Sunday, November 25, 2007

Malibu Burns Again

Stunning photos from another stunning disaster.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lamp Parts

I got a boat load of old lamp parts in the mail today so that when I return from NYC in two weeks, I'll be able to put together a few more chandeliers. I washed the pieces and set them in the sun to dry. The sun and the cut glass begged for photographs to be taken.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Silversun Pickups

I've been doing a little work for Mtv lately on their 52 band series. Each week they shoot promos for and promote on air a different band. Being past forty, I've not heard of any of them. We did an amusing series with a band called Silversun Pickups a few weeks ago involving a groovy modern house in the valley, slumber partying groupies, pancake eating dog, ping pong playing panda and TP-ing Carson Daly's house. A few screen captures from the night's festivities illustrate the fun.
  • Siversun Pickups sing Lazy Eye
  • Crocodile Tears

    Earlier today, a tearful President George Bush delivered his brief Veterans' Day speech in Waco, Texas at a memorial service for four fallen soldiers. However, as FOX White House correspondent Wendell Goler pointed out afterwards, the President plans to veto - and continue vetoing - an extra $3.5 billion for veterans' benefits that the Democrats have added into the most recent defense appropriation bill

    Thursday, November 08, 2007

    Thanks, George

    " The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday publicly held U.S. debt breached $9 trillion this week for the first time ever, just five weeks after Congress had raised the statutory borrowing limit.

    At the end of September, U.S. President George W. Bush signed a measure to increase the debt limit ceiling to $9.815 trillion from $8.965 trillion, allowing the government to keep issuing debt.

    The increase in the debt limit is the fifth since Bush took office in January 2001. The U.S. debt stood at about $5.6 trillion at the start of his presidency."

    $3.5 Trillion dollars in seven years. And NOW he's claiming fiscal responsibility.

    And from the new recall of toys from China, AmericaBlog comments: "All we need now to make this even crazier is to listen to Republicans pontificate once again about letting industry self-regulate. Then they can tell us how "the market" will work out the problems. Just ignore those kids who are being rushed to the hospital and think of them as martyrs for industry and cheap toys from China."

    Wednesday, November 07, 2007

    SoHo Graffiti

    Some graffiti of note I saw in SoHo this afternoon. Things getting artistic in doorways.

    Brooklyn Morning

    The new high rise nearby is almost done. Seems everyone is building highrises in Brooklyn.

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007

    Today's Headline

    It has finally happened..... Bush is more disapproved of then Nixon.

    "Meanwhile, Bush reached an unwelcome record. By 64%-31%, Americans disapprove of the job he is doing. For the first time in the history of the Gallup Poll, 50% say they "strongly disapprove" of the president. Richard Nixon had reached the previous high, 48%, just before an impeachment inquiry was launched in 1974."

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Vishnu Returns

    Incredible story coming out of India
    From This is London:
    "A toddler born with eight limbs and believed by some to be the reincarnation of the multi-limbed Hindu goddess Vishnu, is set to undergo a 40-hour operation to remove half of her limbs.
    Lakshmi Tatma was born joined to a 'parasitic twin' and will go under the knife at the hands of 30 surgeons to remove two of her useless arms and legs."

    The Telegraph continues, "The £100,000 operation will require differently skilled teams of more than 30 surgeons to work in eight-hour shifts to separate Lakshmi's spinal column and kidney from that of her twin."

    Sunday, November 04, 2007

    Whilst You Were Sleeping

    Production Designer colleague Clement Price-Thomas created an art happening on the border of Soho this afternoon entitled "Whilst You Were Sleeping". Tapping into the NYC water sysytem, he shot a spray of water up 50' in the air @ the corner of Houston and Crosby streets.

    "By Introducing this artery of water into the middle of Manhattan's busy streets opens a discourse with the people of the city about what is taken for granted everyday and what is suppressed by both man and city."

    The exhibit lasted four hours and passerbys were interviewed on their thoughts of this watery jet.

    George HW Bush on Fox News

    "G.H.W. BUSH: My favorite picture is a picture of American soldiers surrounding a guy in a foxhole, Iraqi soldier, and the American guy says, "We're not going to harm you. We're American soldiers."

    WALLACE: This really brings back the sacrifice, doesn't it, sir?

    G.H.W. BUSH: Sure does. You see, that side of the war never got — the fact that we treated those people with respect in spite of the fact that they were the enemy was really good.

    WALLACE: Then some final thoughts about the decisions he had to make.

    G.H.W. BUSH: I still think Saddam Hussein thought he would — one, we wouldn't fight and, two, if we did fight, somehow talked himself into believing he'd win in the ground war.

    WALLACE: And then the decision to end it...

    G.H.W. BUSH: Yeah.

    WALLACE: ... when we were slaughtering them — and again, I mean, I...

    G.H.W. BUSH: I think we made the right decision. I've subsequently been criticized for that. But we had an objective. We formed a coalition based on not killing Saddam, not conquering, capturing Baghdad, but on ending the war, ending the aggression. And we did it.

    And so we did what we said we were going to do. Had we not done that, that coalition would have fallen apart in a minute."

    I can only wonder what his son thinks of these statements. Now that we have such parsing of words of what is and isn't torture..... or of what's left of this weak coalition in Iraq now. And to think of all that unheeded sage advice from Brent Scrowcroft and other Bush 41 advisers that could've stopped this.

    On Strike

    "Union officials said that barring a last-minute deal, the strike would begin at 3:01 a.m. EST and picket lines would go up in Los Angeles and New York City."

    Nobody likes a strike. But being part of a union that has constantly capitulated to the demands of producers for twenty five years, I'm glad to see the Writer's Guild standing firm. Our issues are very different. With us technicians, the argument is always, give us producers what we want or we'll shoot somewhere else (Canada, Romania, Argentina). But with the dollar worthless on international markets, there is almost no place in the world that's cheaper to shoot these days.
    The pictures are of me in 1993 on the picket line against the producers of "Harts of the West", a short lived CBS series. I entered the union on this series.

    Read more about the impending screenwriters strike here

    Weekend Dog

    I'm in NYC for the awhile but here is a portrait of Seven I snapped last week before I left for the airport. He always knows.

    Friday, November 02, 2007

    Dog Treats

    With Seven on Postasium Bromide for his siezures, we were a little concerned with the amount of salt in his diet. We've been feeding him a raw food diet, lots of fruits (no citrus) and vegtables as well as meat.
    We decided to puree some of the veggie/fruit combination and freeze them in ice cube trays. The dog loves them and the vet says they're better than store bought stuff.
    The photos show him with a carrot/yam/banana combo.