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Recent Poems written in Dec.

Poems written in Dec  2011 

Comments welcome.

[poem notes in brackets like this]

POEMS

1 [Loosely based on a passage from 

"The Book of General Ignorance".]

What a day for a nothing event.

In 2003 the Hubble Telescope

was set to ultra deep field mode.

In 1 million seconds, or about 11 days

the photo they made showed tens of thousands

of hitherto unknown galaxies,

each consisting of hundreds of…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on January 3, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Musea's first weekly art contest for the new year

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

When you think of the American cities with the best architecture, these four come to mind. There's Chicago that started skyscrapers, New York, Gotham of course, Los Angeles on the coast, and.... Well according to one architecture study, the fourth most notable architecture city in the US is this small 50,000 pop. town! Say what? Name this small American town with the great architecture.

IS: Columbus Indiana!…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on January 2, 2012 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Poems written Nov/Dec

Poems written in Nov/Dec  2011 

Comments welcome.

[poem notes in brackets like this]

POEMS

The road zig-zags

across the valley

and yet never really

moves at all.

2 [Kids poem for Moon Tea]

Can Earthlings fly?

Of course they can!

To think they can't is absurd.

Can Earthlings fly?

Of course they can.

Remember some earthlings are…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on December 19, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

Zinester weekly art quiz

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

There is always room for a Beatle question and this one is a fun one. My range singing is almost exactly 2 octaves. I think John Lennon of the Beatles could BEAT that. My claim for the highest John note on a Beatle record is probably the falsetto at the end of In My Life (any one know for sure?) But this week's contest question for the prize is about the low end of his range: what Beatle recording has John's lowest…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on December 14, 2011 at 10:22am — No Comments

Senlin - the Christmas Issue of Musea is now out

Dear Readers,

The new issue of Musea #182 is out and about. The hard copy is available at all the usual suspects , or read it online, or send me a SASE. Here's a preview and intro to the issue. Don't miss the art work at the end of this message! Both are at

http://www.musea.us/

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Happy Holidays Readers! ! Here is our annual Musea Christmas Story. Take a rest from your busy schedule and…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on December 9, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments

Musea's weekly art quiz for 12/7/11

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

Since Buck Rogers and the Rocketeer, we've seen the future and it's jet packs. Surely by 1980 everyone would have one right? There are real jet packs in our age, but they don't work all that well ... yet. Strangely enough they all run on the same fuel, some beauty product you'd find in any hair saloon. Name the jet pack fuel.

"

IS: Hydrogen Peroxide! Yes, the same stuff we bleach our hair with. Guess it gives…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on December 7, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Brand New Poems from Late November

Poems written in late November  2011 

Comments welcome.

[poem notes in brackets like this]

POEMS

1 (start of an adventure for sure)

Come with me!

Come with me!

There is magic

everywhere!

2 (where the night comes from)

The underground

in grottos and caves

holds the night

till twilight arrives.

Then it's released

and flies away

like a…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on December 3, 2011 at 11:37am — No Comments

Poem for the country in these hard times

Poem for the country in these hard times -

from the Musea Poetry issue from 2007

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Bless the minnow, bless the whale

Bless the hardy, bless the frail

Bless the straight, bless the turn

Bless the world from stem to stern

Bless the sky and all that's in it

Bless the start and bless the finish.


(Inspired by "The Robin's Song, an Old English Rhyme)***

Added by Tom Hendricks on November 30, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest for the week - test your art smarts

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:"Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb..."  But who was Mary? IS: Mary Sawyer who grew up in Sterling MA. The lamb caper happened in 1815 when her pet lamb followed her to school (clearly against the rules). Bet you didn't know it was about a real person! The author of the poem is in some dispute and remains a literary mystery.

But there is no mystery about our winner - Mike from Dameron MD. Seems the rest of…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on November 28, 2011 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Musea Art Question for the Thanksgiving Week

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:A couple of questions back I had one about the first self help book. This question is about Van Gogh and a self help book. The great artist learned some of his drawing skills from a famous self help art book of the time. Name it.IS: Charles Bargue with Jean-Leon Gerome's art book titled "Cours de dessin." This from one of Van Gogh's letters: "I’m now busy drawing all Bargue’s Exercices au fusain for the 3rd time."

We…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on November 21, 2011 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Poems Written in November

Poems written in November  2011 

Comments welcome.

[poem notes in brackets like this]

 

POEMS

Picasso's distorted faces

show a repressed angst.

This is rampant in modern art

and displays personalities that are split -

torn apart and filled with rage.

2 [from Writings In Science - my sci fi anthology]

When we are sailing

light years away

how can we still

smell the sea air?

3…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on November 19, 2011 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Musea Art Contest for the week - test your art smarts

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:Did you know that at the last minute Joseph Heller changed his book title to Catch-22?  What was the original catch number?IS: Catch-18 was the working title while he was writing it. But at the time it was about to be published, Leon Uris had his war novel out called "Mila 18", so he needed a new number.We had a winner! Congratulations to Barry from Glendale, CA. Seems the rest of you were not 'grounded' on this one. I…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on November 7, 2011 at 9:47am — No Comments

Musea art quiz of the week - good luck

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

This writer wrote the first self help book. Name the writer and the title of the book.

IS: Good for a few laughs! Because the book is titled, "Self Help (with illustrations of Character and Conduct) and was written by Samuel SMILES. 



We had a winner! Congratulations to J. B. from Mechanicsville, VA. 

Seems the rest of you were not all 'Smiles" on this one. I don’t dumb down, so please wise…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on November 2, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Poems written in late October

Poems written in late October  2011 

Comments welcome.

[poem notes in brackets like this]

 

 POEMS

 1

Their actions were

alien to me

like watching players

playing a game

where you don't know the rules

and nothing makes sense.

 

2. (Kid's poem)

no need to worry

no need to worry

when the  full Moon starts to fade.

 

no need to worry

no need to worry

it'll…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on October 29, 2011 at 10:23am — No Comments

Four More Entries onto the Big LIst

Readers,  Here are four more entries into THE BIG LIST, the 200+ first 'best of' song list from all the music on the net, from all over the world. You are guaranteed to find many hits you've probably never heard.

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Classic Songwriter's Best Song Performance, Jimmy Webb, "Just This One Time".

Best Psychedelic Classic, You've Never Heard (Unless you come from my home town), Five Americans "7:30 Guided Tour" (yt).

Best Song with drumsticks on ashtrays…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on October 25, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

Musea weekly contest

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:This first musical conductor (before him it was usually the first violinist or organist) actually died from conducting! Name him and tell how conducting music, did him in!IS: Jean-Baptiste Lullly (1632-1687). Instead of a small baton he used a 6 foot long staff that he banged on the ground for the beat. He hit his foot, it became gangrenous, and he died two months later.



There were no correct eligible answers.…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on October 24, 2011 at 6:42pm — No Comments

First conductor kills himself conducting - name him

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:Here's a money art question. This is the only Vice President of the US featured on US Currency (that never served as President). Clue - the answer is personal.

IS: Thomas Andrew Hendricks the Vice President and Governor of Indiana. (my full name is Thomas Manley Hendricks). Growing up I was told we were related. More recent research in my family suggests that we just don't know for sure. My father's line goes back to…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on October 20, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments

The Desktop Explosion Led to Zines in the 80's and 90's

The Desktop Explosion Led to Zines in the 80′s-90′s



There is a zine newsgroup called We Make Zines, and on it I suggested that we need to remember how important pioneers like Steve Jobs were to the desktop explosion, which in turn led to a golden age of zines, of which my zine Musea was a small part. That led to some lively discussion. Some said there were always zines or independent publications. But I suggested that period in time was a golden age of independent publications, a zine… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on October 14, 2011 at 9:34am — No Comments

Recent Poems September/October

Poems written up to early October  2011 

[poem notes in brackets like this]

 

POEMS

 

1

What dew the Sun

   takes away

the Moon soon comes

   and replaces.

 

2. Entropy Clock

 

I devised

an entropy clock

the more it ticks

the more it tocks.

 

At one time

way back when,

all was wound up -

unwinding began.

 

My clock…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on October 12, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Last Lost Tape - envelope please

The LOST TAPES series. (Music from the 80's and 90's re-found.)The Bugs Bunny Theme (slow version, missed notes and all, recorded at Summit Burnett Studios, Dallas)

http://musea.us/thelosttapes/thebugsbunnytheme.mp3

_____________________________________________________Tom Hendricks for ALL the LOST TAPES go to musea.us or to my blog http://musea.wordpress.com/for the other…

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Added by Tom Hendricks on October 10, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

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