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Musea E-mail Club #488 How much News in that newspaper

Dear Reader,



I've always wanted to take our Dallas daily and see how much of it is hard news. Thankfully someone else has done it for me. Clay Shirky reports on his findings for his hometown paper. Then UTNE does the same experiment. They include photos of the results. Check them out and let me know what you think.



Clay Shirky

http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/10/rescuing-the-reporters/



Utne - with… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on October 14, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 10/12/09

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



What is not a pipe? Clue - there is only one correct answer.



IS

The surrealist masterpiece painting by Rene Magritte with the English translated title that " This Is not a pipe". The painting shows a

painting of a pipe with the words 'ceci n'est pas une pipe" under it.

The idea being it is a picture of a pipe not a real pipe. A koan

of sorts!



I had no winner. I am… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on October 12, 2009 at 10:57am — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #487 Banned Books is Kid's Stuff

Reader,



Scenario: I've got a copy of the 'Secret Garden' that I loved reading as a child. IF I give this copy to a child now in 2009 .... I've broken the law and can face a $100,000 fine or time in jail. And sadly I am not kidding.

No, 2009 is not 1984, but it seems close. This is so outrageous that I wonder how it got past America? But it did. And it's the law.



The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), is a law passed by congress in August 2008 in response… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on October 6, 2009 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Muse Art Contest 10/5/09

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



We are looking at a portrait. There is nothing in it

but the person's face, neck and upper shoulders.

What are the first three things

you (or anyone) look at - and in order please.



IS

Eyes, lips, nose.



I had no winner. You all seemed to have loss face on this one.



Also the week before's contest winner has been confirmed. It was

Tony from St. Leonard,… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on October 5, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #486: New BIOLOGY issue now out and about

Dear Musea Reader,



NEW MUSEA. The new issue of Musea #171 for Oct/Nov is now out.(Now celebrating 17 years). It will be available free at the usual Dallas locations by the end of today, Friday, and (thanks to Webmaster, Matthew) it is now posted on musea.us. for everyone with access to read. Also on the website is a new photo on the splash page. Welcome each and everyone to come see it.

The Musea issue is all about BIOLOGY - with an emphasis on looking at life as a split between… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on October 2, 2009 at 10:20am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 9/28/09

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



The poet wrote:

"I shot an arrow into the air

It fell to earth, I knew not where:"

Did he ever find that arrow? Where was it?



IS

Yes, "Long, long afterward, in an oak /

I found the arrow, still unbroke;"

The quote is from Longfellow's "The Arrow and the Song".



I had a possible winner - but his e-mail address is not

working. IF you were the one with the… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on September 28, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #485 Scorecard for Control of Art and Media

The scorecard for control of the arts and media is:

CORPORATIONS everything,

INDIES, less than ever.

Let's go category by category and see who controls it - Corporate art or Indy art.



Media - Corporate Art. Corporate owns the bulk of tv, and radio. They have way too much influence on the FCC, and NPR, with revenue sharing won't give a tough review. Indies can't get coverage or reviews; and have little coverage on any tv or radio. Indies can rarely even get a radio… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on September 22, 2009 at 9:45am — No Comments

Weekly Quiz for Art Smarts

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Where are thousands and thousands of statues buried?



IS

Xian China. Near the mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Farmers

were drilling a well and they discovered an underground, terracotta army of full sized: soldiers, weapons, horses, carriages - the works.

About 8,000 statues total in 3 main pits.



We may have one winner here - status pending. For the rest of you

your… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on September 21, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

Party? It's online and coming soon

Zinester,

Hey Hey Hey

It's my birthday



Well how about a party?

Not today but I've got something in the works - An ONLINE party with

the whole world invited. Here's the news - more details as they develop.



_____________________________________________________________________



Coming SOON!!!!!



The Worldwide ONLINE CD Release Party for "5th" the fifth CD by Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar. Hendricks is the zinester for the 17 year… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on September 15, 2009 at 9:09am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 9/14/09 Zinesters Look if you Dare to be Quizzed!

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Galileo, in his book 'Two New Sciences' talked about music theory.

He said that the octave sound was "rather too bland and lacks fire.

But the musical interval called the _______ , he describe as

causing "a tickling of the eardrum so that its gentleness is

modified by sprightliness, giving the impression simultaneously of

a gentle kiss and of a bite." Name the musical interval… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on September 14, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

Weekly Quiz for Art Smarts

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



I have in my hand a professional film screenplay from Hollywood.

I am on page 62 - how far am I into the movie?



IS

One hour and 2 minutes. Screenplays are written such that each page

is one minute of screen time. That way no matter where you are in

the script the actors, directors, crew, can tell where they are in

the film too. Pretty smart isn't it?



We had no… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on September 1, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

Two Important Bio Papers on the idea of "Zinc World"

Musea E-mail Club #483 Zinc World



Readers,



This week's e-mail club message is a special one for me. I

heard from Dr. Mulkidjanian, concerning two new science papers he has

recently published. They talk about his ideas for a ZINC WORLD, and

how zinc may have played an important role in the start of life.

And not only does it support some of the ideas I had,

but he even mentioned me in the acknowledgments​.​

So it is a real honor to pass on the… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 26, 2009 at 11:15am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 8/25/09 Zinesters Look if you Dare to be Quizzed!

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:

Pizzicato is when the string player plucks

the strings instead of using a bow. This

classical composer's 3rd movement of one of his

symphonies had the string section play

pizzicato throughout. Name the composer

and the symphony.



IS

The third movement of the 4th symphony by

Pyotr IllyichTchaikovsky (1877-78). It is

a delightful piece of music - check it… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 25, 2009 at 9:44am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 8/18/09 Zinesters Look if you Dare to be Quizzed!

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



When I write my piano pieces – I call them bagatelles -

I most often write them in the ABA form. That means that I start

with a melody passage or theme. Then I switch to

a second melody passage or variation of that theme. And finally I repeat the first passage to end it. That’s the ABA form.

(Personal note: In my case I like to do a major key part, then minor key, then back to the major key… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 18, 2009 at 9:42am — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #481 Bio #2 What That Could Mean

Start with the basic concept of catabolic and anabolic biochemistry. I suggest that that biochemistry evolved to many novel forms and developments.



I suggested a list in the first part of this two parter of what that could mean if proven true.



Then at the end I suggest reasons why the catabolic and anabolic divisions have stayed separate for all these billions of years.

____________________________________________________



WHAT THAT MEANS



IF all… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 17, 2009 at 10:17am — No Comments

Musea E-mail Club #481 Big News in Biology? Catabolic Anabolic Division

Some of you know I have a great interest in biology. This post is about some recent ideas that I have had that I think may be new and important. I'm going to take some time on the introduction, so it will make more sense to you. Please bare with me.



Let's start with metabolism. That's the chemical processes in all living things.

Metabolism is divided into two categories. These are important for you to know before the rest of this makes sense. They are CATABOLISM, and ANABOLISM.… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 14, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 8/10/09 Zinesters Look if you Dare to be Quizzed!

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Tired of trendy DJ's hamming it up every morning? How about endless retro rock stations? Or maybe you've had just about enough talk radio and you wish they would switch to sign language! Well according to a book on the Planets by Dava Sobel, there is one sure spot in the solar system where you can avoid earth radio waves. Name that hideout!



IS

The Far Side of the Moon. Remember when the… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 10, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

Musea Art Contest 8/4/09 Zinesters Invited

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



Painting question. What is a camel hair brush made out of? And no its not that simple. Here's a clue, most are made out of what lives in my Dallas neighborhood.



IS

Squirrel's tails! (and sometimes horses, goats, sheep, bear hair, or some combination.) Meng T'ien invented the camel's hair brush in China in 250 BC.



We had no winner. Strangely enough y'all were not SQUIRRELLY enough on… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on August 4, 2009 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Big List Tops 200 - Best Music In the World (no corp. involvement)

The BIG WORLD LIST OF NEW MUSIC has hit 200. That's 200 great songs!



Here are the newest entries:



BEST GOTHIC GUITAR AND VOICE - Michael Cardenas, "Witches Chorus (Verdi) or "Privet" from Sante Fe Spring CA.



MOST HEARTFELT VOICE - Eva Cassidy "Autumn Leaves" from Washington DC.



BEST DOO-WOP A CAPPELLA - The Emeralds, "My Juanita" from Philadelphia PA.



BEST MERRY MELODIES AND JOYOUS NOISE - Mount Righteous, "When the Child Awakes", or "You!… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on July 31, 2009 at 10:05am — No Comments

Musea Weekly Art Contest 7/21/09 Everyone can play

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:



It is the summer of 1943 in LA. All Hispanic Males (or any young men) wearing this, are being beaten up by servicemen. What are the guys wearing that is targeting them for this abuse?





IS

Anyone wearing a Zoot Suit was beat up. Check out the Zoot Suit Riots!

PS They still make them.



We had no winner, Seems y'all were Jittered and Bugged at the same time on this 40's… Continue

Added by Tom Hendricks on July 27, 2009 at 9:20pm — No Comments

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