Monday, June 30, 2008

Favorite flicks in May and June

I saw a lot of really bad movies in May and June. So bad I was almost afraid to go back to the theater, but we won't talk about the Happening right now b/c it's just too upsetting. So bad that in comparison, not even Zohan made the worst list.

But then I went to see When Was the Last Time... and all is forgiven. Not a perfect film, but I'm not afraid to go any more.

And a word about I'm Not There - Todd Haynes has made some excellent films, like Safe and Far From Heaven. This one is truly brilliant.

I'm Not There
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
When Was the Last Time You Saw Your Father

Youth Without Youth
The Happening
The Golden Compass

Bad but not on the Worst list
Too many to mention, have work to do ;-)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Work in progress

I'm calling this a garden tower. It's concrete and mosaic over polystyrene, about 1/3 finished.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

George W. Bush Sewage Plant

An Honor That Bush Is Unlikely to Embrace

Published: June 25, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — Reagan has his highways. Lincoln has his memorial. Washington has the capital (and a state, too). But President Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.

From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

The plan, naturally hatched in a bar, would place a vote on the November ballot to provide “an appropriate honor for a truly unique president.”

Supporters say that they have plenty of signatures to qualify the initiative and that the renaming would fit in a long and proud American tradition of poking political figures in the eye.

“Most politicians tend to be narcissistic and egomaniacs,” said Brian McConnell, an organizer who regularly suits up as Uncle Sam to solicit signatures. “So it is important for satirists to help define their history rather than letting them define their own history.”

Not surprisingly, those Republicans in a city that voted 83 percent Democratic in 2004 are not thrilled with the idea. Howard Epstein, chairman of the ever-outnumbered San Francisco Republican Party, called the initiative “an abuse of process.”

“You got a bunch of guys drunk who came up with an idea,” Mr. Epstein said, “and want to put on the ballot as a big joke without regard to the city’s governance or cost.”

The renaming would take effect on Jan. 20, when the new president is sworn in. And regardless of the measure’s outcome, supporters plan to commemorate the inaugural with a synchronized flush of hundreds of thousands of San Francisco toilets, an action that would send a flood of water toward the plant, now called the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant.

“It’s a way of doing something physical that’s mentally freeing,” said Stacey Reineccius, 45, a software consultant and entrepreneur who supports the plan. “It’s a weird thing, but it’s true.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Garden Goddess

This is a reverse totem in that the symbols are carved in rather than out.
It is meant to draw these creatures to one's garden: lizards, hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

David Foster Wallace Motivational Poster Contest

Nick over at The Howling Fantods, a DFW news site, is sponsoring a DFW Motivational Poster contest. For those of you who don't already know, Entertainment Cartridges is a reference to the Foster Wallace book, Infinite Jest.

Oh yes, I WILL be entering. Probably a little DeMotivational Poster...

Here's Nick's: