Archive for September, 2004

[us_politics] Last Take On The Debate

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Is it just me, or was Lehrer feeding the President his answers on the last questions?

Holy Moly.

“I think what we saw here was the training wheels coming off the President’s campaign”-Mike Malloy, Air America Radio

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[us_politics] Debate Halftime Report

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Quick takes:

Kerry: knowledgeable. Quick. In command of facts. Thinks fast on feet.

Bush: Repeats things. Stammers. Embarrassing. Bewildered.

It’s upstairs on the tube on ABC and downstairs on Air America KPOJ 620.

There. Now I’m a part of history. Yes.

Just checked over on ABCNEWS’s website. Posts are going up fast’n’furious. My favorite states that with Bush it’s like debating Gollum, and you expect him to start rubbing his hands together and going my precioussss.

[pdx_life] The View From Johnston Ridge

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

The USFS, courtesy of the Mt Saint Helens National Volcano Monument, has thoughtfully provided a linkable volcano-cam image and page so that we all can get a look at what’s going on up there.

I’ve included it in the Links columm. It’s down there on the right. Click on the image to get a full size image (updated, they say, every five minutes), and click on the caption to get to the Monument’s web site.

Your tax dollars at work.

The current status seems to be tremors of Richter 2-3 every fifteen seconds or so. The effect of this is that the quakes in the crater, to an observer who who’s daft enough to still be in there, never actually cease.

Note also that the image is not available 100% of the time. Factors such as demand and whether or not the host is responding will enable or prevent its display. If you don’t see it, wait a few minutes and reload.

[pcc_life] Got It Together At Last

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

The different things I was trying to accomplish at PCC have been accomplished. The biggest thing was getting that evening section of Life Drawing that I was trying to get. When I walked into CT231 and asked for the instructor, who should I find but the instructor from my Watercolor class much earlier that day.

I presented him a blue slip, and he signed it forthwith.

I like Mark Richardson Smith. He’s a good fella.

Anyhow, we got right to work doing gestural studies. I came severley unequipped; I did have a bigass pad of newsprint but all I had to draw with was mechanical pencils (HB, true, but .5 and .7 mm leads) which is somewhat inappropriate for the media. Never mind. I just got to work.

Gestural drawing is a marvelous thing. It’s loose and fluid, and since you’re not trying to augur in the details, surprisingly apt at communciating the emotional impact of something. If you work a gestural sketch long enough it will more and more resemble what you’re trying to portray. But it’s a fluid, of the moment thing that forces you to look and really see what you’re trying to depict.

Strangely, “drawing what you see” means so much more that you think. People don’t genrally look to see things as they are. This is not a criticism really, this is a talent that the average Joe or Jane doesn’t really need to walk down the street, buy a latte, step onto a TriMet, what have you.

Or is it? How much more expressive and exciting in the simple ways would life be if we looked at things like the artist does?

This is another thing that learning design has given me.

That and, apparently, the power to digress into territory unknown.

[pdx_life] The View From Johnston Ridge

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

The USFS, courtesy of the Mt Saint Helens National Volcano Monument, has thoughtfully provided a linkable volcano-cam image and page so that we all can get a look at what’s going on up there.

I’ve included it in the Links columm. It’s down there on the right. Click on the image to get a full size image (updated, they say, every five minutes), and click on the caption to get to the Monument’s web site.

Your tax dollars at work.

The current status seems to be tremors of Richter 2-3 every fifteen seconds or so. The effect of this is that the quakes in the crater, to an observer who who’s daft enough to still be in there, never actually cease.

Note also that the image is not available 100% of the time. Factors such as demand and whether or not the host is responding will enable or prevent its display. If you don’t see it, wait a few minutes and reload.

[pcc_life] All This And Parking Too

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

There has sprung a chance that I can get into the section of ART237 (Life Drawing) that I want to. There is one seat open in the section MW 1800-2050, if BanWeb is to be believed.

Even though it will be a colossal waste of time if I got up there just to find it a figment of someone’s imagination, it’s worth a go. If I do get in, my schedule will fall in place just where it needs to. Which would be worth the trip, although I’ll suddenly have something to do until 21:00.

Ah, well. It’ll make it that much easier to get over to Chan’s Steakery. I’ll need a cuba libre or four by that time.

Parking is just what one would expect it to be for this time in the term. That is to say, a philosophical concept akin to things like hyperspace and cold fusion. Eventually a space opens up but it’s you-wouldn’t-make-it-in-the-jungle-boy competition until that time.

And I’d like to get the arsehole-parker-of-the-week award to a pudding-for-bRaNeS driver who had a white Saturn who parked next to my ’72 VW Beetle. Since I am just a damned good driver they will never know how close they came to getting a orange-red crease down their starboard side because they very nearly parked crosswise the Beetles backside. As it was I think I was a fraction of an inch away from giving them a real good scratch.

Imbeciles.

[pdx_life] Volcano DefCon 3

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Today as I was rushing back home from school, a nice freeway drive from the lower left corner of town to the center right side, a nice (and somewhat overworked-sounding) lady pre-empted Dr Laura’s tearing down of someone on KEX for a special report.

The word is apparently that they are now of the opinon that magma is on the move in Old Saint Helens and that some sort of explosive event is imminent. It is now a Level 2 Volcano Advisory (the scale being 0=All Normal, 1=Something could happen, 2=We think something’s gonna happen, 3=We’re sure something’s about to happen). Since that’s the third position on the zero to three list, I call it Volcano DefCon 3.

Not that I could have gotten a snap of it if it had happened. As it occurred, today was a typical Oregon September day. Cloudy. Still is.