Thursday, April 26, 2012


Paying my respects to Dr. Wittgenstein, a philosopher of strong character and commitment.  A really serious guy, as Sean points out.

HB2U, from Kirby.  PS:  here's some Religious Art FYI, from today:

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Atlantis

That's a heavy-hearted title.  Who knew, when they built this city in the forests, made a Stump Town, then Portlandia, that they were building atop jello pudding.  Shake time is roughly 300 years mas o meno.

There's a sense of the past tense in living here, sweet mortality.  As if we're already gone.

What happened in Japan is haunting as we feel next in line.

At OMSI we watched some places in Turkey in the danger zone, a film.

Is this what they call "escapism"?

Is it only an "ism" because it doesn't really work?

Our zip code might shake a little less, being on the Mt. Tabor shield.  The local martial arts studio has already reinforced.  People take training classes, watch movies of their impending doom.

Life is sweeter in that light, which no doubt accounts for some of the atmosphere.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Exit Through the Gift Shop (movie review)

I got back from Wanderers to find Lindsey and Melody exulting over this documentary, saying it was right up my ally.  I had just been exposed to Drunk History at the meeting and was still reeling from all the fun there, so went upstairs to the Ikea (my mattress -- way better than the pile I had before).

The very next morning though, I was abrim with schemes to view this thing and do work at the same time.  An exercise in multi-tasking.  I took it to Glenn's place (it's a library borrowing).  The story was so compelling I had to shut the laptop and just watch.  Glenn was highly amused also.

This is a movie about street art.  Two of the artists are already in my book collection:  Shepard Fairey and Ron English.  Banksey is here in my blogs as well.  So many dots connected, by Mr. Brainwash, the French guy videographer who then joins their ranks as "one of them".

The DVD has great extras but pointedly does not get into "the making of" the main feature, even though much of the feature was about how the film had been made -- up to a point, then we're left guessing.

I learned so much from this film.  My thanks to Melody for her excellent tastes and information.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Comic Aside

:: FaceBook chatter ::

:: political analysis ::

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Wanderers 2012.4.4

We talked about peak helium a lot today.

I was on my laptop a lot of the time, listening to Nate, Lew etc.  Grading, posting, writing to Alexia.

Nate is working on the problem of providing better connectivity to large outdoor gatherings, such as folk music festivals, by means of aerostats.

That's one of several projects he works on, including electronic medical records (a place of overlap).