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Sonnet 1: From Fairest Creatures we Desire Increase by Shakespeare

I can’t abide Shakespeare. His Olde English is too old and it gets in the way of his message and the rhythm of his lines. We expect good poetry to flow like water from a faucet, instead, Shakespeare too often … Continue reading

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Some Photoshop Filters

These were all produced on auto settings. Most can be manipulated endlessly by setting manually. Update: I am selling a 24X36 unframed poster of these images. From my Disturbing Images page . . .

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Gumps on Post in San Francisco

Gumps was a store that helped make San Francisco magical. It started in 1861 after the Gold Rush flooded San Francisco with wealth. Treasures from the Orient poured in. Yes, the Orient. It was part gift shop, part museum, and … Continue reading

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I Know it When I See It

“But to live outside the law, you must be honest.” Bob Dylan United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart struggled in 1964 to define pornography in the landmark case of Jacobellis v. Ohio. In his concurring opinion, Stewart wrote, essentially, … Continue reading

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An Amazing Development With Photoshop

Amazing development with PhotoshopCC. Adobe is introducing a number of so called neural filters which in this case colorizes black and white photographs. Amazing. I think some of the processing is done in the cloud,, however, you do have to … Continue reading

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An Evil Spirit, Your Beauty, Haunts Me Still, by Michael Drayton

Drayton’s work wears well the dust of centuries. An Evil Spirit, Your Beauty, Haunts Me Still by Michael Drayton (1563–1631) An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still, Wherewith, alas, I have been long possess’d, Which ceaseth not to tempt … Continue reading

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I Hoed and Trenched and Weeded by A.E. Housman

No one has ever written better about depression, futility, and ending it all than A.E. Housman. (internal link) All of us question the Meaning of Life at times and wonder whether it is worth going on. Housman’s heartbroken or doomed … Continue reading

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Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX) by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love doesn’t do much good. And it isn’t worth much. Still, tonight, I’m not selling. Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX) Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a … Continue reading

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“John Kinsella’s Lament for Mrs Mary Moore” by W.B. Yeats

The best Irish poetry is always longing. Often melancholy. Yeats is most famous for “When You are Old,” a Thomas Kinkade painting put into words. When You are Old When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding … Continue reading

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Drywall and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus

We’ve all seen photos of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. Sandro Botticelli, circa mid -480s. What we don’t see is scale. I was remarking to a former art instructor how very different Van Gogh’s paintings look like in person compared … Continue reading

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