Saturday, September 30, 2006


finished w/ micky mousing around with various pshop filters i haven't used. the end result to me appears to be a poster in slaughterhouse. meat.

philip k. dick, among other things, was right. we exist in the iron castle.

but deep in the interior there is a wide screen hi def plasma screen playing soap opera, football games, and political shenanigans, not to mention virtual reality shows. so maybe it's ok unless you haven't forgotten, or maybe just recollected, boredom.

that might save us.

Friday, September 29, 2006


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Thursday, September 28, 2006


this mornings cryptogram. hard to decipher. i think it either means use the telephone or find my spot on the mountain.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


mmmm. nice picture. took it while paying a long overdue visit to friend tom 2 days ago.

working on developing new palette for watercolors, then use similar for oils at a later date. i am really having fun getting into this. why? because it's something i don't know. and it has a certain pull to it, i guess by that it has a meaning, or potential meaning, it is important to me.

those are the qualifications that kick me into high gear. if what my sister was telling me awhile back about old people learning (she saw a special on pbs on this), then i am in good shape. altho my social skills at conversation seem to have hit a new low, i realized the other day that being techie-artist-savant keeps me on a perpetual learning curve. i never thought much about it. but at present i am working and learning everyday flash, dreamweaver, been using photoshop every since version 1 and use it almost everyday still learning how to do the impossible, studying the piano in what is for me an unusually methodical way - but one that might appear to be learning how to play dylan riffs, keeping antique hardware trans-functional that is to say doing what it's meant to do and way more to boot (so to speak), substrates, media, wish i could just relax and read a good mystery tho.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

last minute addition. today i fooled around with a watercolor, worked on a sort of video, did email, and studied a bunch of new (to me) takes on the color wheel, why it doesn't work, how to correct it, on and on. i got so tangled up in this stuff when i left the house it was almost 6. i thought it was maybe 2 in the afternoon. i'm not complaining, mind you. are there many like me, hyperfocus or no-focus?

after the equinox"

not to be confused with "after the garden is gone" by neil young.

i am realizing that narrative is essential in order to blog. i watched a bit of PBS feature on andy warhol, experts and philosophers talking, explaining why he is the 20th century's most important artist. i disagree, but that's beside the point. at one point someone mentioned that he had no feel for "narrative". over the last ten years or so it has dawned on me that i don't either. not anymore.

reasons why i think this is the case:

i've never been big on theatrical events, a play leaves me totally bereft of any knowledge of the story i've just seen. Instead the experience unfolds for me as a series of moments or worlds, each with mood, tension, light, dark, and very real. but i don't experience the moment as having come from a prior moment. my attempts at musical production the same in that there is no curve or shape to the piece, no build up and climax. noisy minimalist. novels, the few i read nowadays, the same. texture, sense of place, enigmatic flash i get, but who is doing what and why usually escapes me.

i do fine i think with this mode, but there is another sense in which narrative might be essential, and that is telling (or living) your "story". Inhabiting your narrative, knowing it is a "story" something is telling the world.

so, with the arc of the tale demolished, what is my "story"? i've lost track.

but that's another story.

Monday, September 25, 2006


ooh whee blogger is fast this morning. i'm not. above from the doctor's spread on reems creek.

right now i am going to walk about a mile to the bakery, buy a lof of bread, walk back.

if it's the last thing i do.

even if it isn't.

Sunday, September 24, 2006


this morning's moodoglyph. as usual it doesn't tell me a thing.

yesterday i worked on watercolor till 1 then drove to kim's. we had agreed to spend some time teaching her watercolor. but the equinox threw her timing off, so i spent some time on the deck with the dogs drawing a pencil sketch. then i hurried home, worked some more, and set out for reems creek where i had told jim that i would drop by. couldn't find his driveway. so i continued on for an unannounced visit to dr. r. when i got far enough up the driveway i came upon a padlocked gate. so i got out and walked, taking my camera with me. and leaving my truck blocking the gate. click click click, and then heard a horn honk. i walked back to the gate where i was blocking john and bev, and we continued up to the house. very pleasant interlude, a little talk, a little this, a little that, walked around. i won't go into details here but the good doctor is switching identity again. should be a good one.

i got 2 new mp3s up during this time, they can be found here:
modernpeasant - JamWave Artist Page

Saturday, September 23, 2006


after 4 months of more or less creative isolation i finally got out of the house yesterday and drove south on the parkway. it was rainy, gloomy, foggy, i loved it. above is one of many pictures i took.

i have made a lot of progress on piano. and the guitar, 5 string tuned open g. i was so energized after drive yesterday that i stayed up till 1:30 - waaay past my bedtime - putting together a new piece of music.

as far as recent notions go, and they do come and go, i feel like the work is to not only know yourself (including, but not limited to what auribindo calls "the frontal personality", the social persona), but to be your self. problems, politics, catastrophe will remain, and from all accounts you will be more engaged with them than if you were not yourself. the true self is engaged with maya. a paradox. but aren't they all.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


finished this watercolor last night. it is a copy of a painting in a book. last week i tried the same image in oils, didn't work too well - but i am going to see if oil pastels might help it.

you can see that the drawing i did the day before (below) is reminiscent of this composition even tho i did it with from imagination.

so what's new? remember that scene from star wars, the first go round, one of the 3 movies i can't remember which, when the heros are trapped in a room full of garbage and then the walls begin to move inward?

that's new, at least a new feeling that is widespread. the walls lurch inward, a bump here and there, but mostly silent, while the noise machine sends out a non-stop babble of consumer dialect, a miasma of trance, and the polished image of clean well appointed tv homes that look like sets because they are becomes the background of existence.

my friend george raised an interesting point the other day. what if the democrats win and don't impeach mr. bush? remember, impeachment is a process, not a declaration of guilt. if the process is skipped, can we say representative govt. is out to lunch?

as things unravel, one trend seems to be the breakup of populations into affinity groups that have very little to do with nationality or the nation-state. the romans supposedly presided over an empire that outstripped it's means of communication, and played into their demise. we are in a similar position i think, with the difference being technology fools fools into thinking we are "virtually" everywhere. and we are, so long as the "virtual" is accepted as real but it isn't.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


hmmm... this is what i drew waiting for doc yesterday. eyes were ultra dilated, i guess it doesn't matter.

probably won't get out of town until tomorrow.

the first "cold" day. has more to do with air transparency, crispness than temperature. i'm still in tshirt and shorts.

damn i wish i had something to say. well i do have somethings to say but don't exactly know how to say them. comes from talking to the void i guess.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


by the time i finish this post the picture above should show up. scanned a drawing and mokeyed around this morning. there's words in it. can you see them?

almost finished organizing living pod. today i even found two insurance cards i've been looking for for a couple of months.

tomorrow i'm driving up to yancey county and camp out a day or two. i'm looking for a certain waterfall near the nail's spread.

had a doc's appt. today at 3:10. an excercise in non-attachment, i didn't get in to see him until after 5. this was with retnapathist (?), everything looked good so to speak. the non-dual attitude helped me with the long wait, but i did draw a pencil landscape, dilated eyes and all. i'll have to check it out in the morning.

slung another ditty over the transom to

oh yeah i found a notebook with a lot of writing in it: i'll grab a few samples:

i had a lady once,
her name was spring.
when she got in trouble
i could always hear her sing.

a melody with spirit
a morning without end.
if i kenw more about it,
i'd know what to send."

and..... so....... on.........

Monday, September 18, 2006


the woods, the woods...

good for folks because you can't find your way until you are lost. getting lost in the woods is such a relief. the eyes and the mind remain active, but take a back seat to touch. feet find the way. and in the meantime there is nothing to do but wonder (if you are one of those that have to be doing something).

wonder in both senses of the word.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


above is an image that began as a watercolor on fredrix watercolor canvas, maybe the 2nd or 3rd i've done on that surface.. messed it up pretty good. so i got out my emergency oils pastels and went into it. then this morning i scanned it and spent some time with color balance and a lot more.

that's kind of how i work. if one thing doesn't, another does. all i have to do is give them a chance.

probably it is unfinished. i have a slight urge to put some marks or embossing inside the bubble that the guy is inside of. but probably not. it is far more cartoonish than anything i have done in a long time.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


don't know why picture is not appearing above. hope you can see it, i can't.

i am by now fully convinced that the mess the manifest world is in now has Kosmic implications and causes. a case of spiritual evolution. as we often forget, when something evolves, there is no guarantee of the result. a good analogy might be the developmental evolution of the individual. thinking in terms of freud, jung, maslow, piaget, winnicott et al, if a person is at a certain point in development, say around 2 1/2 years old, there is a next point which a healthy person to-be goes thru. as wilber notes, each development can be successfully navigated or not. if not, problems will later develop, neuroses, pathologies etc.

cultural evolution is similar. one difference is that the development of a person has been studied and variously classified into stages. cultures have been looked at also in this way, but the data is very thin. toynbee, vico, mumford.

today the culture is surely at an inflection point. a new context and landscape requires a new evolutionary stage. the new context is among other things, the development of chardin's noossphere. the inhabitants of the planet are now more or less aware of all the cultures on the globe. style, memes, flash crowds, a whole new raft of signs (dress, language, attitudes, slogans, branding) affect the inhabitants far more than the institutions (nation-state, rule of law) that some of us grew up with.

we either grow into awareness of what these things are or pathology sets in. "he who is not busy being born is dying".

Friday, September 15, 2006



this weeks weather forecast. it's a puzzler for me. because it's what i think i've been doing for awhile now.

the piano is interesting. because i'm starting to get somewhere learning how to play it. i practice every day. in my manner, which means i alternate between scales and dylan songs.

i heard about the rock in the tree on NPR one morning. the theory was that it fell on the tree, split it, and then the tree slowly grew up lifting the rock. that seems to imply slowness, like the rabbit and the tortoise.

otherwise wrapping things up. almost thru with site redesign, have to fix image archive, one last little twist, so that the images are centered and if you hit "home", should say click on home, you won't get a duplicate page.

yesterday i ran into the present challenge i deal with which is knowing where things are. for 2 days i hunted for prescriptions i needed to fill but i couldn't find the. i thought maybe i had left them unfilled at pharmacy, but no. while looking for them i realized i also could not locate copy of whispering in the dark. i live in a small dwelling, and searched everywhere for these things. finally i phoned doc's office to see if i could get new scripts but it turned out not to be a workable solution. i panicked and looked again, the scripts were where i thought i had put them, the same place i must have looked at 20 times in the last 2 days. dysfunction. on the other hand i found book by sitting down and actually remembering a very likely but obscure place they might be and they were.

so if you hear dear landlord wafting from the treetops this week be assured that all is what it is, and what is is real.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


new version of old picture. (i think.)

the present political shenanigans are not unprecedented. i am talking about the ABC-Disneyland-presidential-TV "happening" on the 5th year anniversary of 9/11.

the imperial presidency has been oozing into the culture for awhile. remember nixon's attempt to put some of the white house staff in uniform a la the swiss guards? do you remember the proposed uniforms? Gaudy banana-republic (no, not the brand name) looking. like Mussolini's victor emmanuel II monument in rome, the epitome of bad taste. two night's of mediated higgledy-piggaldy playing with storylines, meat- and sub-texts, soap opera explication, and presidential pep talk to the people just pushed it to a new apogee.

meanwhile books and videos pouring out, i'll list some of them later, spilling bits and pieces of another story, what happened?

no sleep last night. i feel beat to a pulp.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

yesterday and today have been brutal. the monumental can of worms that took over what teillard de chardin once called the "noosphere" was... well it was monumental. disney plus lies, millions of dollars to produce, and wait until the interlocking finances of such a weird idea becomes the story for a day. so many good people have worked so long with such perseverence. all of a sudden i'm galvanised by the political in it's death spiral. i dare you to check this out:

Loose Change 2nd Edition Recut - Google Video

being among the "disconnected" (all it takes is living without tv) i missed out on the 5th year festivities of 9/11. but i did wake up around 3 in the morning and turn on the radio, listening to coast2coastAM. also, a little earlier, to the sound of the disneyfied story of 9/11.

when the drama? documentary? propaganda? was interuppted by a speech from mr. bush i was amazed. well not amazed, but once again slammed over the head with the whole short-sided, confused, willfully(?) ignorant package. this is not confusion between truth and falsehood, this is an entirely new (i think) phenomena, resemblences to the super bowl notwithstanding. a new high in the age of presentation we are in. the presentation is the message, not the content.

bush is merely swimming in the age of presentation, not by choice but because it's the only world he and the junta know. i'm sure that when they see a whiz-bang power point presentation, three bullets to a frame, they are reassured. anything else would not signify.

for a much more clear response check this out. i heard on the radio last night that not many people watch this guy. a shame.

Bloggermann: This hole in the ground - Bloggermann -
..."and then, in perhaps his finest piece of writing, Rod Serling sums it up with words of remarkable prescience, given where we find ourselves tonight: 'The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men.

'For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own -- for the children, and the children yet unborn.'"

Monday, September 11, 2006


five years ago. zowee time times fast times now. that's about whem i began my present phase: up at five, listened to npr while i did god knows what on the computer. i remember turning the radio off after 2 or 3 cycles of the same stuff.

around 8:30 my dad phoned. i was watching the noize box when the 2nd bldg went down.

but that's another story. i've turned out more painting, writing, music in this sad period than the total for all the rest of my life.

is there a connection? of course! what is it? i'll never know.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


i'm into it. water i mean. i didn't even realize i was working with the same photo as yesterday.

i've redone the image archive and also put a link to another image archive. they are both a little glitchy at the moment, will fix.

just bip bangin along. nothing much to say. lot of time in the last couple of weeks rooting around and finding eeverything i could and dumping on the floor. hope to finish tossing most of it today, and whatever is left has to have a dedicated spot to stay in. with a label. i started wearing my keys around my neck, works great.

do you think there is an election taking place in about 8 weeks? what will the mediated charade of meme-posturing look like? the alpha dance, the slither of those who ignore the day to day actual experience of the daily mundane?

i'm just not very verbal today. i'm going to find something on the web that may make sense and post a link to it right [here]. watch this space.

Saturday, September 9, 2006


still hung up on water. the above is a straight shot, none of the meta-effects that i tend to get carried away with.

as yesterday unfolded i got progressively more irritable. nothing worked. couldn't find anything. spinning my wheels.

by late evening, after a few hours of letting dreamweaver tie me into knots (table layout) i had sense enough to stop. or maybe i should say i was beaten into submission.

and of course got up at 6 and had the confusion cleared in an easy hour.

"what a difference a day makes."

Friday, September 8, 2006


i guess you can tell i'm all wet. i took yesterday's and today's images from steve's pond. this particular shot reminds me of warnock's pond, someplace off ferrington rd. outside chapel hill a long time ago. today it is no doubt part of the govener's club or some such.

every now and then a bunch of us would walk thru the woods, always at night, and visit the pond. it had a strange black pull to it from time to time.

haven't heard dylan's latest yet. have you?

Thursday, September 7, 2006


yesterday's water.

"Keith Olbermann:
'Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?'
i've heard this guy's name, but being out of the media loop did not know his stuff. it's not so much what he is saying, but the fact that it is said on national platform that makes me feel a little less alone.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006


another wet gray august dog day. it's a great relief to me, the kind of weather i can dysfunction in.

a work of art is (literally) never finished. it's either infinite regress or infinite egress. either way it'll keep you engaged. i guess that is why narrative is so distant from me now, it's got a beginning, middle and ending. not sure anything else does. i seem to lean towards the taste and texture of the moment.

wrestled with image archive yesterday, dreamweaver, links, blind alleys, dark paths, the occasional luminescent meadow, snarled skiens of tangled connections. ariadne's thread i can't quite see yet.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006


[note} i have replaced the image described in the next para, didn't much like the way it felt. this one is more appropriate to a day in the life.

[cyberdoodle. an old one. i spent yesterday cyber house cleaning and found a bunch of 72 dpi whatnots. above is a little rough, but i have found myself creating images lately that are a little rough. is it art brute? graffiti influenced?]

also yesterday was a marathon in front of the computer, i'm about thru i hope with redesigning and reorganizing image archive. much expanded my dreamweaver methodology. the new pages may be up before the day is done.

i hear this months full moon will be the closest and largest of the year, so i'll spend the early evening taking photos with a tripod, see what i get. i think this is next week sometime, must pin the date down.

in addition i was on and off all day programming insulin pump. finally got it early evening, by which time BG was 360. except for that last couple of hours lantus insulin kept me in bounds. now i have to trouble shoot the meter which is part of the pump and no longer works.

got latest (and last) revision ofwhistling in the dark, looks great. now to archive the many files that were used building the book, need disk space.

setup the 3rd oil i did spring before last. it was done in plein aire, a landscape of the botanical gardens. i've got enough under my belt now to improve it and make it right. i think. or i'll totally destroy it. kind of a metaphor of evolution.

Monday, September 4, 2006


watercolor i finished yesterday. actually i found it in pile of unsuccessful attempts, barely started. i turned it upside down, what were the mountains became the sky, and fooled around with it. as with many of my watercolors, or quite a few anyway, i finished it with a little oil pastel.

glad that is out of the way. now i can spend labor day trying to program replacement insulin pump. i spent some time yesterday at it, but couldn't get the basel rates into the memory.

one discovery: i've been injecting lantus long acting genetically engineered insulin. a slow acting 24 hour insulin, it has come ono the market since i've been pumping insulin. i had an unopened bottle on hand to use in case of pump problems. using it once a day and regular fast acting humulog for meal boluses my control has been perfect.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

i spent most of yesterday as i do too many days, in front of computer monitor. i'm about done with reformat of image archive. maybe. as a side benefit, i've absorbed enough intuitive moves with with dreamweaver and flash to the point that i'm dangerous.

everyone learns software in different ways. my way is to endlessly play around, and after many dead ends, glitches, manual or no manual available, then one day without my knowledge, things begin to click so to speak, and i find myself able to do whatever it is i need to do without too much thought. i'm at that point with these applications.

it is my feeling that learning computer software, for me anyway, is a neuro-muscular process, the "mental" part riding on top of reflexes. like driving a car, using these packages is a question of learned reflexes one does not want to think about too much. let your fingers do the thinking.

so i tapped away at keyboard all day. one of those deals where i was so close to wrapping things up i didn't dare stop.

then an unexpected development. around 8 in the evening my insulin pump died. i won't go into the details but after about an hour of trying this and that, i phoned tech support, i think only the third time i've had to do this with my pump which is a cosmo delta.

the short story is a replacement will i hope arrive here 11:30 this morning, which i will then have to program.

as a matter of possible interest to some, what do you do when high and dry in this manner? insulin dependant diabetes is such a poorly understood chronic condition not to say disease that i'll tell you: gather yr contingency supplies together, a second meter, new vial of test strips for the meter, vial of humulog insulin, syringes, and a vial og lantus insulin. lantus is a long acting insulin i've never used before but keep on hand for just these times. then figure out how much insulin you have "on board", not easy when pump is locked and display is not happening. then figure out what yr basel rate is, ie how much humulog insulin you are receiving per hour.(this differs depending on the which hour it is). then inject. when it comes time to eat, test, inject enough humulog to cover the carbohydrates and correct for any high blood glucose readings.

so now, early sunday morning, a web first: i'm going to check my blood glucose while blogging, let you know how it all worked out this morning.

190. not bad. so now i inject maybe i i/2 units of humulog which will get me a little lower than 120 in about an hour. plus 4 units which will cover about 40 grams of carbohydrates for breakfast.

when pump replacement comes after i program it and plug it in, i'll have to deal with the 24 hours lantus lasts, probably turn basel rate off or cut it down to 25% while lantus is still active.

which leaves one last thing: as usual the bunker where i live is in disarray and i have to find my current basel rates which are on a paper from my last visit to the endocrinologist.

because all of these numbers shift and change as life tumbles on.

moving targets. fragmented brain pathways. cellular dismay.

i think there are in this country alone about one million folks who deal on a 24/7 basis with the all of the above.

and while i'm at it let me once again propose that adult onset diabetes and insulin dependent diabetes be separated by new names: they are entirely different diseases, different symptoms, pathology, presentation, treatment. the only thing they have in common is long term complications. every time i read or hear somewhere about diabetes i get pissed because almost every time they are talking about adult onset, which is on a tear right now, numbers exploding, but has nothing or little to do with my life as a diabetic.

Saturday, September 2, 2006


something i did in the obscure past, maybe over a month ago, i can't remember.

i got this quote from someone the other night. he got it somewhere, thinks perhaps mark twain. i'll let the mystery be.

if i had enough time
life would be shorter

on this particular quiet sat. morning i have not even begun to sort out the implications of this thought and have no idea of wheter it's true, false or even matters.