Theodorus Gerardus Jozef Jansen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈteːjoː ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born 14 March 1948) is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own and, collectively, are entitled, Strandbeest. The kinetic sculptures appear to walk.[2] His animated works are intended to be a fusion of art and engineering. He has said that "The walls between art and engineering exist only... Continue Reading →

Best of the ‘Gest … Image Week, Friday

Originally published on January 29, 2021. This was the culmination of an entire week of images contributed by SilverBelles, 'Backs, Babes, and Bucks. Are we due for another? Yesterday SilverBelle Mamie, pictured with her daughter Charron, turned 98! As far as we know, she is the oldest resident of The Jungle. Congratulations, Mamie, and many... Continue Reading →


[For the last few years my Cuzzins and spouses have gathered at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine to reminisce about growing up on Post Island, a small community just south of Boston where there's a very active Silverback presence in the beachfront Jungle. This year's gathering was a little more poignant than past years, because... Continue Reading →

Local News … Garden Update

[It's been a lovely spring. A bit on the dry side, but not so much that anything is burning up. On the vegetable front, I have had a difficult time getting seeds to germinate. The cause of this eludes me ... the dryness?, the seed source? (Baker Heirlooms), personal incompetence (most likely). The status as... Continue Reading →

Ancient Rockers, Episode 4 … Gene Parsons

Contributed by Silverback Michael (Caspar Silverbacks) Gene Parsons is an American drummer, banjo player, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and innovative engineer, best known for his work with The Byrds from 1968 to 1972. Parsons has also released solo albums and played in bands including Nashville West, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Parsons Green. Parsons is credited with... Continue Reading →

Bright College Years … Road Trip!

[Mardi Gras was officially March 10, 2022, but the parades began in New Orleans on January 6. As memorable as my time on campus was from 1966-1970, so of the most outstanding times were when we ventured off the campus. SB SM] It was the ultimate road trip. It was senior year in college. My... Continue Reading →

Bright College Years, Day 4 … Me’n Jim

For God, for Country, and For Yale, I'm living proof of a fairy tale. Gettin' smart don't get much cooler ... Go Bulldogs! Yeah Boola! Boola! From my Autobio-grafitti, "From the 4-0-1 to the 8-0-2" [My twice-postponed 50th reunion begins today. SB SM] I retired from both music and sports when I arrived in New... Continue Reading →

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