Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Final Dispatch: Slobek and Tomaz

This is a comic sneak peak for the upcoming Slobek and Tomaz album, due out this winter.

On the topic of spies, I have enjoyed spy stories since I was little. I liked the trench coats and hats, the 1930s cars and streetlights, codes, and top secret files..what's in the file, well, good question? But forget about it. That's not part of the story. As a kid I never thought about it. Not important. Now, all this spy stuff can have serious undertones, because there are things the government covers up and getting to the truth is not for the faint of heart.

Could spend a couple days at the DC Spy museum

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lundy Lake, CA

Amazing picture by rockpow

Lundy Lake just above June Lake along the eastern Sierras - looks like a very quaint place to go. The lodge unfortunately is closed during this time of the season, but I think we could camp out on their porch, no problem. Last time we camped at June Lake in October, my feet nearly froze off. I imagine it will be very cold up there.

Mammouth just got a truck load of snow, so they've started the ski season early! To celebrate, lift tickets are free this Friday! mmmmm.... I'm thinking about it.

The leaves will be perfect this weekend.

If ever I was to buy photographs..


I'm not in a "space" or "place" to be decorating or buying framable photographs, but if I was I think I would get these and support photographer, Traci French. There's just something about them that I really love.

life's a...

persimmons in a bowl



Newspaper written in Chalk

A chalkboard newspaper!

The chief and only editor for The Daily Talk is Alfred Sirleaf, a self-taught newshound in Monrovia, Liberia. Each day, he scours dozens of newspapers for the most important stories to post on his large chalkboard. The majority of his readers cannot afford newspapers and it's estimated that over a thousand people stop by each day to catch up on news.

What a cool idea!
read the entire article at ny.times

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fairey's on the Lam

Lots of back and forth going on at the LA Times about Shepard Fairey right now. Only just a couple of months ago did it dawn on me that Fairey was behind Obama's main campaign poster, “Hope.” But now it seems he is being sued by Associated Press for infringing on a copyright for the photo used in his poster. Copyrights are a nuisance for Fairey, seeing as his work is based on patchworked found images. Charlotte Allen wrote an op-ed piece for the Times on Fairey's inconsistencies. Her point was simply that Fairey is happy to press charges on those who steal his work, while his work is almost entirely based on plagiarism.

Christopher Knight retaliated online calling Allen a right-winger (it's a curse word) because she chided Obama for writing to Fairey and saying, "I am privileged to be a part of your art work and am proud to have your support." I, too, found it funny that Obama was proud to be a part of universal plagiarism, guess I'm a dirty right-winger too. Well as long as we are throwing around directions, all of Fairey's plagiarized works are leftist communist propaganda posters. Is Obama proud to be associated with that (plagiarized) image? No one is mentioning that.

Right wingers and leftists are all the same to me, just so it's clear I'm not taking sides, because I wouldn't want to be associated with the power-hungry capitalist or the power-hungry socialist. Fairey's not the only one directionally challenged.

Illustration credit: Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times; referenced from a photograph by Peter Foley / EPA

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bike Twin

After one last turn around Venice Beach looking for the sorry fool who has - probably by now - spray painted by beautiful teal bike.... J drove me down to Oceanside.

I'm not one for big gifts. The intention is good, don't get me wrong, but I think in a lot of instances, flashy stuff has a tendency to out-shine the real gifts in a relationship. However, after this sad week, I have to say, it was incredibly touching when he surprised me with a new bike from the only Klein dealer in Southern California.

Mountain biking has been one of our favorite past times together and he was just too eager to get back on the trails to wait for me to stalk this fool on Venice Beach. I still plan to do so, but in between our trips to the moutnain.

Thank you my dear! You have a heart of Gold.

Here she is a Klein Attitude
Feather-weight Aluminum frame
Lovely green and blue paint job
Bontrager X-Lite wheels
Rock Shock front suspension - hard tail (not the Fox ones in the pic)
Internal cable routing
Hydraulic Disk brakes

Welcome to the family. We could do advertising for Klein now, except they don't make these anymore. So now that makes these bikes even more desirable. They are beautiful; they feel solid but light, perfectly aligned. Seriously a pleasure to ride and there's something a tinge unearthly about it too. The bike really becomes an exention of your body. It was so dependable and of such quality I had / have a sort of reverance for them.

i102fly once again. Thank you. thank you. thank you..

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wild Girls Gone: Upright Citizens Brigade Film Poster


Finished this film poster for the Upright Citizens Brigade flick Wild Girls Gone.

UCB, for those that don't know, is a comedy troupe like "Kids in the Hall," and SNL; Amy Poehler from SNL is one of the UCB quartet.

WGG is about a mayor candidate who is desperately trying to rid a Florida town of Spring Breakers, meanwhile his wife is starting the parties and two guys trying to do a "Girls Gone Wild" style video are causing problems.
(That's my summary imdb:)

Since they are an sketch comedy troupe, this film is based on improv and it's actually the first full-length film that UCB has done. From what I understand fans have been buzzing around the internet for years trying to get their hands on it. John Ennis directed it way back in 2007, but logistics held up the release.

Friday, October 23, 2009

First time out

From J: inspiring confidence from this swat team.


Cardboard Bicycle

Phil Bridge, a product design student at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK wanted to address the problem of prevalent bike theft so he created this bike for around US $30. It's so unique, the envy factor might make it even more theft-inducing. However, aside from bike snatching, the design has everything an environmental product designer could want. And according to the website, it doesn't melt in a rainstorm, because the board is hexacomb, which is waterproof.

found on
and also inhabitat

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Klein Memorial

When we chased him down on the boardwalk he was in the middle of a drug deal, that bike deserves better. But alas, I tip my hat to the flow of goods, we can never really own anything, can we?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Bike

come back to me. 

 You are the nicest thing I've ever owned.


Some snapshots from yesterday...blahhh...

8pm...running down the boardwalk in Venice, CA on a Sunday night screaming at the top of my lungs, "Stop him he's got my bike, GET HIM! GET HIM!" Everyone for a mile stopping and staring and not lifting a finger as a bum in a headwrap trying to do a drug deal speeds off with my beloved BIKE.

1am...then later dressed in an old black hoodie and dirty working pants, riding around on my neighors old rusty bike in the pitch dark boardwalk surrounded by herion addicts and junkies. My earrings out of my ears and one on my lip. My hoodie over my head and rolling along scoping every bike from the Marina all the way up to Sunset. They were all hot, everyone was suspicious when anyone looked twice at their bike.

Like Golem from Lord of the Rings - J said. Scared and scampering around, sad and powerless to their low level desires. Thiefs in the night. I will hunt down my bike and I will make some homemade cookies for that sad creature that stole it. Right after I knock some sense into him with my bike pump.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nature in Detail

Coral from the Mediterranean Sea
Beautiful photograph
Reminds me of fractals

via Octopus New Zealand

This quote was with this photo, and it's apt so I'm copying it:
"Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart."

Marcus Aelius Aurelius



Crazy new footage of the sun doing its thing.
Can you imagine how big those explosions are?
Probably larger than Mt. Everest.
Can you imagine a wall of fire that big exploding across Los Angeles? Why am I thinking about this? I need to get back tot work.

Monday, October 19, 2009


By Roberto Bernardi

Whether you like realistic painting or not, you have to admitt, if you ever need a passport photo faked this might be the guy. You were thinking that right?

via world mysteries


Our friend, Hsu, sent this to us. They did a special about them on CBS.

Although the music is kind of cheesy, the footage is really good in this vingette about guys who try to fly.

It's so inspiring to see the world in a different light.



Thursday, October 15, 2009

One Year Cambodia


One year ago to the day, I was going to sleep after my very first day in Cambodia! Feels like a second of a dream. Not a year of life.

I miss it like a phantom limb.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Rainy day in Los Angeles!! Few and far between, but the best!

Crop Circles


Crop circles! I just randomly just started to think about them today. So I began to watching this documentary while I was working. ETs or government/military experiments?

This one I think intrigues me the most. The design is a perfect circle. The first segment spans 3 units; there's a small dot, the next segment spans 1, then 4, then 5, then 9, 2, 6, 5, 4, followed by three prefect circles. This is the formula for Pi
3. 141592654

Check out this documentary:


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kola Superdeep Borehole: deepest hole in the world

The Kola Superdeep Borehole (Russian: Кольская сверхглубокая скважина) is the result of a scientific drilling project of the former USSR. The project attempted to drill as deep as possible into the Earth's crust.

  • The drill site was chosen in 1965 in north-west Soviet Union, 10 kilometres (6 mi) west of the town of Zapolyarny
  • Drilling began on 24 May 1970 on the Kola Peninsula.
  • On 6 June 1979 at 31,440 ft, the Kola Superdeep Borehole BROKE THE WORLD RECORD, previously held by the Bertha Rogers hole in Washita County, Oklahoma.
  • In 1983, the drill passed 39,000 ft (12,000m), and drilling was stopped for about a year to celebrate the event. This idle period may have contributed to a break-down, a 16,000 ft (5,000 m) section of drillpipe twisted off and was left in the hole. Drilling was later restarted and the hole reached 40,230 ft (12,262 m).
  • The hole depth was expected to reach 49,000 ft by 1993. However, temperatures were higher than expected at this depth and location, 180 °C (356 °F) instead of expected 100 °C (212 °F), drilling deeper was deemed unfeasible and the drilling was stopped in 1992.
  • With the expected increase in temperature with deeper drilling, 15,000 m (49,000 ft) would have meant working at a projected 300 °C (570 °F), at which point the drill bit would no longer work.
  • An unexpected discovery was the large quantity of hydrogen gas, with the mud flowing out of the hole described as "boiling" with hydrogen.
  • The Kola borehole penetrated about a third through the Baltic continental crust, presumed to be around 35 kilometres (22 mi), exposing rocks 2.7 billion years old at the bottom.
  • I've heard rumor that helicopters flying above the whole experienced an intensified suction, so flights are deverted around the hole now. I've not been able to back up the claim.

more info

Monday, October 12, 2009

Big Bear Lake


Just your presence is like medicine for the soul

Cursing all the way up, whooooo all the way down.

We decided to take a random back trail, which lead us down, down, down. Eventually the trail disintegrated and we were left at a ranch with howling dogs. We tried to tote our bikes down a ridge and across a thick of woods to a dirt 3-wheeler path, but got stuck. So after following me through knee-deep brush and vertical inclines of pine needle avalanches, looking for a short-cut, J would have no more and forced me to go back up the trail. It was getting dark and I was afraid we were going to be eaten by the "Big Bear."

As you can see, we made it out alive. On the way back to our cabin, we stopped at a little mom and pop restaurant and ate enough fish, potatoes, bread, and hot chocolate to induce a seasonal hibernation.

We even made the original breakfast, disregard that pancake, we had some problems. It's been a while, ok..

Good Night Big Bear. We got our dose of big trees and clean air. Now it’s back to the urban jungle.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Big Bear Lake

I can't wait to see some trees in Big Bear Lake this weekend! Trees! Trees! Trees!

Last time we went it was my last weekend before Cambodia. Even though I miss Cambodia so much, it will be fantastic to relax and just enjoy nature with my better half. I am preparing for some serious mountain biking, log fires, gloves, hot cocoa, reading, and best of all big tall trees. They are calling me!


I'm a socialite

Lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Attended a fundraising gala last night in Brentwood. My good friend Elizaveta was playing in their cabaret of entertainers.

It was incredibly funny. Driving there, we just happened to stop next to a brand new SUV at the stoplight. We tried to get the woman to tell us which way to Sunset. She looked at my car and shook her head and started doing "no no no" with her hands. "No, which way to Sunset?" She pointed. I still don't know what she thought we were asking. It was like people do with down-on-their-luck folks who ask for change. "No, I..I don't..want any.. no change... I.. sorry..yeah." They just don't want to be bothered. Pointing proved to be too much I guess. We made some illegal turns and then headed up million-dollar row in my beat-up, dirty old Toyota with a ratty bike rack sticking off the back.

E and I get out looking like Movie stars. I told her she better lock that door. Somebody might steal my half-used TP roll.

We went inside. It was like a blast from the 80s with mirrors everywhere, chandeliers, and people hobnobbing. Want-to-be actors rolling around with hors d'oeuvres. A wet bar in the lounge, a heated pool and Jacuzzi on the back deck with a stage and a grand piano. Jewels, botox, wine, it was everything I could ever ask for and more. We went on a seek peek of the house and found tons of pictures of the family with GW Bush and the robot wife. Effectively I might have sat on the same toilet as GW, I need to hook up with their beauticians so I can get a bum peel or something.

We smoozed. Some people were really crotchety, but most assumed us to be of status since we were there, so they were engaging. E sang really well so everyone was enamored with her after the set, especially the bartender who tried to box her up into a marketable pop star. Elly was uberannoyed. Go easy on him. LA is not for the faint of heart. It takes great fortitude to stand strong in the botoxed face of power, wealth, materialism, and superficiality. You have to know what your values are and live them, especially in environments like this. Money is paper. Power is oppression. Cars, houses, and clothes burn. And Beauty is a short-lived reign. What are we left with??

Everything important.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

This looks "shopped"

Something similar between these shots...just can't put my finger on it. Maybe because there's nothing left to put a finger on anyway.

Obama wins the......Nobel Peace Prize?

I feel as bad for Obama as I do for the Nobel Committee. They said the prize was meant to encourage his foreign policy. Since when has a Nobel Prize winner received an award in Hopes* that they will do something.

What a game.

That's like me getting a degree from Harvard, because they really hope I'll go to school there.

*The "Campaign of Hope" hasn't really even had a chance to deliver anything yet. And here the committee is proving it doesn't matter. Yet again.

Need we recall that Gandhi never got the prize. One of the most respected peace activists in history did not get the illustrious peace prize. Now they are giving them out for future peace work. I guess we should put Nobel Prizes where they to that "Good Effort" ribbon from second grade.