Friday, June 27, 2008

Help Save the International Cryptozoology Museum

This man - the one in front - needs your help. He is Loren Coleman,the creator of what is described by as "a multi-room cabinet of curiosities filled with artifacts, ephemera, and oddities related to 'hidden animals,' mythical beasts, and creatures unknown to science" called the International Cryptozoology Museum, and he is in trouble with the IRS.

Says Coleman:
"I began with a vision of the museum, after displaying objects and items in a decade of rentals after my divorce, to purchase a house a bit bigger than I needed, to turn over a main floor and extra storage to a cryptozoology and Bigfoot museum where researchers, documentary filmmakers, and visitors could see cryptozoology in three dimensions. It would be the International Cryptozoology Museum, for cryptozoologists, the media, and the public to enjoy....

...To the IRS, the museum verges on being a hobby (as per Code 183), and it needs more income (even if donations) to support itself, on its own. To me, the merging between my interviews, the book sales that come out of the museum appearances, and the visibility of the museum on the net are all interwoven. I’ve never had a great income since I was laid off from adjunct teaching, but combined together, I live at the cryptozoology poverty level with no complaints. But to the IRS, the museum is a separate entity. I understand now, and must comply with that view. I’ve lost my appeal on my “merge” view.

No fighting this any longer, for I stand fully enlightened about how the IRS is viewing Code 183, as it applies to my life’s career. The museum has to make money, or it ceases to exist.

Therefore, my ten year plan for where this museum was going needs to be sped up. It has come time for me to push into play the next phase of where this has to go, for the museum, to be kept alive, I see it has to be moved into a separate facility within one year and get a regular, separate stream of income."

You can find out more about this amazing collection and how you can help save items such as this carving of the "FeeJee Mermaid",


Thursday, June 26, 2008

a passing of the torch

What better way to begin this (or for that matter any) blog entry than with a photo of Dave Dyment, copied from the Nuit Blanche 2008 website, where one can find information about his upcoming "Zone C" curatorial projects.

Dave's contribution to this blog was immeasurable. From its inception, the blog was enriched and at times singlehandedly kept moving forward thanks to Dave's efforts. Whether his subject was elephant photographers, Turner Prize winners or things much closer to home, Dave could be counted on to make intelligent commentary on relevant things. We wish him all the best in all his current and upcoming projects.

I now realize that my subject line is misleading. This is not so much a passing of the torch as a spreading of the flame..
as of now, the 'Mercer Union Staff Blog' is officially the 'Mercer Union Staff AND BOARD blog.'
There are now about a dozen new people that will try to fill Dave's shoes, and bring you regular postings that paint a picture of who Mercer is as community of people with different interests and sensibilities. I only hope there is someone on the board who is qualified to blog about Brian Eno, as those postings would be missed most!