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Looking back, then forward

January 13, 2011

About 10 years ago I bought my first digital camera. An Olympus something, 3.1 mega-pixels. The first week I had it, I dropped it and the flash broke. Probably one of the best things that could’ve happened. It forced me to learn how to use available light. And today I find flash to be generally obnoxious, washes people out, especially point-and-click cameras that fit in your pocket.

I lived in losAngeles at the time, and I remember walking down Melrose one day just clicking pics of random stuff. I ended up clicking more than 250 images. My little memory card was full. When I got home I downloaded the pics, browsed them quickly and picked about 20 images. Then I narrowed them to 9 images, and this is what I came up with. It was weird, as if the images arranged themselves.

Random images on Melrose

The crazy part… I arranged them and was able to interpret it almost instantly. I found so much personal meaning in complete randomness. So quickly, effortlessly, no thought went into it. And it felt like visual poetry.

LOOK and BODY are in opposite corners, and they represented the materalism and the gym/fitness that engrossed my life at that time.

FLOWERS and CITRUS occupy the other corners. Nature. The romantic in me (Ha!) and my love for the outdoors. During that time I was walking up Runyon Canyon almost daily, religiously. I loved it.

PISCES and ARCHITECTURE are center top and bottom. Outer space and earth. Opposing forces of dreams and structure or discipline. Left brain, right brain. At that time it seemed easy to balance both.

Middle left and right are ENERGYand LUCK. The rays represent energy, like Keith Haring’s signature pop art. The sum of those digits equals 21.

Last but not least, FAITH remains at the center of everything.

This collage feels so balanced. And at that time I felt my life was balanced.

Looking back. Reflection and introspection. This exercise is helping me look forward. And I am looking forward to more life balance in 2011.

What are you looking forward to in 2011?

Ray of light @ Mount Madonna

August 3, 2010

Tell All (Preview)

May 16, 2010

Booksmith presents Chuck Palahniuk at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on May 20th to read from his latest novel Tell All.

Hyper-realistic sculptures

May 14, 2010

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On giving thanks…

November 26, 2009

You’ve been so kind and generous, I don’t know how you keep on giving. For your kindness, I’m in debt to you. For your selflessness, my admiration. For everything you’ve done, you know I’m bound, I’m bound to thank you for it.

Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant

You’ve been so kind and generous, I don’t know how you keep on giving. For your kindness, I’m in debt to you. And I never could have come this far without you. For everything you’ve done, you know I’m bound, I’m bound to thank you for it.

Oh, I want to thank you for so many gifts you gave with love and tenderness. I want to thank you. I want to thank you for your generosity, the love and the honesty that you gave me. I want to thank you, show my gratitude, my love and my respect for you. I want to thank you.

Thank you, thank you…

CalTrans working over Labor Day weekend

September 14, 2009

Blockbuster weekend

August 23, 2009

I am the first to admit, I prefer indie films over blockbusters. So what possessed me to step outside my comfort zone? Not sure. Yesterday I saw two blockbusters: G.I. Joe and District 9.

Weeks ago I promised to take my 7-year old nephew to see G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra, and he incessantly reminded me of my promise until I finally caved in. Yesterday morning, I kept my word. Two hours of military crafts and spies and ships and guns and muscles and rockets and bullets and armored suits and submarines and explosions and martial arts and enough already! The theatre was less than 10% full, and after 10-minutes into the film, I leaned over to the kid and said, “You know what… I think this movie is too violent.” And he said, “I know it’s all fake. Just like the cartoon.”

Fair enough. Best 90 minute nap I’ve taken in a long time. My favorite part of the movie… the preview for Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.

Later that night, I went with Jenny and George Michael to see another film at the SAME theater – District 9. Sold out show. As I walked into the theatre, I was expecting “Starship Troopers on Earth” — don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Starship Troopers. Peter Jackson proved my wrong. Two hours of robot-like aliens and guns and mutant regeneration and alien blood and human puke and weapons blowing off heads and and a gigantic space craft hovering over a ghetto… No napping through this one. And it looked like it was shot with three cameras and no tripods. Loved it.

To round off the weekend of sloth, I think I’ll throw on a baseball cap and flip flops and go see Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards.

PCE Release Party

August 20, 2009

Porkchop Express’s Fault Lines & Good Times just dropped, and Thursday night’s CD release party was a rockin’ good time. Rumor has it they will be the first opening band for Def Leppard’s SF/Mtn View show, along with Cheap Trick and Poison. THAT would be HUGE.

It's huge!

It's HUGE!

ELEW = Eric Lewis

May 31, 2009

“Mr Brightside” at the DNA Lounge

Eric Lewis (aka ELEW). Mir Brightside. Sick.

Here in Your Arms

Mr Brightside – remixed

May 9, 2009

Great remix of The Killers “Mr Brightside” …
I know the intro is long, wait for it. You’ll love it.


March 8, 2009

Live iPhone musical performance — “Kids”
by MGMT played on iPhones and iPod Touches

These geeky gadget girls ROCK!

Radiohead’s NUDE remixed by AMP_LIVE

February 26, 2009


Radiohead remix by AMP_LIVE ft. Too $hort & MC Zumbi
Video footage from the Radiohead film Scotch Mist

Radiohead & Apm_Live

Do you BAMBOO?

February 21, 2009


My grandmother lived in a BAMBOO nipa hut

My dad is the youngest of 10 kids. My grandmother survived her husband more than 40 years. She never remarried. While she rolled her own cigarettes and drank dark beer every day, she lived for more than a century. She loved life. On her 102nd birthday, she insisted she was 110 and that no one can prove her wrong. She lived most of her life in a provincial town in the Philippines. Even when a 3 bedroom house was built on her land, she insisted on spending most of her indoor time in her bamboo nipa hut built on stilts. I will write more about her in the future.

BAMBOO is not a tree, it’s grass

Bamboo is fast-growing and durable. Some can grow up to 24 inches per day. It can be harvested in 3 years to make hardwood, unlike 15 years for most trees. There are close to 1,000 species of bamboo that can be found around the world in diverse regions – from cold mountains to hot tropics.  Many of us may see bamboo as garden decor, but it’s also extensively used as building material and a food source.

CNN recently published a video that highlights bamboo.

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The ASUS Ecobook BAMBOO Laptop

BAMBOO – the rock band

Do you BAMBOO?

This American Life… perfect for rainy days

February 15, 2009


Rainy days are perfect for catching up on podcasts. Familiar voices can be like comfort food. Such is the case with Ira Glass, host of This American Life. Some rainy days I go back and re-listen to old favorites.

Today I went back a few years to Episode 281: My Big Break.

Skip to Act Three: Oedipus HexShalom Auslander reads his true story, “The Blessing Bee.” It’s like a spelling bee, but instead of words, kids compete reciting complicated Hebrew blessings said before eating certain foods.

Foreskin's LamentIt tickles me every time Auslandert gratuitously throws in quick admissions of all the sins he committed as a kid. Watch Auslander’s video – Foreskin’s Lament.

What are your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment

More on Kurt Vonnegut…

February 8, 2009

From channel — There’s a playlist of 8 Vonnegut videos. Amazing!

( Reposting some previous Vonnegut… )

Slaughterhouse Five is the first book I read by Kurt Vonnegut, an definitely not the last. It’s the story of Billy Pilgrim. My initial thoughts about this name—BILLY is the name of someone fun and approachable. I never met a Billy who was a jerk. PILGRIM is a someone on a religious journey or an a quest to find something new or sacred, like the pilgrims on the Mayflower. Well, this Billy Pilgrim is an eye doctor who is sent to fight in World War II. He becomes unstuck in time and travels to and from different stages of his life and the far far off planet of Tralfamadore, where he is caged with a Hollywood pornstar for observation and on display in a Tralfamadorian zoo.

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So it goes. Thank you, Kurt Vonnegut, for challenging me to think for myself and encouraging me to occasionally go “elsewhere.” You are one of the main reasons I enjoy reading.

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Borrowing Money

January 25, 2009

Borrowing Money in Plain English… the latest from our friends at Common Craft. Perhaps this should be included with every loan application, so people understand the concept of loans, term benefits, flexibility (if any), and consequences if they fail their commitment.

Saving Money

January 21, 2009

These Common Craft vids are awesome. Saving Money in Plain English is awesome. Just plain awesome.

If I were to make my own CC vid that represents how I manage my money, it would be… If I Have Cash in My Wallet, I Will Spend It… In Plain Engkish.

You’re a Christian Boy and you can’t say No…

December 24, 2008


For all of us still stuck in the 80’s, here’s a rage gem. Robert Seidler’s “Christian Boy” features that hard to forget chorus haunt “No more scooter rides in the cemetery.”

The actually content doesn’t start until 30+ seconds into the clip. And towards the end he breaks out those signature 80’s moves. Even better than Molly Ringwald in “The Breakfast Club” – See below.

Y-Love? B-Cuz…

December 20, 2008

Orthodox rapper Y-Love and beatbox superstar Yuri Lane create all their music non-instrumentally. Here is a clip from an improvised piece filmed on a handheld at their CD release party for Count It, their Sefira album. (From youtube channel –

Rollins Uncut – Israel

December 3, 2008

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