Monday, March 27, 2006

Somebody knocking at the door?

Hello, it's me. My life in song titles and misheard lyrics.

Status report. My fourth computer in three months (one died, one crashed, one caught on fire) is doing well as it approaches day 31. My hope is cautious.

I have videos up the wahzoo but between school and work I am drained. I mean TIred. I have made a temporary deal with my body. I can do two distinct tasks in a day but not three. Meaning, if I have a paper due Tuesday, I have no clean clothes and I have no energy to get off the couch then it is okay for me to miss the Latino Immigration March.

Man, to miss that event hurt me like hell. You don't know. This is the kind of thing I look forward to recording. Cuz I wanted to see it from my point of view, which is not like CBS, ABC or BET. BET should care but they are in heavy butt cheek rotation and have been for a while. But that is a long lecture for another post.

Anyway, by the time I found out about it there would have been no way to get into downtown Los Angeles on the bus short of walking. Seeing as how I was falling asleep on the couch that wasn't going to happen. Changes, my soul hurts when I can't document the changes that I see.

So I will do what I can when I can and I can say that I will not take two demanding classes at the same time ever again. Education hurts - worth it but owwww, where is my pillow? Keep the faith.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Kosmic Krylon PMCA Garage

Part of the benefits of being a pedestrian is having to see things as you approach them. In automobiles you can glide by a treasure a thousand times and never know that is is there.

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The Pasadena Museum of California Art has many treasures but one of the best finds is free for the looking in the parking garage. I don't know how long Kenny Scharf's work will cover the parking area but I do know what I like. This is is a sample. For more information on the Pasadena Museum of California Art visit

The music in the video is from Mare Irbrium from the CD "linear". Got it at the open source music archive at

P.S. Computer #3 started smoking, caught fire and died a quick death. Number #4 is up and running. Keep your fingers crossed.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Kindred – Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler was not the first woman to write science fiction. She was the first African-American woman who became well known for writing science fiction. Actually I think (thought) of her as a prophet.

Her books were crafted with her life experience into powerful stories. Those stories give me the creeps when I look around at modern day America. Pick up a copy of “Parable of the Soarer” with a nation divided and a President who uses neo-Christianity as a weapon on the population. She wrote the book in 1998. Draw your own conclusions.

I actually met Ms. Butler on an elevator at the Los Angeles Library. I was mushed mouthed as I asked if she was who she appeared to be. She said yes. I said something about enjoying her work.

She thanked me. I got off the elevator. I hold dear the people who raised me so I was just quiet for the longest period of time.

I think she was coming to Pasadena this month for a reading/book signing. The city has selected her most famous work, “Kindred”, as this years One Book/One City activity. I wanted to video record her talk but wasn't sure if I could work out the logistics of being two places at the same time. I feel rotten about it.

Octavia Butler died on February 24, 2006 after a fall at her home in Seattle. This is grievous. I hate loosing mentors. The invisible people that I know raised me via books from what I was to what I could be.

I wish to hell I was absolutely sure of what that would look like but I'm on the path.

So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of any of her books that you can find, library or bookstore. But I warn you, she will draw you into a world that you might not be prepared to visit but at the end you will sign up for another voyage.

For more information about Octavia visit