Saturday, July 30, 2005

Shulman archives

from LA Observed.Com:
"Getty gets Shulman archives
Julius Shulman's files number more than 260,000 negatives, prints and transparencies, including some of the most recognized images of Los Angeles architecture. His iconic photograph of Case Study House #22 (designed by Pierre Koenig) is from 1960. Now 94, Shulman said Monday he wanted his work to remain in Los Angeles. The Getty Research Institute paid an undisclosed sum and outbid the Huntington Library, UCLA, USC and the Library of Congress. The Getty will mount its first show of theShulman photos in October."

The Koenig house above reminds me of the house on top of Mount Rushmore at the end of North by Northwest, especially with that sheer dropoff. Couldn't find a picture of it though.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Lady with penguins, 2005

because as you know there's no such thing as too many pictures of pretty girls with penguins...

teevee presenter Claudia DiFolco, courtesy

Thursday, July 28, 2005


One of these jokers is going to be the next supreme court justice, and we'll be stuck with him for years and years, and even the FTC won't be able to shut him down...what does he stand for?

Trudeau want to sell you his book, then a subscription to some newsletter or service, then supposedly he'll tell you. But according to US AG Gonzalez, revealing

Roberts' documents from his tenure as principal deputy solicitor general under Bush Senior "would be detrimental to the United States of America." Good golly.

images courtesy the AP and

update, 1017pm: interestingly enough, Salon's lead story for tomorrow is about the nefarious Trudeau.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Lost and Found Art

this is "Vision von Susanna"
by one Katherin Wiesenarter de Chavez. I'd forgotten
where I got this image from, then thought to do an
image search for "Chavez_k2.jpg", the name that
initially appeared when I copied it, and
found the original link-- so if you have images
on your blog that you'd like to give proper attribution
to, it may be as simple as doing what I did. Still don't
remember what I was originally looking for when I found
it though.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

"...excessively used cliches, fixed formulas and empty sloganeering"[2]

Army Recruiting, 1918: poster via

"It was very simple, and at the end of that moving appeal to every
altruistic sentiment it blazed at you, luminous and terrifying,
like a flash of lightning in a serene sky:`Exterminate all
the brutes!'"

Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 1899

Army Recruiting, 2005: from AmericasArmy.Com, "Special Forces:Oasis" flash animation. The first frame reads "This soldier isn't here for the scenery"

"Modern racism is an example of a shift in normative rules about prejudice: Nowadays, people have learned to hide their prejudice in situations where it would lead them to be labeled as racist."

Elliot Aronson, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2004

"...excessively used cliches, fixed formulas and empty sloganeering" [1]

Friday, July 15, 2005

my Maoist homeys

Thursday, July 14, 2005

DSL, etc.

I've decided to try DSL,and see if I can be more productive as a consequence.

Signed up with the local phone company, Verizon. Unfortunately, it seems they decided to sign me up for "paperless billing" even though I specifically refused it on their (difficult to navigate) web site.

I did check my online statement: they still hadn't credited my live payment from last Thursday, 7 days ago. I don't think I like this brave new world of phoney-baloney convenience. If Internet America's "COVAD" DSL service was available in Denton I'd go for it. (It's also 29.95, and when I had Internet America dial up and called about my service I always got to talk to a human being right away, and they cancelled my service the same day I asked them to.)

The "kit" for the DSL arrived this afternoon. The UPS guy called me from the parking lot, asking for the apartment no., which I told him. a minute later I saw him, a little guy drenched in sweat. I asked him if he wanted a TaB, and he said he'd love one, so I gave him one. He told me he was surprised they still made them, and I told him they made them just for me.(It's true you know.)

Thursday, July 07, 2005


associated press

It was my intention to post today about some new directions in which I wanted to take this blog and discuss some personal background stuff, but today's events in London make that seem unduly precious for the moment.

"we did it" says al-Qa'ida Europe, from the Australian.

"we're all londoners now" from the Telegraph.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

More cow-themed art

I hadn't even heard of the Billboard Liberation Front until very recently.

courtesy the BLF, via the Wooster Collective*

At their homepage it says the BLF "Salutes Ronald McDonald's 50 years of fattening up the populace" (myself included, sadly.)

*a really dandy site featuring street art from around the world.