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Twelve Silhouettes Waiting in Space

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Street mattresses follow pedestrians
on the far side of the lime green trees

The film dreams magic nurses
outfitted blue wading in the rainwater

Such humane desires
(the animal felt forbidden)

In the windows in the moonlit
obsessive horse

Sex bodies saved themselves for the happiest hands,
metaphors moved vehicles through towns in the middle of forests rigorously recorded,

Hypnotic swells of the Pacific becoming (that animal)
Call it Love, call it a plethora in the dark, distant alit mountain…

From The Pulchritudinous Review No.1
Ed:  Renee Zepeda

Chris Weige / 07 / Austin / TX


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June 27, 2007 at 2:21 pm

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In a World of Ideas

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dean kamen

Dean Kamen just may be the most creative individual living today.


I’m not going to bother regurgitating his bio. (If you want to learn more about him, please check out this wonderful article from Make in 2005. It’s definitely worth a read.)


Instead, I’m going to point you to Kamen’s commencement speech at Bates College just last month. In his address, he explains to these newly minted graduates that the world has undergone a profound change. Up until now, all of human history had been about acquiring physical things…to the detriment of your neighbor. According to Kamen, the world is no longer a zero-sum place.

    Here’s a key excerpt:

We’re moving from a world of stuff; from the idea that there’s a finite amount of gold out there, a finite amount of almost anything out there. Throughout all of history, people fought over stuff: land, fuel, stuff. But in your generation, most value that will be created isn’t stuff anymore. It really is ideas. The Internet is an abstraction, and the value of Google exceeds the value of all the car makers. In a world that’s about ideas, it’s not a zero-sum game. You don’t have to win by someone else losing, where you have the gold or oil or water, and somebody else doesn’t.
In a world of ideas, you all create and share those ideas and everybody has more ideas in the end, whether it’s a cure for cancer, or a way to make water drinkable, or a way to make energy that’s non-polluting. And whether you like it or not, you are moving for the first time into a world where ideas matter more than all the stuff there is. But those ideas have to come from educated people and they have to be used as a tool and not as a weapon. That’s the biggest change that’s happening.
We’re also facing a world where finally people are realizing we’re all going to succeed together. In this world where it’s not a zero-sum game, where four billion more people creating new ideas will make us all richer, not compete with us to make us all poorer, the leadership of the educated will help the rest. It is a world where ideas matter, where the educated people can lead and help and be cheerleaders for everybody else instead of being competitors. It’s a world where the rate of change for the positive could exceed anything you can imagine.

You can read the whole speech here. Inspiring.

 By the way, beyond his creative brilliance, Kamen shares a commonality with Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Frank Lloyd Wright, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates.

Yep, all college dropouts.

Hat tip Signal vs. Noise. Photo from Make.

Post via Bad Banana

Also suggested:  The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

Written by Reckon

June 22, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Posted in Art

Geronimo’s Great-Grandson Wants Bones Returned

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Geronimo’s Last Stand by Trek Thunder Kelly

Geronimo’s Last Stand by Trek Thunder Kelly

Wednesday June 20, 2007

SANTA FE, N.M. –Legend has it that Yale University’s ultrasecret Skull and Bones society swiped the remains of American Indian leader Geronimo nearly a century ago from an Army outpost in Oklahoma.

Now, Geronimo’s great-grandson wants the remains returned.

Harlyn Geronimo, 59, of Mescalero, N.M., wants to prove the skull and bones purportedly taken from a burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., are indeed those of his great-grandfather. They’re now said to be in a stone tomb that serves as the club’s headquarters.

If they are proven to be those of Geronimo, his great-grandson wants them buried near the Indian leader’s birthplace in southern New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness.

“He died as a prisoner of war, and he is still a prisoner of war because his remains were not returned to his homeland,” Harlyn Geronimo said. “Presently, we are looking for a proper consecrated burial.”

Harlyn Geronimo grew up hearing stories about his great-grandfather and other Apache warriors who fought the Mexican and U.S. armies.

After their families were captured and sent to Florida, Geronimo and 35 warriors surrendered to Gen. Nelson A. Miles near the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1886. Geronimo was eventually sent to Fort Sill, where he died of pneumonia in 1909.

If the bones at Yale aren’t those of Geronimo, Harlyn Geronimo believes they belonged to one of the Apache prisoners who died at Fort Sill. He said they should still be returned.

Harlyn Geronimo wrote last year to President Bush, seeking his help in recovering the bones. He thought that since the president’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was allegedly one of those who helped steal the bones in 1918, the president would want to help return them.

But, Harlyn Geronimo said, “I haven’t heard a word.”

The White House did not respond to messages seeking comment.

President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, both attended Yale and joined the elite club. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, is also a Bonesman, as are many other men in powerful government and industry positions.

Members are sworn to secrecy — and that’s one reason they won’t say whether the club has Geronimo’s bones.

“The reason there’s all these conspiracy theories around Skull and Bones is because their loyalty to one another goes beyond their public differences,” said historian and former Yale Alumni Magazine editor Marc Wortman.

Skull and Bones is one of a dozen secret Yale societies, according to Yale spokeswoman Gila Reinstein.

“If it’s true about the bones, that’s disrespectful and disturbing,” she said.

John Fryar, a retired Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent in antiquities recovery and a member of Acoma Pueblo, said if the secret society does have remains, they should be returned to Fort Sill.

“To ignore a request like this for the return of human remains is totally uncalled for. Look at our guys going to Vietnam to recover remains. It’s the same thing,” he said.

Where are they hiding Geronimo’s Bones?

Notes from Indian Country, Winter 2000

SAN CARLOS APACHE RESERVATION, ARIZONA: Ned Anderson is the former Chairman of the San Carlos Apache of Arizona. He is on a one man campaign to get the skull of his beloved Apache warrior, Geronimo, returned to its rightful burial place.

Anderson is convinced that the skull has been used in weird fraternity rituals at Yale University since about 1918 after it was taken from Geronimo’s grave at Fort Sill, Oklahoma by Prescott Bush, the grandfather of president George W. Bush. In 1983 several Apache leaders discussed the idea of having the bones of Geronimo returned to Arizona for re-burial. The meeting between the Apache leaders at Fort Sill resulted in several papers picking up the story and putting Ned Anderson’s name temporarily in the spotlight.

A short time later a disgruntled member of Yale’s Skull & Bones Society contacted Anderson by letter and suggested that the remains of Geronimo had been pilfered by Prescott Bush while he and five other officers were stationed at Fort Sill in 1918. The stolen prizes were taken back to New Haven, Connecticut to a place known as the Tomb, the home of the Skull & Bones Society.The bones, a horse bit and stirrups were placed in a glass display case where members and visitors could view them as they entered the building.

The secret informant sent pictures of the bones on display along with a copy of a Skull & Bones ledger which held notations about the 1918 grave robbery. The informant provided the information that the bones were used in the Thursday and Sunday night rituals of the Society and Geronimo’s skull was always placed on a table in front of the participants during the ceremony. Hardly believing his own ears, Anderson went to New Haven to confirm the allegations and satisfied that it was true he contacted the FBI to take control of the issue. According to Anderson, his attorney informed him that if he would turn over every bit of evidence he possessed to the FBI they would then take on the case. Anderson rejected this offer.

Anderson then met with Jonathan Bush, the brother of George Bush (Sr.) in Manhattan in 1986 with nothing of substance happening from the meeting. Instead Anderson believes the meeting was used as a stalling tactic in order to give the Society time to conceal the remains of Geronimo. The secret letter that revealed the whereabouts of the bones mentioned that Prescott Bush and the other grave robbers used carbolic acid to rid the skull of the remaining flesh and hair.

Attorney Endicott P. Davison representing the Skull & Bones Society denies that the club had Geronimo’s skull. He claimed the ledger describing the theft of the bones was a hoax. Ned Anderson considers the concealment and cover up as “a sacrilege and national disgrace.” He said “Everywhere I have turned for help I have run into barriers. I contacted Arizona Congressman Morris Udall before his death and Senator John McCain and they were not able to help me. I just want to get my day in court, so to speak, and have a congressional hearing so I can present my case and my evidence,” Anderson said.

Anderson is angry that he has been accused of orchestrating the whole scenario and his detractors have tried to convey the message that it is all “make believe.” Although he served as chairman of the San Carlos Apache from 1978 to 1986 he is reluctant to go to the tribal council for support because of the political turmoil now permeating his tribal government. “The situation at San Carlos is getting worse and it is much worse than it was several years ago when your newspaper covered the story,” he said. Anderson said he feels that he is being held in abeyance. “I do have the so called smoking gun and that can bring all of this into perspective and I am sure that the evidence I have will substantiate all that I have said about this.”

The former tribal chairman was adamant in his charges and angered over the fact that some would accuse him of seeking to get personal publicity for his actions. At press time he was about to call Valerie Taliman, the producer of the national radio talk show, Native America Calling, based in Albuquerque, N.M. to get air time to make his views known to the other tribal leaders in America.

Where are the bones of the revered Apache warrior, Geronimo? I must agree with Anderson that if his bones and skull have been used for childish rituals by the Skull & Bones Society at Yale, it is indeed sacrilegious and barbaric. If George Herbert Walker Bush, the former president of the United States participated in midnight rituals using the skull and bones of this great warrior, he owes every Indian in America an apology.

prăda (romanian-english dictionary)

1. to sack, to loot

2. (pe cineva) to rob, to strip

3. to plunder, to rob

4. mil. to pillage

5. (a devasta) to ravage

prad [prad]

–noun Australian.

Informal. horse.


[Origin: 1790–1800; metathetic var. of D paard horse (c. G Pferd) ≪ LL paraverédus post horse for lesser highways. See palfrey] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Prada Marfa


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Prada Market

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June 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Art, Culture, Mind, Reckon

Evolutionary Creation vs. Copyright (Good Copy, Bad Copy)

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June 11, 2007 at 3:06 am

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June 10, 2007 at 11:26 pm

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Max Eastley’s Sound Sculptures

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June 9, 2007 at 8:41 am

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Party

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Forty years ago, on June 1, 1967, the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released by the Beatles in London. The album also changed the history of rock and this impacted art, culture and society. The cover, designed by Peter Blake, marked a hiatus in design. The album was 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and has sold to date 11 million copies. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No. 1 in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The album changed rock and roll for all time. The album took 129 days to make. The cover of the album and the clothes marked a high point in pop art.

To commemorate the momentous release of the album, the Beatles Story and the Albert Dock Company invite as many ‘real-life’ Sgt Peppers as they can find, to help them celebrate during Liverpool’s Mathew Street Festival weekend in August.

So if you or someone you know has the surname Pepper and is, or has served as a Sergeant, we want you to get in touch! The ‘real life’ Sgt Peppers will be treated to a celebratory meal and drinks at the Albert Dock, as well as having all travel and hotel expenses paid for and the chance to star in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

To launch this very special search, the Albert Dock will be hosting a photo call at 2pm on Friday June 1st (the 40th anniversary of the release of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’) featuring renowned Beatles cover band, The Karl Lornie Band in full Sgt Pepper regalia! That same evening, the band will appear at a sold-out show at the world-famous Cavern Club, playing the songs from ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

To further celebrate the release of ‘Sgt Pepper’s’, The Beatles Story will also be displaying two items featured on artist Peter Blake’s ground-breaking ‘Sgt Pepper’ cover art. The first items consist of the medals worn by John Lennon and borrowed from Mona Best, mother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best. These were returned to the Best family along with the second item to be displayed, a Cash Box Trophy which John included as a thank-you to Mona.

via Artdaily

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June 4, 2007 at 6:47 pm

Posted in WTF