Wednesday, April 29, 2009
What I'd like to see is a worldwide boycott of pork products from these hideous factory farms. Don't we actually have the same thing, more or less, here in the US? Down south, of course.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Well, my first ebook is finally up for sale on the web, as of yesterday afternoon. I've got a little Google ad campaign going, but I'm really hoping some affiliates from Clickbank will pick it up and advertise the hell out of it. It's going to be very exciting to see that first sale show up in my inbox!
I'm very excited about the idea of selling information on the internet. I'm reading a great book called Moonlighting On The Internet and it's got me inspired. My next project is going to be an instructional video on how to use Photoshop to turn your crappy digital snapshots into beautiful photos. Which just happens to be my favorite hobby.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
At least, new to me. I believe that we often (or continuously) slip sideways into alternate parallel realities. If you scroll down there's a great little video that explains the ten dimensions as understood by physicists.
Anyway, one of the markers I use to know when this is happened is unfamiliar plants or trees. Just this spring Krista and I have found at least four or five of them here in our own neighborhood.
You might think, well big deal, you just never noticed them before. It's not like you know every plant species do you?
No I don't. But that's not the point, exactly. It's a subtle thing, this shift. Usually the shifts are small, incremental. And I suppose, from a relative personal perspective, they could be good or bad.
Seeing new pretty flowers strikes me as a good sign!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It's so refreshing to hear a voice of reason on this issue, even if the speaker once played The Grinch. Here's a link to his article on Huffington Post, if you have an interest in the issue. Happy Earth Day.
"With vaccines being the fastest growing division of the pharmaceutical industry, isn't it possible that profits may play a part in the decision-making? That the vaccine program is becoming more of a profit engine than a means of prevention? In a world left reeling from the catastrophic effects of greed, mismanagement and corporate insensitivity, is it so absurd for us to wonder why American children are being given twice as many vaccines on average, compared to the top 30 first world countries?"
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Yesterday was payback time. We helped our friend Danny move (he's helped us twice--and we have way more than twice as much stuff as he does). That's his nephew Austin on the couch.
After about 12 years in his old apartment, Danny bought a house in a co-housing 'village' just down the way. Pretty cool.
Danny had a great crew show up to help him move and we got it done in jig time. But my god I'm sore today!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Well, I'm at it again. Last time I raised money for my trip to Thailand. In fact I made enough to cover my airfare! Thanks to all the folks who got massages.
This time I'm hoping to raise about $550 to buy Eden a laptop for her birthday May 14th. It's a rather expensive present, but I think she'd actually make good use of it.
So if anyone wants a great massage, my special offer is $45 for 75 glorious minutes. Come and get it! Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Santa Rosa has built one of the nation's most beautiful homeless encampments. Well, actually it's a park along the Santa Rosa Creek, the Prince Memorial Greenway, featuring beautiful murals, mosaic walls, walkways with stone work and lots of plantings.
It's a gorgeous place to walk, although the freeway overpass makes it a bit noisy. There are also enough gnarly dudes about to make it a bad place for women on their own. A friend of ours got chased a few years back, riding through on her bike.
But on a sunny Saturday afternoon, it felt pretty safe and was inspiring. The city has made this a wonderful place to walk.
The fish is a big mosaic sculpture at the start of the walkway. I guess it's about 15 feet tall or so, emerging from the concrete and surrounded by a mosaic map of all the local watersheds.
Maker Profile - Kinetic Wave Sculptures on MAKE: television from make magazine on Vimeo.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
"The dancers are presenting the purest form of art imaginable: art simply and truly for the sake of art...They managed to punch right through my cynicism and show me that good things are still out there and there are good people in the world...In a small way, I have a deeper understanding of what it is to be human because of the actions of 200 fellow humans in a train station in Belgium."
Monday, April 06, 2009
Saturday was the Occidental Fools Parade. I think it was the fourth annual? Krista painted this old umbrella and sewed pom poms on it. We all put a bit more into our costumes this year.
It was FUN!! I'm sure it must be the world's shortest parade. Once we get going it seems to take about 20 minutes to reach the end. But the end is a live blues band and dancing and milling about with some pretty awesome folks.
I've got lot's more photos up on Flickr.
We had a delightful visit from my niece Kaytea and her daughter Nalina last weekend. Nalina is about 4.5 months old and such a happy little baby--she was a delight to hold and carry about.
I'd just about forgotten what that feels like. I'd also forgotten how exhausting it is caring for a very young person. Good god. I don't see how anyone can manage it. But somehow we do.
My sister Andy came to visit around 5pm and then Kaytea showed up with her husband Sean, his two teenage boys Jeremy and Tyler. We had a very full house that night! Ten of us!!
There are more photos of Nalina and family on my Flickr site.