Walking stick on a shop window…

H C Richardson, Aug 11, 2022

… what springs to mind for me is the plan pushed by Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and fundraiser and campaign advisor Tom Barrack, to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

Nuclear documents?

Making pesto the analog way…

Heather Cox Richardson, August 10, 2022

It is an astonishing thing to see that a former president, the person who was responsible for faithfully executing the laws of our nation, has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

From today’s walk…

Heather Cox Richardson, August 09, 2022

This afternoon, Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) said the FBI has confiscated his phone after presenting him with a search warrant.

Fasten your seatbelts, the turbulence will only grow… until it doesn’t.

Lisa Taddeo on Death, Desire and Her “Super Dark” View of the World

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women (2019) was a work of devastating brilliance, flooring readers with its illuminating investigation of female desire.

Purchased Three Women for Kindle this AM. Now to find time to read.

The Milky Way, the Pond, and the Meaning of Life: Thoreau on Solitude…

What sort of space is that which separates a man from his fellows and makes him solitary? I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.

Weekly Edit: WK 30

It’s Not Just Ukraine

Recently, Moscow has been exploiting existing domestic vulnerabilities in Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina by weaponizing secessionist movements.

Storage Wars: the structures that house forgotten objects

The growing need for self-storage disfigures cities and exposes housing precarity, upholding the promise of a life that will remain out of reach

… well… that’s a game changer… downloaded the Micro.blog app to my desktop and can now post directly from Drafts to M.b… what took me so long?…

The Monumental Films of Wang Bing

Immense run times and handheld spontaneity have come to define most of Wang’s subsequent films, each teeming with the minutiae of daily subsistence in various pockets of regional China.

Went to Thacher State Park

Park is 30 minutes outside of Albany, NY. No crowds when we were there.

The Mystery of the Indestructible Beetle

The beetle’s impenetrable strength comes from its elytra.

Elytra: Wings that, due to circumstance, have hardened into shields.

Self…

Low and slow short ribs… homemade rhubarb chipotle barbecue sauce…

Image notes from yesterday…

On Climate Change, George Monbiot

Our failure to prevent catastrophic global heating arises above all from the conspiracy of silence that dominates public life, the same conspiracy of silence that has, at one time or another, surrounded every variety of abuse and exploitation.

Yesterday’s visual notes…

Refracted light pattern.

Cloudscape

Character sculptures.

Glasses, cans and cigarette pack on a metal mesh table.

Fiber sheet on concrete pavement.

Bee feeding on fallen flowers.

Wondering if anyone else here has watched We Met In Virtual Reality. If so, what do you think about it?

Notes: July 27, 2022

… 230.2 lbs…

… somewhat restless night…

… when i step out of the bedroom i can feel the air is cooler than it has been… once downstairs, i open the front door and lock the storm door as i usually do… the air is almost crisp… as i make my way back to the kitchen, i open the dining room window… once in the kitchen, i open the kitchen window over the stove… a morning routine to flush the air in the house… so is letting the dogs out, feeding the cat and taking my meds and vitamins… after returning the dogs to the bedroom, i sit down to read and write…


The Great Naturalist John Burroughs on the Art of Noticing and What Artist Can Learn from Naturalists… these quotes from John Burroughs…

The habit of observation is the habit of clear and decisive gazing. Not by a first casual glance, but by a steady deliberate aim of the eye are the rare and characteristic things discovered. You must look intently and hold your eye firmly to the spot, to see more than do the rank and file of mankind.

This is just as necessary to the naturalist as to the artist or the poet. The sharp eye notes specific points and differences, — it seizes upon and preserves the individuality of the thing.

… i do this when i find distinctive traits in the people of the cafe… i name them with these traits… i invoke them in my journals with these names…


Interference Archive’s Democratic Approach to Preservation

Run entirely by volunteers, Interference Archive is a true alternative to the city’s market-driven gallery scene. All of the workers make a living elsewhere, largely in nonprofits and creative industries. Despite a non-hierarchical approach to organizing, the archive runs smoothly and without conflict, speaking to the sustainability of art spaces without a profit motive.

GL: Everything we acquire now is donated, and the collection is composed of works that were made for widespread distribution. Our focus is on accessibility, and we do not want to endanger anyone. For that reason, we largely collect zines, newspapers, posters, and print ephemera, rather than records of organizing that would expose sensitive personal information.

… i scan the article for ideas of a different way to conduct ourselves… i am not convinced on this one… it’s a utopian corner… does it scale?… dependent on grants and donations, in turn dependent on capitalism… volunteer labor that feeds and houses itself through other paying endeavors… a buddhist economics model?… one does what the do to sustain themselves, and then does something else with their free time?… space, utilities and supplies paid for, but not people?… hmmm…


… K&C…

… delicate tattoo barista at the helm today… she was late to work and is in a frenzy to try to catch up… the decaf isn’t ready… i treat myself to hot chocolate…

… still thinking about Interference Archive… still thinking, what is the alternative to capitalism?… is there an alternative?… how can the dominant system be undone without massive upheaval, or does the upheaval happen first?… that seems likely the way it will go… J is involved in trying to make it sustainable… she thinks it can be… can it?… i don’t think so… if i don’t think so, how to prepare?… or… will the collapse happen after i am gone?… a system as ubiquitous as capitalism would have to collapse under its own weight if something new is to take its place…

… a text from B that the meat chics have arrived… i ask her when she needs me… no response yet…


William T. Riley’s Wild Art Legacy

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Maija Peeples-Bright, “Parrot Carrots” (1978), acrylic on canvas with artist’s frame, 30 3/4 x 24 3/4 inches


Climate Change Activists Glue Themselves to Priceless Botticelli Painting… getting the attention of the elites?…


What Viktor Orban Revealed This Weekend

In Bibó’s analysis, existential fear leads to “anti-democratic nationalism,” a form of nationalism that appeals to ethnic or national groups that fear they will lose out in a democracy.

… this aligns with White Patriarchy behavior in the US…

The indispensable figure of a non-democratic political regime, Orbán has managed to become the political embodiment of every latent pathology in the Hungarian national character.

Orbán believes in, and is banking on, the demise of the West.

Notes: July 26, 2022

… 229.8 lbs…

… it’s a Gregorian chant morning…

… Heather Cox Richardson follows the lead of TV news in suggesting that 45 has been weakened by the 1/6 committee hearings… yesterday both the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post ran Op Eds that were negative on 45…

… yesterday, the thought that i lack courage to follow ideas through to their implied conclusions… to my truth… to the truth…

… i envision the apocalypse coming, but, what can I do about it?… we carry on with hope for the future even when we can see how bad things could be… we make modest changes when radical departures are called for… until big things happen… things that can’t be ignored… then we change…

… i try to enjoy each day in spite of fears about the future, the greatest of which is fear of death… there are so many ways to go sideways at the moment… H struggles with this, but she tries… the humming bird project is her trying… the garden is her trying… still, she gets more depressed than i do…


… speaking of apocalypse…

What Happens If the World Gets Too Hot for Animals to Survive… the title speaks for itself… though the attitude is that we especially need farmed animals to survive… farmed animals, particularly cows, are a big part of the problem… we need to eat much less meat than we do… H and i are trying, but when your idea of a proper dinner has centered around some form of meat for most of your life, it isn’t easy… still, we’ve done pretty well the past few days and will continue to do better…


… when knowledge costs too much…

You Can’t Stop Pirate Libraries… pirate libraries are a tool used by the public and research institutions to get around censorship and the unaffordable, to many, price of research literature… i have wondered about this myself… the higher the pay wall, the more elitist access to competent, peer reviewed literature is…

These libraries have found large audiences among academics in America and around the world, thanks to the high cost of accessing scholarly journal articles.

Such economic imperatives are just one part of the Sci-Hub ethos. “Any law against knowledge is fundamentally unjust,” (emphasis mine) Elbakyan tweeted in December 2021.

Many would reply that such piracy is just plain wrong, no matter how much trouble and expense copyright causes for authors and researchers. But copyright, according to some strains of libertarian thought, is not the sort of “property right” we ought to justly respect, given its historical genesis in propping up unjust monopoly by creating artificial scarcity.

… the idea of artificial scarcity again, not in the art world, but in the publishing world… make it scarce, even though it doesn’t have to be, and you make it valuable… copyright law?… a capitalist tool?…


… 45 is on his way out?…

Why Rupert Murdoch Is Finally Done with Donald Trump… hmmmm… i had not remembered that both the Wall Street Journal and NY Post were owned by Rupert Murdoch… while i detest Murdoch, it warms my heart to see him parting ways with DT… next stop, DOJ…


… out the door early… decide on the full Main Street loop… i run into the B of BJ’s who has lots on her mind about the renovation of Mr. Bell’s shop… and… the placement of dumpsters… and… the lack of permitting… and… when she and her mother do anything, they have to do it by the book, while he, a billionaire (which i somehow doubt but who knows), gets to do things without proper permits… she is exercised… i tell her i don’t blame her while wondering what the other side of the story is…

… i get to K&C and discover i don’t have my charging cable for the MBA… last two days have had little start of the day glitches… should i get in the habit of prepping my things at night?…

… i read a lengthy dot to dot passage in Sea and Fog… it treats western history as a churning sea… there is war and death and life and venality… the metaphor seems to work even if a little incoherent at times…

… when i write about venality i think about the aforementioned article on pirate libraries and the false scarcity that capitalism demands of producers of intellectual content on platforms where they don’t have to be scarce… i wonder if the beginning of the end of capitalism is the abolition of private property and copyright… what if all property belonged to the commons?… is that what socialism is?… how does China’s governmental and economic system work?…

Where it comes from matters. My friends and I will raise and harvest these meat chickens. Some of the best chicken I have ever had. It’s important to be involved in what meat eating is on some level if you eat meat.