Saturday, March 31, 2007

Driftwood Horses

Whinsey asked me to post this. I love the look in a natural setting. More pictures here.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Look out April Fools!

Got a busy weekend ahead,
with a trip to San Diego today,
back tonight, and two herding
lessons in Fillmore this weekend.

It's a dog's life, or is it a duck's life?

I've plunged into the code world of Flash CS3 regular expressions, my idea of fun.

Watch out for whoopee cushions or exaggerated statements on Sunday. Oh what the heck, have fun on Mars!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Robert Blake in cold blood

Jon ran a Cinemascope print of this movie last night. I watched it reluctantly, and was amazed.

Released in 1967, the movie's documentary style photography captures an America that seems so distant.

The artistic and intelligent story telling and acting were astonishing, reached a level which movies just don't begin to touch anymore. And for Robert Blake to be playing the slightly sympathetic nutso real life killer...

The sound track by Quincey Jones certainly helped build the mood. Which reminds me, some time I'll have to spill the strange saga of Quincey Jones, me, and the weird Bugs Bunny anti-drug rap cartoon that never got made.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Springtime in London 1983

london tree
Originally uploaded by Big Chicken.
While setting up the silly Flickr badge at the bottom of this blog, I thought this painting I did long ago in London might give you a happy spring feeling. The color is a little more subtle than this old gif shows, but the mood is about right.

Molly and I are off to another encounter with the sheep in Leona Valley. I'm attempting to blog more often, but a little voice inside keeps saying, "aah, shut up."

Monday, March 26, 2007

The inside of my computer

How dirty is your garage?
Originally uploaded by Big Chicken.
No-- wait-- the inside of my garage. Ahh, springtime, when you hope no one will think to open that door except me, and imagine spring cleaning will be done by elves.

Rooster Elle spends the nights in the cage, and Jon's friend left the two 35mm projectors. That's an extra seat from my Honda Element on the little red wagon, a dog crate that the other rooster was over nighting in, a heat lamp for those cold winter nights, and straw so Elle has a nice landing pad when he jumps out of the cage in the morning. I forget why I made the large white papier mache chicken with Egyptian necklace sitting on top of the cage. Three bicycles with flat tires complete the scene, as long as you don't turn your head.

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Originally uploaded by Big Chicken.
Molly, don't you know it's tacky to lick your lips when you go to meet the sheep? We were sheepherding on Sunday, and those fuzzy young ones looked mighty tasty.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Interview with me in 1980 at Snazelle Films

(On youtube you can never choose the featured image- it's the frame half way through!)

I found this old interview with me and had it transferred, then uploaded it to youtube, source of many new friends... Can't resist including this amazing message I got from a youtuber today:

your film Quasi at the Quackadero is tacked onto the end of a very old and mysterious video tape my father has owned since I was very small, although the opening credits are lopped off and I never knew it was yours until very recently. The tape starts out with Warner Brothers cartoons, which get weirder and weirder and then suddenly switch to your cartoon after almost an hour. After Quasi, there are a few other things such as a surreal cartoon about a mutating fly and a terrifying claymation piece about Hell, but Quasi at the Quackadero is the pinnacle of the tape. Watching it has always been a sort of ritualistic journey for me, as it progresses on and on and on from innocent Bugs Bunny cartoons to the strangest, most far-out things. The enduring of the entire tape is a mind-altering experience, to be sure. I was very excited to see you with a YouTube profile, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thankyou for providing the psychedelic climax to a bizarre and wonderful childhood ritual.

Keyboards of the Future

This is a keyboard that's already available, but once they start projecting that keyboard into the space in front of you, rather than on the flat, and people are typing into the air, it will be as if sign language and keyboards have merged... or maybe in the future they will.

Even though I'm 57, I like to think about the future a lot. I think humans are evolving into an insectivorous form, hive-like. I think the constant partial attention syndrome relates to that.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Linda Davick Nice Artist

Linda Davick interviewed me this week and posted the results on her attractive blog:

Her site is wonderful. I put together some code last night to make the find it game more interactive.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Whale Watching

We spent Sunday on an Island Packers boat out of Ventura, whale watching. We saw a couple of humpback whales and two gray whales also. We cruised past Anacapa, and were out for a couple of hours. Last year's whale watch was disappointing, so it was great to see quite a few this year. The Channel Islands National Park is a wonderful place to visit. I've been to every island that's open to the public. There are a couple that the military keep closed. Amazing to think that pygmy mammoths once inhabited these islands.

Monday, March 12, 2007

I'm selling artwork online now

I've been doing a lot of code work, lately. I tech edited the latest Flash for Dummies book, soon to be published. My critical nature helps me with tech editing because errors just jump out at me.

After building a friend's custom jewelry site in Flash with Paypal, I decided to use what I'd learned to sell my own artwork. I have a simple art gallery
with very inexpensive pieces for sale. I'll be adding more items as free time permits. This piece is from the youtube/Sesame Street song, "Above It All."

If you're an artist who wants a simple method of selling your work online, I could build you a sales site quite readily and inexpensively.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Escalator Safety etc.

Ahh, accident-proof excalators. I'm off to visit my mother in South Jersey this weekend. I've got Whinsey back on line and I think she's working. I've been in code frenzy state this week. Off for two hikes now. Also, if you go to my youtube channel, do check out the piece "impossumble." Youtube seems to grab the image at the exact center for each video's icon, and I lost on that one, as it's an image from cnn. But the piece has more going on than that I promise.