December 2nd, 2008

krazy koati

There's no escaping the jaws of the alien this time

As has been mentioned, and may be implied by a trip report not done five months later, I'm a lingerer in museums. Although the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame decreases in floor space as one ascends it, I was still reading the Rolling Stone wall when they began warning about the museum closing shortly, and I had to hurry through the exhibit of Miscellaneous Things From Les Paul's Life and hurry up to what proved, at top, to be a small temporary exhibit about The Doors. Some of that was The Doors, the musical group; some of it was The Doors, the Oliver Stone movie that I didn't see either. I did notice the sample script pages from the movie were printed in black ink on red paper, which indicates either they ran out of normal paper or someone in Oliver Stone Master Command was afraid of people photocopying his script. I remember they tried the same trick with the City Codes To Pretend To Beat Software Copying for the original SimCity.

Among the many piles of pop cultural detritus stuffed away were two pieces from Michael Jackson's earlier career as really popular musician which felt odd to look at these days that he's just a weird creepy guy: his mask from the 'Thriller' video --- I would assume one of many, although I have to admit in the old days of the 1980s they spent much less on creature effects and maybe they did do the whole video with just the one werewolf mask --- and his Glove, looking fresh as the day Opus the Penguin returned it. Again I'd imagine there were multiple copies of the Glove, although I suppose that's in part because I have the feeling Michael Jackson is, or became, the kind of guy who wears new clothes rather than washing and reusing the old. I remember at one time the Glove was somehow exciting or at least iconic; now, it's stuffed under glass and one of the things you glance at on the way to seeing pictures of the ``Butchered Babies'' cover to The Beatles' Yesterday And Today. Thus the ways of all things, I suppose.

Trivia: The Ford Model A (of 1927) cost $550 for the coupe; available colors included Niagara Blue, Arabian Sand, Cobra Drab, Andalusite Blue, and Dawn Gray. Source: Henry and Edsel: The Creation of the Ford Empire, Ricahrd Bak.

Currently Reading: Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niño And The Fate Of Civilizations, Brian Fagan.