Thursday, December 29, 2005

NPR : Political Cartoonists Cast an Eye Back on 2005

NPR : Political Cartoonists Cast an Eye Back on 2005

More on a political bent... I know, I know. This stuff is making me seem like a droning mouthpiece for the liberal media and 'net "playa haters". But these best of cartoons from 2005 are pretty good. And there is an audio bit, for those who like to listen.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Impeach George W. Bush

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The I-Word Is Gaining Ground - Yahoo! News: "n the late 1990s, House Majority Whip
Tom DeLay, currently under indictment on corruption charges, proclaimed: 'This nation sits at a crossroads. One direction points to the higher road of the rule of law.... The other road is the path of least resistance' in which 'we pitch the law completely overboard when the mood fits us...[and] close our eyes to the potential lawbreaking...and tear an unfixable hole in our legal system.' That arbiter of moral politics, Tom DeLay, was incensed about the danger of letting
Bill Clinton escape unpunished for his 'crimes'--lying about sex."

Let's impeach the President.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

a clear and present danger

. . . unlimited?�-�Commentary�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "President Bush presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Citgo is a Venezuela Oil Company -

"We love the holidays, because we get to spend time with our families and do nice things for people we love. Sometimes, though, with all the rushing around to buy gifts and visit relatives, it can be easy to lose sight of the point of it all. Well, here's a way to remember the spirit of the season and help out less fortunate neighbors, even in the midst of all your holiday traveling: buy Citgo gasoline.

You already may have seen the headlines about how Citgo, unlike every other oil company in the U.S., is making cut-rate heating oil available to struggling families in the Northeast. The Energy Department predicts a nearly 26 percent jump in heating costs this winter compared with last year,1 and despite a year of record oil company profits, the country's heating oil assistance fund is falling behind.

Citgo has stepped in to help out. They're selling heating oil at discounted rates to poorer communities in Massachusetts and the Bronx, NY, and working on deals to keep low-income homes in Rhode Island and Vermont warm, too.

So while you're out on the road this month, you can help some fellow Americans by filling your tank with Venezuelan gas. Here's a link to find the nearest one of the 14,000 Citgo gas stations in the U.S.:

'Citgo is not just another oil company,' says Citgo CEO Felix Rodriguez. 'With Venezuela's state oil company, of which we are a subsidiary, we share a broad social mission.'

That's our kind of company. If you need any other reasons to feel good, just remember that money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela - not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor.

And this winter Citgo is helping out less fortunate Americans, too.

Some have said that Citgo's generosity is a publicity stunt, part of the ongoing war of words between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and President Bush. We think a recent USA Today editorial has the best response:

'Chavez might be trying to embarrass the Bush administration, but what's really embarrassing is how little help Americans will receive this winter from their own government.'

Naturally, if you can get where you're going without a car, do so. And we'll continue to work for a country with more renewable energy options. But in the meantime, help your Northeast neighbors by supporting Citgo on your holiday drive"

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Gothamist on the NYC subway strike

Gothamist: "On our walk to work this morning, we found the streets pretty busy for early in the morning, with people walking to work, stopping at coffee carts and nodding at each other in recognition that, yes, many of us were wearing sensible shoes. When Gothamist made it to our office, another building worker asked us how we got in. And it struck us: The socially accepted walls of silence were crumbling down as we were making conversation with others beyond the weather and how slow the elevators are! Sort of like the cold-weather, working Joe-or-Jane's blackout, the Transit Strike of 2005 will be fodder for many conversations - and missed connections! - to come. And the hook-ups? Please, we predict a lot of 'Hey, I live near your office...why don't you just stay over?' offers. But not to us - we're about to set up camp in our office. We have our WetNaps, Febreze and deodorant!

Have you been chatting with your fellow pedestrians? Or were you a biker who made fun of that guy on the scooter? Tell us!"

If you want info on the NYC Strike, check out and

Flickr images with strike tags

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Free Marijuana For The Homeless

Free Marijuana For The Homeless: "There are alot of homeless people who purchase crack because street dealers are aggressive and it is easier to obtain than marijuana. Many homeless people drink alcohol because it is cheaper and easier to obtain than marijuana. Marijuana use does not pose the problems of crack and alcohol. Prevention of women giving oral sex for more crack because of it's short high and subsequent cravings should be a priority. Alcohol abuse creates violence and obnoxious behavior. Marijuana makes people quiet and passive and reduces impulsive acts of destructive behavior. It is an herbal tranquillizer that is safer than the addictive ones prescribed by doctors."

The bush administration is coming around... This could be good. What if the CIA was a POT smuggling operation?

How to Save the World

How to Save the World: "What will it take for moderate Americans to get up in arms about this reckless and arrogant government? Where the hell was the rest of the media? When your government sees itself as above the law, and is allowed to break the law and ignore both the law and the constitution of the land with impunity, how big a step is it from there to simply suspend the constitution, abolish Congress, and install a one-party ultra right-wing Christian state 'until the government is convinced the war on terror has been won'? "

Our gov'ment dissed us on this one. As well as the media, why wasn't there an uproar about this? ... First the war on Christmas and now this... Well, Merry Christimas! MotherFucker!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Alaska: Chugach Crawl, The

Alaska: Chugach Crawl, The: "Two adventurers put their strength, stamina, friendship-and 5,000 calories a day-to the test in a three-week odyssey through the glacial heart of the Chugach Mountains.

'That's what you're looking for,' guru alpinist Charlie Sassara said in response to my whimpering about the Swiss cheese nature of our route through the Chugach Range."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Hillbilly Housewife

Hillbilly Housewife: "$45 Emergency Menu for 4 to 6"

I love it - Hillbilly Housewife. This is my kind of cookbook! A full week of recipes with nutritional info, a shopping list, and a guide to what to do and when. Fuck Yeah!

Eight Life Hacks for Health, Wealth, and Happiness :

Eight Life Hacks for Health, Wealth, and Happiness : "I’ve noticed in my short existence that I tend to do many things differently from most people. Some of those things probably work just as well, whereas others make me wonder “why doesn’t everyone do this?” Here are eight things that may make you feel like you’re cheating the system, too (in no particular order):"

Do you know what a lifehack is? I'll give you the first three - Walk, smile, and drink water... and they get good after that. It's funny that this is a hack and not just the way it's done....

Wednesday, December 14, 2005



December 15
Halcyon Days. According to ancient legend, the seven days before the winter solstice and the seven days following it are a special time of tranquility and calm, due to the magickal powers of the halcyon (a fabled bird who nested on the sea and calmed the wind and the waves during the winter solstice).

Monday, December 12, 2005

How to do cool pop art portraits - no skill required

How to do cool pop art portraits - no skill required:

So, You know I like to do graphics tutorials. I found this one and it's in a really funny style. The tutorial itself isn't that great, but I did it anyway and came up with a pretty funny portrait. Wanna see it? YES or NO?

Here is the original pic

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Here we go Brownies!

Better than a Cleveland Steamer!

Here I am at Cleveland Brown's Stadium - Dec. 4th, 2005. It's an incredible pagent. The people, the cold, the brats and the beer, peanuts, high flying touch down catches. awesome! Posted by Picasa

The agenda!

It's 28 degrees and snowing. This is near perfect weather for tailgate'ing at Cleveland Browns Stadium on the shores of Lake Erie. OH YEAH!!!! look for pics

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Photoshop practice

Forest Scene - Tutorials Factory

Photoshop tutorials this morning! I subscribe to an RSS feed at When there are about 100 new tutorials backed up, I go through them and pick out the ones that look intresting. Then I save all the pages as bookmarks (using the cool Firefox save all open tabs into a folder). That way I can work on the tutorials I like and AND have a record of the ones I did.

The reason I'm writing about this is I found a great one - maybe the best I've done. I like it because it uses funky default brushes (leaves and grass) and a COOL gradient technique. And the picture looks cool. Here is what I got...

PS: And while I took a break at lunch, I watched the last part of Sharky's Machine. Burt Reynolds is the MAN!