Monday, August 30, 2004

The Elusive Butterfly of Love – Getting To My Destination

Here is the beginning of the story. I went to the Sunset Junction festival. Food, arts, crafts, a huge cross section of the real people of Los Angeles filtering into a predominately gay/creative community. This year they had some rocking bands and musical artists like Ashford and Simpson, X, Stephanie Mills, Thelonious Monster and Love with Arthur Lee. Food and Ashford and Simpson? I had to go.

Some of Her Parts Align=LeftNot to mention all kinds of goodies, sights, sounds and “what the hell was that?”

I grabbed the mystical red backpack of storage and head out. After two buses I start walking. I just figure on seven blocks of walking up front. I like to walk, I think.

I pass by the Circuit City that was looted during the riot/rebellion/uprising of 1994. I remember seeing a tank on that corner as I went to work in the days that followed. Ah, memories. But my feet are asking direct questions like:

“Are you crazy?”
“We have to walk how far?”
“Are we there yet?”



Finally, I see the entrance gate. I get stamped “completed”. There are thousands of people. Almost 10 city blocks of people. With that many urban folk you have to have food and facilities.

Porta-Potty

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Bunky’s Pick – Photo-Shooting While Female

I am mad with myself. I had my cameras, the low rez one and the good one. Not only did I not get a shot of the Elusive Butterfly of Love but I manage not to get a shot of:

  • All that human beefcake walking around with no shirts on.
  • Guys walking proudly in man-skirts or kilts, all I got was what you see below.
  • Men with all kinds of nipples and nipple rings.
  • Men with very interesting belly buttons.

Man In Kilt

I had full battery power. More than enough space on the memory card. What the heck was I thinking! I check all sixty of my snaps and I got everything but the stream of mankind walking around half naked.

Well, truth be told, I know what I was thinking. As I was watching half naked gay men I was thinking “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” I need the photojournalism class. I need help, people.

Part of the problem is that I am still reluctant to aim in people’s faces. I don’t mind sneaking a shot but that ain’t always how this photo thing works. Sometimes you have aim directly at the subject.

There are times you have to forget that you are attracted to the opposite sex long enough to take the picture. I totally forgot this last Sunday. I shall strive to do better.

Look4 Me - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Update CD

For dial up users it is a pain to keep Windows XP patched and protected. To Microsoft's credit - and thanks to http://www.lockergnome.com for the head's up, you can have the patch CD sent to your home for free, bumpkis, and most importantly no cost to you.

You just visit the link below, fill out the form and in about a four to six weeks you will get the update CD to install the patches. Now whether or not you want to install the patches is a whole 'nother topic.

The short answer is yes. Back back your stuff up! Just in case.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Update CD

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx

More Stuff in the Mystical Red Backpack:

I have a recipe card on Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Hummus:

  • 5 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 read onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. Oregano
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Pepper
  • 4 pita bread pockets
  • 8-oz pkg hummus

  1. Slice up the veggies, plop in bowl with the olive oil and make with the herbs and spices.
  2. Grill or sauté veggies for 5 minutes or until browned.
  3. Spread inside of pita pockets with hummus. Place veggies inside of pita and start eating.

Scion CD Sampler v.8

I am way past the target market for this CD but music is music and it was a freebie. Mainly modern techno/beat/house/rap mixed by DJ Melo D of the Beat Junkies.

It is not bad stuff. The concept is to mix known traditional tracks with contemporary music to fuse them into a completely new entity. What we in the old school use to call sampling. Various tracks are from Dilated Peoples, Jaylib, Kev Brown and other folk I don’t know.

Scion is a line of cars (I did not know this), including that boxy job that looks like a rolling square. I still think the PT Cruiser has more class and design but I could see myself stuff major stuff into a Scion. If you are curious about the Beat Junkies visit www.beatjunkies.com

If you watched Mad TV you know the character of Ms. Swan, dangerously clueless as she makes her way in the world. Alex Borstein is on tour, she was in my town recently and is probably working her way someplace near you – http://www.alexborstein.com

LA Shanti is a non-profit support organization that provide support for those with HIV and life-threatening illnesses. The offer a wide range of services including emotional support, prevention and education and volunteer training to continue to get the message out about protection and awareness – http://www.lashanti.org

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Strike A Pose - Picasa Is Now Free

Just have enough time to give you the head's up about a great piece of software that you can use to organize your photos on your computer, and to create slide show presentations.

Now if you have purchased Picasa before it went free you can get a rebate/refund of the cost (check the web site for details).

You are running out of excuses, if you have a digital camera it can help you keep track of all the images on your computer. If not then you need to think about buying one - http://www.picasa.com/picasa

In the interest of fair disclosure, Google bought Picasa, and also owns Blogger.

Come and Get It...

Get Net Wise that is. Major corporations and those that have an interest in the Internet have put together a site that helps users understand:

  • How to keep safe on the Internet
  • How to stop junk emai and spam
  • How to fight spyware and
  • How to keep you private information secure.

There is a glossary to help understand jargon used by techies and overall it does a good job of informing newbies - http://www.getnetwise.org