Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent Advent

a mashup using El Greco's An Allegory with a Boy Lighting a Candle in the Company of an Ape and a Fool ( Fábula)

"Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad."
from the gospel (Mark)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christ the King

Statue of Cristo Rey in Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
Then he will say to those on his left,
'Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment"
from the gospel (Matthew)

Sunday, November 16, 2008


"Charm is deceptive"
from the first reading (Proverbs)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran

Pilgrims at the Entrance of the Lateran Basilica, Karl Brulloff

"The angel brought me
back to the entrance of the temple,
and I saw water flowing out"
from the first reading (Ezekiel)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

All Souls (and Dia De Los Muertos)

a calavera for Dia De Los Muertos

"Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint."
from the second reading (Romans)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

All Saints

"After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands."
from the first reading (Revelation)

Friday, October 31, 2008

old timey hallow's even

the following vintage Halloween photos via Wired via Flickr.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Waxworker and sculptor Eleanor Crook:

My Heart is a Strange Cabin

Head in the Clouds



Monday, October 27, 2008

Cohen, Again

Marissa Nadler has a great cover, and video accompaniment, for Leonard Cohen's amazing song Famous Blue Raincoat(Original and then Nadler's version):

Marissa Nadler - Famous Blue Raincoat from Greg Eggebeen on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


"You shall not wrong any widow or orphan.
If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,
I will surely hear their cry.
My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword;
then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans."
from the first reading (Exodus)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

perhaps Atlas shouldn't have shrugged

Today Alan Greenspan, the paragon of Objectivism and all things laissez-faire, perhaps sounded the death knell for those very beliefs, when testifying on the senate floor:

Referring to his free-market ideology, Mr. Greenspan added: "I have found a flaw. I don't know how significant or permanent it is. But I have been very distressed by that fact."

Mr. Waxman pressed the former Fed chair to clarify his words. "In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working," Mr. Waxman said.

"Absolutely, precisely," Mr. Greenspan replied. "You know, that's precisely the reason I was shocked, because I have been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Morton Salt Girl: variations on a theme

made in salt by Rakka

Louise White, Jashar Awan

The Morton Salt Girl, Catherine Kim

The Morton Salt Girl is my favorite icon, Clio Brim

Disturbing Elements, Gil Elvgren

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Twenty Nine

"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."
from the Gospel (Matthew)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

28th sunday in ordinary time

"He will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from every face"
from the first reading (Isaiah)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


"whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things."
from the second reading (Philippians)

Sunday, September 28, 2008


A Mixture of Frailties, Susi Macmurry

"Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not;
in your kindness remember me"
from the responsorial Psalm

Sunday, September 21, 2008


The Tree of Egotism, Sergey Poyarkov

"'Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
from the gospel (Matthew)

Monday, September 15, 2008

an animated prada

The fashion house Prada has hired James Lima to create some animated shorts for them, the results are pretty cool. The second one reminds me of the works of Giorgio de Chirico.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


"Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived."
from the first reading (Numbers)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

happy birthday father

(a swiss mini gun via the weaponsblog)

Happy Birthday Dad, this seemed strangely appropriate for your birthday :)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

twenty three

of love and other demons, Basia

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
from the second reading (Romans)

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Pie in the Sky, Renee Decator

"You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped."
from the first reading (Jeremiah)

This, perhaps, is my favorite line in the Bible.
If it's not at the top, it is definitely in the top 3.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Rebekah Del Rio sings Llorando live in LA:

Sunday, August 24, 2008


"And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
from the Gospel (Matthew)

Sunday, August 17, 2008


The Ceiling of St. Ignatius, Andrea Pozzo

"He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour."
from the gospel (Matthew)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Assumption of Mary, Queen of Heaven

"The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold."
from the responsorial psalm

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - God is a whisper

Elijah in the Wilderness, Lord Frederick Leighton

"A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave."
from the first reading (1 Kings)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

synaesthesia & you

Researchers at Caltech have devised a simple test for synesthesia. Watch the following video, and if you can hear sound when the dots are moving you are a synaesthesiac, at least to some degree.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

an 18th - neither death nor life

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
from the second reading (Romans)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

a case of the mean reds....

I love Breakfast at Tiffany's, and I love Audrey Hepburn, which makes the following wire sculpture by Reynaldo Molina extra cool to me.

here are a few more from him that I particularly enjoyed.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday 17 ordinary

Grill, Bill Owens

"This is how it will be at the end of time:
the angels will appear and separate
the wicked from the just to throw them
into the blazing furnace where there will be
weeping and grinding of teeth."
from the gospel (Matthew)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cohen, merci beaucoup

I've been enjoying the early works of Leonard Cohen, sadly he never really recovered from the eighties. Along the way I encountered a very interesting woman, Françoise Hardy, who did a little of everything, including singing a great version of Cohen's Suzanne in French.

The Original

Françoise Hardy's Version

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

"All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world."
from the gospel (Matthew)

Sunday, July 13, 2008


An Exercise in Futility, Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir (Photos Here)

"For creation was made subject to futility."
from the second reading (Romans)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

a last supper

Last week Peter Greenaway got permission to, for one time only, stage a light production he had been working on onto Da Vinci's original Last Supper. The result was something that was really amazing. The only people in attendance were a few art critics and some Dominican monks from the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Greenaway hopes to be able to get permission from the Vatican to do something similar to Michelangelo's Last Judgement inside the Sistine Chapel.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


"for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones."
from the gospel (Matthew)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

in the mood for...

To celebrate the birth of the nation I watched Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights, his first in English. I am a bit biased, he's one of my favorites, but I thought it was great. Often a foriegn director falters when trying to make something in English. I suppose the reason boils down to catering to another audience, taking out the essessance of a director's style in trying to make the film palatable to Americans.

This film didn't try to cater, and it was quintessential Wong Kar Wai. Which is sadly why it got so bashed by reviewers. I read many reviews where people were mad because the movie was too beautiful. Wait, what? How can something be too beautiful? How is that a bad thing? Reading other reviews only made me madder, so I stopped.

I thought it was a perfect movie for the 4th, it showed a vast swathe of the mid-west in a light I wasn't use to, it was brilliantly beautiful.

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