Four different R. Crumb shoes are due to hit store shelves on Oct. 1; two in the Vans Classics collections—including the Mr. Natural deconstructed SK8-Hi pictured above ($60) and a classic slip-on featuring Fritz the Cat ($52)—will be available through regular Vans vendors.
Two additional higher-end styles (using suede and leather) will be sold through Vans Vault accounts; a “Modern America” Chukka boot ($95) and a “Keep on Truckin’ ” Authentic ($90).
Via The LA Times
It’s eight months into Obama’s administration, and not only is Guantanamo still open (and amid new revelations about doctors being used to facilitate torture procedures), but Obama is now attempting to open a new one in Afghanistan.
The Intelligence Daily reports:
On Monday, a day after the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration was planning to introduce tribunals for prisoners held at the US prison at Bagram airbase, Afghanistan, the reason for the specifically-timed leaks that led to the publication of the stories became clear.
The government was hoping that offering tribunals to evaluate the prisoners?
Fascinating. This place reminds me a lot of Paradise Gardens, where outsider artist Reverend Howard Finster lived.
From the Presurfer blog:
The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Sapanta in Romania. It’s famous for its colourful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.
The unusual feature of this cemetery is that it diverges from the prevalent belief that views death as something indelibly solemn. Connections with the local Dacian culture have been made, a culture whose philosophical tenets presumably vouched for the immortality of the soul and the belief that death was a moment filled with joy and anticipation for a better life.
I think I’ll open a Los Angeles chapter of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.
From the Telegraph:
It’s a question that all animal-loving Christian evangelicals must address: who will look after their pets on Earth when the Rapture comes and they are taken up to heaven?
Now a group of atheists in the US have come up with a tongue-in-cheek solution, offering to take in the cats and dogs of “saved” believers in return for a small fee.
All the atheists signed up by Eternal Earth-Bound Pets are self-confessed sinners and blasphemers, guaranteeing they will be left behind when the chosen are selected.
The business idea is an irreverent attempt to cash in on the belief ?
Brilliant. He gets their wide-eyed vacuousness down pat. This is the work of Daveo Mathias, the fellow with the crew cut.
Via Tina Dupuy at FishBowl LA who writes “NSFW, depending on where you work. Like the Celebrity Centre…”
Susan Tyrrell is one of the great scene stealers of American cinema. It doesn’t matter who she’s (supposedly) sharing the screen with, all eyes will be on Tyrrell. Susan Tyrrell possesses a unique charisma, let’s just say, and if I had to pick my favorite actress, I might have to say it’s her (maybe tied with Ruth Gordon). She’s great in Andy Warhol’s Bad, Big Top Pee-wee and Crybaby. Her role as Oma the sad barfly in John Huston’s Fat City saw her nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and who could forget her as tough as nails lesbian, Solly Mosler, the den-mother to a group of transvestite prostitutes in the Angel movies? No one plays a tough, psychotic bitch better than Tyrell and I mean no one.
But if you want to see Susan Tyrrell really cut loose and at her most, well, Susan Tyrrellish, you have to see her in her greatest role, as jealous Queen Mona in Richard Elfman’s cult classic, Forbidden Zone. Here she is in her berserk performance of “Witches Egg,” a song she also wrote (I always put this on mixed CDs):
Sadly due to a rare blood clotting disease,Tyrrell had to have both of her legs amputated. She’s still acting, playing a fortune teller in Bob Dylan and Larry Charles’ surreal Armed and Dangerous and producing amusing primitivist paintings which you can see on her official website.
My So-Called Rotten Life by Paul Cullum
The dog “standing in the corner” in the Charlie Brown sweater is our beloved little Chihuahua/Dachshund mutt, Paul aka “Jude Law” (don’t ask). Isn’t he cute? I took this picture about five years ago. He had done something “bad”—peed on the floor—and I made him stand in the corner. And stay there. He’d make to move away—“GET BACK”—and back he’d go. And so he stayed. For a long time. I was cooking and I just let him stay there. He kept his back straight and his nose right in the corner. Later, Tara came home and asked “WHAT is going on here?” and we had a rather good laugh about this. It was such an absurd thing.
The following day we saw him run into the kitchen, approach the corner, straighten his back and press his nose to the spot where he’d been punished the day before. We were in hysterics. It was this totally weird-sad-funny-pathetic canine thing: He was —or so it seemed to us—trying to simultaneously please us and yet still do his penance at the same time. That’s when the above picture was taken.
Not to just bore you with a story about our dog, there is a point. He obviously knew he’d done something wrong (he peed on the floor again) but he also thought—in a cause and effect kinda way—that we expected him to stand in the corner because he had done something wrong. That’s a fairly complicated thought for a two year old child, let alone a pooch, I think you’ll agree. Dig the doggie logic: he was punishing himself.
All pet owners have funny stories they can tell. Every dog and every cat, once you know them, can be seen to have a unique and quirky personality. I’m always saying “I wish I could be inside his head for one hour and know what he’s thinking” which is Tara’s cue to answer back “Circles. Squares. Triangles. Food. Mommy. Love. Circles. Squares. Triangles…”
I’m a sucker for anything that purports to explain canine and feline behavior to me. One cutting edge theory is that dogs are four-legged con artists who’ve connived their way into our homes and beds with their big innocent, brown eyes and wagging tails. Ditto for cats. but they’re more honest (apparently!).
If, like me, you enjoy pondering your dog’s IQ, you’ll probably like this article, The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind by Carl Zimmer:
We’ve all seen guilty dogs slinking away with lowered tails, for example. Horowitz wondered if they behave this way because they truly recognize they’ve done something wrong, so she devised an experiment. First she observed how dogs behaved when they did something they weren’t supposed to do and were scolded by their owners. Then she tricked the owners into believing the dogs had misbehaved when they hadn’t. When the humans scolded the dogs, the dogs were just as likely to look guilty, even though they were innocent of any misbehavior. What’s at play here, she concluded, is not some inner sense of right and wrong but a learned ability to act submissive when an owner gets angry. “It’s a white-flag response,” Horowitz says.
While this kind of manipulation may be unsettling to us, it reveals how carefully dogs pay attention to humans and learn from what they observe. That same attentiveness also gives dogs—or at least certain dogs—a skill with words that seems eerily human.