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Journal Entry: Sat Nov 22, 2008, 11:12 AM
  • Listening to: Christmas in New Orleans (Putumayo)
  • Watching: The Genius of Photography (BBC)
  • Playing: at writing my resume
After eight years with the company, I've been laid off. They did an across the board cut - even in groups that were *making money* (like mine). Shit. Worst economy since the Great Depression and I'm looking for a job.

Know anyone who is looking for a Unix SysAdmin?

Prez O...bam..a!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 6, 2008, 6:25 PM
  • Reading: All Tomorrow's Parties - Wm. Gibson
  • Watching: Pucca (OK, I admit it!)
Woo hoo! Can't hide my pride in my country. After eight years of having a President who was both an embarrassment to the nation and a threat to the world, it will be so nice to have THIS man in the White House. Will everything be different on January 9th? Nope. We'll just be starting-out in the right direction.

Barack Obama is bright, well spoken, and has shown excellent judgment. Best of all, he knows what the word diplomacy means.

Hopefully he won't waste any time in putting an end to Bush's illegal domestic spy program.

Obama! Obama!

Pissed off...

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 19, 2008, 9:57 AM
  • Listening to: The Neville Brothers
  • Reading: Something by William Gibson
  • Watching: Zatoichi
Once again, I've had burning pumpkin photos moved to the "pumpkin carving" category... which is under... culinary arts??? WTF? I risked my life (literally!) to make these photos and, now, they're grouped with a bunch of stencil-cut squash!?!

My images are NOT about fucking pumpkin carving!

I've burned dice for photos. Should they be under culinary arts?!?

I've burned words. Should the photos be under pumpkin carving?

Last year, the moderator(?) was nice enough to move them back into Horror & Macabre. This year nobody's responding. I've just moved them to "Photography, Abstract & Surreal, Surreal", because the theme fits the photos better than fucking "pumpkin carving".

Portland Halloween Bazaar!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 28, 2008, 2:11 PM
  • Listening to: Irma Thomas
  • Reading: Dead Until Dark
  • Watching: Heroes, Season 2
Woo hoo! Come see my Burning Pumpkin photos at the first annual Hallowe'en Bazaar! The Bazaar happens on Saturday September 27th in the Fright Town courtyard beneath the Memorial Coliseum.



This is SO cool. I've always wished Portland had an event like this! They've got an impressive vendor list and six full hours of events.

Here's their (I am so sorry, but) MySpace page:

www.myspace.com/spectaculadrac…

And here's the soon-to-be revamped homepage:

www.hauntedhappening.com

If you're going to be in Portland on the 27th, please stop by. If you're not, then get your butt in the car and start driving! ;)

Dan




In recovery...

Journal Entry: Thu May 29, 2008, 10:15 AM
  • Listening to: Dr John and the Neville Bros
  • Reading: Catching the Big Fish - David Lynch
  • Watching: Full Metal Alchemy
Haven't been too active lately. This is why - had shoulder surgery a month ago. Between work, physical therapy, and general pain, I haven't felt like doing much.



The shoulder was impinged (head of the humerus was hitting on the underside of the collar bone) and pretty torn up. They wound up grinding bone off of the underside of the clavicle and acromion. Yow! Shoulder surgery freakin sucks!

On the good side, Dr John and The Neville Brothers are playing the  Oregon Zoo next month - and we're going! Great Naw'lins  music! Looking forward to it.

Happy VD!

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 14, 2008, 4:20 PM
  • Listening to: "What's going on"
  • Reading: "Under a Hoodoo Moon" - Dr John
  • Watching: "Heroes" first season DVD
  • Eating: Valentines day cookies


This ^ is a first cut at an idea I've been toying with for a while. Kind of a sequel to the sad cupcake. Unfortunately, the weather has been too crappy to shot much. I have prettier cookies in the trunk of my car, just waiting for a dry day with just the right light...

The other thing that I want to talk about is "What's going on" by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. DDBB is a, very fonky New Orleans band that has been around since the 1970s. On one hand, this CD is a "tribute to the people and city of New Orleans" in light of the flood. On the other, it's a track-for-track re-work of the classic Marvin Gaye album by the same name. Gaye's album was a plea for personal healing, this one's for an entire city.

Vocals on the album are masterfully performed by Chuck D., Bettye LaVette, G. Love, Ivan Neville and Guru - as well as band member Gregory Davis.

Trust me, these guys are NOTHING like your school marching band. They could give George Clinton a run for funk and Isak Hayes a run for soul. Give them a listen!

New Burning Pumpkin photos

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 30, 2007, 4:25 PM
  • Listening to: Tom Waits' "Blood Money"
  • Reading: "The Black Orchid"
  • Watching: "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
  • Eating: wasabi peanuts


Wow. Just finally got around to posting my burning pumpkin photos from last year. Was going to post these a month ago, but crap happened. So, now, just in time for Halloween... here they are.

This is a thing I've been doing every year for the past several - dousing jack-o-lanterns with gasoline and setting them on fire. Judging from the frequency I see my pictures used (without permission) on Myspace, they're pretty popular. /me shakes his head...

You'll find a whole bunch more of these on my external site, geekus.org

100th fav on 'Sad, sad cupcake'

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 27, 2007, 6:54 PM
  • Listening to: Portland Taiko
  • Reading: Wicked (not enough room for full title)
  • Watching: The tale of Zatoichi (4 DVD set)
  • Drinking: a guava margarita (last night)


This simple little photo just got it's 100th fav! I am clueless as to why this has happened, but really appreciate it. Thank you all.

So, now I'm thinking about doing something new with a cupcake... Hmmmmm. Sledge hammer? Firecracker? Bear trap? I've thought about all those and more.

BTW, I'm messing with the CSS stuff so this page may change quite a bit over time. I blame Osorris for putting the idea in my head. :D  ->

Hmmmm. Some HTML tags are allowed, some are not, and others do strange things...


Inside Passage to Alaska

Mon Jul 9, 2007, 2:02 PM
  • Listening to: Mavis Staples
  • Reading: Rashomon
  • Drinking: soon
Just went on a cruise up the inside passage to Alaska. Had good weather and a great time.

Oy. I was just trying to see if I could embed a (Google) Picasa slideshow in a journal entry, but alas no. Can't seem to keep DA from turning part of the code into a smiley face. :(

Anyway, here are a few thumbnails from the trip. Will upload more later.


alaskan black bear


great horned owl


tour boat in Glacier bay


the Zuiderdam's wake


  • Listening to: Irma Thomas
  • Reading: New Orleans Ghost Stories
  • Playing: like I'm working
Spent the last week at a conference in New Orleans! Woo hoo! I've always wanted to see that city and was thrilled to go. The weather was incredible (65-75F and sunny) and the hotel was about 6 blocks from the French Quarter. Carnival season wasn't in full swing yet, so things weren't too crowded - which was cool by me.

Had coffee at Cafe du Monde, walked the length of Bourbon street (both in the day and at night), ate great food, and poked through a bunch of voodoo shops. I walked until my feet were blistered.

The only disappointment was that there was no time for a graveyard tour. Maybe next year?
  • Reading: a paper on NGN server architecture
  • Eating: BBQ pork sandwich w/coleslaw
  • Drinking: Diet Lipton citrus green tea
Reading Wikipedia today, I discovered that tonight is "Twelfth Night"!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_…

Obviously, I don't know much about the Catholic Church. ;) Love the symbology though! Anyway, the article led me to the pages explaining the Lord of Misrule (aka "the Abbot of Unreason" or "the Prince des Sots" :)) and the Feast of Fools.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of…

"In the medieval version the young people, who played the chief parts, chose from among their own number a mock pope, archbishop, bishop, or abbot to reign as Lord of Misrule. Participants would then "consecrate" him with many ridiculous ceremonies in the chief church of the place, giving names such as Archbishop of Dolts, Abbot of Unreason, Boy Bishop, or Pope of Fools. The protagonist could be a boy bishop or subdeacon, while at the Abbey of St Gall in the tenth century, a student each December 13 enacted the part of the abbot. In any case the parody tipped dangerously towards the profane. The ceremonies often mocked the performance of the highest offices of the church, while other persons, dressed in different kinds of masks and disguises, engaged in songs and dances and practiced all manner of revelry within the church building."


Next year, I want to have a Feast of Fools party!

Dan
  • Listening to: Something by Radiohead
  • Reading: A white paper on multimedia and 3GN
  • Watching: My boss fidget
  • Playing: Don't go there.
  • Eating: Wasabi peanuts
  • Drinking: Often and heavily.
If anyone was wondering, I've been laid up for several months torn shoulder. Had surgery 8 weeks ago. Did you know that it's one of the most painful surgeries you can have? I didn't - till now. :( Anyway, 8 weeks out I'm still on pain killers and PAINFUL physical therapy. The good news is I can, once again, use my camera! Woo hoo!
Well, I just tried to login as "mumblyhoe"! I swear to god!  :O

Guess that's what happens when you go corporate...
I've been reading "Myths and legends of Japan" by F. Hadland Davis. This  was first published in 1913 and some of the author's observations about Japan seem, er, ironic now.  What has interested me is the discovery that Japan has a Festival of the Dead (Bommatsuri) - similar in many ways to Mexico's Dia de los Muertos. The ghosts of family members come back for a three day visit starting on July 13th. Families lay out new straw mats and small meals to welcome the visitors. On the third day the living float small boats laden with food, hand written notes, and  tiny lanterns that carry the ghosts back to the world of the dead.

Emma-O is the Lord of the Dead and over-sees the Buddhist hells. It seems the Japanese, like the Chinese have a number of hells. I can't help but think of "Big Trouble in Little China". Heh.

[Note: A Japanese-American friend of mine tells me that the festival is called "O-Ban". Google seems to know it by both names - but never together. Weird.]
Having a busy new year. In February, I had a photoshow at Tiny's Coffee: geekus.org/shows/Tinys/ &… month I've been shopping for a car.  Ugh. Hope to post more stuff soon.
What a miserable week! Four more years of constant warfare and death? Four more years of damage to our civil liberties? Four more years of the US government cramming evangelical Christianity down our throats? FUCK THAT!

:steaming: :pissedoff: :rage:
Per the UranDictionary - www.urbandictionary.com/

1. mumbly joe

First used by Homer Simpson to describe Bob Dole.

Used to denote a person who mumbles when speaking.

I couldn't understand a word he was saying, because he was such a mumbly joe.

2. mumblyjoe

The alias Dan pulled out of his a** when he found that all of his normal aliases were already taken.