Thursday, December 31, 2009


does 2010 sound like a year to you? me neither.

unless maybe we can call it "the year that checking underware for explosives began".

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


i am really getting tired of these goofy pictures. i do one first of the morning, post it and then attempt to see what it foreshadows of the day.

superstition. yep. never, or hardly ever, works.

and from the image above, that's a good thing.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


broke lapsteel again last night. will repair once more taking care to solder correctly. maybe install new pick up. good thing i have a list of things to do next year somewhere.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


a picture a day
it's all a play
ok?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

video

caught this minute of grandaughter natalie riffing. the camera was slung around my neck, i just turned it on and let it hang. luckily it was pointed to princess natalie.

Color-Shifting Contact Lenses Alert Diabetics to Glucose Levels - Eyes - Gizmodo

Color-Shifting Contact Lenses Alert Diabetics to Glucose Levels - Eyes - Gizmodo

Friday, December 18, 2009


got back from quick trip downhill - mountain - to see kids and grand kids. above is picture of natalie delivering the grand finale of xmas melody. it was a short but pleasant visit.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Out along the highway
There’s work that’s being done
Heavy dancing gases
Playing with the sun

Another ageless darkness
In the parking lot
Shadows shouting chrome:
Another evening shot

Down along the river bend
It’s always Friday night
When the south wind blows real good
You know there’ll be a fight

Underneath the boardwalk
Lost lovers contemplate
The missing moon and stars
They thought that they could make

“which world?” asked the ticket master
behind his missing throne
“any world but this one”
replied the message on the phone

Outside the winds were howling
They blow that way you know
When you get there tell them
That I’m the one who told you so

Discourse in hybrid harmony
No longer takes the chance
The open door stands asleep
Dreaming words that dance

The far plateau you thought you knew
Is well placed in this mess
Must have been the misplaced map
Or else a lucky guess

The clouds they are outrageous
No laughs at all tonight
Relatively pointless
The moon shines it’s delight

As we tiptoed through the forest
Peculiar plants were glowing
Like someone’s smile we know
And couldn’t help enjoying

Microscopic biscuits
Had long been bird’s delight
They huddled like the seashore
Retreating from last night

Avoid the void they said
Standing tall and straight
When the elevator stopped
They didn’t hesitate

Every night the light forgets
The shadows amber glow
If I wasn’t in a hurry
I’d be just as slow

The beast meanwhile was loose
Events were overflowing
Annoying nonreflection
Kept anyone from knowing

“so long” yelled the hobo
sliding down a trance
without a detached head
He never had a chance.




cleaning up files, came upon this piece of cyberdoggeral.

found out that my old friend bill wasson died recently. we knew each other since 1955 on and off. thank you for being a friend bill.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

From Pocket to Stage, Music in the Key of iPhone - NYTimes.com

From Pocket to Stage, Music in the Key of iPhone - NYTimes.com: "Professor Wang said he would like to democratize the process of making music, so that anyone with a cellphone could become a musician. “Part of my philosophy is people are inherently creative,” he said. “It’s not just people who think of themselves as artists.”"

Thursday, December 3, 2009


yeah i know i ended daily blog postings but thought i'd post this (very) recent foto of myself. new computer i am slowly getting together. space problems (don't you hate space problems) dictate that i rearrange entire living module to do this.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


terminus of daily blog. at the recent blogarama, after gordon mentioned me as the longest running blog in aville, someone asked "what does he find to write about?"

the answer is for the last few years, nothing much. it has become all images. so i'm pulling the plug on daily postings. might add something from time to time that signifies something.

the action will transfer to modernpeasant.com where i will add a category of fresh doo-dads and a way to subscribe to rss feeds, that way when something new shows up you'll know it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


been awhile. i've been working on the gallery, and catching up on what is left of my personality. changed the picture above. better?

Sunday, November 15, 2009


today's totem is a classic example of the way i work: hell i can't talk about it. i mean can't, not won't. found a jpeg no idea of when or what, probably scan of watercolor. played with it awhile and this is what i got. i like it.

BTW this is what i will add to the image gallery found at the mothership, modernpeasant.com soon: something like "picture of the day" or "recent work".

Saturday, November 14, 2009


picture of jim he took last week here. as usual i have nothing much to report. slowly getting to the point of catching up. then off to chatham county usa.

Friday, November 13, 2009

i urge you to spend some time at this site. organic math. don't read it, check the rendered 3D renderings out.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

this is penultimate post to the blog. i have redone image archive and i'll leave the blog up as an archive of a long 7-8 years. go here for new image archive.

from email i got a link to keirsey personality test and took it: seems based on myers-briggs and this is part of the results:

"Conscience looms large for you; in almost any situation, you feel compelled to measure yourself, other people, and the conditions of the environment against your personal morality. You have a tendency to perceive questions of meaning in even trivial matters and to worry about far-flung consequences of your actions. In your ideal job, you are free to pursue depth rather than breadth and quality rather than quantity. You feel rewarded when your projects and daily tasks allow you to immerse yourself in your process as deeply as you "need to" in order to satisfy your inner standards of quality. You are uncomfortable with the notion of authority per se and may avoid leading, as well as being led, either consciously or unconsciously. As you experience them, adhering to fixed roles and rules amounts to an abdication of your responsibility to exercise your conscience."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


a little nonsense from last wednesday. a very rough cut.

&


letter i wrote to obama and members of congress friday:

"As a citizen who worked hard for the Democratic Party during the last election I must express to you my disappointment at the manner in which health reform is being stifled by the Republicans.

But even worse is the democratic lack of response to the will of the people.

I am a “liberal progressive” who worked and voted for “change”. That meant the Democratic Party. But the current Health Reform debate and the Democratic Party’s lack of response to the will of the people is eroding this.

There are some things worth more than profit. Open up the process and bite the bullet: whether we personally like it or not, different solutions to problems are called for when what formally worked no longer does. This applies not only to Health Reform but also the continued success of both parties as meaningful entities.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

this just in from our intrepid Far East Correspondant:

Among the many wonders and amazing offerings displayed in China Airlines' 174 page glossy “Sky Boutique” in-flight sales magazine is its “B. H. Plus ‘Gran Turismo’ Carbonic Germanium Bracelet,” about which the ad copy says, ‘carbonic germanium design combined with the latest technology from Japan. Each bracelet is equipped with three 99.99% certified germaniums, two 600 gauss magnets, tourmaline and titanium capable of readjusting electron imbalance in the human body. This bracelet continuously emits negative ions found in the forest.’

Germaniums? Why not daffodils or hydrangeas?

And I would have thought that wise forest kings would have expelled negative ions long ago to keep the forests jolly. . .along with morlocks and krell and bucolic poets. Pixie dust is just the ticket for that.

It was also unclear how often you had to take your bracelet back into the forest to find more negative ions. How long does it take for your bracelet to find them? Ten minutes? Two weeks? Or do you have to find them yourself? A person with recently balanced electrons doesn’t have time to just hang out in the forest waiting for his or her bracelet to find some more negative ions, and if you’ve got to find them yourself, why do you need the bracelet? If your electrons become unbalanced due to a lack of local negative ions in your neck of the woods, will you be able to find your way home? And if you have enough time and live close enough to take your bracelet to the forest to find more negative ions, why do you need the bracelet anyway? Particularly the German traveler! Surely there must be ample supplies of both forests-full of negative ions as well as a wealth of germanium there. Magnets are available in toy stores. Tourmalines and titanium should be available. They could all be attached to the vegetable strainer one already wears on one’s head to keep out the bad vibrations from the morlocks, the krell, the CIA mind control projects run by failed bucolic poets.



But Wait! The scrivener scrove too impetuously! There are pages and pages of these ‘natural’ health devices in ‘Sky Boutique’ magazine which I had overlooked. Why, if simplicity of life is the way to good health, these health trinkets will quickly rid your body of unhealthy, unwanted dollars, euros, yens and wens.

Some of the items described have silicon (but no magnets). Some are stainless steel. . .because that’s ‘the best.’ Some reduce the body’s acidity (a sort of Rolaids for the wrist) while others are even acid resistant (as if to imply that with other, non-acid resistant models, the battle against acids might just turn against you in a deadly, mortal sort of way). Some items facilitate blood circulation or soothe sore muscles. Some have bezel-set crystals and mother of pearl.

On another page is the ‘Japanese Camellia Necklace,’ guaranteed to ‘take people’s breath away.’ This item is displayed on a different page than the ‘Cambodian Plastic Head Bag,’ or the ‘Japanese Ninja Garrote’ or the ‘All-American Wash’n’Water Board,’ all three of which also promise the same result as the ‘Japanese Camellia Necklace’.



But enough on that matter. I read this morning that in order to fight the long-term decline in the value of the US dollar, the Department of the Treasury has announced that ‘in order to conform the new reality of a stable, successful euro,’ the US dollar will hereafter be conformed to the euro in name if not in value. Effective January 1, 2010 the US dollar will be called by its new name, the ‘zero’. As of that day the former $100 will be written Z100.

When journalists from the UK’s ‘Independent’ (newspaper) noted that outside North America the numeral ‘0’ is pronounced ‘zed’ and not ‘zero’, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither cryptically responded, “Yes, and two guineas makes a kilo,” which it does not, since it takes two guineas plus two shillings to make a kilo—as any dolt must know.



Concerning China Airlines, since their rescheduling me required a ten hour lay-over in Taipei airport (one of the seven most boring wonders of the world), I tried to get them to book me to Singapore on some other airline. (Their confidential print-out of my transaction showed that they had made the reschedule and flight change on October 22, the day after I had reconfirmed my booking by telephone, but they didn’t contact me until November 4, the day I departed!) They were willing to ship my body to Singapore on an earlier flight but—no earlier flights were available. And the one they had originally booked me on had indeed been cancelled. Since I had ten hours to wait, they offered to give me a hotel room or a pass to the VIP room. I took the VIP room where I have been for the last six and a half hours drinking tall cool tropical drinks, eating dim sum, sipping double espressos, listening to Elgar and Beethoven gently in the background, watching business drones hacking away at endless spreadsheet matrices on their computers while I write inane tripe, beholden to no one. Except you, my readers, whom I hope have been more cheered by this email than bored or embarrassed. Did I mention the endless bottles of Cognac or 12-year old Scotch sitting on the counter? I’m in the Business Class VIP lounge. In the First Class VIP lounge they probably have reefer and coke in golden bowls. . .for all I know.



The in-flight magazine was interesting, but the best in-flight item I’ve ever seen is the Air Minnesota camo bikini panties. Now who would want those?

Thursday, November 5, 2009


yesterday elk mountain parkway with jim. too windy for panorama.

i am still trying to cap and terminate the blog and transfer effort to images for postcards and prints.

and i'm tired of posting "i have nothing to say".

Saturday, October 31, 2009


last nite. courtisy of jim jenkins. i did the fingerpaints.


above is DIY HDR lorez done w/ photoshop.

attended blogapalooza last nite in river district. saw a few old friends who i haven't seen in a couple of years.

getting close to retiring this blog. maybe in a few days. enough is enuf.

Friday, October 30, 2009


i puttered, pivoted, procrastinated and let things in general happen on another fall day. started out a little over cast and never too far from it, but balmy, you know. got a not bad 3minutes roughmix while i was wondering around. last night saw old and new friends, a few i have known since '64 i guess. driving back thru the warm dark night, i thoughr about the perfect wrong turns we had made, how the present is hardly here, and we all gather around the expanding universe, alone with the same mystery dream.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

video

bear country, elk mountain yesterday. slight afternoon break with richard. excuse shaky footage etc, was using my trusty old sony dsc-v3. a moment in a very full day.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


photo of some geezer sent to me by my sister.
the RPMs are picking up around here. internal glacial movements like ice breaking. rearrangements afoot. remember the ghost dance that flickered into existence around the turn of the (last) century? i feel like something similar is in store for a lot of us. some denouement around the corner. if you have read remembrance of things past - or whatever the new literal translation of the title is - by Proust you may recall the end when after a half century of life the characters attend one more salon and the protagonist is floored by by the gathering, not recognizing his lifetime acquaintances. for a couple of years now i have been saying - glibly i suppose - that that old age is welcome because it is new. sort of a paradox i suppose. i feel like it is an opportunity to be slammed into the realization that the same applies to every second. new, novel, unpredictable, every now is the same now and always a surprise (or it wouldn't be now, but the past we think we experienced).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009











take a break, lean back, and stream this. album is released today i believe.

Monday, October 26, 2009


it used to upset me when folks would say i was "experimenting" with this or that. sounds like a little kid playing. but they were right. i am a ludic putterer and above is an image that resulted from working that way. too dark i guess. so much is.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


another shot from thurday. i've been mostly doing music - aiming for full CD, i've not released one for awhile. and a 10 minute viseo. but i am really giving these tonemapped exr files a workout.

Friday, October 23, 2009


another picture from yesterdays walk in the woods.

guess i have to start getting these out as prints. but first, grocery shopping.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

got back from my long anticipated summer camping trip. great fun. took shot above this afternoon by waterfall.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

did not make it out of town yesterday. by 5:00 when retnopathy exam was finished - and my eyes super dilated - i gave up. but am packed and ready to go this morning.

well... aqlmost packed and ready to go. back thursday or friday.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


did the above w/ an online photo effects site - i forget which. today is a hurry up day. it will test my working theory of "easy-do". ie let it happen and it will work out.

ezdo originated (this time) from william burroughs.
here is one take on it:

Monday, October 19, 2009


just playing around folks. beautiful fall day. interesting chat with online art rep. and with Jehovah's wittiness guy who drops by occasionally. cranked out a piece of muzak. i've done one a day for maybe a week. tomorrow i have to drop the nonstop fun and engage with the world. after retnopathy appointment i'kk drive to the mountain where moriah lives and camp out. spend the day in the woods.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


who is this old man? it was today after pleasant walk when i took this picture. for the hell of it as usual. looks like he survived the winter.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


this is a strange time for me, but then aren't they all. things going bump in the night are the rearrangements of the psyche and ego going about their business behind, so to speak, my back. maybe head. so what is new about this? i'd say the speed. RPMs seem to be accelerating.

an observation: somewhere along what i think of as the middle of my life i began to notice a collective drift in the cultural from conversation to presentation. still going on today. what is said became less important than how it was said. from being "psyched", appearance, etc. to the abomination of bullet points.

there is a new book out that as soon as i heard the title convinced me that we have now moved a step further in this direction: from literacy to spectacle. haven't read it yet. understand it is a good book. but the title conjures up disneyland, cruise ships, infomercials, the holiday season, mega-sports, rock concerts full of stagecraft, theme parks, the lottery, job interviews etc. when i think of what has been replaced - lost - i think of those long conversations the young had when i was one of them, or encounters on a grayhound bus speeding thru some long dark american night.

i believe that some of the socratic value of the word may be kept among the hurly-burly of laser lights and psuedo-events but is not guarenteed. how contemporary human personalities live is what will be a big part of what determines this.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


a fast thinker on a slow day. a thousand hums as my friend lucius said once. too late to be too late, let the looker lead the way.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


i drew this about 2 weeks ago.

saw robin trower last night. the whole experience was great. real rock, he totally blew me away with sonics but didn't rewire your head like hendrix could do. the whole scene was a delight.

Saturday, October 10, 2009



another strange day, quiet, reserved, gray, but not a bit boring. i finally began to clear the house (and the decks) of what phi;op k. dick called "dottle".

found a good many missing objects and not a few of those that i wish were.

and i have tomorrow to adjust.

life is wonderful, a thing that wonders by itself.

above is the last waterco;or i did, around the beginning of october.

Friday, October 9, 2009


finished above at 11pm. time is passing very strangly now, or better put is not exactly passing. i seem stranded all day, muttering and puttering. but things get done at a fairly steady background hum while i stare at the latest distracting lights and feel the pretty damn wiggly sea waves roll on.

a series of dreams.

going to hear robin trower tomorrow night with richard. one of the few that can get me out the door at night.

i'm exhausted. everything seems like a done deal, us just playing our hands out. i don't know what down time is. i think i want to join a soto zen temple and meditate.

maybe iu need a tv. or a boulder.

power spots moving like snakes through the grass.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The way that can be Googled is not the Way

thx and a tip of the hat to macon.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


another hdr image taken at botanical gardens on walk w/ son eli.

a reminder: you are looking at a blog that is phasing out. for the last few weeks or months the daily posts have been examples of me learning HDR and Panoramic images, using a PC instead of a mac. why? there is a reason, but it would take too long for me to type it.

as soon as i fix modernpeasant.com - right now the image gallery takes a tad too long to load - i will stop daily posts but blog will remain as an artifact for what it is worth.

meanwhile i have been working on campershell. i got back here fri night and sunday morning discovered tent, sleeping bag, and 2 thermorest mattresses had been removed with the help of a hacksaw. almost fixed.


Abruptly Forgotten: Working Memory Disappears in a Blink: Scientific American
: "For decades evidence suggested that such visual working memories—which, even in daylight, connect the dots to create a complete scene as the eyes dart around rapidly—fade gradually over the span of several seconds. But a clever new study reported in the journal Psychological Science finds that such memories actually stay sharp until they are suddenly lost."

Monday, October 5, 2009


finally got halfway decent panorama. taken in deepest chatham county.


another exploratiuon of image production.

Sunday, October 4, 2009



happy sunday. had an excellent dinner w/ friends last night, much appreciatted. we watched a little of a dvd featuring avant garde movie shorts from 50's and 60's. which i enjoyed very much, took me back to the days when there was a steady supply of this stuff sat. nights at unc.

garbled foto above is another in a series i have fallen into lately, using all pc tools rather than mac so no photoshop.

[it was too ugly. current image is redo.]

Saturday, October 3, 2009


repedigraf drawing. i got out all my old technical pens along with a bunch jim gave me years ago and cleaned up three in a hurry as i was packing to go down state. above is one result, i got maybe three started while i was floating around. it'll be good to take them with me and no computer when it's desert island time.

Friday, October 2, 2009


good to be back. moving very slow. foto is from botanical gardens walk a few days ago. as in the last couple of weeks no photoshop involved.

from jeff in santa fe:

Disco de Bob Dylan tendra preventa para clientes Citibank | ELESPECTADOR.COM
: "Christmas In The Heart estara disponible para su descarga por internet para 13 millones de clientes."

Friday, September 25, 2009

video

time for some time off.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


sort of screwed this old shot up. i'll make it look better next time.

today i pack and clean house for trip coming up tomorrow.

Discovery News: Sustainable: Wide Angle: Engineering Law-Friendly Hemp:
"Plant biology professors at the University of Minnesota have identified which genes in Cannabis produce the drug part, a key discovery that could lead to legal hemp production in the United States."

if you can genetically alter weed to contain no THC, the barefoot botinists that abound will not take long to, for example, genetically alter other plants, for example kadzoo, to contain THC. think of the possibilities.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


granddaughter grace who lives too far away. thanks eric and angela for the foto.

tip of the hat to tom tommorrow who published this work review from his past instrad of burying it.
gra_complainer.jpg (500�510)


doc appt cancelled today, i'm glad i phoned to check. above is another image done w/ hugin and gimp. no mac involved. what i had been missing was the fact that sony's exif data does not include crop factor which throws the whole thing off. today i pack minimumly for 11 days on the road, leave friday.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


if it keeps on raining the levee's gonna break.

but it stopped.

i've spent the morning taking care of bizzness, including the above image. no idea of how to use the software. i've got seven minutes to get truck to appointment to change oil and check brakes.

all the time in the world.

when i get back i have 2 pieces of paperwork to complete and get in mail. talked to daughter nicole last night, told her to expect me next sunday. her two brothers who live nearby are impossible to phone. inconvenient or worse.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Google Fast Flip

lot of folks resisit google because of their personal data aquisition. personally i don't give a flip. check this news site out:

Google Fast Flip

Sunday, September 20, 2009


another rainy day. slow motion? i don't think so. been puttering up a storm. looks like i'll be camping out next weekend. then on to chapel hill and point beyond.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


an animation by tom tommorow. he did it 9 years ago.


image done purely on a PC w/ XP. using port of panotools - i think - "hugin" and gimp an open source image editor.

why?

there's a reason, but it's unknown. in fact it is not capable of being known.

like an unknown lot of other things.

Friday, September 18, 2009


this one kept me going for awhile. done completely on pc using hugin and gimp. new territory. beats watching tv.

shot on tuesday's trip.

a favor: click to the right on modernpeasant gallery pic. once there click on image archive. this flasj based page takes about 6-7 seconds to load on my imac. using firefox and forever under opera. let me know loading time, i think i may have to redo to speed it up.

which of course will delay my long anticipated vacation from all things digital so i can get back to practicality, namely intrnse practice to become yoyo acrobat.

check it out.

Gigagalaxy Zoom

Thursday, September 17, 2009


from yesterday, no the day before. craggy gardens, up from the picnic area. this area is called a "heath bald", reminds somehow of the "parks" out west where the mountain men would meet once a year to sell beaver and buy salt, nails. and ammo.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.


a little something to amuse not amaze.

almost have everything fixed that broke during recent past when saturn retrograde squared with venus rising. or maybe it was those danged sunspots.

biggest success: lap guitar which required soldering microscopic wires. don't know how long it will last but it sounds pretty sweet.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


a video i find inspiring.

my relationship with "tv" (as we used to call it) is pretty lackluster. i dumped cable well over 10 years ago, maybe 15. for the last decade i've had worn out rabbit ears that on a good day picked up 3 channels, 2 on a bad day. i went for the converter box and could watch the same channels as before. about 3 weeks ago the screen would go white once in awhile. then one day during the same week that almost all of the house thingys broke it exploded in slow motion, like a long drawn out fizz. must be where the word "fizzle" comes from.

the one thing that i have felt since it sailed out the door is more energy in the evening. my day lasts longer.

Friday, September 11, 2009


if this picture looks familiar it's because it is. still pushing pano and HDR, makng some progress: mainly gave up on g4 iMac, and deleted all the software. the same App, hugin, works under windows xp but there is a lot to figure out. one thing that has dawned on me is that in some ways the software emulates large format box camera, which, if you've ever used one, you know can do all sorts of perspective twists.

neither of my computers is working well, lots of trouble shooting ahead.

so i did the above and then brought it into the Gimp, an open source image editing app that runs on windows and has a pretty steep learning curve. meanwhile i'm using mac and dreamweaver and jalbum to tune up gallery pages. whenever i get these done i'm taking a 4 week break from computers, spend some time in the woods.

but big project lately has been dissassembling lap guiter and soldering the tiniest wires in the smallest space. it's back together no but i haven't tried it out tomorrow i'm going to practice relaxing, i'm afraid i've forgotten how.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


pleasant holiday. never got in truck, never talked to anyone. worked. no, i mean puttered. (see above).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

BuzzFlash.org | Progressive News and Commentary with an Attitude | Fight Ignorance: Read BuzzFlash:
"Okay, we've heard enough.

Just yesterday, the White House reluctantly released a partial log of who has visited with Obama's staff on so-called 'healthcare reform' and it reads like a who's who of Big Pharma and health insurance lobbyists.

Let's stop the pretense of Obama making some bold move here."


took this 4 or 5 hours ago. still fooling w/ hdr and panoramics open source software and don't know what's up - yet.

taken at small hike near montreat, good workout for me.

tomorrow: fix lap guitar by disassembly and fill out a medifkare form that will take some time. relax. walk around the block.

or not.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


the above: still fooling w/ HDR and panorama. the tools are a whole new world.

addition to yesterday's post: the metamorphosis of the democratic party from "change it" to "change it back to where it was before the wreck so the same guys who wrecked it can do it again" should not have been a surprise (but it was of course). think of the bush years and how it seemed like the dems were being blackmailed, bought, or otherwise turned into deer staring at the money. both parties can now be called "corporation run". they represent money. big money. huge unprecedented concentrations of wealth and power.

Friday, September 4, 2009


blueberries. last sunday had an epic walk up to the pinnacle of craggy gardens (which was closed due to bear traffic) looking for blueberries.

in the meantime i have been groping for words to describe the freefall the culture is in and i haven't found them yet. not just the pathology of the USA, but the whole world. mercenary stumblebums, murder, torture, failed states, kidnappings, big money sloshing through and wrecking political discourse, pirates, bandits, a zillion lobbyists - or Congress members, they are the same - the propaganda for profit the news is, the dispossessed. you get the picture i hope not because i say so but because you are living it either consciously or not.

part of this picture is the dysfunction of institutions which no longer work. except maybe libraries.

the pervasive animus towards the institution of "government" is hard to avoid. i am especially troubled by the 2 part system in place right now in the USA. i worked hard for the democrats last election and did so because of promised change. but now i feel it was a classic case of bait and switch. after the debacle of the bush years, when the wreckage began to become visible to all, the mantra has devolved into "change it back to what it was", same people, same looting, same dismissal of we the people.

what to do? i don't know, but throwing out your tv would be a good idea right now.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3f8_1251526869

Bill Moyers With Bill Maher Aug 28, 2009
go ahead, click it and watch a discussion about healthcare reform. they actually talk without the spectical of talking points so it might shock the totally conditioned.


did this in a fit of i don't know what this morning. a beautiful morning. fall is in the air. thank You.

yesterday was a wierd one. lap guitar no longer works. saturday played a little crazy music with alex and he somehow pulled the input. he didn't do it intentionally, but that boy plays his instrument hard. then late in the day i managed finally to spill coffee on laptop so it is out of comission. did all the right things, disconnecting peripherals remove battery, and it is now resting 24 hours upside down. this evening i'll find out what shape it is in. it was not much of a spill so hopefully the motherboard and HD survived. maybe a few sticky keys is what i'm hoping for.

Monday, August 31, 2009


i can't believe that i spent all day doing the above. i shot it yesterday, doing the panorama thing. today i wondered into all kind of byways processing it, eg the gimp on intel PC, things i still don't know much about. course i was on the phone talking to a lot of my extended family, dumping trash and other assorted tasks at the same time.