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

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Hiring Bruce Bortin is Obviously the Smartest Thing I Could Possibly Do"

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Looking for a job in a law office.

Big thanks to the stars:

Tom Drohan

Cathy Mosbrucker

Lynne-Rachel Altman

Daniel Reilly

Alex Green

Friends Brave and True.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

New Rug

New Rug, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Balisht from Pakistan by Afghans. 36" x 37"

Sweet tight knot weave.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bad Tannenbaum

Bad Tannenbaum, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Alice St. between 14th & 17th

Why, at 2:30pm, the Bed Remains Unmade

Cute Kitties!

Library Stamp Sheet

Library Stamp Sheet, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Nice composition

Thanks, Johnathan

Thanks, Johnathan, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

What a sweetheart he is!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Jew Lie Detail

JewLieDetail, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

...the guy who kept tagging/destroying my pieces at Gallerie Bortino back in 2002


BornAgain, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

...this guy.

Biro on Traffic cone

Biro on Traffic cone, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I've been wondering what happened to this guy.

14th & Harrison, Oakland

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Asphalt Shorts

Asphalt Shorts, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

~20th & Broadway, Oakland

Party in a Styrofoam Cup!

Party in a Styrofoam Cup!, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

...if used latex gloves are your idea of a good time...

Jasckson Lake Apartments, Oakland, CA

Friday, January 20, 2006

Romanesque Broccoli

Romanesque Broccoli, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Fascinating structure. Kind of afraid to eat it, though.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Hire Me

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I'm looking for a job. In a law office. I figure I've been helping my friends out with my mad copy editing skillz for about a decade now, why not get some beaucoup benefits?

So in addition to my straight resume, I'm working on a movie. Here's a quick slash at one segment.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Chinatown Truck Deluge

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Chinatown this morning. A fish truck was parked for deliveries on 8th St. Water from the fish tanks had sloshed out and was cascading over the tires. I thought it was pretty, and slowing it down to one-quarter speed makes it even prettier.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Skein Scan

Skein Scan, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Bought some yarn today, then encountered a scanner.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Ray & the Luminescent Tulip

Ray & the Luminescent Tulip, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Featuring Ray's SexBoy® Gaze

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Reverse Archaeology Breakdown

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I spent all day cutting this footage that's going to go into a larger video. This is a small stand-alone piece, a sketch, just so I'd have something to show for today's work.

Installation by Lynne-Rachel Altman

Music by the Hot Latkes Klezmer Band

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Backstage at la Borinquea

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Lunchtime at my favorite beanery.

Tammy Flu

Tammy Flu, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

New Mascot of the coming pandemic.

Tammy says: "I don't feel so good."

Pearl Pants

Pearl Pants, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Laundry day.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Wave breaking

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Quick & dirty solution to the problem of how to make Hokusai's wave appear to break.  Just a few minutes with  morph application.  No big whoop.

Now let's project it onto some ice.  Or a lot of monofilament. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Gemini 2000 Slide Dissolve Unit

Alison stood quietly outside the rent board meeting with a sign on an easel. She may have been thinking about waves breaking; Hokusai crossfades.


Lifestyle, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

What's clogging the trash chute today?

[click photo to see annotated version on flickr]

Monday, January 02, 2006

The Fight Over the Story

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by Amal & Dad

From Santa Barbara, Christmas 2005

Starring Amal Bhavnani


Kum-Kum Bhavnani

John Foran (as Dad)

and featuring

Cerina Bhavnani (as The Kid)


Cactus, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Outside Mission San Miguel

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