Welcome to the very first edition of the Facebook Dungeon! What is it? Simple. It’s where stuff that I would normally post on social media goes to die. Stuff that’s too long, too political, too controversial, or just plain too stupid to actually put on Facebook. I’ve kind of gone off the rails on FB with my anti-Trump political posts, so I’m thinking if I post them here instead, I’ll give my FB friends a little bit of a break. I’m aware of the problem, and I can also tell I’m wearing out my welcome with my words and links and likes and angry faces and all that other associated who-ha. But I’ve got opinions that I think are important, if to nobody else on the planet but me. Putting them down in words makes me feel just a teeny little bit better. Booze also helps.
Posted without comment. We’re doomed. Whoops, guess that was a comment.
We’ve lost an unfortunate number of famous, important musicians this year. Prince is just the latest in a growing line of artists who’ve left us in 2016. Whenever someone famous passes away, we naturally take their death as an opportunity to look back on their body of work, as well we should. Death is a profitable career move for famous entertainers, and a not-so-gentle way to remind us of their careers, but I say that today, we should all take some time to celebrate our favorite artists while they’re still with us. Let’s not wait until they’re gone to truly appreciate them.
Well hello there! Where’ve you been these last couple of weeks? What’s that? Where have I been? Why, I’ve had my head buried under my pillow, waiting for the horror show that is the Donald Trump campaign to go away. But I’m finally convinced that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And that scares me to death.
We’re already almost a month into 2016. How is that even possible? Despite the fact that the new year is already a few weeks old, I’m not done thinking about ways to make it, and my life, better. I’m still looking for ways to improve things because modern life is stressful enough as it is. There have got to be ways to make life simpler. And happier. Much less stressful. And I think I’ve stumbled onto something that’s really gonna work. It involves how I spend my time online, whether it’s at home on the computer or anywhere on the smartphone.
It’s been a long week. Popular culture took a real hit this week with the death of David Bowie, and then actor Alan Rickman, both aged 69, both from cancer. Each in his own way created beauty with their art, and will be sorely missed. I take solace in the fact that all of the media attention will pique some curious kid’s interest, and he or she will visit a record store, or seek out a film, and be inspired to create art of their very own. Not for money, not for attention, but just because.
A while back, I posted a piece on the Emerald Ash Borer, the creepy little invasive insect that’s killing ash trees around the country. The EAB has decimated ash trees here in Michigan, and it’s so depressing to drive down the road and see so many dead trees…they’re everywhere.
With the arrival of late summer comes what’s becoming an annual ArtPrize censorship controversy. Artist Nabil Mousa has had his ArtPrize entry “Paradise Built on the Bones of the Slaughtered” removed from its intended venue, the Grand Rapids City Hall. The sculpture consists of a set of three welded towers displaying ashes of the Bible, the Koran and the Torah.