Monday, April 26, 2010

Farting Preacher

It boggles my mind that working folks sent MILLIONS of their hard earned dollars to this shameless snake oil charlatan. Some good laughs here! John

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ford Start concept car

I think this Ford concept car looks very fresh and creative, futurisitic in a "cute" VW Bug-like manner yet "sleek" for such a small vehicle. Excellent work Ford! John

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Wonderful Old (now burnt out) Electric Jesus Wall Hanging

It seems that today, after finally trying once again, I "get" how to download from my new, barely used videocam by by-passing the software that it came with that never worked right or simply froze. So I am having fun playing with the interactions between that and YouTube to get a "feel" for what I can pursue later on creatively. So here is a goofy little bit of practice using a silent clip I shot some years back using my old Olympus camera. Enjoy, John

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I think this Citroen hybrid sedan is stunning!

Aerodynamic Enterprise Model in Progress

For years I've loved the notion of Federation starships being capable of true atmospheric flight, and how the U.S.S. Voyager toyed with that concept by putting the warp nacelles at the tip of rudimentary wings vs. the traditional pylons. A few years ago I began this new one I call the Enterprise G, with forward swept wings, canards, vertical stabilizer fins supporting the warp nacelles, and with the main disc section upfront generating lift due to its airfoil cross section. It has been back-burned a couple of years after I discounted an alternative design someone suggested that made it very Romulan warbird-like, but will give it a deep cleaning then put in on my work table to avoid the "out of sight out of mind" trap I too often fall into in my ADDHD frenzy. Once it is fully assembled, I will spray it a VERY light gray to help tie together visually the various components, then apply decals, then "age" it by rubbing it with dry soil and dry ash from my fire pit before applying a clear sealant. Enjoy....I love the basic design and hope others do too. John

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Men at Work

I have loved this song ever since it came out in the 80s, but I had no idea that a hokey-yet-creative video was released then too.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quail Egg Treats (because I can't spell "hors duerves")

My Japanese Corturnix quail have begun laying lots of eggs, which I both enjoy in my diet, and sell. Tonight I thought of a new way (for me) to enjoy them. Hard-boiled, drained, then cooled, they are delicious dipped into soy sauce with wasabi, then tossed in my mouth, shell and all. The shells are thin and very easily chewed and thus are a great source of dietary calcium. Plus those shells added a very nice texture to my decadent snack. Next, I will pickle some hard boiled ones in home-brewed kombucha tea with herbs as I love pickled eggs period. I have not made sushi/sashime for easily a year....this surge in quail eggs has inspired me to correct that. John
I loved this song when it came out last year, had never heard of 'Basement Jaxx'. I love their stage presence and visuals. Cool to see Yoko rocking out with them at the age of 76, and that young people are so often liking her "out there" stuff as I have since 1970. Great video. John

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sinead "Nothing Compares To You"

The simple, honest, elegance and power of this stellar live performance leaves me in awe of her. John

Caddy Shack: Dinner at Bushwood

I cherish this movie! Awesome short selection. John

"Magic 8" Allergy Tea

I discovered this remarkably effective herbal tea treatment for allergies in the spring of 2003...fifteen years in Denver had wiped out my immunity to Tampa's infamous spring oak pollen that literally coats cars etc. with a yellow visible allergy reaction was debilitating. Claritan and all those make me feel creepy, plus I believe in addressing root causes. This tea has no ephedra or other symptoms seems to go right to the heart of the problem. One tea bag per WEEK for three weeks "fixed" my oak I get just a slight touch of sneezes then that stops. Last spring, Sweety, like many Tampa dogs, reacted both with respiratory issues plus a heart-breaking skin inflammation that led to hot spots. But just one cup of the tea from one tea bag, mixed into her daily high fiber stew, weekly for three weeks, also "fixed" her. I have turned many Tampa friends onto it for them and their dogs and they too are walking commercials for it. I find the listing of herbs on the box intriguing. I get 24 tea bags for $4.99 at the "Oceanic Market" (a huge Chinese market with a loyal following) in downtown Tampa. But I am guessing other Asian stores would carry it, plus maybe one can buy it on-line. So if you are enduring "allergy hell" I enthusiastically suggest you give it a try! John

Monday, April 12, 2010


Let's see....mass murderers George Bush and Dick Cheney get annual pensions and high-end "socialized medical care" for life, courtesy of the taxpayers, and now this fiasco. Yet any American can get in a world of trouble for growing one cannabis plant! "Land of the free"? Yeah, right.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Flowers as Sculptures

Some years back my friend Theresa invited me to join her and friends to see the Tampa Camellia Society spring show. I was entranced by the remarkably varied forms that, for me, compensated for the near-total lack of fragrance. The white spiral one is breathtaking in its perfection. All the pics in my blogs are clickable to enlarge them...enjoy! John

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Heart of Glass

I LOVED this song in the 70s when I was a newly out, magic mushroom-crazed, gay hippie art major disco slut hanging out in gay bars in Ybor City here in Tampa. I still love to dance to this song, I still love the lyrics, and am glad I found this well done video to enjoy nowadays while altered and dancing in my underwear. Enjoy! John

Nothing Compares to You

I'd forgotten what a lovely touching song this is, and was pleased to find this elegantly minimalistic video. Enjoy, John

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hilarious Dance Video

I'd forgotten that a couple of years ago I went mental over this video after a guy at the great cars forum posted the link....then I remembered tonight. Wonderfully "bad". Great dance song!!!

Growing "Wish Trees"

I am delighted that this sublime participatory art exhibit by Yoko Ono has been so well received wherever it has gone around the world for years now. I experienced it in Miami in 2002 at the then-travelling "YES Yoko Ono" retrospective of 40 years of her astounding, Zen-like creativity....they used a ficus tree there at that Miami gallery. I think this might be an interesting thing to do in our own yards. John

Re-Legalize Cannabis Now!

It seems clear that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson smoked cannabis and Jefferson grew it at Monticello. George Washington advocated growing it, and in private letters discussed separating the female plants from the male plants NOT suitable for smoking. It was on the U.S. Pharmacopeia until under the table dealings by the liquor industry with Congress, and Randolph Hearst, got it rendered illegal as a condition for re-legalizing alcohol and to protect Hearst's forest holdings for paper making (he was weary of most paper in the US, even for Bibles, being made from cannabis). Anti-cannabis laws are what have ravaged millions of American's lives for 70 years now, NOT the cannabis itself, which has been openly enjoyed and praised by respected folks, like Carl Sagan. (see his treatise below). If you and I cannot enjoy a natural herb grown and enjoyed and esteemed by the Founding Fathers, this is hardly "the land of the free". If monstrous, traiterous war criminals like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld can face NO legal consequences for their murderous deceits and edicts, and instead get lifelong pensions AND "socialized medical care" paid for by you and me, then Americans can sure as hell enjoy the simple, life-enhancing gift from nature called cannabis! The human brain has canabinoid receptors, plus makes its own cannabinoids, so it is clear we share an evolutionary relationship with this sublime plant. Time for widespread civil disobedience on the matter...grow it and smoke it in defiance of the War Machine that empowers the rich and gets the rest of us impoverished or killed or rendered too fearful to discover and express our highest selves.


Carl Sagan's essay on cannabis:

Below are a few citations from an essay that astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in 1969 for Marihuana Reconsidered, a book published by Dr. Lester Grinspoon. At that time Sagan was 35 years old. He continued using cannabis for the rest of his life. "The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I had never much appreciated before. The understanding of the intent of the artist which I can achieve when high sometimes carries over to when I'm down. This is one of many human frontiers which cannabis has helped me traverse." "A very similar improvement in my appreciation of music has occurred with cannabis. For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint. I have since discovered that professional musicians can quite easily keep many separate parts going simultaneously in their heads, but this was the first time for me. Again, the learning experience when high has at least to some extent carried over when I'm down. The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so. Cannabis also enhances the enjoyment of sex - on the one hand it gives an exquisite sensitivity, but on the other hand it postpones orgasm: in part by distracting me with the profusion of image passing before my eyes. The actual duration of orgasm seems to lengthen greatly, but this may be the usual experience of time expansion which comes with cannabis smoking." "I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate." "When I'm high I can penetrate into the past, recall childhood memories, friends, relatives, playthings, streets, smells, sounds, and tastes from a vanished era. I can reconstruct the actual occurrences in childhood events only half understood at the time. Many but not all my cannabis trips have somewhere in them a symbolism significant to me which I won't attempt to describe here, a kind of mandala embossed on the high. Free-associating to this mandala, both visually and as plays on words, has produced a very rich array of insights."

"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."

This Woman's Sculptures Are Breathtakingly Creative and Ethereal! John

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Very Cool Cadillac Concept Cars Over The Years

Bush, Cheney, Blair, Rice, Powell, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld need to pay for their shocking crimes

.....yet all enjoy lifetime pensions and "socialized" medical care paid for by US citizens. This article gives me hope we will see them in orange jump suits at the Hague. John