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  • Anyone can be a forensic photographic investigator.

    We have at our fingertips research tools and technology that are stunning. This is of course not new. The future is rather well distributed to people with a certain amount of cashflow and some computer tools. I participate in a Facebook group about old things in San Diego. Someone posted this photo from 1965, asking…


  • tl;dr: it was slavery.

    Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America: March 21, 1861: But not to be tedious in enumerating the numerous changes for the better, allow me to allude to one other — though last, not least. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution…



  • 15 year old White House Reporter!

    Charming story from my pal Dennis Wilen (who I’ve known for quite some time, here’s a 2001 blog post mentioning his wisdom) — check it out: A 15 YEAR-OLD AT WASHINGTON PRESS CONFERENCES!

  • Thomas Paine on Property

    via PochoBlog: Personal property is the effect of society; and it is as impossible for an individual to acquire personal property without the aid of society, as it is for him to mike land originally. Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal…

  • Prop 8 Decision

    Yesterday Proposition 8 overturned. The complete ruling of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is available as a PDF: KRISTIN PERRY V. EDMUND G. BROWN, Jr.. Any judicial decision quoting Groucho Marx, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, and Frank Sinatra is fine by me. It’s not too dry. I was a bit surprised that I…


  • Central California has some real beauty.

    Leah and I, as well as the 3 boys drove north to from Moorpark to Burlingame. It’s near the San Francisco Airport. It’s pretty here, but cold. Cold enough for me to look up a quote by Mark Twain. Sadly, the quote is not a true one. Mark Twain never said, “The coldest winter I…

  • Steve Jobs

    John Lilly: (Steve Jobs) was also a gifted, gifted operator. One of the struggles we were going through when he came back was that Apple was about the leakiest organization in history — it had gotten so bad that people were cavalier about it. In the face of all those leaks, I remember the first…


  • Reagan in a concept car.

    President Ronald Reagan (born February 6, 1911) driving the GM Citation IV concept in 1984. via New City, a blog my friend Chris and I co-curate.

  • Lyrics of the Day; Dialogue of the Day

    Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmates: Safe and sound at home again, let the waters roar, Jack. Safe and sound at home again, let the waters roar, Jack. Long we’ve tossed on the rolling main, now we’re safe ashore, Jack. Don’t forget yer old shipmates, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe! We have worked the self-same gun,…

  • Larry King: Carvelle Story, Moppo Story

    Back in 2002 I ripped some audiotapes I had of two stories told by Larry King. I said: …some Larry King stories I had taped from his old Mutual radio show back in 1986 — The famed “Carvelle Story” and “Moppo Story” — very funny stuff I had been reluctant to post them out of…

  • “That’s trouble of some kind George.”

    “That’s trouble of some kind George.” Challenger Explosion amateur video footage. Still breaks my heart.


  • Jacob Lake Campground

    At Christmastime, which Leah and I spent in Kanab, Utah with family, I drove south towards the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I took a few photos on the drive. Kanab’s elevation is 4,970 feet — there was a very slight amount of snow on the cliffs near Kanab and lingering in the town…


  • Oklahoma City Memorial

    In November, as part of our cross-country trip, I visited the Oklahoma City Memorial. It was early in the morning, Leah was exhausted and sick. I took some time and wandered the grounds for a while. I took a few photos. Visiting the memorial was like visiting a church. In the film No Maps for…

  • Gordon Parks. Alabama, 1956.

    Photo taken in Alabama, 1956 by Gordon Parks: Gordon Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. (via)

  • Whitney Brothers; Processing, Jbum

    At BarCampLA, Jim Bumgardner was inspirational for many things. One small thing was for pointing out these two films: “Lapis,” a short film by James Whitney: “Catalog,” a short film by John Whitney, 1961 Over on Coverpop, Bumgardner shows off work inspired by John Whitney: Whitney Music Box which is beautiful and hypnotic and surprisingly…



  • We Got a Black Quarterback

    So step back. lyrics source: She watch Channel Zero