Aert van der Neer - A River near a Town, by Moonlight (about 1645)
The First Hadji Cheriff Giphoscope
Hadji Cheriff was an Arabian performer of the late 19th century, and one of the first Arabs ever recorded on a motion picture.
The 24 frame animated GIF is excerpted from ‘Arabian Gun Twirler’ a 1899 footage By Edison Motion Pictures, where Cheriff performs a rifle twirling act, being the first rifle ever recorded.
The First Hadij Cheriff Giphoscope has been showcased at Big Boys Toys 2014, Dubai, UAE. The frame is in brass with silver plated details, with black marquina marble base.
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River View of Nijmegen with the Valkhof, Salomon Van Ruysdael. Dutch Baroque Era Painter (ca 1602 - 1670)
My brother (drums) and I (bass) jammed in public this evening.
People clapped and threw money at us.
Some lady stole our bench bc she thought we sucked but gave it back when she heard us play.
We met three fools who need a drummer and a bassist.
My brother (drums) and I (bass) jammed in Alexandria, VA this evening. He had his snare, crash/ride cymbal, floor tom, and this wooden box we made to act as a bass drum. I had my acoustic/electric bass and this tiny, one watt bass amp. We set up on the corner of King and Lee. There was this shop there that had a bench out front, so we sat there and jammed until the manager of the store came out told us that the benches were for customers only. I asked what I had to buy to be a customer and she said lots of inexpensive jewelry, but I didn’t have cash and I wasn’t going to buy anything anyway. She took the bench inside, my brother got his throne, and I sat on the ground (which was really uncomfortable since I have bad knees and hips). This was the first time we had jammed there since I got a battery powered amp for my acoustic bass. It made all the difference. People listened to us and applauded and said we sounded good and told us to keep up the good work and gave us money for doing what we love doing. We went through our songs, then I went to the car to get the lighter I had forgotten. When I came back to the spot to smoke a cigarette, the bench was back out, and my brother told me the lady at the store had said we could use the bench because we actually sounded really good. She said that usually the people who sit there and play music are “screechy”. I laughed. Drums and bass are far from screechy. Then some guy came up while I was smoking my cigarette and talked to me about playing the acoustic bass. He said he was a pianist who was learning the bass because no one else in his band the fingers for it. I laughed. He asked me if he should go with an electric or acoustic/electric (like the one I was jamming) when playing a show with an acoustic/electric guitar. I told him to definitely go with the acoustic/electric. He stayed to listen to a few songs, tipped us $5, told us good luck and dipped. We continued jamming when this kid (maybe 15 or 16 years old) we saw earlier (holding an acoustic guitar, and walking with a guy carrying a keyboard) came up to listen to us. He said we sounded good. He said that we had stolen their spot, but he wasn’t upset about it. We asked him where he lived, and he said he lived a few blockes away from the spot. We asked him who he was jamming with and he said his brother and their friend. They had two guitar/ukelele players and a keyboardist. We asked if they had bass or percussion, he said no. We asked him if he wanted to jam the next time we came to Alexandria, and he said he was down. He left, and we continued for a bit. Then we packed up, put our equipment in the car, and went to check out the guy’s music. They were playing their ukes and the keyboardist was jamming. They were playing a cover (my brother and I have sworn to only play our own music at all times) and it didn’t sound bad, but they badly needed bass and drums, and they were really quiet. We talked to them, and they said they were saving up for a couple more amps (only one ukelele was amp’ed). The keyboardist said his rig was terribly quiet on its own. We asked if they had any original material, and they said they had two songs that they had written. We asked the other two guys if they were down to jam the next time we came to Alexandria, and they said they were. We said right on and we’d catch them later, and we dipped back to the car and left.
We made: $16, a few new friends, and music that people enjoyed. It was a sick Friday evening.(If you read all of this, you’re a boss.)
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