Illustrator. Photographer. Random thinker. Um rato de praia.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Albert Einstein, the German-born American physicist who developed the theories of relativity and mass-energy equivalence (E = mc2), is invited by the U.S. Navy to visit the USS Yorktown as it sails the Pacific Ocean. Einstein rides his bicycle on the deck of the carrier as the Japanese attack. Smoke pours from the Yorktown's stacks after being hit in the boilers by Japanese dive bombers at the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942.
Einstein is quoted as saying: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." Especially when the Japanese are attacking.
The Bureau of Atomic Tourism was created in 1945 for the promotion of nuclear warfare development. In order to get support from the American public for what would become a devastating, destructive weapon, the bureau organized tours to bring spectators from the general population as close as possible to the testing site.
Trinity Site, located on the northern end of the 3,200-square-mile White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, was where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The 19-kiloton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age.
Attending the first (and only) nuclear test open to the public was the Anderson family from the Midwest, shown in this photo.
“The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous, and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before. The lighting effects were beyond description. The whole countryside was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun.”
— Jim Anderson’s eyewitness account of the Trinity Test.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Did I mention that Salvador Dalí is my all-time favorite artist? Take me somewhere nice, Mogwai.
Dalí selling chocolates, antacids and wine …
A Dalí/Disney collaboration from the '40s.
Poster and display promoting a Dalí exhibit in Copenhagen, September, 1999.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
New Order, one of my favorite bands of the 80s and 90s, announced their breakup, May 9, 2007. Saw them twice in Miami, first time in 1985 and then with 5-month-pregnant wife in 1989. Hooky's bass lines really kept the fetus active that night. A few months later, newborn daughter responded when I played the Substance CD. Here's New Order in their prime, with "The Perfect Kiss."
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Mono is an amazing band from Japan.
Mono's style sticks to the formula used by other post-rock bands such as Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. This method involes a fairly long crescendo which builds up to a powerful climax in the middle, which in turn is followed by more subdued melodies that finish off the song. Though this style is employed by many post-rock bands, Mono's sound is considered by many to be unique. Their sound is dramatic and melancholy. Mono is known for their powerful live performances. Part of their power in concert comes from their intense physical involvement in the music. It should also be noted that their shows are extremey loud, even to well-seasoned show goers.
See my front-row photos from the show while you check out MONO on Myspace. Listen to Mono while watching the slideshow. Enjoy!
World's End Girlfriend was the opening act.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Took the passenger ferry from Copenhagen to Malmö, Sweden for the day.
Malmö is called the city of parks, but I'd rather call it the city of sculptures. There are lots of great artworks scattered around the city waiting to be appreciated.
The Kooks. Too much is not enough.
Amusing marching band statues in Malmö.
Hmmm … Interesting statue in Malmö. Look closely at what it is carrying.
Outside. Not inside.
Six-foot tall sunflowers.
Gun control, Swedish-style.
If you think the cranes in the background are big, you should have seen the one used to build the big white structure in the middle. (Those are 7-story buildings on the left.)
I guess Dolly Parton was performing at klubb Kinky in Malmö!
Friday, May 04, 2007
Christiania is Copenhagen's "free town," where approximately 1,000 squatters, hippies, and self-proclaimed deadbeats live in the old abandoned Christianshavn army barracks they occupied in 1971, declaring themselves independent of the Danish state around them.
The community is known for its bikes and until 2004, for its open-air drug market known as Pusher Street.
Here's the full-length classic 1991 film about the history and life of the Freetown Christiania in the heart of Copenhagen during its first 20 years.
But Christiania may not have long to live.
Military barracks at Christiania.
Mural on a building near the entrance to Christiania.
Respect Christiania's love.
Poster advertising the Politiken newspaper, Denmark.
Poster for latest CD from Danish Singer Caecilie Norby.
Danger is a haunted lollipop. That's what I always thought!
Information is good.
The Little Mermaid statue was a present from brewer Carl Jacobsen (The Carlsberg Breweries) to the city of Copenhagen, and was made by sculptor Edvard Erichsen. The Little Mermaid was unveiled at Langelinje in 1913, as part of a general trend in Copenhagen in those days, requiring classical and historic figures to be used as decorations in the city's parks and public areas.
Copenhagen's Little Mermaid symbolizes the fairy tale by Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen, the story of a mermaid who fell in love with a prince from land, and often came up to the edge of the water to look for her love. The sculpture pictures her as she sits and looks out over the water, after never actually having married the prince, and reminiscing over her lost childhood in the sea, as a mermaid.
Nyhavn, the recreational center of Copenhagen, is part of the original Copenhagen Harbor all the way back to the founding of Haven, as Copenhagen was then called, in the 12th century.
Ship's figurehead on balcony of apartment building in Nyhavn.