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A SIMPLE BLOG OF A SIMPLE MAN including teaching, photography, independent film, writing, music, living in a foreign land, the HARD FACTS of life, and a sprinkle of tounge-in-cheek comedy.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


008k, originally uploaded by dunefield.

Gotta thing for hats recently and love the skirt... She'll probably still look good when she's 55 too!


Tunnel of...
Originally uploaded by D.James.

I'm a sucker for graf shots and this is as good as is gets... Not a soul in sight. Love to film a short film based soley on this location... Warriors... come out to play...

Thursday, October 13, 2005


I'm on a roll now and u know what they say... strike while the iron's hot! Well, I'm bout to strike out with my new rant and brave column "SIC OF THE WEEK!!" (believe me it deserves 2 !!). Recently, i have had to enforce the "WORD VERIFICATION" option on blogger which means that anyone who wants to leave a comment on my blog has to first, type in a random computer generated word in order to do so.

Why? Simply because of these nasty little critters who think that it's their god given right to dirty up my pristine blog with TRASH ADVERTISEMENTS that offer me the chance to purchase anything from hard core porn to kitchenware on interest free credit! I hope that this first step in defence eliminates the pests and eradicates them for life so that i do not have to waste any more of my precious time waging warfare against an unknown and unworthy menace to society...

Here is some examples of the crap that they automatically deliver to my blog:

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Comment by Free Poker Online | Email | Homepage | 1/18/2005 - 7:11 am

I apologise in advance for the nusiance that this may cause all of the worthy participants (commentors) of this blog but sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do. Oh yeh, and if you twits are reading this... you suck, big time! I have had enough of your spam and you are the sole impetus for this column... YOU MAKE ME SICK!! Blahhh...



The latest instalment of " ? " OF THE WEEK! "MUSIC OF THE WEEK" will showcase one music artist or band per week that I think rocks and should be heard! Not all choices will suit the eclectic and varied tastes of you peeps out there but hey, that's just too bad for you, ain't it?

The first band I will rap is "EVANESCENCE" because they have had it going on for some time now and the lead singer is kinda hot and a naturale, gothic kinda way, with a very sexy voice... drool... Anyway (wipe, wipe) EVANESCENCE with there mild GOTH METAL image and front woman AMY LEE put out some awesome sounds and BTW this gal can really sing! Read on...

Goth Metal, Chamber Pop, Post-Grunge
Little Rock, AK
Amy Lee - Vocals and Piano (co-founder)
John LeCompt - Guitar
Rocky Gray - Drums
William Boyd - Bass
Terry Balsamo - Guitar (replacement for co-founder Ben Moody)

Ben Moody - Lead guitar (co-founder - left October 2003)
David Hodges - Keyboards (left December 2002)

Evanescence Biography
The goth-inspired Arkansas rock band Evanescence, with its Linkin Park-meets-Tori Amos sound backed by chugging guitars, easily made it to the top of the charts in 2003 with its Wind-Up Entertainment debut album, Fallen. Amy Lee and guitarist/songwriter Ben Moody formed the band at the end of the '90s after meeting in their early teens during a "youth camp," Moody said in a statement. "I heard Amy playing Meat Loaf's 'I'd Do Anything for Love' at the piano. So I went over to meet her, and she started singing for me. I was pretty much blown away, so I suckered her into joining a band with me." As a duo, Evanescence didn't perform live, instead opting to release EPs and the full-length Origin. Lee told the BBC that Evanescence was mastering demos in Memphis, TN, when she and the band were discovered by producer Pete Matthews. He shopped the songs to record companies in New York, and Evanescence eventually landed a contract with Wind-Up Entertainment, the home of Creed. The soundtrack to the 2003 Ben Affleck action movie Daredevil brought success to Evanescence. The begging "Bring Me to Life," which appeared on the soundtrack along with the ballad "My Immortal," became a hit. Paul McCoy, of labelmates 12 Stones, raps on "Bring Me to Life," which originated as a piano ballad. It proved to be a head start to Evanescence's future hit album Fallen, produced by Dave Fortman (Boy Sets Fire, Superjoint Ritual) and released in March 2003. Evanescence ran head first into controversy promoting Fallen. Originally, it was released in the Christian and secular markets; however, the band's use of profanity during an interview with Rolling Stone prompted its label, Wind-Up Records, to recall Fallen from Christian stores. Ironically, 12 Stones is also labeled Christian. Fallen surpassed double platinum, making the Top Ten in the United States, including the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart, the Top Five in Canada, and number one in the United Kingdom. Live, the duo fills out its lineup with John LeCompt on guitar and Rocky Gray on drums.

~ Christina Fuoco

So do yourself a favour and click on the title "MUSIC OF THE WEEK!" to check out the bands homepage which uses FLASH PLAYER to deliver some cool videos and you can even listen to their jams... rock on and stay tuned for the next installment of "MUSIC OF THE WEEK!".

evanescence (ev'e-nes'ens ): a dissipation or disappearance like vapor

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Sand Dune
Originally uploaded by Edna1.

See... Even sand dunes have a schizophrenic personality. Calm yet at times, energetic and wacky!

Stolen from my ma's collection... Heads up ma!


As some of you (the ones who have time to read a newspaper or watch the box) may know, South Asia and more specifically, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India was rocked by a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale on Saturday, October 8th, 2005. The destruction has been enormous and many people have died and are still dying throughout this region.

Living in a country where earthquakes happen all time and the chances of this same thing happening is far from remote; I feel for these people and I feel rather uneasy that I am unable to help them in anyway. This is why I am blogging it to raise awareness and to vent my frustration at the local authorities who, rather than help their own people are paying more attention to raising foriegn aid to fill their coffers.

Questions: Why does tragedy bring out the best and worst in people and governments? Why do goverments neglect their own people in times of need? Why do people think it won't happen to them? And last but not least: Why are these tragedies all happening now? Is someone trying to tell us something??

Wake up world it's time to mend your ways... before its too late! God I'm original... anyway you peeps out there stop being naughty, or else... by crikeys I tell ya... just stop it!

*As always click on the title for more info about this natural (?) catastrophy.


p1006, originally uploaded by zchendevlemh.

Keeping with the tradition of "PIC OF THE WEEK" I've decided to add a new instalment to the series aptly named "CHICK OF THE WEEK". Let me know if you get tired of this and I'll change it to something else like "GRANDMA OF THE WEEK" or perhaps "FLOWER OF THE WEEK" anyway... Isn't she just peachy?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Well, here it is... Finally I am blogging about cosplay and goth in the land of the rising skirts! Why you may ask? Well, I'm not actually sure myself but I thought it was high time and a good time to show you people out there (outside Japan that is) what makes this wonderful city and indeed, country tick! Time to reveal all... and get a little nasty too :) Oh yeah for the illiterate 'Cosplay' stands for Costume Play and 'Goth' well I'll let you work that one out for yourselves... Have fun and remember; If life is too short... then you're already behind!

Click on the title for more info on this topic (go on I know you wanna...)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


HARMONY IN CHAOS!, originally uploaded by SnapSi.

Even in Tokyo, one of the busiest cities in the world, one can find harmony...

This snap was kindly edited by nate@coolpix.com. Thanx mate.

Monday, October 03, 2005


test_collage, originally uploaded by Michel Thomas.

Here is a collage of the recent project I joined in flickr "SEE THE SKY ON THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER" created by the creator of the wonderful little project to appreciate the skies around the world on one day...

Here is a link to the group photos as well... Enjoy!

Overview 0f Relationships Between Groups

Overview of relationships between groups
Originally uploaded by GustavoG.

Here is another amazing example of the talent floating around flickr. This guy researched and created a relationship spectrum between the "100 most populous" groups on flickr...



The sky the limit
Originally uploaded by Michel Thomas.

Fantastically haunting... beats the crap out of the Blair Witch Project. Thank you Michael Thomas.

Saturday, October 01, 2005


One of those movies you saw in the eighties and will never, ever forget... Footloose as you should recall was based on the premise that dancing was immoral and therefore banned in the town that Kevin Bacon escapes to (in the film). A truly, freaky idea that could, god forbid, never happen in the real world (non-cinematic).

But hang on to your horses revellers, this did actually happen in the real world! In a little place called NEW YORK or THE BIG APPLE as it is affectionately known by its inhabitants. Who would do such a thing (you may ask) well I'm here to tell you that none other than the once mayor of NY himself. Yes that's rights troops, good old Mayor Guiliani (the heralded saviour of this nasty town) decided it would be a splendid idea to bring back a law that should have been forever lost in the sea of stupidity.

Now the fact that this law has actually been around for some time in the land of opportunity, freaked me out a little (i must declare). So if you'd like to read a little more about this and perhaps devise your own law to rid the world of fun then check out the links below... Rock on!



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