Wednesday, October 18, 2017

nEVeR mInD



The title came to me as I thought about what was London famous for:  Big Ben, Phone Booths, the Union Jack, and then I thought Sex Pistols.  But of course.  I never like their music but I was fascinated with their style and attitude.   The title to their album was suited for the Polaroid format, and the typewriter font, and the grime and all.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Devil Wears Prada



This image is not associated with Prada S.p.A. -  an Italian luxury fashion house, specializing in leather handbags, travel accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear, perfumes and other fashion accessories, founded in 1913 by Mario Prada.  But maybe, they would notice it and ask me to do commission work.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Let's dance the last dance tonight


Where:  Seville, Spain

When:  March 2014

What:  Couple dancing to the music of Donna Summer's Last Dance

Why:  They get paid to do so

How:  The Spanish way, Ole!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Story Behind "Performance Is ..."


Even back in those days - before my retirement - I always tried to make my office as homey as possible for me.  Hence, I surround myself with artworks.  The image above is a collage/composite of some sorts that I created and displayed on my wall.  I knew that later on I would have to abandon the artwork when I retire.  I could probably bring it home but I decided that I would do the lazy thing.  I captured it with my camera.  This was 2010.  At that time, I had the Canon a590IS Point and Shoot.  It was cheap, and the only one I had at that time. 8 crappy megapixels.  Even then, I think the camera produced a decent photo.  But then I filed the image file and forgot about it.  Until now.  I looked at it and it brings back memories.  Nice ones.  I would sit in front of the computer all stressed out, and all I needed to do was glance at this artwork and I knew everything would be all right.  I said to myself, I am just passing through.  Sooner or later, I will pursue what I love to do.  Create.


Friday, October 13, 2017

2013 Rioja



This is what one may see after their second bottle of red wine.  Wonderful world of colors, blurs and bokeh.  I must say the 2013 Rioja is not that impressive.  But that was the best I could find at the bar in Limerick, Ireland.  (The Irish are not into wine.)  Anyone in the market for wine should try to find the 2010, which was a great year across the board.  Prior to harvesting, it rained quite a bit and the summer was super hot - an ideal condition for growing grapes.  I still see some great finds at Trader Joe's and Costco.  Almost everyone in the wine making business made great wine.  Anyone who made inferior wine from the 2010 grape harvest should not be in the business of wine.  The other year to watch is the 2015.  Not as great as the 2010 but decent.

Shot with the iPhone 6.

May you enjoy this Friday the 13th.

Cheers.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Random Thoughts of Mrs Wright


Mrs Wright felt that the winter would never end.  Hardly any sign of spring on the horizon.  I better get me another cup of hot tea, she thought.  Why does the tea get cold right away?  I'll have to talk to Doctor Leete about my sleep.  The system of socialism is utter nonsense.  I recall in 2078 - yes that was a memorable year - when the Boston Underground played a concert for 36 hours straight.  We were wild and running free.  That was then.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Was ... Polaroids

Processed on the Polaroid FX.


Versus




I've been having fun with the Polaroid FX app and the Instant Mobile App.  I believe both apps are made by Polaroid.  Both apps re-create the classic instant film look associated with the Polaroid.

Which one is better?  It really depends on your taste and aspect ratio format.  I tend to use the Polaroid FX when I prefer to maintain a 4x5 aspect ratio.  The Instant Mobile is limited to square format.  So if your image is not square, then it will force it to be one.  At times, this can look cool.  But not always.

The Polaroid FX has a variety of simulated films but very limited textures compared to the Instant Mobile, which I prefer as far as customizing the texture.  One can apply random dirt and fingermarks, as well as increasing or decreasing the amount of crease damage.  Very cool.  But it has only one film format.

Another thing I don't like is that the Instant Mobile takes a longer time to process.  Like a regular Polaroid photo, one has to wait a minute or so before the image appears.  The app even tells you to shake or to blow on the image to make it faster - just like the way Polaroids work.  I think it is just a gimmick.  It doesn't make it faster in my opinion although I haven't done a scientific test to back it up.  On my iPhone, the light goes up the whole time while I'm working on the app.  This is irritating, and decreases my battery level.  Not sure why it was designed this way.

Both of the apps offer a variety of pre-set filters.  I find that some of the filters do not mimic the Polaroid look so for me there are only a few that are useable.

The apps are relatively inexpensive.  It's cheaper than buying the real deal.  The 10 pack Impossible Project is at least $20.  The Fujifilm is a little over $10.  Plus one has to scan the image if it were to be shared on-line.  Using Polaroid FX and the Instant Mobile would be the faster way to go in my opinion.  I know.  Purists will hate me for saying this.

Cheers.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More ways than one


Our hero found out that there are more ways than one in the street of New York City.  And he's going on the wrong way.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Why won't you give me love?




What do think?  I suppose it depends on the experiential value one can get from it.  Others think it's snobbishly capricious.   Some people believe so.  Is it worth it? And yet there is something tactile about images shot on film.  You know what I mean.  And so on.  Plus the final image has to be scanned and digitized if it were to be shared electronically.  And you need a Polaroid camera or a medium format camera with a Polaroid back.  Each shot costs about $2.  There are always instant film from Fujifilm and the Impossible Project but they are prohibitively expensive.  The process of getting the final result is arduous though.  That's analog as opposed to digital if you're a millennial.  Lately, I am rediscovering the beauty of film.  

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Spiral Tap - Sistine Chapel's Secret Staircase v.2

Sistine Chapel's Secret Staircase.
It so happens that my memory escapes me more often nowadays.  It's called old age.  Now I can't remember where I shot this but I know it is in Rome.  I think it could have been part of the interior inside the Sistine Chapel.  I do remember having a nice dinner inside the Vatican.  Yes, we were privileged to dine privately inside what people would call the most holy place in the world.   Not sure how our Tour Director pulled it off.  The best part of the dinner was the wine and roasted pig, which is one of the things they make you eat to test if you are not a Jew or Muslim.  Not an issue  for me -  they can throw in shellfish and all creeping things prohibited in the Old Testament,  I'll eat them.

I usually don't take photos of interiors as the lighting is usually bad.  In this case, it was different.  With the help of technology, I managed to get some nice bokeh and blurs to enhance the shot.  Shot with the iPhone 7 plus.  I dig its camera.

Addendum:  Rose reminded me that this was the modern double helix staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, and was inspired by the original Bramante Staircase. This staircase, like the original, is a double helix, having two staircases allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending; as with the original the main purpose being to allow uninterrupted traffic in each direction. Kind of like driving in the Los Angeles Freeway.

Cheers.  

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Not Peace, but a Sword



 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." - Matthew 10:34

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Secret Agent Man


Sam: Yo, I’ve arrived.

Chief: What do you see that’s unusual?

Sam: Fake buildings, security alert, and white old dude pushing a stroller.

Chief: Where the ($@#^*} are you?!!!!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Prayerful thoughts on the Victims in Las Vegas


May you find peace in Christ.

Cruel to Be Kind



A friend shared this the other day:





And then I thought about ...

What does it mean to find peace?
What is true joy?
What does it mean to have calmness in ones life?  
What is important?
Is family what matters the most? 
Does one sincerely think that this could be an encouragement to the widows, the orphans, the destitute, the homeless? 

Something Else Captured by the X100F


Well, here am I.  Writing gibberish.  I'm sitting down.  Perhaps not on a traditional writing desk.  But close enough.  I forget what I was be doing.  So I have to go back to a theme that I am comfortable with.  Images.  Photography to be specific.  I captured this image using my newfound love:  the Fujifilm Finepix X100F.  As usual, I used the Classic Chrome film simulation - my go-to preset.  All in all, it's a winner.  It would take wild horses to dispute that claim.  Of course, as always, I don't have the slightest idea of what I was doing - and I would be the first to admit it.  But the X100F shoots by itself.  I may be vain but I would have to confess that the image would not be what it was if it were not for the image quality of the X100F.  So as in my other post, this is a shout out to Fuji.  You are my biggest fan!

Hope your day is going well.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

St Peter's Basilica



I had begun to go over my images from Italy, and finding a lot of garbage and some gems.  The RAW image of this one kind of stuck out so I decided to process it today.

Apparently, there are statues missing in the church because some of the saints have walked away.  Could it be that they became Protestants?

The Papal Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.  It is one the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of St Peter, one of Jesus's Apostles and also the first Pope.

Can you pick out which one is St Peter?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Summer wants to stay in California


We were having an unusual summer weather here in Cali.  For the most part, the humidity is higher than New York.  Right now, we are experiencing more than 50% humidity and the temperature is still up in the 90s.  That's Fahrenheit.  So that's high 30s for non-Americans.  I think we are the only ones using the English system.  Everybody else has switched to Metric.  Even the English uses Metric.  Anybody going out should be carrying umbrellas.  But we Californians never do.  Never had any need for it.  Rain or shine.

Hope your day is going well.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Three's Company




Shot from the hip.   It takes some practice.  The 20mm Voillander lens captures a wide range so it's one of the best lens for this kind of application in my opinion.  No autofocus; so it's a bit of challenge to use it in action scenes.   I'm spoiled by current technology.  But if the Magnum Photographers have done it, then there should't be much of an excuse.

The Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 is a manual-focus lens, and has an on-board computer to work with the meters and electronics.  The Canon version, which I use, has CPU contacts for what should be complete compatibility with metering and exposure automation on any of the Canon EOS 35mm and digital cameras made from 1987 through today.  It's really old school.  Dig it!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Then Came the Solar Eclipse


Well, the last Solar Eclipse experience for us was uninteresting.  We were in New York, got out of the house, and nothing seemed to change.  Perhaps, the environment dimmed a bit but nothing significant.  So, here I decided I would create a Manhattan cityscape of what the eclipse would have made the environment looked like.

Hope your day is going  well.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Ghost of Bishop Jebb



The photo is a statue of Bishop John Jebb found in the church of St Mary's Cathedral in Limerick, Ireland.  Not sure if this is still a Protestant church.  It may well be.  Though I doubt it.  After the much hated Oliver Cromwell captured Limerick, the church became a stable for the parliamentary army.  The present state of the church is sad.  It needs a lot of repair work but money is scarce.  It is very depressing.  Even the church staff we talked to looked depressed.   I gave her some money for the church.  She was pleasantly surprised.  

As for Bishop Jebb, not much is written about him.  He was the made bishop of Limerick in 1882.  I imagined that he probably liked to shoot pool.

Hope your day is going well.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Anxiously Waiting



Stress rans like a plague in New York City.  New Yorkers walk around like zombies on high octane caffeine.  Everyone appears to be stressed.  I wonder if they see it too every morning in the mirror.     I see them everywhere but the place to observe is in the subway trains.  Interesting stoic faces.  Paradoxically, I found the New Yorkers quite helpful when you ask for help in getting directions.  They want their own space but most are willing to help.  

Meanwhile, it started to rain, and she didn’t bring an umbrella.  She’s afraid her groceries will get wet.  Moreover, she worried about her eye shadow make-up getting messed up. 

So do you think this one is real?


Juno:  There is a worldview that claims there are no realities.  There are only views of reality.  Only perceptions.  All collective anxieties condense into conspiracy theories.

Rob:  Was that from Frank Underwood of Netflix Original House of Cards?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

To Live and Die in LA.


Los Angeles weather is great.  But the traffic is the worst.  The provisions are plentiful.  You can get anything you want.  Anything.  But at a price.  There is limited freedom.  Only if you think and talk a certain way.  People are tolerant.  If you believe in what they believe.  The air is unclean.  But it makes for a great sunset.    Etc.  Oh, to live and die in LA.

Hoe your day is going well.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Performance Art is ...



No barriers.  Music.  Painting. Words.  Visuals.  Ideas.  Transcendence.  Immanence.  Above.  Beneath. North.  South.  East.  West.  Performance.  Recorded.  Documented.  Historical.  Fiction.  Love.  Hate.  Nothing in between.  Spit what is lukewarm.  Embrace what is cold.  Taste what is hot.  Extreme.  Ethnicity.  Race.  Genders.  Ages.  Languages.  Dialects.  Homeless.  Suburbs.  Urban.  Rural.  Slums.  Trash.  Garbage.  Junk.  Warhol.  Rembrandt.  Bach.  Beck.  Light.  Dark.  Saturated.  Black and White.  Toned.  Monochrome.  Blurred.  Focused.  Analog.  Digital.  Paper.  Paperless.  Mac.  PC.  iPhone.  Android.  Consequences.  Inactions.  Liberty.  Slavery.  Fast.  Slow.  Peace.  More love.  Unity.  Division.  Tolerance.  Intolerance.  More ideas.  

All of the above.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting for Tapas


She's wondering when she'll find Paradise.  Or maybe when her just-ordered tapas will arrive.  Nelson Mandela is amused.  Maybe because he just finished his Yambal juice.

Stealth shot in Madrid courtesy of the now replaceable iPhone 7 plus.

Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

When East Meets West


So I decided to do something artsy tonight.  A double exposure of my friend and the poster I took in Seattle (or at least that's where I remember I took it - well, it doesn't matter).  I like the play of the different blue tones on this image and the geometrical pattern produced by the double exposure.  It reminds me of something I once heard not too long ago:  "There are no realities.  There are only views of reality.  Only perceptions.  All collective anxieties condense into conspiracy theories."  Where did I hear that?  Must have been from House of Cards or some Netflix original.

Hope your day is going well.


Monday, September 18, 2017

NYC at a Glance


A good day to be alive this morning in New York City.  My photo of my friend is now displayed as a poster on Columbus Center or somewhere close by.  Doesn't matter because it's fake.  The poster is made up.  The sky is fake.  Not all is real.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Throwback 2009 ... She was turning Japanese.


Artsy Rose taken in 2009 with a Canon Point and Shoot.  The Powershot A590 IS to be exact.  Low tech Image Stabilizer.  8 crappy megapixels.  And AA two batteries to power the camera.  I still have the camera somewhere.  It still works.  I think.  I tried to give it to somebody else but it was too antiquated for her.  Why lug a bulky P & S when one can use the smart phone?

Even at this time, I was being creative.  I think one doesn't need fancy equipment and software to do decent artwork.   I must have edited this on an early version Photoshop Elements.  Most it was just playing around with layers and modes.  No pro editing like dodge and burn and curves.  I didn't know how to do those at that time.  But I think the edit is still pretty decent.

Somewhere in a Japanese restaurant.  What was the occasion?  Don't recall.  I suppose Rose and I just wanted to live our lives.

Cheers.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Trees along the Streams of Blarney



I couldn't get back to sleep this morning because Mimi wanted to have her breakfast already.  That was at 4:30 in the morning.  So I fed her and gave her the medicines she always take in the morning.  Then I decided to do what I like to do.  Edit pictures.

Some people will remember the word "blarney".  It has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk".  According to legend, kissing the stone at the Blarney Castle endows the kisser with the gift of gab.

While folks in our tour group went up to the top of the castle to kiss the stone (Rose included), I was more interested in what surrounded the castle.  Such is the stream close by.

I have a love and hate relationship with this image.  Maybe that is why I never bothered to edit it until now.  I have taken this photo on November of 2016 while standing on a bridge.  

On one hand, I love how the water starts to flow peacefully from its vanishing point, and gradually becomes more vigorous as it reaches the foreground.  On the other hand, the tree that branches out on the left side of the image rubs me the wrong way.  Well, sometimes it does.  But that's nature.  I tried to clone it out in poor-production but it only made it look fake.

Taken with the 14mm lens on the Fujifilm xe-1.  Image cropped a bit to show some intimacy (or is that the word I'm thinking?)

Hope your day goes well.


Friday, September 15, 2017

My X100F



Does the environment look like a messy home of an artist?  I could say that I am really fortunate that Rose rarely calls me on my mess.  Unless we have visitors coming.  This is why the closet  was invented.  

I thought I would write something about my current go-to camera.  Years ago, I gave the original X100 to Rose, and I would occasionally use it. It was a great camera but with some quirks.  The focusing was slow.  Lightroom didn't support its native format.  Still, it was better than other cameras I have.  

Seven years later, I bought the X100F for myself.  I dig this camera.  It has twice the sensor capacity of the original X100.  And now too, Lightroom supports the image format.  The raw conversion is no longer crappy like it was before.  Focusing is slightly better.  But most importantly, the coolness factor is still there.  Timeless.

I opted for the silver X100F.  I have seen portraits of H C Bresson holding a Leica, which looks like the X100.  With its retro aluminum lens hood,  I have been stopped by people on the street to inquire if my camera is a Leica.  I tell them it's a poor man's Leica.  $1200 vs $9000.

It doesn't have an interchangeable lens but the 35mm equivalent 23mm at f/2 is powerful and useable for the photos I take.  It has an in-camera tele that I have played around with and the results are acceptable.  Though I am not planning to use that feature regularly,  it's good to have it.  What I also like about it is a built-in ND filter so I can shoot wide open when the sun is very bright.

I have an old wide angle lens that can adapt to the X100F.  It converts the lens to 28mm equivalent.  But it makes the entire camera bulky, which defeats the purpose I bought it - for travel.  I used that on Rose's original X100, which I got in 2010.

At times I regretted buying a camera or a lens, and have experienced buyer's remorse afterwards.  This is not one of them.
Taken with the iPhone 7 plus.  

Tell me about your go-to camera.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tex-Mex-Thai Food at Rainey Street


It's been a while.  I am quite sure this was in Austin.  But not sure if it was at Salt Licks or somewhere else.  Maybe it was at some Thai place.  Or more likely at the Container Bar at Rainey Street.  All I can remember was having a great time.  

Although, I would like to think that this was at Rainey Street.  Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars reign supreme on this increasingly popular tucked-away street. Day or night, one can find relaxed bar-goers strolling from bar to food trailer to bar again, often with their dogs in tow looking for a kicked back sip and a bite.  Eh-yaw.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Two Ways are Better Than One


How to give directions in Manhattan:

  1. Make a left.
  2. Make another left.
  3. And another.
  4. Pretty soon, you'll arrive at your destination

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Courage (part ii)






He lost his wife.  His health is failing him.  What is there for me, he thought.  Yet I must go on.

Taken with window lighting.  Not quite a Rembrandt lighting but the subject is Dutch so maybe that gives me extra points.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The World According to Juzno



If you're a short guy like me, this is probably how you see the world.  Always looking up.  Well, I mean metaphorically.  For some they don't want them around.  As Randy Newman once sang, "They wear platform shoes on their nasty little feet."  Which is by the way true for me, I do wear clogs when it rains.  Maybe that's why I like the rain.  Rain makes me feel taller.  

We were getting ourselves lost in Manhattan, which is quite a feat because nobody gets lost there.  All the streets are properly aligned and numbered.  For example, Fourth Avenue is not the same as Fourth Street.  Although both are in Manhattan.  Sounds confusing?  I know.  The most basic thing to remember is that avenues run north and south while streets run east and west.  Most streets and avenues only accommodate one-way traffic.  So it's easy to give directions.  Just tell the inquiring person to keep making a right and he'll get to his destination.  Eventually.  

I shot this image with the Fujifilm X100F using the Classic Chrome film simulation, my favorite in-camera preset nowadays.  It renders the image rich in varying tones and a bit of low contrast, which I really prefer because I like boosting the contrast in post-production.  

It's supposed to be a solemn day of remembrance in New York City because of 9/11.  The day is still young, and there are still lots of things to do.

Cheers.

After 911




iPhone 7 plus, Manhattan, New York.


A Solemn Remembrance Day.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thoughts on Art and Two Little Girls shot on a cool Polaroid

Why do people buy Andy Warhol's Polaroids and not mine?

The great late Ray Manzarek of The Doors once said that the purpose of art is to blow minds.  So how come I'm equivocating on my thoughts about this image?  Perhaps, I question if this is even art.  It may seem artsy because it doesn't look like the conventional high dynamic range images that are sold for a dime a piece nowadays.  But is it art just because I purposely refused to go along with the flow?  Maybe art is what one makes it in their head.  If I think it's art, then it must be.  As Descartes may have said, "I am therefore I think."  Something along that line.  Or maybe it's just an attitude of being ambiguous.   Kind of like when a reporter asked Bob Dylan what he meant about his songs - to this Dylan replied, "Do you, Mr Jones?"  

I suppose it's not unusual for me to feel this way.  As my style continues to evolve, it makes me unsure of what I do or plan to do.  These may be times that my self-esteem is hiding inside the Neo-caves of Altamira.  Lately I don't have much confidence.  Maybe that's part of getting old.  Oh well.  Enough of this silly banter.  Hope you enjoy this image.  My wife Rose did.

Hope you have a great week.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Folding Cameras (Icons Behind the lens Series)




Somehow this fell into the crack. I started the Icons Behind the Lens Series some time ago and I thought I have posted all the images for the series. This one never made it. It's a bit of a dark horse so maybe it was meant to be unnoticed. Until now. 

These are my folding cameras. One of them is a Kodak Jiffy, a real gem that came out in the 30s. Sorry, but I can't remember which one is it now. They all still work. Somewhat. Depends of what work means. It's operable but has to be used with some compensation. For instance, the leaf shutter is slow. Which means that if I metered at 1/60, I probably have to set the camera at 1/125 to compensate for the shutter delay. Fortunately, film is very forgiving. Especially, if one uses professional films like Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5. Both are my go-to films.

The image on the left was taken by Edward Weston. Quite a bit of material has been written about Weston so I am going to skip him and go to Juzno, who captured a self-portrait on the right. Not much I think is known about him. Juzno was an Alien living in Mars in 1950s. When he came to the US, his eye for the bizarre in cosmopolitan Out-of-this-worldly prepared him to capture the odd, the morbid and the freakish as he examined the culture of that day. 

Original text posted July 21, 2015.

Images made by Edward Weston and John Gutmann behind vintage folding cameras

John Gutmann, who captured a self-portrait on the right.  Not much I think is known about him.  Gutmann was a Jew living in Germany in 1930s.  When he came to the US, his eye for the bizarre in cosmopolitan Berlin prepared him to capture the odd, the morbid and the freakish as he examined the culture of that day.




Rediscovering Film ... Does it feel right?



Lately, I am rediscovering the beauty of film.  That's analog as opposed to digital if you're a millennial.  The process of getting the final result is arduous though.  There are always instant film from Fujifilm and the Impossible Project but they are prohibitively expensive.  Each shot costs about $2.  And you need a Polaroid camera or a medium format camera with a Polaroid back.  Plus the final image has to be scanned and digitized if it were to be shared electronically.  And so on.  You know what I mean.  And yet there is something tactile about images shot on film.  Is it worth it?  Some people believe so.  Others think it's snobbishly capricious.  I suppose it depends on the experiential value one can get from it.  What do think?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Summertime in Madrid


Wasn't sure whether to call this Summertime in Madrid or Madrid in the Summertime.  Grammar wasn't my strong subject at school.  I did everything by whatever sounded good to my ear.  Darn it, I'm an artist not a writer.

Taken with the iPhone 7 plus.  It was almost nighttime but the sun was still up.  A great time to indulge in Tapas and Cava wine, which Spaniards drink before a meal.  Well, maybe except breakfast.  But I wouldn't count on it.

Hope your day goes well.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Still Life with Strawberry Guava (Again)



A Frankenstein mutant - the fruit is a cross breed of Guava and Strawberry. Its seeds have many health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties in addition to a high amount of Vitamin C. The powers-to-be consider this fruit as the panacea for PTSD, Menstrual Cycle Syndrome, and Middle Age Life Syndrome. I tried it, and I don't have Menstrual Cycle anymore. (Hazah!). Now I just need to get Botox on some parts of my face, and my Mid-Life crisis will be cured.

Monday, September 04, 2017

A Dutch Farmer


His father migrated here from Holland.  He has a few dollars on his pocket so he worked hard to save up some money to buy a cow farm.  First there was one cow.  And then two.  In a few years, he had possessed hundreds.  When he turned over his farm to his son, they have accumulated thousands. Like his father, this second generation farmer knows what hard life is.  He was trained to wake up at three in morning to milk the cows.  Day never seemed to end until darkness would come.  Then it was time for family devotion.  His father would open up the Bible and read from where they left yesterday.  Then his father would talk about how the good Lord has been gracious to all of them.  He learned all this from his father.  For that, he is forever grateful.  Selah.


Original Text posted September 14, 2016

Saturday, September 02, 2017

The Secret Life of a Superhero (reworked)

Man in Brass House, Austin, Texas caught with Fujifilm X-pro1 35mm

Scene 1:  Somewhere in an existential bar in Austin.  Loud blues band wailing on the background.  Other than that, only two people and the bartender are there.

Chuck:  Can I tell you a secret?

Juzno:  Sure thing.

Chuck:  I'm Superman.

Juzno:  Wow.  Can I have your autograph?

Chuck:  No, it's a secret.  Remember?

Juzno:  Aha.

Original text posted May 20, 2015

Friday, September 01, 2017

Fear and Loathing (The Impossible Version)


I am a black man living in a so-called post-racial America.  My ancestors were slaves.  People have decided my fate.  My life would become a failure.  This is all by design.  I am fearful.  I am angry.  I am a problem.  What are you going to do about it?  

Original text posted January 27, 2015.