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Thinking Outside the Holiday Gift Box: A Baker's Dozen Unique Ideas

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'Startling Art' book cover by Dennis Larkins

11. Startling Art

Dennis Larkins' book "Startling Art: Revealing the Art of Dennis Larkins" (2010, Last Gasp) is perfect for startling holiday gift-giving, especially for that quirky, retro 50's/trains-planes-automobiles/Grateful Dead/UFO/art-lovin'/still-stoned-after-all-these-years/hard-to-buy-for guy on your list.

Why They Can't Go Back by Dennis Larkins

And this book is required reading for anyone who owns a circa 1955 kidney-shaped coffee table.

Let the Crumbs Fall Where They May by Dennis Larkins

Larkins is a former Grateful Dead artist who also designed sets for Bill Graham's iconic "Day on the Green" music festivals, including the legendary "Monsters of Rock." Nowadays he's painting his wild and wiley visions on canvas.

High Expectations by Dennis Larkins

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See more images and my full book review, "Set The Raygun to "Stun': Dennis Larkins' Startling Art,"   on OEN at

Available at Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble. Visit Larkins' site at

Still: Pipe Dreams by Animusic by Animusic

12. Rube Goldberg and Star Wars Roll All Over Beethoven

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Multitudes of people have received the farm music email hoax, which surfaced in 2006, and included a video showing a "musical machine made from farm equipment." says, "This video clip of a fabulous Rube-Goldberg-like contraption that produces catchy, mellow music by continuously shooting balls at various percussion instruments is, as usual, a clip removed from the context of its original source and sent winging around the internet accompanied by a fictitious explanation of its origins."

Snopes reports that the video is actually computer animated instruments which appear to beperforming to music with precision timing.  The title is "Pipe Dream" and it's by Animusic. Snopes notes that that the device pictured does not exist.

At least not in ordinary reality.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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