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Saturday, July 29, 2006

chainguard tweak detail

chainguard tweak detail, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Spotless pantcuffs.

chainguard tweak 2

chainguard tweak 2, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Reinforcement on the chainguard. Seems to work fine.

My Window

My Window, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

New job at HAP, SF. Here's where I'll be, Tuesdsays & Fridays.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hokusai Ice Wall

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This is not the actual installation, but an incredible simulation of a piece that my friend Alison Ullman made last spring.  Hokusai's print of a cresting wave projected onto a wall of ice that Alison built in her bathtub.

I suspect that the still photography should be credited to Lee Anne Phillips, but I guess I should check that out, eh? 

Monday, July 24, 2006

AntiFreeze Fractal

AntiFreeze Fractal, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Friday, July 21, 2006's Re-Design Expose!

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Oh, I don't know. I'm wierd and out of sorts today, with a little too much time on my hands. This is what came out of that.

Monday, July 17, 2006

BART Escalator

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A souvenir from "Take Your Husband to Work Day"

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Palimpsest, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

The above image is some laminated Kabbalistic holy roller claptrap that the mohel set up. I'm losing patience with 'my people.'

From the Temple Sinai Hymnal:

The Torah is a tree which spreads its leafy boughs
Pro-o-viding shade and happ-i-ness
For those below.

Its pa-a-aths are peaceful ways, of qui-i-et and rest
And all those, who walk therein
Are amply bless'd.
A few criticisms:
  1. No melody
  2. No meter
  3. Can't sustain a metaphor for six lines. Tree, path; choose one and develop it.
  4. All this 'peace' crapola appears to be a lie.

Just twenty dimes
Is all you give
To plant a tree
And help Israel live!

"No prepuce--no peace."
I'm hanging up my sandek shoes.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

American Lung Association of Wisconsin's Quit Smoking Self-Hypnosis Tape.mp3

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This is a dub of a quit-smoking (audio) tape that the American Lung Association of Wisconsin put out sometime in the 1970's.  I helped me to quit.  I'm putting it up here for the use of anybody who wants to give it a try. Probably best not to listen to this while driving.

Your eyelids are getting very heavy.  Bullem....bullem...bullem....

Monday, July 10, 2006

Quitting Smoking in the Bardo

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My friend Silka is quitting smoking. This video compares the process of kicking an addiction to the Bardo state as described in The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Highlights of Copa Mundial--Ducati Sprocket

Lovely viewing of the final game of the World Cup over at the Etayos' yesterday. They're so good at entertaining!

Here's a sprocket from David's bike.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ghost Bike With Herbs

Ghost Bike With Herbs, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

At 24th St BART. Anybody wants to explain to me in what sense Noe Valley is a valley, I'm all ears. Or perhaps "noe" means "the opposite of a" in some language that I don't know.

Twenty Five Pounds

Twenty Five Pounds, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

English thyme, Thai basil & Italian oregano. In a very dense Vietnamese terracotta planter.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Santa Barbara Hi-Lites

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Mary & I drove down to Santa Barbara last week to look in on her (Mary's) parents. On the way down, we purchased gasoline for the Pontiac Vibe that we rented. Once we got down there, we went to the beach. Here's what we saw.

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