Thursday, August 17, 2006

Dear Professor...

Another unsolicited e-mail from a brilliant former student:

Yeah I heard you resigned. Selfishly, it is a shame for me because I signed up for two of your classes. I know that the value of my education at GC has decreased exponentially from its already rock bottom score. Can't wait to meet your "replacement". Maybe it will be John Doe and his inaccurate and out of date worksheets that I've been picking apart all term. Or Jim Doe who I overheard saying, "I've never used 'X' program before, I am learning along with the students." Or maybe Photoshop II doesn't actually cover Adobe Photoshop, but instead will cover basic keyboarding skills.
I've been up all night, pissing myself off looking up CEC et al. horror stories. I am not sure why I must put myself through such torture, but I am just a little scared about my future.
I don't know whether to pull back now before I slip deeper, or pay my dues in hell and then pray that my credits will transfer to a real school and somehow mitigate all this bs (minus my loan payments of course.)
I started this term taking notes in every class, everyday...not about the stale regurgitated course material, but the courses and instructors themselves. This has been by far the worst term of 3 pretty bad ones, but I even gave up on my journal knowing that it is all pointless and no one will care but me. Or maybe I would get pulled aside in a lame effort to fake concern, and then everything will fall back into its dysfunctional regularity. And to top it all off, I totally missed the Target job fair. "What better place to start out a career in graphic design than at the photo lab of Target." I hope I can get an unpaid internship there when the time is right. (...since I am spoiled & egotistical.....)
I am glad you're out. They do not deserve credit for your heart, passion, and talents. It is evident that your dedication is to the students, but you belong in a place where you are appreciated.

Good Journey

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Zeros.


Weep anyway.
They should be overseas on Iraq. Serving their country.
Whatever it fucking takes...

Remember China Beach?
I do.

Heros.


Heroes|David Bowie

I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be Heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be Heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guards shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes, just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
Just for one day
We can be Heroes

Deeper and deeper and deeper...

The Justice League of America|2006


God. Where are you when we need you?
More than ever.
Stop the killings.

Justice League|Hawkman [3rd Inductee]



This personifies the Warrior.
And Hawkman he shall be.

Justice League|Flash [2nd Inductee]


Green Lantern knows who he is,
and now Flash is making his entrance.
No questions necessary. Just do the match.

Next up: Hawkman

I've Got a Life|The Video [here]


What? I gotta fucking BEG?

Justice League|Green Lantern [1st Inductee]


Green Lantern. Hal Parker. Whatever. Glad you're around.
Where're your buddies?

Flash is here somewhere.

I've Got a Life|The Video [here]


Check out Matthew Rolston's greatest work with Eurythmics, ©2005,
and tell me this song, Annie AND Dave, don't ALL fucking ROCK!

Have a look...take a peek!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

For the Green Lantern



You may have bound roots, but bloom where you are planted my friend, and let your thoughts and ideas range wild, not unlike the fronds on my favorite palm, the ponytail palm. Someday, I will get you one, direct from Miami.

Does it get any clearer than this?

Tuesday, 15 August 2006
born 4 May 1960

©Astrodienst AG

A foggy day
Today you may feel inclined to keep a secret or hold back information in order to avoid a confrontation with someone. It is not good to do this, because it will only contribute to the fog of confusion and unclarity that surrounds you during this time. For the same reasons, avoid any form of misrepresentation or distortion of the truth, even if you think it might be politic to mislead someone. In every way you should strive to keep all your communication and thinking clear, lucid, factual and rooted in the real world. If you try to avoid confrontations by acting evasively under this influence, you will run up against even more demoralizing confrontations later. Also be careful in any kind of negotiations or business dealings today, because you could be the victim of misrepresentation, even if you are not the perpetrator.


The interpretation above is for your transit selected for today:
Mercury Square Neptune exact at 23:08
activity period from 15 August 2006 to 16 August 2006.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Eurythmics. Again + Always.


Stop the world
Turn out the sun
Im so tired of it turning round

Stop the world
Call it a day
Leave it all behind
Leave it that way

Peace
Is just a word
Is just a word

Stop the world
Just let it bleed
Well weve taken more
Than everything we need

Stop the world
Just shut it down
[just shut it down shut it down]
Theres no point in it
Spinning round

Peace
Is just a word
Is just a word

Stop the world
Take it any where
Its just that
Living here is more
Than I can bear

Stop the world
Just pack it in
Well weve reached the point
Where no one ever wins
No one ever wins!

Peace
Is just a word
Its just a word

Stalking|eBay!

Crazy Little Thing Called QUEEN!



26 years ago this week, QUEEN were at the top of their game.
I had the astounding luck to see them in Hartford on the 20th of August, and later in Syracuse at the War Memorial in September barely a month later.
The best? I took my 9 year old brother with me (well, he was 9 then, and I was 21 then.) He's now married, loves U2, and has a wonderful wife,
two great boys, and lives free or dies.
I'm around, mourning Grace, Freddie, my former students
and looking for direction.

Give me ALL your LOVE To...........NIGHT!
And Queen still rocks me.

Corporate won't see WHAT?



Please, e-me if you'd like a full copy of this resignation letter.
They're telling me the suits will never see this.
REALLY NOW?

China Syndrome. What else?

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Jockohomo!


If you're not reading me,
you gotta be reading Jim.

Why?


©2006 orangemercury.com
Within 24 hours, will one family get a knock on the door,
and within 36 another will receive this linear, tri-colored symbol,
folded, with three points?
After hearing a several guns discharge, several times?

Whywhywhywhywhy?

Until...Version II

REMOVED BECAUSE OF FATHER'S PREJUDICE AND IGNORANCE

©2006 orangemercury.com

He didn't know it wasn't cool to hug his buddy in public,
until someone told him,
some ten years later.
Twenty years later, he was on a dancefloor with hundreds/thousands of others,
just like him, dancing, stripped to the waist. I WILL SURVIVE.
Thirty years later, his friends were dead. AIDS.
Forty years later, he was telling his students what it was like back then.
Nothing was going to change,
until he resigned.
He was dancing in the backyard.
GETAWAY is the new I WILL SURVIVE.

It was a no-brainer.

Do you think we have time?
Did you cover your eyes when they told you?
Charity is a coat you wear, twice a year.
Praying for Time|George Michael

Until...


UNTIL is the most frightening word known to man,
in any language.

He would have had a perfectly wonderful life,
until he was hit by the car,
39 years ago today,
at this very intersection,
the corner of Sylvan and Baldwin.

We could be heros...


©2006 orangemercury.com

I can't relate to the Korean War.
But to quote someone I respect and admire, it's beginning to look a lot more like peace time is just that space in between the wars.

All of them.

They seem to be overlapping now. I can't remember when we weren't.

Like those words that haunt me, and that photo I'll never post.
"Complete" and "me and the bro when Christmas was Christmas."

Self-portrait


But you don't LOOK like your pic in your ad...

My first pet peeve? People who use the word "pic."
Second? People who whine.
Third? People who don't know how to "pre-visualize."
Fourth? People who don't have a photograph taken since a daguerreotype.

Shall I continue?
August 2006

(I looked; there's no cluster of 6s in triplets.)
(Oh. I looked there too; with a mirror. Ditto.)

Roller Disco Lives!

Homage? SPOILER ALERT!



FINALLY!
I really need to be ashamed of myself!
With the surfeit of images in my head (along with the voices!) it's amazing how I had to backdoor research this (as if!) and see the movie (anyone with a weak bladder, or a steel bladder WILL NEED TO GO! SPOILER ALERT!

So this poster's been out for ages, and I so KNOW I floated the image in front of former students and former colleagues as I was so fucking stumped. What kills me further is (that) there was nothing, nada, zip, zilch (you get it by now!) on the web about all this. Whoda thunk?

So it was the Dali all along. Halsmann? I had Stieglitz and Steichen in my head.
After a run-thru of Man Ray.
I do need to be shot though. I need to bone up.

Don't I?

I promise to be true, only to you.
This time, this time.
Baby...

This Time Baby|Jacki Moore

SiLeNt HiLL


Looks like the release date lag time for a movie which did over $45 mil at the box to DVD is about 120 days now. SILENT HILL really threw the switch for overdoing your nightmares, and I never even knew it was a vid game. Me and that rock. Move over, Austen, 'cause I know you're never leaving! So it's coming out on the 22nd. Rock!

The nurses. OMG!
Pyramid head. WTF???!!!

The posters! Fuckin' brilliant!

Funny, SILENCE is broken, and the tag line here. You can't leave? What up?
I just did.
I'm bumming though.
I'd've shown this is class. Probably several times...
And tied it in with Joel-Peter Witkin, among others.

Playlist|Closer to Believing [ELP]

I am closer to believing
Than I ever was before
On the crest of this elation
Must I crash upon the shore
And with the driftwood of acquaintance
Light the fire to love once more
I am wind blown...i am times.

To be closer to believing
To be just a breath away
On the death of inspiration
I would buy back yesterday
But theres no crueller illusion
Theres no sharper coin to pay
As I reach out... it slips away

From the opium of custom
To the ledges of extremes
Dont believe it till youve held it
Life is seldom what it seems
But lay your heart upon the table
And in the shuffling of dreams
Remember who on earth you are