2014: Rear View Mirror. Year In Review.

waldina collage 2014

2014 was another great year.  I broke it down by social media entity below and would like to thank everyone that helped along the way.  I hope you enjoyed the content.  I do it for myself, for me to remember and find inspiration in the lives of those that have lived brave, powerful, artistic, unapologetic, creative, big lives.  If along the way, one of them inspires you too, then all the better.  We owe it to all of them to not be small, to be big and go out there and drain every last ounce of life out of it.  We are the stars in our lives, not the supporting actors.  Go out there and be a star.
catch 22

The Waldina Annual Report has been released.  You can view the fancy version at HERE  (there are fireworks).  This year, on Waldina, I focused mostly on celebrating the birthdays of the people that inspire me.  I really tried to focus on the positive life lessons that can be learned from them and chronicling their life stories.  I am sure that it is no surprise that from time to time, I am crippled with nostalgia and fear that we will forget who people were and what their contributions to the world have done for us.  When I think about people not knowing who Edith Head, Paul Klee, Francis Farmer, and the countless others I keep close in my mind, it freaks me out.  That is why I keep remembering for myself.  I can only control if I remember, but maybe by making a blog about it, others can remember and learn from them too.

Total visits in 2014: 50,103
Total All time visits: 149,766
Total Comments: 2,936
Most Popular Post of 2014 with 1,139 views: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22
Total Posts: 1,390
Most Popular All Time Post: Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar – Style Icon
Total Subscribers: 375

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The RicardoDuque.com stats are also in. I started the blog in August of this year and it has been growing and growing. The key is to streamline a lot of the cross-promotion from the blog to his Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/Instagram.  Go to the homepage and click on the plus symbol to be added to the mailing list.  Every time I post a new painting by Rick, you will be the first to see it.  You will automatically know of the dates and locations of all the latest gallery shows.  What’s not to like?

Total Visits: 1,517
Total Posts: 48
Total Subscribers: 24

west side story

On Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I post and repost anything and everything that I find interesting. I have no format as to what I can post and what I can’t like I do on Waldina. I post a lot of art that inspires me, I post photographs that I like, I post videos that I find interesting.

Total Subscribers: 272
Total Posts: 3,538

tweet

I have mixed feelings about Twitter. I feel like it is nothing more than an opt-in agreement for a lot of marketing that I do not want. I am not selling anything, so why bother? But at the same time, it is really not doing any harm and it is still better than Facebook. Here are the stats for @TheRealSPA on Twitter:

Total Followers: 357
Total Following: 364
Total Tweets (I still have them automatically deleted when they reach 31 days old, to protect freshness and I fear a huge archive of bullshit tweets): 170

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On @TheRealSPA on Instagram, I have figured out a way to post photos of the people whose birthdays I am celebrating on Waldina and include a short bio about them. I am really liking it more and more because of that. Prior to this addition, it was getting a bit heavy of photos of my dog Scraps. While he is totally adorable and worthy of his very own Instagram (if I had that sort of free time), I like more of a freshness and variety.

Total Posts: 290
Total Followers: 159
Total Following: 188

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Happy Birthday Jean-Michel Basquiat

Today is the 54th birthday of Jean-Michel Basquait.  I became fascinated with him while I was in high school, having been ‘introduced’ to him through my fascination of Andy Warhol.  I immediately became a fan of his ‘outsider art,’ by which I mean, art that was not just a pretty little painting.  It was a scream, an anthem, a manifesto, a righting of wrongs, and quite possibly a cry for help.  It was challenging and didn’t give you an easy time trying to like it.  I love his art for that.  There is a lot of complexity in primitive painting, a lot of behind-the-scenes  brilliance in making simplicity.  My answer to the “That’s Not Art, Even I Could Paint That” critics has always been:  “Well Do It, Then.”  The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.

NAME: Jean-Michel Basquiat
OCCUPATION: Painter
BIRTH DATE: December 22, 1960
DEATH DATE: August 12, 1988
PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York

Best Known For:  Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 22, 1960. With a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat‘s diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration.

A self-taught artist, Basquiat began drawing at an early age on sheets of paper his father, an accountant, brought home from the office. As he delved deeper into his creative side, his mother strongly encouraged to pursue artistic talents.

Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti in New York City in the late 1970s, under the name “SAMO.” Working with a close friend, he tagged subway trains and Manhattan buildings with cryptic aphorisms.

In 1977, Basquiat quit high school a year before he was slated to graduate. To make ends meet, he sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets of his native New York.

Three years of struggle gave way to fame in 1980, when his work was featured in a group show. His work and style received critical acclaim for the fusion of words, symbols, stick figures, and animals. Soon, his paintings came to be adored by an art loving public that had no problem paying as much as $50,000 for a Basquiat original.

His rise coincided with the emergence of a new art movement, Neo-Expressionism, ushering in a wave of new, young and experimental artists that included Julian Schnabel and Susan Rothenberg.

In the mid 1980s, Basquiat collaborated with famed pop artist Andy Warhol, which resulted in a show of their work that featured a series of corporate logos and cartoon characters.

On his own, Basquiat continued to exhibit around the country and the world. In 1986, he traveled to Africa for a show in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. That same year, the 25-year-old exhibited nearly 60 paintings at the Kestner-Gesellschaft Gallery in Hanover, Germany—becoming the youngest artist to ever showcase his work there.

As his popularity soared, so did Basquiat’s personal problems. By the mid-1980s, friends became increasingly concerned by his excessive drug use. He became paranoid and isolated himself from the world around him for long strethes. Desperate to kick a heroin addiction, he left New York for Hawaii in 1988, returning a few months later and claiming to be sober.

Sadly, he wasn’t. Basquiat died of a drug overdose on August 12, 1988, in New York City. He was 27 years old. Although his art career was brief, Jean-Michel Basquiat has been credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience in the elite art world.

Rear View Mirror – My Week in Review

Are you subscribed to Brainpickings.org? You really absolutely should. What is better than getting an occasional email that breaks it down for you, makes the classics accessible, and shows you that knowing history is really more important than knowing pop culture. Here is an excellent example:

Why Haters Hate: Kierkegaard Explains the Psychology of Bullying and Online Trolling in 1847

Celebrated as the first true existentialist philosopher, Danish writer and thinker Søren Kierkegaard (May 5, 1813–November 11, 1855) may have only lived a short life, but it was a deep one and its impact radiated widely outward, far across the centuries and disciplines and schools of thought. He was also among the multitude of famous writers who benefited from keeping a diary and nowhere does his paradoxical blend of melancholy and idealism, of despair about the human condition and optimism about the purpose of life, shine more brilliantly than in The Diary of Søren Kierkegaard (public library) — a compendium of Kierkegaard’s frequently intense, always astoundingly thoughtful reflections on everything from happiness and melancholy to writing and literature to self-doubt and public opinion.

In an immeasurably insightful entry from 1847, 34-year-old Kierkegaard observes a pervasive pathology of our fallible humanity, explaining the same basic psychology that lurks behind contemporary phenomena like bullying,trolling, and the general assaults of the web’s self-appointed critics, colloquially and rather appropriately known as haters.

Kierkegaard writes:

There is a form of envy of which I frequently have seen examples, in which an individual tries to obtain something by bullying. If, for instance, I enter a place where many are gathered, it often happens that one or another right away takes up arms against me by beginning to laugh; presumably he feels that he is being a tool of public opinion. But lo and behold, if I then make a casual remark to him, that same person becomes infinitely pliable and obliging. Essentially it shows that he regards me as something great, maybe even greater than I am: but if he can’t be admitted as a participant in my greatness, at least he will laugh at me. But as soon as he becomes a participant, as it were, he brags about my greatness.

That is what comes of living in a petty community.

It is unlikely that Kierkegaard was aware of what would become known as the Benjamin Franklin Effect — the Founding Father formulated his famous reverse-psychology trick for handling haters — and yet he goes on to relay an anecdote that embodies it perfectly. He recounts coming upon three young men outside his gate who, upon seeing him, “began to grin and altogether initiated the whole gamut of insolence.” As he approached them, Kierkegaard noticed that they were smoking cigars and turned to one of them, asking for a light. Suddenly, the men’s attitude took a dramatic U-turn — the seemingly simple exchange had provided precisely that invitation for participation in greatness:

Instantly, all three doffed their hats and it would seem I had done them a service by asking for a light. Ergo: the same people would be happy to cry bravo for me if I merely addressed a friendly, let alone, flattering word to them; as it is, they cry pereat [he shall perish!] and are defiant… All it amounts to is play-acting. But how invaluably interesting to have one’s knowledge of human psychology enriched in this way.

The Diary of Søren Kierkegaard may be short in both pages and lifetime covered, but it is a treasure trove of equally penetrating insights into the human experience. Complement it with Kierkegaard on our greatest source of unhappiness, then revisit Anne Lamott’s brilliant modern manifesto for handling haters.

It’s been a few weeks since I have done a weekly round up of all my internet activities. I think it is mostly because Sundays are busy for me now and I don’t have the extra time, unless I preload it Saturday night.

Last week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Harris Glenn Milstead (Divine), George C. Scott, Montgomery Clift, Rita Hayworth, Jean Arthur, Angela Lansbury, Linda Darnell, Oscar Wilde and Ed Wood.

The Stats:

Total Posts:1,309
Views This Week: 1,267
All Time Views: 132,633
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Doris Duke
Total Subscribers: 357

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Sometimes, I just go into my ever-growing blog photo files and type in the date and see what comes up.  I almost exclusively do that when posting the daily picture to the Big Inflatable Crayon facebook group.  I like the randomness of it, of not everything being thought out and in my control.  Here is what we get for the 14th:

Here is what happened this week out in the world:

Kanye West urges wheelchair-bound fan to stand…  U.S. government threatened to fineYahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies … Vancouverfails to appreciate naked, erect Satan sculpture … Michigan pranksters face prosecution for using weed killer to depict male genitalia on a high school’s football field … Pia Zadora is seriously injured in golf cart accident … US Rep. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) breaks up with “Appalachian trail” mistress in an epic Facebook rant … Every U.S. President in the past quarter-century has gone on television during prime time to announce the bombing of Iraq …  Family of former Gov.Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) involved in party brawl …  US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gets booed by ChristiansBurger King offers a blackcheeseburger, but only in JapanFloyd Mayweather, Jr. thinks National Football League‘s penalty for wife-beating player is too harsh …  Cop says National Football League has had video of wife-beating player formonths … Former FBI Director Louis Freeh forced three cars off the road before driving his SUV into a treePennsylvania teenager is prosecuted for prank photo with statue of JesusPrice Waterhouse Coopers crunches the numbers and concludes that we’re approaching a climate change disaster …  Mike Tyson doesn’t want to talk about his conviction for rape …  National Football League never asked to see video of Ravens player beating the hell out of his fiancée …  NCAA to Penn State: All is forgiven for Jerry Sandusky‘s child molesting …  Should reporters explain that Karl Rove‘s campaign ads are lies, or does it go without saying? …

No, it’s not all great stuff, but it is what happened.

This week, youtube thought I would like to view a video of a man creeping around Grey Gardens:

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Rear View Mirror – My Week in Review

Identity of Jack The Ripper finally ‘revealed’ with the help of DNA evidence

A suspicious character … an etching of a ‘vigilance committee’ identifying possible suspects in London in 1888. Picture: The Illustrated London News Source: Supplied

THE search to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper appears to be over.

DNA on a shawl found near one of the victims, Catherine Eddowes, reportedly contains a match to both her and one of the chief suspects, Aaron Kosminsky.

The Polish hairdresser, who moved to England with his family in 1881, was committed to a mental asylum at the peak of Ripper hysteria.

 

Revealed? … DNA evidence reportedly confirms that Aaron Kosminski is Jack the Ripper. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

The breakthrough came when Dr Jari Louhelainen, an expert in historic DNA, was commissioned to study a shawl found with Eddowes, the second-last “confirmed” victim of the Ripper more than 125 years ago.

The shawl — which still retained historic stains — had been bought by a businessman at an auction in 2007.

“It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago,” Dr Louhelainen told a British newspaper.

“Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.

“The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.”

Killing sports … this map of Whitechapel in the 1800s shows Flower and Dean Streets in purple and the sites of some killings as red spots. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Kosminski was born in Poland in 1865 before moving to Whitechapel, England, in 1881.

The murders attributed to Jack the Ripper began in 1888, with up to 11 deaths around the Whitechapel area linked to the killer.

Frances Coles, believed to be the Ripper’s last victim, died in February 1891 — the same year Kosminski was forcibly put in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.

He remained in mental health facilities until his death in 1919, aged 53.

**So that happened**

I did some stuff on the internets this week.  I guess none of it was harmful, but at the same time, none of it was exceptionally valuable.  This is one of those weeks I consider reducing my social media footprint.  Or it should be making me money.  Something like that.  It is not a great week for me.  I was considering celebrating the birthdays of serial killers, so I figured something must be a bit off.  I won’t, or I will but put it on tumblr, but not on their birthdays.  I don’t know/care.

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This week, I started tracking my physical activity with a fitbit. I have learned that I am a restless sleeper and do not drink enough water. I should also probably run longer.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Claudette Colbert, Shirley Booth, Molly Ivins, Carol Doda, Iris Apfel, Man Ray, Shirley Manson, and added The Girl Most Likely to to the Required Viewing film series.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 1,252
Total Subscribers: 335
Total All Time Views: 124,041
Total Views This Week: 1,084
This Week’s Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Shirley Booth

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of Doris Day, Zelda Fitzgerald, Sophia Loren, On The Waterfront, Yves Saint Laurent, The Goonies, The Maltese Falcon, Treasure Island, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, vintage Seattle, Vintage Air France posters Louise Brooks, Elizabeth Taylor, abandoned places, Christy Turlington, Kay Thompson, Candy Darling, Dorothy Parker and the art of Keith Haring.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,821
Posts This Week: 249
Total Subscribers: 238
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Yves Saint Laurent

This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA my daily fitness stats via fitbit and this:

Seems strange I don’t know a single tatoo artist in Seattle. Any suggestions? #tattoo #seattle

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 278 (automatically deleted after 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 300
Total Followers: 242

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This morning, I looked at photos of tattoos with latin phrases and did not come across the one I am considering.

This week through @TheRealSPA, I tweeted:

When you polish the floor you have to move the tree.

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 313 (older tweets automatically deleted to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 290
Total Followers: 236

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted a bunch of photos of old hollywood, vintage Seattle, Paris, New York, abandoned places, Thom Browne taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, art, and inspirational quotes.

The Stats:

Total Notes: 2,788
Notes This Week: 389
Total Followers: 237
New Followers This Week: 26 (thanks!)
Most Popular Note: Today is the birthday of Yves Saint Laurent.

This week on RRCD on Tumblr, I worked on the layout and formatting a bit. I am using it mostly as a crosspost profile for ricardoduque.com.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 70
Total Followers: 12
New Followers This Week: 9

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Dorothy Parker, Gracie Hansen, Coco Chanel and Maureen O’Hara. I added Family Affair to my list of Not So Secret Obsessions and The Seven Year Itch to the list of Required Viewing films.

The Stats:

Total views this week: 921
Total all time views: 122,842
Total posts: 1,243
Total Subscribers: 335

This week on RicardoDuque.com, I posted the newest paintings and the flyer for the gallery opening. If you want to have an email sent to you every time a new work is posted, click on the plus symbol on the lower right hand corner and supply your email address.

The Stats:

Total all Time Views: 232
Total followers: 10

This week on @TheRealSPA on Instagram, I posted a lot of shots I took from the gallery openings at the Seattle Design Center and some of the art I hung out at the lake house.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 610
Total Followers: 142
Total Following: 213

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