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El Gato Negro - The New Menu

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I may have set a world record for longest menu, which probably doesn't surprise anyone that knows me.  There are 12 pages of food, several pages of superfoods and health information, the FAQ and several pages of random book notes before getting to my list of favorite books.   Each time I edit it, I add pages. 

You can see my 36-page menu in PDF format here:   Download El gato negro menu

The menu goes into effect Wednesday morning.

You can see photos pf my store here, though it hasn't been updated for a while.  We have a Facebook page thanks to Rob, but it's his domainand he is bad about putting up photos.

The menu covers are homemade, abstract collage creations.  This batch was not quite as interesting as the last menus, which included the sex menu cover: a collage of a brochure from The Vagina Monologues and The Dysfunctional Family Doll Set with cross-drssing dad, S&M mom and the psychiatrist in the pink rabbit suit.  I have a twisted sense of humor.

Despite the uniqueness and intricacy of some of the menu covers, most people don't notice them.  Or they notice them they are falling apart becasue we haven't updated the menu and prices in more than two years and  it's costing us money on any item with blueberries.  But in good condition many people never noticed that they were holding the sex menu cover, Playboy centerfold and all.  

I am also working on coffee bag labels and because I have to be different, I am using several different cats and mixing them with vibrant labels, of which there will be almost limitless color combinations. On top of the labels. I am creating 5x6 postcards and two sizes of stickers.  I like that I can sell my art in my store!

Off to the printers tomorrow.  Here are a few more of my images:

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Power

"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. "  - Ayn Rand

“We are in power. Nobody will deny it. By virtue of that power we shall remain in power…We have no words to waste on you. When you reach out your vaunted strong hands for our palaces and purpled ease, we will show you what strength is. In roar of shell and shrapnel and in whine of machine-guns will our answer be couched. We will grind you revolutionists down under our heel, and we shall walk upon your faces. The world is ours, we are its lords, and ours it shall remain. As for the host of labor, it has been in the dirt since history began, and I read history aright. And in the dirt it shall remain so long as I and mine and those that come after us have the power. There is the word. It is the king of words–Power. Not God, not Mammon, but Power. Pour it over your tongue till it tingles with it. Power.”  -  Mr. Wickson, The Iron Heel by Jack London (1908), chapter 4

"Poor people have access to the courts in the same sense that Christians had access to the lions."  - Justice Earl Johnson, Jr.


Artist Shakedown in the Catholic Church

She had the best of intentions, but Cecilia Giminez understands that the restoration of the now very famous Jesus fresco, originally painted by Elias Garcia Martinez in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Borj, Spain, was a bit beyond her expertise as an artist.  Despite her lack of technical skill, her work has become so popular that Ryaniair offers flights  to the city, encouraging passengers to visit Giminez's restoration of the culturally popular fresco. 

"The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic," says an unnamed writer at the BBC.

Now Cecilia Giminez wants royalties from the church, which has seen a huge increase in traffic since Giminez wowed the world with her interpretation of Jesus.  I would buy a coffee cup, t-shirt and a tote bag of her work.  How about you?

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I have read this story over and over and I cannot stop laughing!  I would defintely visit this church so I, too, could witness a big, hairy monkey on the body of Jesus.


Kaleidoscope

I could spend all night watching these colors.  They are mesmerizing!  This would make a wonderful screensaver, but you might ending more time watching the screen saver than surfing the internet.

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http://www.carl-sperlich.com/Video/VenusStar.swf

 

Better yet, play with the kaleaidescope program while listening to this:

Freude schöner Götterfunken (englisch) Songtext:

Joy, fair spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
Drunk with fiery rapture, Goddess,
We approach thy shrine!

Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing.

May he who has had the fortune
To gain a true friend
And he who has won a noble wife
Join in our jubilation!

Yes, even if he calls but one soul
His own in all the world.
But he who has failed in this
Must steal away alone and in tears.

All the world's creatures
Draw joy from nature's breast;
Both the good and the evil
Follow her rose-strewn path.

She gave us kisses and wine
And a friend loyal unto death;
She gave lust for life to the lowliest,
And the Cherub stands before God.

Joyously, as his suns speed
Through Heaven's glorious order,
Hasten, Brothers, on your way,
Exulting as a knight in victory.

Joy, fair spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
Drunk with fiery rapture, Goddess,
We approach thy shrine!

Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing.

Be embraced, Millions!
Take this kiss for all the world!
Brothers, surely a loving Father
Dwells above the canopy of stars.

Do you sink before him, Millions?
World, do you sense your Creator?
Seek him then beyond the stars!
He must dwell beyond the stars.