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Christmas Tree Hair!

May your Holidays be joyful

and your New Year

even better!


Uploaded on May 18, 2009

Beautiful Healing Song Sung by The Navajo And The Sioux, All Navajo Pics.

Very nice!

I needed this today.

Soul… needs soothing. Pretty badly.

Yah. mon.

Props to Donna Spratt for the timely Facebook post.


Another hero has moved on to that better place up there… sigh.

His genius, however… lives!

Dave Brubeck – Take Five – 1966

Uploaded by on May 24, 2007

1966 in Germany

Dave Brubeck – piano
Paul Desmond – alto sax
Eugene Wright – bass
Joe Morello – drums

What wonderful music this man gave the world.

He has soothed my soul so many times… so many times.

Thank you, Sir.

Fly high through the stars.


1920s, Doreen taking an alligator ride.

I thought this worthy of inclusion.

We certainly can get along just fine with ancient reptilian lifeforms.

And too much regulation spoils the fun.

Rock on, Doreen!


Time for a tune…

Uploaded by  on Mar 29, 2011

Vocals Surj Sahota
Artist: Sahotas
Album Title: Brotherhood
Released: 1999
Genre: Bhangra
Label: Envy

I love this song. From the minute I heard it, right on to this day.

It has got to be the best Bhangra song ever recorded. By far.

Can’t explain it, really, it just moves me… deep down inside. Thats the best I can do for an explanation.



EDIT: For those not seeing the comments, Mr. Sahota, for some reason, removed this video. Which is pretty weird. So I have now replaced the video with the one you see now posted to YouTube by on Nov 15, 2009. Sigh.


I was delighted to learn that this is not a new phenomenon and I am even more satisfied in the knowledge that the kids have learned how to do it. While the traps are not intended for them, gorillas do get maimed and killed by the infernal things, so it is mostly for self-preservation that they do it, but I wonder if their concern extends to other creatures.

Betting it does, as some primates are known to kidnap puppies to raise as pets to guard their families and groups.

Believing that animals are beneath us is simply ignorance at its finest.

The following text and picture is an excerpt from the source article at the GrindTV Blog…

Young gorillas disarming traps.Two days after a young mountain gorilla was killed in a poacher’s snare trap in Rwanda, two juvenile gorillas were observed deactivating two similar snares.

It is the first time since African gorilla field research began more than 50 years ago that juvenile gorillas have ever been witnessed destroying snare traps, which are indiscriminately injuring and killing mountain gorillas.

“We knew that gorillas do this, but all of the reported cases in the past were carried out by adult gorillas, mostly silverbacks,” Veronica Vecellio of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International wrote on the fund’s blog.

“Today, two juveniles and one blackback from Kuryama’s group worked together to deactivate two snares, and how they did it demonstrated an impressive cognitive skill.”

According to Vecellio, field data coordinator John Ndayambaje of the fund’s Karisoke Research Center spotted a snare in the path of some gorillas and moved to disarm it. But Silverback Yuba “pig-grunted” a warning to him, as if to say, “Stay away, we’ve got it covered.”

At the same time, juveniles Dukore and Rwema, along with blackback Tetero, “ran toward the snare and together pulled the branch used to hold the rope. They saw another snare nearby and as quickly as before, they destroyed the second branch and pulled the rope out of the ground,” Vecellio wrote.

Unfortunately, the gorillas and trackers don’t find all the snares. In her blog, … [read more]


Life's Little Hooks zazzle_shirt
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And here’s a closeup…

Life's Little Hooks zazzle_shirt

I like this one…

It’s so… I don’t know… “life-y!”

Yeah, that’s it.

It surprised me actually, as the algorithms very rarely come up with life like forms… and this looks like a bunch of little critters all gathering (for lunch, maybe?)  into a shape that closely resembles themselves.

Sometimes mixing math and art can be fun.

Nice colors, too…

I doubt the name I gave it will help, of course. But such is depression. Suggestions welcome, as is a good description.

Anyway… enjoy.


Uploaded by  on Jun 13, 2009

This is Peter Schickele’s performance of his Schleptet in Eb Major.

I. Molto Larghissimo – Allegro Boffo
II. Menuetto con brio ma senza Trio
III. Adagio Saccharino
IV. Yehudi Menuetto
V. Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio

This is a whole lot better than my performance.

Ahhh, the Schleptet!

Good ole PDQ decided to have a go at Ludwig, you see… and we have the inimitable Peter Schickele to thank for it.

And thank him I do, for it contains within it the most wonderful Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio, one of my favorite musical delights.

What could be better than that?


Uploaded by  on Jun 8, 2008

Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments, as performed by the CSUSB Chamber Winds

This post was meant to go up yesterday, for my birthday, you see, but, it didn’t, for reasons that should probably remain classified.

But here it is now.

A nice little tune, this, composed by that rogue fellow, P.D.Q. Bach, black sheep of the old Bach musical dynasty and a truly unsung musical hero.

It was uncovered and rescued from certain oblivion by yet another hero, the wonderfully eccentric Prof. Peter Schickele of my glorious alma mater, the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople.

I think you’ll enjoy it.

Stay tuned for a rendition of the fabulous Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio, coming soon to a blog near you.


Yes, it’s musical interlude time again, perhaps due to some really good news – that I hope with all my heart finally takes serious root.

And that, folks — would be a fantabulous thing!

So, anyway, EMG pickups posts on their Facebook wall a vid of Mr. Calderone here playing a Skrillex song on his guitar with some rather different tones under serious effect, so, after that I went to his Tubular page and found this. Hahaha! As a huge Whovian, well, you see it here, right?

Oddly, just before finding this I saw a link, somewhere, to an article about “making cover songs work for you” and that, coincidentally, seems to be Eric’s thing… strange, that.

Published on Apr 27, 2012 by 

Hey guys,

So I saw this EVERYWHERE haha. I included the “I am the Doctor” tune in there as well, it reminded me of Symphony X or Liquid Tension Experiment, who i both love. Big ups for everything guys, seriously. For all the messages, comments, subs, fan art, donations, and support. You guys ROCK the CASBAH!!

Best to ya



Tab Book and MP3:





Uploaded by  on Jan 16, 2007



This lovely musical message was first brought to my attention on my ATS profile a couple of years ago by my good friend John, aka SLAYER69 when he sent it as a ‘Christmas card.’

Someone said it is a song of the Mohicans, but I do not know that for sure.

I am agonizing over the immediate fate of someone very, very dear to my heart… and playing this again gave me a bit of peace.

And since it is  in fact a lovely message… I am sharing it with you. Maybe it will have the same effect.


Moon Shadow

Posted: April 30th, 2012 in Art, good cheer, humor
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Cat Stevens in therapy.

Cat Stevens in therapy.

By the artist known primarily as Reynolds.

Too good not to share.

Hat tip to Mario Salvati.



Birth O’ My Heart

This is the way it looked, countless trillions of years ago, when my heart was first born. Born from the swirling storm of energy that I started life as. Tumultuous times those were, filled with the romance of possibility. Fractal art is the only way that events like this can really be described. Hey, you know, this one might by a good one for my special Earth girl…


Or maybe not… it’s either this or a … oh, wait. Never mind.

Ha! I’m happy. My hearts don’t usually come out this nice, or should I say this purposed. The ‘stutters’ just before my little heart fully forms, (yes, it is a time exposure!), via controlled ‘detonation-in-place’ – turned up well and are just this side of recognizable. Ha!

So what do you all think? Like it?

Should probably put it on other items as well… that goes for a lot of designs already done.

Work, work, work. Hehe, but fun.


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In celebration of the return of human beings to the notorious Mariana Trench, I glommed these fabulous pictures off a pal’s thread for a slideshow here. Bravo to Mr. James Cameron, who went straight down – 7 miles – to the bottom of the sea. The real bottom of the sea.

That takes a staggering amount of right-stuff type bravery and, well, balls, seeing as how if your ship’s hull let go you’d be crushed as flat as a sheet of paper in a split second. Or less.

Let us all hope that the good film scenes we all dream that he shot will actually make it into the upcoming National Geographic documentary.

Must’ve happened… if only because of the fact that nearly every single time the ocean is visited, let alone explored, no matter where or how briefly, at least one brand-y new critter is stumbled upon. That tells ya something.

This is because the oceans of this planet, as I say often enough, are simply unknown to us. Really, they are.

Remember, of course, that the ocean covers just about 71 per cent of the surface of this planet.

It is amazing to know that in all of our known history, the sum total of the ocean’s floor that we have explored covers an area just about the size of the state of West Virginia.

I think that is pretty pathetic. No, I’m sorry, I made a mistake… that is seriously frikkin’ pathetic.

Don’t you think so? For those not from around these parts, West Virginia is not all that big. We have more data on the Moon, Mars, Mercury and Enceladus that we do for our own ocean.

Oh, wait… this just in! Speaking of Cameron’s film, here’s an official trailer…

Uploaded by on Mar 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 — In a state-of-the-art submersible, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and filmmaker James Cameron reached the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, breaking a world record for the deepest solo dive.

OK, it worked, I can’t wait.

Imagine what we could learn if only… but no, no way, man, there are people to kill, oil to drill, poppies to protect and money to be stolen, so we continue on in ignorance.

Oh dear. There I go again. Sorry.

In point of fact when the Trieste, on the 23rd of January, 1960, made it’s voyage to the very bottom of Challenger Deep at 35,800 feet they were met by a rather startled flatfish. You can see it in the video at 18:04. At a depth that threatened every second to squash the ship like a bug.

Uploaded by on Mar 12, 2012

In 1960, Lieutenant Don Walsh of the US Navy and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard navigated the Trieste bathyscaphe into the Mariana Trench. They accomplished a feat so incredible that it forever raised the bar for deep-ocean exploration.

Gosh, I  hate when suddenly publishes a post way before I’m finished. It’s really unsettling…

Destroys the creative flow, it does. Sigh. Anyway…

Here is a link to Triton Submarine’s page on the craft that Cameron apparently was to have used, according to the National Post, but that report was incorrect as he had been all along opting for a totally custom conveyance designed and built over the last seven years. It’s called the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER.

Branson and his Mariana Trench ship.I am also wondering now in regards to what ever happened with the effort by Richard Branson of Virgin to attempt this same journey in a very different looking sub, pictured on the right.

There was to be a Race to the Bottom of the Sea, sponsored by the X-Prize Foundation, who was to award 10 million dollars to whoever got to the bottom of Challenger Deep first.

Did Branson give up? That doesn’t sound like him.

Will keep an eye out…

About the slideshow:
“These images were taken on one of the most recent dives into the trench (2008). There has been only 3 dives down (two unmanned and one manned), which makes these images a very rare sight.” The gold “starfish” on the white background isn’t… it is a representation of huge unicellular critters (Giant “Amoebas!”) – up to 10 centimeters large! Read more about those guys here.

Kudos to StealthyKat, the Cajun Goddess, for her thread, which you should read if you’re into this at all.


Invasion zazzle print by me, this leads to it's page in the store.
Invasion by iggymak
View more, um, conventional posters at Zazzle.


An entire solar system, not far from here, is being consumed by a vast space-faring entity, a consumer… of planets.

New at High Strangeness Art!

Yes, still immersed in the entirely digital fractal art zone. It’s pretty cool in there. Physics, Nature, Math, Pixels. All good and all tweaked by an exceptionally weird and entirely unfamiliar nut, er, artist!

Anyway, spent lots of time tweaking the heck out of this one yesterday. And it was Big Fun, too, so there!

There’s a lot of detail in it, notably the numerous (and relentless) tendrils of this thing as it proceeds through this rather odd little system, engulfing whole planets unlucky enough to be in it’s path.

If you should find yourself so inclined and wind up harboring a deep need to see it better, there’s a handy zoom tool on the page . Just hover over the image.

I hope someone likes this one enough to…um… yeah, who am I kidding…



Necklace of Natural Fossil Stone with Jasper Pendant

Necklace of Natural Fossil Stone with Jasper Pendant

The natural stones used in this 24 inch long necklace are called Fossil Stone. If you were to break one open you could see small fossil shells within them. The 8mm stones are separated by a 2mm Moss Agate stone. There is a 35x25x5mm natural Brecciated Jasper pendant as the focal point. The clasp is easy to use, silver plated. You pinch one end to release the “bullet” end.

My long time and very good friend jerri Wiley (a geologist!) made this thing for her j-rock designs store over at that Etsy place, as is her wont. I think it looks pretty slick and am intrigued by some of it’s makeup, described above.

You can guess which part, right?

Thought I’d post it here as a sort of gesture of thanks for good deeds done in days of yore.

Don’t know much about jewelry besides whether  a particular piece is nice to look at or not…

But – I can say that if I owned this unique piece, well, you just know that I’d be ever so sorely tempted to bust open at least one of these little stones to scope out those itty bitty fossils encased within ‘em.

Which would then, of course, ruin it.

Good thing I’m not a girl, eh… hahahaha!

Oh dear.


Uploaded by on Jul 1, 2007

This is one of my favorite songs ever. Can’t find a specific reason why it is, but it has been so ever since it came out back in 1968 when I was in my early teens. It just sounds so nice… and Mary Hopkin’s voice is just so sweet.

Mary Hopkin - FestivalMy pal Firdaus Emir found this quote which has some information that I did not know, mainly due to structural failure because the fires were so intense, oh, wait, wrong thread. Oh dear. Scuzi… That should’ve said “mainly due to having never made any inquiries into the song’s origins.”

“Those Were the Days” is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною,” lit. “By the long road”), written by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii.

Although my love for this song and artist may be simply because of the song’s sweet sound, is it possible that it’s Russian origins stirred some sort of innate response to ignite within the deepest, darkest nooks and crannies of my abyssal brainpan?

Don’t know about that, but hey, it could be so, right?

Just messin’ with ya. Kind of.

I really did think that just now.

Yes, I’m quite strange.


Oh, hey, here’s Mary Hopkin’s website.

Stones! Beatles!


When we are ready for the rest home, there’ll be no geezer on the upright piano playing “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary.”

No sir. This is what we’ll have.

— Steve Doc Yankee

This, as you might imagine, is for Valentine’s Day. It’s for someone special, someone unobtainable.

It is also, of course, for everyone else here, too.

Uploaded by on Jan 9, 2012

The Little Willies – Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals) and Dan Rieser (drums)

Enjoy this fine rendition of Ralph Stanley’s heartfelt song.


here is a picture of a young girl with a penguin.

little girl... with penguin

Found this (text included) on reddit.

Thought we could use it.