brucine (broo'-seen), 1) n. Pharm., Chem. a bitter, poisonous alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, obtained from the nux vomica tree; 2) n. Bruce Bortin's 'low-impact' weblog

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Wet Napkin Doodles

Wet Napkin Doodles, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Out for lunch at Pho 84 yesterday with Mary.

How many squares can you find in this picture? What's the gender of the artist?

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Here's a link the Enrique Chagoya show at Gallery Paule Anglim. Oops. Looks like it ends today. Never mind.

Enrique Chagoya drawing

Enrique Chagoya drawing, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Gallery Paule Anglim yesterday. Excellent show. Drawings, scrolls and large canvases by Enrique Chagoya. In parts consciously remeniscent of Philip Guston, while employing a much more lush font of imagerey. Ooh, typing that made my fingers hurt.

I asked if it'd be okay to take a photo or two of some of the drawings. I wanted to show them to Mary & Alex, both big Guston fans.


View, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

The old Goodluck Market in Oakland Chinatown closed suddenly in late July. Refurbishing has ensued, and it looks like it's just about to re-open under new management.

I'm so happy.

No Parking

No Parking, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Sign on 8th St, Oakland. I like the base that they made for it, out of a plank and barbed wire.

No Parking 2

No Parking 2, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Detail of the base of the No Parking sign


Stump, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

The tree next to my Tienanmen Tire Tree just got sawn down. It had split in a windstorm about a month ago.

Thank you, City of Oakland

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Oh, lordy, I've edited a lot of video today. Exodus is shaping up nicely. I'm burning a DVD of version 1.1 now.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Pearl, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Pearl is sitting on a satin comforter. Her brother Ray is nowhere to be seen, good. And that scary man who lives with her is pointing that lens-thing at her, which is a form of attention, good, and he's doing it from a safe distance, across the room, also good.

That's one complex cat right there. Gotta love her. Awww.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Extruded Polyethylene Heart

Extruded Polyethylene Heart, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Made from a tiny Ziploc turned inside-out, sort of. Happy early Valentine, Sweetie!

Friday, October 22, 2004

I've been walking all over downtown Oakland, but I haven't been able to get me a Hummer.

The reason that I haven't posted a bumpersticker on a gas guzzler entry lately is that I'm almost out of the bumperstickers that Kyle sent me, and I want this last one to count. So I'm saving it for a Humvee. Hummer. H2. I don't know what the distinctions are.

I do know that on a Humvee website,
they talk about gas mileage, and give figures as low as 3.8 MPG.

They're not east to find, though. I don't think that people who drive Hummers are likely to park them where I can get at them, either. I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled, I guess.

Meanwhile, here's a legit Hummer bumpersticker. Fair & Balanced, right?

Cathy Birthday 04

Cathy Birthday 04, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Ray & Pearl's birthday card to Cathy. We're taking her out to Chow for dinner tonight. And tomorrow, out for drinks with Judy at some place called "The Feckless Ponzi Scheme" before the theater.


McDull, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Jesus I hate this interface. It's like wrestling with vampires to post anything. And God knows how you go about linking to another page. I'm going to try to figure that out during the course of this entry.

Anyways. After Tai Chi today (I haven't been to Tai Chi in, like, months now, but as usual, they were happy to see me, and I was glad I got off my lazy ass and went...) after Tai chi I did some shopping in Chinatown. Produce, a couple MiniDV tapes, and then I needed a bag for my camera.

A little bag, for when I'm just doing still photography, and I don't want to haul around all the extra crap that I need for shooting video. I finally found the bag shown here, with the famous Hong Kong cartoon pig, McDull. His name in Chinese sounds like "Tao-something."

I've sewn the bag into my backpack, so that my camera can feel safe & tidy when it's traveling with me.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Happy Birthday Tom

Happy Birthday Tom, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Lunch today at Puccini & Pinetti with Mary, Cathy, Richard & Tom.

We gave Tom a Quake Break Shake'n'Bake paperweight.

Thanks to MoFo for throwing the party!

GMC Sierra 2500 Suburban

GMC Sierra 2500 Suburban, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

12 MPG, 14 tons of greenhouse gases per year


Jeep, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Oh, quack quack quack. Look at me. I'm driving a PARA-MILITARY VEE-HI-CULL

15 mpg

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

That's Not Funny...

Subtitle in the film The Children of Fate, a documentary by Hannie J. Voyles about the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam and its survivors:

"Hiding the Franks"


Monday, October 18, 2004

Sign in the hallway that leads to the exit of the Bardo.

Does anybody besides me find this amusing? If you do, I'd love to hear about it.


BMW X5, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

15 MPG, 11.0 tons/year Greenhouse Gases

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Geometry in the Oval Office

Your Trapezoidal President, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

My remarks upon receiving trophy at BVFF--Best of Festival, PSA/Commercial for America Deserves Better:

"Thank you for this award, and I'd also like to thank your mean-spirited, trapezoidal president, without whose inspiration I couldn't have made this film."


Trophy, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Berkeley Video & Film Festival 2004

Photo by Mary Jane Foran (my Excellent Wife)

Stop Bush

Stop Bush, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Somebody put up these posters on the UC Berkeley campus yesterday. They're really nicely printed on glossy stock, maybe 18 x 24". There's a printed signature, "Serra". Anybody know anything about them?

Range Rover

Range Rover, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

12 MPG, 14.30 Tons of Greenhouse Gasses/Year

L-R did the honors on this one. Since I didn't have my camera with me, I did a sketch.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Chevrolet Silverado 2500, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

10 MPG,
14.2 tons per year greenhouse gas emissions

"One Day at the Apple Store" Still #3

Video Still #3 "One Day at the Apple Store" , originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Godzilla wreaks a terrible vengeance

"One Day at the Apple Store" Still # 2

Consumerist nerds at accelerated velocity have no idea what's about to to hit them

Wednesday, October 13, 2004


13 MPG, 12.90 Tons/Year Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Lexus GX 470

Lexus GX 470
Originally uploaded by dumbeast.
16 MPG (combined),

11.50 tons Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions;

There's a groovy V-8 under the hood, folks!


Originally uploaded by dumbeast.
~13 MPG, 12.8 Tons per year GHG-Greenhouse gas emissions expressed in CO2 equivalents

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