Friday, November 26, 2004

Why I hate most "conceptual art".
conspiracy theorists take note:

"For 250 years, the cryptic inscription has exercised the minds of Britain's finest theologians, historians and scientists, including Charles Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood and, most recently, the Second World War code-breakers of Bletchley Park.
But an anonymous American researcher was credited yesterday with the best stab yet at what the letters D.O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.M. - carved on the Shepherd's Monument at Lord Lichfield's Shugborough estate in Staffordshire - might actually signify.
The answer appears to be "Jesus (As Deity) Defy" - a message left by an 18th century Christian sect Priory of Sion, which was forced to keep its views secret since the Church of England thought they were heretical. On first impressions, this rather perplexing answer may disappoint those who believed the letters pointed the way to the final destination of the Holy Grail, the cup Jesus is said to have used during the Last Supper. But Shugborough Hall was holding on to its hopes last night, since the Priory of Sion was the spiritual successor to the Knights Templar, who were known as the keepers of the Holy Grail.
The stone monument, built around 1748, contains a carved relief of Nicholas Poussin's Les Bergers d'Arcadie II in reverse. Beneath it are the letters. The researcher, who applied standard codebreaking methods, initially came up with the message "Jesus H Defy" but says the H stands for Christ, hence the translation into "as deity". This is said to give the message a meaning of defiance against prevailing Christian norms."

Christmas is coming....
I don't have any famous relatives. I can barely believe it considering how many "famous" people there are in the world. The closest my family comes is supposedly being related to THIS guy (my family (the Haningtons) claims he was actually eaten by his captors as well, but they are all about the good story). Also, my grandmother is actor Matt Frewer's godmother- so that makes her the godmother of Max Headroom! Which is pretty groovy.But doesn't really count. Anybody who reads this have famous relations?

Remember this guy? Then you are OLD.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

I went to school in Ottawa, Canada during my early years- and the one thing that really stuck with me was this wierd Christmas Carol we had to sing in our 2nd grade Christmas Pageant, in between "Rubber Ducky (You're The One)" and "I Hate Beans" stuck with me because it was so haunting and beautiful- yet sorta unsettling...

(Words: Jean de Brebeuf, ca. 1643 / Trans. by Jesse Edgar Middleton, 1926 / Music: French Canadian melody

"'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering hunters heard the
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found;
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round
But as the hunter braves drew nigh the angel song rang loud and high
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

The earliest moon of wintertime is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free, O seed of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy who brings you beauty peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria."

I rather suspect this song is not sung today but I'm not sure.
New work by Marion Peck....

" Mademoiselle FiFi"

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Visionary art granddaddy Ernst Fuchs...
The issue of Japanese magazine Huge is out with the blurb about the Roq in it. They did a article on Seattle "cool spots" and there is a few pics of the Roq and one of me looking slighty smug (most strangely- if there is one thing I'm NOT, it's smug) but it's pretty exciting all the same. There is also a nice pic of Pete Bagge drawing with his foot.
(Sorry- can't find a link....)

Monday, November 22, 2004

When I was 18 I became enamoured of the Pre of my favorites was Edward Burne Jones. I thought he was the greatest mainly because of his precision. Now I find it a bit too precious for my tastes. Although this piece is delightfully creepy...."The Depths Of The Sea".