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

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Raster 4

Raster 4, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
CHDK is this thing you can do to install a new operating system in a Canon camera. I have only the vaguest of notions about what that means or what it can do, or how it works. I'm just beginning to learn about it. But it ostensibly gives you much more control over your camera and stuff.

Oh, shit! I'll bet there's a flickr group about it. I'mma look that up right away you bet.

This is a very short exposure photograph of the television screen with a row or two of scan showing.



12 pentagons + 20 Hexagons = Sphere


Just working stuff out. For a crochet project. See below.
Soccer Ball Geometry Sketch
 Sketch of soccer ball geometry.

Crochet Thing
Crochet Thing.  The grey ones are pentagons, the green ones are hexagons.


Addicted to Pork?, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
Pork addiction is a medical condition, not a weakness of will or moral shortcoming. Let Dr Shmuel &/or Dr Akbar help.

Ruthie as a Futurist

Ruthie as a Futurist, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

800 by 240 test 2

800 by 240 test 2
Originally uploaded by dumbeast

Monday, October 18, 2010


IMG_2570, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
Ruthie's our new cat, from SF SPCA. She's a sweetie. More photos here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hello, Ruthie!

Meet our new cat, Ruthie. Here's a record of how Ray started to get to know her this morning.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hello, Ruthie

...or Ruby, or Roofie, or whoever you are.  This is not a shy kitty.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SSI Meeting Notes

SSI Meeting Notes, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Sonia's gonna continue with that lunch. She winds up sending the letter with the client. If we just train them a little bit. The little tiny things. That's always going to be a problem. Would be helpful in another form. Sarah proposes a note about doctors. Send it to HAPSSI for the time being at least. Um. Like blue dolphin. That is kind of getting junky too, people. Everybody knows what they are, right? Go to 35. That's the next one. That one's going to be stabilization. HOT Team stabilization bed. Nice. Yeah, and that'll be....The whole office would collapse. Okie dokie.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Rainbow in Curved Air--Terry Riley

I'm in Pieces, Bits and Pieces

Frog Man

Frog Man, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

camp swastika reverse

camp swastika reverse, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

camp swastika 2

camp swastika 2, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


geometry 1, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Small Black Cat Likes Fig Newtons

Considering his recent litter box problems, this is probably not a bad thing.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

WFT Caper on 9th Street

Laura & I do some unsanctioned planting in the bombed-out vacant lot on 9th between Mission & market in SF. Seedballs concocted by JLW.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Black Hooded Night Heron, I Think

Where's my iPod, and why is the dryer making that clunking sound?

I'd had my silver iPod nano in an untoward pocket due to travel. When I got home & did laundry from the trip, I guess my iPod got thrown in with the clothes. Out of the dryer, it was dead. Clean as a whistle, but no brainstem function. Blank screen, no activity from the control pad. USB'd to the computer, nothin. What a drag, right? Oh well, won't kill me to take three unmediated steps now and then, I guess.

Mary kindly lent me her 'Pod, which hooks up to her laptop. I was able to current-up on some of my podcasts during the week.

A few nights after I'd laundered my expensive electronic device into afunctionality, I dreamed that I tried turning it on, and the screen flickered haltingly to life. When I woke up, I plugged the 'pod into the computer, and the Apple logo swam up on the screen. Faintly, but there it was. Nothing else was working, but there was a definite sign of life, there. I brought it to work to see if I could access it thru iTunes, but no dice.

Brought it back home. Now when I hooked it up, it launched the weird Linux music manager thing on my laptop, but it didn't see the 'pod or any of its files. The next morning, poking around at the buttons, it started playing Tom Waits, but only thru the tiny built-in speaker. The headphones weren't getting signal. The screen was just showing the Apple logo. Controls weren't there. I couldn't get it to change the tune or the volume, it wouldn't pause or stop, nothing. Just kept muttering tinnily about waitresses, dwarves and car trouble.

When I got home from work, it had run down. The screen now showed the "Please Connect to Power" graphic. I plugged it back in, and this morning, the screen showed the "Connected to Computer" graphic. I disconnected it, plugged in the earbuds, and turned it on. 

Good as new, people! I'm listening to it right now. Yup, Ira, this sure is one heckuva American Life. At least I think I'm listening to a fully revived Lazarus Machine. This could be another dream, though. We sleep with the radio on, so it could be that I'm asleep and hearing that and incorporating it into a hopeful narrative. Wouldn't that be just like me? Yeah, I could totally see me doing that.

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