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The Triumph of Vinyl

In 1977 we launched the Voyager 1 space probe to explore the solar system, and it is now the farthest man-made object from the Earth.  It’s almost 10 billion miles away at this point, and still functioning and transmitting data back to earth.  The radio signals take 14 hours to travel from Voyager to the Earth.  In about 6 years it will reach the heliopause, which is the boundary of the suns influence on the space around it.  Once it passes the heliopause, the probe will be in interstellar space.

Included on the probe is a message to anyone who may encounter the probe in the future.  The message is recorded on the state of the art medium of the day: a gold-anodized long playing record.

Voyager Golden Record

Voyager Golden Record

The record is meant to be played at 16 and 2/3 rpm, which sounds weird, but that is because it is not based on our time-keeping system, but on the fundemental transition of the hydrogen atom.

The record has a cover which includes instructions for playing it.  Apparently there is also a cartridge and stylus included on the probe.

Earlier, in 1972 and 1973, we launched the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 probes, which didn’t include a record, but only a plaque showing what humans look like and where the Earth is located.  Some stupid people were upset that the plaque showed naked humans.  I say thank God they were naked.  Who knows what they would have been shown wearing in 1972.  Bell-bottoms?  Leisure suits?  Oy!

Pioneer plaque

Pioneer plaque

So we’ve basically shown the aliens where we are and what we look like.  Better hope they’re freindly.  And not hungry and looking for meat.

Bacon + Meat = Art

Finally, I get around to writing a bit about my favorite 20th century artist, Francis Bacon.  I have long been fascinated with his delicately executed yet highly disturbing images.  Best of all, his name is Bacon.  And he painted many images of meat!  What could go better on SSG?

Images in this post have been borrowed from http://www.francis-bacon.cx/ which I highly recommend.

Francis Bacon circa 1980

Francis Bacon circa 1980

I was going to include a brief biography, but Wikiepdia does an excellent job if you’re interested:

Francis Bacon (Painter)

Now, on to the important part – the paintings.  Although not meat-themed, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion is his first important work, and is an excellent introduction to his style and techniques.

Part 1

Part 1

Part 2

Part 2

Part 3

Part 3

I see a lot of meaty shapes and colors in those images.  But it gets better.  Painting, 1946 is a full-blown meat festival, respendent with carcasses and entrails.

Painting, 1946

Painting, 1946

Bacon had preoccupations with many different images he had seen during his life.  One of those images was a portrait of Pope Innocent X by Valazquez.  Below is the original painting.

Pope Innocent X, by Valazquez

Pope Innocent X, by Valazquez

And here is one of Bacon’s works based on that painting, Figure with Meat.  Great title!

Figure with Meat

Figure with Meat

If you find his paintings fascinating, as I do, use the links included above to explore and discover more.  Bacon is yummy!

Postscript:

I just found this image.  I’m very excited.  I’ve never seen this before.  A photograph of Francis Bacon with meat.

Portrait of Francis Bacon, 1952

Category:Murder committed by minors

Wikipedia is my favorite place to look for morbid, creepy, sensationalistic information.  Lately I’ve been reading about murders committed by minors.  Creepy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Murder_committed_by_minors