Monday, June 29, 2009

There, I Fixed It


I just came across a website after my own heart: There, I Fixed It.
I'm never sure whether the term is "jury rigged" or "Jerry rigged" but this site has the gnarliest examples ever.
Enjoy.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Slow News Cycle???

What a crazy week in the "news". The potential toppling of Islamofascism in Iran gets upstaged by some philandering Republican (as if they weren't a dime a dozen), then Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and Jeff Goldblum all died on the same day. What a great excuse not to cover the landmark energy bill that barely passed, or the UN report recommending decriminalizing drugs. And of course there's no time to look into why anyone in their right mind would oppose the "public option" in the faux debate on health care reform.
Honestly.
I watched Mr. Obama's invitation to open up the "debate" to the YouTube nation (see below). He may not realize that the insurance lobby and HMOs actually hire "trolls" to jam sites like these. I started reading the comments to his very polite and inclusive request and felt the mental equivalent of throwing up a little into my mouth. Yuk!
Pure vitriol. There was even a video response that cast FDR as "The Great Dictator". Turns out that FDR was the one who caused the Great Depression! I never knew that. Thanks YouTube.
This whole "debate" on reforming health care in the US reminds me of the fake election results in Iran. It isn't even being done credibly.
The issue has become so stark, the need for single payer universal health care so dire, that all the bastards shilling for the Insurance Lobby looks like the corporate sellouts they are. Our own darling Diane Feinstein, here in California, chief among them.
If only we could revoke her lifetime free top of the line coverage. She'd change her tune in a hurry.
Tar and feathers, boys. Get out the tar and feathers. And don't forget to pray for the poor Iranians.

The High Street Collective


Black Diamonds, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Last Saturday we trekked over to Sebastopol for an amazing Summer Solstice block party. This photo shows our friend Peggy dancing with her Black Diamond troupe. They did two sets and there were at least three bands, including Free Peoples who began just at dark.
I was feeling pretty tired and hungry, but ended up dancing my ass off (which isn't hard to do, actually--I don't have much of an ass).
The party was a semi-catered potluck. with several tables set up. Usually when a platter or bowl or tray of food got plunked down it would be GONE within ten minutes. Less than 5 minutes if it was a dessert.
A lot of the families who live on this block have kids and our Tumbleweed group brings along a bunch more. Basically gangs of kids everywhere.
There was a jumpy house back behind the stage and all the boys (and maybe a girl or two) took turns hurtling down the hill on skateboards, tiny kiddie bikes and scooters. Amazingly no one seemed to be killed or even injured!
Just before Free Peoples got the dancing going, one of the families put on an outdoor movie for the kids--The Neverending Story (which did in fact end).
What a great way to start Summer off. I feel so lucky to be a part of this scene.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Work Work Work


Work Work Work, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Just about two weeks from right now we'll be rolling into Eugene in our absurdly over packed van. But today I'm still making stuff to sell, including about 200 glass button magnets, featuring Krista's art and various iconic folks like Eleanor Roosevelt, Che Guevara, Krisna, Ekhart Tolle and MLK Jr.
We've got so much stuff to sell these days that it's a bit crazy: cards, card sets, prints, photo prints, stickers, magnets, sarongs, painted handbags and of course all the original paintings.
Not to mention all the kid's stuff they're selling. Thank god for our huge Ford van and that gas is almost two dollars cheaper a gallon than last year.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

David Wolfe


For several years now Krista has been way into raw food and all kinds of cutting edge health information. Lately I've been increasing the amount of raw food I'm eating too. Now that I'm nearing my 50th birthday, I'm wanting to get just a little more serious about sticking around a bit longer.
So one of the top experts Krista has mentioned is David Wolfe. He just put out a free video on longevity and the immune system that I think is worth watching, so here's the link. You do have to give him your email, but then you can easily unsubscribe.

Submiting to Art


Submiting to Art, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Last Saturday was Zephyr's 6th bday party. India surprised everyone by hauling out her face painting gear and setting up shop. She did a brisk business with fairies, flowers and little airplanes.
There are more photos over on my flickr site.

Gilding the Lily


Gilding the Lily, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Birthday Ritual


Birthday Ritual, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Depsondex. Pharmaceutical Help for the Overly Perky

White Rabbit

Here's a blast from the past for your enjoyment. Grace Slick is so amazing in this. She sings with such weird intensity. I was pretty young when this was current, but I'm imagining that her singing 'style' was pretty original and even controversial. I love that this version is a bit different from the album. It's clearly not 'lip synched'. Enjoy.

Friday, June 05, 2009

The "After" Shot


The "After" Shot, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Last night India and I met Jerry and Joyce at the San Francisco Airport, the last stop on their Big Adventure. What a fantastic time they had! You can read all about it here.

The Sacred Ritual


The Sacred Ritual, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Eden


Eden, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Enjoying her birthday party.

Dessert in the Sun


Impromptu Circle, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.