Yearly Archive: 2016
Gary, owner of The Fishman Pet Center in Springfield Illinois, held his annual Monarch Butterfly release last Saturday. Gary was kind enough to share the process and progression of his butterfly project with me over the past several months. I got to witness them as caterpillars. I was lucky I happened to be around the day they started forming into chrysalis. I basically got to watch these little creatures up close and personal and as they flew away to begin their migration for the winter. Monarch butterflies travel between 1,200 and 2,800 miles or more from the United States and Canada to central Mexican forests. In the U.S., Monarchs need places to reproduce and feed. However, herbicide use is decreasing the availability of their primary food source, the milkweed plant. Gary releases them in hopes to help preserve the species from going extinct. As of 2016, the Monarchs are to be listed on the Endangered…
Jan Švankmajer is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his animations and features. Švankmajer was born September 4th, 1934 in Prague from a German Bohemian descent. An early influence on his later artistic development was a puppet theatre he was given for Christmas as a child. He studied at the College of Applied Arts in Prague and later in the Department of Puppetry at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. He then began working for Prague’s Semafor Theatre where he founded the Theatre of Masks. He then moved on to the Laterna Magika multimedia theatre, where he renewed his association with Radok. This theatrical experience is reflected in Švankmajer’s first film The Last Trick, which was released in 1964. Under the influence of theoretician Vratislav Effenberger Švankmajer moved from the mannerism of his early work to classic surrealism, first manifested in his film The…
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Has your male organ been feeling sluggish as of late? Perhaps you need some implanted goat testicles. I’m sure back in the day “Doctor” John R. Brinkley could pencil you in for the procedure. Check out his story below. John Romulus Brinkley (later John Richard Brinkley; July 8, 1885 – May 26, 1942) was a controversial American who fraudulently claimed to be a medical doctor (he had no legitimate medical education and bought his medical degree from a “diploma mill”) who became known as the “goat-gland doctor” after he achieved national fame, international notoriety and great wealth through the xenotransplantation of goat testicles into humans. – Source: Wikipedia Briefing Documentary