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

Monday, November 28, 2005

Just the Hi-lites

Just the Hi-lites, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Howdy, Steb!

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Sure looks like cake to me.

Dagmar's Birthday Cake

Dagmar's Birthday Cake, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Jointy effort--Mostly Mary's work, with the occasional assist from Cathy & Brucine

Hotel Tip

Hotel Tip, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Monte Rio Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Armstrong Woods

Armstrong Woods, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

poo fungus

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Richmond Bridge

This is an unwitting collaboration with my friend Lynne-Rachel. She shot this video, all I did was to fuck it up.

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

San Francisco Opera Atom Bomb Vignette

--from the gift shop--

Thursday, November 17, 2005


brucine strongly recommends that you check out

The Apparat Programme

broadcast at ninety-six kilobits per second in broadband

It's kickass INdependent (and I do mean independent) music that you've never heard before. =>

"Apparat #6:
there should be explosions and crying
and drunks at the end"

Quoting Camper Van Beethoven:

I've got some funny ideas
About what sounds good,
What sounds good....


Chandilear, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Did you say "put it in the cullet barrel" or "put it in the politburo"?

Saturday, November 12, 2005 Internet Chat Session

Last night, while I was uploading the peace march video to, I noticed that they've added a live chat thingie to their website where people who are logged in can enjoy a lively exchange of ideas in realtime.

I'm "dumbeast>" in the following transcript.

!! reynolds128 is around.
!! tagami is around.
!! matchbookfilms is around.
!! hotfire808 just posted a new file titled Funky Boi.
!! pdstayton is around.
!! davidyeo just posted a new file titled talk by GBM innerlight .
!! davidyeo just posted a new file titled David Yang Comm for Saturday .
!! dumbeast just posted a new file titled Anti-War March -- Oakland CA "Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace".
!! neodragoon is around.
!! scottspan is around.
!! Michael Verdi is around.
!! kattmandu is around.
!! insurgent is around.
!! tagami is around.
!! AtomicGandhi is around.
!! Vanderhuge is around.
!! dinarebecca is around.
!! skyrunner is around.
!! escorial is around.
!! nathanialfreitas is around.
!! p0ps is around.
!! escorial just posted a new file titled Night lights.
!! scottspan is around.
!! dorothy is around.
dumbeast> Any cowboys out there?
!! joshleo is around.
!! tagami is around.
!! matchbookfilms is around.
dumbeast> You don't have to be a *real* cowboy, you know. Pretend cowboys are alright, too.
dumbeast> Horsie horsie...
dumbeast> ...just hanging out waiting for this video to upload, see...
dumbeast> Oh, heck. I don't even *like* cowboys.
!! stark23x is around.
dumbeast> I don't *dislike* them, understand. Just, you know, not much emotional charge there, one way or the other. In general, I like to take things on a cowboy-by-cowboy basis.
dumbeast> [performs a clumsy rope trick]
dumbeast> "8 min 23 sec (23.7 MB of 41.6 MB uploaded)" *sigh*
!! havilah is around.
dumbeast> If I could be any cowboy in the history of all cowboys, I think I'd want to be Patton Oswalt-Earp

Job-Hunting Sky

Job-Hunting Sky, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

From BART on the way to apply for work at East Bay Media Center

Friday, November 11, 2005

Anti-War March -- Oakland CA
"Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace"

Every Sunday, "LMNOP" holds a march around Lake Merritt in Oakland to articulate their stance against the war. Here's some footage from November 2, 2005. Marcher/Organizers Daniel Borgstrom and Pat Maginnis are featured.


DOH!, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Court is in Session

Court is in Session, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Dias de los Muertos Altar

Dias de los Muertos Altar, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

La Borinqueña Mexicatessen, Oakland

Nate Dawg & Co.

Nate Dawg & Co., originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Alice Street, Oakland

Thursday, November 03, 2005


C-Note, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Courtney works at Taylor's Sausages. Good man. Seems like he's been there forever. He's convinced that I'm somebody else, named Keith.

Now let's all have a few links!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bruce Sketch

Bruce Sketch, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Every once in a while, I actually draw a picture.

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