hillbilly’s

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RISING APPALACHIA’s Leah and Chloe Smith grew up in the bosom of the Southern Appalachian music renaissance. Born to a fiddlin’ mother and a guitar pickin’ father, they were raised with old-time melodies and contra dances as their lullabies long before mention of the sound tracks of Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. Now, as young women, they have coddled that same Appalachian tradition as truly their own, and continued to shape it and help it grow through music and song. Their simple eerie banjo tunes and effortless sister harmonies are compared to that of Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard and Gillian Welch. With an occasional fiddle or djembe, they offer a fresh, raw approach to a beautiful old tradition. They have traveled extensively, from Puerto Rico to Holland to Spain, offering their music as a gift, as they are continuing to use their rich Appalachian tradition as a way to connect cultures. Having just cut their first full length CD, Rising Appalachia, they are ready to take the folk music community by storm.
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http://www.myspace.com/risingappalachia

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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