Saturday, May 03, 2008

9' 15" to go!

Personal Daily Horoscope
Saturday, 3 May 2008
born 4 May 1960

Flog to death or accept

This influence gives you the chance, with positive support from the quality of time, to start to look into or delve deeper into those areas of knowledge which try to give practical answers to human problems. These include not only all forms of healing but also psychology and astrology as well as areas such as sociology and education. This is a good time to go deeper into the theoretical, philosophical fundamentals of your subject. The danger of this influence lies in the intellectualization and "flogging to death" of experiences and situations which actually call for feeling or sympathy. On the wholly personal level, to do with you or someone close to you, such an approach hinders a compassionate understanding and effective acceptance of psychological realities.

Mercury Square Chiron, exact at 17:34
activity period from 3 May 2008 to 4 May 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008

Why I am against waiving the gas tax for the summer...

What goes down (for the summer) will suddenly shoot up...

and up...

and up...

This Day in History: 1902

A Trip to the Moon.

To the moon, Alice.
To the moon.

(actually the one I knew can pass Go and head straight for hell...)

Why I teach.
Jessica v Picasso

So Jessica wanders into class with this kid and his guitar. She then selected this blue paper roll for her background.

All of a sudden, I turned into a maniac, ran to the computer and Googled you-know-who's version of you-know-what.

It was a learning experience which I never could have planned, and if you ask me, she captured a brilliant moment.

What I really like is that it's hanging on its own pillar at the Student Art Show...

And to think: I don't even like Picasso, OR his blue period...

iSight self-portrait w. bi-focals!!!
Natural Studio Light
Is this REALLY a guy?

HE is divorced.
HE is not sure about having kids.

eMail him NOW!


I should be so lucky...

Personal Daily Horoscope
Friday, 2 May 2008
born 4 May 1960

Pluto Trine Venus
end of January 2008 – end of November 2009
Out of the commonplace

This influence emphasizes the creative and romantic aspects of your life. It can bring a new relationship or deepen an old one. A new one that comes at this time will be notable for the strength of the feelings involved. It could hardly be described as casual. There is a compulsive quality about the energies that drive you and your partner together, but this is not at all negative. It will merely seem to both of you that this relationship was inevitable, and you will both find that it is a learning experience of the best possible kind. You will learn a great deal about the energies within each of you that are at work in a relationship. You may discover that love is less conscious and that you act much more from blind compulsion than you realized. But this realization is the first step toward becoming conscious of your feelings.
Your existing relationships will also enter a period of creative change. Your feelings are stronger now, and again you will both learn more about the way you operate in the relationship.

Your creative energies will be aroused and if you are in any way artistic, you will be able to put deep, feeling energy into your creations as never before. Others will recognize the intensity that has gone into your work, for which you may very well receive considerable recognition.
Art and love will have one element in common during this time; that is, the experience of them will transport you out of the commonplace into the extraordinary, for that is what you are seeking. Art and love should have a considerable impact on your life now and affect your future for many years to come.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

b. 1960

Mission Accomplished!
W Meets Gay Tinky Winky

This Day in History: 1931

On this day in 1931, The Empire State Building opened to the public.
photograph © the original photographer

An open letter to the parents of America:

I'm gay.
I don't have kids.
I don't WANT kids.
And, most of the time, I don't want to BE AROUND kids.

Because they seem to rule the roost.
What they want (after they are brain-washed by innumerable ad pitches) is EV-RY-THING!

To wit:
• new SUVs now have the "option" of not only a GPS or a TomTom, but a BACKSEAT DVD PLAYER for their little they wouldn't have to look out the window and dream...LIKE I DID WHEN I WAS A KID.
• GapKids' JUNK FOOD Ts retailing for $22.50 (tax not included)
• GapKids' TOP TREND threads, head-to-toe, for boys: $77.50 (tax not included)
• Hollister's $60 dresses for "Bettys" and $84.50 jeans and Ts for "Dudes"
• Abercrombie's $160 (average) jeans, Polos, denim jackets for boys
• Abercrombie's $160 (average) jeans, Polos, denim jackets for girls


If you give me about $500 (a rough total of the amounts referenced above), I can hit the CLEARANCE RACKS at The Gap, Old Navy, TJMaxx, and Marshalls and, with a little bit of luck, determination, skill, and, most likely, a tank of gas, outfit myself for a corporate job, including casual Fridays, possibly with a suit, Kenneth Cole overcoat, a pair (or two or three) of shoes (ditto: Kenneth Cole), silk ties, 100% cotton dress shirts (the ubiqitous office white), and leather belts...enough for a season (or longer!) AND PROBABLY HAVE CHANGE BACK FROM MY $500.

So, to quote a well-worn phrase I grew up with:

I had everything I needed (as did my brothers and sisters) but not necessarily everything I wanted.

So spare me the shit talk that "well, all their friends..." and "they'll feel left out..." and, my personal fave "they'll think I don't love them anymore."

And with, God forbid, the divorce rate in America averaging 50% – 54.9% (2007 figures researched on the internet, and averaged), then the cagey kids will pit one parent against the other with the typical "if you loved me, you'd...."

So take the figures I diligently researched above, and multiply by two. One for dad, and one for mom.

And don't get me started on iPods, PSPs, cell phones, computers, HD-TVs, cable-on-demand, DVDs, CDs and all the rest.

And the killerfunny part of all this to me? THEY ARE SELLING CLOTHES TO KIDS WITH NUDITY AS THE FOCUS!!! Topless guys, pubic hair waistlines, come-hither girls...
Do the smart thing:

get your whining brat a blank journal book, crayons, pens and pencils, and tell them to start writing. After all, the FLDS kids didn't even know what TO DO with crayons.

And maybe, just maybe, when one of the non-spoiled kids grows up, they might just have a New York Times best-seller detailing the best points of a life they didn't know they really had.

Miley Cyrus v Hannah Montana
The REAL Obscenity

from CNN's website:
So when Disney announced a 54-city concert tour, starting October 18 in St. Louis, Missouri, it was an obvious birthday present for Cara. But the day tickets went on sale, Cara's mom, Maureen Von Minden, found she was shut out before she got started.

Ticket brokers swooped up thousands of tickets within minutes of them becoming available online and shut out legitimate Hannah followers. Desperate fans found they would have to pay brokers $350 to $2,000 for the $63 concert tickets.

Adding fuel to the fire are the core demographics being impacted -- children and their parents. "You're dealing with a mother/child dynamic here that can lead to a very upset child and a very angry mother, and that certainly exacerbates things," says Ticketmaster VP/assistant general counsel Joe Freeman.

from The New York Times on-line:
April 28, 2008
Revealing Photo Threatens a Major Disney Franchise

LOS ANGELES — Fifteen years old and suggestively wrapped in what appears to be a satin bedsheet in the June issue of Vanity Fair. Did Miley Cyrus, with the help of a controversy-courting magazine, just deliver a blow to the Walt Disney Company’s billion-dollar “Hannah Montana” franchise?

May Day! May Day! May Day!

MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!

Madonna Makes My Candy HARD!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jonathan Anderson + Edwin Low


Testicular fortitude?

Strange. Very Strange.
Iraq Coalition Casualty Count Website

Seems a redesign of the website has ELIMINATED the "deaths by suicide" count.

Last I looked, the Air Force still had zero deaths by suicide, while the other branches of servicemen and women were growing, one bullet at a time.

Why hide this information? According to Wolf Blitzer and CNN, 3 out of 5 service personnel who suffer from emotional disorders brought on by the Iran and Afghanistan conflicts refuse to seek medical help as they fear there will be negative repercussions on their jobs.

Mission accomplished, indeed.

Mission Accomplished!
Mr Potato Head's secret twin

Happy Anniversary Mr Potato Head!

In 1952, Mr Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on television!
Click on the link above, and make your own Mr Potato Head!

From Hasbro:

About Mr. Potato Head Mr. Potato Head, one of the world's most adored "personalities," was "born" in 1952, at the Pawtucket, RI-based toy company, Hasbro, Inc., and began making history at an early age as the very first toy to be advertised on television.
The original Mr. Potato Head contained only parts, such as eyes, ears, noses and mouths, and parents had to supply children with real potatoes for face-changing fun! Eight years later, a hard plastic potato "body" was included with Mr. Potato Head to replace the need for a real potato.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WAY too close for comfort...

Let's see:
1. her head is REALLY close to her daddy's crotch...
2. really nice "come hither" look focused on daddy
3. daddy's hand is way too close to her crotch to suit me
4. oh, and did I say her head was WAY too close to daddy's crotch?

Perhaps she needed to pull The Exorcist head-twist to make everyone happy.

Oh. And isn't Mr Achy-Breaky heart all washed up anywho?

New Work

Overheard at the birthday party:

Oprah, Barack...Uma.
Uma, Oprah.
Mr Obama, Uma.

Thanks, pal!

Somehow the word "thanks" pales in comparison to the amazingly thoughtful gift you have given me.

All I can do to return the favor is find "the decisive moment" over and over and over again...

and pray one of them ends up on the walls of some great museum.

Again, thanks. I'm truly speechless.

What time is it?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Take a shot at Tila Tequila!


Details later.
I'm so fucking steamed at that company right now, I think my head's going to explode.

What really kills me is that I have been a die-hard CANON customer, starting with my first ever purchase of a 35mm camera in 1979: the Canon AE-1, Special Edition, Lake Placid Winter Olympics version.

From that camera, I upgraded, several times, as a matter of fact, to the Canon A-1 (black body, thank you very much!) and more Canon FD lenses than I can count. Over the course of time, I purchased additional Canon A-1 bodies (always the USA versions; NEVER the gray market versions).

So when it came time to open my studio, my business partner and I opted for the (not terribly cheap) Canon iPf 8000 (44" throat, 12 archival inks, which, when replaced with the 700ml size, cost $3000 for an entire set), for which my partner and I paid C-A-S-H.

Then it came time for upgrading my A-1s to the digital realm. So I started with the 10.1 megapixel Canon EOS Rebel XT-i (black body also!) While happy with the Rebel, I knew it was time to upgrade that camera to yet ANOTHER Canon camera: the Canon 5D series.

A funny thing happened on the way to this camera:

• no matter how many times I called my sales rep at our Canon vendor. Seems we were having problems with the cutter. Did they ever follow up with a professional call? How about they never called back at ALL.
• I called said vendor inquiring about the one- and two-year warranty for said printer so we wouldn't be hit with a 24-hour notice on the expiration date. The cost? One year: $1250. Two years? $2500.

That must be chicken feed to Canon.

While having technical problems with the printer, specifically the cutter, I learned it hadn't been installed correctly in the first place. You do NOT want to know how much PREMIUM CANON paper I WASTED, along with the ink.

So I called Canon Tech Support...and to make the long, torturous story short, I just hung up on the fellow (Ivan) in charge of support.

I asked why he hadn't returned my calls OF THREE WEEKS ago. "Oh, I called you at your studio several times and was unable to reach you."

Hey fuck-wad: there's a new invention in town and it's called VOICE MAIL.

"Ivan, did you leave a voice mail for me?" His answer? No.

Moving on to another issue (specifically the purchase – again, CASH – of a Canon 5D) I asked if he had any vendor recommendations.

His response? And I quote:

You know, you are not my only customer.

After I told him I couldn't believe he had the BALLS to say that to me, I terminated the call (read: I hung up on him).

Next stop? The Office of the President. Now it appears that Mr. Yoroku Adachi, President & CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. will be getting a poison pen letter from me informing him of the wonderful post-purchase (and pre-purchase, if you include the Canon 5D) assistance we DON'T receive from his company.

To be VERY fair, the only person affiliated with Canon USA who DID provide me with top-notch telephone support was Paul with the ISG Division.

And to be VERY fair? I'll make sure to reference him specifically when writing to Mr Adachi.

After all, there are two sides to every coin, and frankly, the reputation of a company such as Canon USA doesn't depend on just ONE person.

Any company is only as good as its weakest link.

And it appears Canon's links are about as solid as a piece of Swiss cheese.

***Holes. Everywhere.

Happy 5th Birthday!

Curtain Call|1990

A CHORUS LINE closes at The Schubert Theatre after 6,137 performances.

Birthday Bravery: One hundred years ago today.

Oskar Schindler: German business man.
Oskar Schindler: hero

Belated Birthday Wishes!

Michelangelo's David Visits America