Friday, May 07, 2010
Insert in My Obituary, Please

Charles T. Munger: "A very flawed person can do well if he seeks out dumb competition."

(Much more complete transcript here for the curious)

Dan Siney interview. A Vancouver photographer I've never met, but feel awfully close to (q.v. Stump Skulls #1,2,3 (under the cut) and Man Waiting For Fireworks (above)).
Thursday, May 06, 2010

Yosemite Falls from the valley floor. Every now and then chunks of rime would peel off the cliff and come down with a gigantic crash clearly audible above the roar of the water. Undepicted: the so-called photographer beside me with the safari vest, fanny pack, huge barrel lens and constant barrage of complaints about the snow, the low light, and the clouds.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Flâneur, 2010
Today's reading: The Story of the CDO Market Meltdown: An Empirical Analysis, by 24 year-old Harvard student Anna Katherine Barnett-Hart

(and an even more complete BH 2010 question-and-answer transcript)

Margin of a Freeway, 2010

US 99 near Tulare CA. I spent an hour here while my clothes visited the local laundromat. Flat light. Warm white sky, with only a smeary trace of blue. I like these guys a lot; they remind me of the overcrowded passengers in Bill Reid's great Jade Canoe.

Surveillance Tower and Palm Tree, Livingston, CA, 2010

(Thanks to the undepicted CHP officer who kindly reversed his cruiser out of the frame)
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Park, 2010

Electron Boy Saves Seattle!

"Electron Boy seemed a little dazed by his powers. Out on Qwest Field, the Sounders gave Erik a hero's congratulations, posed for pictures and gave him a jersey and autographed ball.

Everyone was startled when, overhead, the Jumbotron crackled to life.

'Electron Boy, I am Dr. Dark and this is Blackout Boy,' sneered an evil voice, as the villain — Edgar Hansen, and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch — taunted the young superhero. 'We are here to take over Seattle and make it dark!'"

(via dru)
Monday, May 03, 2010

Self Portrait in a Mirror, 2010

Fragmentary Roof Ornament With Medusa. Etruscan, 550-500 B.C. Collection J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, 2010
Just reprinted by University of Chicago Press: Thierry de Duve's excellent Clement Greenberg: Between The Lines. I found my copy at City Lights in San Francisco, but there should be copies on PFB's shelves pretty soon.

Jeff Wall, A Sapling Held By a Post, 2000
Collection CJB

"Munger is taking a whack at the same question. He doesn't repeat himself as much. He says he became comfortable making such judgments after he realized he could survive hardship. Then he pauses, and says to the questioner: 'Maybe you should get your feet wet with a little more failure.'"

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