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

Friday, February 25, 2011

MTV Training Video

Andrea Fitanides, Teresa Friend, Katie Danielson and Ted Janowsky of the Homeless Advocacy Project conduct a training for legal volunteers on Motions to Vacate in San Francisco.
Teresa Friend

Thursday, February 24, 2011

How Long is This Gonna Take, Anyways?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lucky Ducky

Lucky Ducky
Originally uploaded by dumbeast

The Fireplace at the River Lane Resort, Guerneville, CA

We're going to watch this tonight, at the same time that there's a new fire in the same fireplace! I'm so excited!!!

Birthday Boomerang

Birthday Boomerang
Originally uploaded by dumbeast
Some cinematography by MJ Foran. Prop department financed in whole by MJ Foran.

Five and Dime

Five and Dime, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

We got a boomerang and some yarn!

New Hummingbird Feeder

New Hummingbird Feeder, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Looks much easier to clean than the last one.

Birthday Loot

Birthday Loot, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Thanks, Cathy! Thanks, Mary!

Trees in Mist

Trees in Mist, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Crows, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Reasonable Accomodation

Reasonable Accomodation, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

More than reasonable.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ruthie and the Hummingbird's Shadow

"Hey, creeper. Ya wanna get that fucking lens outta my face, and maybe help me catch one of them hummingbirds? Crunchy, fluttery, yummy? C'mon, why'n'cha do something useful for once?"

Forest Grove at Burbank, Dayton Ohio

I think the house on the southwest corner is where my mom grew up. her brother, Uncle herb confirms this:

Yes, I do remember the house although my memory of it is fading.
What doesn't show up in the photo is that the street, Forest Grove, slanted down
from Burbank to Philadelphia Drive. So, our yard had some interesting slopes
which were shallow on the Burbank end and got steeper towards Philadelphia.
So, that added to the fun(?) of mowing the yard. And being on the corner
meant that much more snow to shovel. But it was a big, comfortable home
which served us well for many years. It is interesting that you are wading through
dad's autobiography. I did years ago and should do so again.


Clouds, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Clouds, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Dusty William gets a Haircut

Dusty William gets a Haircut, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Ooh, my aching back!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Trying to Buy Braided Nylon Cord in Manteca

"Hi, I'm wondering if you have any cord heavier than this."  I showed the salesman at the tackleshop some 250lb-test braided nylon fishing line.

"...So, what're'ya gonna make with this?"

"Well, I crochet, so..."

"Oh, so you're gonna knit a skirt!"

"Yeah, sure.  So do you have anything heavier?"

"Well, in bulk, I've got this stuff. It's 300lb test."

"Yeah, what's it made of?  Is that a polymer of some kind?"

"It's not a polymer, it's whaddya, that bulletproof, Kelvar."

"Great.  So I could knit a bulletproof vest. Right.  So what's the price on that?"

"This here?  It's twenty cents a yard.  That'd be three feet."

"Yeah, okay, thanks a lot.  That's a little too high for the amount I'd need.  Thanks though....I think I need to tinkle.  Do you have a ladies room?"

Monday, February 14, 2011

Antler Scars

Antler Scars, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Jack at Red Dog

Jack at Red Dog, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Jack at Red Dog

Jack at Red Dog, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Big Contrail Country

Big Contrail Country, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Quiddler Transcription

Quiddler Transcription, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Sunset, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

The Quiescent Quartet

The Quiescent Quartet, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
Tom, Mary, Richard & Cathy. If you don't watch your step, they'll renew those books. They will. These motherfuckers are cra-a-a-zy!

Sabra's Memorial Site

Sabra's Memorial Site, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
More here

Radioshack Earbuds & Warranty 2/14/2011

Earbuds & warranty 2/14/2011, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
Because this didn't work.  God damnit.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Paint Texture

Paint Texture, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

In the Foran/Bortin powder room.

Snap Peas

Snap Peas, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Thanks, Cathy!


Crown, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I'm growing weary of having highly paid professionals up to their elbows in my mouth with needles, poisons & power tools.


Don't Forget, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Is this a commentary on the post immediately above?  I can't tell.

Vehicular Assault Car

Vehicular Assault Car, originally uploaded by dumbeast.
I had shouted HEY HEY HEY at her when I noticed her pulling out of her garage and into my path and not looking. She made an ugly hostile dismissive shrug, followed me with her car and swerved at me on my bike. I don't think she was trying to hit me, she just wanted to scare me. When I pulled up behind her at a stoplight to photograph her car, she got all victimy and went screeching away, weaving through traffic.

Here's her car, parked where she lives, at 1401 Jackson St:

Hey, Vehicular Assauly Lady!

Skulls Graf

Skulls Graf, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

PG&E Building at 8th & Mission

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