Thursday, December 16, 2010

I didn't know…

…that the mystery of the Mona Lisa's identity had been solved:

Mona Lisa's identity is no longer mysterious – it is known from a solid piece of textual evidence found in Heidelberg University's library in 2007. This note records that Leonardo was working in 1503 on a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo. No other theories are needed – and anyway the chief theories down the years have all seen this as a 16th-century work. It would take a lot more than some arcane codes to make this high Renaissance masterpiece look like a work of the 1490s. Still – theories about the Mona Lisa are fun, and there is no harm in them.
…read it all:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2010/dec/14/eyes-mona-lisa-leonardo-da-vinci

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"

People don't seem to know how to adjust and accept the new reality, like scales falling off their eyes. 

The "news" they've been consuming these past many years turns out to be something different from what the people in power report to each other about what's happening in the world, it's a jolt, understandable that many react by clinging all the more tightly to the familiar government propaganda. 

People are just beginning to realize that passive consumption of this government propaganda is only one option. 

The same platform that makes possible the mass hypnosis can also be used to expose the manipulation for what it is. 

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"

Monday, December 06, 2010

…Despite the arguments that Amazon, PayPal, and others make about the illegality of the leaked documents, it's not clear that Wikileaks has broken any law. It is clear that some politicians and pundits wish it to be so, most often invoking the  Espionage Act as justification. The Espionage Act makes it a crime to interfere with military recruitment or to convey information dealing with national defense. Since its passage in 1917 (Red Scare, anyone?), the law has been challenged a number of times in the courts, most notably with regards to the  Pentagon Papers when the Supreme Court ruled that The New York Times was within its rights to publish the leaked information. "Conveying" government secrets is a crime; "publishing" them is not. It is protected by the First Amendment, and for the government to intervene to prevent that from happening is unconstitutional.…
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_weakest_link_what_wikileaks_has_taught_us_abou.php


Saturday, December 04, 2010

It's a freedom of the press issue, pure and simple.

…more than anything else, WikiLeaks is a publisher — a new kind of publisher, but a publisher nonetheless — and that makes this a freedom of the press issue. Like it or not, WikiLeaks is fundamentally a journalistic entity, and as such it deserves our protection.…
 http://gigaom.com/2010/12/04/like-it-or-not-wikileaks-is-a-media-entity/

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Junkyard Knife Scrapbook Life: Encounters at the Edge 6-28 November 2010 AJS Gallery, 57 rue Charles Meert, Brussels


















Hope to see you in Brussels next month! http://JunkyardKnife.com
Exhibit opens at 7 pm, Saturday, 6 November continuing through the 28th.

Edge.
Last place to stand before
falling.
Where broken mirrors
piece together jagged
shards of memory
and imagination: life's junkyard.
Each shard a knife. Wielding our
knives we meet
at the scrapbook
edge.

Junkyard Knife Scrapbook Life: Encounters at the Edge


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Obama in Africa: "A Book, Blog, Flickr.com Group, and a Movement bringing America and Africa closer together"

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/3610757309/
I'm helping as an editorial consultant.  Stefan Meisel, a German photojournalist and designer based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is the project's brains and muscle.  100+ photographers contributing images of Obama and his presence in daily African life in 35 countries.  The book is planned for publication in 2011.

http://Obama-in-Africa.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/obamainafrica/
http://twitter.com/ObamaAfricaBook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Obama-in-Africa/112597018800587


Thursday, October 07, 2010

Please join me at JUNKYARD KNIFE, SCRAPBOOK LIFE: ENCOUNTERS AT THE EDGE, 6-28 Nov 2010, AJS Gallery, Brussels


https://twitter.com/JunkyardKnife


November 6-28, 2010
AJS Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

JUNKYARD KNIFE, SCRAPBOOK LIFE: 
Encounters at the Edge

 Edge.
Last place to stand before falling. 
Where broken mirrors piece together 
jagged shards of memory and imagination:  
life's junkyard.  
Each shard a knife. 
Wielding our knives we meet, 
at the scrapbook edge. 

Jiri Szeppan (is a German born artist and editor. He has been living in Brussels ( Belgium) since 1996 where he runs his AJS Gallery . His teachers in Germany were Fritz Bauer and Emmett Williams, among others. He has worked as a contributor for “Der Stern” and “ The Bulletin” before he launched is own “cross-over”printing studio in Brussels.

Doug Millison (http://millison.org) – a writer, artist, editor, and publishing entrepreneur – keeps his scrapbook at the edge of the North American continent, near San Francisco.  He is the co-author and editor of the forthcoming prose+comics scrapbook novel, The Concrete Jungle Book by Morris Armstrong Jr. proudly a.k.a. "Little Mo" with help from the Nonhuman Crew. In the late 20th century, he founded and edited Morph's Outpost on the Digital Frontier, a magazine for interactive multimedia designers and developers, and Blaster, the first lifestyle magazine for screenagers. 
http://dougmillison.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/dougmillison
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pynchonoid/

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let's start here

Welcome to the newly re-configured and re-launched blog for Doug Millison.