30 May 2011

memorial day

remembering the glory; remembering the waste

29 May 2011

decatur arts festival

the big bronzes by a nigerian, nnamdi okonkwo, were the best ---

28 May 2011

34th annual atlanta jazz festival

could not have asked for a better evening on the meadow


27 May 2011

coke fizz

the storm tore up the screens for the coca-cola light show and they've already stripped the north side --- looks like the show is at a premature end

dog got a hair cut

but he was less than cooperative so the hair cut is not all it might have been

26 May 2011

"because it's free"?

this idiot represents the 7th district, which is basically gwinnett, barrow, walton, and a little bit of newton counties ---- the cluelessness and hypocrisy of some republicans is truly awesome to behold

25 May 2011

looking up

a culture of dickishness

quote for the day:  "I don’t want to be all shrill but these guys are dicks." from wonkette, commenting on the house speaker holding disaster relief for joplin hostage to more extreme right-wing budget cuts ---

24 May 2011

unknown but not forgotten

vivian maier, "the best street photographer you've never heard of" . . . be sure to follow the link in the first line of the article for dozens of her images ---

portrait of an asshole

GOP Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today signed the bill overturning Nashville's non-discrimination ordinance. 

i probably don't need to point out that he's a republican

23 May 2011


new "tequila bar/cantina" at p'tree and 5th --- the giant scorpion on the corner is purty swell

21 May 2011


i'm thinking there has been a mis-reading of scripture --- or something

20 May 2011

lifestyles of rich white people in the antebellum south

more than you ever wanted to know about this house can be found here

17 May 2011


this piece gives an excellent overview of the ongoing effort to eliminate the p'tree/pine shelter --- a whole lot of money, time, and resources has been spent on trying to get rid of the shelter rather than doing something about what causes it to be necessary in the first place ----
"We’ve demolished more public housing than any other city in the country and the [Atlanta] Housing Authority speaks with pride of that, which I say with tragic irony,” says Frank Alexander, a law professor at Emory University and director of its Project on Affordable Housing and Community Development. “We offer less housing at the lower end of the economic spectrum than most any other community."
plus we offer shit for mental health services, which accounts for most of the problem ---

16 May 2011

end times

some fool actually created a facebook page announcing an event on saturday: "post-rapture looting; location: everywhere; time: 12:00-3:00" --- last count nearly 70,000 have signed up for the event ---

full moon

time to go crazy

midtown monday

15 May 2011

clear creek

saw the nether reaches of clear creek today for the first time in years --- rehabilitation of the old carriage road that runs along the west side of the creek is going to make for another fine addition to the park ---

14 May 2011

last of its kind

brought to london in 1895 --- they're not self-pollinating and they can't find a female for it --- somebody probably cut it down for firewood

10 May 2011

well said

Whatever happens, it would be a lot more morally useful if some repugnant vulgarity like Donald Trump was chased into the Atlantic Ocean by an angry mob (or heavily armed architecture critics) rather than be put on teevee to sputter his mushmouthed racist bullshit just because he managed to cling to millions of dollars despite his multiple, massive bankruptcies.


the first mute-swan hatchling at the 600-year-old abbotsbury swannery this year

slow-motion disaster

the river is expected to crest at well above the record flood stage set at vicksburg in 1927 and at natchez in 1937 ---- and the army corps is opening the bonnett carre spillway north of new orleans --- and hoping it and the old river control structure hold, cause if they don't and the river were to change course, a whole lot more than just new orleans would be hurting --- thnx for the tip, andrew

08 May 2011

the stench of magnolia fills the air

one less homeless beast

a sweet little black boy cat has landed primo digs on clairmont road and is quite pleased, i'm sure --- his facilitator, cousin angela, provided us with an excellent kitty fifteen years ago on sinclair avenue

update: after 24 hours, he's got no complaints and has made himself at home --- by and large, robert indicates that he is everything one might want in a cat ---

06 May 2011

cross creek atlanner

dinner with the 106ers

views of the city

downtown and midtown from the northwest

04 May 2011


A study of the rice genome suggests that the crop was domesticated only once, rather than at multiple times in different places.
8,000 yrs ago in china

the front door

i really liked the old concrete planter that was designed with the building, but it's gone, and these planters are a whole lot better than the awful bright orange plastic ones that they put out as replacement, until the howls of derision made them disappear in less than a week --- these work with the building and still satisfy whoever's need for a little prissiness, although the tall ones may not survive the drunks

03 May 2011

lake burton

i guess i missed this tornado, an f3 on lake burton --- mostly second homes, but it is or was a beautiful part of the world

after bin laden

now we have to listen to republican assholes crediting torture for the demise of bin laden --- i want my country back, a country that automatically, without question, would never consider torturing prisoners of war, whether you want to call them that or not

Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.” - George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

02 May 2011


1 may 1945, death of hitler announced at 10:30 pm by radio in hamburg;
1 may 2011, death of bid laden announced, also at 10:30?
(oh, and 1 may 2003, bush's "mission accomplished" speech)


I’ve never wished a man dead, but I’ve read some obituaries with great pleasure.
Mark Twain

01 May 2011

bull sluice

me and dog went out to the river to check out the gold branch unit, on the west side of bull sluice lake --- the lake got its name from the way the river narrowed between two hills, which is of course where they built morgan falls dam --- there was never a morgan falls prior to the dam, only bull sluice --- quiet and solitude except for a gaggle of european tourists chattering along, thankfully in the opposite direction --- i hope the tick that i pulled off the back of my neck just now is the only one i brought home