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Arts/Photography (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Bubble Sculpture photograph

    10/04/2015 3:13:02 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 14 replies
    Meshuge Mikey | October, 4 2016 | Meshuge Mikey
  • Saving Matt Damon

    10/03/2015 1:31:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Internet ^ | 2015 | Unknown
  • Elderly Truck

    10/02/2015 9:52:22 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 62 replies
    meshuge mikey ^ | October 2, 2015 | Meshuge Mikey
  • New Pluto photo.. Majestic Mountains and Frozen Plains (Wow!)

    09/17/2015 5:26:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 63 replies
    John Hopkins ^ | 9/17/15
    Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured a near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon. The smooth expanse of the informally named Sputnik Planum (right) is flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high, including the informally named Norgay Montes in the foreground and Hillary Montes on the skyline. The backlighting highlights more than a dozen layers of haze in Pluto's tenuous but distended atmosphere. The image...
  • Two Old Guys Dancing

    09/17/2015 2:46:07 PM PDT · by gorush · 35 replies
    Videos2view ^ | 1955 | Hope/Cagney
    Cagney and Bob Hope at a Friar's Club Meeting in 1955, back when actors were real performers; Hope was 52 and Cagney was 56. This looks like it's from a movie, not a routine from a Friar's Club meeting. Doesn't take away from it though! For the young folks, here is something you probably never seen before and, unfortunately, you may never see again. For us older folks, this is the best of the best, and we had it for many years! This is a side of these two entertainers you hardly ever saw, but it shows you their enormous...
  • Ted Cruz Depicted as 'Mockingjay' Rebellion Leader in L.A. Street Art

    09/14/2015 4:21:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 14, 2015 | Tina Daunt
    A collective of anonymous artists plastered Los Angeles — from downtown to the mid-Wilshire district — with posters and stickers of Mockingjay's rebellion bird to tout Cruz' presidential candidacy. Donald Trump may be the lead choice of California Republicans, but Ted Cruz apparently still holds a special place in the hearts of Los Angeles’ conservative street artists. Over the past few days, a collective of anonymous artists — responsible for the "Don't Say" signs at Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters and the Maxine Waters "Poverty Pimp" poster — used the Mockingjay rebellion bird symbol to tout presidential candidate Cruz. With the...
  • Heartbreaking pictures should not change policy

    09/06/2015 4:52:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    WA Today (Australia) ^ | September 6, 2015 | Fraser Nelson
    The photographs of the body of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, vividly convey the human tragedy on Europe's borders - but not the complexity. Many are fleeing war, but many are fleeing poverty. This Great Migration was not expected because, for years, politicians believed that there would be less of it as poor countries became richer. Give aid, not shelter, ran the argument. "As the benefits of economic growth are spread in Mexico," Bill Clinton once assured Americans, "there will be less illegal immigration because more Mexicans will be able to support their children by staying home." When Jose...
  • American Monarch Butterfly

    08/29/2015 11:02:06 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 17 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-29-15 | The Looking Spoon
    This image popped in my head and I went with it.
  • The Big Bang Theory (my version)

    08/28/2015 5:03:56 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    American Irony ^ | The Looking Spoon
    There is no rule that says you can either believe in God or the big bang theory…especially when God is the one who pulls the trigger. ;-) '
  • Army veteran writes novel to break out of military action-adventure genre

    08/26/2015 7:22:40 AM PDT · by StAntKnee · 11 replies
    Vanity, no linking to personal sites or Amazon or Goodreads | August 26, 2015 | St Ant Knee
    The novel is Prison of the Soul about a teacher who gets fired from the public school system for manhandling a rape suspect on the campus, a kid he caught in the act. (Sound contemporary?) The only job he can get is teaching in a one-room school behind bars in the state's supermax for violent juvenile delinquents. More than the obvious hook, it's an exploration of that aspect of the human condition wherein we build our own prisons by self-imposed limitations and fears.
  • Carl McCrow and Martin Scorsese Partner to Profit Gun Manufacturers

    08/26/2015 6:48:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A British artist, Carl McCrow, has figured out a way to increase gun manufacturers bottom line, and his own.  I can almost hear the manufacturers thinking "please throw me into that briar patch".  From LONDON — British artist Carl McCrow is asking the world's most successful filmmakers to make an unambiguous pledge: For every gun that appears in their movies, he wants them to destroy a real one. The irony is doubly delicious because McCrow has made his living with firearms art, and this is his way to feel less "guilty".  He lives in New York City.  ...
  • The Death Of The Cheerleader

    08/20/2015 8:47:54 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    HuffPost ^ | 08/20/2015 | Lauren Duca
    The slutty, ditzy mean girl of an archetype is fading from pop culture. The word "cheerleader" is so laden with potential cultural meaning, it feels more like a theoretical concept than a noun usually meaning "person who leads cheers." As a sport, cheerleading has been steadily gaining respect since the turn of the 21st century. As an archetype, it has shriveled into a token of hypersexuality and the nastiest teen girl stereotypes, a sort of shorthand for the terms "mean girl," "slut" and "dumb blonde," all stuffed into the same midriff-bearing uniform.

    08/18/2015 5:59:19 PM PDT · by Reverend Saltine · 49 replies ^ | August 18, 2015 |
    Jes’ sayin’…. Mihael Sausage, of the famed “Sausage Ration”, when he holds it and himself together long enough, is one of the best radio talk show hosts ever. His mind and analytic abilities are matchless at times. Why, then, doesn’t he ever seem to carry an entire show that way, from beginning to end? At some point he seems to run out of steam and starts talking about unrelated or inane subjects, such as what he had for lunch, his heartburn, or food stains on his shirt. He might even break out into nonsense rhyming or song. Sometimes he is...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Primary Death Quiz

    08/13/2015 1:11:00 PM PDT · by AmericanCheeseFood · 3 replies
    2016 Republican Presidential Primary Death Quiz is a video put out by the Auralnauts, a YouTube channel that deals mainly in entertainment. This video however, deals with the Elections and I thought I'd share it with the FReepers here!
  • I don’t normally go for custom painted cars, but…

    08/08/2015 11:07:44 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-8-15 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm DEFINITELY making an exception for this one...
  • A Mesmerizing 'Soundsuit' Memorializes Trayvon Martin's Death

    07/22/2015 4:07:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Huffington Post's Arts & Culture ^ | July 14, 2015 | Katherine Brooks, Senior Arts & Culture Editor
    Behind what appears to be a beaded net stained the color of Skittles stands a hollow figure, made distinct by the hint of a sneaker sticking out from under the obscurity. Pan up from the shoe and there's a glimpse of a hooded sweatshirt topping off the towering statue, an unmistakeable bit of clothing loaded with meaning. Titled "TM 13," the work -- shown above -- memorializes the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was fatally shot by former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman three years ago. Created by Missouri-born artist Nick Cave, the piece is currently...
  • Dashcam Video of Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland Was Edited

    07/22/2015 10:03:12 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Ben Norton ^ | 07/21/2015 | Ben Norton
    The dashcam video released to the public of the violent arrest of Sandra Bland was edited.Bland was a 28-year-old Black Lives Matter civil rights activist and vocal critic of police brutality who died in police custody after a Texas officer pulled her over for a traffic violation, ordered her out of her car when she refused to put out her cigarette, and aggressively arrested her. Police say Bland committed suicide, yet the Waller County prosecutor says Bland’s case is “being treated just as it would be a murder investigation.”The Texas Department of Public Safety uploaded dashcam police video of the...
  • Michael Brown exhibit opened in Chicago

    07/11/2015 3:02:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    KTVI-TV ^ | July 10, 2015 | Staff
    A new art exhibit about the Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson is on display in Chicago. The piece features a life-size portrayal of Michael Brown after he was killed last year in Ferguson. It also includes a black statue of liberty, and a noose dangling from a neon sign. The exhibit also features a plaque with the words “I Can’t Breath”; referencing the Eric Garner police involved death in New York. A Brown family member praises the exhibit. The artist is a white woman from New Orleans. She says it represents white privilege in America and how it...
  • No Thank You Very Much, Mr Roboto

    07/10/2015 3:14:01 PM PDT · by jimjohn · 29 replies
    self | jimjohn
    The Wednesday episode of Mr. Robot was my last...
  • The Very Old Debate About Image Manipulation

    06/29/2015 8:15:45 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    Luminous Landscape ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ignacio Palacios
    Following some recent discussions about the way I created an image of an Aurora (see video below) using Photoshop layers and the post-processing work I undertook on an image I captured in the Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona (where I introduced a fake shaft of light), I have decided to write an article about Image Manipulation.
  • The Course of Empire: Thomas Cole's Warning to America

    06/27/2015 7:34:46 AM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 36 replies ^ | February 9, 2012 | Robb Bomboy
    "Thomas Cole, America's premier landscape painter of the 1820's and 1830's, constructed the idea for his series, The Course of Empire, from a variety of influences. He began his intense study of Europe and its art in 1829 by sailing to England, where he met and talked with influential artists such as J.M.W. Turner and John Martin. He studied the works of those artists and others in the British galleries of the time. Scholars recognize today that those artists' influence upon him was strikingly pervasive. Cole also felt the perishability of man's works when he traveled in Europe and saw...
  • trying to identify (photographer's?) weighted clamp on canopy (tent) pole

    06/14/2015 6:32:07 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 24 replies
    self | 6/14/15 | NewJerseyJoe
    Does anyone recognize this? It's a weighted clamp, used by a vendor at the farmers market to hold down his tent from blowing away. He said he got it from a photographers' supply -- that it's something photographers use to keep their equipment steady in outdoor shooting conditions. I'm trying to buy something like this, but I can't look for it until I know what it's called. Thanks....
  • New hideous huge London feminist hell dog statue

    06/11/2015 2:42:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 125 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 11, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Our friends in London have new delight… appropriately close to where Tyburn Tree stood, near Marble Arch.From There’s a new statue on public display in London that is meant to “inspire” and “delight” those who pass it on their daily commute, though we’re thinking words like “terrify,” “horrify” and “petrify” are more fitting for this particular piece of art.It’s called ‘She Guardian,’ and Russian artist Dashi Namdakov has spent the last two years sculpting the towering figure out of four massive tons of bronze. Measuring 36-feet high, the artist says the attention-grabbing piece expresses a sense of maternal protectiveness, which...
  • Judgemental Map of Washington, D.C.

    06/06/2015 4:08:48 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 11 replies
    Judgemental Maps ^ | 2015 | Unknown
  • Biker Thugs Converge On Arizona Mosque Armed Looking For War (No bias here!)

    05/30/2015 4:20:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Recently, Texas has reclaimed its cherished position as the nation’s “epicenter of right wing-extremism” with a few specifically bizarre occurrences that epitomize exactly what “right-wing extremism” means. But now, the Texas-size extremism is spreading to Arizona and it includes Texas-style armed biker thugs, conspiracy theorists, and anti-Muslim sentiments that set Texas apart as right-wing extremist central. About a month ago anti-Muslim hate-freak Pamela Geller and her acolytes, none of whom comprehend that America is not a Christian theocracy, converged on Texas to insult and incite anger in the American Muslim community with a cartoon contest intended to mock the Muslim...
  • Coldplay's Game of Thrones: The Musical (Full 12-minute version)

    05/22/2015 9:00:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 21, 2015 | Coldplay Official
    Game of Thrones: The Musical. For Red Nose Day on NBC, Coldplay and the cast of Game of Thrones join forces for the band's most important project yet: a musical for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
  • How Futurist Bob Gurr Shaped Disneyland’s Past

    05/20/2015 1:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Magazine ^ | May 18, 2015 | Chris Nichols
    Gurr test-driving an early prototype of his Autopia vehicle in 1955.George Clooney may get top billing in his new film, Tomorrowland, but design visionary Gurr is the real star.In his 27 years as a Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr was known for doing the impossible: He designed a submarine fleet, the cars of Autopia, and the Monorail that soars above the park on a single beam. With the opening of Tomorrowland in 1955, Gurr shaped a vision of the future (1986 to be exact) that still feels out of reach. Six decades after Gurr began creating ride vehicles for the theme...
  • Showing my true colors! zot

    05/14/2015 12:03:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 131 replies
    5/14/2015 | me
  • Sister Pamela, you go, girl!

    05/11/2015 10:34:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 11, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    I love Pamela Geller. However, when Bill O'Reilly and conservative Laura Ingraham said it was foolish of Pam to insult over a billion Muslims by hosting a “Draw Muhammad” contest, I thought perhaps they were right. Muslims live under an Islamic legal system called sharia law, which prohibits drawing any image of their prophet, Muhammad. Rush Limbaugh sided with Pamela. Rush pointed out that while the mainstream media and pundits want us to be sensitive to this rule of sharia, that same media flaunts and promotes homosexual marriage, which offends Muslims. Muslims put homosexuals to death. My feisty part-Cherokee, mostly...
  • Another possible Hillary Logo Source

    05/09/2015 8:40:51 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 13 replies
    MeshugeMikey | May 9, 2015 | self
    The Product this logo Electtic "hybrid bike is no longer made...but the LOGO remains
  • UnAmerican Gothic (new illustration)

    05/06/2015 4:58:48 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    CRASHR Art ^ | 5-6-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Charlie Hebdo staffers: There’s “no comparison” between us and the Mohammed cartoon event in Texas

    05/05/2015 3:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via Mediaite, this is a lame answer but not as lame as some commenters in Headlines are treating it, I think. They’re not backing away from the Pam Geller event because they’re afraid of being targeted by jihadis. These guys will be targeted forever, whether or not they continue to blaspheme Islam, and they know it. Jean-Baptiste Thoret, the magazine’s film critic and the man in the glasses here, told an audience a few days ago that the surviving cartoonist who drew the “Je suis Charlie” cover is now a de facto prisoner with constant armed protection even though he’s...
  • 2 Dead in Texas: Shots in competition for Muhammad cartoons

    05/03/2015 6:59:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Bild (Germany) ^ | May 4, 2015
    Garland - shock moment in Texas! In a controversial competition with cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed shots were fired near Dallas. An official in special operations outfit said the visitors towards the end of the event on Sunday evening (local time) at the Curtis Culwell Center in the city of Garland, the shots were fired in front of the building. The venue was cordoned off immediately. As US media reports, two suspects were shot. They had tried the event had to approach with a bomb. In the shootout, therefore also a security guard was injured. Planten the perpetrators may have...
  • Big adobe Illustrator Issues

    04/29/2015 11:50:22 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 26 replies
    MeshugeMikey ^ | April 29, 2015 | MeshugeMikey
    When I do a normal launch of adobe illustrator It freezes. when I do the optional launch....I get no toolbar etc etc. Im stumped and haven't been able to get anywhere on the adobe forums help! Thank you
  • New Illustration: Let There Be Light

    04/28/2015 5:48:30 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    CRASHR Art ^ | 4-28-15 | The Looking Spoon
    A lot of my ideas, like this one, are random thoughts that pop into my mind and then I just go with it and see how it ends up...
  • Getting back into (conservative) illustration

    04/24/2015 5:09:37 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    CRASHR Art ^ | 4-24-15 | The Looking Spoon
    I haven't posted in a while because I started doing projects that are more time intensive. I decided to stop doing graphics/memes for the most part, in favor of going back to my first love, illustration.I still plan to do the occasional graphic like this one I created recently... But I missed drawing and illustrating, and I essentially gave it up to create all of the graphics I've created over the years because I don't have time to do both. Anyway, here are a couple of pieces I was fairly happy with, and I wanted to share them here. :-)...
  • Everyone's Upstairs Neighbors (vanity)

    04/09/2015 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 8, 2015 | Above Average Network
    Ever have an upstairs neighbor that you could NOT figure out what they were doing up there? It's bloody worse than you imagined. :)
  • Needed: picture of Obama in Iranianwings pilot outfit.

    04/02/2015 5:25:36 PM PDT · by inpajamas · 2 replies
    4-3-2015 | Pajamas
    Photoshop okay if original not available.
  • Images of Jerusalem

    03/26/2015 2:00:32 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    photo WikiMedia Commons [gallery]
  • Elegant Black Girls of the 80s Make Graceless Hip-Hop Generation Look Like Complete Slobs

    03/23/2015 9:37:38 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 59 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    No tats/angst/mutant posterior/glorification of stupidity-  and the music was better, too: And note Whitney, Sade, et. al. sporting cross necklaces... what a difference 30 yrs can make for an imploding culture: [gallery/video] ______________________________________________ Frompo   mTV   Wikipedia Commons
  • Taylor Swift Insures Gams for 40M bucks

    03/12/2015 3:05:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 12 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    That's $20M a stem... Much like how Fred Astaire took-out a policy on his legendary dancin' legs for $75K a pop -and national treasure Dolly Parton hedged her ginormous, iconic boobs for $600K (for the set)- contemporary pop star Taylor Swift has now insured her own (Grade-A) legs for a cool $40M. And although her music is not entirely my cup of tea, I've heard worse (plus she's actually a songwriter- I respect that). Alas, they might have guessed a bit light on the legs appraisal- seems to have become her trademark already, and no doubt more than a minor element of...

    03/08/2015 7:18:56 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 69 replies
    me | 3/8/15 | me
    ROUND 7 - THE FINAL - OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 15 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Final Pair! Vote for your favorite! No reply, no vote. A tie will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday.
  • Three years after Trayvon Martin, my students fight injustice with protest art (Look)

    03/04/2015 2:15:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Guardian & Observer's Teacher Network Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Brit in the Bronx
    A teacher describes how the death Trayvon Martin made ger scrap her lesson plan and work on something more relevant with students.Brit in the Bronx teacher created her portrait of Trayvon Martin using red Skittles wrappers and cream and turquoise Arizona drinks labels.Sometimes the people you teach and the events that change their lives can take you to places you weren’t expecting. In 2012, my students had a Hoods Up For Trayvon Martin day in protest against the failure to arrest former neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman for killing the Florida teenager. They came to class with their hoods up, many...

    03/01/2015 6:30:25 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 48 replies
    me | 3/1/15 | me
    ROUND 6 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 8 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Final 4 in just 2 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday.

    02/23/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 51 replies
    me | 2/23/15 | me
    ROUND 5 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Great 8 in just 4 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act
  • THE BOSTON CRUSADERS (historical vanity)

    02/17/2015 12:44:14 PM PST · by knarf · 37 replies ^ | February 17, 2015 | knarf
    This'll mean nothing to anyone except those familiar with the drum corps' of days pastPart of my '62 - '65 heritage

    02/16/2015 5:35:44 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 50 replies
    me | 2/16/15 | me
    ROUND 4 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. Sweet 16 in 8 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act

    02/15/2015 3:21:30 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 44 replies
    me | 2/15/15 | me
    We have a TIE from Round 3 to BREAK! (What is it with 1983? No one seems to be able to separate the songs!) #4 1983 "Down Under” Men at Work versus #1 1983 "Every Breath You Take" Police
  • The Kingsman -- some comments and no spoilers.

    02/13/2015 1:30:35 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 38 replies
    2/13/2015 | Vanity
    This is the movie that has exploding heads -- one very prominent who's name you don't use on the same page with 'exploding'. Oh, and a lot of blood and gore. But ... The Kingsman is really well done. Highly recommended for Freepers. I will warn you though, there is one brief comment and one very brief flash of the female backside that marred an otherwise perfect gem of a movie. Those 3 seconds erased the panache that was built up for the first 4/5ths of the movie.
  • Movie: Ode to My Father (Excellent Korean Film in U.S.)

    02/13/2015 9:25:31 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 20 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 2/13/2015 | Loud Mime
    I saw this movie a couple of days ago and am still reeling from its presentation. It is the story of a family torn apart by the Korean war and how they work from being dirt poor to successful. It is a story of a family losing and finding its loved ones. It has the sweetest scene I have seen in ANY movie, but it's not staged or recorded. It's a real recording from history, which has a tremendous effect on those watching. It really happened. This movie is worth watching