Sunday, February 28, 2016


Top 10 Astronomical Discoveries Of All Time – Here are astronomy’s top achievements, according to Discovery Channel, with the recent airing of a show entitled Telescope.
1.       Skies change and planets move.
2.       Earth isn’t at the center of the universe.
3.       Everything is influenced by gravity.
4.       Planets exist beyond Saturn.
5.       There’s a cosmic speed to light.
6.       Traces of the big bang can still be detected.
7.       The universe is expanding/ accelerating.
8.       Most matter consists of dark matter/ energy.
9.       Water exists on other worlds.
10.   New telescopes will make new discoveries.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


DE YOUNG - These pics--taken at the de Young Museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park--represent some of the art seen on my gallery walk in February 2016. Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016


BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN SHORT STORY REVIEW - The novella that became an award winning film, by a literary vanguard, was originally published in The New Yorker in 1997. It was later included in her collection entitled Close Range: Wyoming Stories in 1999. Annie Proulx has won just about every major writing prize, her story became an Oscar winning film and also strangely enough, an opera. Brokeback Mountain captured the imagination of readers and film viewers alike. Fan fiction (and even more risqué fare) abound on the interwebs. I think the reason is Proulx employs narrative distance allowing readers to insert themselves onto the page. Two men unite amidst idyllic mountain beauty, Brokeback Mountain itself, becomes a symbol of their love. Their isolation against the rustic Wyoming backdrop pushes them closer together and the attraction is compelling. But, it’s not a story with a happy ending. Proulx has herself said she wishes she’d never written the story. I look at it another way, she should be flattered. She’s created something so powerful that readers can’t help but to inject themselves into the world of Brokeback Mountain.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


METROPOLIS - The revolutionary silent film, released in the Weimar era of 1927, represents a beautiful Utopian world above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. Directed by Fritz Lang, the film is highly regarded as a pioneer of the genre. Its influence has left an indelible mark on popular culture-- Madonna, Queen, Haddaway, Janelle Monáe, Lady Gaga--that continues to this day and on into the future. A bleak future, such as the one depicted in Metropolis? Only time will tell.