Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Pre-empting Pre-emption
The disintegration of the nuclear order.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Local dog makes good.

Fame calls for Dosha! Can a movie deal be far behind? Let's hope Dosha's owner gets a good agent before signing anything.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

Taking an RV around the world

An introduction,and a few emails from a guy who put a camper shell on an old dodge truck, and drove it around the world.

Friday, April 25, 2003

San Francisco Chronicle fires reporter for protesting

The San Francisco Chronicle has fired technology columnist Henry Norr who was arrested while taking part in an anti-war rally last month. The day after the protest, his column on computers and technology was pulled. He was suspended for a month. And now he has been officially fired.

Norr joins a growing number of journalists who have lost their jobs or columns due to their views on war.

Spooky. This morning I was reading about Edward R. Murrow's 'documentary reporting' on Sen. McCarthy in the 50's. After Murrow's famous film, McCarthy fell. Murrow had shown little interest in politics prior to McCarthyism, and he took what many considered a courageous stand. What I didn't know until today was that Murrow never got big corporate sponsors again.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Cookin' with google

Type in a couple ingredients and google will search for recipies.

I entered the first three things i found in the fridge, (blackberries, peas, and ham) and google found a fairly decent salad. I love this stuff.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Documentary mavericks in the 1920's

I'm reading Eric Barnouw's book, Documentary: A History of The Non-fiction Film and It's fascinating. Especially the account of the experiments carried out by early documentary filmmakers in the 1920's.

Documentaries have been produced by individuals and small production teams since the beginning. During the Russian revolution, the depression, and later during WWII, governments funded studios producing documentary (propaganda) film, but overall the tradition hs been one of maverick filmmakers.

Barnouw's description of the filming of 'Triumph of Will' in 1934 is worth the price of the book, alone.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Scaled Composites - Burt Rutan's Company
reliable private space flight?

Burt Rutan is building an airplane that will launch manned suborbital spacecraft. From the looks of it, he's going to do it cheaply, reliably and simply. Stuff like this makes me optimistic, all over again. Let's hope Burt wins the $10,000,000 X-Prize!

Of course, The FAA and NASA are making life difficult for Burt.

A good article on what it's like to fly the thing.

Monday, April 21, 2003

legal advice

The Becky Klemt Letter.

link trail (works now) to the Becky Klemt Letter:
3. Denise Howell's Bag and Baggage blog.
2. Halley Suitt's 'Halley's Comment' blog.
1. Christopher Locke's 'Rageboy' blog.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

dogg food

I stopped at a ronald's place yesterday for breakfast. A gray haired guy of about 60 was sitting in a booth reading the local paper. He started laughing and said, "Look at this!" Everyone in the room looked up. He held up the paper so we could all see the headline 'Bechtel Awarded Iraq Contract'.

"Can you believe this!"
"Why am I not surprised?" someone replied.
An elderly couple shook their heads in disgust.

Then we all went back to our $2.69 Big Breakfasts.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

A woman from my high school class is sending emails to everyone from the old class that she can find. They are packed with memories of good times, good friends, and happy teachers. They are addressed to 'all my old friends'.

Her sunny emails are chatty missives filled with news about cancers, major operations, deaths, forced retirements, and grandkids.

I have this image of my classmates and I as little tin ducks bumping through the shooting gallery of life.

Bink! One knocked off by electrocution. Bink! Another by pancreatic cancer.

Bink! Bink! The spaces are coming faster and faster.

Maybe it's best if i don't reply.
Krugman on budget/spending cuts.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Just saw a poll on Reuters. 55% of CA. voters would vote for dubyuh if election were held today.

I'm back home. Light rain the last couple days. Gray, overcast skies.

My wife and son are in southern California, visiting university campuses. Son is choosing a campus for the fall. He's been accepted to a half dozen schools. I talked to him last night. To his surprise, he likes UC Irvine. He's excited about their humanities programs. He'd thought, earlier, that UC Santa Cruz would be his first choice. I told him to go with his intuition.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Culture of Fear

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Just got the scanned images and slides from the latest balloon shoot. Gorgeous stuff. Fuji Velvia 100 ASA is stunning film. Will post a few soon. I think i have enough images to make a trailer for the documentary on ballooning. Now i need some interviews.

Going to a seminar on video production in Menlo Park in an hour or so. I'll be glad to finish up this week and head home.

I have to find a better place to stay when I come down here. Motel 6 is expensive, ugly, and dispiriting. No matter what they do to the rooms they always smell of cigarette smoke and cloyingly sweet perfume.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Shot 108 more balloon images this morning. Got the pilot lighting the burner, and a crew member pulling on crown rope.

Got model releases from all but one of the passengers and crew. I was initially afraid to ask for model releases. Finally, M. suggested putting them in a 3 ring binder. So I did that, then just handed the binder and a pen to people and told them what i was doing. Most were supportive, thought it was neat.

After launch, drove up Mt. St. Helena where I could look down on the balloon as it floated over Napa Valley. Got some gorgeous shots.

Spoils of War

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

I'm having trouble getting lake blog at home. This is a test to see if I can post.
Uploaded 10 more balloon images. I am quite pleased with them. Tom's advice on preparing them for the web was great! I'm off to shoot more balloon stuff later this week. Images are at

Went to Safeway last night to shop for dinner. While there, went to wine section to buy a bottle of French wine. All but two brands of French wine are gone. Replaced by Australian and Chilean wines. A month ago, the Clear Lake Safeway carried about 15 brands of French wines. Managed to get one of the remaining two bottles of Louis Jardot chardonnay. Vive La France!

Marsha brought home a box of See's candy tonight. Yum!

Mark took his 64 Galaxy to the garage. Transmission broke, we think.

I'm reading 'Still Here' by Ram Dass. A very lucid view of what it means to get old these days in the USofA.

Just got a new Nikon N80 camera and a couple first rate lenses. Last week I took the camera out for a test. I shot 144 slides, with varying exposures. In *every* case, the camera's automatic exposure and focussing was exactly on!

I had the slides scanned onto a Kodak Photo CD. When I got the CD back, all of the images looked 'muddy' in comparison to the brilliant images on the actual slides. Tom taught me how to photoshop them for the web.

I put a few images on the web. Image #4 was shot from 300 yards, hand held! And it's razor sharp.

In a few days I'll post more.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Can read the blog at work but not at home. That's why I haven't posted. In the DSL queue all day. DSL is a big headache. Will try to get into the blog this eve. When is this war going to be over????

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

California no call list.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

The museum of Hoaxes.
Top April Fools Hoaxes.
"We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."
George W. Bush
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt

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