November 29th, 2005

Penny-wise, but pound-foolish?

A recent Scranton City Council decision to “save at least $140,000 in annual fees by selecting Mellon instead of Morgan Stanley” to handle its Pension Funds, ignores that Morgan Stanely has out-performed Mellon by more than 3% over the past three years. Although the fees are higher, the city stood to make $1.4 million more.

Oh, well. At least Doherty didn’t get what he wanted, right?!!?

The Times-Tribune – News – 11/29/2005 – Mellon wins deal with city in a reversal

November 28th, 2005

Treehugger points us to New Vibration and Solar-Powered Bike Light from CatEye, but if made available to cars, would certainly generate many many gigawatts from NEPA’s potholes.

November 28th, 2005

There is NO DOUBT about it. KIDS LOVE the story of the 10 Plagues… Here is just the right thing to keep your children interested in the Haggadah… and GUARANTEE they don’t fall asleep…

Frogs! Locusts! Boils! AND MORE!!!

November 27th, 2005

Richard Kennaway’s Constructed Languages List

Constructed languages are languages which are intended to be spoken by people, to people (as distinct from, say, programming languages), and which have been deliberately constructed rather than having evolved. There is a vast number of these, most of which are never used by anyone but their inventor. Only a handful have ever had a significant circulation, but with the advent of the World Wide Web, it now becomes possible to make one’s ideas available to all at little cost.

There are quite a few fascinating exercises, although the vast majority seem to be connection to some Star Trek fandom, a SF novel series or a fantasy trilogiad*.



*yes! a neologism, for those ubiquitous three-books that take an unendurable aount of energy to get through.

November 23rd, 2005

Some quick links to today’s Everhart articles, becuase I’m behind.

Also, I note that at least one of yesterday’s articles points out that the Everhart’s security cameras were being repaired. Well, perhaps my informant was wrong and the security system had been upgraded.

One can always hope.

In the Everhart’s defense, they’ve been underfunded and desperate for year, and have been making quite a comeback.

Unfortunately, it seems that this theft is only encouraging others.

November 23rd, 2005

Art MoCo pointed me towards Wendy Walgate, who’s signature style is collections of like-colored ceramics.

Green is Fertility

Tony Cragg, but without the hammer.

November 23rd, 2005

o s t m o d e r n e – Nachkriegsarchitektur in Osteuropa

Agricultural Academy 1960-66

Brush up on your German, or just look at the pretty pictures of late socialist-era architecture.

Via We Make Money, Not Art.

November 22nd, 2005

someody yahoo’d me in Japanese

November 21st, 2005

Bjork Talks about her New Film Drawing Restraint 9, in collaboration with her boyfriend, Matthew Barney.

November 21st, 2005

Nobody was awakened by the alarm at the Everhart last week, even though they are light sleepers. The lightest-sleeper of all was awake but at the Harry Potter premiere, which leads us to speculate: did the thieves intentionally use Harry Potter as a cover for their nefarious activities?

Unfortunately, since the Everhart’s “malfuctioning” security camera has no recording capability, we will never know if the thieves were dressed as Snape and Dumbledore, or what.

Previous post on the theft of Pollock(?) and Warhol.

November 20th, 2005

Seems like our local art thief is major art world news. It’s not everyday an $11+ million painting waltez out with no security cameras watching (official word is they weren’t working. unofficial word is, they never existed. They’ve got one camera, it’s connected to a monitor, and there’s no recording capabilities. whoops).

On the other hand, the much vaunted $11 million pricetag may be a bit spurious. Part of the inflated price is that the painting has never been photographed (except, uh, for the photograph in the paper; yeah, I know — that doesn’t count. That’s not art-world put-in-in-a-book documentary photography), never been existed prior to the Everhart in the past 3 years, and is not included in the Pollock catalog raisonne.

In other words, it’s not an authenticated Pollock. I’d like to see the insurance company shell out the cash on this one without a fight.

And the Warhol is barely worth mentioning. Okay, $15K. For me, that’s a lot of cash. But it’s nothing compared to the maybe-its-a-Pollock, and it’s nothing for a good Warhol.

There were three stories in the Times-Tribune today:

  1. Art theft could be biggest heist in city history — yeah, well, I can guarantee you that there has never ben a larger art theft in the cities history.
  2. Museum heist the buzz of the ball — the Museum’s big fund-raiser was the next night (Saturday). There’s speculation that the preparation traffic and the tent both played a role in the theft. Snide comment — the Everhart made about as much money with their $100/person fund-raiser as the Afa Gallery did with their $25/person art-auction the same night. And fewer painting were stolen from Afa.
  3. Everhart names new executive — poor thing. Plain bad timing.

The new curator is also profiled, but as the paper points out online:

Anonda Bell, the new curator of the Everhart Museum, is profiled on the cover of People (Section F) inside The Sunday Times today. The section was printed prior to Friday’s break-in at the museum and therefore has no reference to the theft of two major paintings

  1. Keeper of the Collection; Everhart Museum continues year of transition
    — yep. that’s an awkard headline, all right.

November 19th, 2005

Two paintings stolen from the Everhart Museum

Everhart heist worth millions

FBI: no market for stolen art

Pollack\'s Springs Winter 1949 stolen from the Everhart Warhol\'s Le Grand Passion stolen from the Everhart

BBC online article

AP wire story, with dimensions.

November 15th, 2005

Scranton Times-Tribune – 1/15/2005- On newly amicable Throop council, ‘circus is over’


THROOP — The Municipal Building held a Borough Council meeting without yelling, screaming, personal accusations or finger pointing.


It was an unusually cordial atmosphere at Monday night’s meeting. Bills were paid. Motions were passed harmoniously. And borough leaders assured employees that they’ll be paid every week.

“The circus is over,” said new council President Thomas Lukasewicz. “We’re going to move forward from this point.”

Mr. Lukasewicz was appointed president, replacing Daryl Menichetti, who, along with Vice President Cindy Johnson, resigned their leadership positions.

Neither Ms. Menichetti nor Ms. Johnson attended Monday’s meeting. Councilman James Barnick was appointed vice president.

read more…

November 11th, 2005

Scranton Times-Tribune – 11/11/2005: Some Throop workers forced to go without pay


THROOP — Some borough employees did not receive paychecks Thursday, and payroll may be in jeopardy again next week.

Ten borough workers who use direct deposit went unpaid and are not expected to receive their pay until Monday. The other 35 employees received their paper checks.

“This is ridiculous. I have two kids in college and I can’t get paid,” DPW worker David Dozack said.

In the past two weeks, Councilwomen Daryl Menichetti and Cindy Johnson resigned as council president and vice president respectively, though they said they would remain on council.

Their signatures, along with Borough Manager Robert Hegedus’, are required on payroll checks.

According to Mr. Hegedus, no one came in to sign the checks this week, so minority Councilman James Barnick arranged it with the bank that he be allowed to sign off on them.

“The money is there to pay these people, and I signed the wire transfer, so I don’t know why it didn’t go through,” Mr. Barnick said.

Mr. Hegedus said he received notice from the bank that the wire transfer they wanted to use — which is faster — did not work. He said employees will receive their pay electronically by Monday.

“If we don’t have a meeting by next week, the payroll is in jeopardy again next week,” he said.

read more…

November 11th, 2005

Making Light: Ghosts of the Great War, 2005

November 10th, 2005

Electric City Renaissance

Voted “best local blog” in the Electric City Readers poll 2005.

Well, at least its running WordPress.

November 10th, 2005

Srcranton Times-Tribune: Without leader Throop has no one to pay bills

Without leader Throop has no one to pay bills

THROOP — Right now it seems no one wants to hold the reins in borough government.

In the past few weeks, both Council President Daryl Menichetti and Vice President Cindy Johnson have surrendered their leadership positions, citing conflicting opinions of the state of the borough’s finances with manager Robert Hegedus.

In the meantime, it’s unclear who will step up and take charge in this politically divided borough until a new majority voting bloc takes over in January.

Paychecks to borough employees must be signed off on by either the president of council or the vice president.

“Something has to be done. You can’t have these bills not being paid,” Mayor Stan Lukowski said.

Councilwoman Susan Shortz, — who sits on the majority voting bloc of Council with Ms. Menichetti, Ms. Johnson and Councilman George Marushock — said she’s not interested in assuming a leadership position. Efforts to reach Mr. Marushock were unsuccessful.

read more…

November 9th, 2005

christmas is coming….

Trooper T

Originally uploaded by idoru45 (kitfisto).

November 9th, 2005

I don\'t blame the kids. It\'s that d--n alphabet!

November 9th, 2005

Doll Bodies – Interchangeable Body Parts – Series Parts

Lots of Interchangeable/Optional Choices

Woo-hoo! I’ll take 10 of each, please!


Note: Body Parts are pictured for optional interchangeable purposes only.
We do not sell parts separately except for replacement parts.
Thus, no separate prices are listed for individual body parts.


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