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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I Don't Like the Looks of This


I Don't Like the Looks of This, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

These just showed up at Oakland City Center 12th St BART. I don't think they're cameras. First, the aperture isn't transparent (to visible light, anyway), unless that white film is a protective cover that they just haven't removed yet. And I find the huge cable with the High Voltage warning to be overkill for something with a passive recording function. They're aimed at entrances to the station. I think that this thing is there to emit rather than absorb radiation.

What's the frequency, Kenneth? (where Kenneth=SONY)

P Chomp


P Chomp, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

New tag in my neighborhood

Monday, January 26, 2009

Martha & Mary


Martha & Mary, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

at Martha's birthday party

Marth'a Party


Marth'a Party, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Katie, Megan, Sister Kathleen, Ted, Susie, Richard, Lindsay, Sister Marcia, Ramona & Courtney

Martha on her Birthday


Martha on her Birthday, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

That's one happy sister. I think she had a really good time.

Raquel & Tyler


Raquel & Tyler, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

at Laura & Nico & Luka & Charlie's housewarming party. Nice hat, Tyler

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Client Art


Client Art, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Paperclip 2

Client Art


Client Art, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Paperclip

At VLSP


At VLSP, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Shawn, Kris & I were interviewed by Mairi at VLSP yesterday. I thought it went well.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday John

Link
Happy Birthday John, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I think that some of this writing is by the guy who constantly tagged my drop-art prayerwheel in Oakland years ago. Hi, you mad misogynist antisemitic fuck! Good to see you.

Bum Life


Bum Life, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

David Goliath 7.21.45!?

HISTORY


HISTORY, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Market St near 7th, SF
O.....bama, Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama.

Book Club


Book Club, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

(clockwise from lower left)
Crudite, serviettes, hummus, crackers, babaganoush, olive tray
..on Tom's elliptical table. Please try not to spill babaganoush on the couch.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Time to Die, but Now With Dancing Penguins!

...but not any more. Somebody put dancing penguins all around it! Awww. Really cheers up the grim little sentiment, no?

Time to Die


Time to Die, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Somebody wrote "Time to Die" on the wall of the stairwell at work months ago. It's begun to get to me, seeing this every day on my way into the office.

Back-Hoe on 9th St

For Avi

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

cops3


cops3, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

This one wanted me to hurry the fuck up and get out of the god damn crosswalk. These three pictures of three different squadcars were taken during the space of a minute.

No mention of any of this on the news tonight. I just don't know...

cops2


cops2, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Gun drawn! Very casual about it. As a responsible citizen, when I see cops getting frisky, I consider it my duty to pull out my camera. Let's hear it for everybody who documented Mersehle murdering Grant.

cops1


cops1, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Text to MM, 4:41 this afternoon:

Oakland is crawling with cops. One with gun drawn going down stairs at 12th St BART. Sirens & helicopters. Hi-speed chase on Franklin. No idea what's going on.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Free Stuff


Free Stuff, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Come on down to 1793 12th St.
View Larger Map

over the next few weeks. This photo is here for comparison to the (intentionally spazzy) lettering on the "Genetic Anomalies" sign, done 30 years ago.

Genetic Anomalies for Nuclear Power

This is a sign that I made as part of a small guerrilla theater bit that I did attendant to the NRC's public hearings on Diablo Canyon. I was wearing this sign, a stainless steel, befeathered bird mask, and some kind of death cape.

The text of the piece went "SQUAAAWK! SQUAAAWK! ARRAAAWK. AAAWK! augh."

Farewell, Amiga 500


Farewell, Amiga 500, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I dropped this off at Oakland Technical Exchange today. They said they'd put it in their museum. I loved that computer.

A500, mouse, 5mb hard drive, NewTek Digi-Comp (allows digitization of photos from your XapShot Camera), and a syncromesh or whatever that "composite a second layer onto running video" thing was called. Oh yeah, a gen-lock.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mr Wiggles


Mr Wiggles, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Big yawn!

Opening


Opening, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

at MG Gallery, Oakland. Exhibition by Daniel Nevers
"Unconstructed"

Pictured: proprietors Kari Marboe & Adam Green; attendees BA Green & Mary Foran

'Thrax Mask


'Thrax Mask 03, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

October 2001. Do you remember having those dreams about gas masks?

More content for Studio Inventory is up hereLink


No Justice No Peace


No Justice No Peace, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Jail the Police!

Arrest Johannes Mehserle


Arrest Johannes Mehserle, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Golden State Warrior

Hanging On By Fingertips


Hanging On By Fingertips, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Elevator at Ward 93 methadone clinic, SFGH

Flacon de Mammon Priapique


Flacon de Mammon Priapique, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Workproduct of Larry Beach Becker, esq.

Huck


Huck, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

What a punim! Larry Becker's dog. More photos here

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower

...still seems to work, and isn't that a relief.

Beautiful weather all weekend, although I'm told it's not good for the coho salmon.

Potpourri Transceiver

I've posted my studio inventory for all & sundry to see. Check it out here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Moon Over Lake Merritt

video

Lemon Bud


Lemon Bud, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Thanks, Cathy. We love the new tree!

Biggest Moon I've Ever Seen


Biggest Moon I've Ever Seen, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Moonrise over Lake Merritt

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Laura & Martha

I love this place.
video

Mascara de Luchadore


Mascara de Luchadore, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

24th St SF. I like how the newspaper stuffing makes the crazy-eyes look *even crazier.*

50 Anos de Dignidad


50 Anos de Dignidad, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I wish I knew how to make a tilde-N.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Fluoresco


Fluoresco, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Nice graphics on this truck, no?

This Item Intended for Sale at Walgreens

For the life of me, I can't remember what I thought was interesting about it when I took this picture.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Slumping Oven


Slumping Oven, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Fusebox


Fusebox, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Anybody know what fair market value for a 30-year-old Digitry GB3 might be?

Pearl Would Like to Know: "What the Fuck?"

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Tom's Hungarian Cookbooks


Tom's Hungarian Cookbooks, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Captain Ovum!


Captain Ovum!, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Captain Ovum has a new mask design.

Shell Streak


Shell Streak, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Panamint

Silicone Squiggles


Silicone Squiggles, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Ach, I Left for Vacation Without My Razor

Trona, CA


Trona, CA
Originally uploaded by dumbeast

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?, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Panamint

Gridline


Gridline, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Some of the rocks have been lined up into a large scale grid(!), maybe a quarter-mile unit square.

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