July 12th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Homeland Security adopts 'gut feeling' security system

Homeland Security adopts 'gut feeling' security system

Ryan Singel of the 27-Stroke-B blog sez, "Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune that his 'gut' was telling him the country might be hit by another big attack this summer. Now THREAT LEVEL has found the new Homeland Security Advisory System. Heaven help us if the country ever gets to Danger Dog level." Link (Thanks, Ryan!)
Chris Keeley

Kukula and Nicoletta Ceccoli at Roq La Rue Gallery

Kukula and Nicoletta Ceccoli at Roq La Rue Gallery

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This Friday, Seattle's Roq La Rue Gallery presents a dual show of artists Nicoletta Ceccoli and Kukula. Ceccoli is best known in her native Italy Republic of San Marino as a children's book illustrator. This is her first major US show. (Seen here at left, Ceccoli's "Tree Girl," acrylic on paper, 11" x 17".) San Francisco artist Kukula's paintings for this show explore the "last hour before death." Most of the pieces are 5" x 7" in size, representing a final "snapshot" of the character. (Seen here at right, Kukula's "One Last Tea Cup," acrylic on birch panel, 5" x 7".) The show runs through August 4. Link to Ceccoli gallery, Link to Kukula gallery
Chris Keeley

The Wreck Or Repair Spaceship ...

The Wreck Or Repair Spaceship ... 

This is a silly game I picked up from another forum.

Rules:
Each ship starts with 25 points. Copy and paste the tally, then add one point to your favorite ship, and subtract one from your least favorite ship. If a ship reaches zero points it is "wrecked," and the next post after that should remove the ship from the list. You can vote once per day.

The list of ships is... well... kind of arbitrary. Sorry if I left off anything important. Oh, and yeah, some of these aren't technically starships, but what the hey.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (Star Trek TOS) 25
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (Star Trek TNG) 25
USS Defiant (Star Trek DS9) 25
USS Voyager (Star Trek Voyager) 25
USS Enterprise (NX-01) 25
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) 25
The Heart of Gold (Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy) 25
Deepwater Black (Mission Genesis) 25
TARDIS (Dr Who) 25
Serenity (FireFly/Serenity) 25
Moya (FarScape) 25
Prometheus (SG-1) 25
Nebuchadnezzar (Matrix) 25
IAS Excalibur (Babylon 5) 25
Lexx (Lexx) 25
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda) 25
Nostromo (Alien) 25
Red Dwarf (Red Dwarf) 25
Borg Cube (Star Trek: TNG/V) 25
Slave 1 (Star Wars) 25
Jupiter II (Lost In Space) 25
Galactica (Battlestar Galactica) 25
United Planet Starcruiser C-57D (from "Forbidden Planet") 25
Liberator (Blakes 7) 25
NSEA Protector (Galaxy Quest) 25
Saratoga (Space:Above and Beyond) 25
SDF-1 (RoboTech) 25
Space Ball 1 (Space Balls) 25

I'll go first:

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (Star Trek TOS) 25
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (Star Trek TNG) 25
USS Defiant (Star Trek DS9) 25
USS Voyager (Star Trek Voyager) 25
USS Enterprise (NX-01) 25
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) 25
The Heart of Gold (Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy) 25
Deepwater Black (Mission Genesis) 25
TARDIS (Dr Who) 26 (+)
Serenity (FireFly/Serenity) 25
Moya (FarScape) 25
Prometheus (SG-1) 25
Nebuchadnezzar (Matrix) 25
IAS Excalibur (Babylon 5) 25
Lexx (Lexx) 24 (-)
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda) 25
Nostromo (Alien) 25
Red Dwarf (Red Dwarf) 25
Borg Cube (Star Trek: TNG/V) 25
Slave 1 (Star Wars) 25
Jupiter II (Lost In Space) 25
Galactica (Battlestar Galactica) 25
United Planet Starcruiser C-57D (from "Forbidden Planet") 25
Liberator (Blakes 7) 25
NSEA Protector (Galaxy Quest) 25
Saratoga (Space:Above and Beyond) 25
SDF-1 (RoboTech) 25
Space Ball 1 (Space Balls) 25

Go go go Razz


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Omniscience? Dont hold your breath, the only answer I ever get is that God knows all (sort of like a suped-up version of Joseph Stalin).
Chris Keeley

Last month, the National Audubon Society issued a paper documenting a decline in the populations of

Last month, the National Audubon Society issued a paper documenting a decline in the populations of many common American birds, including bobwhites, whip-poor-wills, grackles, and grosbeaks. The study did not list the feral domestic pigeon as a species under siege, but apparently it is—at least, in certain local precincts. In Greenwich Village, residents are reporting a Columba livia domestica crime wave. Like the Upper East Side flock-nappings of a few years back, this recent spate of abductions has become a heated mystery, giving rise to the feeling, among residents, of having stepped into an episode of “Law & Order: Avian Victims Unit.”

Judith Monaco Callet was walking her neighbor’s dog one afternoon in April when she saw a man in an S.U.V. with tinted windows park on the west side of LaGuardia, near Bleecker. The man—Callet thinks he was Caucasian, and wearing a cap—got out of the S.U.V., crossed the street, and threw a big pile of birdseed onto the pavement. “Out of the corner of my eye,” Callet said the other day, “I saw a big black net, like a butterfly or fishing net. So I see it moving, and I’m thinking somebody’s lost a cat. The guy swooped the net up, closed it off, and there he went.” He made off with about fifteen pigeons.

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Chris Keeley

Alexander P. Butterfield, the White House aide who would reveal the existence of a taping system in

Nixon wanted 'nicey-nice' image but fought with gloves off

From The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Nixon and his 1972 re-election campaign tried to tie Democrats to the mob, gay liberation and even slavery, according to newly released papers and tapes betraying bare-knuckle tactics from the dawn of the Watergate scandal.

Still, even as Nixon's lieutenants explored every avenue for defeating Democrat George McGovern and nullifying critics of all stripes -- "hit them" was a favorite phrase -- the president brooded over his reputation as a hard man whose gentle side was not being seen by the public.

Nixon called that side of him "the whole warmth business."

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Chris Keeley

White House Blocks 2nd Iraq Study Group Report

White House Blocks 2nd Iraq Study Group Report
The news comes as the Washington Post reports the Bush administration has blocked a second convening of the Iraq Study Group. Congress voted last month to fund the bi-partisan panel for a follow-up to its initial December 2006 report. But the plan stalled after the White House refused to authorize panel co-chair former Secretary of State James Baker to take part. 

GOPers Nix Measure to Rest Troops Between Deployments
The Iraq debate continues on Capital Hill. On Wednesday, Republicans defeated an amendment that would require U.S. troops to get as much or more rest between deployments as the time they were deployed. Seven Republicans joined Democrats in support but the measure failed to attract the sixty votes needed to move ahead. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Republicans, saying: “Our troops are not machines, they are human beings.” Meanwhile, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe became the second Republican to back a bill that would start bringing troops home within three months. On Wednesday, Snowe joined Republican Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon in co-sponsoring Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin’s proposal.

Report: CIA Sees Iraq Situation “Irreversible”
The Washington Post is reporting internal CIA assessments of the Iraqi government have differed sharply from public statements by President Bush and other top officials. In November of last year, CIA Director Michael Hayden told a meeting of the Iraq Study Group the Iraqi government is “unable to govern” and “cannot function.” He described the situation as “irreversible.” Hayden’s comments came just hours after President Bush appeared before the same panel to give a starkly different picture. Neither Hayden nor President Bush have mentioned the CIA assessment publicly. 

Chris Keeley

The Theatre of War. – The Latest Spectacular Tragedy.

Joseph Keppler... The Theatre of War – The Latest Spectacular Tragedy (Puck Magazine Centerfold; Vol. 1 No. 9, May 9, 1877). "...In the lower box on the left, Franz Joseph I of Austria stands next to England's John Bull. Across from them on the right, sits Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany. Between them a skeleton conducts an orchestra of cannons, bombs and rifles.

The Theatre of War. – The Latest Spectacular Tragedy.
Puck Magazine Centerfold; Vol. 1 No. 9, May 9, 1877; 18"w x 12 1/2"h
On April 24, 1877, two weeks before this caricature was published, Russia declared war on the Ottomans and began the ninth and final Russo-Turkish war.

In the same year the Ottomans withdrew from the Conference of Constantinople. Romania declares independence and war on Turkey, joined by Serbians and Bulgarians and finally the Russians (see also Russian Foreign Affairs after the Crimean War).

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Chris Keeley

Two-Thirds Primary. "...a selection of red and blue Polaroids by photographers Rod Hunting and Tiffa

Two-Thirds Primary. "...a selection of red and blue Polaroids by photographers Rod Hunting and Tiffany Paige. For over a year, Rod and Tiffany have been biking around the south Chicago area, exploring their neighborhood and taking Polaroids; Rod takes the red images and Tiffany handles the blue."



http://www.filemagazine.com/galleries/archives/2007/06/two_thirds_prim.html
Chris Keeley

the 13th year of Annie Leibovitz's spectacular gatefold covers. These classic photographs capture Ti

the 13th year of Annie Leibovitz's spectacular gatefold covers. These classic photographs capture Tinseltown talent and glamour like nothing else. Here's a look back at all of them. (The left third of each image is what was visible on the cover before unfolding.)

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/02/hollywoodcovers_slideshow200702

March 2004: Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, Hilary Swank, Alison Lohman, Scarlett Johansson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Chris Keeley

What Kind of Bourgeois Are You?

What Kind of Bourgeois Are You?

You are a Spinner. What goes up must come down, and that spinnin' wheel, she got to go round. You are truly the fabric of society. Without your yarn, people would still be wearing burlap, and that's not a good look for anybody. Now if you could just figure out who keeps painting your pony. Your natural enemies are oddly named dwarves. - Royko


Picture of Maeve

Chris Keeley

Rare interview with LSD pioneer Owsley Stanley

Rare interview with LSD pioneer Owsley Stanley

Between 1965 and 1967, Augustus Owsley Stanley III AKA the "Bear," homebrewed an estimated 1.25 million doses of LSD in the San Francisco Bay Area, fueling a revolution in consciousness, music, art, and the counterculture. The recpie came from a copy of the Journal of Organic Chemistry he found in the UC Berkeley library. The Grateful Dead's first sound engineer, Stanley also pioneered several technologies for live sound. For two decades, Stanley, now 72, has lived off-the-grid in Queensland, Australia. Currently on an extended visit to Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle's Joel Selvin caught up with Bear for a very rare interview. From the article:
Stanleyiii Bear, whose grandfather was a Kentucky governor and U.S. senator, grew up in Los Angeles and Arlington, Va. He was thrown out of military school in the eighth grade for being drunk and dropped out of school altogether at 18. He managed to get accepted to the University of Virginia, where he spent a year studying engineering. By 1956, he was in the Air Force, specializing in electronics and radar.

Later, Bear studied ballet, acting and Russian, worked in jet propulsion labs as well as radio and television, and then entered UC Berkeley in 1963, but lasted less than a year.

Then he discovered acid...

Owsley Stanley (he legally dropped the "Augustus" 40 years ago) has also not joined the ranks of the penitent psychedelicists who look on their experiences as youthful indiscretions.

"I wound up doing time for something I should have been rewarded for," he says. "What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my society and the one making the laws are different."
Link (Thanks, Vann Hall!) 

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/07/12/MNGK0QV7HS1.DTL
Chris Keeley

The small, barefoot man in black T-shirt and blue jeans barely rates a second glance from the other

The small, barefoot man in black T-shirt and blue jeans barely rates a second glance from the other Starbucks patrons in downtown San Rafael, although he is one of the men who virtually made the '60s. Because Augustus Owsley Stanley III has spent his life avoiding photographs, few people would know what he looks like.

The name Owsley became a noun that appears in the Oxford dictionary as English street slang for good acid. It is the most famous brand name in LSD history. Probably the first private individual to manufacture the psychedelic, "Owsley" is a folk hero of the counterculture, celebrated in songs by the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan.

For more than 20 years, Stanley -- at 72, still known as the Bear -- has been living with his wife, Sheila, off the grid, in the outback of Queensland, Australia, where he makes small gold and enamel sculptures and keeps in touch with the world through the Internet.

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Chris Keeley

Eight Useless Facts

Eight Useless Facts

Here are the rules:1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves. 3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules. 4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.
Eight facts about me:
1. I used to suck my thumb and it gave me crooked teeth
2. I ate at the same Korean Restaurant once a week for the past 7 years or something.
3. I have a scar on my lip from being hit in the face with a jack-in-the-box when I was six.
4. I post things on forums or this blog sometimes when I am tired and upset and not thinking. Then I regret it later and I have those things removed. And then I try to have the posts removed from search engines.
5. I played the song "Gloria" on the back of Ken Kesey's float in a parade. He was dressed in a bear suit. He almost hit his head on a tree branch.
6. I am painting a couple of paintings right now of "Lolitas"
7. I am sitting in a big mess and it's 100 degrees.
8. I hike up a small mountain once a day if possible.
Okay...this is a dare from mardecortesbaja.com and I'm supposed to post links to eight other blogs and dare them to do it, too. Louise Brooks- maybe she will come back from the dead and speak to us!
John Brownlee at http://www.ectomo.com/
Marshall Sponder at http://www.artnewyorkcity.com/
Mark Fraunfelder at http://www.boingboing.net/
Chris Keeley at Daily Dreamtime
Chris Keeley

Ex-Spector lawyer relents, will testify

Ex-Spector lawyer relents, will testify

Sara Caplan had been held in contempt for refusing to testify about possible mishandled evidence, but the state Supreme Court denied her appeal. She is scheduled to take the stand this afternoon.
By Michael Muskal
Times Staff Writer

10:46 AM PDT, July 12, 2007

A former lawyer for Phil Spector said today she will testify in the music producer's murder trial about whether a defense scientist mishandled evidence.

A day after the state's top court denied her final appeal, Sara Caplan, who represented Spector in the early days of his murder case, appeared this morning before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. The judge said she will testify this afternoon.

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