most of james joyce becomes public domain, meet mittens the plutocrat, american schools become prison-lite

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If your budget is tight and you’re a James Joyce fan today is a great day, Joyce Copyright Expires, Ending Grandson’s Reign of Terror

Happy New Year! Consider celebrating by staging a seasonal reading of “The Dead” in Dublin, which you can now do for free! Yes, on January 1, 2012, all of James Joyce’s writings published during his lifetime entered the public domain in the EU, freeing up the characters, stories, and words for use by ordinary people. Though already available to Canadians and Australians, and partially available to Americans, public domain status for Joyce’s works in his home country of Ireland has a lot of people very excited.

Project Gutenberg has most of Joyce’s work on-line. I see my favorite Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist ( said to be autobiographical). It is one of my favorites because I confess that it is the easiest to read, followed by Dubliners. Portrait is also so beautifully written that young aspiring writers might want to avoid it. The temptation to compare the quality and depth of your prose style might be an obstacle to having the confidence to develop one’s own style, observations of life and insights. On the other hand it can be inspiring both in it ambition and content. I do not see Finnegan’s Wake on the list and as of today I cannot find a legal copy on-line. If any of you like to listen to audio books during the morning commute there are some Joyce works – including the mammoth Ulysseson audio for free download.

“O how cold and strange it was to think of that! All the dark was cold
and strange. There were pale strange faces there, great eyes like
carriage-lamps. They were the ghosts of murderers, the figures of
marshals who had received their death-wound on battlefields far away
over the sea. What did they wish to say that their faces were so
strange?” from Portrait.

From here, Remake / Submissions. The idea ( they’re still taking submissions) is to make photographic representations of classic paintings.

“Grande Odalisque” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. This painting would be among my favorites. She has beautiful facial features and her torso taken individually is beautiful as well, but the proportions are gloriously imperfect.

“Grande Odalisque” remake by Craig White. Insert your own reaction here.

Mitt Romney is The Best Darn Plutocrat Money Can Buy – Mitt Romney’s $12 Million Mystery Super-PAC Man
Meet Carl Forti, the publicity-loathing mastermind helping the Republican front-runner and conservative groups raise millions in dark money. There is a rather well-known Bible passage from Galatians 6: 7-8, “A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction;”. The far Right conservative SCOTUS gave us the flood gates of dark PAC money. Now those on the far Right who think Romney would be a terrible president ( judging from polls the majority of conservatives voters would choose none of the above for the current crop of candidates) are now reaping the WTF thinking of judicial conservatism and activism. Enjoy.

I’m not crazy about the methodology, but this does spotlight an egregious breach of the public trust in broadcast journalism –  News Networks Ignore Controversial SOPA Legislation

tree frog stretching its legs

Golden retriever thinks it’s a baby. Super cute now, but wait until its 80 lbs.

The US schools with their own police

More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour?

[  ]…”I’m weird. Other kids don’t like me,” said Sarah, who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit and bipolar disorders and who is conscious of being overweight. “They were saying a lot of rude things to me. Just picking on me. So I sprayed myself with perfume. Then they said: ‘Put that away, that’s the most terrible smell I’ve ever smelled.’ Then the teacher called the police.”

The policeman didn’t have far to come. He patrols the corridors of Sarah’s school, Fulmore Middle in Austin, Texas. Like hundreds of schools in the state, and across large parts of the rest of the US, Fulmore Middle has its own police force with officers in uniform who carry guns to keep order in the canteens, playgrounds and lessons. Sarah was taken from class, charged with a criminal misdemeanour and ordered to appear in court.

Schools simply reflect the rest of our culture. Since the attacks of 9-11 we have inched further and further into over reaction, in draconian counter measures and the tenacious tendency to see everything  – up to and including exercising one’s 1st amendment rights as threatening.

There was another infamous 9-11, Baker–Fancher party at Mountain Meadows September 11, 1857 massacred by Mormons. Possibly with aid of the Santa Clara tribe of native Americans. They did manage to muster up enough tolerance to spare children under six who were sent off to live with Mormon families in what was then the Utah Territory.

Katie Herzig – Lost and Found

Jessie Baylin – Hurry Hurry. The live version is more interesting to watch, but this sounds better.