Andrew Durkin wrote this article, Coo Coo For Gaga, about pop diva Lady Gaga on his blog Jazz, the Music of Unemployment.
I realize that the minutes I spent reading his article and watching the embedded video is time I will never get back. To me, the music seems comprised of very standard pop words, pop chords and pop melody dressed up with things very sexy and very glamourous and very flashy, making it irresistable in our culture. Desire and danger combined sell well these days.
I was impressed when the Lady held her arm aloft for a period of time with her second finger extended. Yes, she was proudly flipping the bird to a stadium full of adoring fans. Has the meaning of flipping the bird somehow changed since I grew up? Naturally there's a Wikipedia entry about Finger Gestures. (All the really important stuff is in Wikipedia.)
I screen captured one of the frames of her salute and edited it using my new photo editor software The Gimp. I've been using Gimp only a couple weeks and this was my first attempt at removing a dark background so I could replace it (in this case with blue sky.) This process took much longer than reading Andrew's post and watching the video. The difference is that I don't regret spending the Gimp time because I learned something useful about this excellent free program.
Here's the picture:
It comes from this video at about 3 minutes 56 seconds.
Arm Hair Tags: Lady Gaga. . . Flipping the bird. . . The Gimp