Monday, June 30, 2014

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No more of this namby-pamby attitude...it's time to get tough!..

And what better way to get in the right frame of mind than this series of inflammatory essays by renowned artist Jenny Holzer

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Panzer: Pzkpfw I, Ausf A
From the very early days of the Panzerwaffe, ca. mid-1930s.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

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American painter George Ault 1891- 1948  liked the poetry of "nightscapes"

More of his work here , together with some from his better known contemporaries: Andrew Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 9 "FAMO"
Not really a panzer since it was neither armed nor  armoured, but I couldn't resist this photo of both the Fuehrer and the Reichsmarchall, examining the impressive bulk of the vehicle.
The photo must have been taken pre-WWII since Goering is wearing only his Word War One awards.
The Sdkfz 9 seems to have been painted in one of the camouflage schemes sometimes used on Wehrmacht vehicles in the years leading up to WWII.
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Monday, June 16, 2014

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No fancy graphic software and 9000+ font package for the mimeo revolution...

Yeah, yeah... I know you squares don't dig reading about MY miserable life, so why dontcha dig deep into the excellent blog Mimeo Mimeo instead?.. it's about "Mimeos", yes MIMEOS, the lo-fi self-published underground poetry and art magazines of the sixties (and later) Thurston Moore reads this blog! (I think)

And don't miss: Heroin Haikus by William Wantling

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Panzer: Sdkfz 221 Leichter Panzerspähwagen (M.G.)
Very likely, this well kept specimen was photographed at a parade for senior Wehrmacht officers before the outbreak of WWII (some of them visible in the background) The various hatches have been opened for display of the engine and interiors. The MG 34 carried in the turret has also been arranged in "anti-aircraft" mode, displaying the vehicle's ability to defend itself against enemy airplanes. Normally the weapon would be arranged in a forward firing position for use against ground targets.
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Monday, June 09, 2014

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R.I.P Rik Mayall (1958- 2014)

A sure sign of old age is when your heroes start dying...Moebius, Lou Reed and now, the funniest man in the known universe: Rik Mayall...

His hilarious portrayals of egocentric, untalented, spoiled and phony characters, who usually got what they deserved with a kick in the groin or a whack on the head with a saucepan, had special meaning to my generation I think.

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Beautiful...those brooding grays, dirty whites and disparaging browns found in the later work of French painter Maurice de Vlaminck ( 1876- 1958)

Soothing for my soul....since my hay fever is peaking due to abnormally high concentrations of pollen in the air (the 1999 record was broken today),  which means I can only leave my apartment for short trips to the supermarket if I want to avoid nasal diarrhea and the joys of douching my upper body with snot.

A good thing I'm not the complaining type.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/3, Ausf C
Equipped with long-range radio, this was often the ride of senior commanders at Division level or above. The large white "K" was the marking of Panzergruppe 1, commanded by Ewald von Kleist. The triangular symbol placed on the left rear door of the 251 places it with the HQ of a Division, the symbol next to the large "K" tells us it served with a radio unit.

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Monday, June 02, 2014

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Job hunting is I...and as I sit here writing applications for positions I sincerely hope to get, I can't help noticing that I am also enjoying the freedom I have at the moment...NOT having to get up in the morning, NOT having to answer to students, colleagues, bosses.

Eventually I will have to do what we all do: sign away that freedom in exchange for money, money which will immediately be handed over to other people in exchange for food, lodging, train fare etc...most of that, things I can't live without...things I need in order to stay alive.

And the reason I need to stay alive?...so I can go to work, make money, money which will immediately be handed over to other people in exchange for...

Yes, I know...that's just the way things are, and you can't really change that,

right?..

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Panzer: Sturmpanzer IV, Ausf J
Rare as the StuPa was, here we have two together in the same photo, most likely photographed at a behind-the-front repair shop in the East, early 1945.
These are from the final (fourth) production run, with redesigned machine gun mount and steel rimmed road wheels, replacing the standard rubber rimmed wheels which wore out too quickly under the massive weight of the thickly armoured fighting compartment and the 150 mm howitzer that made up the main armament.
Sturmpanzer IV's served in independent Sturmpanzer Abteilungen , attacking enemy bunkers, fortifications and other strongholds that were resistant to standard artillery, infantry, or armoured attack.
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