Sunday, June 29, 2008


In the original printing, he did not include his name, only a daguerrotype.

He refined and reworked it; he published 9 versions during his lifetime, each version a slight variation on the previous. The first edition contained 12 poems; the final or "deathbed" version contained almost 400.

The tireless revision and pursuit of one work to embody all his poetic effort... this inspires me.

Wikipedia entry

Friday, June 27, 2008

edwards aquifer

this is going to be a big big issue, very soon.

Of course, underlying the Bexar Co. development
skirmishes is the area's unique aquifer system.
Overlain by karst limestone pocked through like Swiss
cheese and peppered with caves, the water that drains
down from creeks, across dirty parking lots, or out of
wastewater discharge pipes receives very little
natural filtering before it enters the Edwards. From
there, it can move through San Antonio's drinking
reservoir at a rate of thousands of feet per day.
Increasingly, however, San Antonio's sprawling growth
has blanketed the Edwards' recharge zone, threatening
the historic purity of the aquifer water that has
allowed the San Antonio Water System and BexarMet to
pump, chlorinate, and deliver water to area homes and
businesses without the costly central water-treatment
plants found in most other cities. Groups such as the
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance have long warned that
tighter controls are needed to prevent the
contamination of the Edwards.

Peace references New York City's decision in 2007 to
spend $300 million on land acquisition to protect its
watershed – a move expected to negate the need for a
treatment plant costing up to $10 billion (and
eventually passed along to customers in rate hikes).
Like San Antonio, New York City is one of only a
handful of cities that has not had to filter its water
because of the pristine job that natural systems
perform. But New York City planners had to remove land
from potential development to do it – not a popular
proposition among the political leadership in San
Antonio. "

full article here

myspace head explosion

Monday, June 23, 2008

Response from Plucker's ownwer

The owner of Plucker's emailed me back about my negative experience. This is impressive, I think. Quick, decisive action is often the mark of a good businessman.


Hi, my name is Dave Paul and I am the owner of Pluckers. I read your blog and wanted to contact you so I could send you a gift card for a free meal on us. It sounds like your experience at our store was not what it should have been. Please email me at with a good mailing address I can send the gift card to.


Dave Paul


swimming with a t.v.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

my job.

right now i am working at the texas school for the blind and visually impaired as a resident instructor for the summer school session.

yesterday i took the kids on the bus to plucker's in west campus. they ordered "boneless chicken wings," which seemed strange to me.

i ordered waffle fries and had to send them back. they were cold and soggy.

pluckers had 16 television sets, many set to the same channel.

one of my kids, joseph, has shown incredible ability in guitar and has pretty much perfect pitch. yesterday he played "blue moon" about, oh, 25 times. i taught him some "blue notes" he can use to make it a bit more "bluesy."

the day before, we went to highland mall and i walked with joseph.
my first day on the job, a little while back, i changed a grown man's diapers, bathed him, and wiped his rear. after that, everything is pretty much a piece of cake. especially trips to pluckers

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

no really, i'm not kidding

this is amazing. listen in case you missed it the first time.


Monday, June 16, 2008

buffalo springfield, a few years later: stephen stills vs. neil young, circa 1991

oh man. this is wrong in so many ways. it kind of makes me sad for stephen stills. the whole "crowd participation" bit doesn't come off well.

neil young comes off better, i think. just consider their on-stage accoutrements: cheesy rugs and some fake plants (stills) vs. 2-story fender bassman amps (young) ?

some priceless crowd shots too, on both the clips.

the stephen stills clip kind of makes me never want to be filmed again doing anything, ever ever ever.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

comment on the music industry

we went through such hell trying to get the record company to lower the price of our records... still $18.99 in most places. and now one cent on ebay. beyond surreal.

i wonder how all these big companies will shake down over the next few years.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


this song and video blow my mind.

Thursday, June 05, 2008



The Spitzer Space Telescope's encompasing infrared view of the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy is hard to appreciate in just one picture. In fact, more than 800,000 frames of data from Spitzer's cameras have now been pieced together in an enormous mosaic of the galactic plane - the most detailed infrared picture of our galaxy ever made. The small portion seen here spans nearly 8 degrees, roughly the apparent width of your fist held at arms length, across the galaxy's center. The full mosaic is 120 degrees wide.


Monday, June 02, 2008


Oh, a collage I made got sold on this sweet cart that Sam rolled around called the Changarro. read his post(s) about the changarro here.


jordan belson = amazing
read about him
or here