Monday, October 18, 2021
Some dealers were less fortunate, betting on a more high end buyer that may have not ever appeared.
I think we accomplished that.
Peoples' tastes and palette have changed and I am trying to give them something that they want, godawful as it might be in the final analysis.
Still, I did something I have never done before at a modernism show, I introduced a large quantity of native and ethnic material.
It was very well received and I got to sell things that I actually loved too.
Amazing how well good design will integrate, regardless of the period and vintage.
|Flowers grow out of dark moments|
Thursday, October 14, 2021
If you have the time and inclination, they put on a great performance and the Casbah is intimate and fun.
We have seen some great Love performances there.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
|San Juan Island|
My wife Leslie rarely if ever puts pictures of herself up on Facebook. I stuck some up last week, unbeknownst to her, just waiting for her to delete them, as she usually does. She surprised me and left them up and has had a startling amount of positive response and likes.
Truth is, she is a beautiful woman and her face radiates joy. As you can plainly see from these shots which I repost here. Luckily for me, she will be gorgeous forever!
I have posted most of these here before, enjoy the repost. Her smile still melts me, love waking up next to her every day and seeing this beautiful face.
|Mezquita Mosque, Cordoba|
|Madrid street shot|
Most of these shots were taken when we were traveling. I hope that we can take some more voyages soon, Covid has definitely cramped our joy meter.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Robert is a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor.
This particular picture shows him in what I would call a neutral to happy emotional state.
Up but not giddy.
Perhaps a hint of suspicion, what the hell is this guy doing with a camera in my face at this hour of the morning?
I was poking around in Photoshop yesterday and I saw that there was a whole new rabbit hole to fall into called neural filtering.
Neural filters go into the cloud and assess your subject with a bazillion similar images in order to make suggested alterations with AI or artificial intelligence.
Anger was a whole 'nother story. Try as it might, the end product looked forced, unrealistic and not angry in the least. Somewhat pinched. Truth is, Robert is just a hard guy to get to look miserable and unhappy because that is not him. He's pretty up. Even his pissed off version looks a little joyful although mostly strained. More like happy after a root canal.
This is not going to be a tool I spend a lot, if any, more time with. I keep thinking of the movie Wag the dog. With manipulative tools like this, people can ultimately look and feel and emote any way you want them to and no one is the wiser. Or will be able to, when the technology matures anyway.
I am not sure that I am down with that, from an ethical standpoint. But it is interesting in an academic sense and it will be something to watch the technology evolve. Gracias, Roberto, for the shot.
Hudgins offers: The Migration Patterns of the Privileged: On 21st-Century Climate Gentrification ‹ Literary Hub
Wild Bill shares this interesting column from Pharyngula - When blogs ruled the internet.
Michael offers this choice tidbit from France, Culinary animation:
Monday, October 11, 2021
Clark and Lois's son Jon is now a confirmed bisexual.
Word is that his new boyfriend is less than impressed.
"Man of steel? Fecch!
If I had wanted something this pliable I would have looked up Mr. Elastic over at the Fantastic Four.
This is one of my favorite architectural shots that I have ever taken. I love the way light and color flows around the rounded and aberrant forms of the Hendrix Museum. And I am glad that I took the shot when the building was young because the shot no longer exists, the form now unfortunately obscured by trees and foliage.
The next picture is a non obstructed later view that catches a bit of the late afternoon sun reflection from a slightly different angle. I always felt that it had a futuristic, science fiction quality. Fritz Lang, Metropolis. Which is fitting really as the building once housed (and still might house) a science fiction museum.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
I have literally had to urinate every five minutes and it was very painful. Urinary tract was totally inflamed. Still not right. Has made it very difficult to work and function.
Had to keep a coffee cup in my car in case of accidents and thought I would be arrested a couple times for being a pervert when I had to relieve myself at an intersection. Thankfully nobody saw me.
It happens pretty often with me, insert an instrument or foreign agent in my body and something goes wrong. The gerbils are definitely out now. The worst was prostatitis. That was an eleven on the ten scale. This was only a seven + but still plenty painful and irritating.
I went in for my cystoscopy on Friday and when they got inside with a scope (they put a tube down your penis and coat it with lidocaine) the doctor said it was impossible to see anything in my bladder because of the intense irritation and infection. She said we would have to reschedule when things clear up.
I had told them things weren't right down there but you know medicine these days, people are very busy and texts don't always get answered. So I have gutted it out.
She gave me a stronger antibiotic and has rescheduled the lookaround for December.
I have to be happy really, looking at the great scheme of things. If you had told me two years ago that I would survive stage four cancer in the lamina wall without losing any more parts, I would have told you you were crazy. Lucky to be alive right now, honestly, after the last dire prognosis.
In a way it is good that I didn't have to go through with the cysto because that normally knocks me out of the box for four or five days too. I have a show in Palm Springs this week and I was wondering how I could bear to set up and do it. Now I get a mild reprieve. Show must go on.
Here is a shot that got away from me. Try as I might, it really can not be fixed. Because like many of the architectural marvels in our world, it suffers from hominid overdose. The pesky little bipeds are everywhere, scurrying around like ants, not to mention the presence of scaffolding from the renovation.
Really a beautiful place, second in my eyes only to the Alcazar in Sevilla visually in España. Not like I have the juice to ask a guard to clear all the mortals out of my way so I can take a shot. You have the same problem I would imagine at the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower or even at Yellowstone at this point. Humanity overrun. What to do?
Now I suppose one could take every single human out in Photoshop if he or she had the patience but who has that kind of patience? Like the Uffizi Gallery in Florence it is really difficult to score a ticket here and you stand in line for about four hours so it is not like you can time your entrance for an off hour.
I have about ten shots from this vantage and none of them work particularly and they all raise a certain sadness in me for failing to get an adequate capture. Do you know my only solace in this particular one? The figure dead center with hands upraised and his or her reflection. In the portico it reminds me of the eye of a peacock feather for some reason.
So, absent another trip to Southern Spain, I will take some small comfort in that.
The following shot is our closest corollary to southern Spain in these parts, the Laguna de las flores at Balboa Park. You can still find that spot empty if you arrive early enough.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
She said, "Oh yes. Do you know what a terrible human being he was, raping twelve year old girls and all?"
Now I indeed do know what a miserable swine the Genovese explorer was, I have written on the subject before but guess what? If you are looking for perfect human beings in the past history of the world, it may be a very long wait.
Columbus was simply a man of his time.
I told her that it was unfair to judge people of the past by the "woke" standards of today. For instance, Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln were terrible in their treatment and opinions of Native Americans.
We won't even talk about Luther, Kipling or Lovecraft. Harry Truman loved to tell racist jokes and use racist slurs but the greater question is, should one be defined by their casual speech or their actions?
|Mark Twain on the extermination of Native Americans|
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson got into an interesting repartee the other day defending Winston Churchill, who someone had called a white supremacist. Well, Churchill certainly was, if you take the man at his word. He was a man of his time, like most of us and harbored the racist sentiments of his time.
In 1937, he told the Palestine Royal Commission: "I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."
Plainly racist. What Johnson said the other day was that Churchill could not have been a white supremacist because he helped defeat the greatest white supremacist of all time, Adolf Hitler.
“When they began to attack Churchill as a racist, I was minded to ignore them as it was only 20 years ago that BBC audiences voted him the greatest Briton of all time,” said Johnson. “He helped defeat a regime, after all, that was defined by one of the most vicious racisms the world has ever seen.”
How is that for cognitive dissonance and false causation? As if one racist could not defeat another. But the point is, we can acknowledge and celebrate a human or historical figure even if they have not led a life without blemish.
We should not seek to bury our racist past like those that would advocate for a banning of the teaching of critical race theory, but having brought our failures into the light of day, we should neither forget them or give them too much weight in the present moment and allow them to dictate our future. Progress has been slow but it has been made in our lifetime, be wary of those that advocate for instant and unequivocal change.
Israel is certainly the next big target amongst liberals, read the recent opinion from the local American Federation of Teachers branch from the U.T.. They can hang gays in Iran, behead sisters in Afghani honor killings but by all means keep the focus at all times on evil Israelis defending themselves. Thankfully the Union Tribune balanced the piece out with this opinion, which is a bit more even handed.
I dread the Tlaibs and Omars with the same trepidation I fear from the AOC's, Gaetz's and the Gohmerts. What we need in this world, is more balance.