Saturday, January 31, 2009


January 20, 2009

Govern the state as one cooks a small fish-- Lao Tzu


Friday, January 30, 2009


Ibhar, and Elishama, and Eliphelet, and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.
In Sophia's case, nine years.


Thursday, January 29, 2009


January 19, 2009

And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I [am] as thou [art,] my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Their Eyes Were Watching God

January 20, 2009
On a jag here, borrowing titles from writers.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mr. President

Post inaugural day seven. How long does the hope last?


Monday, January 26, 2009

Obamajam bike valet

January 20, 2009

Washington Area Bicyclist Association parked 2000+ bicycles in the space a suburban CVS would use for a parking lot.
Biking on the George Washington Parkway without cars was sweet.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

day of rest

What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around--Peter Buck


Saturday, January 24, 2009


January 20, 2009


Friday, January 23, 2009

social resurrection


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As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.

We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.

On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright -- it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

(editorial note- Social Death and Resurrection the title of a book by Charlottesville photographer-historian, John E. Mason.)


Thursday, January 22, 2009

living color

begin again, January 20, 2009


Monday, January 19, 2009

ice dog

arg. headed to DC on bicycle to participate in celebratory history. alas, the computer to Internet connection I've used on the road for the past four years is broken.


Friday, January 16, 2009

lost dog


Thursday, January 15, 2009

third dog

My third dog Charlie. Charlie was the first dog for whom I was responsible. I failed miserably.
Charlie killed some rabbits, for food for sport? Didn't matter. The bunnies were livestock, being raised for their meat by a farmer down the road.
Killing livestock is a serious offense for canines in Virginia, a capital crime.
I never requested proof of Charlie's crime. How many rabbits? Who witnessed the event? Show me a Polaroid. Show me rabbit carcasses. I was a total believer in the righteousness of Authority. The Man came to the house and said the dogs had to die. (Dogs, my roomate had a dog). We inquired about death options. The best death option was to shoot them on site. Right then, at the house. Execute them.
And so. Mr. Man shot the dogs for us. I remember crying a lot. Digging a hole.
It changed me.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009


This city has a light pollution ordinance.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

risk avoidance

Stiletto heels transmit a large amount of force in a small area, and are therefore often strengthened by a metal tube, into which is inserted a metal or hard plastic tip. The great pressure transmitted through such a heel (greater than that exerted by an elephant standing on one foot) can cause damage to carpets and floors. The heel will also sink into lawns, making high heels impractical for outdoor wear.--Wikipedia

Rendering this pedestrian mall safe for wearers of heels dictated the massive expenditure of public funds.
The state controls many aspects of individual behavior. Was a "no heels" ordinance an option?

Monday, January 12, 2009

columba livia

Police are observant.
A Charlottesville patrol officer noticed I had a camera, directed me west, "there is something you've got to see."
Feral pigeon on the corner, flightless, fearless, impersonating a penguin.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

twilight dog

omnipresent dog. I am six dogs old.


Friday, January 09, 2009

first dog

Ricky is the first dog I remember. He lived through a lot of things. He was careful not to get left behind, loaded himself into the trunk of my dad's car, making a point.
This is one of my father's Kodachrome shots (desaturated 50%).


Thursday, January 08, 2009

abandoned road

ran into an image of Ricky earlier today, the dog who raised me. Color. Maybe tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

route 321

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Corvus brachyrhynchos

the American Crow --eagles are fine, but I'd like a new national bird

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Monday, January 05, 2009

locust avenue dogs

The Weasel Times and Stoat Intelligencer has an notable tick photo posted today. Ticks are not often photographed. Good job Weasel!


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Sofa sofa

This photo looks better in color than b&w.
Code to do a rollover with a psd that shifts from b&w to color...?

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

genetic inheritance

My dad picked up trash on the side of the road in front of our house. I thought it was a waste of time.
Years pass, the genetic inheritance expresses itself. I pick up trash on the side of the road.
The litter is everywhere, primarily fast food meals (McTrash) plus beer cans and bottles ejected from motor vehicles.
Local crime stats indicate that it is difficult to cite a motorist for littering (there were seven 26-1 citations in 2007).

The straw that breaks this camel's back is the free "distribution" of phone-books and ersatz phone-books.
The entities that print these books could limit distribution to those members of the public who actually have expressed an interest in receiving their product. Further, they could hire professional delivery people, the US postal service, Fedex, UPS, people who know how to get product to a recipient.
Instead, the directories are distributed using a fecundatory model, like a buck shad, like a dandelion, many seed are spread in the hope that some will take root.

Some fall by the wayside, some fall on stony ground. What the hell, someone else will pick them up.

Sec. 26-1. Littering.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or otherwise dispose of trash, garbage, refuse, litter or other unsightly matter on public property, including a public street, right-of-way, property adjacent to such street or right-of-way, or on private property without the written consent of the owner thereof or his agent.
(b) When any person is arrested for a violation of this section and the matter alleged to have been illegally dumped or disposed of has been ejected from a motor vehicle, the arresting officer may comply with the provisions of Code of Virginia, section 46.2-936 in making such arrest.
(c) When a violation of the provisions of this section has been observed by any person, and the matter illegally dumped or disposed of has been ejected from a motor vehicle, the owner or operator of such motor vehicle shall be presumed to be the person ejecting such matter. Such presumption shall be rebuttable by competent evidence.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the lawful disposal of such matter in landfills.


Friday, January 02, 2009



Thursday, January 01, 2009


No resolutions. Habits are set. A race between time and turtle. Cue 1978. Same race. Different year.

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