Thursday, October 21, 2021
You see them up and down the street, on both sides of the tree trunks in many cases.
I have no idea who the band New Haven is but I am going to have to get pliers to pull all the staples out of these poor trees.
Don't staple your crap to tree trunks. It can damage them and make them sick. Imagine if someone did that to you.
Have some common sense and try not to be so thoughtless and inconsiderate.
The trees deserve better.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
We drove up Alvarado and parked at the top but it was already too high in the sky and too dark for any great shots.
I snapped anyway. It has been spectacular lately with its lovely golden hue.
Our washing machine is on the fritz. I told her I would pay for a new set but she hasn't found the right one yet.
So after our lunar expedition she went to the laundromat and I went out by myself for sushi. Her choice. I offered.
I had not been to Yama in ages and it was pretty darn good. I ordered the delicious blue crab and avocado roll amongst some other delicacies including yellowtail belly. Nice.
Had a good sale this morning, been on a little bit of a hot run of late.
This is my daughter Catriona (who came to your house aged 7) and my grand daughter Amélie flying to the Peloponnesus on holiday today.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
For those of you that don't know, microdosing is taking a very small amount of a psychedelic substance, usually psilocybin mushrooms these days.
It is said to help with headaches and to give small cognitive boosts or illuminations but not be mind blowing or debilitating. It might be referred to as chipping but maybe not, not really up on such things.
It has become popular among tech people in Silicon Valley the last several years. Of course for people extremely sensitive to the effects of such substances, a little can go a very long way. Like to the moon. Or so I am told.
I saw Nancy Javier at Harry's today with her friends Helen and another Nancy. They gave me this sheet on a book signing and read they are promoting in January.
And a good old piece in the Orange County Weekly back in 2005 on the subject, Lords of Acid by Nick Schou.
I will try to read the Parker book. Having actually taken orange sunshine a time or two in my sordid youth, I have nothing if not an open mind.
I got a nice note from Jerry yesterday: Sounds like you've cut through the mental fog you were struggling with. Your writing is crisp and your mind sharp again. Happy you had a good show.
I appreciate that Jerry and I think I am indeed functioning better. It took over a month to get the shop back together after New Mexico, almost have it functional this afternoon after two days. Making progress. Peace, friends.
Wallace first fell ill on July 26 — but refused to get tested or go to the hospital, his 8-months-pregnant wife, Jessica Wallace, told the local paper. He instead took high doses of Vitamin C, zinc, aspirin and ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine normally used to deworm animals that health officials have urged people not to take to treat COVID-19.
“He was so hard-headed,” his wife told the Standard-Times. “He didn’t want to see a doctor, because he didn’t want to be part of the statistics with COVID tests.”
He said that he cared more about his freedom than other's personal health. But it was his own freedom overdose that ultimately did him in. Karma.
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.