Monday, October 20, 2014


Seen today on the way home.  The skies over the 101 Freeway near the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral are proving to be fertile grounds for interesting images.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another New Aphorism

"Respect may not always beget respect, but only respect can beget respect."

Part of my answer to a person who thought he could do no wrong on the internet.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ghostly Double..?

Trees astrally project, too.


Random things.  The location and orientation of the crack in the sidewalk; the decision of the city of Downey to place the traffic sign at that particular spot; the position of the Sun -- which really means the position of the Earth in its orbit at this particular minute, hour and day of the year -- and my strolling by this particular spot just then -- all came together by chance to neatly bisect the shadow of the sign.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A New Neighborhood Butterfly

I say "New", because my guess is that this is not the same butterfly I named the Neighborhood Butterfly last year.  But since it looks to be the same species, and I did witness a pair of them mating, I suppose this individual could be their direct descendant.  Which makes it the New Neighborhood Butterfly for the neighborhood.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Seen This Morning

Another curiously sicence fiction-looking one, I think.  Like one of those 'mother ship' type spacecraft beloved by UFO conspiracists everywhere.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Two Evenings Last Week

Hmm-- ads are invading the blog, even though I've never asked for sponsors.  Is this just happening to me, or do others see them?  I regard this blog as a kind of artwork, both a record of certain aspects of my life and a creative project, and would never consider cluttering it up with advertising messages.  How annoying...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Some Recent Acquisitions

(Not all from the junk shop across from the office)

Not everything is represented in this photo, which shows a very old American movie (silent!), a pretty old Italian movie, a so-so old Japanese movie and a recent Korean one.  Plus an ornament which puzzled me at first, because I thought it must have a function other than looking pretty.  And I made a conscious decision to pick up an old bad habit I quit years ago.

Anyway, I didn't know anything about the plot of the Chaplin movie 'City Lights' other than that it involved a blind flower girl who mistakenly believes Chaplin's character -- yet another incarnation of the Tramp that he made famous -- to be a wealthy man.  [HERE COMES A SPOILER -- SKIP THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF WHAT HAPPENS;  BUT IF, LIKE ME, YOU DON'T MIND HAVING PLOTS SPOILED, READ ON]  For some reason I thought the movie would end without the girl -- now able to see thanks to the Tramp's sacrifice -- ever discovering the true identity of her benefactor;  I was gratified to find that she does indeed learn it was the Tramp who was responsible for her regaining her sight.  And as I watched that ending scene, my eyes welled up with tears... whaddayagonna do, I'm just an old softie that way.

One more thing -- I also bought a new hat today.  A derby, similar to the one the Tramp always wore.  I don't know if this qualifies as one of those 'degrees of separation' things, but the reason I became interested in the Chaplin movie is that I am something of a fan of the Korean singer IU (yes, that's her name, pronounced Eye-You), whose last album featured a song titled 'Modern Times', which is a tribute to Chaplin in his guise as the Tramp (and by all means check it out on YouTube -- it's a pretty good song, promise^).  In looking up the Chaplin movie the song is named after, I came across 'City Lights', with which I was vaguely familiar, and impulsively ordered it online.  Once it arrived though, I let it sit on my coffee table for weeks without opening it, and then just a few hours ago I finally watched it.  Maybe it was the derby sitting on my head that gave me a subliminal cue.


[Here's my other hat:  Selfie With New Glasses And Bad Haircut]