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July 11, 2009
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

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November 19, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 5, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 1, 2011
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September 17, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 13, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 16, 2011
July 9, 2011
July 2, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 18, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 4, 2011
May 28, 2011
May 21, 2011
May 14, 2011
May 7, 2011
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 9, 2011
April 2, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 5, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
January 6, 2011

2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 9, 2010
October 2, 2010
September 25, 2010
September 18, 2010
September 11, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
August 14, 2010
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July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 10, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
May 29, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 15, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
April 17, 2010
April 10, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
March 13, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 6, 2010
January 30, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 9, 2010
January 2, 2010

2009
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 28, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 7, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 17, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 19, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 5, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009
June 13, 2009
June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 16, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 2, 2009
April 25, 2009
April 18, 2009
April 11, 2009
April 4, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 7, 2009
February 28, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 14, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 24, 2009
January 17, 2009
January 3, 2009

2008
December 27, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 6, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 22, 2008
November 15, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
October 25, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 4, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
August 30, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 26, 2008
July 19, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 5, 2008
June 28, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 7, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 10, 2008
May 3, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 19, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 5, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 15, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 23, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 5, 2008

2007
December 29, 2007
December 22, 2007
December 15, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 1, 2007
November 24, 2007
November 17, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 3, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 13, 2007
October 6, 2007
September 29, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 15, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 1, 2007
August 25, 2007
August 18, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 4, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 9, 2007
June 2, 2007
May 19, 2007
May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
March 31, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 10, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 24, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 10, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 6, 2007

2006
December 30, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 16, 2006
December 9, 2006
December 2, 2006
November 25, 2006
November 18, 2006
November 11, 2006
November 4, 2006
October 28, 2006
October 21, 2006
October 14, 2006
October 7, 2006
September 30, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
September 9, 2006
September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 



July 11, 2009

Francis Bacon, who died in 1992 at the age of 92, may well be the greatest exemplar of a wrong-headed tradition that we have ever seen. What Bacon produced are not paintings, at least not satisfying ones…They are little more than rectangles of canvas inscribed with noirish graffiti: angst for dummies, the 20th century’s most august visual claptrap”

--Jed Perl in National Review on the Metropolitan Museum’s Francis Bacon retrospective

MARIHUANA WILL NEVER be legalized predicts Kevin Drum because for it to happen, the U.S. would have to renounce its agreement to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs  which was signed by virtually every other country in the world. Drum, a non-smoker himself, analyzed the pot situation in four pages of Mother Jones summer drug issue whose front cover bears the words “totally wasted.” He suggested that even if the blessed herb was legalized, consumption wouldn’t rise very much because most people who smoke it can already find it easily enough. And even though it’s freely available in Holland, use there is pretty much on a par with most other countries. One advantage of legalizing the weed could be to lower alcohol use, currently numbering 80,000 deaths a year. “Even a 50 per cent increase in cannabis use might be a benefit if it led to lower rates in the use of other drugs”, Drum claims. With widespread agreement that the so-called war on drugs as been a costly failure maybe we’ve reached a tipping point, Drum surmises. “Even GOP icon Arnold Schwartzenegger now says, ‘I think it’s time for debate’”.

IN CALIFORNIA, says the Nation, a bill is en route to the State Legislature to impose an excise tax on marihuana sellers and charge buyer‘s sales tax, a move that could reap the state about $1.3 billion a year. The mag claims that “an increasing number of the state’s political figures…argue that the country’s harsh drug policies are not financially viable and no longer command majority support among he voting public”.

ARGUMENTS ABOUT AUTHENTICITY certainly aren’t new to the art world but when a museum curator changes her mind about a work, the discussion gets more heated. At stake here is the reputation of Francisco Goya (1746-1838) whose The Colossus was venerated by Madrid’s Prado. Art News described the picture as “a sort of patriotic history lesson in oil on canvas by one of the nation’s most illustrious citizens”. The Prado’s curator of 18th century paintings, Manuela Mena, once proclaimed it a masterpiece, until she had second thoughts, writing that “the way it is painted… is technically opposed to Goya’s way of working”. Art specialists have jumped in on both sides, two calling Mena’s arguments “scandalous for their errors and sophistries”, and another describing the painting as “a poorly executed pastiche”. The furore, says Art News, has generated “heated responses in the contentious field of Goya scholarship”.

A GIANT AIRBAG, something like those that inflate in automobile crashes, might be ideal to protect houses when raging fires approach. Popular Science demonstrates a huge airbag made from fireproof fabric that can be inflated as the homeowner leaves and which is kept erect over the house by fans pumping air into flexible tubes that maintain a taught exoskeleton above the roof.

Fem philosopher Germaine Greer (b.1939) whose 1970 book The Female Eunuch (“a direct and candid description of female sexuality”-Wikipedia) sold millions because it was derided as much as praised, is the obvious model for next year’s The Female of the Species. Starring Annette Bening, the drama, at the Geffen Playhouse is about the author of a book called Madame Ovary. Her second title was The Complete Insignificance of Male Sexuality. (Quoth Ms. Greer: “Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother.)

THE AVERAGE CUSTOMER for a Hewlett Packard printer subsequently spends three times as much for ink as he did for the printer writes columnist Anne Kadet in Smart Money, which explains why the company doesn’t bother about losing $30 on every printer sold. In fact Hp makes twice as much money on its print division as it does on personal computers, aided by the fact that a print cartridge costs three dollars to make and usually sells for $30.

IN A SUPPLEMENT labeled Do Almost Anything! (Count Cards…Stop a fight…Look Good on TV), Wired magazine relays instructions from the Chronobiology Research Institute on how to Sleep Two Hours a  Day. The secret, it reveals, is to take a 20-minute nap every two hours, something that presumably demands having a flexible work place. It warns that the first seven days of deprivation “will be sheer misery, but stay on track”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Why aren’t state legislators obliged to buy and pay for their own cars?….And seeing that the ones in both New York and California aren’t actually working, why are they still being paid?…. The world’s richest soccer club, Real Madrid, just paid $120 million to the world’s second richest, Manchester United, for the services of Portuguese-born forward Cristiano Ronaldom 24, described by the Independent as “a quintessential peacock male”…. ….”Finance” quips Robert Sarnoff, “is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears”….Complaints about the inelegant grunting noises made by female tennis players  at Wimbledon prompted critics to measure their volume and one player clocked in at 109 decibels, “almost as loud as a plane taking off” remarks The Week…. A Dallas-based company, SkinzWraps, has produced an adhesive, dimpled fabric which can wrap cars offering an aerodynamic  surface like a golf ball which reportedly improves fuel efficiency by 20 per cent….Continental Airlines has developed a seat that extends outwards enough to allow lying down….Italian scientists are planning to burn algae from Venice’s canals to produce biofuels…. The substance found in red wine, resveratrol, touted by Dr. Mehmet Oz on Oprah Winfrey’s show has “given rise to an overnight industry of shadowy peddlers of the stuff” reports Forbes which advises caution by its potential users….The U.S. Army is developing a solar-powered flexible screen that can be worn on the wrist and receive maps and directions….“Political correctness is to thought what sentimentality is to compassion”--anonymous

7/4/09

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