27 July 2012

chicano park memorial service

under the coronado bridge (which connects san diego to coronado island). this bridge ranks third in the united states for suicides. the memorial service was for an artist who committed suicide, but whose mural work will continue to be on view in chicano park...

i believe the first photo of the ceremony shows a traditional sage smudging purification ritual, but i was trying to be respectful and not ask too many questions.

thanks for encouraging me to stop at this beautiful park, April.

26 July 2012

The Sun Magazine

The Internet
(readers are given a topic, a deadline and publication date)

"I was twenty-seven and riding my bicycle coast to coast across the United States. Along the way I was trying to live simply and 'make the journey the destination.'

I'd taken a three-day break at a hostel in Missoula, Montana, when I met Dan, who pulled in on a beautiful light green Bianchi, not a scratch on it. He was riding cross-country as well. Our personalities clicked, and we decide to ride together, despite the fact that we had different approaches to travel: I'd brought a cheap tent, a couple of pairs of riding shorts, a change of clothes, and little else. Dan had bright spandex outfits, shades with interchangeable lenses for varying degrees of sunlight, and a specially engineered rack to tow all of his belongs, He also had a cellular phone - an expensive rarity in 1997. For fun we used it to order pizza from a campground.

After a few weeks of riding, we pulled into Iowa City. Dan said he need to check his 'electronic mail.' I followed him into the University of Iowa computer lab, and he explained how he'd set up a mail account on the Internet and could now send and receive messages from any online computer, I could do it. For free. 

I was skeptical.

'Don't live in the Dark Ages!' Dan joked.

I followed his instructions to get my own account, then prepared to send a test message to his address. Dan showed me where to type the subject and the body of the message, then leaned over my shoulder. 'OK, now watch this,' he said, fingers poised to click SEND. 'This is going to change your life.'"

T. S...n
from "Readers Write", The Sun

ps. a friend gave me a subscription to this magazine, and I read it cover to cover. Love it.


24 July 2012

20 July 2012

museum of man

in the shadow of the dna double helix, san diego's museum of man...

colorado on my mind, once again, this summer.

18 July 2012

the Getty

a magical canopy, with flowering vines sneaking through the rebar barrier...

The J. Paul Getty Museum, in Los Angeles

father & son Eisner winners

San Diego Comic Con 2012, Eisner award dinner...father and son, Joe and Paolo Rivera.

I was there. Congratulations, guys!

06 July 2012

i've been reading

Fire Season (field notes from a wilderness lookout)

by Philip Connors

"After the McKnight Fire in 1951, ash runoff killed most of the native trout in this stream, or so it was presumed - no one can say for sure - and later the state Game and Fish Department stocked it with various non-natives, dumping whatever was on hand. Before them the stream was home to the state fish of New Mexico, the Rio Grand cutthroat, now a threatened species reduced to less than 10 percent of its historic range, which once spread across 6,600 miles of mountain streams that funnel their waters to the Rio Grande.

According to scholars, the Rio Grande cutthroat appears in the first written mention of a North American trout by Europeans. In 1541, Pedro de Castaneda de Najera, a member of the Coronado expedition, noted "a little stream which abounds in excellent trout," likely Glorieta Creek, southeast of modern Santa Fe. Over the past 150 years, mining, logging, road building, cattle grazing, fire suppression, and the stocking of non-native species have destroyed the fish in vast reaches of its range. Increasingly isolated populations remain, most of them in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, cut off from intermingling with their kind in other streams and therefore susceptible to genetic stagnation. Rising water temperatures, as a result of global warming, may also imperil their long-term survival. Government officials have so far denied efforts to list the fish as an endangered species - mainly, the admit, because they don't have the money for a recovery program."

click to listen: Philip Connors NPR interview

ps. I apologize for my absence; I've been battling a summer cold. I will be on blog break until the end of July, but not because I'm sick! Enjoy the late summer nights and rain storms.

01 July 2012

sunday thoughts

"If you can sustain your interest in what you're doing, you're an extremely fortunate person. What you see very frequently in people's professional lives, and perhaps in their emotional life as well, is that they lose interest in the third act. You sort of get tired, and indifferent, and sometimes, defensive. And you kind of lose your capacity for astonishment - and that's a great loss, because the world is a very astonishing place. What I feel fortunate about is that I'm still astonished, that things still amaze me. And I think that that's the great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears, where you basically have to admit you never learn it."

"I [internalized] this idea that it didn't matter whether I was called an artist or a designer or an illustrator or whatever else it was. The core value was always the act of making things, and the transformation of an idea that you hold in your mind that becomes real or material. That to me, still is the glory of any creative activity."

Milton Glaser, via brainpickings

"Before you can blame an individual for their choices, you have to make sure they have the same choices as everyone else."

Bix , the fanatic cook.