Famous Last Words

one of the real upsides of fame
is that when your time of dying comes,
there often seems to be someone
around to write down 

your last words...

"What is the question?"
Gertrude Stein, writer

"Why not? Why not? Why not? Why not? Yeah."
Timothy Leary, gadfly

"I'm tired. "
Ava Gardner, actress

"Whose house is this?
What street are we in?
Why did you bring me here?"
William Cullen Bryant, poet

"It's been a long time
since I've had champagne."
Anton Chekhov, writer

"I should never have switched
from Scotch to Martinis."
Humphrey Bogart, actor

"Codeine . . . bourbon."
Tallulah Bankhead, actress

"How were the receipts today
at Madison Square Garden?"
P. T. Barnum, impressario

Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor

"I am still alive!"
Caligula, emperor
(when stabbed by his own guards)

"I've never felt better."
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., actor

"Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we?"
William Henry "Zip the Pinhead" Johnson, carnie

"The sun is God."
 J. M. W. Turner, painter


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What? More Despair?

... yes, more. 

i think it's all of these year-end/decade
in review articles and programs....
they make me cross about things

all over again...

Conservatives, Canada, Stephen Harper, politics, ice, winter, fishing,
freedom, Ottawa, parliament, prime minister


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The Despair Continues

... they say it's better than 
keeping it all bottled up inside....






Palin Iran Seagal Lennon Imagine Tyler Aerosmith "Culture Club"
"Boy George" "Sarah Palin" Republican


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If Muslims Acted More Like Christians

... here's a very interesting piece-
what if the rhetoric and actions
of "the War on Drugs" came
all the way home?


Muslim, Christian, DEA, drugs, alcohol, law, "war on drugs"
terror, OPEC, victims, danger, rights, freedom, respect,
prohibition, belief, faith, privilege


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Sarah Palin vs Obama

an explanation that makes
as much sense as many....

Sarah Palin Obama Nobel politics


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Stories from the Street

another great moment in graffiti...

graffiti "street art" attitude


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Does the Truth Hurt?

i guess who feels it knows it....

Hummer penis cartoon men masculine size humour


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Now THAT'S Funny....

seriously... what a great piece of work...

"knock knock" Jesus Christian humor Stumble


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Wow. I'm even more excited.

winter Despair humor Canada Muskoka scary


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Olympic Fever!

Wow. I am so excited.

winter Olympics Canada Vancouver Whistler Despair 2010 VANOC
mittens hockey skiing bobsled BC podium silver gold bronze


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Winter... the sequel...

Nothing says winter like the first snow...

the second snow says something else.


stay tuned.
there's more winter to come...


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It's winter!

 Nothing says winter like the first snow.

The forecast says
maybe up to 48 inches
by the weekend...

with some sort
of slush interlude
en route...


In a small town, 
you stay on top
of these things.

Or else.


It's been really quiet
for about 2 weeks...

a wonderful silence
settled when the last leaf blower
and the last chain saw 

got put away...

...til today, when I encountered
my first high-performance  


They are something like
the muscle cars 
of the sixties.




Here comes The Judge.

Without the chrome.

Without the laquer.

Without the upholstery.

Without the mufflers.

Without the road.

The other great thing 
about snow
is that it's all
about the bright. 

If there's light, you get it twice.  

And when the dark starts 
coming on by 3 
in the afternoon, 
that counts.

I'm counting the days until the winter solstice.


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Olympic thinking

big snow today- can't help feeling kind of Olympic 2010...


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a walk in the city

last weekend i went to a meeting in toronto.
i was there for 24 hours.

i was planning to stay longer,
but after 24 hours, i was very happy to be

on a bus headed north.

the visual stimulation was overwhelming
and the soundscape was very intense.
it felt like my brain was undergoing acupuncture
therapy by unhappy practitioners.

it struck me that i take pictures of environments
like this to simplify them to a level
my thoughts can process...
maybe even see beauty where my first reaction
is one of profound alienation.


up north, people on the street expect you to say hi.
there, the only people on the street i talked to
were people who live there.


i think it's why i like to see street art so much.


it makes the city seem less lonely.


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