Friday, September 30, 2011

Jimmy, Jimmy


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via boy culture by Matthew Rettenmund on 9/30/11

In remembrance of James Dean—a brilliant gay artist who died 56 years ago today way too soon—a collection of some of the most memorable pictures taken of him...


Annex - Dean, James (Rebel Without a Cause)_01


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In the Dark of Night


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via This is Photobomb by Cheezburger Network on 9/30/11

photobomb that guy - In the Dark of Night

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DIY Hobbit Houses in Wales


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via Boing Boing by David Pescovitz on 9/30/11

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At top is Simon Dale's DIY hobbit house in Wales' "first authorized 'low-impact' ecovillage." The home is their second foray into hobbit living. Several years prior, Simon Dale and his friends and family built the lovely green "Hobbit House" in Wales seen in the photo second from top.

 House Archive Candlelit Some key points of the design and construction (of the original hobbit house):

Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter
Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.
Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthetically fantastic and very easy to do
Straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building
Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease
Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared to cement)
Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows, burner, plumbing, wiring…)
Woodburner for heating - renewable and locally plentiful
Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat
Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
Water by gravity from nearby spring
Compost toilet
Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.
A Low Impact Woodland Home (Thanks, Michael-Anne Rauback!)


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Carnival Of Death, The Morbid Art of Laurie Lipton


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via Laughing Squid by Rusty Blazenhoff on 9/29/11

The Knitter of Bones

La Luz

Queen of Bones

Early on, artist Laurie Lipton studied 17th century Dutch masters to develop her own unique style of pencil drawing. Later, "she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting". Her new show at Last Rites Gallery in New York City, The Carnival of Death, explores the subject of death in beautiful detail. The show runs October 1 to October 23, 2011.

When I visited Mexico in order to see The Day Of The Dead festival some years later, I couldn't help feeling envious of their approach to mortality. Families gathered on graves and picnicked, whole villages turned up with food for households in mourning. Death was treated as normal, even silly. Candied skulls grinned in their hundreds and skeletons danced in a fair-ground atmosphere. I decided to rebel against my heritage and create drawings inspired by the mood and atmosphere of the Mexicans. I decided to get in-touch with my bare bones. My culture runs from death, screaming. We worship youth, beauty and the illusion that we have all the time in the world. We frantically face-lift and botox, and throw pills, creams and money at death. We fool ourselves into thinking that death only happens to other people & only losers die. Skulls always look like they're laughing. Maybe the joke is on us?

A hardcover art book of Lipton's art titled The Extraordinary Drawings of Laurie Lipton is available.

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images via Laurie Lipton and Last Rites Gallery


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Anti-Gay "Pastor" Turns Himself In For Fraud, Theft


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via Towleroad News #gay by Andrew Belonsky on 9/29/11

Himes2 Remember Harris Himes?

He's the president of Montana's Eagle Forum who called homosexuality an "abomination" and testified to stop that state's cities from enacting non-discrimination legislation.

Well, activist D Gregory Smith informs us that Himes has been charged with six felonies, including theft and fraud for allegedly bilking an associate of $150,000 to fund a phony company.

While many of us cheer the downfall of our ideological enemies, Smith teaches us why we should have more class:

If Himes is guilty, it means that he separates personal and public morality in a way that's of personality disorder proportions.

If he's guilty, it means that he has a narcissistic ability to separate himself from the message of morality he presents as a pastor in the Christian tradition. He's exempt.

If he's guilty, it's more than simple hypocrisy- it means that the Ten Commandments have not been internalized- they don't apply to him. Arguably, there are many interpretations to the scriptures, but most scholars agree that when it is written,"Thou Shalt Not Steal" there's really not much wiggle room.
Now here comes the bittersweet part: I also feel sorry for the guy. I can't help it.

If he's able to separate himself so completely from his message, then he probably has a mental illness. He probably hasn't formed life-giving attachments in his life. He probably never progressed very far developmentally- the tormented kid on the playground who becomes the bully when he has a little bit of power- and religion gives pastors more than just a little bit. The cycle of abuse, continued.

According to The Missoulian, Himes and a partner, Jeb Bryant, told a potential investor they owned a business, received the aforementioned investment and then ran off with the dough.

Himes also apparently stretched the truth about being a pastor: "Himes claims to have been ordained as a pastor by Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, where he served for a few years, said Pastor Kevin Horton. But Himes split from the chapel, Horton said, and proclaimed himself pastor of the Big Sky Christian Center, which lists its address as Himes' post office box."


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