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February 28, 2005

Drawn With A Very Fine Camel Hair Brush

We turned the insects loose so that they might live and drove the big four wheeler over to the neighbors to jump on the trampoline. As luck would have it, they were having a large dinner party to which I was not invited. I was wearing a wife-beater t-shirt and blue jeans with the knees torn out. The neighbors on the deck sipping wine in their Sunday finest. I wasn’t sure what day it was. It doesn’t really matter that much when you’re not working. The only thing that really matters is that the garbage men come on Wednesday. Other than that, the days are pretty much the same width, height, and seem to taste alike.

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Photographic Composition - Rule of Thirds

One of the most widely used guidelines is the Rule of Thirds. According to the Rule of Thirds, elements placed at (or very close to) the intersection points of an imaginary 3x3 grid dividing the frame, will be more powerful and work better as gravity points.


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February 24, 2005

Breckenridge, Colorado

This slideshow is a 17 Meg self-playing executable produced using Imagematics StillMotion PE.

The audio track is "So Far Away" by Staind. Click on the photo above to download the slideshow. If you have an Apple, an iMac, or some other type of computer with training wheels, click here to download the Macromedia Flash version.Click here if you need help.

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The Death of the American Dream

They buried the American Dream in the aftermath of 9/11. That’s the reason it took them so long to put out the fires that raged in the wreckage of the twin towers. Why it took so long to cart away all of the debris. They couldn’t report it on the news, but that was why it took so freaking long to get things cleaned up in the city. It wasn’t the steel and concrete and asbestos. It was the collective hopes and dreams of every Amerikan that witnessed the event. It was all the same, whether they were watching Clifford, the Big Red Dog when PBS decided to show them a pair of towering infernos with little ants leaping out, or whether they were sitting around in their long johns with a .38 at their temple snorting Chivas Regal up their nose through a straw.

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February 22, 2005

CNN: The New Terrorists

CNN, still reeling from the Eason Jordan debacle where their chief potentate was deposed for deliberately, falsely, and repeatedly accusing the U.S. military of horrendous war crimes abroad, has now decided to attempt to foment fear and anguish at home.

In their relentless and despicable assault on the 2nd amendment, CNN cobbled together a hit-piece on the safest weapon ever sold in the United States. A weapon that is so safe, it has never killed a single person in the United States, since the weapon was introduced, shortly after WWI.

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February 14, 2005

Blogs: Emergent Behavior In Complex Systems

The blogs behave as efficiently as they do, not by some grand conspiracy of design, but as a result of “emergent behavior?; behavior that arises in complex systems, that isn't readily explainable by the individual properties of the components. In 1984, no one knew that everyone would have a computers within 10 years. In 1993, no one knew that every computer on earth would need to be wired together in a global network. In 1997, no one knew that everyone on earth yearned to be posted their stories on the internet. And in 2000, no one was predicting the rise of the blogs.

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February 13, 2005

The Liberal Blogs: All Dressed Up, But No Place To Go

The liberal blogs (Talk Left, Kos, Atrios, et. al.) got Gannon, a whitehouse plant asking softball questions. Meanwhile, the conservative blogs got Eason Jordan, Betsy West, Josh Howard, Mary Murphy, Mary Mapes, and Dan Rather, just to name a few. While the liberal blogs are curled up under the porch, licking their wounds, the conservative blogs are dancing a jig. At best, the liberal blogs are the wallflowers at the dance.

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Social Security: There May Be An Elephant In The Living Room

The reality is that the Social Security program, as it was envisioned, implemented, and operated, up to this point in time, is an illegal Ponzi scheme. If you or I tried to start an “investment program? where the contributions of one group of people were used to pay off another group of people, we would be charged with a felony, arrested, and incarcerated.

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February 12, 2005

Stop Suicides - Close the Golden Gate Bridge

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today called upon the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to “take an important step for public safety? and close the Golden Gate Bridge, which has been a popular suicide platform for more than 65 years.

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The Pot and the Kettle: Let the Name Calling Begin

I love that MSNBC decided to leap into the fray of the patricide imbroglio over at CNN. They were all over themselves, testing the waters, foaming at the mouth at Eason Jordan's transgressions from the safe distance affored by antillectual cowardice. Too bad the blog wasn't around when MSNBC was fabricating their hit piece on the ".50 Caliber Militia". Funny thing is, the ".50 Caliber Militia" does not exist now, nor has it ever. It was all a Fig Newton of their imagination. They made it up just to get ratings, and scare the sheeple of America into a bleating frenzy.

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February 11, 2005

Main Stream Media: A Requiem for the New Age

Because people will still want to read their newspaper on the train into work and want the news read to them in the evening, the dead tree papers and the talking heads will still have a place in our society, but it will be radically different than the way it is today.

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Death to the Talking Heads: The Implosion of the Main Stream Media

In a matter of days, the blogosphere can construct a story that the main stream media couldn't put together in a lifetime. And, the beauty of it is, the MSM doesn't get it. The blog authors are viewed as a bunch of amateurs, hacking away in their living rooms. Perhaps Jonathan Klein said it best when he claimed that "Bloggers have no checks and balances . . . [it's] a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."

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February 10, 2005

Eason Jordan: Has Anyone Seen My Dignity? I seem to have misplaced it.

Jackson's Junction has video of Joe Scarborough's thoughts on Eason Jordan's malicious slander of the U.S. armed forces.

Fox says "The Crime Here is Intellectual Cowardice", hosted by Johnny Dollar's Place.

Why don't you send Eason Jordan an email and ask him to release the tapes. If he didn't make the outrageous claim that U.S. forces are deliberately murdering and torturing journalists, then releasing the tape(s) from the Davos, Switzerland meeting will vindicate him. Why on earth would he not call for those tapes to be released? You can ask him yourself. His e-mail address is eason.jordan@turner.com. CNN's main phone number is (404) 827-1500. Ask for Eason Jordan and the operator will put you through.

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CNN: Reporting The News When We Damned Well Feel Like It

Just what did Eason Jordan know, and when did he know it? Eason Jordan, the disengenuous potentate running CNN, admitted that he had exclusive, inside knowledge of Sadam Hussein's atrocities, and deliberately concealed the information so that he could maintain his cozy relationship with Saddam and retain his CNN office in Baghdad. Nice. That makes me feel better. I wonder when he knew the North Koreans had nukes? I wonder what else he knows that he's sitting on? I'd bet dollars to donuts he's not sitting on any bombshell stories that would reflect poorly on Bush. Any takers?

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February 9, 2005

Eason's Fables

Eason Jordan is a deeply stupid little hypocrite. If he truly believed the U.S. military was deliberately assassinating the press, why wouldn't he be running stories on it? This is an extremely serious accusation. To say that our military is deliberately slaughtering non-combantants, particularly if they are liberal talking heads under the employ of CNN, is a very serious accusation. If he truly believed this, then why not whip up a little MSM-style damn-the-facts investigation, forge a few documents, and have a talking head go on the air with it? The fact that this hasn't occurred is reasonable proof that even he doesn't believe his outlandish claims.

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California Highway 1: San Francisco to Pismo Beach

Here's a slideshow of what will probably be the last of my California photographs. These photos were all taken between San Francisco and Pismo Beach. Some of the specific places I shot were the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, the Great Highway, Pescedero State Beach, 4 Mile Beach(Santa Cruz), Monterey Bay, the Carmel Valley, Big Sur, the Pacific Valley, San Luis Obispo(Slow-town), Lompoc, and Pismo Beach. (The pictures of the Sand Dunes are Pismo Beach, which was, of course, the ultimate destination of Bugs Bunny when he missed that left turn at Albuquerque). The Blue Prelude on the beach is my car and that's me on the red ATV doing donuts in the dunes.

Unfortunately, Canon is in the process of repairing my EOS 20D in Irvine, so I was forced to shoot these photos with my backup camera, the Canon Pro-1. Be forewarned - this is a miserable camera. Stay away from it at all costs. The designer should be severely pummeled with a dull 9-iron. Most of it's shortcomings, however, can be mitigated by shooting stationary objects using a steady tripod. The audio track is "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5. The slideshow is a 9 Meg self-playing executable produced using Imagematics StillMotion PE. Click on the photo above to download the slideshow. If you have an Apple, an iMac, or some other type of computer with training wheels, click here to download the Macromedia Flash version.Click here if you need help.

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