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2016 Portfolio

I’ve been teaching watercolor but didn’t have any watercolor paintings in my portfolio though I’ve been working with watercolor since early in the year. I’ve also re-discovered computer art after going to a show with a friend. Another artist in the show had some wonderful computer art so I had to try my own.

Link to my 2016 portfolio

Bison free at last!

Free at last, Free at lasst, OMG I’m free at last.

The argument is about brucellosis, the “contagious abortion” disease of ungulates. It is is transmitted by contact with the afterbirth. Yellowstone bison do test positive for brucellosis but they only roam outside of Yellowstone during the winter and calves are born in the spring, by which time, the bison have returned to their lush stomping grounds in Yellowstone.

Cattle catch brucellosis from elk. But cattle ranchers are generally hunters and often make money by letting people hunt elk on their land. So cattle ranchers don’t object to elk they hunt them and blame the brucellosis on bison. Sheesh!

Montana Governor sets bison free
Bison grazing in Yellowstone

Portfolio Up

I’ve finally gotten a portfolio together. It covers a long time slot – 1994* to yesterday.

To see it click here or on the page called Portfolio up above or in the column at right.

Let me know what you think!

*There’s only two from 1994 – but I’m particularly attached to them. One is the cover of the American Weekly that I did for the re-opening of the Lincoln Theater in DC and the other is a poster for Brian Harmer’s birthday. I’m proud of the newspaper cover because Cab Calloway the great jazz musician signed a copy. And I’m proud of the Brian poster because it was really the first computer art I did.

The BIG Game

The latest new project is a children’s book on the World War II European Theater World Series.

It was between the best Army team in Germany, 71st Red Circlers and the best Army team in France, OSIE All Stars.

The Red Circlers were heavily favored to win since General George Patton had stacked the team with all the pro-ball players he could find.

The All Stars were a rag tag team made up of minor league players coached and managed by their one pro-ball player, Sam Nahem who had pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies. But the All Stars had two secret weapons; Leon Day and Willard Brown both great players from the Negro League.

No one expected them to win…

 

War is obsolete

Brad DeLong, in his blog Grasping Reality with Both Hands was celebrating the fact that

    it is …65 years and 9 months since an army crossed the Rhine River bearing fire and sword.

I commented that Europeans (and I include N. Americans generally) share the same epistemology of war – we agree on how war should be used and what constitutes winning.

Unfortunately, we are in wars with people who do not share that epistemology. And I suspect that we don't have any idea of what their epistemology of war is.

But, the long European peace suggests that there is a way in which war can become obsolete if only we can find it.

I've made some suggestions in the past:

    War is a response to scarcity. The forms reflect the kind of scarcity each group experienced.

    Nomads (Abel) experienced periodic scarcity became raiders. They used their knowledge of how to kill and how to herd and break up groups to kill and scatter their opponents. Since the scarcity the experienced was irregular and since they did not plant they did not have an attachment to owning geography. Their form of war was brutal and brief.

    Agriculturists (Cain) settled and planted. As the populations grew they experienced a scarcity of land and expanded outward to take over more and more land. They developed war based on standing and defending a piece of geography first they built walled settlements, perhaps against the raiders and then with the rise of a new information technology – writing – cities and empires. Their attachment was to geography since wealth came from land. They developed defensive wars and then wars of imperialism.

Western wars have been Cain's wars and obey Cain's rules but we are now fighting against people from Abel's tradition.

We need to figure out what the epistemology is whether we want to end war or even if we still believe in winning.

mastodon killers

Just posted on the FOX news site – yes sometimes they actually have something to say.

One theory of Pleistocene extinctions – second order predation – resolves the pre-Clovis issue.

Consider this:
People entered the New World (pre-Clovis times) and, in addition to hunting herbivores, hunted carnivores and, of course, gathered vegetable food. Carnivore killing reduced carnivore populations below the level that they could control herbivore populations. This “unstuck” the balance of the ecosystem. Herbivore populations boomed. And, like algae blooms in lakes, herbivore populations would then crash – destruction of habitat. This me

ant a serious lack of plant food for both herbivores and humans. Humans turned exclusively to hunting – Clovis. Thus, Clovis is a result of the “boom” in herbivores and the “bust” in vegetation.

There would be many animals in a weakened condition during the herbivore boom since they didn't have enough vegetation. And naturally, humans like other predators would take the weak, the old, and the young – the easiest to hunt.

For more, see:
http://quaternary.net
For a mystery story based on the theory see:
http://quaternary.net/mstry.html

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freshlyground

Fabulous South African fusion band. The did the backup for Shakira on the World Cup Official Song (Waka Waka) This time for Africa.

I looked them up, and found the reason I liked Shakira's song, was the Freshlyground sound. They are from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique In an interview they don't use the

word race, they talk about people of different backgrounds coming together and as their lead singer Zolani says, “Now, in this time in South Africa we can do anything.”

here are links to my favorites:

You can explore from there!

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Business Organization for this Information Revolution

In each of the five preceding information revolution a new way of organizing has emerged

An excellent article by Gar Alperovitz “The New-economy movement” identifies a number of new organizational forms.

The history of the last 2 information revolutions (printing press and telegraph/tele

phone) suggests, that business organizations where decision makers with the long term interest in the survivability of the company will win. Therefore ESOPs where line workers are involved in management will be the most successful.

For more on previous information revolutions see Winning Information Revolutions: from the Ice age to the Internet

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