Monday, December 28, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I'm officially ready for a new season. I'm sort of a Nancy Botwin groupie, even though I've never seen the first 3 seasons.

Weeds is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan, produced by Lionsgate Television for the Showtime network.

The show revolves around a newly widowed housewife (Mary-Louise Parker) from an affluent California suburb who becomes her neighborhood's marijuana dealer to make ends meet. The title is a play on words, referring to both the slang term for marijuana and widow's weeds. It also plays on the tendency of American suburbs to grow quickly and pervasively, with the dwellings and their residents being almost as indistinguishable as weeds. This is mirrored in the show's theme song "Little Boxes" and opening credits, and is a recurring theme of the show. The theme song changes in the second season with a different version every week.

Weeds currently comprises five seasons that began airing in August 2005. It was the highest rated series for Showtime in its first year; its fourth-season premiere attracted 1.3 million viewers to Showtime, the channel's highest-ever viewership.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The "Happy little brook" guy

Bob Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter and television host. With his calm, patient nature, Ross came to prominence as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, a long-running television program on public broadcast stations in the United States. Ross died of lymphoma at the age of 52.

I've never claimed that this is investment art. When we first started out, all the art colleges and universities across the country would sort of badmouth what we were doing. It's funny that a lot of them now are sending us letters saying, 'We may not totally agree with the way you paint, but we appreciate what you're doing, because you're sending literally thousands of people into art colleges.'

Jay Randall: Working Musician -or- Don't Quit Your Day Job

I'll take this opportunity to post documentary evidence that I am an actual, though occaisional, performing musician.

This was an opening at an Art Gallery owned by my friends. Check it out here:

I didn't get very high billing, I guess I need to be more specific in my contract rider in the future.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings

My stupid little weiner dog ran off on Thursday, taking our beloved little beagle mix with her. He came back, she didn't.

She's become an escape artist, tunneling to freedom like Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape". I am not particularly interested in mounting a full-scale search, as the last time this happened it cost me $160 to spring them from the pokey. Besides, she needs dog psychiatry as she has "abandonment issues" and irrationally high self-esteem. She punishes us when we leave her alone by tearing up our prized possesions and pissing on the laundry.

Vaya, Tessie.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

"The Boulder Field" Moss Rock Preserve, Hoover AL

A perfect balance of nature and community, Moss Rock Preserve is a beautiful 250 acre nature preserve abundant with trees and plants, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife and other unique natural features. Currently Moss Rock Preserve is home to four rare species of plants and a rare variant of Little River Canyon Sandstone Glade - one of only 35 occurrences known around the world!

Moss Rock Preserve's Boulder Field is a favorite among rock climbers. With numerous technical formations, these boulders appeal to climbers of all skill levels. The City of Hoover is fortunate that these and other natural features exist in Moss Rock. As such, Moss Rock Preserve has been dedicated as a nature preserve in order to insure its long-term survivability.



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Your quote of the day

I don't know anything about this man. Anyhow, I only know two things about him. One is, he has never been in jail, and the other is, I don't know why.

Mark Twain

The street where I (should) live.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The suicidal goat photo

I particularly like this photo for some reason.

It was taken by my old friend Paul, the crackpot inventor/semi-exotic livestock breeder.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Still life with Guinness

I took this photo for no particular reason, except possibly to test my low-light settings.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

KGB: 1970's No-hit Wonder

This is one of my collection of obscure records.

I actually like it a lot, as my record buying habits in the 70's was to head directly to the cutout bin, buy something interesting and cheap, take it home and play it till I liked it.

Mike Bloomfield:
(The Late Lead Guitarist of the Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan's Original Guitar Player and One Time Member of Electric Flag)

Carmine Appice:
(Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne), that has been credited with inventing heavy-rock drumming,

Ray Kennedy:
Singer of Beach Boys

Barry Goldberg:
On keyboards (Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag, Bob Dylan etc.)

Rick Grech:
(Bassist of Both Blind Faith and Ginger Bakers Airforce).

It has also been rumoured for many years that the album contains input from Steve Winwood although he is uncredited. Also featured on this record is Al Kooper (of Bob Dylan fame)

01. Let Me Love You (R.Kennedy-J. Conrad)
02. Midnight Traveler (Paul Rosenberg)
03. I’ve Got A Feeling (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
04. High Roller (Daniel Moore)
05. Sail On Sailor (B. Wilson-R. Kennedy)
06. Workin’ For The Children (B. Goldberg-M. Bloomfield)
07. You Got The Notion (R.Kennedy)
08. Baby Should I Stay Or Go (B. Goldberg-M. Bloomfield)
09. It’s Gonna Be A Hard Night (B. Goldberg-Will Jennings)
10. Magic In Your Touch (R.Kennedy)

*Ric Grech: Bass
*Carmine Appice: Drums
*Ray Kennedy: Vocals
*Mike Bloomfield: Guitars
*Barry Goldberg: Keyboards


"Twitter went down today. If only there was some short, shallow, self-indulgent way to express my horror."
—Stephen Colbert, sniffing at the year's biggest online fad

"Do you remember Eliot Spitzer, who was governor of New York? He had to stop being the governor of New York because he enjoyed prostitutes. Well, now he's talking about running again for governor in 2010. He also said he's looking forward to spending less time with his family."
—David Letterman, on the possible comeback of the disgraced former New York governor

"I got into the car this morning and the navigation lady wasn't speaking to me."
—David Letterman, in response to the brouhaha following his confession of having had sex with women on his staff

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jackalope Rider

The legend of the jackalope has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature's habits. For example, it is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of "killer rabbit". Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. Legend also has it that female jackalopes can be milked as they sleep belly up and that the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers, chiefly by using phrases such as "There he goes! That way!" It is said that a jackalope may be caught by putting a flask of whiskey out at night. The jackalope will drink its fill of whiskey and its intoxication will make it easier to hunt. In some parts of the United States it is said that jackalope meat has a taste similar to lobster. However, legend has it that they are dangerous if approached. It has also been said that jackalopes will only breed during electrical storms including hail, explaining its rarity.

Jackalopes are legendary in the U.S. -- attributed to by the New York Times in 1932 to Douglas Herrick (1920–2003) of Douglas, Wyoming, and thus the town was named the "Home of the Jackalope" by the state of Wyoming in 1985. The state of Wyoming trademarked the name in 1965. According to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, a 1930s hunting trip for jackrabbits led to the idea of a Jackalope. Herrick and his brother had studied taxidermy by mail order as teenagers. When the brothers returned from a hunting trip, Herrick tossed a jackrabbit carcass into the taxidermy shop, which rested beside a pair of deer antlers. The accidental combination of animal forms sparked Douglas Herrick's idea for a jackalope.[2] The first jackalope the brothers put together was sold for $10 to Roy Ball, who displayed it in Douglas' La Bonte Hotel. The mounted head was stolen in 1977.[3] The Douglas Chamber of Commerce has issued thousands of Jackalope Hunting Licenses to tourists. The tags are good for hunting only during official Jackalope season, which occurs for only one day: June 31 (a nonexistent date as June has 30 days), from midnight to 2 AM. The hunter may not have an IQ greater than 72.[4] In 2005, the House of the Wyoming state legislature passed a bill to declare the jackalope the "official mythological creature" of Wyoming, by a vote of 45-12 and referred it to the state Senate, where the bill was indefinitely postponed on 2 March 2005.

"Going To California"

Actually, I'm not going anywhere, but the Crimson Tide is going to Pasadena for the BCS National Championship Game January 8th, 2010.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Yeah, there's that...

SweaterVest at KellanFest!

Attended a very cool birthday party last night at DreamMecca-Daniel Day Gallery.

Great music, great friends, and a perfect venue.
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