Monday, February 13, 2017

Language, speaking and writing and then there's that guy in the White House

I started Mind Jazz in December of 2006 thanks to a columnist, Jack Neworth, who writes Laughing Matters every Friday for the Santa Monica Daily Press, a local paper.  If you have to ask where that local paper is located then I'm fairly certain you shouldn't continue reading this piece because confusion and chaos is already extremely present in your life on this lovely Monday morning....which just happens to be the first normal weather morning we've had in at least 30 days.  I never remember a longer cold period and yet I feel silly talking about cold when I know that 45 and 50 degrees isn't really cold....but again the term IT'S ALL RELATIVE applies directly to this weather observation.  A very large number of Southern California inhabitants experience a weather mood state and that state is called....spoiled.

THAT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF BOTH STYLE AND CONTENT THAT EXISTS QUITE OFTEN IN A MIND JAZZ PIECE.  ADDING A TOUCH OF SARCASM AND HUMOR DOESN'T TAKE A LOT OF EXTRA EFFORT. Whether it is good sarcasm or humor rests entirely in your mind.  I have no idea what you are thinking about....but I do appreciate the fact that you are reading this.

By the way CAPITAL LETTERS do not indicate yelling.  BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS DO!
Non-bold capital letters only indicate the stressing of a point or just good old fashion nonsense.


I receive very few comments about Mind Jazz and since I've written over 1250 articles in the last 11 years and like I just said I truly have no idea how this blog rates in the mind of those who read it.  I occasionally look at the stats and acknowledge that people do open the page....whether or not they actually read past the first sentence is any one's guess....and that might have something to do with my punctuation style or lack of punctuation etiquette.  I take liberties when putting t h e s e letters o n t h e p a g e....or should I say that my fingers take the liberties because in truth I usually don't know what I writing until after it's been written and then quite often I'm amazing that any of it makes sense.  I have accepted the reality that I do look at issues a bit differently than the average person....and since everyone has a chance to rise above the designation of average then there is the possibility sometime in the future I will only be writing for the above average person.  From what I've been able to ascertain YOU are way above that particular brand of human being so when I write something profound or witty.....technically I'm writing it for you.


Without feedback and comments the truth is I might be only one of three people that think anything I do...makes sense.  I'm quite confident in those other two people and less confident in myself which is probably the result of having been belittled by Sister Mary Margaret in my eight years of grade school.
( I've said this before....every nun is Sister Mary Margaret in my mind)

Got to blame someone....and nuns are the perfect scapegoat. 

I use different punctuation marks and sometimes I use zero punctuation marks.  I use ellipses but add extra .'s because that's something I've always done and I have papers from college that are filled with red indications that my use of .......'s is flat out wrong.  A few teachers even indicated that they won't grade the paper because....well, extra ......'s just bothered the s**t out of them and that I was incapable of writing correctly and therefore I should think about working as a ski lift operator.
I just assumed that my English teacher at the time really enjoyed skiing. It wasn't until a few years later when I went skiing that I actually realized he was insulting me.  When I decided to apply for that position they said I would be better off working in the bar area.  It wasn't until later while working in the bar area that I once again realized I was being insulted.

Writing that last paragraph in italics is also something I've done for a very long time....but when younger I only italicized certain words and then as I matured I started initializing certain phrases and then advanced to entire sentences and then found myself doing entire paragraphs which is how this paragraph started so since we are both back here right now...let's move along.

Sidebar:  I've noticed a new sense of freedom and rule breaking with fiction writers over the last few years and this quote by Cormac McCarthy seems to fit my brand or style or whatever it is that I do.

 James Joyce is a good model for punctuation. He keeps it to an absolute minimum. There’s no reason to blot the page up with weird little marks. I mean, if you write properly you shouldn’t have to punctuate.

I would never ever never ever never ever ever put my style in the same sentence with either of those writers.  What I do is what I do and that's all I can do. 

When it comes to the speaking part of this piece you need not worry about me at the present time vocalizing and or reading Mind Jazz.  I do hope to start making podcasts of my work but I'm waiting for radio to become a bit more advanced.  Hopefully within 6 months I can figure out how to simply push a button and you can either read or listen.  It's probably already available but I'm mired in a older Microsoft OS so until something breaks....this is it and it is what it is.

The main thing I wanted to mention about speaking is that since the advent of electronic communication in the early 20th Century we have never had anyone in the White House so inept at the art of speaking.




 IT'S ALMOST LUDICROUS!

And yes that is yelling.

Perhaps I'm using the word almost because I simply can't believe what I'm hearing when HE talks.  HE doesn't finish sentences and his syntax is so goofy that I really believe he takes some medication and that we will eventually learn that he has suffered from ADD since childhood.  And if that's true than his success story is really off the charts.  We all know that ADD and OCD and all of those other acronym dealio's are treatable and many successful people have learned to overcome any of the drawbacks that are associated with those problems.

If he doesn't have ADD then something else might be going on....like 5 galleons of coffee on a daily basis or an abundance of Cokes or Pepsi.  Could it just be nervous energy?  Maybe he's just shy and has learned to overcompensate by charging forward on even the smallest silliest insignificant matters.  I just get concerned how he will response to BIG SERIOUS MATTERS.

I'M PRETTY SURE YOU HAVE THAT SAME CONCERN.

It's a difference maker when it comes to international conflicts, whether they be military or economic.

The guy who wrote his book ART of the DEAL has pretty much disappeared from the scene. I think we need to get that gentleman on Fox News ASAP.  I know The Donald had a cease and desist order filed when the guy started talking during the campaign.

WAIT RIGHT HERE AND I'LL FIND HIS NAME.....it won't even seem like I'm gone.

Tony Schwartz  Art of the Deal

Somehow the muzzle must be removed and this guy needs to spend a few consecutive weeks on the Bill Maher show.  In fact every talk show in America should chip in and pay whatever the penalty is and get this him on the air.

NOW!
NOT LATER!

NOW! 
Before anything really serious happens to our country.

Michael Timothy McAlevey







Sunday, February 5, 2017

MUST WATCH and talk about and share and so on and so forth......

COPY AND PASTE and then spend some time on his site.

VERY IMPORTANT

http://billmoyers.com/story/an-epa-nominee-drafted-by-business-interests/

Also available on YouTube


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Never before has something seemed so clear


As for those of you who read Mind Jazz on a regular or semi-regular basis you will acknowledge that I mainly write about sociopolitical issues and only on rare occasions do I include my artwork or my current "studies" of interest. My pages on Facebook generally address those aspects of my life.

My current studies, besides continuation of CERN discoveries, centers on Black Holes, Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Equations. The purpose of my studies is to aid in the creation of my next art show which will combine Particle discoveries and the above mentioned topics, which combined with my special paint applications should prove to be both visually and mentally stimulating.

This is one of the moments where learning and politics collide and on November 8, 2016 I was quite amazed to learn that The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle completely meshes with the current political situation.

ESTABLISHING THE POSITION OF A PARTICLE IN A SMALL REGION OF SPACE MAKES ITS MOMENTUM UNCERTAIN, AND VICE VERSA, AND THE OVERALL UNCERTAINTY IS GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT.  Werner Heisenberg 1927

In the play Copenhagen Werner's character says

" Everyone understands uncertainty. Or thinks he does." 

The uncertainty principle of politics in 2017 America has never been more uncertain.

I realize that the more I study about Black Holes, Dark Matter and Dark Energy the more uncertain my understanding becomes and then I create a visual interpretation.





The beginning of my interpretation deals with the Gravitational Waves that emit from the Black Holes
which allows us to know that they actually exist.

The Gravitational Waves that we are now aware of come from two black holes merging.

In 1916 Albert Einstein predicted that these waves exist and it basically altered a part of Newtonian law (which is another story for another day) and it wasn't until September 14 2015 that they detected the first waves at the LIGO detectors.  It was actually announced on Feb 11 2016.  Then on June 15th they announced a second detection.

There is actually a branch of observation astronomy called Gravitational Wave Astronomy. 

About one month ago I created a preliminary sketch of an energy field outside of a black hole
before I painted the black hole....because I simply assumed that it was a very intense area.





Then two days ago I stumbled across an artist rendition of a black hole and this artist works for NASA. It made me relaxed knowing that I'm at least on the same page as the really smart people at NASA.




I will post my finished piece when it is finished and I promise it will glow on you!

AND THEN
I JUST HEARD ON THE NEWS
THAT PRESIDENT TWITTER SPIN 
HAS STATED THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF AND THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

AND NOW
I've discovered that Black Holes
exist
in 
Washington D.C.
and they are located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Uncertainty Principle  
OMG! 
I've got to go to sleep

Michael Timothy McAlevey 




















Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Alternative facts and Press briefing battles because....

The simple fact is that for the last 16 months our current President has engaged in spreading "alternative facts" and questioning the press whenever they weren't agreeing with him.

WHY SHOULD ANYTHING CHANGE? 

The first few days saw President Twitter Spin go to the CIA's sacred wall and talk about the crowd discrepancy during his inauguration. 

WHY ON EARTH WOULD HE MENTION THAT ISSUE TO THE CIA?

Kellyanne Conway spent months belittling Donald Trump until her boos, Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race at the end of June 2016.  On July 1st Donald Trump hired her to run his campaign.

WHY HASN'T ANY MEMBER OF THE MEDIA ASKED HER ABOUT THE THINGS SHE SAID ABOUT TRUMP BEFORE JULY?

AND THE QUESTIONS 
ARE 
JUST 
STARTING

I'm only going to ask a few questions every day....because if we've learned anything in the last year it's that too much information and too many facts just can't be digested by the American voter....unless of course they are "alternative facts."

Michael Timothy McAlevey








Monday, January 16, 2017

End of this week seems surreal but there is always art and MLK

I worked three days for the L.A. Art show at the Convention Center and then spent the fourth day trying to cover anything I had previously missed.

The show consisted of 90 plus galleries from around the world and I estimate that the four day attendance probably reached 60 to 75,000....which isn't bad considering this was a 4 game NFL playoff weekend.  Although there were probably more women than men I have to say WE (males) were quite well represented which indicates a few things.  Football is popular but not that popular and people will pay to see art.  The cost of admittance was $30 for a a one day pass....which might have been the cost of attending a professional football, on the 50 yard line, about ten years ago.....maybe 15.  This particular show, when it was in Santa Monica at the Airport about five years ago....cost $10.

I probably walked passed this one particular space at least ten times mainly because it was located in a center part of the floor plan.  I had not stopped for various reasons that might or might not be important to this "article" but yesterday as I was perusing a certain space I happened to be standing directly in front of this previously ignored space, with my back turned.  I happened to look over my shoulder and realized that there was an image similar to my first piece I did in 2013 (far fewer colors) when trying to create an explosion of protons in honor of what was happening at the CERN project in Geneva.



Also showing were six pieces that were obviously stimulated by Jackson Pollock but with oodles and oodles of less paint.  I never thought I would use the word oodles but now I've used it three times and I hope it doesn't turn into an addiction.






I introduced myself and pulled out my latest business card.





The item you are now looking at is a 2 1/2 inch puzzle piece from 1993.  There are approximately 70 to 80 other pieces of this puzzle either in a drawer or in the possession of a gallery owner or artist who attended the L.A. Art show.....I know this to be true because I just started utilizing the puzzle pieces on Saturday January 14, 2017....and so far I've handed out at least 20 pieces and ten out of the 20 said the same thing...."That's a lot of work for a business card."  My response was the same each time, "Well, not really."





Side bar 
In case you do not know the Puzzle story it's a good one and if you e-mail me at m1117mtm@yahoo.com I will be happy to share.  My puzzle period ran from Dec 27, 1991 to Feb 3, 1994.

The back of the puzzle is magnetic tape....so it can instantly become a refrigerator item.

I only have about 750 puzzle pieces left, not counting the three large intact puzzles that will not be used as business cards but instead will be sold as pieces of art.  (Since I sold more than 500 small per-magnetic puzzles and around 50 magnetic puzzles during my puzzle period I think it's safe to say that when the right person comes along my last few puzzles will be gone.) 

Now let's get back to the Art Show because believe it or not this article was never about me but somehow I bent time and space and took it in that direction.

When I handed my card to KENJI MISAWA, the artist who painted the two pieces above, and explained that it was part of a large puzzle, he seemed impressed.  And then I started talking about the first piece that caught my eye, which is called EYE CHAKRA, and how it looked like something I had done in the beginning of my CERN project and turned into THE OTHER GOD PARTICLES art show in September of 2014.

Then I glanced down at the table and noticed some books with his name on the cover of each book.

KENJI MISAWA

Each page in the first book showed what he has been doing since 1968.

KENJI MISAWA

Here are a few examples of work done by an artist that I originally thought didn't use enough paint on his Jackson Pollock type paintings. 





As I turned the pages I went from feeling humbled to feeling honored to have been able to meet someone of his stature.  What you are looking at are just a few pieces from his immense body of work.  He even had one project, that if I understood him correctly, where he build a river so that it would make his sculpture look more in tune with the environment.  HE BUILT THE RIVER!

There is another project he is currently working on where he is building a beach.

KENJI MISAWA 

 At one point he asked me about business and I said, "I apparently do everything for free." I'm 
fairly certain at that point he probably considered me to be insane.  

The art of conducting business that is centered on what I do creatively seems to be the total magical conundrum of my life and whereas I would love NOT to worry about finances IT SEEMS I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE IN THE MATTER.

SECURING A PATRON THAT ALLOWS ME TO CREATE LARGER PIECES AND CONDUCT MY SHOW, THE OTHER GOD PARTICLES,  ON A SEMI-REGULAR BASIS, DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ON THE UNIVERSE'S CALENDAR OF EVENTS.  

IT'S A TEST TO SEE HOW MUCH WORK I CAN DO BEFORE ENDING UP UNDER SOME OVERPASS TALKING TO HOMELESS PEOPLE ABOUT ART, THE CERN PROJECT, QUANTUM MECHANICS,  AND SOUL AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT...along with my numerous left wing biased opinions on social and political events.

I honestly don't see myself lasting very long in that environment but if I don't get a sponsor soon for my numerous avenues of expression, it's possible that I could become a character in John Steinbeck's great grandson's new novel.....THE STUPIDEST RAISIN ON THE VINE.

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 Today is Martin Luther King's birthday and it's a National Holiday that probably doesn't get recognized by 90% of the people who don't like Barack Obama....and at least 60% of the people who voted for Donald Trump.

The art of generalization has gotten easier and easier during this last election campaign.  Identifying people according to their  political choices has never been so clear.

Friday January 20 2017 is a day that will live in ???????????????

But in the meantime I was able to meet an visionary master in the world of sculpture and the best thing about 
Kenji Misawa
is the
simple fact that he is a 
nice
man.

Truly an honor and for that I must thank that same Universe
which
keeps
me
wondering
if 
will
ever 
stop
worrying
about
money.

It really does derail the train of creativity and yet I have a versatile body of work 
and besides that
you just finished reading a Mind Jazz piece and I was able to introduce you to a brilliant artist.

Happy Birthday MLK

Hope for extremely windy day on Friday 
to see what President "Biff" really looks like.

Michael Timothy McAlevey




 



















Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goodbye Goog;e Chrome and Hello Firefox

Operating system is Windows Vista and while it might be older it was working fine until Google Chrome no longer supported updates from Windows for XP and Vista.  I know XP no longer is supported by Microsoft but Vista was suppose to go until April of 2017.

I do want to thank Google Chrome for the excellent  three years of updates and accessibility.  I understand why the company is so valuable but like all things there comes a time to move along.

I am having slight problem removing Google Chrome from my program list and that doesn't surprise me in the least.

I've downloaded Firefox and will test their waters until the flood gates open.  The flood gates opening will be as a result of Windows no longer updating my Security Essential Security program.  At the bottom of my page I have a horrid orange symbol that should be a beautiful green system and I fully expect to see Chinese, Russian and whoever suddenly enter my computer and make my techno life a living hell.

I am using this short piece just for a test.

I might have some problems because of not using Google Chrome because Blogspot, the host of Mind Jazz, is a Google company and in the past whenever someone tried to cross pollinate information in the Windows, Internet Explorer world....Bill Gates would somehow create pain and suffering.

I'm not sure if Google is that vindictive but I suppose I will find out.

Only ten days away from the weirdness Inauguration day in the history of our country and all I'm praying for is WIND, WIND and more WIND.....so that we can really see what "Biff" looks like.

God help us and God bless the United States of America.

Michael Timothy McAlevey


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

And so it begins

Today Congress goes back to work and we are about to be GOPeed to the max.  Preparing for their vaulted new leader to take office on January 20 the Republican members will begin the attempted dismantling of everything Barack Obama thought important.

Silly things like the environment, health care and food stamps.

There's been a lot of GOP complaining about how many people are getting food stamps and it seems that there's a fairly logical reason people apply for food stamps.

THEY NEED FOOD.

When one reads about how many children in America go to bed every night hungry one has to wonder if those statistics are available to the members of Republican Party in the House and Senate.

Are they on a DON'T TELL US BAD NEWS list?

Or

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT LESS FORTUNATE PEOPLE DON'T REALLY CONTACT THEIR REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES?

Maybe every disadvantaged, homeless, starving and sick person in this great country is a Democrat.

I never considered that possibility before.

Simple solution.

WE ALL BECOME REPUBLICANS.

IMMEDIATELY!

ALL PROBLEMS SOLVED!

And it becomes the perfect solution to making sure that The Donald won't have a second term.

I think I'm on to something here
or
I'm on something here
but if that's the case then someone dosed my coffee or laced the morning paper and it went to my fingers and then into my blood stream and now
I'm
blazing.

Ok....let's regroup our thoughts for a sec.  

IF MILLIONS OF DEMOCRATS CHANGED THEIR PARTY AFFILIATION BEFORE THE NEXT MID TERMS, AND BERNIE AND ELIZABETH BECAME  REPUBLICANS......THEN BY 2020 IT MIGHT BE VERY HARD FOR THE INCUMBENT TO MOUNT A RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN.

We need to be looking into the future as we plan our strategies.....

I'M  OPEN TO ANY SUGGESTIONS...no matter how hair-brain they might appear......after all, keep one thing in mind....

That's how the Trump fiasco got started

ONE HAIR-BRAINED IDEA by one weird hair dude.

Time to brainstorm.....

Michael Timothy McAlevey








Saturday, December 31, 2016

Something just doesn't seem right....or fair.

2016 has one more day and as I sit down to summarize a very complex year, all I think about is how unfair the following statement is.

WE LOST MUHAMMAD ALI 
AND 
WE 
GAINED 
DONALD TRUMP

I understand that life can be unfair and there are really no valid explanations on why certain things happen to certain people at uncertain times but putting those two men in a comparison mode just highlights the tragedy of the recent current events.

Obviously Donald J. Trump being elected the 45th President of the United States is the biggest surprise of the year and thus the most important event mainly because of political, social and environmental ramifications that could result from America having a HUGE brain fart.

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There was one film I saw in 2016 that should be required viewing in every High School and College.
And it might be a good idea to show this film to every Police Academy graduating class in America.

13th

It's a documentary by Ava DuVernay.

Stunning 
and contains statistics that will boggle your mind.

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I read the most interesting book (which means it has to be non-fiction) by a physicists named
 Lisa Randall.

DARK MATTER and the DINOSAURS

It will open your eyes and your mind if you have any interest in science and how the Universe operates.

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The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and that would have been the main sports story of 2016 (and probably still is in Chicago)
if
Vin Scully hadn't retired.

The retirement of Vin will be felt in ways that are hard to calculate....keeping in mind that MOST people don't follow baseball and couldn't care less that the greatest broadcaster in history is now listening to someone one else.......just like us. With replays and recordings a little dose of Vinny is available anytime.


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Music got hammered in 2016 with Prince and David Bowie leading the departure train.  Since their music is captured forever, immortality is guaranteed as long as Earth orbits the Sun.


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ISIS, Syria, Aleppo, Destroyed Ancient Artifacts and Trucks running over people at celebrations were major international stories......
Police shootings of Black and homeless citizens in the United States is a major internal story......
BUT
The Russians hacking the DNC and then passing information to Wiki Leaks will turn out to be the
BIGGEST
STORY
because it's tied to our 2016 Presidential Election in ways that will be slow to unfold.
Think back to Nixon
Think now about Trump
both extremely paranoid 
and both with followers that will do anything to make their bosses happy.

THIS STORY WILL ONLY GROW AND GROW
and our relationship with Russia will end up being the main story for 2017.

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I could continue to flap on about 2016 but honestly the Donald Trump story just makes me so depressed that I literally have run out of words

Happy New Year?????????????????

Michael Timothy McAlevey