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The Kickstarter Model-- expanded

Get individuals and businesses in need of photo work to pledge toward the purchase of a camera in exchange for discounted services. They invest in you—providing you with the tool you need.

Stringing the witch along was part of what drove me out.

The fragmentation caused by having different parts of the house spread so far apart. Having to put on the façade—behave a certain way—indeed sober up—before entering your own kitchen.

This Ronan guy is the worst. Leaves food packaging on the counter. But he’s so unaware he’s annoying. The night before is was leaving a bunch of dishes. His stuff doesn’t move for long periods. Such inertia. And that strange face. Horrible.
An item selected from my desk drawer

The textbook wall installation.

One dollar a day for half a year form grace’s mom.
Introduce the guided pilgrimage ride.

The California Aqueduct—(include links to all related vignettes.)

The Salton Sea Loop

18 tombs

with path’s shape as a simplified design element.
Wall size satellite image with all but the CAP removed in white.
giving that girl at Lucce the seeds of a successful music program for kids.

Rhythm and melody

Have them build instruments first—bring in simple materials.
favorite moments at Passe—

Sabine cleaning the fish tank in the morning light.

Finding two blue index cards on the table with “I love you.” written on them in ink.

Cinematic patio slow motion walk through with mirror ball effect and perfect female vocalist audio.

You should sill try and identify the tune in that passé binaural recording.
see if they keep the old calendar sheets—ask Tanya—as a reminder of who stayed.

Jorgen Leth-- stars and watercarriers, a Sunday in hell

What’s the next dance piece? Where? It’s a strength man—use it.
For each discrete piece, there should be a gift package. Map of Lake Havasu City for London Bridge for example, artifact and audio notes for each titan tomb. With link to gift in support section.
Setting the tone in the house during your evening shift—strongest for the final Thursday night. Academic.
This thanksgiving I was thankful for the guardrail—a ubiquitous structural element preventing inadvertent falls into dangerous territory. This piece was shot during a there-and-back ride from downtown Tucson to the Arizona Portland Cement plant twenty miles north along the Santa Cruz River. Chronologically ordered.
system designed to keep people or vehicles from (in most cases unintentionally) straying into dangerous or off-limits areas
Shot Thanksgiving Day along the Santa Cruz River between Tucson’s downtown and the Arizona Portland Cement plant twenty miles north. Ordered chronologically.

Hostel Guest List

Saving up Chi

The three French boys

“Don’t look at me, I’m strangely retarded”/ass crack fetal position

East Asian with the two laptops tapping directly into the modem. Sending state secrets back to the mother country

Mom/16 year old daughter/golden retriever in the room after Reka—watching lots of TV

Gorgeous couple in love—big feet, amazing eyes

Marni—Meditated too hard and went out of her mind. Threw her purse out the window of her car. The vitamins she left behind made Kelly sick.

Cathy—cranky well traveled woman. Robe at the breakfast table. Very politically opinionated.

Kelly—obsessed with better times in the past. Nightshirt with no pants. Would talk at you endlessly.

Freya—comments on everything. Making this… wearing this... would tuck her teddy in.

James Giza

Michael P.—really into law enforcement. Shaved head.

Petra—Dutch, tall, colorful. Line drying laundry, folding bike, all smiles.

Hema—arrogant misogynistic prick. BBQ crasher, failed to sweep an ex-girlfriend off her feet

Robyn—old gay fisherman from Alaska. Pissed himself, fell up the front steps, started the day with a Milwaukee’s Best

Erica—thigh high argyle socks, tiny shorts. Supposedly slept with Max. Needed attention, at home on the couch

Victoria—came from a ‘retreat/detox’. English and pretty. Went to Mexico to teach scuba, selling the white van.

Belinda—Australian, very cute, short kimono style dress

Paola—Mexican New Yorker. Came to photograph immigration

Martin—German—here to consult on solar panel installation

Micaela—sexually confused, opinionated hippy chick that Max took on a near-death hike.

Morgan—worked for whole foods, a little too into nutrition and microbrews. Got burned by a girl.

Tanya—fired from SCC. Big on sharing food. Rainbows and unicorns, strange deflective façade. Getting by on smiles. Blesses everything in Hebrew. in the doorway wearing only a towel. Dreads and some cut shoulders and back.

Blonde Latvian sorority princess here to look at Psychology PHD program.

Reka—maybe the best smelling female ever. Lingering presence. Intoxicating sent. Gorgeous. Hungarian.

Jazzy Jazz—really into scooters and weed. Vet. Lots of knowledge on the system and how to exploit it.

Sky—the witch

Tiffany—a fresh face when we needed it most. Face glasses come down. Dressing young for her age. A bit trashy but totally sexy.

Ronan—did me in. Always surrounded by trash. Lots of time in the couch. Irish.

Super smart guy here to to a seminar on a new theory on the expansion of the universe.

Kimya—long term sourpuss.

Kate and Tristin—part of the origial staff when I joined. The sounds of brief uninspired sex. Joining the special forces. Kate becomes pregnant.

Eliza—French. Relationship with Justin. Helping with CAP

Cowboy David


Crazy Helicopter Mike--

Dom and Tony—form Buffalo, making rap vids with nice cameras.

Three British Girls

The Bookbinder—shortest stay ever

4 18-year-old boys road tripping from Idaho. Constantly looking for weed.

Sin—into cigars, bourbon and Hondas.

Josh—glasses, totally out of it. went a little crazy

Jimmy—Brooklyn. Ate frozen pizza—smoked on the back deck—broke my pipe

Awkward Jewish Boston hitchhike fail

Ace—gay with Jonsie. Backwoods eating. Killed a deer with his hands

Drew—fat slob eating wings within two feet. Heavy on the keyboard

Lisa—“I gotta get outta here” but actually I love it here.

John E. (Johnny) amplifier headphones—selective attention/listening

Fat cancer music engineer and wife—all day plans to acquire social services

Jeff—through hike radionics

Conception- surly faith healing old woman. ‘Cured’ Sean’s back pain with the power of jesus

Julien-- the rude French guy—lancing an infected foot in the dining room, starting heated political debates and trying to get someone to go in on some pasta with him (already ate at the senior’s center and before that had jack in the box—standing there in a walker and a brown sweater.)

Claire—English girl living in LA—studying the ways of the honeybee. Looked great in that off the shoulder 80’s outfit.

The hot couple from Belgium—with her dark hair and their dark clothing

The biker with the handlebar stash who took the cell phone image of you—story of his “girl” getting kidney stones on their ride.

Jared—dreaded Canadian street performer—got a bad tattoo

Doug—the old prospector to be—was once a monk, crazy white beard—piercing blue eyes

From Sameer:

make a list.

one for tucson,

and one for staying with eric and i.

the things that you do there,

and the things you hope to do here.

send it to me.

then think about what you want to accomplish over the next year or so,

and which locale is more accommodating to that vision.

write it out,

and send it to me.

where will the day to day

fulfill the big picture.

that is the question.

and we will find the answer.
Exit Tucson One: the one-month plan
I’d work a total of eight more shifts at the hostel throughout the month of December—Wednesday nights and Thursday mornings through the 23rd. $125 dollars in food stamps is included in the deal. This, plus my own stamps and cash in the bank should provide for the increased nutritional demands of a month crammed with long-distance rides to as many titan sites as possible. Although it’s unlikely I’d reach all 18, this high intensity approach is conducive to great work. Between Christmas and the new year, I’d pack up belongings, mailing many of them to Davis, then follow on the train with the bike. During a brief Davis layover, I’d reconnect with the brownlands, see the family, meet with Edith, and use Brett CC’s camera and product photography skills to document the “artifacts” I’ve collected over the past ten months. With these images, lots of raw footage, new water tower audio recordings, and endless topics to write on—I’d move myself to San Jose to join the Topeka house sometime before my birthday.
First priority in San Jose would be the processing of accumulated material—mostly editing and writing, with some structural and conceptual changes to the project, reflected on the website. A much needed flushing out. Attention would then turn to funding the next major equipment upgrade: a DSLR camera to replace the camcorder. Additionally, much of my existing touring equipment has been worn ragged and needs replacing. The bike is tired. The rest of my time and energy would go to you and Eric—training rides, dance parties and drugs.

The strongest hesitation I have regarding this scenario is that it represents a clear break from the eastward push—its effectively a retreat, a turning back, when I’ve committed to staying the course. This might not be important to anyone else, but as yet another interruption of what’s designed to be sustained movement in one direction, it would be a blow to confidence and the integrity of the Thread.

Exit Tucson Two: the second term plan (6+ months)
If the first Tucson term was the hostel, the second term would be work at Café Passe—a position I’ve already secured but have some reservations about. Many of the same goals would apply, but it’s clear that balancing an artistic practice with wage labor is incredibly difficult and, although the work would continue, it would be at a much slower pace. The café isn’t exactly a cash cow and in a few months I’d seek to increase income by establishing a delivery service with product imported from California. Of course many uncertainties remain concerning this option.
Staying beyond the new year here in the desert would mean establishing my own household—a move that represents a settling—a domestication with uncertain implications. I’d likely continue dancing a lot, and seeing Grace, although lately my attention has wandered and I’m not convinced we’d stay together. There would be plenty of time to complete the 18 Tombs pilgrimage tour as well as the other ongoing projects based here—CAP, climbing Mt. Lemmon, and a few others—although, again, the overall pace of Thread related work would be slower. I’d hold out here (conceivably as much as a year) until I’d acquired the DSLR, gotten the touring equipment in shape, and set aside enough money to take me all the way to New York.
Additional disorganized thoughts:

I have some good friends here but obviously no one like you or Eric. You understand the work and I think I’d benefit from having someone familiar with the project goals to bounce around ideas with. Grace is really the only one here for which the work makes much sense. But I actually really like this city and feel at home here. Living in the city center has many benefits and as an urban environment, I think I’d prefer it to San Jose. There are some serious climbing rides just outside the city that have kept me conditioned. Also, it should be said that the females here are top notch. I’ve never been anywhere where the girls have diverged into so many unique types—each sexy and sophisticated in their own way. This seems like a blessing but it’s also a major distraction. There’s more but here's a start.

A single strand of blonde hair left behind the night before.
The bicycle communities in many urban centers are drifting further into tribal behavior. Unlike the nearly ubiquitous automobile culture, there is mutual respect between most cyclists in a given territory.
Write on Tuesday night ride.

Write on sickness and injury during your time in the desert.

Notes: The Ecotechnic Future:
Today the modern industrial economy seems as permanent as any human reality can be. That sense of permanence, though, is an illusion.
Daily—84 million barrels of oil

12.5 million tons of coal

8 billion cubic meters of natural gas

equals as much energy as one-fifth the sunlight absorbed by all the world’s green plants each day.

In hindsight, the entire period from 1980 to 2005 will likely be seen as one of history’s supreme blind alleys.
The crisis of our time can be understood as an unrecognized manifestation of a common ecological pattern.
Resource depletion and pollution aren’t accidental outcomes of industrialism. They are hardwired into the system: the faster resources turn into pollution, the more the industrial economy prospers, and vice versa.
…social change may also be shaped and driven by ecological factors, rather than being purely a matter of collective human decisions.
Even if a society accepts the hard limits of ecological reality, it will still fail if another society competes for the same resource base more effectively.
scarcity industrialism—the age of salvage—the ecotechnic age
Only when coal and oil are rare curiosities, and the remaining legacies of the industrial age no longer play a significant economic role, will ecotechnic societies some into their own.

Incremental changes and experimentation rather than a imposing a rigid break with the past.

Sprawling Sun Belt cities with little water and no resources will shrivel and die as the energy that keeps them going sputters and goes out…
It’s not accidental that Brittan, the first nation-state to break through to industrialism, was also one of the first western states to form a coherent national identity.
Easy travel and mass media, at this point, provide most of the glue that holds the United States together, and the breakdown of that glue will likely see the unraveling of the United States as a focus of collective identity.
The triumph of the market economy over culture:

A faux mass culture designed by marketing experts, produced in factories and sold over the newly invented mass media, elbowed aside the new and still fragile national culture of the United States and then set to work on the regional and local cultures the latter had just begun to supplant.

Culture death is usually by force:

… what the American experience shows is that people can also be bribed by prosperity and cajoled by advertising into doing the same thing.

A nation that has sold its culture for a shiny plastic counterfeit risks a double loss if that counterfeit pops like a soap bubble in its collective hands. Equally, a people that has come to see itself as a passive consumer of culture, rather than its active maker and transmitter, may have very few options left when the supply of manufactured culture runs out.
The unraveling of today’s industrial society can be expected to take place against the tempo of ordinary life.
The new human ecologies that emerge in the aftermath of our age will not be more evolved than industrialism; they will simply be different.

Evolution is a process of adjustment to circumstances, not a ticker to Utopia; to expect something different from it this time around is to bet the future on the fantasy that a miracle will bail humanity out from the consequences of its own mistakes.

The currents of change shaping today’s world … will not be interrupted by miracles.
The global drawdown of resources erases the possibility that societies of the future will be able to duplicate the industrial model as it now exists.
This is a super important point. The resources have been spent. Emergy or embodied energy. The energy is in the structures that will persist into the future. Relics from the period of greatest energy use by a singe species in the history of the earth.
Archeologists around the world recognize the distinctive traces of a collapsed society, and one of these is the recycling of old structures for new uses.
… made their cooking fires and their simple pottery in the midst of crumbling splendor.

… when a civilization breaks down, the most efficient economies are most often those that use its legacies as raw material.

… the most abundant source of readily accessible emergy consists of the material remains of the collapsed civilization.
Industrial society contains much that is worth saving alongside much that belongs in history’s dumpster.
Solvitur ambulando—“it is solved by walking” or “you’ll find the answer as you go.”

Dissensus is not simply the vacuum left by a lack of consensus. It has its own methods, value and style, and its results differ in kind from those of consensus or other methods of decision-making such as majority rule. The most creative periods in the arts are generally times of dissensus; it is precisely when innovative minds reject the consensus or the majority opinion of their time and strike out along the lines of their own individual aspirations that the most innovative cultural creations come into being. Nearly all great artists are masters of dissensus, and so is the greatest artist of all, Nature.

The best society imaginable cannot survive if the conditions in which it must exist do not support it of favor some other society more.
Many modern residences make room for sleeping, consuming manufactured products and very little else—a staging area for consumption.
A building exists in time as well as space, and it grows and changes throughout its life from the first clearing of the site to the last swing of the wrecking ball.
Other demands for resources in the decades ahead of us will inevitably take precedence over the massive re-engineering project needed to replace the suburbs, or urban and rural landscapes that duplicate its car-dependent features.
The United States has spent most of the last century moving as much as possible of the household economy into the market sphere.

The availability of cheap abundant energy was the most significant factor contributing to this shift. It primarily required the building of the interstate highway system and truck based delivery network.

141- The beliefs, as devoutly held as any other religion, that history progresses straight to us, that any other social arrangement is simply some version of our own outmoded past and that our peculiar way of managing human communities is thus as inevitable as it is necessarily beneficent.

A central fact at this juncture of history is that the way things have been in the world’s industrial societies over the last century or so is wildly abnormal by the standards of the rest of human history. The transition away from that abnormal experience to a more normal one—from an economy of abundance to one that is limited by scarce and expensive energy—is beginning now.

The societies of the “post-industrial world” are just as dependent on industry as they have ever been; they simply export the industries to the Third World countries where labor is cheap and environmental regulation nonexistent, and continue to reap the benefits back home.

153—on abundant fossil fuels making It more profitable to replace human labor with a machine. This is still people’s definition of a more advanced technology—one that requires less human skill and effort to operate. Points to the fully automated fantasy future.
The innovation fallacy—it’s a common belief that technological innovation can always trump resource limits, but history shows otherwise.
Since it takes energy to concentrate energy, the net energy of renewables is relatively low, and so trying to collect and concentrate them in order to power the extravagant needs of a modern industrial society is like trying to make a river flow uphill.
The paradox of production: This effect unfolds from the awkward fact that all alternative energy resources depend on an economy and an industrial system powered by fossil fuels, especially petroleum. “energy subsidy”
The end of the energy subsidy will inevitably impose drastic changes in the availability of materials and the feasibility of manufacturing processes.
Only in the eyes of those seeking Utopia is unfettered local power always a good thing
…tourists of the far future will likely stroll among the fallen skyscrapers of Pheonix or Las Vegas as their equivalents today visit Teotihuacan of Chaco Canyon.
When human beings set out to re-engineer a nonhuman ecosystem to suit their own preferences, all to often they assume that their new ecosystem will remain stable, balanced and healthy and give them what they want. The results of this display of hubris are usually disastrous—and the same thing is commonly true of attempts to re-engineer human societies along similar lines.
Related—story on reengineering the gulf and the Mississippi delta to be an industrial port then wondering why the health of the place plummets.

A civilization enters decline, in turn, when its dominant minority looses the ability to inspire and settles for the power to coerce. As it’s role as a source of inspiration dwindles, so does its role as the focus of mimesis.

197—on the retreat of fine art into the realm of obscurantism.
…like every other aspect of contemporary life, the information technologies that underlie this access to cultural resources depend on cheep fossil fuels, and more broadly on the survival of complex technologies that will be unsustainable after the industrial age.
The most obvious difficulty is that the forms now used to store information depend on specific technologies dependent on the industrial system.
I suspect this should be reflected in your work. A viable way of preserving cultural knowledge from the industrial age might be in establishing a spiritual practice base on visiting, with reverence, key relics built during this time.
Cultural conservers: individuals who take personal responsibility for preserving some part of the world’s cultural heritage.

In your case it’s the structures and landscapes created during the industrial age.
For a cultural tradition to survive in an age of decline, it needs to find a constituency that values it enough to put the survival of the tradition ahead of more immediate needs.

Motivation for cultural conservation is almost always drawn from religious beliefs.


The belief in progress redefined religion as a movement for personal and collective betterment instead of contacting spiritual realities that transcend the human world entirely.

The practical benefits of science must be weighed in the balance against the dehumanizing effects of scientific reductionism and horrific results of technology run amok in the service of ambition and greed.

It is when the questions that science can answer are treated as the only questions worth asking, and when the picture of the world that can be gained by scientific inquiry is mistaken for the world itself, that science begins to transform itself from a means of inquiry to an ideology destructive to all those human values that lie outside its scope.

Human limits, not human power, define the situation we face today because the technological revolutions and economic boom times that most modern people take for granted were a product, not of science or such intangibles as “the human spirit,” but simply of a brief period of extravagance in which we squandered half a billion years of stored sunlight. The power we claimed, in other words, was never really ours, and we never “conquered” nature; instead, we raided as much of her carbon assets as we could reach and went on a spending spree three centuries long.

The end of the road for nearly all cultural trends that have guided the industrial world since the revolutions of the 18th century.

In the near future, as the failure of progress becomes harder to miss, the need for new visions of the future may become an overwhelming force.

Wired from all the exercise but completely exhausted

Still smell like bleach

Itchy in the bed—crumbs

Edits to the fingernails

Major structural changes

Emotionally cold

“Love will guide you”

unable to work with Grace looking over my shoulder. She suggests this might be why I always leave luce in a bad mood. To divide my attention is to get nothing done. And it feels like a waste of time.
Like the silver keyboard: fetish object
Take a yoga class

Quit passé


Notes from Greer

Mail DVDs

Export ‘tailings’

Export lapse leftovers

Move link way down the page.

Download audio—try with guardrail.

Walk completely around the perimeter of the construction site



Ask ran about the physicality gained from working on his land.

Thanksgiving ride highlights:

Woman pushes a man in a wheelchair out into a parking lot. Something around her neck, presumably a necklace, projects light patterns across his back.

The elevated section of trail trough the Santa Cruz wash—Northbound: flying along with a flock of birds. Southbound: keeping pace with a mountain biker down below, his dog running beside him.
Dec. 7, 2010: hell is other people. Record audio daily—a tighter routine. Use the binaurals as separable L/R channel pickups. Image of the bikes leaning against the stone wall beneath the A—city in the background. (“A” mountain, aka sentinel peak, is strange for outsiders when locals refer to it without explanation.) More with the structures under construction. Afternoon reflections off the buildings. Throwing yourself over the hoods of large automobiles. Taking liberties. One’s own moral code. A ten-day ride connecting titan sites.
Shoot another ‘about me’ page header image—with bicycle.

Fax to Loan holder

Cancel Arizona medical insurance
The bicycle is the best example of appropriate technology I can think of. This makes it a nice structural element of the project as its usefulness and beneficial qualities are displayed again and again.
Take another audio recording from the top of A. train passing for the series. Maybe late so the road noise is less.
Walk around the downtown construction site.
18-tombs of titan II—monologue—reading sealing process from titan book. Or from tales. This with images of the sites in their current state.
Are we fond of the children?
Ran dangling the virtual reality existence. (the holodeck will be our last invention)

Weirdness with the phone—loosing it, swearing it off for a moment of respite, folding, then immediately becoming tied to it for Sabine’s call. Like I’m being punished for going back on what I pledged.

Watching Inception at the hostel—Grace has a lucid dream, James has a prison anxiety nightmare.
Data visualization guru does mortality/income—countries of the world—200 years. “I see a clear trend toward a future where all may reach the rich/healthy corner”

With no mention of the role of fossil energy in getting everyone there (except the indistrial revolution)—what we must visualize is the next 200 years where declining energy resources take back the progress. Did the representative size of the population bubbles grow with population increase?

with aid, trade, greentechnology and peace—we can all make it to the rich/healthy corner.”
And a comment: a reader just sent me a gallery of "urban decay" photos, and it occurs to me that you almost never see images of modern ruins with green stuff growing through the cracks. The photographers seem to purposely go in winter when everything is brown and dead looking. I think there's a taboo! If the ruins are bleak and lifeless, then human civilization is the only game in town, and we have to bring back all the seamless buildings and pavement. But if there's green stuff growing through the cracks, then the collapse of our civilization is not such a bad thing, and might even be an improvement.
Write voiceover script for eighteen tombs

The hardships of today do not represent a dip in some regular cycle of financial push-me-pull-you. This is a systemic, structural change in the socio-economic ecology of human life.

1-866-BREVILLE (1-866-273-8455) 8am to 5pm Pacific Time

Email the Wilson’s

Juicer repair

Cover art for ‘Dinosaurs On Mars’—mid January—take image in or around San Jose—eric’s 13mp camera.

Mailings—see list above ‘stage three DVD recipients’—add Emily, Tom, and Lisa

The collapse of complex societies—‘library liberation’

They’ll stop whaling when they can make more money selling the entertainment of an escalating pirate battle in the southern ocean. “we drove this thing around the world as fast as we can—now we’ll break it in half for entertainment. we’re packaging and selling our asses direct action—making it seem trite.
I presume it was a good time to press the reset button. Honestly, I’m not sure.
‘World Without Sun’—documentary on Conshelf Two. An underwater architectural ruin.
Do a series of voiceover pieces for all ongoing projects—good for various forms of distribution—a useful habit to cultivate. Use what was learned during the Kickstarter experience.
The decline effect: The truth wears off.
Call Jessica Iverson/Alex

Schedule medical card appointment


Thursday 80’s night—ATOMIC

Get in touch with Carry Lin

Call dispensaries re delivery

Put together a sampler DVD for distribution
Longer-term reminders

Brooks bar tape—middle of Jan.

Brake levers—?
To Acquire:

Cycling shoes

Running Shoes?

Backpacking mat

California ID/driver’s license

Medical card

Replacement binaurals/windscreens

Replace bike light

The Titan Circles

The circle as symbol of continuity and the cyclical nature of the universe.

Suggestions from the girl at Macy’s


Norte Poland

Projects for San Jose:

Titan Circles

Reka DVD and mailings

New donation gift posts

Compile ‘last days’ into proposal

University of Corsica proposal

UCSD application

Grant proposal

Get a job

At the south end of the Bay:

Power plant

At least two major wastewater treatment plants

Salt evaporation ponds

Abandoned quarry

Ghost towns/relic bridges

Aqueduct crossing

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

560 South First Street

San Jose, CA 95113

Tel: 408.283.8155

Regular Gallery Hours

Tues – Fri: 10am - 5pm

Sat: 12pm - 5pm

First Friday of the Month: 10am - 10pm

Amsterdam's Garden Cannabis Club

1174 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

Leads from Elaine:

510 S. First Street, San Jose Ca 95113 Phone: 998-ARTE Fax: 998-2817

Fred Salas

Program Coordinator - Performance & Literary Arts

(408) 286-8695 | fred(at)maclaarte(dot)org
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design

366 So. First Street map

San Jose, CA 95113


Cherri and Bryon

Citadel Studios

855 N. Fifth St., San Jose, CA, 95112

Artist Studios & Functioning Cannery

Community access television

re: production job


re: barista position


The shootings of Congresswoman Giffords and all the others took place in front of a Safeway Supermarket in a strip mall in a city of strip malls and housing subdivisions - many of them failing financially. It must be unbelievably difficult for a young person to make sense of such an incoherent environment and such cruel swindling culture. A society that habitually and incessantly lies to itself is apt to choke to death on its internal contradictions. Jared Lee showed an unusual concern for language and literacy. His videos were all words, no pictures. I wonder if the word SAFEWAY flashed through his brain when he pulled the trigger.

My ex-girlfriend is visiting the Bay Area and emailed suggesting we, “grab coffee this week and catch up.” I reported this to a friend who asked what the pretext for getting together would have been before there was coffee?” I didn’t have an answer for him, but the thought of a world without espresso made me cringe.
Yes, coffee brings people together. It also stimulates the intellect and facilitates the exchange of ideas so where there’s coffee there’s often conversation. Face to face discourse is becoming increasingly rare in an age of digital communication. If we’re to remain a civil society, we must look each other in the eye once in a while. Why not do it over coffee and a scone?
The café (and I’m thinking of the European ideal here—only occasionally duplicated in the states) is the public space where coffee is most often enjoyed. Almost everything about the café experience, from the lighting to the furniture, says slow down. In an increasingly fast paced and fragmented world, a beverage meant to be savored is a blessing.
Finally, the antioxidant content of coffee should not be ignored. With cancer rates on the rise and a generation of people who have logged countless hours with electronic devices an inch from their brains, a substance that helps tackle those free radicals should find its way into each of our lives. Here’s to not getting cancer—drink up!
Ride to Santa Barbara

It’s 321 miles from San Jose to Santa Barbara

5 days
Through King City makes it around 275 miles

4 days?
Tom Kiefer

531 Solana Ave

Ajo, AZ 85321

New Donation Gifts:

Stainless steel ring

Found on the side of the road covered in grease. Presumably from an automobile.

Since become a fetish object

Petroleum sphere

Found on a dirt trail crossing San Gorgonio Pass.

Tucson Feathers

All the feathers I found during my stay in the desert.

Polyamide Fabric—received as anonymous gift, April 29, 2010 at the Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ.
Incineration and recycling

Various nylons break down in fire and form hazardous smoke, and toxic fumes or ash, typically containing hydrogen cyanide. Incinerating nylons to recover the high energy used to create them is usually expensive, so most nylons reach the garbage dumps, decaying very slowly. Some recycling is done on nylon, usually creating pellets for reuse in the industry, but this is done at a much lower scale.

Stainless Steel Target Plate

Free standing sculpture or wall mount

In Japan, individuals who photograph industrial sites belong to a subculture called Kojo Moe. The "geeky hobby" is another example of the Japanese compulsion to document artifacts of the industrial age. Also see Hashima Island.
When looking into this we were also reminded of the abandoned former coal mining hub that was Hashima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture, re-opened to tourists last year. Domestic sightseeing might just be going industrial…
Guadalupe River Trail

Photograph Late afternoon. Concrete structures. Vegetation. Failed/abandoned utopian city’s river promenade. The terracing, the concrete pillars.

Polybutadiene Sphere—found March 15, 2010 crossing San Gorgonio Pass

Images of circular objects and surface features found within Titan II launch compounds. Ideally installed as a looped video projection accompanied by quality audio reproduction, particularly at the lower frequencies.

This series in intended to supplement ongoing documentation of the site at seasonal intervals. And inspire me to upgrade my camera.

Who steals someone’s bike light at rush hour dusk? Good luck out there with all the angry divers who can’t see you. You forgot to steal the clip asshole—don’t you have a flashlight at home?
On the challenger disaster

(in his address) The president touched upon previous explorers such as Francis Drake, who he said had also paid the ultimate price for their bravery. It was a message many commentators said summed up the national sense of disbelief that space travel could be fallible.

Occurring on your birthday, a pivotal event putting an end to the fantasy that our journey to the stars was inevitable—a foregone conclusion.
The Topeka house could really be a wonderful thing to offer couchsurfing travelers. We could screen films, there are plenty of instruments to play, there’s a market around the corner, we’re interesting people. Could bring in some stuff from the hostel to formalize it.

Now there’s a bike to borrow.

Packaging for Reka—plastic sleeve with paper insert. Pages cut from Japanese architecture book.
Update burn the furniture with plan/diagram outlining billboard felling operation.
concentrated hydrochloric/sulphuric/nitric acids

Nitric acid and concentrated hydrochloric acid can dissolve steel or iron.

Trihedron Unipole Billboard

W=18m,H=6m,H1=15m, D=1.0m,

The structure of billboard is rolled steel

with galvanized.

Outdoor advertising is the oldest form of advertising and with the continued fragmentation of the media market, outdoor is growing in importance in media mixes all over the world. It is no secret that outdoor is by far the most cost effective form of advertising. Outdoor has the BEST IMPACT, the BEST COST PER THOUSAND, the BEST REACH & FREQUENCY, THE BEST CONTINUITY, the BEST TARGETABILITY of any medium in the advertising industry. It does not discriminate whatsoever. The population as a whole is targeted. Long term exposure and creative impact of billboards, build deep reach during advertising campaigns making them the perfect medium for building long term market presence. Located on major arteries, billboards are past frequently by the same consumers as they commute to and from work. Broad social trends favour outdoor advertising compared to most other media, because people are spending fewer hours at home with traditional media and more time in their cars. Our fast-paced society is always on the move. Outdoor advertising works well. You cannot turn it of, throw it away or click on to the next page. The message is reaching the customers everywhere, all the time, every day. Outdoor penetrates areas were the advertiser’s coverage is limited or unavailable. Due to the following reasons there has been growth in the advertising market: Advertisements on television and radio are too condensed and sometimes do not reach their target market. Research has shown that the public gets annoyed when advertisements interrupt their leisure time, due to information overload. Media fragmentation, not only on television but also in the printed media, has made it increasingly difficult for advertisers to reach their target market.

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