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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Windy 01

Here's what this movie's about. It was really windy the other day when I got off work. A tree on Market Street was being blown around pretty dramatically, and the sun was projecting the shadow of onto a white wall. I videoed the shadow and then took it home processed it considerably, abstracting and distilling the already mediated motion of the shadow on the wall.

It reminded me of this passage by Richard Brautigan. I first read this in high school, and it's stuck with me ever since. I've always thought it was a good description of the visceral experience of motion pictures.


I went downtown to see three movies in a Market Street flea palace. It was a bad habit of mine. From time to time I would get the desire to confuse my senses by watching large flat people crawl back and forth across a huge piece of light, like worms in the intestinal track of a tornado.

I would join the sailors who cant get laid, the old people who make those theaters their solariums, the immobile visionaries, and the poor sick people who come there for the outpatient treatment of watching a pair of Lusitanian mammary glands kiss a set of Titanic capped teeth.

I found three pictures that were the right flavors: a monster picturehelphelp, a cowboy picturebangbang, and a dime store romance pictureIloveyou, and found a seat next to a man who was staring up at the ceiling.


From A Confederate General from Big Sur by Richard Brautigan, Grove Press 1964, pp 42-43, in the chapter "A Daring Cavalry Attack on PG&E"

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Pepper Vodka

pepper Vodka, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Pepper Vodka

Pepper Vodka, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

These peppers are unreasonable. But they sure look pretty in that bottle.

Penelope, out for the Count

Penelope, out for the Count, originally uploaded by dumbeast. Linguini's in Alameda, Sept 15, 2007

Tara & Annabelle

Tara & Annabelle, originally uploaded by dumbeast. Linguini's in Alameda, Sept 15, 2007


HÅP, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Angelic? Ångstrom?

19th St at Broadway, Oakland

Monday, September 10, 2007

This might be the god damnedest thing that I ever did see

Decorative foliage at Cost Plus in Oakland. There was a bamboo plant in the mensroom. It wasn't quite fake and it wasn't really real, either. It was real bamboo sticks stuck in the potted earth, but they weren't rooted. They were cut off at a convenient length, and then fake fronds & leaves were hot-glued into holes that had been drilled into the sticks.

I just don't know what to think about this. Simulation? Simulacrum? Chimera?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Olafur's Dance Party

The dancer is a kid having a good time with Olafur Eliasson's "Beauty" installation, a piece in his "Take Your Time" exhibition at SFMoMA yesterday. I'm really enjoying this show. The background imagery is a toroidal form from a federal construction site and a nicely lit red-topped grey cylinder at my local McDonald's.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Water Cooler Head

Water Cooler Head, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Another collaboration between Aimee & Bruce, with Aimee again doing most of the heavy lifting.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

yoyo mp3 player 090407_001

yoyo mp3 player 090407_001, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

This is my idea. you can't have it.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Small Urban Garden

Small Urban Garden, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

...or possibly just a hole in a wall that somebody shoved a cactus into. 9th St betw Market 7 Mission, 94103

Mythological Creature

Mythological Creature, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Giraffe body, snake head, porcupine quills, kittycat ears, french-fry whiskers, I can't remember what kind of wings those are, oh yeah, they're falcon wings, human knees and a stringray tail with dirt on the ground, and a hill behind, and the sun going down, and a cave and a sky.

By Aimee, with minimal design assistance & spot coloring by Bruce.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Barbara & Bob

Barbara & Bob, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Two more generous & open souls you couldn't imagine. Thanks for the turkey sandwiches and the potato chips and the wine and the champagne and the Smirnoff pomegranate and the gherkins and the cheese and the spiced almonds. You guys rock.

Crowd at SF Summer of Love Festival Golden Gate Park Sept 2 2007

Not a bad tribe to be a part of.

Tribune Tower, Oakland

Tribune Tower, Oakland, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

And isn't that a lovely sky.

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