Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Recent Photos Taken of The Property.

Recent photos taken of the property in Magatas, Sibulan.

New Kid on the Block

There's a goat on the property - I guess it belongs to my wife's Papa. The kid in the photo was just born; it's hours old in the photo.

I'm told that goats normally give birth to two kids per pregnancy. The second had not arrived at the time of the photo; that was 24 hours ago. I suppose it's here by know.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Bizarre World of Algernon Charles Swinburne

One of the last short stories in Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant is a story based on an 18 year de Maupassant's encounter with the decadent English poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne.

Prior to reading this story, I was unfamiliar with Swinburne. De Maupassant's description of the poet intrigued me enough to look into Swinburne's life and work. Poetry is my least favorite literary form, and I never read poetry, but I thought that I'd investigate this poet due to the fact that he had impressed de Maupassant.

Reading the wikipedia article on Swinburne changed my mind on any attempt to read his poetry. The article describes Swinburne as a sado-masochist and an alcoholic. De Maupassant's story mentions Swinburne's habit of eating monkey flesh, but the wikipedia article goes on to tell that at one point, Swinburne spread a rumor that he had had sex with monkeys before eating them. Oscar Wilde stated that Swinburne probably didn't indulge in the things he claimed to have indulged in, but his claim is enough to convince me that nothing can be gained by my reading anything Swinburne produced.

Frank Zappa

On this day - December 4 - in 1993, Frank Zappa died at the age of 53 from prostate cancer.

I had been a fan of Zappa's since 1966 when his group, The Mothers of Invention, released their first LP, Freak Out!. During his lifetime, Zappa released 62 albums (with and without the Mothers). I probably owned 40 of those LPs.

 Since his death, the Zappa family has released an additional 43 albums. Fortunately, for Zappa fans, this material is available on Spotify.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quite Possibly the Strangest Video You'll See Today

Back in January, 2012 I came upon the story of a Seattle woman named Babylonia Aivaz, who took it upon herself to marry a building. That's right, she had a ceremony of her marrying a building. It was said she did this to prevent the building from being demolished.

During that time period, when her story was fresh, I came upon a video of her just before the ceremony and uploaded that video to Youtube. I had pretty much forgotten about the video. The video received a few comments four years ago, but since then, the comments have averaged about one a year. I was reminded of this when I received an email letting me know that someone had seen the video and left a new comment.

I'll post the video below, but there is more to the story.

When I received the comment notification, I decided to watch the video again - it's been years since I've seen it. After watching the video, I searched on line to find any updates on the "marriage". I found nothing related to the marriage, but I discovered that Babylonia Aivaz has her own Youtube channel. That's how I found her "HOW TO OPEN YOUR THIRD EYE" video. I'm posting that video below without any introduction, other than to say that this one is stranger than the "marriage" video.