Monday, November 17, 2008

someone still loves you Boris Yeltsin.

-This is seriously from the AP stock photo archive? This is incredible. I may spend the rest of my life trying to make an image this perfect.

Politics aside- I'm weirdly fascinated by Vladmir Putin.
-Last August he apparently saved his film crew (what were they filming??) in the woods from a Siberian Tiger that was moments from attacking them with a tranquilizer gun.
-This year for his birthday he received an Ussuri tiger cub.
-He recently released an instructional Judo DVD.

...the fodder for my infatuation just keeps coming. Like judo kicks to the stomach.
I could go on but I'm afraid I'll get put on some kind of list, and I really don't want to be that person that gets stopped at airport security every. single. time.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


This coming Wednesday is Amanda Richards' BFA photo show.

Amanda also has excellent taste in cheeses. Some of them will most likely be present.

Come show some looove---

Center Gallery
5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA

see you there

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

half awake in a fake empire

(pentax 6x7?!!)

last Wednesday i flew up to Portland, OR for a day for a funeral. I had to wake up the next morning at about 5 am after an emotional and exhausting 24 hours for the flight home to Oakland so that I'd make it back in time for work. I cant really sleep on flights- so I was completely delirious and reading poetry for an hour and 15 minutes before I eventually started staring out the window and slipped into an out-of-focus state of mind that's usually reserved for hallucinogens and Disney movies.
...and finally... FINALLY as I was listlessly observing and identifying from an unfamiliar perspective what I know to be a very familiar landscape (this being Northern California), the seedling for my senior show planted itself without the slightest provocation on my part. If my mind wasnt already a poached egg in my skull at this point, it was now scrambled with feta and splattered all over the emergency exit aisle window of my airplane. In a good way.

I wont blog about the actual revelation. I just wanted to express the experience of it... it's nice to know that there is some part of my mind that's not asleep at the wheel and seems to know what's going on, even when the rest of me is still all gooey-eyed