Archive of Posts from February 2001

Une semaine de bonté

I picked up an amazing book the other day, Une semaine de bonté by Max Ernst. He takes pieces of Victorian engravings which all have a similar look and reassembles them into surreal images. It's split into several sections, and each has a loose theme. Before each section are a few quotes from other surrealists. This is my favorite: "Enter he said and there was light no one had knocked." - Tristan Tzara.

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"Our mind is like a clear glass of water. If we put salt into the water, it becomes salt water; sugar, it becomes sugar water; shit, it becomes shit water. But originally the water is clear. No thinking, no mind. No mind, no problem." - Seung Sahn

"Only thought can resemble. It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it." - René Magritte

someday I'm gonna climb that mountain.

Searching for geographic information about Mount St. Helena, I found this nifty panoramic.

One of the benefits of the relatively cold weather we've been having here in CA is the snow on the hills around Sebastopol. For about a week I could wake up in the morning and imagine I was in Utah or Colorado. And then I would imagine that I was a giant in those places because the mountains looked like hills. And I would lumber around the kitchen preparing tiny bagels and shouting, "I can't operate the controls of this toaster oven due to my giant hands!" For the past few days it's been too foggy to see the hills. And too warm for snow. But it was fun while it lasted.

snow on mt. st. helena

Speaking of The Hip, Gordon Downie has a new CD and book coming out called Coke Machine Glow. You can preview some of the songs/poems at that Wiener Art Records site.

song of today: Putting Down by The Hip. ...I'm starting to choke on the things I say.

oh, if you haven't seen it, SXSWbaby! is go. (are you going?) I've been having fun looking through everyone's pictures from last year. It would be cool to do something with pictures on the sxswb site. hmm.

yay! another FOJM photo from me.

"To create is devine - to reproduce is human." - Man Ray

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Every single thing
Changes and is changing
Always in this world.
Yet with the same light
The moon goes on shining.

- Saigyo

So I was sitting around the house tonight with some friends watching Fritz Lang's movie M (from 1931). Suddenly, a little girl rode into a scene on what appeared to be a razor scooter. That's right, a little girl in Germany in the early 1930's on the latest breakthrough in skate technology - a razor scooter! We stopped the film and backed it up. Yep, we were seeing it right: steel frame, 2 small wheels, handle to steer. Kinda makes this lawsuit seem silly. (I think that's what they call prior art.) If only the scooter in M had a brake on the rear wheel, it could be worth $10,000.

scooter in M

the colors at bodega head

Mortar found in second coastal community: "Sunday's discovery led Sonoma County sheriff's deputies to temporarily evacuate the town of Bodega until the shell could be detonated."

I'm trying out a new comment system. I wrote most of it yesterday for another project. I'm sure there are still bugs in the system, so if you run into any here let me know. (and thanks!) To comment on this post (or any post) just click the little "comment" link below. Pretty simple. Give it a try! :)

part of a conversation from last night:

skp: you should redesign your site.
pb: why? you don't like it?
skp: well, you could give it a new, sleek look.
pb: it isn't sleek now?
skp: isn't it more old school?
pb: what do you mean by old school?
skp: well, it's been like that for a long time.
pb: true.

I was in the middle of the East Ridge trail in Armstrong, when I found a bit of literate graffiti on a bench. It reminded me of the Tibor Kalman quote that Matt recently posted to his site.

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

walking meditation

I've been walking a lot lately. On Friday I went to Armstrong Woods. I felt like I had the whole forest to myself. I didn't see another person on the trail all afternoon. Yesterday, skp and I walked from Shell beach near Jenner to Wright's beach (and back). We caught the sunset about halfway back to Shell beach, but we weren't quite expecting it so soon. We had to move quickly to make it back before the light completely vanished.

Hey cool, looks like I won an anti-bloggie for best FOJM photo. Out of all the categories, blurriest photo seems to fit me well since, well, all of the photos used in this design are blurry. I didn't expect this one at all because there are so many great photos at FOJM. Many thanks to the anti-bloggie folks for picking it! FOJM is a fantastic project. So this anti-bloggie should be shared with Heather for providing the space and inspiration. Where do I go from here? :)

ev, matt, jack, and meg have weighed in with their thoughts about the demise of Pyra as we have known it. I wanted to write about it too, so I can put a little piece of it behind me. It's hard to sum up two years of your life in an essay. And there's still a question I haven't been able to answer: What is a Pyra?

I just received my copy of Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants. Can people still work for themselves in this economy? I hope so.

speaking of stress fractures, I heard an appropriate quote yesterday. Elie Wiesel was paraphrasing one of his elders when he said, "No heart is as whole as a broken heart."

loop dreams

Sometimes when I'm stressed out at work, I'll have a dream about a SQL statement that keeps returning data. It just endlessly loops through rows and rows of database records and there's no way to stop it. I had a similar dream last night; instead of a database, my mind was looping through various scenes. The most vivid scene involved a man setting up an old-fashioned silver film projector. He would then turn it on and project a 35mm film against a wall. The film was him setting up the projector a few minutes before. In another scene, I was in a brick warehouse that had been converted into a record store. I was looking at a huge advertisement hanging from the ceiling. The poster was showing a new comic book that pitted Superman against Dr. Doom. But as you may or may not know, Superman is a DC character while Dr. Doom is a Marvel character. So you can see the despair inherent in this image. There were a few other scenes that I don't quite remember now. Like a good techno song, my dreams kept oscillating between these events...forming a larger loop. Finally, I was able to break the loop by waking up. And I didn't get back to sleep for quite a while.