Thursday, April 26, 2007

After Oscar Reutersvald series

I can't make a quick video post, I'm working on a grants class I'm taking and a series of paintings.

After Oscar Reutersvard series in progress

After Oscar Reutersvard 2

After Oscar Reutersvard series, works in progress. Water media and pencil on Arches paper. About 15" X 22" each.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dude Rocks Out Elvis Costello's "Beyond Belief"

I was looking for the original on You Tube but his cover is excellent.

Fantasia, Prophecy, Wisdom & Poetry

I was listening to class lectures today on my headphones and it got to the part where my professor was reciting Ezekiel 1 4-12. It's a lead in to Ezekiel's call experience where God's chariot appears. ("I looked, a stormy wind blew from the north...")This was written approximately between 593 and 571 BC. It reminded me how Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" was read. It starts with "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..."

I would have to read both pieces over and compare what the authors witnessed as far as the state of society was. I like Ginsberg's description of the modern Moloch- the war machinery that eats babies. It's a horrible description of a debased society, a dehumanization.

Later on I was listening to the Job tracts, specifically Job 40 15-32 to Job 41 1-26. In this context, the Leviathan, explained in class as a crocodile and the Behemoth, most likely a hippopotamus were animals associated with the undesirable old place for Hebrews, Egypt. These water beasts as God told Job, were under God's complete control. This is more heady stuff I want to read again.

Taking a break, having a meal I play Disney's Fantasia in the background. When Amilcare Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours comes on, I am floored to see the Behemoth and Leviathan- performing a ballet. One more thing from popular culture that have strange literary allusions.

Reading the Bible in a narrative literature context is incredibly interesting for me. In Roman Catholic mass, the first and second readings are basically two parts that confirm the prophecy of Jesus Christ the Messiah. On my own though for example, reading Isaiah in its historical context yields a new scenario. Thousands of years of narrative literature that is the Bible is simply way too much for just one semester for me.

I got a B in this class. I missed a few classes while I was chasing fires (I work full time as a firefighter in NYC) and was late for the final. This semester though I'm totally working around school. I wish I wasn't so pompous last semester as to think I can just leave work on time and get to class.

Monday, April 23, 2007

David Halberstam Rest in Peace

I just read online that David Halberstam just died from a car accident in San Francisco. I read his book "The Making of a Quagmire", about the hamlet resettlement program in Vietnam during the JFK administration, for a college class I was taking. The foreign policy at the time was to move the farmers into fortified compounds so they may fight the Communists. The book pointed out a failed policy and brought to light, so to say, the US Government's efforts to conceal the truth. It described the efforts of the US Government to sway farmers to its side during the JFK administration.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Obligatory Blog Post

I started a wiki at PBWiki for the grants class I'm taking at Purchase College. It's private right now, everyone on the grants team is using the same log in. I looked at other sites for the wiki but on a whim I shot Eddie Codel from GETV, Lunch Meet, and an e-mail asking him where he would start one up. Eddie is the videographer from GETV and you actually get to see him in Robert Scoble's Podtech's Lunch Meet. I took his advice and tried out PB Wiki. It's helping out the group I suppose; one of the members asked how he could start one himself and I forwarded the tutorials PB Wiki have set up.

I'm back to a milk egg fish vegetarian diet now and I feel a whole lot flexible. I stopped the red meat and poultry about April 9, 2007. I've done this before. My proudest moment was passing the NYC Firefighter physical test (with about 45 seconds left on the clock and passing all 8 events) in 2000 as a milk egg vegetarian for 8 months prior to it. As far as being strictly vegan, I've tried it for about eight months too and I don't think it's possible with the appetite I have now and my knowledge base I have for vegetarianism. I pretty much stick my old room mate's Recipes For a Small Planet for making food. Most of the time I just use the legume plus pasta protein complement to substitute meat. Recently I found a good source for TVP, a long time staple I used but stopped when the health food store I went to in the Lower East Side closed about 7 years ago (Prana). I've seen the price of organic lentils go from 69 cents to a buck and half in that amount of time!

Part of eating lots of red meat is the group pressure. Firefighting, the brawny man's world of it- involves lots of meat eating and seconds. It's obscene. Steaks, pork chops, chicken cordon bleu, meatballs and sausage, and more. It's there on your plate so you eat it. I don't think the FDNY calendar guys eat like most of the guys on the job. They're like image control, while the rest of us fat guys hide under our bunker gear.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pagers for Security Minded Situations

Pagers are relatively inexpensive and the technology is proven. These devices should be distibuted to security minded situations, schools in context. The instructors at the least should be informed of emergencies. I think having one for each floor, much like each office space has a fire warden, would be an effective way for instructors keep an eye out for her students. Pagers are relatively inexpensive and don't require as much energy usage and signal strength as cellphones. Proven technology can help people.

The technology can be easily implemented and fielded. Right now should be the time to quickly address the issue and implement a solution. I have my doubts this simple solution is acceptable. I think companies will probably shill less tech savvy organizations into buying something overpriced but looks good just to take advantage of the situation.

Compassion and Hope

I was reading about Jochebed, the mother of Moses. She kept Moses alive and within her care as long as she could. At this time the Pharoah had decreed male children of the Hebrew tribe be killed. Moses survived due to his mother compassion and hope. Compassion because she didn't give him up right away. Hope because having run out of choices she built a raft of reeds for him to float down the Nile. Why didn't she just give him up right away? Love and compassion. And then why not just kill or drown him when time passed? She had hope and built a raft.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sad Day

Apparently, American society still believes in having the right to bear arms even though it suffers more from gun related deaths compared to countries like England and Japan.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Got Spashed with a Mouthful of Northeastern Rat Puddle

Yeah, I was about to yell something when I got splashed by a mouthful of Northeastern storm puddle that smelled like drowned rats today. A lot of rats drowned today. The beaches are probably going to be littered with street trash. Plastic bags for sure. I showered and gargled.


Small, originally uploaded by fld1970.


Small people
This was inspired by Jon Coplans (close-ups), Cindy Sherman (some photo of her with chewing gum on her face) and the miniature figures are an idea picked up from David Levinthal.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Don't be Fooled

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I wanted to make quick post about cans. Don't be fooled by cans. Unite and don't be fool. My own footage and the following Internet Archive open source movies: Destination Earth and Voyage To the Prehistoric Planet. 40 second music clips of the following songs: Orbital's "Choice" and "Babaing Walang Kibo". Made with iMovie 4 and Quicktime Pro 7 Apple software.

This post from Noodle Scar is somewhat related.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A post for laughs

Why can't we get along like cats and dogs?

Car Fire

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Motor vehicle fire at 79th St. and southbound exit ramp of West Side Highway. April 10, 2007 at approximately 22:00 hours. FDNY units responded: Battalion Chief, Engine 40, Ladder 22, and Engine 76. One inch and three quarter handline stretch was used from Engine 40, using booster tank. Truck company opened up vehicle so the nozzle team could extinguish the fire in engine compartment and passenger cabin.

I wanted to go to a talk at the NYU Law School. It happened at the same time as the Yahoo Vlogger Meet Up. I went to the Vlogger meet up, had something to eat, talked a bunch, then missed the meeting at the NYU Law School. On the way back home northbound I saw the car on fire on the opposite side. I figured I'd help as a Certified First Responder. When I approached the vehicle the emergency units were there already. So I started taping for documentary purposes.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

3rd Alarm Bronx Fire

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No cuts. I left my studio in Harlem at 2nd alarm. I got to the address at 3rd alarm. The trip took about 30 minutes. I wasn't working; I listen to the scanner for nearby emergencies to document for the FDNY Photo/AV unit.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Fare Thee Well

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People come and go. We matter. We come in different ways but we are the same.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Monday, April 02, 2007

Videoblogging Week Day 2, Money

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I wanted to compare Socially Responsible Investing retirement plans so I went to for help. I found no less than 100 articles on the subject. I want to be pro-union so I don't want to invest in Walmart and union busters. I don't like funding wars so I don't want to place my money in certain diamond companies and weapons contractors. I also don't want to destroy the environment. What caught my eyes was the Domini 400 Social Index. The Domini 400 fund costs more to maintain compared to the S&P 500 Index fund because the stocks are reviewed by real people for social responsibility. So it is great for people who support charities and would like to do more thru Socially Responsible Investing. Apple iMovie 4 and Quicktime Pro 7 for video editing.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Videoblogging Week Day 1, Scary Movie

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Scary movie, remix of Night of the Living Dead and Killers from Outer Space, both from the Internet Archive. Music from Sonic Foundry Acid 2 and Apple Garageband 1. Apple iMovie 4 and Quicktime Pro 7 for video editing.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait