Archive for May, 2013

Lady Bug (true poem)

May 30, 2013

A Lady Bug
of caramel brown
with dotted spots of black

stops to rest
on my matching
tan colored hat!


Notes:  True story. What a surprise on an evening walk!  (This is a poem that will be included in my Bestiary collection, see that Musea issue for more creature poems)

Set – Rise

May 29, 2013



Set – Rise,   acrylic and colored pencil over drawing copy.

Where might messages from Aliens be on the electromagnetic spectrum? (new ideas)

May 29, 2013

Where is alien life hiding along the electromagnetic scale? OR most likely to contact us?

Look for life in the electromagnetic spectrum at 260 nm instead of the radio spectrum. DNA bases have an average UV absorbance maximum around 260 nm.
Aliens would know that too.
UV and Bases link

Musea Art Contest for this week or so

May 28, 2013

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:
This clothes designer opened his first boutique in NYC on 5th Ave. in 1989. The only thing displayed in the window was a sweat shirt with 4 words on it, “The Luxury is Comfort”. Name that clothes designer!
Geoffrey Beene, one of my favorite fashion designers. First rate!
I had no correct eligible answers. Seems y’all were cutting across the bias on this one.
I don’t dumb down/so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” (‘08) or my MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-TH (Nov.’09) or my MORE NEWEST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘6-TH’(Feb ’12)( one of the 6 CD set). (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question.
DEDICATION: These contests are dedicated to my sister, Peggy, who answered more of the questions correctly than anyone else.

FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music on the website, whether you won or lost – and I’d be glad if you did!

This is probably the most famous photo ever taken. Can you name it?
Clue, it was taken on December 7, 1972. Good luck!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at or the Musea blog at And don’t forget the music/videos at Friends welcome) (all my videos)

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 20 year old zine Musea) ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM) MUSIC, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music) BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

Cortisol, The Wake Up Clock in your body from 6-8 AM

May 28, 2013

Your body has a wake up clock that rings from 6-8 AM every morning.

While exploring sleep, I found this body alarm clock, that evolution has set up for us. We are biologically set up to wake up between 6-8 AM due to the circadian cycle of cortisol.

Cortisol cycle charts



Cortisol is highest from 6-8 AM. Then it drops between 8-11 AM. Then there is a gradual decline throughout the day till 2 AM. Cortisol is lowest at 12-2 AM.


What does cortisol do? (some quotes from online)

Cortisol plays a number of important roles in health. It turns on the light switches in your body so you can get moving in the morning. It elevates when you exercise so you can perform at a higher level without friction, assisting you to get a refreshing response to exercise. It buffers the stress you are under, and like oil in a car engine it enables you to operate at a higher pace with proper lubrication so you don’t overheat.

Cortisone, a glucocorticoid, and adrenaline are the main hormones released by the body as a reaction to stress. They elevate blood pressure and prepare the body for a fight or flight response.
Cortisol is released in response to stress, sparing available glucose for the brain, generating new energy from stored reserves, and diverting energy from low-priority activities (such as the immune system) in order to survive immediate threats or prepare for the exertion of rising to a new day.
Cortisol also has potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties – both of which are important in regulating normal responses of the immune system.


My suggestion is that for optimum health, we recognize this circadian cycle, and adjust our sleep time to fit it as best as we can. Also I find it interesting that there is a little cortisol increase at our typical mealtimes of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why would that be?

Wake up clock.

Catabolic and Anabolic evolved, but they did not blend.

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