10/25 - International Artist Day

Today is day 298 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Pungenday, The Aftermath 6, 3187 YOLD
And let us not forget mlc (the Mayan Long Count)


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Artist Day  An artist may be defined as one who perpetrates art.  Paul Gauguin told us that "Art is either plagiarism or revolution"   Art subverts the mind, bypassing the normal cognitive processes to reach for and present the ineffable.  It manifests in the victim an essence, be it the essence of something portrayed, the essence of the artist's apperception of some thing or moment or of the very work product itself, or something yet other, that " je ne sais pas" or tathegata that would be the soul of "das ding an sich" but for the fact that there is no such thing.


"Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour,

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth

Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,

And smale foweles maken melodye,

That slepen al the nyght with open eye,

So priketh hem nature in hir corages;

Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,

And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,

To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;

And specially, from every shires ende

Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,

The hooly blisful martir for to seke,

That hem hath hopen whan that they were seeke."

G. Chaucer, dcd 10/25/1400


On this day in history:


1147 – After a siege of four months, crusader knights reconquered Lisbon.

1415 – The English defeated the French at the Battle of Agincourt.

1854 – The Battle of Balaclava took place during the Crimean War.

1861 – The Toronto Stock Exchange was created.

1900 – The United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal.

1917 – Old Style date of the October Revolution in Russia.

1940 – Benjamin O. Davis Sr. bedame the first Black U.S. Army general .

1944 – The submarine USS Tang  was sunk by its own malfunctioning torpedo.

1962 – Adlai Stevenson showed the United Nations Security Council reconnaissance photographs of Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba.

1971 – The People's Republic of China replaced Taiwan at the United Nations.

1973 – Egypt and Israel accepted United Nations Security Council Resolution 339.

1980 – Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction concluded.

1983 – The United States invaded Grenada


Born this day in:


I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

~~     Pablo Picasso

1760 – Arnold Hermann Ludwig Heeren, historian
1767 – Benjamin Constant, philosopher and politician 
1772 – Victoire de Donnissan de La Rochejaquelein, memoirist
1789 – Heinrich Schwabe, astronomer
1790 – Robert Stirling, clergyman and inventor
1800 – Maria Jane Jewsbury, writer, poet, literary reviewer
1800 – Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet, historian, and politician,
1806 – Max Stirner, philosopher and author
1811 – Évariste Galois,  mathematician and theorist
1825 – Johann Strauss II, composer and educator
1825 – Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt, astronomer and geophysicist
1827 – Marcellin Berthelot, chemist and politician
1838 – Georges Bizet, pianist and composer
1848 – Carlo Emery, entomologist
1853 – Karl August Otto Hoffmann, botanist
1856 – Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, geologist, paleontologist, and archaeologist
1864 – Alexander Gretchaninov, pianist and composer
1866 – Thomas Armat, mechanic and inventor
1866 – Georg Schumann, composer
1874 – Huang Xing, revolutionary leader and statesman
1875 – Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, author and educator
1877 – Henry Norris Russell, astronomer
1881 – Pablo Picasso, painter and sculptor
1882 – Tony Jackson, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1882 – Theodora Agnes Peck, author and poet
1885 – Sam M. Lewis, singer and lyricist
1886 – Karl Polanyi, economist and historian
1888 – Richard E. Byrd, admiral and pilot
1890 – Floyd Bennett, aviator
1894 – Claude Cahun, photographer and sculptor
1900 – Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, educator and activist
1902 – Henry Steele Commager, historian and author
1902 – Eddie Lang, jazz guitarist
1904 – Bill Tytla, animator
1910 – William Higinbotham, physicist and video game designer
1914 – John Berryman, poet and scholar
1915 – Ivan M. Niven, mathematician and academic
1918 – David Ausubel, psychologist
1922 – Gloria Lasso, singer
1924 – Earl Palmer, Hall of Fame drummer
1926 – Jimmy Heath, saxophonist and composer
1927 – Barbara Cook, inger and actress
1927 – Jorge Batlle Ibáñez, lawyer and politician
1927 – Lawrence Kohlberg, psychologist and author
1928 – Peter Naur, Danish computer scientist, astronomer, and academic
1937 – Roberto Menescal, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1941 – Lynda Benglis, sculptor and painter
1941 – Helen Reddy,  singer, songwriter, and actress
1942 – Terumasa Hino, jazz trumpeter
1944 – Jon Anderson, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1945 – Roy Lynes, keyboardist and singer
1945 – Phil "Fang" Volk, musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer
1946 – Yazzie Johnson, artist
1947 – Glenn Tipton, singer and songwriter and guitarist
1949 – Walter Hyatt, singer and songwriter
1950 – Chris Norman, singer and songwriter
1951 – Richard Lloyd, singer and songwriter and guitarist
1955 – Robin Eubanks, trombonist and educator
1955 – Matthias Jabs, guitarist and songwriter
1957 – Robbie McIntosh, guitarist
1959 – Chrissy Amphlett, singer, songwriter, and actress
1961 – Chad Smith, drummer
1963 – John Levén, bass player and songwriter
1965 – Claire Colebrook, philosopher, theorist, and academic
1967 – Taiyo Matsumoto, manga artist
1969 – Alex Webster, bass player
1970 – Ed Robertson, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1970 – Chely Wright, singer, songwriter, and actress
1971 – Neil Fallon, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1971 – Rosie Ledet, singer, songwriter ,and accordion player
1975 – Eirik Glambek Bøe, singer,songwriter, and guitarist
1984 – Katy Perry, singer, songwriter, and actress


Died this day in:

“The People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

~~     Frank Norris

1400 – Geoffrey Chaucer, philosopher, poet, and author
1647 – Evangelista Torricelli, physicist and mathematician
1826 – Philippe Pinel, physician and psychiatrist
1902 – Frank Norris,  journalist and novelist
1949 – Mary Ackworth Orr Evershed, astronomer and Dante scholar
1957 – Albert Anastasia, mob boss
1967 – Margaret Ayer Barnes, author and playwright
1975 – Vladimir Herzog, journalist and activist
1985 – Gary Holton, singer-songwriter
1989 – Mary McCarthy, novelist and critic
1991 – Bill Graham, concert promoter
1992 – Roger Miller, singer, songwriter,  and actor
2002 – René Thom, mathematician and biologist
2010 – Gregory Isaacs, singer and songwriter
2014 – Jack Bruce, singer, songwriter, and bass player


Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Accounting Day
International Artist Day
National I Care About You Day
World Pasta Day
World Pizza Makers Day


Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink


Eddie Lang



Gloria Lasso


Earl Palmer


Jimmy Heath


Roberto Menescal


Helen Reddy


Terumasa Hino


Jon Anderson


Phil "Fang" Volk


Robbie McIntosh


Rosie Ledet


Frank Norris


Jack Bruce


Bill Graham Memorial Concert 11/03/1991


you can find a ton more Bill here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bill+graham+memorial+concert


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Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?
PS: I will not be here when this posts.


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QMS's picture

regarding the artist Taiyo Matsumoto

found out this is a form of anime (cartoons)


Inu-Ou is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, Inu-Ou discovers an incredible ability to dance.

Inu-Ou and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-Ou mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequaled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Ou born with unique characteristics? It is a story about the friendship of Inu-Ou and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other's curse.

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There are so many great artists. Went to a great house full of folk art in the beautiful colonial city of Valladolid MX ...
Lots of Ceiba tree motifs

the tree that is the physical representation of the Tree of Life for prehispanic cultures, like the Mayas and the Aztecs, is the tree called Ceiba. The tree’s habitat is the center of tropical forests in many regions of the earth, such as Central and South America, the Caribbean, West Africa, Southeast Asia and Mexico.

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This time next week this will be appropriate...
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Art is a fun topic...
Thanks for the OT.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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Mornin' all,
Kyrsten went to a wedding in Bisbee over the weekend.
Some folks showed up to protest her whoredom. h/t Lone Protestor

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It didn't have to be this way.

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@Azazello That was weird. I'm glad "loneprotestor" (a friend) negotiated a pause for a little while.

Okay, raise your hands...how many of you sang the National Anthem at your wedding?

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

a gallery in Spain. Lovely, typical style of the day.
When he flipped off traditional and went his own way, he really flipped!
A country that has gone crazy about their most famous artist, Fernando
Botero, is Columbia. On my tour there, we went to at least 3 galleries and museums that featured his works.
His sculptures are particularly popular.
I will try to find some examples, but my clients seem to be calling every couple of minutes!

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

@Bisbonian @Bisbonian

"In Jewish law and tradition, cemeteries are sacred places that must not be disturbed," Kestenbaum said. "The site is a cemetery, plain and simple, and it needs to be preserved as such in keeping with Jewish tradition."
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QMS's picture

money for gods sake

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...[N]o one—not even the president of the United States—has the power to declare torture legal.

"A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost."
- Jean-Paul Sartre

EDIT: ...Oh, and yes, Nanny YouTube, all my friends have valid IDs : P

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We live in a society in which "we live in a society" is considered a subversive and vaguely-threatening statement.

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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Hi EL! and all!

Took a while but Picasso finally did grow on me... Great Gauguin quote, his work was likable at first look.

That Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson is amazingly awesome especially for 1929. The Earl Palmer is great too! Jack Bruce had a great voice and really a unique singing style for 'rock'. I realize of course Baker would correct me and explain they were not a rock band. I know Ginger... Wink

Did the rain put out the fires out west?

Hope everyone is all good! Be well!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein