Thursday, June 04, 2009

Oh no -- the streams and rivers are at full runoff, with local flood alerts, and they're talking drought because May was so dry towards the end.

Sitemeter Sez: Marion, Pennsylvania; Florence, Kentucky; Oakland, California; Arlington, Virginia; Stafford, Virginia; Alkmaar, Holland (nice little place in the tulip country); New York City, New York, Barcelona, Spain; Waroona, Australia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Houston, Texas; The islands of Trinidad & Tobago, and Liege, Belgium.

NEW Mime Troupe History at: Theater X-Net

Starring: Ida Rubinstein Belle Epoch Russian/Parisian beauty.
Ida's Places in Paris -- from my first jet-lagged day by the Seine.
Read more about Ida in Sisters of Salome by Toni Bentley

Visit: Michael's Montana Web Archive
Theater, Art, Flash Gordon, Funky Music and MORE!
MORE UPDATES! Outre Space Cinema -- Featuring: 1930's Rocketry, Spitfires of the Spaceways and especially Cellulose to Celluloid, Even more Flash Gordon comparisons from the Saturday Matinees and Sunday Comics.

Many thanks to Jim Keefe (Visit his Website) -- the LAST Flash Gordon illustrator of the 20th Century, and Flash's FIRST illustrator of the 21st, for including my efforts on his Flash Gordon Resources Page -- along with actual creators like Alex Raymond, Al Williamson, and others!

Charity Alert: Play the FreeRice Game -- improve your vocabulary, and donate food to the United Nations. Check into Terra Sigilata blog -- donate $$$ to cancer patients just by clicking onto the site. Keep that Resolution to click on The Hunger Site every day. BTW -- is a bit simpler than FreeRice Game.

In The Community: Everything upstairs is making way for the Plein-Aire paint-off now that June has begun -- the new work will go up starting Saturday, fresh off the artists' brushes. Dan Fagre's show is on the first level -- about the vanishing glaciers of Glacier National Park, it is a true labor of love by scientists from the USGS. Here's another website comparing glacier photos from the early 20th Century and recent decades.
The Hockaday Museum of Art's Face Book Site

Last week, I ran sound for Carol Buchanan's public discussion of her historical novel God's Thunderbolt -- The Vigilantes of Montana at the community college. Here's the link to a live-blog of the event.

Time Passages: The great Blues singer Koko Taylor passed away at the age of 80.
Montana Public radio devoted the whole evening to her music. As I said on Daily Kos: "The folks in the white-bread towns of NW Montana and the Native American reservations in between all love the Blues, and Ms. Taylor's being honored in her passing."

Media Watch: Some damn Bollywood flick with popular leading man Saif Ali Khan and ace comic actor Johnny Lever. I'm not even going to look up the title because it was so ridiculous. What little plot it had was concerned with mean fathers-in-law and a fake kidnapping. It was supposed to be a comedy, but was tedious to a fault instead. A lot of talent and money gone to waste. IMHO
Even the best players can strike out -- changing the subject, pitcher Randy Johnson just won his 300th game. I saw him play live in Seattle almost twenty years ago. He is six and a half feet tall, and throws really hard. Only about two dozen pitchers have won so many games in the last hundred and fifty years of Baseball history.
I've seen another one of that small circle play in front of me -- Nolan Ryan, but thanks to TV, I've also seen Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Don Sutton, the classy Phil Niekro, the cheating Gaylord Perry, and the whiney Roger Clemens. I was listening to the radio broadcast when Perry won his 300th around 1982 -- after that victory, American League umpires started throwing him out of the game at the first sign of his beloved, but illegal spitball, and he ended his career in the National League.

U.S. President Barack Obama visiting the Gizeh Plateau, across the Nile from Cairo University, Egypt, where he delivered a measured and moving speech earlier today. The Great Sphinx rises over him -- a possible image of definite pyramid-builder King Chephren from approximately 4000 years ago. Never forget that Humanity itself and Western Civilization arose out of Africa. It is good to acknowledge those facts, and give something back when we are able.