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LAST UPDATE January 26, 2023

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MEDIA MECHANICS

"Stray Voltage" or establishing a lightning rod for attention

Story at CBS News [April 16, 2014 ]

...the White House theory of "Stray Voltage." It is the brainchild of former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, whose methods loom large long after his departure. The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness. This happens, Plouffe theorizes, even when--and sometimes especially when--the White House appears defensive, besieged, or off-guard...

"Controversy" as a boost of attention in an industry that particularly thrives on it seems hardly novel. But as a mask to draw attention off other events, or to particularly cause focus onto something previously ignored, plays into the concept of a manipulative media (and thru that conduit, manipulation of its audience) but all the while simultaneously being manipulated by organized forces of manipulators "higher up the food chain."

Let no one say: "This reader does not submit to propaganda; first he has such and such ideas and opinions, and then he buys the paper that corresponds to them." Such an argument is simplistic, removed from reality, and based on liberal idealism. In reality, propaganda is at work here, for what is involved is a progression from vague, diffuse opinion on the part of the reader to rigorous, exciting, active expression of that opinion. A feeling or an impression is transformed into a motive for action. Confused thoughts are crystallized. Myths and the reader's conditioned reflexes are reinforced if he reads that paper. All this is characteristic of propaganda. The reader is really subject to propaganda, even though it be propaganda of his choice. Why always fall into the error of seeing in propaganda nothing but a device to change opinions? Propaganda is also a means of reinforcing opinions, of transforming them into action. The reader himself offers his throat to the knife of the propaganda he chooses." - Page 104, Propaganda, The Formation of Men's Attitudes By Jacques Ellul, Paperback edition, 1965 Alfred Knopf.


The Chatter of Birds in my Oak TreeVideo January 26, 2023


Philatelics

First day of issue Edgar Allan Poe Stamp - Richmond Virginia Jan 16 2009

Issued 2009-01-16


Candy in the checkout lane of the Food Lion Jan 25 2023Candy in the checkout lane of the Food Lion, Jan 25, 2023
HEALTH

Ongoing study finds mutations derived from UV light also responsible for damage to DNA and mitochondria

Article [in Greek, use Google translate for English] details how researchers found mutations suggestive of melanoma from use of beauty parlor UV light bulbs. The bulbs used for some types of manicures also resulted in mutations in human cells that may increase the risk of skin cancer – original article in Greek at in.gr


REFRIGERATOR HEAVEN

The Big Freeze

January 12, 1967 – American psychology professor James Bedford was the first person to be cryogenically frozen. He was aged 73 at the time and suffering from kidney cancer which had metastasized into his lungs. His body was stored in several places using liquid nitrogen for the most part, and is currently at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Story about this at Ethnos [Greek]


ART

The world frozen? Or the world in past, present and future, simultaneously?

Rectangles in frames

Painting is there all at once. When I read a book, listen to music, or go to a movie, I experience these works over time. A novel, a symphony, a film are meaningful only as a sequence of words, notes, and frames. Hours may pass but a painting will not gain or lose any part of itself. It has no beginning, no middle, and no end. I love painting because in its immutable stillness it seems to exist outside time in a way no other art can. The longer I live the more I would like to put the world in suspension and grip the present before it's eaten by the next second and becomes the past. A painting creates an illusion of an eternal present, a place where my eyes can rest as if the clock has magically stopped ticking.

The history of painting is, by and large, the story of a thing as flat as a tabletop. In representational works, this means that a thing or figure one recognizes from our world – a world that includes fictional beings, monsters and fairies – has been translated into a visual sign that is two-dimensional rather than three.

Hustvedt's words could also apply to photography or other fixed single image forms, but (as she examines in her book) painting best matches what she defines as the relationship of the viewer to the meaning of what is in the painting and in particular the relationship of time to the viewer.

The chapter on Goya is particularly good, Hustved observes the small changes (and big ones) that Goya made between original preliminary conceptions of his series The Carpichos and how the final state in the etchings differ. She also offers her analysis of something that has puzzled Goya scholars for hundreds of years: what is the actual demarcation within the Caprichos set between its "two worlds," one apparently a reality and another a dreamlike state where phantasy and distortion takes on a prominence that is both subtle and "in your face."

The inevitable Amazon link to the book Mysteries of the Rectangle, Essays on Painting, by Siri Hustvedt.


Philatelics

Vostitsa The Secret Meeting 1821 Stamp 4 Drachmas Greece

Issued 1975-03-24


Public Domain / Copyright

Some of the works that have fallen into Public Domain in 2023:

Metropolis - the 1927 Sci-fi film that created the visual template for futuristic cities and especially robots that's been heavily borrowed from ever since. Directed by Fritz Lang.

Sherlock Holmes - The last of the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes books "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" came out in 1927, so all the original Homes stories are now Public Domain.

The Al Jolson film The Jazz Singer, the "first talkie," came out in 1927.

Virginia Woolf's book To The Lighthouse is now in public domain.

Walt Disney's Oswald the Rabbit, a precursor to Mickey Mouse, appeared in 1927's Trolley Troubles. Oswald dropping into public domain means Mickey himself is one year closer to also dropping into public domain (unless the US Congress rescues the Disney Corp. again, as happened in 1976 legislation which extended Disney copyrights which were in danger of lapsing. Such an event seems highly unlikely in 2024.)

The first Hardy Boys mystery novel The Tower Treasure, has slid into public domain.

“The Best Things in Life Are Free” song by George Gard De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson is now public domain.


Public Domain / Copyright

The creative works sliding into public domain 2023

Classic songs, stories and Sherlock Holmes go into Public DomainPBS

"Shady legal shenanigans mean it’s a little overdue"UK Guardian

Sherlock Holmes now public domainABC News

Public domain source list: Graphicchatter

Being careful of copyright infringement


Public Domain Nolo Law Book

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Philatelics

"Mind-blowing UAE coins and stamp collection" – Khaleej Times

American Philatelic Society


Public Domain / Copyright

Why are famous characters getting horror movie versions?

2022 was a big year. Major IPs fell into public domain on January 1, 2022. The big ones include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Dorothy Parker’s Enough Rope, and A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Silent films starring the likes of Buster Keaton and Greta Garbo joined them alongside over 400,000 sound recordings...

Story at Yahoo News


Highway 495 smeared lights
Medical Health

What neuroscientists learned from mice on rejuvenating an aging brain

Story at Protothema

According to Wyss-Coray, quoted in Stanford University’s School of Medicine newsletter, Scope, “when we treated old mice with repeated intravenous infusions of young plasma (the liquid fraction of blood), these mice became smarter, performing more like young mice on multiple cognitive tests. Conversely, young mice exposed to aged blood or treated with aged plasma experienced accelerated aging of the brain and a loss of cognitive function.”

Mouse Brain


ARTISTS

$1000 artist contest for book covers in Ann Arbor - contest for Michigan artists – Click on Detroit


ART

Rice fields in JAPAN turned into large scale rendition of the Mona Lisa

Story at Skai [Original in Greek, read in English translation]


POP CULTURE

The artifice of celebrity intimacy

The classic legend of the paparazzi has changed considerably: celebrities need them, book photo dates with them, take them along on their photogenic vacations for "spontaneously" staged images.

From Greek newspaper in.gr [Greek] and in translation to English via Google


Public Domain / Copyright

Public Domain derived works and being careful of copyright infringement

How does copyright end and where are the dangers in using a public domain property?

Go to being careful of copyright infringement


ART
Discovery of a 16th century book with text in ancient Greek with illustration by Albrecht Durer – news item at Greek language online new Naftemporiki

The 16.5 x 6 cm painting depicts two cherubs above imaginary sea creatures. The tongues of these beings intertwine to form an elaborate coat of arms; the coat of arms of the famous academic from Nuremberg - and acquaintance of Albrecht Dürer - Willibald Pirckheimer.


Public Domain / Copyright

Mickey Mouse copyright approaching the end: "Disney could lose the exclusive rights to Mickey Mouse within two years"UK Daily Mail

When he first appeared in 1928, Disney's copyright was protected for 56 years but as the beloved cartoon character approached the end of its copyright, Disney successfully lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1976 which extended protections to 75 years. And then in 1998, Disney lobbied for a further extension, giving it protection for 95 years.

It is unclear whether the entertainment giant plans to make another move before 2023 to prevent Mickey from being moved into the public domain. DailyMail.com has reached out for comment.


ART STUNTS

Man attacks painting of Mona Lisa with a cake

Story at Chicago Tribune

"...Videos posted on social media showed a young man in a wig and lipstick who had arrived in a wheelchair. The man, whose identity was unknown, was also seen throwing roses in the museum gallery to slack-jawed guests. The cake attack left a conspicuous white creamy smear on the glass but the famous work by Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t damaged."


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