For clowns, it’s all about kids and makeup
Experts know what it takes to look just right for National Clown Week
BY BREUSE HICKMAN
Feeling funny. Frances Sharp, aka Twinkles, left, puts the finishing touches on 11-year-old Josh Bublitz’s clown outfit. When it comes to drawing a clown face, Sharps says, “Just have fun drawing designs on your face, just like kids with crayons.” Christina Stuart, FLORIDA TODAY
When applying her makeup, Frances Sharp has learned that less is more.
And she’s a clown.
“When I started I had the huge fake eyelashes, bright red hair and the big nose,” says Sharp, better known in these parts as Twinkles — clown by day, clown by night. “But then an expert clown looked at me and said ‘that’s not Twinkles.’ “
Monkeys threaten San Juan
Residents are worried because the primates, once used in research, carry diseases.
By Ray Quintanilla | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted July 30, 2005
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TOA BAJA, Puerto Rico — When hordes of monkeys began invading Puerto Rico’s agricultural fields, devastating crops and eluding capture, the major concern was trapping them before they reached urban areas, where they would pose a public-health hazard and be nearly impossible to round up.
Fear is turning to outrage. Authorities recently acknowledged a clan of these pesky monkeys, escapees from defunct medical-research laboratories along Puerto Rico’s southern coast, has turned up just 20 minutes outside metropolitan San Juan — home to 1.5 million residents and a virtually unlimited number of hiding places.
“It would be very bad if these monkeys got to San Juan,” said Jose Chalbert, director of Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources, an agency that recently proposed capturing the wild monkeys because they carry diseases.
“I don’t even want to think about having to trap monkeys there,” Chalbert said, adding that funding for his $3 million effort to trap the monkeys is being held up amid all the fighting in the Legislature.
(Thanks for sending me the link to this Jared! )
The Travel Guide In Real-Time || Jaunted
Sunshine and outdoor concerts, long valued by event organizers, now have a new partner: Sustainable Waves. This new event production company is tapping into those powerful light rays to bring great sound to outdoor events all around Austin.
To do the right thing for the planet can often be challenging. Because the stage-mounted solar panels have limited output, compared to thee near-unlimited power from the grid, everything from the speaker cabinets to the loudspeaker’s magnetic windings had to be custom designed with ultra-high efficiency in mind. By leveraging vintage design ideas from the 1940s and building with modern, efficient speakers and materials, Sustainable Waves has produced a completely mobile platform capable of generating large amounts of sound with the least amount of electrical power.
Their stand-alone solar powered stage and sound system is certainly no lightweight, like those solar-powered AM/FM survival radios you might see. No, this stage can generate up to 40,000 watts, enough to provide tunes for between three- and five-thousand people–no grid, no generator required! Sustainable Waves hosted their first event on November 19th & 20th as a fundraiser for the Austin Zoo, receiving a warm reception.
(this great article on < $10 wines in the NY Times, click the link for the full article...cd)
Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet? – New York Times
Tasting Report: Why Plunk Down Good Money for Plonk?
Steenberg South Africa Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Crisp, fresh, zesty and balanced, with unexpected depth. (Importer: Monsieur Touton Selections, New York)
Veramonte Casablanca Valley, Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Bone-dry and refreshing, with tart herb and mineral flavors. (Franciscan Estate Selections, Rutherford, Calif.)
Domaine Duffour Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2003
Bright, intense fruit flavors, like sauvignon blanc except it’s colombard. (Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.)
Bodegas Salentein Mendoza, Argentina Sauvignon Blanc Finca el Portillo 2004
Mild and refreshing, with citrus flavors. (San Francisco Wine Exchange)
Bolla Venezie I.G.T Pinot Grigio 2002
Persistent melon, tropical fruit and honey flavors. (Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville, Ky.)
J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône 2001
Earthy and balanced, with lingering fruit flavors and a great sense of place. (W. J. Deutsch & Sons, White Plains, N.Y.)
Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Épine 2002
Balanced fruit and tannins, with a pleasing bitter flavor. (Wines of France, Mountainside, N.J.)
Bonny Doon California Ca’del Solo Big House Red 2003
Not complex, but full of spicy fruit flavors.
Sumarroca Penedès Tempranillo Barrel-Aged 2002
Herbal flavors, decent tannins. (Frontier Wine Imports, Dover, N.J.)
Bogle California Old Vine Zinfandel 2003
Juicy and fruity, but a little too sweet.
(There was a guy in the Marines with me who used to poke fun at Christians with the passage about Shem getting Noah drunk and knowing him…he would end it with “Noah got popped in the keester!” lol. ….cd
Sex in the Bible: A Short List
1. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, an do ye to them as is good in your eyes. — 19:8
2. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father — 19:32
3. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose — 19:33
4. Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father — 19:34
5. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose — 19:35
6. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. — 19:36
7. And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes. — 30:15
8. Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night. — 30:16
9. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground. — 38:9
Sex in the Bible
(The following is a pretty good article about the origin of the word haole here in Hawaii….a note to those visiting the islands…If you are referred to by the locals as a haole, nothing bad is meant by it..if however you are referred to as a fucking haole…get in your rental car, lock the doors, and drive away quickly…..cd)
In the islands of Hawaii, the word haole is occasionally used to annoy people whose skin is all white. In the past, it was a more broad label stuck on everyone who was not kanaka maoli, a true-person-from-here. But a very long time before that, words in the oldest Hawaiian language had much more special meanings, many to do with occult matters. There were no written letters then, and everything was communicated by sounds-from-the-mouth. In a way, understanding was simpler. Not only could things be shared through sight and sound, but also by feeling the way words were uttered.
It was then that the word haole meant “who-do-not-breathe”. In fact, it was used to describe the dead. Sometimes with the truly physical meaning, other times in a more subtle spiritual sense. Often, the two perspectives were mixed together, such as to describe a ghost, or a god.
In the year 1778 of the haole calendar, Captain James Cook of the ship HMS Resolution, and his band of Englishmen came ashore at Kealakekua Bay on what is now known as The Big Island of Hawaii. There is no recorded proof that this landing was deliberately planned as to timing and location. But Cook had already visited several other parts of the island group. He may have been fully aware he was arriving at a sacred place who’s name in Hawaiian meant “where-the-god-comes-and-goes”, and that he was doing this in the middle of the annual festival to Lono-i-ka-makahiki, supreme head of the pantheon of Hawaiian gods. Lono himself had supposedly left the area a long time prior, but with a promise to return one day, on a floating island. Like the ship Cook sailed in on.
The skin of the English was as white as the huge squares of bleached cloth tied to the masts of their ship. This was considered to be more proof that they were spirits, because only men who do not breathe could possibly be so pale. And so they were called haole.
Despite Cook forbidding it under severe punishment, many of his crew slipped ashore, and infected local wahines with venereal disease they had picked up the year before from a Tahitian-French connection. The Hawaiians had no cure for this new sickness, and thousands eventually died horribly, decimating the native population. Thus, the Hawaiian islands were totally and irrevocably changed, by the coming of the dead ones.
Austria Museum Lets Naked People in Free – Link
VIENNA, Austria – Vienna’s prestigious Leopold Museum is usually a pretty buttoned-down place, but on Friday, some of the nudes in its marble galleries were for real.
Scores of naked or scantily clad people wandered the museum, lured by an offer of free entry to “The Naked Truth,” a new exhibition of early 1900s erotic art, if they showed up wearing just a swimsuit — or nothing at all.
With a midsummer heat wave sweeping much of Europe, pushing temperatures into the mid-90s Fahrenheit in Vienna, the normally staid museum decided that making the most of its cool, climate-controlled space would be just the ticket to spur interest in the show.
“We find a naked body every bit as beautiful as a clothed one,” said Elisabeth Leopold, who founded the museum with her husband, Rudolf. “If they came only out of lust, we have to accept that. We stand for the truth.”
Link at Yahoo News
LINCOLN, Neb. – Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as “Mortal Kombat.” In that regard, the 17-year-old isn’t much different from so many others his age. Except for one thing: He’s blind.
And as he easily dispatched foes who took him on recently at a Lincoln gaming center, the affable and smiling Mellen remained humble.
“I can’t say that I’m a superpro,” he said, working the controller like an extension of his body. “I can be beat.”
Those bold enough to challenge him weren’t so lucky. One by one, while playing “Soul Caliber 2,” their video characters were decapitated, eviscerated and gutted without mercy by Mellen’s on-screen alter ego.
“I’m getting bored,” Mellen said in jest as he won game after game.
Blind since birth when his optic nerve didn’t connect because of Leber’s disease, Mellen honed his video game skills over the years through patient and not-so-patient playing, memorizing key joystick operations and moves in certain games, asking lots of questions and paying particular attention to audio cues. He worked his way up from games such as “Space Invaders” and “Asteroid,” onto the modern combat games.
“I guess I don’t know how I do it, really,” Mellen said, as he continued playing while facing away from the screen. “It’s beyond me.”
Clowns. Bozo the Clown. My original song about Larry Harmon “Oh No, I’m Bozo” (composed by myself and my brother, produced, performed, and recorded by me and Harry the Chimp), wine, Fear of clowns, my purse, and monetizing masturbation.