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Painted In Blood & Irony

Posted in Art, Society on October 3rd, 2015

During the morning of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 a street artist, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, in Oakland, CA was gunned down and killed while working on a community art project, the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project which is a project sponsored by Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection.

Straight Outta Oakland
Straight Outta Oakland – Painted In Blood & Irony

Yes, this is sad. Indeed, it approaches the level of tragedy. It should, however, have been an expected outcome. It’s not rational to believe that one can to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities in the ghettos and barrios. Crime and depravity are too entrenched for such efforts to work at any meaningful level and too many of the population of those zones will actively work against such efforts.

At best, such civic minded entertainments should await comprehensive law enforcement purges of the ghettos and barrios before being attempted. Otherwise, the street art ends up, as in Mr. Ramos’ sad case, painted in blood and irony.

Related Reading:

Black Jack: A nail biting, hair-raising thriller (Jack Ryder Book 4)
Hispanic Nation: Culture, Politics, and the Constructing of Identity
The Street Art Sketchbook
Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great--and Why We Need Them More Than Ever
America: A Narrative History (Brief Ninth Edition)  (Vol. 1)

Lacustrine Mermaids

Posted in Art on May 7th, 2015
Lacustrine Mermaids

Most associate mermaids with the marine environment. It seems, however, that Gestiefeltekatze enjoys the beauty of mermaids who prefer to inhabit more lacustrine habitats.

As this blog is called Reflections From A Murky Pond, I’m 100% in favor of more freshwater mermaids, especially ones who love lakes and ponds. 😉

Related Reading:

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle)
Mermaids: Coloring Book for Adults & Kids (Mermaid Coloring Book Series) (Volume 1)
Three Little Mermaids (Paula Wiseman Books)
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

The Zombie Apocalypse

Posted in Art, Humor, Society on February 1st, 2015

I think we actually be nearing the Zombie Apocalypse. No, I’m not expecting the streets to soon fill with the hungry undead – DNC functions excepted 😛 – any time soon or, likely, ever. I’m talking about the apocalypse of the zombie meme itself.

Girls In Their Undies vs. Zombies

I’m pretty sure that the existence and popularity of cartoonist massgrfx’s Girls In Their Undies vs. Zombies indicates that the Zombie Apocalypse meme is rotting away from the inside and that its end – Not with a bang but a groan – is fast approaching.

I mean, C’mon! There’s now the pop-culture term, “ZILFs” (Zombies I’d Like to Fuck) and iZombie exec producer Rob Thomas is comfortable taking full advantage of it.  Hence, while predicting the eschaton of a meme is inherently inaccurate, I think this one is done or nearly so.

Related Reading:

Society: The Basics (13th Edition)
SPIDER-MAN: The Biggest Book of Spider-Man Memes and Funny Pictures!
Twice Dead (The Zombie Crisis-Book 1)
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life