Demossa Gallery Presents Kathryn Jacobi’s “Organic Fractiles,” July 21 – October 20



“I saw a friend’s first drawings on scratchboard. I was immediately intrigued. Drawing with an etching needle or special sharp, spade-shaped nib to scratch white lines through a prepared ink surface over a clay ground, I found a medium that was highly satisfying. It gave me the advantage of a full range of tonality between dark and light values, while still using a tool that felt comfortable and totally natural.
In these drawings, I can move the tool over the surface just a small distance, with the movement of my hand anchored in one place by my wrist. I move the stylus in short, parallel lines, which usually forms a curved plane. At the end of each series of strokes, I move my hand and continue, building up the volumes and directions slowly, deliberately, and yet without a preconceived plan of how the drawing will emerge. I find this practice exciting in its abstraction, whereas my other modalities of work are almost always figurative and determined. These abstractions have a definite pattern of emergence. The forms are almost always organic, and mimic the process of creating fractals on a computer. Each form becomes a variable that is added to and developed to become part of a much more complex whole.”
Kathryn Jacobi is a classically trained contemporary realist painter, printmaker, and photographer who has been exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Kathryn was born in Manhattan, New York. She attended UCLA, UC Berkeley, and California State University Northridge, where she received her BA and her MA. Kathryn presently lives in Santa Monica and has a studio in Los Angeles.

Exhibition Details

 See the online exhibition at Demossa Gallery
July 21 – October 20, 2013

For more information, please contact ART@DEMOSSAGALLERY.COM

Fire Tornado [via Cacciatore]

An astonished filmmaker is coming to grips with the moment he witnessed one of nature's rarest phenomenons - a tornado comprised entirely of fire- and lived to tell the tale. Chris Tangey had been out in Alice Springs, Australia, scouting locations for a new movie. After finishing the task, he went over to help workers at a cattle station when he was confronted by one of nature's most intimidating spectacles.


These fire tornadoes are a natural rarity, but when they occur they predictably cause significant damage. 

A fire tornado, also know as a fire devil, is caused when a column of warm, rising air comes into contact - or causes - a fire on the ground. These fire whirls are known to last for around two minutes on the very rare occasions they take place. 

But Mr Tangey found himself mesmerized by the tornado for more than 40 minutes. The 52-year-old said: 'The weather was perfectly still and it was about 25 degrees celsius - it was an entirely uneventful day. 'Then the next thing a man is yelling 'what the hell is that?' and I turned around and saw a 30-metre fire tornado. 

'I was about 300-metres away and there was no wind but the tornado sounded like a fighter jet. My jaw just dropped.' 

Mr Tangey, who runs Alice Springs Film and Television, in central Australia, described it as a 'once in ten lifetimes experience'.

50 HUMAN BODY MYSTERIES [via David Angsten]

The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries, one that still
confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It's
not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle.
Here are fifty facts about your body, some of which will leave you
stunned... or...

1. It's possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large
fraction of its internal organs. Even if you lose your stomach, your
spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, one kidney, one
lung, and virtually every organ from your pelvic and groin area, you
wouldn't be very healthy, but you would live.

2. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two
swimming pools. Actually, Saliva is more important than you realize. If
your saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

3. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the
smallest is the male sperm. The egg is actually the only cell in the
body that is visible by the naked eye.

 4. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue and the hardest
bone is the jawbone.

5. Human feet have 52 bones, accounting for one quarter of all the
human body's bones.

6. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of
sweat a day.

7. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
The reason it doesn't eat away at your stomach is that the cells of
your stomach wall renew themselves so frequently that you get a new
stomach lining every three to four days.

8. The human lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometers (1,500 mi) of
airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities, having a total surface
area of about 70 square meters, roughly the same area as one side of a
tennis court. Furthermore, if all of the capillaries that surround the
lung cavities were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for
about 992 kilometers. Also, your left lung is smaller than your right
lung to make room for your heart.

9. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph , while coughs clock in at about 60

10. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a
gallon of water to a boil.

11. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.

12. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health It protects the
delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It
also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.

13. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell
the same.

14. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why
one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born

15. A baby's head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of
25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because
people's heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies.

16. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is
reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into
each other, bringing down the total number.

17. It's not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you
attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and
manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else
tickles you.

18. Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means
that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.

19. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a
woman, you are a better smeller than men, and will remain a better
smeller throughout your life.

20. The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

21. The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first
trimester are frogs, worms and potted plants. Scientists have no idea
why this is so, but attribute it to the growing imbalance of hormones
in the body during pregnancy.

22. The life span of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. Every day
the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. But don't worry, you
must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.

23. The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an
encyclopedia. Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your
bloodstream, and is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets
pain signals from the rest of the body, the brain itself cannot feel

24. The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair

25. Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and
ears never stop growing.

26. By 60 years of age, 60% of men and 40% of women will snore.

27. We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening,
because during normal activities during the day, the cartilage in our
knees and other areas slowly compress.

28. The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light
bulb, even while you are sleeping. In fact, the brain is much more
active at night than during the day.

29. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles
per hour. Neurons continue to grow throughout human life. Information
travels at different speeds within different types of neurons.

30. It is a fact that people who dream more often and more vividly, on
an average have a higher Intelligence Quotient.

31. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.

32. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. This is
true for men as well as women.

33. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a

34. A human fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

35. By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste

36. About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. But
don't worry, a majority of these are harmless or even helpful bacteria.

37. The colder the room you sleep in, the higher the chances are that
you'll have a bad dream.

38. Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration
of tiny capillaries just below the skin.

39. Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.

40. Like fingerprints, every individual has an unique tongue print that
can be used for identification.

41. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it
has been decapitated.

42. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.

43. Humans can make do longer without food than sleep . Provided there
is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without
food depending on their body fat and other factors. Sleep deprived
people, however, start experiencing radical personality and
psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest
recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end
of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words,
hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing.

44. The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest blood
type, A-H or Bombay blood, due to the location of its discovery, has
been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered

45. Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived, as a
single cell. Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing and
begin forming the components of a tiny embryo.

46. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than
left-handed people do. This is largely due to the fact that a majority
of the machines and tools we use on a daily basis are designed for
those who are right handed, making them somewhat dangerous for lefties
to use and resulting in thousands of accidents and deaths each year.

47. Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you

48. Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints.

49. Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears.

50. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet in
the air.

The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries, one that still
confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It's
not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle.
Here are fifty facts about your body, some of which will leave you
stunned... or...

Dog And Cat Grieve Dead Friend Together

There's debate as to whether animals comprehend loss of life the way humans do, but when we see photos like this, the answer seems crystal clear.
Reddit user Kanadka took a photograph of her pets apparently grieving together after the loss of her other dog.

She wrote in a post on Wednesday:
I had to put my dog Mauja down last Saturday. I didn't think my other animals were missing her, and then this happened. Kooky and Gracie have never slept together before, but there they were last night, sleeping in Mauja's crate.

Kanadka's late dog, Mauja.

Her viral photo, viewed more than 75,000 times in just a day, inspired others to come forward with similar experiences.

User seewhatyadidthere commented, "My dog and cat grew up together and my dog recently died. My perfectly healthy cat then died two weeks later. Animals create stronger bonds than people think."

4 Worms In Church [via Mary Calhoun]

Four worms and a lesson to be learned!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add

emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate


The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol .

Dead .

The second worm in cigarette smoke . . .
Dead .

Third worm in chocolate syrup . . . .


Fourth worm in good clean soil . .

... Alive


So the Minister asked the congregation,

"What did you learn from this demonstration?"

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . . 

"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate,
you won't

have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service


For those who haven't heard, Washington State just passed both laws - gay marriage and legalized marijuana.
The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect biblical sense because Leviticus 20:13 says, "If a man lies with another man they should be stoned".

We just hadn't interpreted it correctly before!

"Thank You Mother India" 2013 - 3rd Annual Global Campaign

"Thank You Mother India" was started as a very successful local fundraiser for Yoga Gives Back by YGB Ambassador Jorgen Christiansson of Omkar108 Yoga and his student, yoga blogger Peter A. of Mahamondo in Los Angeles in October 2010. YGB has developed this event into its annual fundraiser with global presence.

During this global campaign season, we invite all studios and teachers from every discipline of yoga, from every city and country to join us in supporting the women and children in India. To register or for more info, visit

SOME Diamonds Not a Girl’s Best Friend [via Tom Cacciatore


This is a 15 foot Western Diamondback
rattlesnake - the largest ever caught on record,

This snake was found Near the St. Augustine
outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of
Mesa Az.

A little research revealed the following:

One bite from a snake of this sizewould contain enough venom to
kill over 40 full grown men.

The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a
normal sized man.

A bite from those fangs would be comparable to being stabbed
by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.

The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom
picture has a blade around 6 inche long.

This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds.
(How much do you weigh?)

Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's
leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).

A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old
child and dogs, pigs, etc).

A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot
accurate striking distance.
(The distance for an average size rattlesnake
is about 2 feet . )

This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr.
was President.

[via Alex Cord}

Years back I did a TV movie with Jean Marsh. She is a good friend of Maggie Smith. She asked Maggie, "So what is it like, working with Shirley MacClaine?" Maggie replied, "She takes all the sweetness and light out of the word 'Cunt.''"