Saturday, November 28, 2020

2020, man

Back in January I posted this picture:


I took that picture on January 29th, and today, November 28th, I finally added 1,000 miles to that total. Honestly, I did not see that coming.


In an average year I will drive between three and four thousand miles, but WTF, 2020, ten months to add 1,000 miles to my car? Seriously? I am not a gadabout, by any stretch of the imagination, but a few more miles might have been nice. I might have broadened my horizons or something. So there you have it, my odometer reading as of today is the binary equivalent of 41. Sounds about right.

I have been watching some Francois Busnel's shows on Greek mythology, they are entertaining. I really like his use of paintings and sculpture to illustrate the stories. Today I finished up watching the story of  Ὀδυσσεύς, which is Greek to me, but CL will get it. I have always liked that story, and I never tire of seeing it portrayed well on screen. I particularly like the postscript, the denouement if you will, wherein the fate of Ulysses is discussed. I had never encountered that before, it never even dawned on me to contemplate it. 

Ulysses relied on his cunning, intelligence, hard work and skills to overcome the obstacles in his way. Polytropos FTW! Did he live out his days on his island, surrounded by his family and his abundance? Or did he resume sailing the world in a sturdy ship? Or perhaps he exiled himself in a distant land to atone for his wrongs? And, if the latter, did he encounter a young man who challenged him to a fight then slew him? Was that young man named Telegonos, son of Circe? Given the convoluted nature of Greek myths that seems suitably twisted. Atropos smiles. Penelope too.

Got the usual stuff done today, walking, running, working, it's all good.

Hauled my red oak table outside today and took a picture of it. One person expressed interest in buying it but we were unable to strike a deal.

And now we dance!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Giving Thanks Grudgingly


Well, I'm thankful I've finally got a new Windows 10 box that can talk to Blogger. On the other hand, I still can't access my old email account, despite having talked to half the Yahoo techs in Mumbai (and paid $4.99 for the privilege). Grrr. I'll try again tomorrow (Round 7 or so), after another inexplicable 24-hour lockout expires. Also, there's the whole Ongoing Coup thing.

Nevertheless, I saw a rabbit on my walk today, and got the back yard raked; so I'll ignore the Doubtful Guest and enjoy the day. I hope you all will do the same.

[edit] Hey, what happened to the Blogger "Labels" list?


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Home video!


Yeah, that is not a good video, but I am new to these things. 

How about a kitteh picture to make up for that:


The camera in my new phone seems to work pretty darned well. 


Update:

It is Thanksgiving eve and I am sitting here watching television with the windows open and balmy breezes are blowing through my house. I ran my laps, my dog got treats for running next to me and now I am tired. It doesn't get much better than that.

WKRLEM: When you ask about what's happening these days.....all I can say is "That's the Way the World Goes Round"

Que rechula es Katy


I think you get what Marlon, Ernie and Louie saw in her.

Do you ever feel that way?


Pat Garret and Billy the Kidd is one of the least popular of the great Sam Peckinpah's movies. Introducing the soporific Kris Kristofferson and the execrable Bob Dylan favorite of dried out twats everywhere. It did have several excellent actors including James Coburn, Slim Pickens and LQ Jones. With one of my favorite actresses of all time Katy Jurado.

Katy was one of the best actors to ever come out of Mexico. She was praised for her performances in such films as High Noon and One Eyed Jacks. Well all right she got the role because she sucked Marlon Brando's one eyed Jack but still. She even denied Jesus in Barabbas. She was in that because she was married to one of the stars. Ernest Borgnine.

Yes that's right she was married to Ernie. What is even more impressive was that she was the long time lover of Louis L'Amour. Many of the firey Mexican characters in his novels were based on her.

She must of been a piece of work.

The studio took the film away from Sam and it was a dismal flop. He had his own cut which came out many years later which was voted the 126 best film of all time which is quite unbelievable. The thing I most remember is the song that came out of it.

Do you ever feel like you are "Knockin on Heavens Door?"



Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Mid-century modern

 As we near the end of year one of our permanent lockdown, I can reflect on some themes that have developed along the way. One thing that has popped up over and over is MCM design. I lived through that epoch and I grew to dislike those idioms. Sure, I can endure the occasional boomerang motif or some nice '50s colors, but that's probably only because I am colorblind.

My father drove Fords from the times of the Depression up until 1961. We used to get Ford Times magazine as a result of his purchase of several new ones in the fifties. I liked the artwork I saw in that mag. One artist in particular stuck with me, he was named Charley Harper. I was watching Antiques Roadshow someone showed up with originals of his work.


That's a good example of his work - repetitive image of a bird, with some plant life thrown in.

I saw a barn owl near my house back in '77 and carved this piece out of a chunk of Douglas fir back then: 


I recently bought a book about George Nakashima, one of my favorite furniture designers. He had a profound influence on American furniture starting in the late '40s. I have read two books written by him but the one I just got was written by his daughter and tells the story of what his life was like, and what it was like for her growing up in the Nakashima household. The book is entitled "Nature Form and Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima". Even thought the print is quite small (hey, I'm not old!) it is interesting reading. Mira does nice work, too, and I have been working on a couple of new pieces based on what I saw in that book:


My twenty year old cat was having trouble making it from my desk to his sunning spot so I built him a live-edge bridge - he likes it:


I bought a new phone and it has nice video capabilities and I have been making a bunch of product videos, and I made a video of my dog chasing a ball, but I can't figure out how to post it here. Ah, another technological mystery to be solved another day.

After listening to the Dave Brubeck concert yesterday I wandered into some other jazz of that era, including Wes Montgomery. That led to Rick Beato explaining the structure of Wes' solos, that led to me becoming overwhelmed with music theory. 


Monday, November 23, 2020

You can't go wrong with some cool jazz

 


Good pickin' and grinnin' all around. I recently read that Joe Morello, in some people's opinion, was one of the great jazz drummers of all time. He is certainly good in this video.

I have been making and posting videos of my work but for now I won't post them here. I'll see if I can figure out a way to prevent malevolent forces (no need to name names, you know who they are) from doxing. 

I hope everyone is doing well. Our communist governor just imposed new restrictions and now I am probably going to get yelled at every time I go to a store without wearing a mask. I have a plan.


I am going to wear my mask like Mr. Yoder wears his beard. That hat is a nice touch, too.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Far up north stuff

This work was made by Bill Reid, author, sculptor:


That is a bad ass Raven right there. 

This is the cover of his book.


A friend of mine makes cigar box guitars that incorporate old license plates as resonators on the front of the box. 


This is a six string guitar he finished the other day. I provided the raw materials for the neck and finger board, his wife sewed the carrying case. And while North Carolina has the word "North" in its name, it's not the kind of north I am thinking about. Nope, I am thinking about license plates from the Northwest Territories of the Great White North. 


What could be better than a guitar made with a polar bear-shaped license plate? Not much, that's what!

Ron White knows about Eskimos.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Coyote



In the history of American Indian tribes, the myth of Old Man Coyote is one of the most prevalent and most beloved. He is the trickster who takes many forms. He teaches lessons to the tribe by way of his words and deeds but he is not to be trusted because things are never as they seem. Here is a story of the Coyote:

A long, long time ago, people did not yet inhabit the earth. A monster walked upon the land, eating all the animals--except Coyote. Coyote was angry that his friends were gone. He climbed the tallest mountain and attached himself to the top. Coyote called upon the monster, challenging it to try to eat him. The monster sucked in the air, hoping to pull in Coyote with its powerful breath, but the ropes were too strong. The monster tried many other ways to blow Coyote off the mountain, but it was no use.

Realizing that Coyote was sly and clever, the monster thought of a new plan. It would befriend Coyote and invite him to stay in its home. Before the visit began, Coyote said that he wanted to visit his friends and asked if he could enter the monster's stomach to see them. The monster allowed this, and Coyote cut out its heart and set fire to its insides. His friends were freed.

Then Coyote decided to make a new animal. He flung pieces of the monster in the four directions; wherever the pieces landed, a new tribe of Indians emerged. He ran out of body parts before he could create a new human animal on the site where the monster had lain. He used the monster's blood, which was still on his hands, to create the Nez Percé, who would be strong and good.

Some times you go into the belly of the beast like Coyote.

Fred Mertz is my hero

 


Fred Mertz iis my hero.

I think Fred is the perfect role model. He hated kids liked to drink and had a great sense of humor. He is my kind of guy.

I model myself on Fred.

I ever wear my pants up under my armpits just the way he did.

I can't wait to learn what to do to be more like him. I already have the making fun of the beaner's down pat.

WRKLEM TV: Where is everybody?

Sunday, November 15, 2020

WKRLEM: Two of my favorite things....John Prine and Hawaii

Whose that girl?


 She hated Diana because she was more popular than her. She had to marry the dumber guy but at least he had a good gig working in a casino on TV for Sonny Corleone. Still and all she was pissed. As she did in her pants on several occasions.

Whose that girl?

Saints and Sinners


Mother Theresa gets up to heaven and starts looking around, when she sees Princess Diana in the corner with this enormous fucking halo, especially compared to hers. Mother Theresa immediately goes up to St. Peter, grabs him by the balls and squeezes, "You sons of bitches! I fucking lived and gave my life to the fucking lepers! What has she done except live a life of privilege and riches? Why does she get a bigger halo than me?"

St. Peter looks over, and gasps back at Mother Theresa, "That's not a halo, it's a steering wheel!"

To Choose a King?


 The BBC show "The Crown" starts tonight. It is pretty decent history of the last 60 years of the life of the British Royal Family. They have some excellent actors playing the various royals. Olivia Coleman is particularly good playing the Queen. They even found an actor that can humanize that commie piece of shit Prince Charles.

A curious thing happened with the last season. Prince Charles popularity grew as he was portrayed as a dutiful son who was stymied and controlled by his role as the heir. He even went up above 50% approval for the first time in decades. The drive to have his son bypass him to get the throne when the old bat croaks was even dying out. Not so fast you jug eared dofus.

This season will portray his marriage to Princess Diana and he will get slaughtered. A whole new generation will fall in love with that nasty twat and he will be hated and ignored again. His chances of being named King next year are going up in smoke. The Queen is quietly thinking of stepping down next year when she is 95. The chances that she is going to pick her grandson is going up exponentially. This show will be the final nail in the coffin for poor Charlie. 

Couldn't happen to a nicer Commie.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Things I saw around here

I started this post earlier, but the blog ate my homework. So here I go again.

I have had to go to the store several times in the last couple of days - what a pain. But I refuse to wear a mask. Most days I am the only maskless individual in the place. Yesterday I saw five other refugants. Refugees. Whatevs. In any case, today I saw a guy at the *Mart in the checkout line to the left of mine, and he was wearing a shirt that had these words on the back:

Never Get Between Me And:

My Faith

My Family

My Friends

My Nation

He was open carrying what appeared to be a Glock, maybe .40 caliber, maybe a 9mm, I am not a Glock guy, so I couldn't tell, it was a nice squared off black semi-auto pistol in a nice outside-the-waistband holster, which is legal here, but to top off all of this "Freedom!" "Action" "You can't tell me!" he was wearing a mask. Dude, come on, fer reelz? Talk about mixed messages!

A while ago I harvested my crop of purple sweet potatoes. Not sure that I have mentioned this before, but here they are:


That's around 13 pounds of them. I grew them this summer in a raised bed from slips, and after letting them dry for a bit I have been eating them. They are good.

Here are some facts about me - I am hard of hearing, colorblind, mostly anosmic, have cataracts, macular degeneration and a variety of illnesses that render me infirm. So I move kind of slow and don't see too well. In addition, I have a dog who is approaching her 14th birthday. Last year I lost my 17 year old dog and there towards the end he didn't always make it outside when he had to go, but you know, I thought the world of the old boy so we did what we had to do and I don't really like the '70s era carpet in this place anyway.

All of this is a lead-in to what I saw the other morning. I walked into the dog's room and thought "Oh well, cleanup on aisle 3". We are getting old over here, shit happens, so I went to get the cleaning implements and as I was walking back to the scene it occurred to me that perhaps my lack of color vision was a factor in what I was seeing. Surely, not having a sense of smell might contribute to my perception of the situation, but as I got closer I had to laugh at myself - my dog, my good time telling dog, had gotten a small purple sweet potato off the drying table and hauled it into her room. Had she found it edible then I probably would have lost the entire crop - dogs being dogs and all, but she didn't eat it, so there it was, lying there on my wall-to-wall carpet like a candy bar floating in Bill Murray's swimming pool. I had to laugh at myself. I find that dog amusing. And once again, she showed up at precisely 9:00 this evening for her evening treat. How does she do that?

We have been getting heavy rain, something like 6" in the last two days, there is flooding everywhere, but no drought to speak of. I didn't take any pictures, so you will have to imagine my front yard as a river runs through it.

I prefer herd dogs.

Vaughn Williams FTW!

Update:


Here is what purple sweet potatoes look like when I fry them up in olive oil. I have no idea if they look appetizing or what color they are, but that's how I cook them and that's how I eat them. I like them just fine, and when a piece falls on the floor my dog likes them, too. She likes sweet potatoes, just not raw purple ones, I guess.

There's a couple in Wisconsin celebrating today....

There is a couple in Wisconsin celebrating what they think is a Biden victory but don't  believe the hype.

Know that the God Emperor will leave no stone unturned in his quest to fight the fraud and remain as our leader.

Keep the faith.

Things you can't do on Television anymore......



Everything is so woke and politically correct. This would cause the network to be cancelled. 

My phone is spying on me


So this happened. Today my phone sent me a movie about all of the food that I ate out at restaurants through the years. It took photos from my phone and made a movie set to music. It was quite depressing.

You see almost every one of the restaurants I ate in is closed. Every single one. Bistango. Red Rose. Casa Rosa. The Greek Diner on Second Avenue. The Grocery. Saul. The Bras Rail. The Blarney Stone. The Pig and Whistle. 

The only ones still around are Marco Polo and Ben's Kosher Deli.

Plus I am forbidden to eat most of the foods portrayed in this video.

What closes a restaurant? Most last about ten years. People move on. The Chef moves on. Then came the corona. Cuomo and De Blasio have combined to destroy every restaurant in New York State. Now they have tightened up the restrictions today and all of these joints have to close by 10pm In the City that Never Sleeps?

What a bunch of bullshit.


Whose that girl?


She is the woman who is famous in political circles but is someone that no one has met. Or admits that they know.

She was formerly a featured performer but she retired to raise her child.

She is the only person less likely to be in the White House than Joe Biden.

Whose that girl?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Happy Veteran's Day!


I would like to wish a Happy Veteran's Day to all of our Veterans and thank them for their service.

You know it is not only those who served during major conflicts like Vietnam or WW2. There are millions of patriots who served in smaller conflicts all over the world that the globalist Deep State always seems to squander American lives in for their own nefarious purposes.

One of the earliest debacle was the Boxer Rebellion in China where the peasants revolted because they refused to stop wearing their traditional boxer shorts and change to tidy whities. Fought at the behest of the Haynes Company of Cleveland Ohio it was one of the first examples of the Deep State using the lives of Ameican Boys to line their pockets.

I only hope that the recent moves by the God Emperor to fire the Secretary of Defense will lead to the removal of our troops from Afghanistan which the Deep State has slow walked the past three years.

No more endless wars! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Marilyn's Diary


 In the sixties we were all very worried about the Russians attacking us and dying in a nuclear war. We were constantly doing drills to prepare for the Big One. Putting our heads down on the school desk and covering up. Getting under our school desks and doing the duck and cover. Praticing by going down to the bomb shelter during our nuclear bombing drills.

Uncle Herman was very serious about it. He would set off an alarm and we would have to drop whatever we were doing and run down to the air raid shelter in the basement of the Munster Mansion. Uncle Herman would be there with his helmet. He loved his Helmet.

Of course I loved his little German Helmet. You see even though he was sewn together with about 1000 separate pieces he was uncut. Where it counted.And he was always getting me ready to take the Big One.  

I love my Uncle Herman

#foxexit


 I have created a monster. Well two monsters. Through out this election cycle I have been educating my wife and mother in law about the perfidery of the main stream news media. How they lie and slant the news and make up stuff. Of course they get irate. My mother in law spends all day shouting at the TV and shaking her fist. I slowly introduced them to alternative news sights. Brietbart. OANN. Newsmax. What has been really disheartening is the decline and fall of Fox News.

Ever since they got rid of Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly and all of the sex harassers the channel went to shit. They took Ailes business model of big tittted blonds reading the news while nerdy guys analze it and destroyed it. The opinion people bring the viewers and the newsroom sucks up to the liberal mainstream so they can get praise and invitations to cocktail parties. Uber liberal Chris Wallace trying to take the President down in the debate. A liberal Democrat in charge of election results. Not calling Florida until long after it was clear that the President had won. Calling Arizona for Biden when it is still not clear who won. Canceling Judge Jeanine when she was going to talk about the election fraud. Finally cutting  off the Presidents press secretary because they didn't like what she was saying.

Fox is dead to me. It is dead to millions of others. Their ratings are in the dumper. CNN and MSNBC are beating them. Don't tell me you are only going to watch Tucker and Hannity. That is helping them. You need to turn them out and build up Newsmax and OANN. We need to pivot to true conservative sites that will not toe the liberal line.

Time to move on. Dump Fox. Cut the cord. Newsmax is free and available without cable. Do it now!

My phone is spying on me


 You know not everything revolves around the disputed election. I have faith that the God Emperor will do what he needs to do to ultimately triumph. So I put this aside to live my life and I hope youse guys do the same. I have no fear.

What is scaring me these days is how social media and the mega corporations have corrupted and controlled our lives. I am bound to Amazon like an impressed seaman tied to the mast. I have a fire TV and it is linked to my Amazon account which is linked to my phone When it goes to screensaver it started putting up photos from my phone. I freaked out. I don't want that on my screen. 

Then I get a message on my phone. The phone went through all of my photos and made little movies. They even added sound. WTF? Is nothing sacred? Doesn't anything belong to you?

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram know everything about you. I merely have to talk about something and my phone starts giving me advertisements about whatever I was talking about. There is no privacy. There is no escape.

We need to rethink this.

Anyway here is the movie they made about all of the dishes I had on my phone of food that  I prepared at home. It is truly frightening how much they have intruded into my life.

Monday, November 9, 2020

I have been watching way too much television

This morning - the Ray Harryhausen classic "Clash of the Titans" and due to insomnia, I guess, during the battle between Perseus and the woman with snakes on her head who turns you into stone when she looks at you, and no, this is not a political post, I thought "Did you ever wonder how Medusa puts on her makeup?" Yeah, I need some sleep.


I am still reading Benvenuto Cellini's autobiography - it's slow going - lots of Italian names in that book and I can't keep them all straight. That is Cellini's version of Perseus giving Medusa a haircut.

The Clash of the Titans also has Rocky's coach, you know, Grandpa Gustafson, who had some pithy quotes about tuna town and similar subjects in another movie. 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

You've probably heard

 Fake News has declared Gropin' Joe the winner.

They had to.

The forces of justice are gathering and they have to run a psy-op now to get people thinking Joe and the Ho have really been elected. 

They haven't. 

Fake News media makes "projections" (interesting word choice) all the time. It has no standing unless there is an official count, legally certified. This is why we have provisions for recounts. Until now, a lot of recounts always went the Demos' way because they always came up with miraculous finds of ballot boxes loaded with all D votes.

The God Emperor of the Cherry Blossom Throne saw them coming. The Catholic Church near us used to have a sign of a quote from the New Testament, "I knew you even before you were formed in the womb"; this is a little like that.

Lean back and I will tell you a tale.

Last night, it was reported that a "glitch" was fixed in the computer of an MI county and suddenly Trump had 6000 more votes . That was no glitch, that was programming. It was part of a system called HAMMER. Along with its attendant software SCORECARD, it was developed by the CIA to observe foreign elections.

Then Zippy got his hands on it. He turned it into a vote-stealing system*. SCORECARD is on the computers of every one of the swing states and guess what?

It uses Red Chinese components. Wotta coinkydink!

It gets better. Superlawyer Sidney Powell thinks 3% of the total vote was changed in the pre-election voting ballots that were collected digitally.

Along with ballots with birth dates of 1850 or 1/1/1900 (the default date in SQL, a database programming language) and the fact heavyweight Joe Frazier, died 2011, voted for Gropin Joe.

Documents show Gropin' Joe got 140,000 votes in MI at 4 am, but Trump got none. A statistical impossibility.

All of the swing states show more votes for Joe and the Ho than for Congressional Demos. You've heard about the gains the Rs made in Congress. It would require a lot of people voting D for the top spot and R for Congress. If any crowd votes straight ticket, it's the Demos.

So we're talking extreme statistical unlikelihood.

Now I mentioned Trump saw all this coming. He's been appointing Federal judges since he got in. Did you know all 3 of his SCUS appointees worked on the '00 recount?

A former DOD analyst posed the question on Twit, what if the Feds had created a system to tell if a ballot was faked, the way they do with your driver's license or paper money?

The Leftosphere went insane. Interesting, no?

Now some Constitutional things.

Did you know SCUS can force states to discard fraudulent votes? Did you know SCUS has ordered PA to segregate all ballots received after closing time on election day? They can also nullify all those 100% D ballot dumps since they also arrived after the election?

Did you know, if the election goes to the House, it doesn't mean Pelosi Galore's House. It means a rep from each state House meets in the House chamber to vote. How many state Houses does the GOP control?

So I say unto you yet again.

It ain't over. Truth is on our side. The Law is on our side. The Federal bench is on our side.

Trump is on our side.


* Some of you may recall me swearing the '12 election was stolen and a few saying, step away from the keyboard for a while. That's how it was done.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

I'll Keep It Short

Same old, same old from "the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics".

From the God Emperor of the Cherry Blossom Throne.

“This is a fraud on the American public. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we won this election. This is a major fraud on the election. So we will be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all of the voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any votes at 4 in the morning. We will win this and as far as I am concerned we already won!”

This is a long way from over. Don't give up.

If you're sick of all the political and don't want to comment, I understand.


Update:

Can't insert these cartoons, one's about the law and how it's on our side, the other's about how MI and WI are trying to steal the election. PA's doing the same thing, basically.

A little positive news, Trump took Maricopa and Pima counties in AZ. He overperformed in Pima, one of the Leftiest counties in the state. Don't lose heart. We are a long way from the finish line.

Monday, November 2, 2020

WLEM FM

 Don McLean came up in recent threads. Here is my second favorite work of his:

The Next Few Days

 may be very strange. Some take the Lefties at their word and expect Armageddon.

Having been down this road a few times, I'm a little skeptical myself. It's getting cold. Snow, Ice Freezing rain. Everybody's sick.

Not just Fake News sick, but coughing, stuffy nose, fever, chills, and, no, I'm not talking about being in love.

What may be more dangerous is what Gropin' Joe called the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. Early voting has blown up in their faces. So any close race is subject to tampering. And, yes, they're desperate.

They tried to put up a corrupt, go along to get along, senile old hack who would be replaced by an even more corrupt hardcore Leftist at the first opportunity. All they had to do was drag him across the finish line. And time was not on their side.

So here we are.

No matter what happens the next few days, consider a few choice words from a more stressful time.

As the lines of conflict roll forward to bring you within the zone of operations, rise and strike!

For future generations of your sons and daughters, strike! In the name of your sacred dead, strike!

Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled. The guidance of Divine God points the way. Follow in His name to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!


They always worked for me.


IOW If you see something, say something. If you are inhibited from voting, call a cop.


You do have rights. Stand up for them.