Wednesday, September 06, 2006

September 7th is Thylacine Day!!

"The last captive thylacine died in the Hobart Zoo on September 7, 1936. Today in Australia, the day is now known as “Threatened Species Day.” Ten years ago it was known as “National Thylacine Day.”

The last thylacine was captured in 1924, with its mother and siblings, in Florentine Valley, Tasmania. In 1933, this last thylacine, a female, was sold to the Hobart Zoo. (Whether or not it was ever named “Benjamin” is a subject of much debate.) The world’s last captive then died in that zoo three years later. In the same year, 1936, or in 1938, by some accounts, the Tasmanian tiger was added to the list of Protected Wildlife. Finally, 50 years after the death of the last captive, in 1986, the thylacine was declared extinct by international standards.

But sightings in the wild persist. Do they live today out in the forest bush of Tasmania (almost 400 sightings), on mainland Australia (over 4000 sightings), or in the rainforests of New Guinea (a handful)?"- Loren Coleman (Cryptomundo)

Yoinked directly offa Boing Boing

You can see footage of Thylacines here...very haunting.

I am a true Lowbrow fan. I do think there is a difference between Lowbrow and Pop Surrealism. This painting by Johnny Crap (from the upcoming Tiki Art Now! show) would be Lowbrow. I just love love love it. Tiki and Monsters, two tastes that taste great together.

Monday, September 04, 2006

What A Beauty
Well, we all know "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin just died. What a freaking bummer. As my uncle said "His hubris finally exceeded his reflexes." When I found out- interestingly,the last thing I thought was that a crocodile got him, I thought maybe he had a heart attack. Steve Irwin caught a lot of shit for being TOO enthusiastic about wildlife (whatever that means- I get shit for it too and I'll NEVER understand that one) but he always seemed so genuine and that's why it worked. He did SO much for conservation that this is a terrible blow. I'm rarely affected by the deaths of people I don't actually know, but this one tore me up a little...ok, kinda alot. At least his family can be so proud of his life.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

One more reason why I love the artist Banksy...