Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Killing by Stanely Kubrick

WOW! Man, that was a great flick. Only 3 couples showed up to watch (church?) but this film is ranked #149 of the 250 highest at IMDB. We've been walking down to the Belcourt for these Kubrick films. Though the round trip it is over 4 miles. Because of that, I brought along my camera. Enjoy! (click for larger view, and yes, I'll fix the wacky layout soon)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saw this image

David Gray, a photographer related to Reuters, snapped this photo of the moon from Tibet on 4/29/08. Sweet.
Because of the recent night sky phenom (cresent moon+venus+jupiter), the concept of 'earthshine' or how Earth lights up the moon sparked my interest. How big and beautiful Earth must look in the lunar night sky, if how big and beautiful the much smaller moon is to ours. Why don't we have a camera installed on the moon to look back at us? Some day. We can do it much more cheaply with satellites, but they are so...lacking a sense of 'firma', or luna firma.

I may write up something for the directions my work will take me. Interestingly, it may refocus my interests in the Clover basin, NV. With the expertise I see in the office dealing with flood inundation scenarios, I may at last be closing in on my longstanding question about basin integrations between Pleistocene Lakes Ruby and Clover. Wouldn't that be sweet. And to hell with you Steve. It is a good question, with many geomorphic implications for the desert's past.

Below, a shot from photographer Kenji Kawano, who spent most of his career working with the Dine' (Navajo). He's published a few books of photos about the Navajo Code Talkers. I am putting up this photo unless I hear from Mr. Kawano. I'd like to hear from him anyway, though I would hate to get sued trying to share his great photography.

Tom Fannie (Naakaii Dine' é Clan) and Cody Dayish, father and son, Shiprock New Mexico.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Evening Sky tonight

If only it weren't crappy overcast here in Tennessee, I might see something like this, captured in Kathmandu earlier today by Gopal Chitrakar of Reuters. It is cold and even snowed some this a.m.

I start my new job tomorrow. Very exciting indeed. I have been watching several 007 flicks lately in the kitchen, where I nearly finished my projects. I am glad that I moved my tools as things would have been pretty quiet for me without something like this to do. Sure, I had expectations about moving here to see what this music city is all about. I knew that I wasn't going to do it the way that you hear of everyone else who comes here chasing a dream. I traveled around playing music. I liked it. I miss it. I could also see that it was a one way street, destination unknown. Or a destination of being a weary unknown bar musician.

As I traveled around over the last year, I saw and learned things about this country and our world. It is a good thing to be going back to work where some of my talents will be put to good use helping people solve problems. The music is very much alive in me. I am at home with it; I know what I am after and know that it will be a lifetime's pursuit.

So tomorrow begins a new era; an era where I live within my means and use my noggin doing work stuff and less 'what does it all mean' stuff. Of course I have always had a penchant for that kind of inner dialog, and will no doubt carry on, seeking to understand our ever-changing place in time and space. Only now, I will also get a paycheck.


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