Friday, August 30, 2002


"This is in line with the ideas of the nineteenth-century German idealists such as Schelling and Hegel and the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo in this last century, who felt that spirit or divinity has involved itself in the universe from the very beginning and that it is gradually and sometimes fitfully manifesting itself through a process we call evolution."
What Is Enlightenment? Book Reviews
george leonard.

Thursday, August 29, 2002


Happy Birthday Jane

well this is getting ridiculous. the current political situation. i tried to keep my mouth shut and just paint. didn't work.

i think mr. hussein is a danger in our world today. but there are ways to handle this danger besides neo-war.

personally i think that the corporate oligarchy that has been building for years is by far a bigger danger. with their control of the language and discourse, electronic bread and circuses, specious logic and mega-money i don't know how they can be stopped or even deflected. except by lots of people.

"The current incumbents in Washington are at an extreme of reactionary jingoism and contempt for democracy. The question we should ask, I think, is how far citizens will allow them to pursue their agendas."

ZNet | Interviews | Chomsky Interview

Wednesday, August 28, 2002


every week

i've been updating this weblog every day for over a year. i'm going to start skipping a day every now and then so my mind doesn't resemble the above drawing.

i'll catch up the image archive page so it includes the last 4 weeks or so pictures. i'll also be converting the MP3's to q design codec QT movies which should result in a file size reduction so dialup modem folks can download easily. and lastly i'll be changing ISPs in a month or so.

as elvis used to say, "takin care of bizness".

Sunday, August 25, 2002


quiet sunday around the ranch, just woke up from short doze. got an oil painting started, first one i've ever attempted.

here's something i jotted down. i was hoping it was going to turn into a country & western song, but naaah, i don't think so:

someday maybe i'll feel new
but these days those days are mighty few
the sky leaves clouds like a clue
hangs question marks in the blue

atmospheric ice-crystals are cold
artificial memories i've been told
pathways lost in wars so old
plans of life bought and sold

Wednesday, August 21, 2002


no. 7 of 12 for top-secret hypomaniacal notecard project

there is a foreign car repair shop in town i often pass. they have cutsey sayings displayed on a large display. today i saw the first one i liked and will adopt it for whatever obscure use i can find for it:

"i feel like i am parked diagonally in a parallel universe"

Monday, August 19, 2002


they just keep coming
number 6 for skunkworks notecard project

now we (our nation-state) are bombarding all of the seas with mega-sonar that destroys sea-life. the lack of public response to the oligarchic cabal that runs things is quite amazing. but then maybe there is no "public". just consumers.

i'm trying to use watercolors on a plastic material called "yupo". it's the closest thing to fingerpaints i've used in a long long time.

Sunday, August 18, 2002


the song i have been remembering the most - "i'm not talking - thaaaaat's what i've got to say". yardbirds first album i think.

cause i have nothing to say.we live in a time of institutional decay and the only thing that might stop the coming "drama" of big money, oil, corporate oligarchy and world-wide electronic pt barnum is if everybody went to sleep tonight and woke up realizing that they have been touched by the hand of god. or something. maybe day after tommorrow might not be too late.

otherwise i'm gonna keep painting and doing like i did today, sampled charley mingus, looped a bunch of bits, added effects and played it backwards. no hidden message but you can dance to it.

Saturday, August 17, 2002


a change
something a little different

I am trying to throttle back and at the same time bring some projects to completion. realizing how pushed i feel - roll with it i guess.

Friday, August 16, 2002


today's piece for project notecard

another day inside the moonship. various things lurching forward, maybe a few taking a timeout here and there.

lots of visitors the last few weeks - ninian, doug, hearing from various old friends via email. took me all day to finish 10 minutes of "music".

Thursday, August 15, 2002



i may use this for famous notecard project. i may do something else with it. i might even do both.

[publishing techno problems at blogger kept this post from appearing for a day or 2]

Wednesday, August 14, 2002


toxic haze hovering over southern Asia. i can remember landing in an airplane several times in asia when you could smell the earth at about 6,000 feet. it didn't smell like chemicals.
Early warning on Asia's toxic haze

number 3 image to be a part of obscure notecard project. if i can scan one a day which i can because i am, save for print and then spin-off the jpeg that you see, it's a good production rhythm for me.


Tuesday, August 13, 2002


"Brooks minted the title for the film, "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control", a phrase he uses to describe his philosophy for creating robots."
Slashdot | Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us

here is 2nd watercolor i will work with in anticipatory hypothetical notecard project.


Monday, August 12, 2002



had a faaast monday. the digital audio thing has worked out so that in order to use it i have to constantly finish stuff, meaning i create an MP3 and delete all of the audio files i used to mix it. disk. space. picture above is the first of 12 that i am trying to work up for note card project.

Friday, August 9, 2002


well i have been fooling with FTP path settings so i can blog away again. and think i got it now. my heart wasn't in it, so i just sort of pecked away at it rather than obligatory adrenalized teeth-clenching techno-marathon. hope it's fixed.

it's not.

[later] now it is.

and here is a picture to prove it [Later still:don't like this watercolor: am going to change it in rare backdated move. you'll see.]


Wednesday, August 7, 2002


up at 4:30 this morning. i really enjoy the days when this happens. i get real busy.

here's todays thingy: at least i hope it is here, some problem with transmission from blogger to my site. [many hours later]. just got back. this webpage does not exist yet. i"ll tinker more. keeps me off the streets. so if you don't see this it's not here.[still later] there is a techno-glitch somewhere. but i've been trying to post this since tuesday.

today's thingy

Monday, August 5, 2002


"Brock Enright, an artist and entrepreneur in New York City, has an offer for you. For a few thousand US dollars, he and some co-workers of his come when you least expect it and kidnap you, holding you hostage for up to a few days. You even get videos of the event detailing your ordeal as his company does their best to make you feel like a real hostage..."
Plastic: Being Abducted For Fun And Fulfillment

i was reminded by this item of an alarming trend that has been growing for a few years in our culture. i don't know what to call it, but here are some examples:

1) theme parks
2) reality tv (oxymoron)
3) micheal moore's idea to make trent mich into a theme park
4) my cousin bob's and my idea about 15 years ago to start a business that charged middle-class people a fee for putting them "homeless" on the street for awhile.
5) book i read awhile back where idea was to build "sinful" environments, for example gangster run las vegas, where customers could visit but was perfectly safe.

what is this trend? sanitized experience? it's all make-believe anyway? we've gotten to the point where experience without cash payment doesn't feel "real"? nothing feels real? nothing is real?

Sunday, August 4, 2002


good place to hang out:
( blogdex )

where you can find news (if it doesn't find you first.):
"Friendly fire deaths linked to US pilots 'on speed'"

Saturday, August 3, 2002


another one a day

Friday, August 2, 2002


you can install a "get a (random") blog" from this page. it will take you to a random blog somewhere. why? i don't know.

i feel the need to outline what i think: probably because i have been immersed in music, no writing. so here goes:

1) humans are concious. trees, snakes, apples are not. altho the cartesian split ("i think, therefor i exist, but trees don't, so they don't") has been found to be lacking in it's catagories of what is and what isn't.

2) the objects of human conciousness are a little tricky, because they are not what they seem. (don't believe everything you think.)

3) conciousness seems to be a small part of a bigger entity, the unconciousness. it would not matter except the latter pushes us around into postures we had not planned to be in.

4) conciousness (and unconciousness) creates culture, and the collective that goes under that name feeds back and defines ego conciousness. that is, it effects the experience of being a person. this experience is different in different times and places.

5) the subject of conciousness (the "I") is therefore contingent, a handy device. what exactly this "really" is will be a subject of great debate in the near future. because when you come to a fork in the road, take it.

6) working on the last point is the core of the answer to many of our social, economic. and political perplexities.

7) therefor today, problems can only be solved on the personal level. the corporate oligarchic flavor of reality is replacing the personal with the commercial, so better hurry.

Thursday, August 1, 2002


i just put up 6 mp3s here. mp3s are still a long download for someone in the stone age like me, but the sound quality i think is really good.